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Brent Schiffer | SMU Cox Chapter
An MBA graduate of SMU Cox School of Business in 2017, Brent Schiffer attended the University of Texas as an undergraduate. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, he entered the U.S Navy’s Officer Candidate School and after 15 months of nuclear training, served on the USS Hampton, a fast attack submarine, for three deployments. Brent entered SMU following the conclusion of his third deployment, which took his submarine to the Arctic Ocean.
What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
As a Nuclear Submarine Officer in the United States Navy I traveled to the Arctic during the Spring of 2014. During the Arctic operations we surfaced through the ice several times. I was fortunate to be able to walk out onto the ice on several occasions.
How do you curate your intellectual diet? What blogs, publications, etc. do you ready daily?
I receive the Wall Street Journal and the Barron's newspapers. I am digitally subscribed to the Hoover Institute and the St. Louis Federal Reserve. I read the Drudge Report and BBC through apps on my phone. I also listen to several different podcasts including the Peter Schiff Show, the Tom Woods Show, the Jason Stapleton Show, and the Mark Levin Show while driving.
NASA sends you to colonize a new planet, but you can only take 3 books: one on political & economic philosophy to help start the govt., one business book to guide entrepreneurs, & a work of fiction to keep everyone entertained. What do you take and why?
I would bring A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, one of my favorites. Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely is a great look at why people make decisions. Lastly, The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek. The ever present threat of tyranny through centralized government planning is a concept with which everyone should be familiar..
Name something you’ve gained from your membership in the Adam Smith Society that you feel like you could not have gotten elsewhere in your MBA program.?
The Adam Smith Society has been a tremendously rewarding experience throughout my MBA. The greatest benefit has been realizing that there are others around the country that share my values and see the problems which I see. College campuses are not exactly havens for free market thinkers.