David Dreytser

Admissions Consultant
Academic Background

University of Minnesota Twin Cities, BA
University of Chicago Booth School of Business, MBA

Work Experience

After studying Chemical Engineering/Chemistry with a minor in Management to earn his BA, David spent five years at Quantitative Risk Management (QRM) as a Risk Management Consultant. He later worked as a Client Relationship Manager advising global financial institutions on quantifying and mitigating their risks.

After his MBA, David joined Discover Financial Services and worked in a variety of financial analytics and strategic planning roles across the Personal Loan, Student Loan, Corporate Development and most recently the Discover it Card Acquisition groups. David has focused on coaching and development throughout his career, from mentoring new hires at QRM and creating an on-boarding program for new Finance employees at Discover.

Area of Expertise

Financial analytics, risk management, coaching, client management, strategic planning, and executive presentations.

A little more in-depth

What I like most about being a Stratus Prep MBA Admissions Counselor:

I love working with talented and accomplished candidates to bring out their stories and passions and to give them the confidence to apply to world’s top business schools with great results.

One piece of advice I would share with someone who is applying to business school:

I would encourage them to imagine themselves four years from now and think about how business school can help them achieve their goals and to make sure that their thesis makes sense to them and is easy to explain to others. Once that’s done, the application process can be a lot easier.

Highlight or greatest accomplishment while working with Stratus Prep:

I was thrilled to learn that one of my clients originally hesitant about their chances was accepted at a top 10 business school with a sizeable scholarship.

3 Random Facts:

– I am a father of five amazing kids who teach me about patience and humility every day.
– I am passionate about family travel – my 1 year old son has already been to 17 US States and four countries. Ask me how you can travel the world for free, or close to it!
– I was born in Russia and grew up in Minnesota. When people complain about Chicago winter weather I tell them that Chicago is the hottest place I have ever lived!