LSBE spring graduate, Tanner Laderoute is not only an aspiring business leader but also a dedicated athlete.
Laderoute played hockey for the UMD Bulldogs for five seasons and attained his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance—and an MBA!
Faced with an unexpected opportunity due to the pandemic—an extra year of NCAA eligibility—Laderoute made the decision to pursue an MBA with LSBE’s 4+1 Integrated MBA program. As testament to a commitment to both hockey and academics, Laderoute earned National College Hockey Conference (NCHC) Academic All-Conference, NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete honors for four straight seasons (only the third Bulldog ever to be honored in his freshman year), and a four-time American Hockey Coaches Association All-American Scholar selection. He's again one of only three Bulldogs to be selected for this honor, and according to Laderoute, he also meets the criteria for a fifth time.
Recognizing the value of an MBA, Laderoute advocates for athletes to consider this academic pursuit.
“No matter how good you are at your sport, your career will inevitably come to an end. It is crucial to have something to use when you are done with sports.”
Legends like Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky have provided him inspiration.
“An MBA is perfect! It provides a competitive edge and refines your skills and knowledge in each area of business, which is paramount to being in any type of management, especially an executive.
“I learned so much about all the other business specifications, making me sharper and more rounded as a businessperson. Also, I met many intelligent individuals from whom I learned many different perspectives and ideas. Building off that, I created many relationships and a strong network.”
As an accomplished forward, Laderoute recently concluded a successful season with the Wheeling Nailers and is poised to join the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the fall. Both teams are affiliated with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.
While his hockey career continues to flourish, Tanner is equally excited to make his mark in the business world.
“My dream is to become a CFO or CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and eventually start my own company.”