JP Morgan Chase
Guy Feibish jokes that, before going to Chicago Booth, he didn’t know what a networking event was, had never written a cover letter, and hadn’t worn a suit and tie since his Bar-Mitzvah. Now, Guy is employed by JP Morgan Chase as part of the company’s highly exclusive Management Associates Program (MAP), a two-year rotational leadership program for select students from top business schools. As an associate, Guy will rotate across the firm’s different lines of businesses and geographical locations.
Following an eight-year career as an officer in the submarine fleet and naval headquarters of the Israeli military, Guy transitioned into consulting and worked for Ernst & Young for a few years before deciding to get his MBA at Chicago Booth. Two years and a handful of offers later, Guy describes his experience as transformational.
“Coming from a different background, different culture, and speaking a different language, I was able to achieve all my goals thanks to the skills and the support I received from Booth,” said Guy, who received offers in general management, finance, international strategy, and operations.
He cites the school culture and pay-it-forward attitude for Booth’s ability to impact and influence. “People are very warm and everyone works together. Second-years are eager to give something back, whether it’s being a co-chair, a career advisor, or admission fellow,” said Guy, who was both a co-chair of the Armed Forces Group and a career advisor for first-year students during his second year at Booth. “As an alumnus, it doesn’t matter if you are an executive, even if you graduated 20 years ago, you are always willing to help.”
As students go into their careers, many find the collaborative nature they embraced at Booth affords an advantage once in the working world.
“I think what makes the difference is the interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate, to create a bond with your managers, peers, and subordinates,” said Guy. “Living in a culture like Booth for two years gives you the skills and the mindset to act that way in your workplace. It really helped me build my relationship within my team working at JP Morgan Chase.”
Being able to relate to and effectively communicate with colleagues is only one side of what Guy took away from his time at Booth. He also left with a solid framework of how to apply business thinking and use comparative strategy to tackle client problems and present precise, detailed solutions.
“If you do the analysis by this methodology, you are able to come up with a specific recommendation to say we should target XYZ for these specific clients and offer this kind of investment tool so we can have a win-win situation for both clients and the firm,” said Guy. “My first rotation will focus on the JP Morgan Chase credit card business, building the firm brand, thinking about strategy, and new initiatives. The goal of the program is basically to grow and train the firm’s next business leaders for the long term—five, 10, 15 years down the road.”
For his undergraduate education, Guy went to the Tel Aviv University Recanti School of Management where he double-majored in economics and accounting. While at Booth, Guy participated in the 2011 Leadership Challenge and was actively involved in the Dean’s Student Admissions Committee, Corporate Management and Strategy Group, Technology Group, and the Jewish Business Student Association.