Jose de la Puente: 2016 Best and Brightest

Jose de la Puente BU

Jose de la Puente

Boston University, Questrom School of Business

Hometown: Lima, Peru

High School: Deutsche Schule Guayaquil (German School Guayaquil)

Major: Business Administration with concentrations in Finance & Real Estate

Minor: Computer Science

Favorite Business Courses: FE449 – Corporate Financial Management

Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles During College: Questrom Honors Program, J.P. Morgan Launching Leaders Scholarship, BU Finance & Investment Club (VP of Investment Management), LOCK Honorary Service Society (President), Modeling Business Decisions and Market Outcomes Teacher Assistant, Calculus Teacher Assistant, Innovation & Strategy Research Assistant, Student Athlete Tutor

Where have you interned during your college career? J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (Summer Analyst – CMBS Originations, New York), Market Realist Inc. (Summer Analyst, New York), Interoc (Communications Intern, Guayaquil, Ecuador)

Describe your dream job: I would like to start a private equity/venture capital fund in Peru to foster growth throw the private sector and creatively help develop the economy of Peru.

What did you enjoy most about majoring in a business-related field? Learning about how creativity can be implemented in businesses/finance.

Where would you like to work after graduation? I will be working exactly where I want to be – J.P. Morgan as an analyst in their CMBS Originations group.

What are your long-term professional goals? Be able to financially help underdeveloped areas grow.

“I knew I wanted to major in business when…I started to understand the impact of firms in shaping and defining society.”

“If I didn’t major in business, I would be… a perpetual volunteer.”

What was the happiest moment of your life? When I placed 2nd nationally in backstroke when I used to competitively swim.

Which academic or personal achievement are you most proud of? Landing my dream job at J.P. Morgan

What animal would you choose to represent your professional brand? Wolf – agile when it needs to be.

Who would you most want to thank for your success? My parents – none of my achievements (from high school to today) would have had happened without their support.

Fun fact about yourself: I’m Peruvian but I went to a German High School in Ecuador

Favorite book: La Rayuela – Pablo Cortazar

Favorite movie: Inglourious Basterds

Favorite musical performer: Jimi Hendrix

Favorite vacation spot: Any place warm with a beach.

What are your hobbies? Music, soccer, exercising, and exploring.

What made Jose such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2016? “Jose is an exceptional member of the Questrom School of Business community, and a standout example of how our students use their learning and opportunities to give back to others and make a difference. A Questrom Honors Program student, with an excellent GPA of 3.72, Jose is pursuing concentrations in Finance and Real Estate as well as a minor in Computer Science. I know he is a leader in the classroom, but what I’m especially aware of is his impact outside the classroom.

Jose is the President of our LOCK Honorary Service Society, the oldest student-run organization at Questrom. LOCK was founded on the belief that those who have the privilege of scholarship must share what they have gained. Under Jose’s careful leadership, they excel at this – the team of 70+ students provides free tutoring for Questrom courses and other community service initiatives at BU and in the local community.

I recently also got to see Jose in action as Vice President of Investment Management for the Finance & Investment Club. A team of ten members, including Jose, visited New York City alumni to present their work and get feedback. The alums were very active, and at times very tough in their questions. While other members handled themselves under the strain, Jose was the most vocal, assured, and passionate, and he calmed his team members, impressed the alums, and helped to make the event a great success.  This shows one of Jose’s greatest gifts – he has a calming and confidence-building effect on others.

Jose also enjoys serving as a Teaching Assistant for our QM222, Business Statistics course. In the past, he also served as a TA for MA121, Calculus. Jose is a wonderful teacher and active and intuitive tutor. He has an easy way about him that develops quick rapport. This is also shown in how Jose also connects effectively with faculty. He served as a Research Assistant to Professor Fernando Suarez in our Strategy and Innovation Department.

Jose is an earnest and giving young man who gives his all to his work. He indicated in his information above that his professional plan is to be able to financially help under-developed areas grow. From what I’ve seen, Jose is going to make that happen.”

Erik Wm. Linnane
Director, Academic Advising & Student Services
Boston University, Questrom School of Business


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