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An Insane Request for an MBA Recommendation Letter!



September 23, 2009 – Comments (10)

It seems like many of us here at CAPS interact on a regular basis, and while we might not know one another personally or know much about each other professionally, we do know quite a bit about each others' approaches towards investing.  That's why I come onto CAPS today to make this strange request.

I am planning on applying to the MBA programs for two top-tier schools and I'd like to get a recommendation letter from someone who knows me more for my investment analysis. 

I have two major long-term career objectives:

(1) Get involved in professional investment management, and
(2) Manage a REIT that is decicated to developing and managing mixed-use, energy efficient urban communities

My near-term objective is to find work either with a REIT or in some capacity where I am connected to investment management.  Currently, I work for a CPA firm, and I don't see myself directly getting to where I want from here, so I believe an MBA would be a better path. 

I have two recommendors thus far.  One is a professor that I taught Managerial Accounting under.  Another is a man I worked with at my previous employer (I just started at the CPA firm), who works with the Business Development team of a Fortune 500 company.  While both of them will write good recommendations for me; unfortunately, I feel like the people who would know of my ability to succeed in the investment world the most are close friends (who you shouldn't use as recommendors) and people who read my writings online.  

That's where you Motley Foolians come in.  I only need two recommendations for both of the MBA programs I am applying to, but it might be nice to have a third recommendation of someone here who could put in the good word for me on the investment management front.  

On top of playing CAPS, I also write for Seeking Alpha, and manage a $10 million simulated portfolio at KaChing.  Since my portfolio initiation in December, I've earned a 101% return vs. a 26% return for the S&P.  Honestly, I believe my pitches here at CAPS are probably the best way to get some insight into my method of analyzing companies, but if I had to pick three investment articles that I believe showcase my skills the best, it's these three:

Brandywine Realty Trust (BDN)

Hercules Offshore (HERO)

MarineMax (HZO)


As far as who I'm looking for someone that:

(1) I'm relatively familiar with

(2) I'm comfortable with - and-

(3) Knows my investing style fairly well

If you work in investment management or real estate, that's an added bonus --- but even if you don't, that might not be an issue :)


Understand that since this is the online world and I have not met too many of you CAPS people in person (I have met TMFBomb once), I'm not just looking for anyone.  It's more of a personal comfort deal with me.  My two current recommendations are good --- but I'd definitely like to add the third of someone who can bring a "unique perspective" and knows me more for my investing acumen.  

If you would be willing to do this for me, feel free to reply and we can exchange e-mail addresses (or even phone numbers).  

Thanks :)



10 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On September 23, 2009 at 4:07 PM, TMFBabo (100.00) wrote:

I'm interested.  I wouldn't mind expanding my network to include JakilaTheHun, and I'm sure you'd do the same for me if I ever applied for my MBA as well (which I may in the next several years).  A better choice would probably be someone who's seen your body of work for a longer period of time here, but I'm quite fond of your fundamental approach to valuing companies. if you're interested as well.  I won't take it personally if someone "better" comes along, either.

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#2) On September 23, 2009 at 4:21 PM, SkepticalOx (98.56) wrote:

+1 Rec for effort...

And Jakila, you have some of the most insightful blogs (in my opinion) on Good luck with your MBA application. 

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#3) On September 23, 2009 at 5:41 PM, ChrisGraley (28.52) wrote:

I would do it for you, but I'm sure there are others that know you better.

I can definately attest to your knowledge and you always seem to be three steps ahead of me on the bio-tech stocks, but there are others that have been here longer, know you better, and are more qualified to write such a letter.


I wish you the best of luck and think you are making a terrific carreer decision.

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#4) On September 23, 2009 at 5:55 PM, ElCid16 (95.14) wrote:

I'm doing the MBA thing too.  Trying to crack that 700 mark on the GMAT has been utterly miserable.  My recommendations are [hopefully] coming from my current office manager, my graduate school advisor/professor, and the dean of engineering at my undergraduate program.  You're on top of your game already having 2 recs down.  I haven't asked for one of them yet... :/

Good luck to you!  I know I'll need it...

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#5) On September 23, 2009 at 9:12 PM, Option1307 (30.62) wrote:

Best of luck Jakila!

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#6) On September 24, 2009 at 1:10 AM, BigFatBEAR (28.30) wrote:

Jakila, I'm interested in at least swapping e-mails, and definitely would like to pick your brain about CPA/MBA, both of which I'm currently interested in. I have a BA in Economics, but do not work in the finance industry at all. That's not to say I didn't try - I did last year, and then eventually gave up and accepted whatever work I could find.

I'd be happy to brag the hell out of you in a letter/recommendation format. But I feel like you might be better served by getting the writing from a more mature/experienced person, or perhaps a more savvy player, or both. Contrary to my inane CAPS doodlings, I CAN be quite an excellent writer, when I put my mind to it...

I don't quite want to jot down my e-mail in this public forum, but I think I remember seeing your e-mail address lying around online. I'll contact you tomorrow.


PS. Rec for courage, originality, and hard work. And, well, vision. :)  I'm happy for you!

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#7) On September 24, 2009 at 5:49 AM, JakilaTheHun (99.92) wrote:


You were actually on my short-list of people I had hoped might offer :)

I'll send you an e-mail sometime today (hopefully).  



Definitely feel free to shoot me an e-mail.  And yes, you're right, my e-mail address is "lying around online".  It's on Seeking Alpha (the link is in the post).  


To everyone else, 

Thanks for the well wishes and support :)

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#8) On September 25, 2009 at 11:27 AM, lemoneater (57.15) wrote:

All the best on your future plans! I've found your REIT analysis very interesting and helpful. For some reason it is hard to find good analysis in that particular investing niche.

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#9) On September 25, 2009 at 3:47 PM, PaxtorReborn (28.75) wrote:

Sure, I'll write you one...


Jakila the hun, what can I say about the guy?  He wears a little hard hat and has a very square supermanish jaw;  looks like he's been working in a coal mine.

He makes good picks in an online video game called CAPS, I added him to my favorites list, so please, please hire him for your MBA thingy.


In all seriousness, good luck to you with your career

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#10) On October 01, 2009 at 8:21 PM, JonBarleycorn (66.19) wrote:

I only hope you will continue to grace us with your visionary analysis.



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