Meet Notre Dame Mendoza’s MBA Class of 2018


Jack Pelzer

University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Midwestern creative seeking new career following somewhat tumultuous relationship with US Treasury Bonds.

Hometown: River Forest, IL

Fun Fact About Yourself: Last year I wrote a musical based on the life of actor Brendan Fraser.

Undergraduate School and Major: Northwestern University, Economics

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

Chopper Trading LLC- Senior Fixed Income Trader

DRW Trading Group- Senior Fixed Income Trader

Peaches and Hot Sauce- Writer/ Creative Producer

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Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far:Becoming an equity partner in my trading group in 2014

Looking back on your experience, what advice would you give to future business school applicants?  Get other people to read and critique your essays. Their feedback is worth your embarrassment.

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? I’m from the Chicago-area,, so I already knew about the loyalty of the Notre Dame alumni network. What sold me on Mendoza was the small class sizes and emphasis on business ethics. 

Tell us about your dream job or dream employer at this point in your life? Dream job? Corporate strategist at a media production company, or better yet owning my own studio. I want to use my experience, both financial and creative, to help independent content creators reach their full potential.

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? That I always tried to make my teammates look like rock stars. Success only come when everybody has each other’s back.

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