Colin LaBran-Boyd is a born-and-raised Angeleno from La Canada Flintridge, CA. He attended La Canada High School and was an ESM student himself, utilizing the SAT prep and college counseling services to achieve his goal of early decision acceptance at Northwestern University.
Colin graduated from Northwestern with a degree in mathematics and a double minor in Spanish and Film & Media Studies. He stayed in the Chicago area as a management consulting business analyst with ZS Associates, focusing on the medical products and services industry. Following a year of interesting and challenging projects with some of the largest medical device companies in the world, he was given the opportunity to move to New York City and join the world of finance as an associate with Imperial Capital, a middle-market full-service investment bank.
At Imperial, Colin was an associate on the capital structure institutional research team, focusing on high yield credits, distressed situations, and investment grade issuers in the consumer and retail sector. In his role doing deep fundamental analysis of companies, he realized a passion for business strategy, and so he came to UCLA Anderson School of Management to pursue an MBA. As a current first year, he is focusing on finance and pursuing summer internship roles in the financial technology industry.
Having gone through the college application process not too long ago, as well as the business school application process, Colin knows that admissions tests can be very daunting and stressful. However, he believes that practice makes perfect and with focused preparation, test day will be a breeze. He works with his students to set goals, formulate a realistic game-plan to achieve them, and then guides students through that process.
When he’s not doing schoolwork or activities related to his extracurricular organizations, Colin enjoys cooking, reading, watching reality television, and exercising. Staying active, eating well, and finding time to unwind are key to managing stress and keeping a healthy mind!