Meet The Texas McCombs MBA Class of 2019

David Reyes 

The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business  

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: I am an adventurer with a passion for equality and progress across the globe.

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fun Fact About Yourself: I’ve traveled to over 35 countries in the last 10 years, and I’m the proud dog-dad of a one of a kind boxer/basset mix named Jason Bourne (Instagram: MrJasonBourne).

Undergraduate School and Major: United States Military Academy at West Point; Environmental Science & Engineering

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

  • Empirix Inc. – Project Manager
  • Deloitte Advisor – Senior Consultant
  • S. Army – Plans & Future Operations Officer, Outreach Admissions Officer (West Point), Executive Officer, Platoon Leader

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: I’m most proud of my work as an Outreach Admission Officer at West Point, which allowed me to connect with over 10,000 prospective candidates throughout eleven states in my region, give back to my community, and help shape the next generation of our nation’s future leaders.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? In preparing to write your essay, use all of the available resources to help you better understand the program, give you honest feedback on your draft essays, and ensure you are presenting yourself in the most authentic way possible.

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? The key factor that led me choosing McCombs was the genuine collaborative culture of the program. I was only able to get a full sense of the culture when I visited the campus and observed the interactions between faculty, staff, students, and the McCombs community as a whole. This was important to me because it is the type of culture that has helped me thrive, and the kind of culture that I want to promote in my post-MBA career.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? Success after my first year at McCombs will be defined by my ability to actively contribute and listen in the classroom, grow by learning from my classmates’ experiences, promote an inclusive community, and internalize key business fundamentals to help me succeed in my internship.

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