Wharton | Mr. Digi-Transformer
GMAT 680, GPA 4
Stanford GSB | Ms. 2+2 Tech Girl
GRE 333, GPA 3.95
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthcare Operations To General Management
GRE 700, GPA 7.3
Chicago Booth | Ms. CS Engineer To Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.31
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Engineer In The Military
GRE 310, GPA 3.9
Ross | Mr. Automotive Compliance Professional
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Oil & Gas Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 6.85/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seeking Fellow Program
GMAT 760, GPA 3
Wharton | Mr. Real Estate Investor
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Chef Instructor
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Climate
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. New England Hopeful
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Bangladeshi Data Scientist
GMAT 760, GPA 3.33
Harvard | Mr. Military Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 3.9
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Chicago Booth | Mr. Private Equity To Ed-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Columbia | Mr. BB Trading M/O To Hedge Fund
GMAT 710, GPA 3.23
Columbia | Mr. Old Indian Engineer
GRE 333, GPA 67%
Harvard | Mr. Athlete Turned MBB Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Ross | Mr. Civil Rights Lawyer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Trucking
GMAT 640, GPA 3.82
Ross | Mr. Low GRE Not-For-Profit
GRE 316, GPA 74.04% First Division (No GPA)
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98

Meet the MBA Class of 2022: Frank Thomas, Emory University (Goizueta)

Frank Thomas

Emory University, Goizueta Business School

“Newspaper reporter turned investment analyst turned quantitative analyst; fond of photography and race cars.”

Hometown: Charleston, West Virginia     

Fun Fact About Yourself: Before deciding to chase my lifelong interest in investing, I worked as a reporter, writing for newspapers both domestically (mostly Ohio) and abroad (Wellington, NZ and London, UK).

Undergraduate School and Major: Ohio University, Journalism

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: The Motley Fool, Director of Investing Intelligence

Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of the school’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school, and why was it so important to you? I have an extremely varied set of skills and interests, and the flexibility of Goizueta’s curriculum should help me continue developing them as an MBA candidate. After completing the core curriculum during the first semester, candidates can mix-and-match courses from various concentrations, blazing their own academic trail.

What excites you most about getting your MBA at Goizueta? What makes you most nervous? I am most excited to have time for personal and professional development. Even at the best employers, it can be hard to find time for learning and skill development amid the daily grind of deadlines and key performance indicators.

On the other hand, it will be hard to adjust to the student’s life and budget again. I’ll definitely miss having disposable income.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: I researched and designed the investment strategy behind my company’s first index and ETF product, the Fool 100. After two years of quantitative research, the strategy launched in early 2018 and has beaten the S&P 500 by nearly 31% since inception. It currently manages $275 million in client assets.

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? I had accomplished what I wanted at The Motley Fool and was ready to search out new adventures, particularly in the FinTech space. Given my non-traditional background, as a journalism major, I knew an MBA would help me maximize my opportunities.

What other MBA programs did you apply to? Darden, Tepper

What was the most challenging question you were asked during the admissions process?“Tell me about a time you failed.”

How did you determine your fit at various schools? I am generally a very quantitative person, but in this context, I hewed to the qualitative because I believe the value of an MBA is in the relationships you build during the program. My checklist was entirely subjective: did I feel welcome when visiting campus? Did I enjoy meeting fellow students? Could I see myself happily engaging with the community?

What was your defining moment and how did it prepare you for business school? I took a year off between high school and undergrad and worked overseas as a reporter. I still remember vividly what I felt at the airport in September 2007, while hugging my mother goodbye and boarding the plane to New Zealand. I must have been the second most terrified person within 100 miles after my mother. I was leaving every person and place I knew to start an entirely new chapter of my life.

It took a few days, but that fear eventually gave way to excitement about the possibilities uncertainty allowed. It was the first time I felt truly in control of my life’s course, and I credit the experience with making me the fiercely independent, adventurous person I am today.

I face similar uncertainty now. I’ve left a wonderful company and wonderful friends to start from scratch, in a city I don’t know, during a particularly volatile time in the world. It is scary, but as my time in New Zealand – and elsewhere – taught me, uncertainty and fear are the dysfunctional parents of opportunity and adventure.

What is the most important attribute that you are seeking in an MBA employer – and why is that important? I want the freedom to work on a variety of projects and problems. I have varied interests, enjoy learning, and want a career that lets me explore different challenges.

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