Jesse Moquin

“If you go to a school with 300 or 400 students, you can’t gain as much exposure.”

Jesse Moquin came to Texas for the hot weather, but stayed for TCU’s warm environment and corporate connections

Hometown: Traverse City, Michigan.
Former career: Mortgage broker for a real estate consultant.
Future life: Strategic consulting on a corporate level.
Cool fact: He was bitten by a monkey in Morocco and lived to tell the tale.

Why TCU? When choosing a business school, Jesse opted for a warmer climate. “I’m from the Rustbelt and I was tired of being cold. But not only is the weather warmer here, so is the general atmosphere. TCU is so close-knit that within the first couple months at TCU, I’d talked to everyone in my program. You see these people weekly, and they’re willing to go out of the way to assist you.”

Get some air: Jesse applied his well-rounded business skillset during a summer internship with American Airlines. His TCU concentration taught him management consulting and strategic management techniques he could apply as a finance analyst in the airport consulting group. “The last thing I want is a monotonous job. TCU is preparing me for a variety of job functions.”

Case closed: Stand-and-deliver programs like Neeley Connections bring MBAs into contact with execs to brainstorm business solutions and learn what makes individual companies tick. Jesse learned about the unorthodox culture at Southwest Airlines, one of the airlines ranked highest in employee satisfaction and retention. “Southwest runs a completely different business model. There’s this informal environment, with casual clothes and pictures of dogs and kids on the walls. And no windows in the office! But it’s turned a profit every year since its inception.”

Outside of class: Going to school full-time — instead of part-time — means his MBA isn’t confined to the classroom. With the Capital Markets Club, he traveled to New York to meet hiring managers at Wall Street firms and the New York Stock Exchange. With the energy club, he networked with oil and gas executives and experts at the NAPE conference (the world’s biggest oil and gas prospect event). Next up: a 10-day trip to China to visit offshore manufacturing businesses, banks and finance companies. “I definitely feel like I made the right decision with TCU’s full-time MBA. I could never have gotten the same experience only going to class nights and weekends.”

Learning the lingo: On a Neeley & Associates Consulting project for Healthpoint, Jesse learned the ins and outs of pharmaceuticals to develop a strategy to market Santyl, a product with active enzymes that heal wounds. In the lead-up to the client presentation, confidence counts. “We worked with Accenture experts who advised us to narrow the scope of our project and to be specific about acronyms and industry lingo. When we did a dress rehearsal of our final presentation, I felt confident, but there are always some lingering doubts about whether or not you’ve made the right decisions. Accenture warned us about that, too!”

Teamwork: After spending 70 hours together running a start-up computer company — as part of TCU’s integrative project simulation — Jesse really knew his teammates. “When you’re part of a team, you know that your teammates care about doing a good job just as much as you do. You’ve researched your options on inventory levels, analyzed competitive environment costs and, if you’re like us, taken out loans. If you have confidence in your team, you can be confident in your conclusion.”

Balancing act: Like many MBAs, Jesse returned to the academic world after several years in the working world. But within a month, he learned the secret to becoming a full-time student again: prioritize. “Evaluate your primary objectives, whether it’s studying for a test or finding the right internship. Then fill in the blanks around those goals. But also remember to unwind. I exercise or head to the Stockyards to grab a drink and watch the cattle calls. You can’t do that in Michigan!”

Why TCU? After interviewing at Thunderbird, Tulane University and Michigan State, Jesse opted for TCU’s warmer climate. “TCU is so close-knit — it has a different atmosphere. I initially thought the smallness of the school might be limiting, in terms of learning opportunities. The experiential programs are similar those found at any other big MBA program. But if you go to a school with 300 or 400 students, you probably can’t gain as much exposure.”

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