As the days grow sunnier, it means many graduate students will begin the long march to the convocation stage later this year. Each year different students take on a number of leadership roles in the Schulich community that have a direct impact on the quality of experience each grad student has during their time here.
This interview series will provide insight about students’ extracurricular leadership, professional achievements, and personal reflections.
– Frank Paul, Graduate Business Council President, MBA candidate, 2017
Class of 2017 Profile: Meet Daniel (Danny) Lovero, MBA Candidate
Part 1: Quick Stats
Hometown: Pennington, New Jersey
Undergraduate School and Degree: Eastern University, Accounting and Finance
Community Work and Leadership Roles: President, Business of Sports Club
Fun Fact: I live on a hobby farm, where my activities include birthing lambs and making maple syrup.
Part 2: Business Education & Achievements
Q: Where did you work before coming to Schulich?
A: I was Marketing Director of FitGolf. I oversaw marketing for the entire franchise nationwide and owned the Philadelphia franchise.
Q: Why did you choose Schulich?
A: In 2015 both my wife and I wanted to expand our education. Schulich is a great name that carries through North America and internationally, and I wanted more international experience. Schulich is known for marketing, consulting and sustainable business, and those were my priorities.
Q: Where will you be working after graduation?
A: BnR Media Group (parent company) and will also be opening my own marketing and media company under that umbrella.
Q: Which achievement are you most proud of in your career to date?
A: At my last job, I took a newsletter that was internationally renowned and did a complete revamp to incorporate media and reformat the material for millennials.
Q: Which academic or extracurricular achievement are you most proud of during your MBA?
A: I helped to develop the graduate side of the Business of Sports Club by creating a team of graduate students who planned and executed multiple events. This included participating in the Primetime Sports Case Competition as finalists!
Q: What did you enjoy most about Schulich?
A: Business school is like trying to drink out of a fire hydrant – but you have to drink up as much as you can. I enjoyed that rush of responsibility while also taking on all those extracurricular activities.
Q: What was the most surprising thing about your MBA?
A: The amount of group work. Every class had a group component including the 601 and it became a balancing act. MBA group work is all about finding ways to be creative in your problem solving and discovering ways to make it all work.
Q:What was the hardest part of your MBA?
A: The workload. The sum of all the parts makes for a difficult act of coordination and making it come together. Each semester is a four-month sprint-marathon.
Q: Who would you most want to thank for your success?
A: My dad. At a young age my dad had his own construction business and instilled a strong work ethic and drive in me. Secondly, my Professor at Eastern university (JoAnn Flett) – she got me interested in sustainability and sustainable business. She was also the first professor that made academics fun for me.
Part 3: Fill in the Blank…
“I knew I wanted to go to business school when…”
Danny: …when I realized I wanted to sharpen my quantitative skills, and because I knew I wanted to one day teach at a university level.
“If I hadn’t gone to business school, I would…”
Danny: …have changed jobs and looked to further my career on my own. I would have left the industry I was in and gone into a bigger company for that type of experience (maybe an international one).
Part 4: Fast Favourites
Stay tuned for more profiles of the Schulich class of 2017!