2017 Best MBAs: Jorge Rosales Carpio, University of Rochester (Simon)

Jorge Rosales Carpio

Simon Business School, University of Rochester

“Passionate and focused with a love for challenges, and with a strong belief that anybody can do anything they propose.”

Age: 29 years.

Hometown: Lima, Peru.

Fun fact about yourself: I brought my Boston Terrier all the way from Panama to attend business school with me.

Undergraduate School and Degree: Universidad de Piura, BS in Economics

Where did you work before enrolling in business school? Indesa Capital, Economic Research and Analysis Manager.

Where did you intern during the summer of 2016? UBS Investment Bank – TMT Group, New York City.

Where will you be working after graduation? Simon-Kucher & Partners, Senior Consultant, Mountain View.

Community Work and Leadership Roles in Business School:

Community Work:

  • Graduate Admissions Assistant – Simon Admissions Office.
  • Admissions Ambassador – Simon Admissions Office.
  • Student Career Advisor – Simon’s Career Management Center.
  • Teaching Assistant to Prof. James Brickley – Organization & Strategy (STR403), Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter.
  • Teaching Assistant to Prof. Giulio Trigilia – Investments (FIN206), Spring Semester.
  • Teaching Assistant to Prof. Werner Schenk – Operations and Technology Management (OMG 202), Fall Semester.
  • Tutor – Capital Budgeting and Corporate Objectives.
  • Coach – Team Leader for first-year MBAs.

Leadership roles:

  • Founder – Simon Investment Banking Club.
  • President – Simon Finance & Investment Club.
  • President – Latin American Students Organization at Simon (LASOS).
  • Chairman – Simon Career Leadership Board.
  • Vice-President of Career Management and Alumni Relations – Graduate Business Council (GBC).
  • First-Year MBA Representative.

Awards:

  • Dean’s Leadership Award (May 2016).
  • Awarded Merit Based Scholarship and the Fielding Fellowship (June 2015).
  • 2017 Venture Capital Investment Competition – Runner up and “Entrepreneurs’ Choice Award”, represented Simon in the New England Regionals (February 2017).

Which academic or extracurricular achievement are you most proud of during business school? I am proud about two: the first one is being the Founder of the Investment Banking Club which I later merged with two finance-related clubs to form Simon’s largest club with more than 170 members. In its new shape, my team and I were able to develop a challenging yet feasible annual plan which included launching Simon’s first Stock Pitch Competition, a Trading Competition, an Investment Banking Case Competition, and hosting the Annual Investments Conference in New York City. The second one is with regard to my role as Career Advisor. I was the first student to ever start this role in his first year, and I was able to meet more than 250 MBA (first-year and second-year), MS in Finance, MS in Accounting, MS in Marketing Analytics, and MS in Business Analytics students, and advise them on résumé preparation, how to prepare for interviews, and organized mock interviews.

What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? Being promoted to Resident Vice-President at age 24, and being able to lead a team of highly experienced professionals in one of the most important banking projects in Latin America.

Who was your favorite MBA professor? I had many, but the three that are my favorite are Guy Arie for Economics of Competitive Strategy, Greg Shaffer for Pricing Policies, and Jeanine Miklós-Thal for Advanced Pricing. Each of them for particular reasons, but in general because they helped me discover my true passion in strategy and pricing; and also opened my mind to different ways of thinking, and helped me think from different angles to identify potentials flaws and solve problems creatively.

What was your favorite MBA Course and what was the biggest insight you gained about business from it? I had two classes – Pricing Policies, which helped me understand how companies should think about pricing and consumers from an economic and analytical perspective; and Economics of Competitive Strategy, which helped me understand how some business decisions that I believed were correct in practice didn’t make any sense if analyzed carefully and objectively.

Why did you choose this business school? For three reasons: its reputation and rankings in Finance and Economics, its class size, and its proximity to New York City.

What did you enjoy most about business school in general? The fact that although I was always busy with classes, I organized myself so I had time to be involved in different activities that helped me grow as a person, as well as helping others with career development.

What was the most surprising thing about business school for you? How important networking is in order to get your dream job.

What is your best advice to an applicant hoping to get into your school’s MBA program? You will come to the greatest hidden gem among the business schools in the world, with some of the best faculty who will give you the tools to become a great professional, but you need to put everything on your side to make a good use of the opportunities you will receive.

What is the biggest myth about your school? That it is only really good in finance, when it is actually not only one of the best in finance but the best in the world for Pricing.

What was your biggest regret in business school? Not doing more, not taking other classes that I also wanted to take, and not having more time to help more of my classmates.

Which MBA classmate do you most admire? Jean Dang. In her role of VP of Asset Management and Portfolio Manager of the Meliora Fund, she selected the best candidates to become analysts, mentoring them, and basically reviving the fund in the process.

I knew I wanted to go to business school when…I thought about where I wanted to be in five years and in ten years, and I realized that I needed to fill some gaps to become a well-rounded CEO.” 

If I hadn’t gone to business school, I would be…climbing my way up in a corporation but also starting my own entrepreneurial endeavor.”

If you were a dean for a day, what one thing would you change about the MBA experience? I would invest in immersion programs for MBA students with developing countries around the world, to broaden their horizons and develop the real-life application of the curriculum into advancements in social entrepreneurship, sustainability, and ethical business regional practices.

What is your ultimate long-term professional goal? Return to Peru to help grow my country by establishing a VC Fund and teaching in local universities.

Who would you most want to thank for your success? My parents and my wife. Without their help, patience and support, I wouldn’t be here. Also, it is because I have always followed my dad’s advice. He once told me that God has given each of us a set of skills that makes us unique, and that it was my job to make a good use of them by always striving for excellence, and waking up every morning thinking about what could I do that day to become better.

In one sentence, how would you like your peers to remember you? Passionate, focused, always available to help whomever needed a hand, and with a strong belief that anything is possible.

Favorite book: “Dream Big: How the Brazilian Trio behind 3G Capital acquired Anheuser-Busch, Burger King and Heinz” by Cristiane Correa.

Favorite movie or television show: House of Cards, Seinfeld.

Favorite musical performer: Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives.

Favorite vacation spot: Mancora, Peru.

Hobbies? Cross Fit, triathlon (I have finished two Ironman and three Half Ironman), reading, playing with my dog.

What made Jorge such an invaluable addition to the class of 2017?

“In the triathlon community, there is a mantra: swim, bike, run, try. Jorge lists competing in Ironman competitions as a hobby; for most competitors, Ironman is a way of life and I can see this relentless drive in everything Jorge does. Instead of just trying, Jorge soars, his MBA experience has been: finance, strategy, economics, soar. It is no surprise that he will become a senior consultant at Simon-Kucher & Partners in a few months. Jorge is fearless and inquisitive and I expect to follow his career with interest.

I first heard the legend of Jorge during his first year, when the classes of ’16 and ’17 were in awe of how he secured an internship with UBS Investment Bank. More importantly, Jorge shared his strategy with his cohort and worked with them one-on-one in an effort to help them secure their dream internships, going above and beyond the normal role of a Student Career Advisor (SCA). Jorge is consistently looking for opportunities to enhance the Simon student experience and inspire long-lasting change. His second home might be the Dean’s suite, where he is not afraid to share ideas for improving career opportunities or strengthen opportunities in Latin America. This past December, when most Simon students were enjoying their vacation, Jorge presented a well-developed strategy to engage student career advisors with newly admitted students in order to better prepare them for the MBA internship cycle and defined opportunities for additional support through the second year. Jorge cares deeply about the success of his colleagues, which bodes well for his post-MBA career.

As the founder of the Simon Investment Banking Club (now the Simon Finance and Investment Club), Jorge organized a private equity conference last spring. I was able to participate in a roundtable with the speaker and students, but it did not end there. Jorge continued to engage the speaker, connecting him with the senior administration, looking for opportunities for student consulting projects and an international immersion course based in Latin America building upon the speaker’s network and experience in emerging markets. During 2017–18, Simon will be offering the Latin American immersion that Jorge developed. I met again with the speaker several months later who shared that Jorge’s drive and passion is what set him apart from other MBA students. While he was not a Simon alum, the speaker worked with Jorge during the fall because he was impressed by his ability to develop solutions to complex problems.

Amy Bruinooge
Assistant Dean of Academic & Financial Operations
Simon Business School

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