An Insane Request for an MBA Recommendation Letter!
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)
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).
*END INSANE, LONG-SHOT COMMUNICATION*