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GMAT Score: 770
Jim Stekelberg is a Veritas
GMAT instructor based in Portland, Oregon. Jim, a 770 scorer, has been teaching GMAT courses for nearly three years.
At the moment, Jim's primary professional focus is on founding and running his own Certified Public Accounting firm, focusing on tax compliance and planning for individual taxpayers. Jim can be found locked away in his office nearly every waking moment between January and April, although he does steal some time away to teach weekend GMAT seminars in downtown Portland or enjoy the fine culinary offerings of the city.
In addition to running his own CPA practice and teaching for Veritas, Jim is a full time accounting instructor at Clackamas Community College just outside Portland, where he oversees and teaches the college's tax preparation training course designed to prepare students to become licensed tax preparers. Before going into teaching, Jim worked as a corporate tax consultant at a Big Four CPA firm in Los Angeles.
Jim is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a master's degree in tax accounting. He also holds a bachelor of arts with honors in history from Rutgers University.
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GMAT Score: 800
Steve is passionate about Mathematics and translating ancient greek texts. He studied philosophy at Yale and later earned an PhD in mathematics at MIT. His mathematical interests are in foundational dynamics and in differential geometry. Steve scored an 800 on the GMAT exam. He teaches He is an active tutor in New York City and his insight and teaching techniques have helped hundreds of students master the quantitative portion of the GMAT. Steve works as a Senior Developer for 800score.com
GMAT Score: 790
Chris earned his teaching stripes the hard way -- in the classrooms of America’s high schools. A five-year physics and chemistry teacher and a veteran of Teach For America, Chris has been winning rave reviews for his work at Manhattan GMAT.
The bearer of a 790 official GMAT score, Chris has no shortage of teaching chops. In addition to blowing up high-school laboratories, Chris developed and taught a summer program on complexity theory, attracting a critical mass of other geeks (his undergrad degree in physics from Harvard gives him geek cred).
Having run out of explosives, Chris returned to school and earned his M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business (Duke), graduating in the top 10% of his class. While at Fuqua, Chris was the head teaching assistant in core Statistics and Finance courses. He also won both the Asa T. Spaulding Award for Leadership and the Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to Fuqua. Subsequently Chris worked for two years as an associate in McKinsey’s New York office.
Currently, as Director of Product and Instructor Development, Chris is involved in hiring, training and overseeing Manhattan GMAT instructors throughout the country. He also manages the creation and revision of content for our curriculum and other student offerings.
Outside of Manhattan GMAT, Chris pursues interests in the independent film world. He is an executive producer on Sólo Dios Sabe (Only God Knows), a Mexican-Brazilian feature film starring Diego Luna and Alice Braga that competed at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Chris is also co-adapting a novel into a screenplay.
GMAT Score: 800
Ron Purewal has always been enthralled by standardized tests. In his elementary-school days, he never liked state-sponsored aptitude testing, because it always ended too soon; even today, he can be found loitering in the Study Aids section of Barnes & Noble, perusing everything from the curricula of second-language English proficiency tests to the weird dice that populate spatial reasoning exams.
He is an inveterate strategist, approaching every quandary in life - whether it be the GMAT, a sequence of Tetris pieces, or a decision about when to go to sleep or which lane is best in a traffic jam - with an absolute dedication to finding optimal solutions and explaining them, in detail, to whomever is fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to be listening. He is also an unconventional and flexible thinker, known for questioning dogma - whether that be the 'established' solution to a math problem or the 'acceptable' yet essentially arbitrary pairing of food items like cereal and milk - and for evaluating courses of action solely on their effectiveness. Ron brings these traits - an unflinching commitment to solving problems, and a remarkable diversity of approaches to finding those solutions - to Manhattan GMAT, where he is a natural choice to teach our 9-session course and private lessons.
Ron has taught students of all ages in almost every imaginable subject area, from AP calculus and physics to technical writing and human nutrition. He has taught standardized test prep for over a decade, and has written and edited major test-prep companies' curriculum materials. He will be teaching MGMAT's 9-session course in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he has lived since graduating from Stanford with honors degrees in mathematics and chemistry in '99.
GMAT Score: 780
In addition to her teaching duties, Stacey runs her own consulting business in Montreal, specializing in comprehensive corporate strategy. As with all management consultants, she is an expert in any topic and on any problem a client cares to pose. Over the past decade, she has gotten quite good at telling other people what to do, including such clients as Intel, various European banks and AT&T (are there any consultants left who haven’t worked for AT&T?). She is also quite good at traveling to exotic locales on someone else’s dime (New Zealand is her favorite to date).
Before starting her fabulous consulting career, Stacey earned a biology degree from the University of Michigan, where she began her teaching career as the first undergraduate organic chemistry lab assistant. (She also worked as a university fundraiser, a barrista, an admin for a doctor’s office, a short-order cook, an emergency-room gopher... you’re probably beginning to get an idea why the consultant’s life is for her.)
Post-degree, she moved to Boston without a job and promptly began working for Another Test Prep Company when her rent was due. She helped that Other Company launch its medical board preparation programs and began her long and varied history with standardized test instruction. If you can think of the standardized test, she has probably taught it – including, of course, the GMAT, which she has been teaching for more than a decade (and on which she earned a score of 780). Her former students have gone on to such institutions as Columbia, Haas (Berkeley) and HBS. Stacey’s favorite thing about teaching is that moment when she sees the answering spark in her students’ eyes because they thoroughly comprehend a difficult concept.
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World’s Greatest Financier
Troubled by the problems in the finance industry, our staff psychics have established contact with the long dead JP Morgan (1837-1913) to help provide commentary to aspiring MBA candidates. JP Morgan, the greatest businessman of all time, will help provide insight into the quandries and challenges of those seeking to follow in his footsteps.
GMAT Score: 770
Steve's test preparation career began in college, when a friend needed help preparing for the GRE. He began teaching GMAT preparation during his first year at the University of Virginia School of Law and continued to do so throughout business school. After earning his JD and joining the bar, Steve attended the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Upon completion of his MBA, Steve began working with PowerScore, where he currently works with both instructors and students in his role as the company's National Direction of Educational Development. Steve is co-author of The PowerScore GMAT Verbal Bible, The PowerScore Reading Comprehension Bible, and several volumes of the PowerScore GMATs Deconstructed series.