Harold Simansky

Senior MBA Admissions Counselor
Academic Background

Brandeis University, BA
MIT Sloan School of Management, MBA

Work Experience

Harold completed his BA with high honors in economics. For his MBA, he attended MIT Sloan where he received the Martin Trust Community Fellowship for academic and extra-curricular achievement. He also served as co-president of student senate.

After graduating, Harold worked with Bain & Company in their private equity group. His efforts included being one of many consultants working on the largest media merger of all time. Upon leaving Bain, Harold founded a series of companies in sectors that have included financial services, real estate development, green energy, online rewards, print media, and others. Prior to business school, Harold worked in Washington, DC for a member of Congress, as well as a staff member for a presidential campaign.

Beyond his formal work experience, Harold has been a member of his town’s government, coached Little League, and continues to be a board member of a non-profit organization.

Area of Expertise

Entrepreneurship, green technology, old economy companies, media, and private equity.

A little more in-depth

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

Helping each of my clients tell an authentic story about how they got to where they are and where they want to go. Authenticity breeds success, not just in the application process, but in life.

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

Applicants should understand and be able to articulate what their unique story is. They should think about what only they can share with the admissions committee; a story that no one else can tell.

Highlight or greatest accomplishment while working with Stratus: 

One client with whom I worked came to the admissions process with a number of weaknesses in his application; he had a very low GPA, middling GMAT scores, and overall a mediocre academic history. But by being completely upfront about what his weaknesses were and by articulating a strategy for dealing with them, he found success. He was accepted to five of the seven schools to which he applied and will soon begin his MBA at an Ivy League school.

3 Thoughts on Starting a Business:

– Grit beats smarts every time.
– There is no perfect; good today (even mediocre today) is better than perfect tomorrow.
– The only thing you have to know in business is customer acquisition cost (CAC) versus life-time value (LTV) of the customer. When LTV is greater, you have a money machine; when CAC is greater, go do something else.