Models of Learning

Pablo Puente credits multiple mentors

When Pablo Puente receives his bachelor’s degree in management in spring 2013, he’ll have many people to thank.

The list begins with his mother, who brought her family to the U.S. from Bolivia in 1998 in search of a better life. And his father, who ingrained the values and morals his youngest son still holds today. The list continues with his four older brothers, Juan Carlos, Raul Andres, Jorge Eduardo and Mauricio. Both Jorge and Mauricio earned undergraduate degrees in industrial engineering from Purdue.

“They’ve all been great role models for me,” says Pablo, who is also quick to credit Darren Henry, director of diversity initiatives at Krannert, who recruited him into the school’s Business Opportunity Program (BOP).

“He spends every minute of every day helping students who reach out to him,” the youngest Puente says. “He is the single most unselfish person I have ever met, and I’m thankful to have him as a mentor.”

In fact, when his brother Mauricio decided to return to Purdue for a master’s degree, Pablo encouraged him to contact Henry about the BOP program for graduate students. Mauricio, who received his MBA from Krannert in May, shared an apartment with his sibling for two years and is now a corporate strategic planner for Emerson in St. Louis, Missouri.

Pablo, who plans to attend law school and become a corporate attorney, has also received valuable guidance from Cliff Fisher, clinical associate professor of management and academic director of Krannert’s undergraduate program.

Knowing that law schools put an emphasis on grade point average and test scores, Fisher –– who serves as coordinator for Krannert’s business law area –– encouraged Puente to broaden his focus by changing his concentration from finance to general management.

That allowed Puente to expand his extracurricular activities and sharpen his dual interests in finance and business law through coursework in legal contracts, torts and crime, business process controls, financial analysis and negotiating. At the same time, he has put those lessons into practice through summer internships with General Motors and JPMorgan Chase.

At GM, Puente worked under the financial process risk management team auditing North American factories, using his Spanish language skills to assist the Central America team as well. At JPMorgan, he helped the location strategy team produce cost benefit analyses and worked with senior management to develop a real estate strategy for the firm’s global technology infrastructure.

Today, as a senior, Puente finds himself serving as a role model for younger management undergraduates.

In addition to BOP, he is active in numerous student organizations and holds leadership positions in the School of Management Employers Forum (SMEF) and the Purdue chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, a national business fraternity. He also serves as a board member for the Student Organization Grant Allocation (SOGA) Board, and was recently admitted into the Barbara Cook Chapter of Purdue’s Mortar Board class of 2013.

"What I enjoy most about both Krannert and Purdue is the fact that it is so easy to meet people,” he says. “There are countless opportunities to socialize and network."