Giovanni Suarez loves guiding creative, high-potential individuals with top business school aspirations. Aware the MBA application experience can feel daunting to his clients, he engages them with the introspective and transformative power of the work so much that they enjoy the rigor of the process! Positive that everyone has memorable stories to share, he focuses on genuinely getting to know his clients to support them in crafting distinguished applications.
A former entrepreneur, Giovanni founded his custom-footwear manufacturing business in Peru which he later sold before attending INSEAD for his MBA. During his years in South America, he lived and worked in Peru, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Most recently in Chicago, he has worked in operations excellence and supply chain transformation roles at the leading US fiber cement manufacturer James Hardie Building Products and Motorola Solutions.
Giovanni also has a B.A. in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University. His passion for supporting others was born during his time there as he volunteered and trained counselors at a non-profit counseling center, The Listening Ear. That experience helped him polish his skills for developing and listening to others which he uses with his clients at Square One Prep.
Giovanni currently resides in Chicago with his wife Alejandra. An avid traveler, he enjoys immersing in world cultures and adventuring into extreme sports (cliff diving is his favorite). When not advising clients, he spends his free time practicing the Japanese martial art of Shorinji Kempo and plotting his family’s next trip! He is of Peruvian descent and speaks fluent Spanish.