Jon Frank – Brown University, Harvard Business School
Jon is a natural, talented leader. What kinds of projects does he lead exactly? Pick a field, any field. While at Brown, Jon gravitated quickly to real estate development – or as he puts it, “building things.” Early in his career, he learned the art of financial engineering at ING Clarion in New York City. He next ventured into the world of developing affordable housing in Cincinnati, managing new developments, leading project teams, and doing some good for the world along the way.
Jon’s next stop was at Harvard to receive his MBA. Turning down offers to attend Stanford, Kellogg, and other elite programs, Jon dove headlong into HBS’s courses, extra-curriculars, and developing an unusual (and questionable) obsession with the film Multiplicity. HBS also provided Jon with the opportunity to conduct a full orchestra, directing an original musical production with a budget of $80,000. HBS also positioned Jon for his next job at Trammell Crow Residential, the country’s premier multifamily real estate firm.
Today, Jon is a serial entrepreneur. He has helped thousands of MBA aspirants over the years, offering sage and earnest advice to each. Through his work, Jon draws heavily on his own broad base of personal successes. But perhaps his greatest asset is the care and attention he gives to each of his clients. A pragmatist, a prudent strategist, and aspiring musical director—all bundled into one—Jon Frank is the ultimate example of a balanced and eminently approachable expert.
Raj Patil – Brown University, USC Film School
Raj has lived and worked in Hollywood since graduating from Brown University in 1999. He began his career in the trenches but was quickly promoted to a development position, reading and developing screenplays with writers. His colleagues were quick to recognize Raj’s rare ability to detect structural and thematic problem spots, and to guide a better path forward.
With a few years of development under his belt, Raj earned admission to USC’s film school, the premier directing program in the world (which has produced such luminaries as George Lucas, Ron Howard, and Robert Zemeckis). Throughout the back-breaking three years of hands-on training, Raj touched every aspect of storytelling, including film editing, sound editing, cinematography, script analysis, and of course, directing. Since graduating from USC, Raj has worked as a professional film editor, script doctor, sound editor, and director—all critical aspects of a storyteller’s arsenal. Raj is also a food enthusiast, and should you have the misfortune of asking, he will eagerly share his strong opinions on the proper hydration protocol for pizza dough (“anywhere between 63 and 64%”).
Since founding Precision Essay, Raj’s clients have been accepted at the world’s top business programs, including HBS, Stanford, and Wharton. Yet it is Raj’s creative background that has proven so instrumental in helping applicants express themselves. A master storyteller, Raj has literally made a living out of helping aspiring writers tell their stories, and he does so with his unique brand of elegance, polish, and boundless creativity.