Mark Jagiela is currently a first year student at Columbia Business School and the Honor Board Representative for Cluster A Œ13. Prior to attending CBS, Mark worked for The Royal Bank of Scotland Group in the RBS Citizens Corporate Finance & Capital Markets group, focusing on the origination, structuring and underwriting of leveraged and acquisition finance facilities for mid-sized technology and healthcare companies. Mark graduated from Tufts University in 2007 with a BA in Economics and a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership and was a member of the varsity football team. He is also on the Board of Directors of Giving Opportunities to Others (GOTO), a volunteer run non-profit that raises money to send promising, underprivileged middle school children from New York City and Boston to summer arts & music camps.
Josh Heacock is a first year student at Columbia Business School, and is the Honor Board Representative for Cluster A ’14. Prior to attending Columbia, Josh served 5 years as a commissioned officer in the US Air Force. During his career, Josh was assigned with the 509th Bomb Wing as an aircraft maintenance Flight Commander and later served as Director of Operations for the 46th Test Squadron, Detachment 1. Josh earned a B.S. in Systems Engineering Management with Academic Distinction from the United States Air Force Academy.
Zach Lane is a joint J.D./M.B.A. candidate and a first year student at Columbia Business School. Prior to attending Columbia, Zach was the content manager of JustMeans.com, where he helped companies to communicate with consumers about their environmental initiatives. Since coming to Columbia, Zach has worked in a variety of legal positions in both the public and private sectors. In his free time, Zach volunteers as a coach in the Mentoring Youth through Legal Education program at Columbia Law School.
Audrey Iriberri is the Honor Board Representative for Cluster B14. She graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2005 with a BS in aeronautical mechanical engineering and a commission as an officer in the US Army. She worked as a logistician and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving over 13 months in Iraq. In 2009, she joined US Army Special Operations as a civil affairs officer. She deployed to the Philippines where she worked alongside the US Embassy Country Team in Manila. A native New Yorker, Audrey left active duty to attend Columbia Business School and return to her hometown.
Matt Giammanco is a first year student at Columbia Business School, and is the Honor Board Representative for Cluster C '13. Prior to attending Columbia, he worked for Ernst & Young LLP in their Transaction Real Estate Group in New York. At Ernst & Young, he was focused on real estate loan portfolio transactions, including buy-side portfolio due diligence and restructuring activities. Matt earned a B.S. in Finance, with Distinction, from Penn State University, with minors in Economics and International Business.
Emily R. Washkowitz is a first year student at Columbia Business School and is the Honor Board Representative for Cluster C’14. Prior to enrolling at CBS, Emily attended Harvard College and received a BA in History of Art and Architecture with a focus on Modern and Contemporary Art. Following graduation, Emily helped start a fashion media company, StyleCaster Media Group, which owns and operates three properties – StyleCaster, Beauty High and The Vivant. While at StyleCaster, Emily had many roles but most recently served as Director of Client Services and Operations.
Bruce Baumgartner began his undergraduate career at the University of Virginia in 1998 before transferring to the US Naval Academy. While at the Academy, Bruce served as company honor representative and was captain of the Varsity Men's Heavyweight Crew team. In 2003, Bruce graduated from the Naval Academy with a B.S. in Economics and was commissioned into the US Navy. During his career as a Naval Intelligence Officer, Bruce served with Electronic Attack Squadron-138, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines, Defense Intelligence Operations Coordination Center, and the Chief of Naval Operations Intelligence Plot. He also served in direct support of the President and First Lady of the United States as a military social aide from 2008-2011. Bruce Baumgartner is currently a first year student at Columbia Business School and enjoys live music and all things New York.
Stephanie is a first year student at Columbia Business School, where he serves as the Honor representative for Cluster D ’14. Prior to Columbia, Stephanie attended the United States Naval Academy and then served for five years in the USMC where she served overseas in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Jordan, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand. She hopes to work in Investment Banking after her MBA. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys running marathons, skiing, hiking and traveling.
Tyler is a first year student at CBS and the Honor Board Representative for Cluster E'13. After graduating from UCLA, Tyler worked for Triage Consulting Group doing healthcare consulting work for hospitals in California, Oregon, and Colorado. He specialized in California Healthcare Regulation and Revenue Cycle improvements and hopes to continue in the Healthcare field upon graduation from CBS. In his free time Tyler enjoys grilling, wakeboarding, and UCLA Football.
Akshaya is a first year student at Columbia Business School, where he serves as the Honor representative for Cluster E’14. Prior to Columbia, Akshaya spent over four years with Schlumberger, managing its operations on offshore rigs on the east coast of India and helping his clients find and quantify petroleum. Just before coming to CBS, he spent his summer at a startup in online fashion retail as a Summer Associate, helping the top management in expanding and standardizing their operations. After his MBA, his ambition is to continue down his exploratory road and work with one of the major consulting firms over an array of industries. Akshaya enjoys playing musical instruments like guitar and djembe in his free time. He received his B.Tech. in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.p>
Travis is a first year student at Columbia Business School, where he serves as the Honor representative for Cluster F ’13. Prior to Columbia, Travis held several roles in finance, most recently working as an investment analyst at MHW Capital, a long/short equity hedge fund based in Atlanta. He hopes to work in consulting after finishing his MBA. In his spare time, Travis enjoys triathlon training, golf, reading, and volunteering as a tutor and mentor. He received a BSBA in Economics from the University of Florida, Magna Cum Laude, and a MAcc from the University of Virginia, where he graduated 2nd in his class.
James Ajello is a first year MBA candidate at Columbia Business School and the Honor Board Representative for Cluster F’14. Prior to attending Columbia, James worked for Wells Fargo Securities in the Leveraged Finance and Real Estate Capital Markets groups. At Wells Fargo Securities, James focused on the origination, structuring and underwriting of senior loan and high yield bond transactions for public and private companies across multiple industries. James received his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University where he majored in Economics and served on the Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Honor Council.
Paul Luce is a first year student at Columbia Business School. Prior to entering Columbia, Paul was an Investment Analyst for the University of Washington Endowment where he was part of a small team that invested $3 billion. Before the UW Endowment, he worked with early stage venture capital screening potential investments for angel investors. Paul graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Business Administration. Outside of school and work Paul has been a committed volunteer and coach for Special Olympics of Washington.
John Levin is a first year student at Columbia Business School. Prior to attending Columbia, he was a Vice President at Public Resources Advisory Group, where he advised U.S. cities, states and counties on their municipal bond transactions. John also co-chaired the Business Consulting Committee of the Accion Microfinance Council. In this capacity, John led teams of volunteers to provide consulting services for Accion’s domestic microlending strategies. He graduated from Yale with a BA in economics.
Sebastian Rodriguez is currently a first year student at Columbia Business School. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Sebastian received his B.B.A. in Accounting and Finance from the University of Miami. Following graduation, Sebastian joined the audit practice at Deloitte & Touche LLP, serving clients in the financial services, real estate, private equity, and hospitality industries for nearly six years. Due to his strong commitment to the continuous growth of emerging leaders, Sebastian is a mentor and ambassador for City Year.
Rob Caldwell is a first year student at Columbia Business School, where he serves as the Honor Representative for Cluster H. Prior to Columbia, Rob was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, most recently serving as a Company Commander for 3d Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Twentynine Palms, California. During his career he was deployed in support Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan. Rob graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a BS of Economics in 2007. While at the Academy, he was the Co-Captain of the Varsity Football Team and a Third-Team All-American. Rob enjoys all things Navy football and outdoor adventures.
Reinier de Jong received his B.A. in Science and Social Science from University College Utrecht, and his MSc in International Economics from The Graduate Institute, Geneva. Prior to attending Columbia Business School, Reinier was a Consultant at Bain & Company in Amsterdam, where he advised companies in the telecom, media, technology and fast moving consumer goods sectors. Prior to Bain, he was an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley in London, where he prepared and executed major transactions in the Benelux. Reinier successfully passed the CFA examinations.
Rich is a first year student at Columbia Business School and serves as the Honor representative for Cluster X ‘14. Prior to attending Columbia, Rich worked in consulting at Stern Stewart and EVA Dimensions. At the two firms, Rich worked to apply the Economic Value Added (EVA) framework in the fields of value-based strategy, planning, and corporate financial advisory working with firms in a broad array of industries and countries. Rich graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia.
Steven is a second year student at Columbia Business School and the Honor Representative for Cluster Y’13. After graduating from the University of California, Irvine with a B.S. in Information and Computer Science, Steven began his professional career at Deloitte Consulting, specializing in Customer Relationship Management enterprise solutions. He later switched into finance, working as a research analyst at Credit Suisse in Zurich and similarly at a startup hedge fund in Hong Kong. At CBS, Steven continues to develop his skills in investment management, with a focus in value investing. In his free time, Steven enjoys playing basketball, hiking, and playing guitar.
Lai holds a BS in Money and banking from the National Chengchi University. Prior to Columbia Business School, Lai was a Vice President within a Real Estate/Construction company.
Mike Boswell received his B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Prior to arriving at Columbia Business School, Mike completed an internship at PowerAdvocate, a supply chain consulting firm serving clients in the utility and oil and gas industries. Prior to PowerAdvocate, he served for 5 years as a nuclear engineer and Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. While in the Navy, Mike deployed three times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and other missions. After Columbia, Mike plans to focus on the energy industry and pursue employment in the field after graduation.
Silvia was born in Colombia, but spent a significant portion of her professional life in Miami, performing in a Latin-American regional role. She is a passionate leader, with a broad sense of ethics and values, which she considers the milestones of my personal and professional development.
Dave has been fortunate to work in stimulating public-private environments, primarily in corporate affairs and law. Whether at the New York Governor’s Office, The White House, Wilson Elser, Delta Air Lines or now at Pfizer as vice president for worldwide policy and public affairs, his career has centered on favorably shaping corporate reputation, change management and public affairs. Traveling and experiencing first-hand how business and cultures thrive in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa has been one of life’s highlights. Dave earned a BA, MA and JD, and graduated from the General Management Program at Harvard.
Ken has over 10 years of experience in manufacturing, management consulting and financial operations. After completing an engineering degree at the University of Michigan and working for two US automobile makers in Detroit, Ken took on a managerial role in the New York office of Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, where he advised several fortune 500 companies as a leader in the Supply Chain and Logistics practice. Ken joined Alliance Capital in 2002 as a Vice President of Investment Management Operations and Goldman Sachs in 2007 as a Vice President of Global Equities Operations. At Goldman, he served for 4 years as the Global Head of Risk Management for Prime Brokerage Operations, and was recently asked to lead the technology and communications strategy for the firm’s Operations Client Experience Group.
Donny holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance and a Master of Science Finance from University of Florida.
Helen holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics Finance from the University of Pennsylvania. She has experience as a consultant in the health care industry.
Marcel currently works at Emil Capital Partners LLC, a private equity firm with an investment focus on consumer goods and services. Before ECP, he worked at a distressed private equity firm in New York City. Marcel also worked at a boutique M&A advisory firm in Sydney, Australia, and at Daimler AG in Germany, the US and South Africa in areas including production planning and corporate strategy. His last role at Daimler was Chief of Staff to a senior officer of the company who reported to the CEO of Daimler AG. Marcel has a joint master's degree in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. He is trilingual and has lived and worked in 5 continents.
Originally from India, Kunal moved to NYC for his Master's and has worked as a Technology Consultant for over 6 years designing, implementing & managing SaaS/Cloud-based softwares for industries such as Financial Services, City Government, Insurance, Credit Card and Travel/Transportation. For the last 2 years, he has been working as a Sr. Manager with Lord Abbett responsible for Service Portfolio Management Program and a support Team. Enticed by challenging opportunities, Kunal is aiming for a lateral career shift into Strategy and Corporate Development based role.
Nishi is a technology and business visionary with executive and hands-on experience in improving efficiency of IT operations at multi-billion dollars enterprises. At PwC, Nishi provides strategic advice to his clients to bring the benefits of IT to solve business issues while managing cost and risks. In 10 plus years of experience, Nishi led many projects on information security, internal security audits and enterprise application development.
Matthew Blake is part of the inaugural EMBA Americas Class and the Honor Board Representative for Cluster S '14. Mr. Blake is presently a shareholder with global consulting firm HSNO, leads the global technology practice for the firm, and serves as its Chief Compliance Officer. He is an information technology specialist with extensive experience in delivering litigation technology solutions. He has concentrated primarily in litigation consulting with an emphasis on electronic discovery, data analytics, and computer forensics. Mr. Blake has built and sold several technology companies and is a serial entrepreneur within the technology sector solving complex business problems. Mr. Blake is a Board Member of the International Law Discovery & Disclosure Group ("ILDD") and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ("JDRF").
"There are no such thing as business ethics. There is only one kind [of ethics] -
you have to adhere to the highest standards."
- Marvin Bower, former managing director, McKinsey & Company
"I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity
an obligation; every possession a duty."
- John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
"The five most dangerous words in business... 'Everyone else is doing it.'"
- Warren Buffet, MS '51
"Lose money for my firm, and I will be understanding; lose a shred of
reputation for the firm and I will be ruthless."
- Warren Buffet, MS '51
"No matter what the competitive landscape, as real leaders, we must do
the tough thing, the right thing."
-Sallie Krawcheck, MBA '92
"To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle."
"Always do right - this will gratify some and astonish the rest."
- Mark Twain