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Mr. Marine Investment Banker

About Me:

Following undergrad, I worked in investment banking in Charlotte, NC and San Francisco, CA for three years. After being inspired by veteran co-workers and family, I decided I wanted to make more of a difference while still in my 20s, and left banking for the Marine Corps. I have deployed to the Middle East as a platoon commander of 40 Marines.


Undergrad School: University of Kentucky

Undergrad Major: Finance

GPA: 3.2

GMAT: 700

Age: 28,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Pacific Community Ventures - Pro Bono Management Consultant, Service to School - Undergraduate Admissions Ambassador, Outreach Aid to the Americas - Humanitarian Trip Team Leader (Cuba)

Work History:

Title: Investment Banking Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Title: Platoon Commander

Industry: Government / Military

Company: Marines

Length of Employment: 4 yrs

Big Life Wins:

I am proud of the team my Platoon Sergeant and I created on our deployment to the Middle East. Our job was to train 40 Marines for a security forces mission, which was a foreign concept to many as over half were augments from non-combat job specialties. The unit was cliquey at the start, but we created a unified front and all came home safe.

Post MBA Goal:

My goal is to transition back into finance post-MBA. An ideal scenario would be to land a job at a progressive, innovative, and respected private equity or venture capital firm on the west coast. I would then like to join a start-up we’ve teamed up with to pursue my dream of helping an organization build something special from the ground level.


Target School: Stanford GSB

Status: Open

Considering: Harvard, Kellogg, Columbia, UCLA Anderson, NYU Stern


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 10%

  • MBA Prep School | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Hi Mr. Marine Investment Banker, this is Kristen from MBA Prep School. First, thank you for your service to our country. I really admire the non-conventional path you took to leave banking to join the Marines in order to give back. It’s clear you have a passion for making a difference, between this career decision and your volunteerism and pro-bono work. Admissions committees will like your combined private sector/military experience, and your past work in finance will make your transition back more achievable. On a whole, Admissions Committees also see a great deal of leadership in military applicants and it sounds like that would be a strength of yours as well. On the flip side, your profile presents a few challenges for Stanford, quite possibly …

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    Low GPA, low GMAT, and a less than standout military background. You won’t get into an M7 unless you get your GMAT up to average.
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