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Student Spotlight — Josh Kohn: Accountant, Lord of the Rings Fan, and Aspiring Small Business Consultant

Posted in Student Resources on May 3, 2011 by


Josh Kohn


New Castle, PA

Current job?

Accountant / Assistant Purchasing Manager at Fleming Steel

Why do you want to get an MBA?

I want to pursue an MBA for a couple different reasons.  First, I want to change the industry and career that I work in.  I currently work with a small business that fabricates steel hangar doors and even though working at Fleming Steel since I was 16 has been great, I believe it is time for something new.  More importantly however, I’d like to do something other than accounting and explore other interests.  Second, I have a great passion for start ups and I’d like to get further training on creating and operating a small business.  I believe that an MBA is necessary and paramount in my current position.

What’s your dream job after b-school?

Being my own boss is a dream of mine.  Recently, I’ve been consulting for a small business owner around where I live to help develop his client retention, increase profits, and redefine his company’s mission and vision statement.  As a result of this experience, I’m interested in becoming a consultant for small businesses and new start ups.  Ever since I created my first business plan in college, I have had a deep passion for entrepreneurship and launching new ventures.  I’d like to focus on guiding new and existing business owners to create a sustainable and profitable business with a focus on growth.  Personally, I feel that being your own boss is a dream that many people have and I’d like to make that dream a reality.

Can you tell us a bit about your experience prepping for the GMAT?

The most challenging thing was finding a program that fit me.  I studied with another prep course before Knewton and unfortunately it was not what I expected it to be.  I’ve never been a great standardized test taker, so sitting down and being able to recall all the information was a bit tough but Knewton had some great that strategies proved very useful.

In addition to taking classes with Knewton, I supplemented the books from Manhattan GMAT as well as signing up on  I can’t stress how much being part of a large community helped.

Any Knewton teacher shout-outs?

Jen Rugani, Alison Rich, Brigidette Crowe, and Adam Sticklor.  Great teachers.  Thanks for the help guys!  Let me know if you’re ever in the Pittsburgh area.

Lightning Round: Favorite song right now?

That’s an easy question, Meet Me in the City by The Black Keys (originally created by Junior Kimbrough).

Data Sufficiency or Sentence Correction?

Sentence Correction.  I’d rather do logic games than do data sufficiency.

Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?

That’s a tough one, I’m an Apple user so I’d have to say Steve Jobs, but I do respect Bill Gates for his charity work.

Harry Potter or Twilight?

Neither. Lord of the Rings.