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Christian Blank, Class of 2013


Undergraduate School/Major: I have a BA in business administration from the Universidad Francisco Marroquin.

Prior to Booth: I worked in corporate lending at a commercial bank in Guatemala.

Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing Management, and Strategic Management.

Activities:  I am a member of the Milton Friedman Group; the Media, Sports, and Entertainment Group; the Latin American Business Group; the Corporate Management and Strategy Group; and the Family Enterprise and Marketing Group.

Career plans:  I will return to Guatemala to work for the family business (media).

Why did you choose Chicago Booth?  I chose Booth because of its flexible curriculum that allows me to choose my own path, and because the academics and curriculum are focused on economic ideas that resonate a lot with me.

Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Rewarding, challenging, and fun.

What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must-do" activity in Chicago? I really recommend the architectural boat tour and visiting Millennium Park.

Ask me about...: The cultural challenges of moving to Chicago and the impact that the first year has had on my career, personal development, and life in general.


Mauricio Zachrisson, Class of 2014


Undergraduate School/Major: I have a degree in economics from the Universidad Francisco Marroquin.

Prior to Booth: I worked for Citibank in Guatemala as a Corporate Finance Transactor, structuring syndicated and agency supported loans for corporate clients in Guatemala and other Central American countries.

Concentrations: Economics, Finance and Strategic Management.

Activities: I am a member of the Family Enterprise Group, Latin America Business Group, Emerging Markets Group, Private Equity Group, Management Consulting Group and the Running and Triathlon Group.

Summer internship plans: I will be recruiting for consulting, and I am also interested in private equity focused in Latin America.

Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I wanted to attend a business school that shared my principles of market economics and that would provide me with the tools I needed to further develop my personal and professional career. Booth's flexible curriculum, world-leading faculty, and business network provide precisely what I need to pursue my passion.

Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Fast-paced, challenging, and thrilling.

What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must-do" activity in Chicago? Jazz and opera concerts in Millennium Park, biking around Chicago, and the Art Institute's exhibits.

Ask me about...: Applying in third round, Random Walk, and how Booth has challenged me and my ideas.

Last Updated 1/29/13