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Graduate: 16 Years
Undergraduate: 16 Years
Stanford Graduate School of Business
MBA Prep School
With three degrees from Stanford, including an MBA, Kevin bleeds Cardinal Red!
With over 15 years experience in MBA Admissions Consulting and GMAT instruction, Kevin is one of the only people in the admissions industry with depth in both arenas.
His combined experience as an admissions consultant and GMAT tutor provide a unique perspective on how each relates to the other. He has helped students understand the performance psychology both of test taking and essay writing, and he has a multitude of ways for helping clients relax and bring their most authentic selves forward.
Kevin has an eclectic background ranging from enterprise tech software to pet retail. Most recently, he helped launch a new online community college in less than five months. Major threads that run through his work are a joy for startups, fast paced growth, and blending vision and exploration with tactics, schedules and persistent iteration. Most importantly, Kevin believes if you follow you heart and have an intense passion for delivering for your clients and customers, you will achieve great things.
Hailing from a First Gen Low Income background, Kevin has a particular passion for helping first gen, low income, military, LGBTQ, female and immigrant MBA candidates. Kevin’s clients have gained admission to schools ranging from Stanford, Harvard, LBS and MIT to Darden, UCLA Anderson and Carnegie Mellon Tepper.
When he is not working on growing a new start-up or helping MBA candidates, Kevin is creating amazing food for friends or for his Instagram feed, enjoying new world and old world wines, playing softball, or hurting folks feelings winning at Spades.
What Makes MBA Prep School Admissions Consulting Different?
A few years ago, a handful of clever tips and some light application polishing may have been sufficient to give MBA admissions hopefuls an edge over less-prepared applicants. Today’s MBA application landscape is far more competitive. MBA Prep School delivers a winning formula for our MBA admissions consulting clients that the “MBA application consulting firms” simply can’t match:
1) We combine creative experts who love storytelling and are gifted at identifying the “uniques” of each client and we match them with former admissions officers who excel at the critical aspects of evaluating an application and perfecting flaws that might prevent admissions to a top MBA program.
2) We have created a powerful set of tools for MBA applicants, including a step-by-step work plan, exercises, and templates that provide both inspiration and direction.
3) We have built a phenomenal knowledge base of resources over a decade in the admissions consulting field, including videos, school guides, essay analysis, and five-star rated eBook on How to Apply for an MBA.
Visit https://mbaprepschool.com to understand what MBA Prep School does differently than the MBA Application Consulting firms.
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TL;DR: Kevin is an amazing consultant that was crucial in helping me get accepted to Chicago Booth, my dream school, with $70K in scholarships. Kevin is kind and friendly, yet serious and down to business. He will push you and really want to get to know you and understand practically your whole life and psyche to help you write an honest and compelling story. Every piece of advice he gave throughout the application was well-thought-of and critical. He helped me overcome my anxieties and write a strong story, that just by reading at a resume or the numbers could not have been told. His talent to unfold stories and his support in helping you write amazing essays are simply astonishing. It was a pleasure to work with Kevin and could not recommend him enough: he will get you to a much higher place than where you think you can land.
Dream high, aim high has always been my biggest trait. However, along with that, I’ve struggled with anxiety and self-confidence. I did not let that deter my dreams of getting into a top school, and fortunately, I found Kevin. I had a sub-par GPA (if not to say terrible). I’d jump around a few positions in my career, and some were simply horizontal changes to different industries. No volunteer experience. No athletic achievements, no significant college extracurriculars. I had been recently laid off due to COVID. It was heavy lifting – for Kevin, of course. Not necessarily to help me create a compelling story, but to overcome all the obvious “why-nots” I kept obsessing about. Nonetheless, I was determined and relentless, and fortunately, I had Kevin by my side.
I found Kevin after searching and speaking to a few consultants. Some were straight-up arrogant and quickly dismissed my profile. Kevin, however, was interested in my story, my true purpose. Find out the “why’s” about the negatives of my profiles. Curiously dig into my past and what really made me tick, what my true passions were. He was genuinely interested, and if he sees something in you, he will work with you. He saw I was hungry, determined, had a knack for finance, and really wanted this. He connected the dots, saw the positive attributes in my profile, and was quick to understand and help me put together the flaws.
I first hired him for two hours of GMAT tutoring, helping me get from a 710 to a 770. How? I had been scoring 740-770 in practice tests, but 710 and lower in real practice tests. Amazing tutor and consultant, he quickly identified what I was doing wrong, helped me change my approach to the test, and designed a study plan to reinforce this approach. Keep in mind, a 770 barely compensated for my terrible GPA; the MBA application work was just getting started.
We had multiple phone calls, hours long, where Kevin asked and asked and asked about me, my past, where I wanted to be, my hobbies, my passions, my family, EVERYTHING. He did not want to help me write whatever sounded right to the admissions committee. He wanted me to write about what was truly myself. Honest. From the heart. And those are the stories the admissions committee really wants to hear. After helping me craft my story, we went through multiple essay drafts. He will dissect the essays, from word selection and grammar to high-level concepts and the way you structure the essay. He was phenomenal. Yes, sometimes it felt like a pain. He won’t allow you to settle for mediocrity (and if you are, an MBA Is not for you). But that’s how the best are crafted – they revisit and revisit until their act is perfect.
In the end, after scrutinizing and making me revisit every single part of the application, and thoroughly preparing me for the interviews, came the moment of truth, when I finally heard of my acceptance to Chicago Booth. Kevin’s support was crucial. And best of all, besides probably getting you to where you want to go, in hindsight, he makes this process fun. There were dreadful moments, but looking back, working with Kevin with the challenge and the push to delve deeper and put the best version of yourself forward was not only fun after all, but extremely rewarding.
I definitely recommend hiring Kevin as your MBA consultant (and GMAT tutor). They say invest in yourself, and this is one of the best investments I’ve made for myself, if not the best. It comes from someone who invested in this right after being laid off. This will probably be one of the best investments of your money and time – ever.
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