• Roland A. Caputo and the Simon School in New York City

    Roland A. Caputo and the Simon School in New York City

    If you are interested in learning more about the MBA and MS programs at the University of Rochester, Simon School and are located in the NYC metro area, here’s your opportunity! Join alumni, students, and staff for an evening of networking and listen to an interview style program with Simon alumnus, Roland Caputo as he […]

    Jan 09, 2013 | 1 comment | View Post

  • Take on the World at Simon

    Take on the World at Simon

    By: Jerrica As someone who will be posting regular blog posts for Simon, I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Jerrica, and I just started the MBA program in early August.  In contrast with most of my fellow students, I don’t have an exact plan in mind for after graduation; I have an […]

    Dec 03, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Simon School Career Management posts strong results and improvement for 2012 MBA grads

    The results are in and posted and the Simon School Career Management Center has shown a strong result and significant improvement over 2011.  Here’s a snapshot for your referral: • 93% of students had a job offer within 90 days of graduation • 92% of students had accepted a job offer within 90 days of graduation • Two-thirds […]

    Nov 09, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post

Alumni Spotlight: Nihar Shah, MBA ’03

I chose Simon for a few reasons. First, I had an undergraduate degree and work experience in Engineering.  While applying to B-schools I was sure that I wanted to broaden my knowledge base and gain solid acumen in finance.  Second, I was also sure that I wanted to establish a personal rapport with a majority of my classmates.  Lastly, I was looking to enroll into a b-school that had a good representation of students from around the world.  Simon fit the bill perfectly in all three dimensions with a bonus of being situated in Rochester, NY.  I felt comfortable living in Rochester as a student because your budget is not severely tested, and the city offers a variety of entertainment outside of academics and campus.

Nihar Shah, MBA ’03 Director and Promoter Silver Bright

Nihar Shah, MBA ’03
Director and Promoter
Silver Bright

The rigor of the Simon degree provided me with tremendous self-confidence to pursue a career in finance that would not have been possible otherwise.  It expanded my horizons through the cultural immersion programs, club activities and coach initiatives.  The various speakers who came to campus were motivating, and I slowly started to picture myself in their shoes.  The friendships that I built with my classmates has withstood the test of time and even today whenever I travel to another country, I look up alumni and meet up with them whenever possible.   Simon gave me the opportunity to intern as an equity analyst in a buy-side firm in Rochester. This was a turning point in my career, especially since I was moving out of engineering and into finance during a very difficult market environment.  In addition, during my second year recruitment season, a Simon alum helped me land an interview with Microsoft Corporation for a full time position.  The years I spent at Microsoft working on acquisitions, corporate development, and strategic planning (often working with and managing graduates from the top 5 b-schools), assured me that in terms of education quality, Simon is on top.

Currently I work as the Director and Promoter of Silver Bright. I am responsible for business development, finance and strategy.

My words of advice for prospective students considering Simon Business School:
Attend Simon for the right reasons.  If you do, you will be fully satisfied with what you learn and experience over two years.  Try and talk to as many alumni and current students as you can.  To sum it up, if given another opportunity, I would repeat the same process and probably enjoy the 2 year ride a little more!

Alumni Spotlight: Joe Pak, MBA ’05

I chose Simon because of its outstanding reputation within the finance community, its rigorous curriculum, and its close-knit and integrated family of accomplished professionals, world-renowned faculty, and supportive staff.

Joe Pak, MBA ’05 Funding Analyst  Ford Motor Company

Joe Pak, MBA ’05
Funding Analyst
Ford Motor Company

The Simon degree has given me the tools and framework towards approaching unstructured problems, which has helped me with my career transition from software to finance.  Simon’s focus on analytics, quantitative methods, and the case-based approach has been invaluable to my growth at Ford.  Simon has also helped me establish strong bonds within a network of highly capable and seasoned alums.

I currently work within the treasury on Debt Capital Markets, specifically in retail securitization funding.  Ford Motor Credit Company (FMCC) is the largest issuer of auto Asset-Backed Securities (ABS), with a total public issuance of $16.2B in 2012.  I work within a team of 5 individuals responsible for the issuance of public / private securities, or the establishment of liquidity facilities backed by FMCC-originated retail auto loans.  Together, we partner with banks, rating agencies, legal counsel, and investors to execute Ford’s funding strategy within the retail asset class space.

My words of advice for prospective students considering Simon Business School:
Know your strengths, and continue to build on them-but also continue to push your comfort zone and develop new strengths.  The diversity of Simon students, classes, community, and experiences will help you to build upon your strengths starting from day one.  Also, it is not as important that you have your exact career path, but that you have a plan or set of plans.  Often times, things can and will change once you finish b-school.

Faculty Spotlight: Roy Jones, PhD

Roy Jones, Clinical Assistant Professor of Computers & Information Systems
PhD, Operations Information and Technology – Stanford University

RoyQ:  What courses do you teach?
A:  CIS 401, Information Systems for Management, CIS 440, eCommerce Strategy, MKT 437, Marketing on the Internet, OMG 416, Project Management and HSM 453, Healthcare Operations.

Q: How long have you taught at Simon?
A: 15 years.

Q:  What do you like most about your job?
A:  The combination of teaching, research, and consulting, as well as being at the intersection of technology and business.

Q:  Share a fun fact about you.
A:  I like to ski, hike, and play tennis.

Q:  If you could recommend a “unique Rochester experience” to prospective students what would it be?
A:  The Lilac Festival

Alumni Spotlight: Howard B. Reid II, MBA ‘08

I grew up in Rochester, NY and was excited to return home to pursue an MBA at a great program.  My background and undergraduate degree is in Biology, and my first exposure to a business curriculum was at the Simon School.  It was important for me to pursue an MBA in a program that had small classes where I would get the individual attention I needed from world-class faculty.  Additionally I was also attracted to Simon’s quantitative pedigree and international reputation.  I was looking to acquire the quantitative tools and frameworks I could apply to a marketing career in the pharmaceutical industry.

Howard B. Reid II, MBA ‘08 Northeast District Manager Janssen Therapeutics

Howard B. Reid II, MBA ‘08
Northeast District Manager
Janssen Therapeutics

Personally (and most importantly), I met my wife at Simon who completed the MD/MBA program.  I also developed a network of life-long friends and colleagues who have been an incredible support network.  Professionally, Simon equipped me with a set of tools that have differentiated my skill set from among other top-tier MBA candidates.  The quantitative approach to solving business problems and the application of frameworks has helped me navigate a variety of roles in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry.  Over the past 6 years I’ve had 5 different positions in strategy, marketing, sales, and investments in both the US and Asia.  Without an MBA from Simon my career development and trajectory would not be possible.

I currently manage a team of 9 Account Managers and Virology Sales Specialists, promoting 4 products HIV therapeutics generating approximately $100 MM in revenue for Janssen Therapeutics.  We are responsible for building relationships and providing the information that health care providers need in order to make informed treatment decisions for their patients with HIV.  We also work to ensure patients have access to our product portfoliom and that community based organizations have the resources needed to educate the HIV community.

My words of advice for prospective students considering Simon Business School:
Selecting an MBA program is a critical decision in both your career and life.  Select a program that will equip you with the skills needed to compete in a global business environment that uses data to make big decisions.  Consider a program where you will have the time and opportunity to “dig deep” and learn from top-tier faculty in a small class setting.  Select Simon because everything you thought you knew will be challenged, and at the end of the journey you will be a better person as a result.