Sunny and Rob Williams
Rob and I first met in Professor Phil Powell's, now Associate Dean Powell, macroeconomics class. Rob first caught my attention in a spirited in-class debate. He was never the first one to speak or the most frequent responder, but when he spoke, he was spot-on and closed the argument. I respected him and thought of him as one of the most intelligent of my peers. Later, Rob joined my workgroup in macro and I discovered his strategic plan.
I broke up with my previous workgroup in order to join Sunny's group. I took Phil Powell's macro paper very seriously and basically predicted the fall of the housing market. (Jokes)
Sunny: Actually, the group found it very challenging to work with Rob and we almost threw him out of the group because he was adamant about his factors and the interdependencies. Finally through long, but well-defined arguments, the group agreed with Rob. We ended up getting an A.
Sunny: Obviously, that's not where the story ends. But we were full-time working, evening MBA students, so there wasn't a lot of downtime. In fact, there wasn't any downtime. Also, I had a rule not to date classmates.
Rob: I respected that rule and waited patiently. We reconnected after graduation and the rest is history.
Today we both work in healthcare IT defining new models of care and interoperability.
(And we're still each other's best competition.)