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James McQuilla

Corps Grad ’88


James McQuilla graduated from The Citadel in 1988 with a bachelor of science in business administration and served as an admissions counselor. He received his MBA from Winthrop University in 1994. McQuilla currently serves as chief executive officer of Professional Buyers Advantage, LLC, a certified minority business he founded that specializes in equipment and commodities sales, facilities management and construction services and provides management consulting and strategic advisory services to government and corporate clients. He is a frequent speaker to business and higher education groups on economic development, marketing, and government contracting issues.

What are your top three career achievements to date?
First, I created a multi-million dollar business, Professional Buyers Advantage, LLC. Second, I was a coordinator for the 2nd Judicial Circuit Victim Witness Assistance program. And third, I previously achieved the position of vice president at a construction and renovation company.

What are your top three personal achievements to date?
My first top personal achievement was becoming a member of The Citadel Board of Visitors. Second I received my MBA from Winthrop University in 1994. Lastly, I became the municipal judge for the city of Lancaster, South Carolina.

What are your top three bucket list goals?
My top three bucket list goals are to earn a terminal degree, to become a college president, and to owe no one.

How did attending The Citadel help position you for success?
Attending The Citadel helped position me for success by showing me what it takes to be a leader. I believe that I was born with leadership qualities, but The Citadel helped me realize my potential. Potential means nothing if you don’t do something with it. My Citadel experience was instrumental in shaping the path that I took to hone my God-given abilities into practical application. I often refer to the lessons I learned at The Citadel when choosing which path to take on any given day.

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