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Wallace Gundy

Wallace Gundy, Class of 2020

Hometown: Pottstown, PA
Undergraduate School and major: University of Virginia, English Language and Literature
Academic focus: Marketing (Brand Management) and Entrepreneurship
Pre-MBA career: I spent a decade working in the non-profit sector at Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Upon leaving, I was the director of financial aid and associate director of admission. In addition, I was the head houseparent of a 10th grade girls’ dormitory, and I coached squash and lacrosse. It was much more than a career—it was a lifestyle.
Favorite thing about Rochester: Rochester has a little bit of everything and something for everyone: a vibrant arts scene, museums, running and bike trails, restaurants of every cuisine, breweries and vineyards, hiking trails, an incredible (and famous!) farmers’ market, and the list goes on. You won’t have too much free time at Simon, but when you find it, you certainly will be able to fill it!
Favorite thing about Simon: Everyone is extremely accessible. Professors, administrators, staff members, career counselors, tutors—everyone is at Simon to help make it the most fruitful two years possible for you. Simon has the resources of a larger school but the community of a smaller one. I’ve been utterly astounded at how well I’ve gotten to know the people here in just six months.
Why Simon: The Ain Center for Entrepreneurship was a major factor in choosing Simon. I wanted a school that would foster an entrepreneurial mindset, while providing the analytical and quantitative skills to be a successful entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship at Simon has exceeded my expectations. Since I’ve arrived, I have had the opportunity to seek counsel from several faculty members in the Ain Center, and I have joined the Ain Team to promote entrepreneurship throughout the entire University of Rochester community. In addition, I’ve connected with Simon business owners from across the country to discuss their paths and share ideas about my own.
Simon Clubs: Graduate Business Council, Women in Business, Marketing Association, Entrepreneurship Club, Foodies Unite

Ryan Bell

Ryan Bell, Class of 2020

Hometown: Boston, MA
Undergraduate School and major: University of New Hampshire, Finance, Information Systems Management
Academic focus: Marketing (Product Management), Entrepreneurship
Pre-MBA career: Financial Strategy & Analytics at Liberty Mutual Insurance
Post-MBA plans: Product Management
Favorite thing about Rochester: Rochester has a great craft beer scene. I’m also looking forward to taking a trip out to the Finger Lakes wineries, which I’ve heard are incredible as well.
Favorite thing about Simon: The family feel and support that you get here at Simon is unmatched. Simon is a school where everyone’s opinion is valued, and people treat you with utmost respect and enthusiasm regardless of where you’re from or where you’re going.
Why Simon: Given the power of technology and big data today, I knew I wanted to go to a school with a strong quant focus (and Simon is one of the best). What really drew me in was visiting campus and speaking with the incredible staff and students here. Everyone was very genuine and wanted what was best for me and my career progression. At Simon you’re not just a statistic in a recruiting pamphlet, you’re a part of the family and that was really important to me.
Simon Clubs: Simon Vision Consulting, Simon Marketing Association, Simon School Venture Fund

Alyssa Carrizales

Alyssa Carrizales, Class of 2020

Hometown: Eugene, Oregon
Undergraduate School and major: The University of Oregon, Business and Economics
Academic focus: General
Pre-MBA career: Startup Analyst and Founder
Post-MBA plans: Tech Strategy
Favorite thing about Rochester: The arts and music culture is everywhere.
Favorite thing about Simon: The people!
Why Simon: The no-ego culture, the quant heavy classes, and the incredibly smart faculty and staff.
Simon Clubs: Simon Entrepreneurship Association, Simon School Venture Fund, Simon Dance Club

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Jazmine Carter, Class of 2020

Hometown: High Point, North Carolina
Undergraduate School and major: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Communication Studies; Concentration: Interpersonal-Organizational Communications
Academic focus: Competitive and Organizational Strategy
Pre-MBA career: Project Management professional
Post-MBA plans: Organizational Strategy
Favorite thing about Rochester: Wegmans (a popular, regional supermarket chain)
Favorite thing about Simon: My classmates and the Simon community at large 
Why Simon: Close-knit, collaborative community and strong foundation in analytics
Simon Clubs: Simon Women in Business, Net Impact, Simon Volunteers

Benjamin Moskoff

Benjamin Moskoff, Class of 2020

Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa
Undergraduate School and major: University of Cape Town, Finance
Academic focus: Finance and Entrepreneurship
Pre-MBA career: Corporate and Investment Banking at Standard Bank in South Africa
Post-MBA plans: Investment Banking associate
Favorite thing about Rochester: Lots to do with great food and culture.
Favorite thing about Simon: Fantastic mix of career focus and friendly people.
Why Simon: Simon has world-class faculty and staff that surround me with career support and advice. As a highly rated finance school with a strong alumni network at top firms across the world, the choice to join Simon was an easy one.
Simon Clubs: Simon Finance & Investment Club, Simon School Venture Fund

David Pearlroth

David Pearlroth, Class of 2020

Hometown: Yorktown Heights, New York
Undergraduate School and major: University of Delaware, Political Science and English
Academic focus: Brand Management, Minor: Data Analytics
Pre-MBA career: I spent the last five and a half years working at various NYC advertising agencies in an account management role. I led accounts for brands such as Hasbro, Puma, Google Play, YouTube Music, Jägermeister, and AARP.
Post-MBA plans: Brand management or marketing strategy in the media/entertainment sector
Favorite thing about Rochester: The people, the great outdoor activities, and of course, Wegmans.
Favorite thing about Simon: The tight-knit community.
Why Simon: Simon has a reputation for having a quant-heavy, analytics-focused coursework, which was exactly what I was looking for. It has lived up to all of my expectations.
Simon Clubs: Simon Marketing Association, Simon Data Analytics, Simon Volunteers

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Rachel Robinson, Class of 2020

Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Undergraduate School and major: Oberlin College; Major: Sociology, Minor: Art History
Academic focus: Consulting and Finance
Pre-MBA career: I've spent the last eight years in real estate and banking. I worked on a two-person development team to launch the largest craft marketplace in Southern California, Crafted, at the Port of Los Angeles. Most recently I drove digital transformation as an internal consultant and marketing manager for the largest housing Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in the country, Community Preservation Corporation.
Post-MBA plans: I’m passionate about the disruptive impact technology can have in the banking and financial services sector. I plan to work in a consulting capacity to drive this change from either an internal or external point of view.
Favorite thing about Rochester: I love the music and food scene. Rochester is going through a very cool revitalization period. Coming from real estate, I love seeing communities embrace historic buildings to breathe new life into forgotten spaces. There are some really cool restaurants, bars, and marketplaces where you can sit in a 100-year-old warehouse to enjoy a cocktail and meal set to live music, courtesy of University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.
Favorite thing about Simon: The people! Simon offers a very supportive environment - every single person here wants to see you succeed. Because of the small class size, you get tons of individual support from career counselors and alumni and are able to form deeper relationships with classmates. From sharing internship search resources to helping each other conduct mock interviews, the collaborative environment cannot be beat.
Why Simon: The small cohort size and analytical approach. Simon averages roughly 100 students per graduating class, so students get unparalleled support from professors, career coaches, and alumni and are able to build stronger relationships with classmates. And the analytics-based curriculum provides tangible skills needed in the working world. As a manager, you're expected to back up decisions with data. With a Simon education, I will have a skillset not found in all MBA programs.
Simon Clubs: Vice President of Strategy, Real Estate Association at Simon; Consulting Club; Simon Finance & Investing Club; Simon Women in Business; Simon Volunteers; Simon Spectrum; Simon Foodies Unite.

 

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