Meet Emory Goizueta’s MBA Class of 2019

Arturo Gonzalez Jr.

Emory University, Goizueta Business School

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: I am probably the most goal-oriented person you’ll ever meet.

Hometown: McDonough, Georgia

Fun Fact About Yourself: A few months ago, my family and I spent a week in Hawaii. During a weekend excursion, I found myself on the set of Jumanji with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart.

Undergraduate School and Major: The University of Georgia, B.B.A., Business Economics and International Business

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

Liberty Mutual Surety, Global Specialty Surety Bond Underwriter

Liberty Mutual Insurance, Business Insurance Commercial Underwriter

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far:Leading the underwriting efforts of a multi-billion dollar client. As the account underwriter, I had the privilege of meeting and working with the CFO and Director of Finance.

Looking back on your experience, what is one piece of advice you would give to future business school applicants? What surprised me the most about the recruiting process was how many people are involved in creating a successful application. We’ve all heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I feel the same mindset should be used if you’re thinking about applying to a top MBA program. Start early and take advantage of all of your resources.

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? Besides being in a vibrant city, having amazing faculty and placing MBA students in all industries, Goizueta is heavily involved in the community and does a great job offering students leadership projects to work with local businesses. Through Goizueta’s IMPACT, students have an opportunity to positively influence partner companies while gaining valuable leadership and practical experience. One of the reasons I decided to return to school to get an MBA was to foster my leadership skills. I knew I would have an abundance of opportunities to do just that at Goizueta.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? A successful first year of business school would include securing an investment banking associate internship on Wall Street, registering for a study abroad program in Barcelona, Spain, being elected President or Vice-President of the finance club, and forming meaningful relationships with my classmates.

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