Degree: Master of Business Administration
College/School: FIU Chapman School of Business
Bryan Duran has always been headstrong. When he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010, shortly after completing high school, Bryan started training for half and full marathons. He’s run many since then, including the New York City Marathon in 2013.
Academically, Bryan didn’t slow down either despite extended hospital stays and episodes of losing his motor skills, as well as the ability to see and speak. He received a bachelor’s degree from FIU in 2017 and went directly for the professional MBA while working as operations manager at Century Plumbing Wholesale.
The economic challenges overcome by his parents have been a driving force for Bryan since high school. He admits that seeing himself in that position wasn’t an option. Bryan has a ready answer for those who question why he wanted to pursue a graduate degree: a better future.
Allowing MS to deter him from getting something done has never been an option. These days Bryan doesn’t run marathons, he practices CrossFit.
By Cynthia Corzo, Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications
College of Business