With three degrees from Stanford, including an MBA, Kevin bleeds Cardinal Red!
Kevin has over 15 years of experience in MBA Admissions Consulting and GMAT instruction — he 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 provides 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 your 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, HBS, 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.
Here are just some of Kevin’s recent success stories:
Accepted to Stanford GSB
In my first conversation with Kevin, I was amazed at the extent to which he delved into my profile and shared candid feedback. His persistence in pushing me to go deeper and to flush out my true self in the essays proved to be invaluable. He helped me to reach a level of self-reflection I never did before.
I also want to highlight the ease of working with Kevin. His dedication, quick turnaround time, and ability to help me think deeper about my goals/aspirations made all the difference in conveying my story. He was with me every step of the way from admissions to deciding which offer to take, and I appreciated his help throughout the whole process.
Accepted at INSEAD and London Business School
I had the pleasure of working with Kevin and he was excellent. I have trouble articulating my goals sometimes because I tend to be interested in a range of things and I have the tendency to just go off on various tangents. Kevin helped me focus on the things that I really cared about so that my essays and my pitch were crisp and direct.
He was attentive and knew when to be encouraging to help me manage my application anxiety and when to push me. He would also give his views but give me the autonomy to make the final decision. Didn’t appreciate this as much when I had to decide between INSEAD and LBS!
Overall, I think that Kevin was an excellent support system and I know he was instrumental in me getting the offers.
Accepted to Stanford GSB, Harvard Business School, London Business School, and Yale
Kevin has been absolutely incredible to work with and I could not have been luckier to have him help me through every step of the application process. I have been very fortunate to have been admitted to both Stanford and Harvard, as well as LBS and Yale. Kevin was absolutely instrumental in this.
Among his many exceptional qualities are his very strategic and at the same time detail and person-oriented approach, intimate knowledge of the top programs, and genius story crafting. He pushed me to come up with very strong essays by helping me dig deeper each time, and his advice on schools and suggested sequence of working on my applications was always spot on. If you are so lucky, working with Kevin is one of the best decisions you can make leading up to your MBA.
Accepted to Chicago Booth with Scholarship!
TL;DR: Kevin is an amazing consultant that was crucial in helping me get accepted to Chicago Booth, my dream school, with a generous scholarship.
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 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-not’s” 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 adcoms really want 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.
Accepted to MIT Sloan and London Business School
I really believe working with Kevin made all the difference in my MBA application process!
As an Australian Doctor looking to pivot into Digital health, Kevin brought his broad and detailed knowledge on different schools, their cultures, and their fit and helped me make sense of which school would be right for me. The entire time working with Kevin, I felt like he was able to get to the bottom of what I was trying to say, and helped clarify my own intentions. He consistently offered me very honest feedback and remained supportive the whole way through.
Kevin consistently went above and beyond – helping me navigate several applications, and then two interviews and then ultimately helping me make the decision between two very good schools (MIT and LBS). I couldn’t recommend Kevin more highly as an MBA consultant and trusted advisor.
Accepted to Yale SOM
Kevin is a brilliant consultant that I had the pleasure of working with to get into my MBA program. You only want to go through this process once, and Kevin was a motivating guide through all of its ups and downs. I had unsuccessfully applied to business schools in the past, but Kevin helped me understand the mistakes I made and how to put up my best application possible. Kevin helped me find direction and focus early on, which was critical for me to develop the best application I could.
He is tenacious and helps you set realistic expectations, learn about the cultures of different business schools, and develop an understanding of what different admissions committees value in candidates. He then helps you develop an application package that takes the truest parts of your story to match them with these values so that you end up with a school that is the perfect fit for your career goals.
Even when I was struggling through a very long waitlist process, Kevin kept me on my toes so I was constantly pushing along and reflecting on how to be an actively engaged candidate. His approach is strategic, but personal, and with a lot of support and behind-the-scenes insight. He’s helped me develop a monthly practice to regularly reflect on my career, and I know I’ll be using what he’s taught me well beyond my MBA experience.
Accepted to Stanford
I selected the 3-school package and started working with Kevin in July. I was amazed by his deep expertise and long-year experience in MBA application consulting. He provided valuable advice on how to do deep reflection and guided me to answer life questions such as what’s my dream? where did I come from? what makes me tick? After several weeks of effective discussion with Kevin, I felt I knew myself much better than before and found myself full of passion to apply for the MBA program.
I was interviewed by two of the applied three schools (Stanford GSB and MIT Sloan) and was admitted to Stanford GSB this week. I truly believe that I wouldn’t have done this successfully without his advice.
An MBA is a career change/leap opportunity. And the application process is a taste of that. Kevin made my MBA application journey fantastic!
Accepted to Yale SOM
Kevin was absolutely brilliant throughout the business school application process, from deciding which schools to apply to, to checking in with me long after my applications were submitted. Through our candid discussions, he helped me become a more authentic applicant and individual. He encouraged me to use creative strategies (drawing, writing a letter) to better frame my thoughts and I often came away from our conversations inspired and energized. As a result of my time working with Kevin, I’ll be attending my top-choice school this year! I highly recommend him.