Our founders and leadership team have extensive experience coaching and developing students. Together we’ve partnered with experienced young alumni who bring relevant and actionable guidance to undergraduates who aspire to enter a number of high-impact industries.
Paul is an incoming first year MBA student at the Wharton School. Most recently, Paul worked in New York as a Senior Associate with Insight Equity, a middle market private equity fund. Prior to joining Insight, he spent three years with McKinsey & Company, and while in college interned in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division. Paul graduated from Wheaton College in 2013 with a BS in Math and Economics. While at Wheaton, Paul was a member of the men’s varsity soccer team.
Over the past several years, Paul has become passionate about helping others think strategically about career development, and helping others break into the consulting and finance industries. He is particularly excited to help students who embody values that will serve as positive influences in these industries and who will contribute to the common good of society.
Grant is the Founder of Nonprofit Megaphone and the RoundUp App, helping nonprofits accelerate their impact through the Google Ad Grant and mobile fundraising. Grant leads a growing team of 20+ professionals across these two entities.
Entrepreneurial since an early age, Grant founded Encore Resale Store, an online AP study guide website called eTestNotes (acquired in 2012), and the web design firm Backbone Local. He is also a co-author of What the Fortune 500 Read, which was written based on receiving book recommendations from 150 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
Grant graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College in 2015, earning a BA in Business & Economics with a minor in Computer Science.
Jacob Van Raaphorst
Jacob is a second-year MBA candidate and Venture Fellow at the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business. Prior to pursuing his MBA, he worked as an Associate at BlackRock in various capacities including strategy, relationship management, operations, and client service. Most recently, he was primarily responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with both Official and Non-Official Institutions across Latin America and Iberia in both Spanish and English.
Outside of the office, Jacob is passionate about mentorship, creating opportunities for others, and adventure sports.
Jacob earned BA degrees in Economics and Spanish from Wheaton College (IL) in 2013. While at Wheaton, Jake was a member of the football team and served on Student Government.
Grace is an incoming 1L student at Columbia Law School in New York City, where she plans to focus on international law and Chinese legal studies. She previously worked for Accenture as a Strategy Consultant with projects including robotic process automation, organization design, and operating model strategy. Prior to Accenture, she spent a year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Taiwan.
Grace graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College with a double major in International Relations and Economics and a minor in Spanish. She served as the Student Body President during her senior year, where she focused on strengthening career services, building global engagement, and general education reform. She loves language learning and studied in Spain and China while in college. Her passions include travel, public policy, and running.
Morgan is an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, one of the worldʼs leading management consulting firms. Bain is engineered to help top executives make better decisions that net the best results. Prior to joining Bain, Morgan interned in weapons development for the United States Navy.
Morgan graduated cum laude from Wheaton College, with a bachelorʼs degree in International Relations. While at Wheaton, Morgan served for two years on student government, as Executive Vice President of College Life and Student Body Vice President, and helped a few of her friends jumpstart Globus, a student- ran club to increase student engagement with international business opportunities. Morgan is familiar with three languages, loves coffee, and often canʼt put down a good novel.
Taylor is a Senior Analyst with McKinsey & Company, a global management consultancy. He is primarily focused in advising financial institutions. Prior to joining McKinsey, Taylor interned with Barclays Investment Bank in New York City and Slalom Consulting in Chicago.
Taylor graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College with a major in economics and minors in computer science and mathematics. He served on multiple worship teams, helped start the Student Alumni Board, and strove to grow an entrepreneurial spirit on campus through leading the Wheaton College Shark Tank Competition and The Space, a co-working center for student entrepreneurs. This fall, Taylor plans to attend the University of Chicago Booth School of Business as a first year MBA student.
Taylor is passionate about helping students navigate their early career paths. He enjoys coffee, cars, and spending time with his wife.
Eric works in New York City as an Associate for Barclays’ Global Real Estate Coverage and M&A group. During his time at Barclays, Eric has helped close over $40 billion in public and private market transactions. Eric graduated from Gordon College in 2016 with Presidential Honors and a BS in Mathematics. While in college, Eric interned for Clapham Capital, a private equity firm based in Dallas, Texas, and participated in the Tuck Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth College.
Since his freshman year, Eric has both received mentoring and mentored others in the areas of networking and finance, and has benefited greatly from its focus. He is challenged and excited about the opportunity to help other students learn using the same method.
Evan Weir is an entrepreneur, investor, and recovering financier.
Mr. Weir began his investing career as an Analyst at Merrill Lynch, where he spent 4 years specializing in public equity and debt markets.
In 2015, Mr. Weir helped launch Weir Private Holdings LLC (WPH), a privately owned, diversified investment company for the Weir family. WPH looks for opportunities to grow the family’s diverse portfolio while earning attractive, risk-adjusted returns over the long run. As a member of WPH’s Investment Committee, Mr. Weir focuses on private markets, looking for investment opportunities in small and mid-sized operating companies.
In 2019, Mr. Weir left the world of Wall Street banking to pursue his lifelong dream of entrepreneurship. He became employee #4 at Modern Fuels, a venture-backed, petroleum engineering start-up. Modern Fuels develops and deploys technology that produces clean-burning fuel for large marine vessels. As VP of Development, Mr. Weir leverages his experience as a financial deal-maker to manage all aspects of the company’s corporate development and fundraising.
Born and raised in Dallas, Mr. Weir graduated magna cum laude from Covenant College with a degree in Economics and Finance in 3 years. He is a voracious reader, an Ironman triathlete, and an Eagle Scout. Mr. Weir has been a board member of The Salvation Army’s young professionals arm, Echelon, since 2016. He is also a co-founder of Vocational Capital, a non-profit offering career coaching to undergraduates at small schools. He is married to his best friend, Caroline, and they are members at Watermark Community Church in Dallas.
Josh is an Investment Analyst with Prudential Capital Group, PGIM’s Chicago-based private credit fund. His team is responsible for sourcing and underwriting distressed investments for Prudential Capital’s distressed credit fund in addition to supporting corporate restructurings and distressed M&A processes for portfolio companies. Josh is a CFA Level II candidate.
Josh graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College with a major in economics. He was passionate about furthering career development efforts on campus by resurrecting the college’s student managed fund and serving as Student Body President. Josh is currently an active member at Park Community Church in Chicago, where he enjoys serving in various volunteer capacities with fellow young professionals in the city. In his free time, Josh enjoys marathon running, having completed three marathons including Boston and Chicago.
Andrew works in Dallas as a Real Estate and Construction Associate at Lockton Companies, the world’s largest privately held insurance brokerage. Prior to Lockton, Andrew interned as a Supply Chain Analyst at Cohn & Gregory, a Piping and Metal Supply distributions company, and he managed one of the top-performing Chick-fil-A restaurants in the nation.
Andrew graduated from Covenant College in 2018 with a degree in Economics and Business. While at Covenant, Andrew served in operational leadership roles through Student Senate, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Executive Council, as well as Captain of the Triathlon Team. He was also inducted into the International Economics Honor Society (Omicron Delta Epsilon).
During his senior year, he helped launch the Covenant College chapter of Vocational Capital and since then has managed the operations each year.
Because of the individuals who have invested in him, Andrew focuses on giving back and investing in others around him – through relationships, entrepreneurial ventures, and recruiting the best and brightest to move to Dallas.
Andrew works in Boston as an Analyst at Cambridge Associates, a leading global investment firm. He primarily works with institutional clients, with a focus on Private Equity, Venture Capital and Growth Equity investments. Prior to joining Cambridge Associates, Andrew interned at State Street, working with US Institutions, and in Hong Kong with Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), serving the firm’s largest Asia-Pacific client, HSBC.
Andrew graduated from Gordon College in three years with a double major in Finance and in Business Administration. While at Gordon, Andrew served as President of the Business Club, Vice President of the Student Investment Fund, and as a Student Research Analyst in Gordon’s Institutional Research Office. He also spent time on the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Executive Council and was a Student Ambassador.
Over the past several years, Andrew has grown passionate about mentoring and coaching students to help them leverage their interests, talents and networks to launch their careers and develop their passions. He has firsthand experience with Vocational Capital’s impact and is excited about the opportunity to mentor and invest in others.
Hudson is the COO of Marius Group, a network of technology recruiting agencies headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to Marius Group, he invested two years in supply chain management with Kenco Logistics in Chino, CA.
Hudson graduated from Covenant College in 2015 with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies and concentrations in Business, Economics and Biblical Studies. He was the captain of the men’s varsity soccer team and leader of several community service programs. At his core, Hudson is a people person who loves sharing friends and building teams.
John in an analyst in the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs. John received his B.A. in Business with a concentration in Finance from Covenant College, where he also captained the men’s team. While in college, John interned at UTEC Survey, an oil and gas service provider, Bellhops, a moving company that utilizes technology in order to change the way moving is done, and Keel Point, an independent RIA firm that seeks to help individuals and institutions with their financial needs. John is passionate about helping others think through their career development, and helping them take concrete steps in order to get to where they want to be.
Greg Thonsen is a Vice President in Golub Capital’s Consumer, Restaurant & Retail group, providing private debt to sponsor-backed middle market companies. Greg has been at Golub since 2015 and previously worked at GE Capital, where he began his career in the Investment Analyst Program and later worked in the Corporate Finance lending business. Greg received his bachelor’s in finance and business administration with a concentration in international business and a minor in Spanish from Gordon College.