Karim Abouelnaga is a senior at Cornell University studying at the School of Hotel Administration. Being raised in a socioeconomically disadvantaged household has not limited his opportunities. With the support and guidance from mentors Karim secured over $300,000 in scholarships and awards. He is a Cornell Presidential Research Scholar and is publishing a paper that examines the implications of financial incentives on academic performance. As a speaker for the LIFE foundation, Karim continues to engage thousands of life insurance executives all across America motivating them to expand their reach.
Karim has held internships with BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, and has volunteered on political campaigns. He was a REACH Scholar and a New York Needs You fellow. Karim is a licensed NYS Realtor, Newman Civic Fellow, Pearson Prize National Fellow, and Presidential fellow through the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress. In his spare time, he enjoys competing in triathlons and volunteering.
Andre is a senior at Cornell University studying in the Dyson School of Business as an Applied Economics and Management Major with a double concentration in Finance and Marketing.
Andre attended Lehman high school in the Bronx, where he played football, wrestled, and traveled to Mali, Africa and assisted with the building of a school. Andre was a REACH Scholar and a New York Needs You fellow.
At Cornell, Andre is the Student Seminar Director for Business Opportunities in Leadership and Development (BOLD), where he helps facilitate the Points to Success Program. He is the professional development chair for Black Students United, and is on the Rugby Team.
Andre is a Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar, an honor granted to less than 2% of the University’s undergraduate population.
Andre interned at Credit Suisse as a Douglas Paul Scholarship recipient and as an investment banking summer analyst within the Industrials group.
Nicolas is a fourth year student at Cornell University studying in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) in the Bachelors of Architecture program. He was raised in Queens, NY primarily by his immigrant grandparents.
At Long Island City high school Nicolas was a member of the varsity football team. Nicolas was elected the President of both his graduating class and the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. Nicolas was a REACH Scholar and is currently a New York Needs You Fellow, for ambitious first-generation college students. As a result of his dedication to community service and social change, Nicolas was awarded a Scholarship from the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation to continue his education at Cornell University.
At Cornell, Nicolas continues to stay active as the Vice President of the Minority Organization of Architecture Art and Planning.
This summer, Tyler will be joining OpCo’s Mergers and Acquisitions team. He has previously worked in hotel investment banking and brokerage as well as with Goldman Sachs in a buyside investing role, where he focused on middle-market debt and structured equity principal investments.
Tyler is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration with a concentration in Finance, Accounting, and Real Estate at Cornell University.
Amy is a senior at Cornell University studying in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. She was raised in Stamford, Connecticut, and attended King Low-Heywood Thomas School.
In high school, Amy was a member of the school math team, girls volleyball team, and girls lacrosse team. One of her longest committed volunteer affiliations is with the Women, Infants, and Children (W.I.C.) Program, where she organizes, records and updates health charts for underprivileged families.
Amy is a Big Sister and the Events Coordinator of a local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. She is also a Cornell Tradition Fellow. This past summer, Amy interned at Thomson Reuters in their Global Sourcing department. Upon graduation, Amy is interested in pursuing a career in Consulting.
Dana is a senior at Emory University. At school she is majoring in English, minoring in Sociology, and concentrating in business at the Goizueta Business School. Dana was raised in New York City and attended Horace Mann High School in Riverdale. Throughout high school, Dana was involved with Dorot, a leading non-profit for Jewish seniors in the Manhattan area. She served on the teen board for three years and as President her final year. She helped plan various fundraisers and community outreach activities, ultimately connecting students and the elderly.
At Emory, Dana’s main involvements are social chair of Tridelta Sorority, and tutoring with IMAGE, an afterschool program that works with kids from low-income families in Atlanta and focuses on strengthening the students’ reading and math skills. Dana became a member of the Council after positive experiences with Practice Makes Perfect during her involvement as a volunteer.
Brennan is a senior at Cornell University studying at the School of Hotel Administration. He was raised in Port Washington, N.Y, and attended the University of Denver before transferring to Cornell.
Last summer, Brennan worked for a start-up company called card2car. He traveled around the country meeting with automotive dealerships.
At Port Washington high school, Brennan implemented Rock & Wrap It Up, a grass roots food initiative that takes leftover food from school cafeterias and redistributes it to food banks. In its first year, Rock & Wrap It Up feed 1,500+ families in the community.
Brennan is currently working to implement Rock & Wrap it Up for all of Cornell’s dining around campus and aims to have the program implemented by the end of the academic year.
On campus, Brennan is a part of Hotelie Entrepreneurs and has a desire to continue his passion for entrepreneurship upon graduation.