Meet NYU Stern’s MBA Class Of 2019

Luis Gerardo Martinez Buentello

New York University, Stern School of Business

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Straight forward, curious and disciplined person that loves sports and light reading.

Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico

Fun Fact About Yourself: I rarely go a day without eating a protein bar for breakfast.

Undergraduate School and Major: Universidad Iberoamericana, J.D.

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

  • Ritch Mueller and SAI Consulting, law clerk, associate and senior associate
  • A financial group in Mexico City, project manager, legal director

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Leading the sale of a company to a market leader.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? My advice to future applicants would be to be absolutely sure that an MBA is right for you. Take a deep and reflective look at your goals and ambitions for the next 10 to 15 years and decide whether or not two years of financial, quant and managerial education will better suit those future plans. Once you have decided that it is the right path, use those aspirations, goals and dreams to think about your greatest accomplishments and failures. These examples will help you draft essays that speak sincerely about the person you were, are and wish to become graduation day.

What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? (Please only list one factor so you can explore it in more depth) The key factor in determining NYU Stern was its specialization in Finance and, more particularly, FinTech. The link between finance and technology is what I see myself doing for the next 15 or 20 years. I truly believe that there is enormous potential in disruption and innovation within financial services.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? For me, a successful first year would translate into making deep and meaningful new friendships that will transform my experience from a purely academic adventure, to setting the framework for a network that will aid me in developing business, personal and community opportunities in my home country and cross-border. A successful year at NYU Stern will drastically amplify my chances of creating value both on the corporate and extracurricular levels, including taking a leap of faith by participating in the annual $300k Entrepreneurs Challenge hosted by NYU Stern’s W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab.

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