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Jeremy Barnyak
(MBA 2017)

Senior manager of e-commerce
Wayfair

jeremy.a.barnyak@gmail.com
Boston, Massachusetts

 

 

 

 

Favorite room in my home:

My home is a room — I live in Boston and rent is expensive.

B-school memory that makes me smile:

Hong Kong horse racing night

Dining gem:

Tamarind Indian restaurant on Craig Street — the gem part is BYOB and 10 MBA friends.

Wardrobe standout:

My screen-printed sweatshirt of my 14-year-old pit bull, Bert

The most recent advice I received:

Make a decision, and then make it the right decision.

The most recent advice I gave:

I just stole the advice I received and pretended I made it up.

My business icon:

Pi from Girasole in Shadyside — if you know him, you know why. If you haven’t been to Girasole you should go, but know that your reservation means nothing.

The business trip that never gets old:

Recruiting at Tepper

The last deal I closed:

Negotiations class — got a sick deal on some downtown real estate for a hotel.

The last book that impressed me:

Grant” — it’s like 1,000 pages long, but the first 200 pages were quite good.


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Beth Hargrave-Thomas
(MBA 2017)

Quality Analytics Manager
AT&T
ehargrav@tepper.cmu.edu
Atlanta, Georgia

The instrument I imagine myself playing on stage:

Lead vocals with a tambourine in hand (think Stevie Nicks).

Favorite room in my home:

The kitchen is where the magic happens. I love baking and cooking pretty much anything — it’s relaxing and rewarding!

The view that inspires me:

Lishan Mountain in Taiwan. I lived in Taiwan for six years, and trail running was one of my favorite weekend activities.

B-school memory that makes me smile:

Hosting a scotch tasting at [Stephen] McGonigle’s [MBA ’17] place with 25 Tepper students and their partners. So fun, so much scotch.

Dining gem:

The Yard. Our [Management] Game team went there after every board meeting to celebrate making it out alive.

My art collection would include:

Photography — capturing the real world and real life.

Wardrobe standout:

As a former teacher, I’d say the cardigan is a staple in my closet.

The most recent advice I gave:

Take ownership of your time. If you don’t, people will take it from you.

Must-have app:

Garmin, NPR and WSJ are used on a daily basis.

The last book that impressed me:

The Power of When” by Michael Breus — it showed me the importance of an optimal sleep schedule.

Leadership defined as ...

Empowering people to better themselves and better the business.

WHAT’s in your briefcase? 

Laptop, notebook, pen, tissues and ChapStick.


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Chris Shoemaker
(MBA 2016)

Investment banker
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
christopher.j.shoemaker@gmail.com
New York City

The instrument I imagine myself playing on stage:

I actually do play the saxophone.

Favorite room in my home:

Who has time to go home?

The view that inspires me:

Straight up at the stars

B-school memory that makes me smile:

Getting my offer from BofAML. It was the whole reason I went back to school.

Dining gem:

Hometown Bar-B-Que in Brooklyn, New York.

Wardrobe standout:

Baby Pink Pants

Must-have app:

Amazon (seriously, I haven’t bought toothpaste at the store in years).


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Cecelia Timmis
(MBA 2016)

Customer success manager, Business Applications
Microsoft
Cecelia.Timmis@Microsoft.com
Detroit, Michigan

THE instrument I imagine myself playing on stage:

Singing! However, I’m only good when I don't have an audience.

Favorite room in my home:

Our open concept kitchen/living room. I love entertaining, cooking and eating!

THE VIEW THAT INSPIRES ME:

The view from my family’s lake house in northern Michigan.

B-school memory that makes me smile:

Meeting my soon-to-be husband!

Dining gem:

Selden Standard in Detroit, Michigan

My art collection would include:

A commissioned Molly Archer painting

THE architectural wonder that I love to study:

Park Güell in Barcelona is one of the most incredible places I’ve ever visited!

Wardrobe standout:

My pink tweed Rebecca Taylor blazer is my favorite way to express my style at work.

THE most recent advice I received:

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

THE MOST RECENT ADVICE I gave:

Challenge the status quo.

Signature dish to serve at a party:

Guacamole paired with a spicy margarita

My business icon:

Amy Hood. She’s Microsoft’s CFO and has been named one of the most powerful women in the world several years in a row, but is still so real and down to earth. She still prefers to take the city bus to work in the morning!

Must-have app:

theSkimm, Spotify

THE business trip that never gets old:

Pittsburgh! I have several accounts in the area, so I love that I get to keep coming back.

The next conference I’m attending:

Probably Microsoft Ready in Las Vegas.

THE last book that impressed me:

Hit Refresh” by Satya Nadella

Leadership defined as ...

Empathy and curiosity

What’s in your briefcase?

My Surface, sunglasses, a bag of lipsticks and probably a pair of barre socks.


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Robert Le
(MBA 2018)

Senior analyst, Emerging Technologies
Pitchbook
robert.le@live.com
Seattle, Washington

The instrument I imagine myself playing on stage:

Electric guitar! I wanted (still want?) to be in a rock band growing up.

Favorite room in my home:

The kitchen — where you'll find me trying to perfect my version of pesto penne pasta or miso ramen.

B-school memory that makes me smile:

My cohort came up with the “Propose A Word” game. In a group chat, we would put out words like “gabelle” or “Doritos Locos Tacos.” Whoever uses a proposed word during the class discussion would have their drink bought by the person who proposed the word after class.

My art collection would include:

Photos of all the waterfalls I have visited. Niagara, Iguazu and Yosemite so far!

The architectural wonder that I love to study:

Burj Khalifa

My Business Icon:

Warren Buffett

Must-have app:

Coursera, because why not learn about statistical thermodynamics from a CMU professor while waiting for your next flight?

The next conference Im attending:

CB Insights Future Of Fintech

The last book that impressed me:

Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets

Leadership defined as ...

Delivering for those in need, showing up for those who call and trusting for those who count on you.