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Ryan Bell

Ryan Bell, Class of 2020

Hometown: Boston, MA
Undergraduate school and major: University of New Hampshire, Finance and Information Systems Management
Academic focus: Product Management and Strategy
Pre-MBA career: Strategy & Analytics at Liberty Mutual Insurance
Post-MBA plans: Tech Industry (Product Management or Internal Strategy)
Favorite thing about Rochester: Rochester has a great craft beer scene. I’m 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 School Venture Fund, Simon Data Analytics

Alyssa Carrizales

Alyssa Carrizales, Class of 2020

Hometown: Eugene, OR
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, NC
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

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Calvin Crockett, Class of 2020

Hometown: Grand Prairie, TX
Undergraduate school and major: Southern Methodist University, Economics and Public Policy
Academic focus: Finance and Strategy
Pre-MBA career: Financial Services Industry, municipal bond underwriter
Post-MBA plans: Strategy Consulting or Corporate Finance
Favorite thing about Rochester: The activities around the city. Rochester provides many festivals and fun things to do when I want to explore the city. New restaurants, plenty of beautiful parks, biking trails.
Favorite thing about Simon: The ability to make an impact. At Simon, if you have an idea and a credible way to achieve the desired result, I feel that you are fully supported and anything is possible.
Why Simon: For me, it is the people. From my classmates all the way to the dean, everyone holds a wealth of knowledge and shares a willingness to help support your goals. Simon provides a close-knit community.
Simon clubs: Simon Finance & Investment Club, Simon Consulting Club

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Chantal Delisle, Class of 2021

Hometown: Brasher Falls, NY
Undergraduate school and major: St. Lawrence University, Sociology
Academic focus: Marketing
Pre-MBA career: Following undergrad, I was a live-in nanny for two years in the Albany, NY, region, which was incredibly rewarding (and bonus: I learned how to meal plan/cook). I then spent the majority of my career at CIC (fka Cambridge Innovation Center), a flexible workspace for entrepreneurs and startups, in Cambridge and Boston, MA. I hopped back and forth as an event coordinator and then landed in Cambridge as a relationship manager on the sales team. Most recently, I spent a year in Florida working for GL Homes.
Post-MBA plans: Brand or Product Management
Favorite thing about Rochester: There are so many quirky coffee shops to spend time in; if you study at Boulder on Wednesday nights, you can catch Open Mic Night, and if you spend an afternoon at Village Bakery, you can transition to the rooftop deck at Trata. It’s also really nice to be within driving distance to family again.
Favorite thing about Simon: I know the name of every person in my class, and I am slowly getting to know the second years—I realize that isn’t something I would be lucky enough to do in a class of 600+ people. On top of that, my classmates are incredibly supportive—from life to classes to job searching, everyone is open and encouraging.
Why Simon: I chose Simon because of the warm, friendly environment. During my first visit, I saw how alumni were welcomed back with open arms, and I was surprised to be known by name. I hadn’t considered small class sizes a must-have at that point, but I realized I wanted to be on a first-name basis with professors and staff, friendly with my classmates, and known by the career center. Business school is hard enough without feeling lost in the crowd!
Simon clubs: Simon Women in Business, Simon Marketing Association, Simon Data Analytics, Simon Real Estate Club, UNCorked

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Miguel Garcia Ferrer, Class of 2020

Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
Undergraduate school and major: Universidad Anahuac, International Business
Academic focus: Finance and Accounting
Pre-MBA career: Finance, relationship & credit structure manager and COO of an asset management startup
Post-MBA plans: Corporate Finance
Favorite thing about Rochester: I love all the outdoor activities you can do in Rochester and its surroundings, from running along the Erie Canal to skiing in Bristol during winter.
Favorite thing about Simon: The sense of community is palpable. Students, alumni, and staff are here to help you reach the best version of yourself.
Why Simon: As a finance specialist and knowing that I wanted to continue the same path, Simon’s strong finance credentials were the reason why I decided to apply. Once I visited campus, I fell in love with the city, the school, and the people.
Simon clubs: Latin American Students of Simon (LASOS), Simon Finance & Investment Club, Simon Sports

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Lettie Goldsberry, Class of 2021

Hometown: Columbia, SC
Undergraduate school and major: Howard University, Business Administration
Academic focus: Strategy and Marketing
Pre-MBA career: Marketing Research, Nielsen
Post-MBA plans: Marketing Manager
Favorite thing about Rochester: Lake Ontario
Favorite thing about Simon: Getting to know my classmates
Why Simon: I got a chance to visit multiple schools while considering where I wanted to pursue my MBA. Simon was the only place where I felt at home, where people went out of their way to support me. Simon believed in my potential and has been a partner throughout the way to help me realize these goals.
Simon clubs: National Black Associate, Simon Marketing Association, Simon Data Analytics, Simon Volunteers, Simon Says
 

Wallace Gundy

Wallace Gundy, Class of 2020

Hometown: Pottstown, PA
Undergraduate school and major: University of Virginia, English Language and Literature
Academic focus: Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Pre-MBA career: I spent a decade working in the non-profit sector at Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, RI. 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.
Post-MBA plans: I will be working for Amazon in Seattle as part of the Retail Leadership Development Program.
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 devoted everyone is to ensuring my success and happiness.
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 one day. In addition, Simon’s commitment to the development of women in business in unmatched. I could feel that from the moment I stepped on campus.
Simon clubs: President, Graduate Business Council; Simon Women in Business; Simon Marketing Association; Simon Entrepreneurs Association
 

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Raazgi Haidri, Class of 2020

Hometown: Mumbai, India
Undergraduate school and major: SIES (Nerul) College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Mass Media and Advertising
Academic focus: Marketing and Analytics
Pre-MBA career: Content and marketing at India’s largest radio network, created primetime radio shows that were heard across the city of Mumbai
Post-MBA plans: Marketing Strategy, Product Marketing
Favorite thing about Rochester: The large student population is my favorite thing about Rochester. I appreciate the fact that everyone here is so ambitious and is continuously striving to do great things.
Favorite thing about Simon: The people! Everyone at Simon is invested in your success and makes sure that you have the right tools to get to where you’re going.
Why Simon: Simon felt like the right business school for me because of its quantitative focus. We follow an analytically rigorous curriculum and the courses here are giving me the skills required to excel in business. I was also impressed by the diversity of the MBA program. We have a very large international-student body—18 countries represented in the MBA 2020 class alone. As someone who is culturally curious and enjoys interacting with people, Simon was a great fit for me.
Simon clubs: Board Representative, Simon Pricing Club; VP of Logistics and Operations, Graduate Business Council

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Ankit Khandelwal, Class of 2020

Hometown: Jaipur, India
Undergraduate school and major: Nirma University, Instrumentation Engineering
Academic focus: Pricing and Strategy
Pre-MBA career: Engineering and sales, electrical switchgear manufacturing and market penetration strategies, generating sales, analyzing business requirements, and building a customer base in international markets
Post-MBA plans: Pricing and strategy roles; I plan to work in a consulting capacity focusing on revenue management, sales process implementation, and value-based pricing projects.
Favorite thing about Rochester: Amazing restaurants, great craft breweries, incredible vineyards, and, of course, Wegmans!
Favorite thing about Simon: The people—Simon has a very close-knit community providing a highly collaborative environment. Simon has a smaller class size where students get a lot of face time and personalized advice from professors and career counsellors. We eat, play, study, and party together!
Why Simon: Strong focus on data and analytics—Simon’s focus on data and analytics was the primary thing that attracted me towards Simon. The power of analytics is shaping the business world, and Simon’s curriculum is a pioneer in teaching B-School students with analytics. Another reason to come to Simon for international students is STEM!
Simon clubs: Vice President, Simon Pricing Club; UNCorked; Simon Dance Club

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 analyst at Standard Bank in South Africa
Post-MBA plans: Investment banking associate at Credit Suisse in NYC
Favorite thing about Rochester: For a smaller city there really is lots to do with a diverse food culture and friendly people. There are some beautiful wineries in the area with fantastic outdoor activities all year round.
Favorite thing about Simon: People are incredibly supportive and inclusive in a very analytical and driven environment. There is a true sense of community that goes a long way when managing MBA life gets tough.
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, NY
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
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, CA
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. Plus, 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, Simon Real Estate Club; Simon Consulting Club; Simon Finance & Investment Club; Simon Women in Business; Simon Volunteers; Simon Spectrum

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Marcel Roos, Class of 2021

Hometown: Pretoria, South Africa
Undergraduate school and major: University of Pretoria, Bachelor’s in Accounting, Master’s in Finance
Academic focus: Finance and Analytics
Pre-MBA career: Investment analyst in the asset management industry
Post-MBA plans: Investment banking or corporate finance
Favorite thing about Rochester: Rochester provides the best of small town and big city living. There is a lot to do, indoors and outdoors. However, it has a more relaxed pace and a low cost of living.
Favorite thing about Simon: I love how welcoming and supportive the Simon community is. Everyone cares for each other and pride themselves on selflessly ensuring that everyone succeeds.
Why Simon: I see Simon’s MBA as the nexus between deep theoretical knowledge and crucial soft skills, such as leadership skills and communication skills. Simon’s STEM designation is testament to the analytical lens that they use to teach all facets of business education. This makes it the ideal program to cultivate my analytical aptitude and refine my existing skillset. Technology is the primary driving force behind global growth and has created a massive demand for leaders who can manage people in this industry. Simon’s smaller class sizes, rich diversity, and strong culture of inclusivity fosters the development of the soft skills required to be a leader in a digitally-driven world.
Simon clubs: Simon Finance & Investment Club, Simon School Venture Fund, Simon Volunteers
 

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Darren Small, Class of 2021

Hometown: Jamaica, NY
Undergraduate school and major: Middlebury College, Economics
Academic focus: Entrepreneurship
Pre-MBA career: Operational & Enterprise Risk Management, MUFG Investment Bank
Post-MBA plans: Successfully running my own startup
Favorite thing about Rochester: As a NYC native, being a foodie is in my genes. Rochester has some great restaurants and Wegmans!
Favorite thing about Simon: The community. Simon attracts some of the most genuine people I’ve met in my life. The highly collaborative environment fosters both intellectual and personal growth—key development points for a successful post-MBA career.
Why Simon: The small class sizes, close-knit community, and the ability to take my analytical ability to the next level.
Simon clubs: Simon School Venture Fund, Simon Entrepreneurs Association

 

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