Eric Maddox, Executive MBA

EMBA Eric Maddox

Eric Maddox

EMBA 2016
Consultant, EBM Enterprises
“Teaching and training are keys to success in the military and to success in business.”

“Teaching and training are keys to success in the military and to success in business.”​

From capturing intelligence to capturing value

Not many people get a personal invitation from Dean Mahendra Gupta to explore Olin's Executive MBA program. But then, not many people have collected intelligence that led to the capture of Saddam Hussein.

In May 2013, Maddox keynoted a Young President's Organization (YPO) event at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center (an event attended by the dean). He recounted the five-month period in 2003 when he – as part of the Joint Special Operations Task Force – conducted more than 300 interrogations in Iraq, zeroing in on Hussein's inner circle. Just hours before he left the country, Maddox pinpointed Hussein's location in Takrit. The official announcement shocked the world: “Ladies and gentlemen, we got him!”

Maddox received the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the Defense Intelligence Agency Director's Award, the Legion of Merit medal, and the Bronze Star. He chronicles the manhunt in Mission: Black List No. 1, a book he wrote with Davin Seay. The book is being made into a movie, scheduled for release in 2015.

“I enrolled in the Executive MBA program to expand my individual skill set and to scale and market it to the civilian world. Every aspect of the curriculum moves me a little closer to that goal.

“I'm learning the language of business: branding, pricing, cost-benefit analysis. As a result, I can evaluate practices through the lens of profitability. Nowhere in the military is making money a responsibility. Bottom line, the private sector has to make money.

“Let me reframe program benefits this way: After only a few sessions at the Knight Center, I knew I had made the right choice. The EMBA program helps me leverage my past and expect great things from my future.”

The importance of teaching and training.

“Teaching and training are keys to success in the military and to success in business. My EMBA professors have an incredible grasp of the content they present and make advanced concepts seem rudimentary.”

On Olin's collaborative environment

“There are no one-man shows in the military; it's all about teamwork. Olin is also built around collaboration.

“I sat in on an EMBA class before I enrolled in the program, and several of the students hung out with me afterward. They answered my questions and addressed my concerns. Now, as an EMBA student myself, I'm amazed by how much I gain from my classmates, professionals who perform at the highest levels.”

Eric Maddox, EMBA 2016

Consultant, EBM Enterprises

Previous Employment

Author, Security Consultant, and Motivational Speaker
Interrogator, U.S. Army
Intelligence Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency, U.S. Army


Education: BS, Political Science, University of Oklahoma