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It would be great if you could suggest which schools I should be targeting given my profile and interests.
GMAT - 720 (Q 50, V37) 94%.
I am Indian, Male. 25 Graduated from Purdue University, West Lafayette in electrical engineering with a GPA of 3.62 in 2007
At purdue I was involved in a cancer research project for over an year. I also interned with Motorola in chicago over the summer before my senior year.
Worked with Lutron Electronics in PA for 6 months as a "project electrical engineer." Designed and executed automated testing equipment for several lutron products. Also involved in outsourcing programming projects to vendors in India and Mexico.
While I was enjoying my work at Lutron, An opportunity came my way to take up a big project in my family business (real estate development in India), my entrepreneurial instincts took over and I decided to move back to India and join the family business.
Asa Manager for business development at RAS Town Planners P. Ltd., I interacted with retail brand heads to lease commercial space in our shopping mall. My team of three sales executives and me leased out over 45,000 sq. ft area in the project under supervision of the leasing division vice president. I also interacted with architects and customers in the design of the mall as required by our retailers and the government authorities.
For the past 1.5 years I have been managing development of my own of Luxury villa projects in Delhi. These projects are funded by our investors. I interact with my team of vendors, engineers, architects, contractors, investors and government authorities as required to ensure smooth functioning of the project. I undertake all roles from calculating feasibility of a project to completion and sales.
Also for the past three years I have been an active volunteer for the Art of Living foundation and have organized cleaning drives, rallies to promote bicycle riding against global warming, given intro talks about the foundation and participated in advance courses. I am also looking to become a teacher for the organization in the next year so that I can further take courses to teach people about meditation/ yoga/ community service.
Through my MBA I plan to enhance my management skills, interact and network with peers and professionals from the finance sector to understand funding sources for my projects, convert running construction business into a self–sustainable model and start at least two large scale affordable housing projects in the next five years starting from Gurgaon/ Delhi.
Kindly suggest what schools I should be targeting.
The only potential problem I see in your profile is your work experience. Family business is great, but it's hard to phrase it in such a way that mitigates the fact that family business doesn't require you to go through the typical interviews that blue-chip companies use. You have good grades and good GMAT score and as long as you can execute a flawless application, I think you have a good shot at a top 15 b-school. Look for those schools that may have the same type of strongpoints that you're aiming for - real estate, entrepreneurship and such. _________________