AIGAC Officers and Directors:
Andrea Sparrey — President,
Vince Ricci — President-Elect,
Scott Shrum — Secretary
Brett Haber — Treasurer,
Michael Cohan – Director, 2014-2017
Maxx Duffy – Director, 2014 – 2017
Tanis Kmetyk — Director, 2015 – 2018
Candy Lee LaBalle — Director, 2013 – 2016
Shiela Locatelli-Wallace – Executive Director
|Andrea Sparrey, AIGAC’s President, obtained an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2003. After 4 years as a Consultant with Bain & Company, where she took on increasing case and talent management responsibility, she founded Sparrey Consulting to counsel MBA candidates through the admissions process. She also coaches current MBA students and recent alumni. A natural collaborator, Andrea can often be found on college campuses on both coasts evangelizing the need for candidates to seek professional advice on managing their biggest investment, their careers. Andrea is an engaged contributor, as co-chair of local alumni groups for her schools, and as a leader in professional organizations. Contact Andrea at: asparrey (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Vince Ricci, AIGAC President Elect, runs a highly successful admissions consultancy specializing in top MBA programs like HBS, Stanford, Wharton, MIT, Chicago, Columbia, Berkeley, INSEAD, and LBS. Since 2002, he has helped over 500 applicants gain admission to their dream schools. With offices in Tokyo, Japan and Belvedere, California, he supports clients around the world. Vince earned his BA in History from Stanford University and his MA in Digital Media Design for Learning at NYU. In addition to advising MBA and graduate school applicants, Vince serves as a part-time lecturer at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering.Contact Vince at: vricci (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Scott Shrum, AIGAC Secretary, is the Veritas Prep’s Vice President of Marketing and Director of MBA Admissions Research, earned his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Scott has guided hundreds of applicants through the application process, mainly focusing on MBA admissions. Along with Omari Bouknight, he is the co-author of Your MBA Game Plan (now in its third edition), which has helped thousands of applicants with their applications since 2003. Scott has provided insights about the college and graduate school admissions process to media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and The Financial Times.Contact Scott at: sshrum (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Brett Haber, AIGAC Treasurer, earned her MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and her BA in Anthropology from Yale University. She spent the early part of her career as a management consultant advising executives across the U.S., Europe and Africa on behalf of firms such as Cap Gemini and Bain & Co.Ms. Haber has spent the last decade in the field of MBA admissions. After completing her MBA, she served on the Wharton Admissions Committee, reading hundreds of applications, interviewing applicants across the U.S. and Asia and gaining an insider perspective into the admissions process at one of the world’s most competitive programs. Ms. Haber is in her tenth admissions season with Clear Admit, has been an active member of AIGAC since its inception and has personally helped hundreds of business school applicants from across the globe gain acceptance to leading MBA programs. Contact Brett at: bhaber (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Michael Cohan, AIGAC Director, founded MBAPrepAdvantage in 2004 to provide the absolute best MBA admissions consulting services for his clients. He has helped hundreds of MBA applicants realize their dreams of gaining admission to their top business school programs. Michael has been frequently referenced as an expert on MBA Admissions in many leading domestic and international publications and podcasts. His analysis is frequently featured in various online media. Contact Michael at: mcohan (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Maxx Duffy, AIGAC Director, is Maxx Associates’ founder and director, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from The Wharton School. Before starting Maxx Associates, Ms. Duffy was Associate Director of Admissions at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. She has corollary experience in career planning, marketing, advertising, and franchise consulting. Ms. Duffy has conducted corporate seminars and taught at a variety of continuing education programs. She is a co-founder of the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants and a current board member. Contact Maxx at: mduffy (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Tanis Kmetyk, AIGAC Director, after working as an international journalist, writer and editor in multiple forms of media from her home base of Paris, France, Tanis Kmetyk transferred her skills and cross-cultural fluency to the admissions consulting space where, for the past 15 years, she has helped several hundreds of international applicants choose and gain admission to their dream schools. Though her focus is on business schools and the MBA or finance-related programs, she has also worked with undergraduate applications as well as myriad non-business/finance graduate programs.An early and enthusiastic member of AIGAC, starting as a regular contributor to its newsletter and now an Officer of the organization, Tanis is as committed to AIGAC’s success as she is to the success of her clients.Contact Tanis at: tkmetyk (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Candy Lee LaBalle AIGAC Director, founded mbaSpain to help students reach their educational goals by helping them through the arduous application and testing process. Originally focused only on Spain, she has branched out to work with students in other areas of Europe as well as Latin America. Most recently she partnered with a GMAT, a GRE and a TOEFL teacher to open a full-service educational consultancy in downtown Madrid, Spain. Ms. LaBalle is also an active member of AIGAC. She has served on the membership committee and took a leading role in the events committee to organize the 5th annual AIGAC conference and the first outside of the United States. Previous to founding mbaSpain, Ms. LaBalle served as director of Princeton Review Spain and also as director of Kaplan Spain. She worked for several years in event planning in the non-profit sector in New Orleans and Boston and spent many years as a travel writer, authoring two books on Spain and contributing to National Geographic Traveler. Contact Candy at: claballe (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Shiela Locatelli-Wallace has consulted with and guided over 20 different organizations in a variety of industries; including, Education, Legal, Medical, Real Estate, Construction, and Philanthropic. She also holds her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation through the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) which required over 100 hours of continuing education in association law, administration, board guidance and organizational development. Shiela also serves on the Accreditation Committee and the Research and Benchmarking Taskforce of AMC Institute; as well as participating in an AMC marketing co-op. Contact Shiela at: shiela (AT) aigac (DOT) org
Minimum Qualifications for AIGAC Director Nominees
- AIGAC Individual Consultant or Business Organization member in good standing.
- At least three years experience as an admissions consultant.
- At least six months participation on an AIGAC committee.
- Only one person per company or consultancy may serve on the AIGAC Board of Directors at any given time.
The first step towards a board position is to volunteer for one of our committees, or even to suggest a new one if you have great plans or ideas that don’t quite fit into our current structure. Our current committees (and current chairs in parentheses) are Membership (Scott Shrum), Governance (Anna Ivey), Survey (Vince Ricci & Scott Shrum) and Conference (Candy LaBalle & Rachel Korn). Please get in touch with the committee chairs if you’d like to get involved.