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What do Hybrid Cars and Metal Roofing have in common?

Is there ever any sort of healthy co-existence between making money and preserving our environment? It is true that everybody always cares about money, but it does not mean that the environment has to suffer. Oftentimes, unfortunately it seems to be the case, but it does not have to be that way. One is not mutually exclusive of the other.

My point of contention is that we can combine the economic prosperity with the betterment of our environment. – This is where some real green living awareness on an individual level can make a difference.

Allow me to illustrate my point with two examples that are very concurrent and relevant to understanding the current state of affairs in the U.S and learning from the mistakes of the not so distant past.

Death of the electric vehicle or GM kills the electric vehicle… Why?

Whose fault was it that GM was to0 busy worrying about the price of its stock, and making money by producing fuel hungry cars and SUVs, and suing the state of California, while Toyota and Honda were developing energy efficient hybrids vehicles.

And what happened when the electric vehicle program, although expensive at the time proved to be a success? What did GM do? They decided to kill the electric vehicle program altogether, although there were many people willing to buy those electric cars in the state of California. That was wrong on the part of GM, and displays a clear lock of corporate social responsibility. Not to mention, their greed and obsession with price of the stock is responsible for the current state of affairs of auto-making industry in the U.S today. I am not even going to mention their current stock situation, and the governmental bailouts that we are paying for?


So was it excessive corporate greed, lack of foresight, or a little bit of both?

Now GM is losing all the money because of its greed and lack of foresight, in the past. Toyota and Honda on the other hand, are ripping the benefits for investing and building the hybrid vehicles. Toyota and Honda are making money, but also helping the environment by propagating the idea of clean air, ultra low emissions, reduced carbon footprint, low fuel consumption and energy efficiency. It is a win win example of money working to better the environment.

Connection between Crude oil, Environment and, Surprisingly, Roofs over our heads

It is not just about ultra low emission cars. In fact, it is about something as mundane as residential building materials that go into the houses we live in. For instance, asphalt shingle roofs are petroleum based products that are heavily marketed by money hungry asphalt shingle roofing manufacturers. Asphalt shingle roof averages a lifespan of only 17 years, then comes the inevitable demise when it gets torn off and dumped into our landfills.

So what is the alternative you may ask, or is there any alternative? Yes there is, and it has been here all along!

Using the types of roofing materials that are environmentally friendly. Tamko, a heavy weight asphalt shingles roofing manufacturer, has made a switch by buying out Metal Works, a specialty manufacturer of steel shingles roofing, which is an energy efficient and environmentally safe building material. Metal roofing is fully recyclable, and lasts three times as long as asphalt shingle roofs.

Certainteed roofing, another heavy weight of the roofing industry, on the other hand keeps pushing its line of asphalt shingle roofing products despite the fact that they are bad for the environment. And who is there to rebuke them? Who is doing public education and spreading sustainable building awareness?

The U.S green building council is a not-profit body committed to sustainable building design and green construction practices, but how come their scope of influence is limited to mostly commercial construction? Why do we not hear more about it? What about EPA, and Energy Star? Why aren’t they doing public education campaigns to influence the corporate giants? Somebody has to do it. A lot of it is about awareness, and PR pressures, so spread the awareness and understanding, really. Can you do your part? Sure can, do not buy asphalt shingle roofs, nor fuel hungry SUVs. Think green and act upon it!  Somebody’s quote comes to mind here… Yes we can! …. So can we really?

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Answer to Tipple MBA Essay Question

Here is my answer to Tipple’s MBA Essay Question:

My near term goal is to broaden my understanding of business through either a managerial consulting experience, or through work experience in an Innovative and forward looking company.

First and foremost, Tipple MBA would help me broaden my understanding of business through direct interaction with professors and students, which would facilitate learning of new ideas and concepts, and thus help my personal growth as a manager.

Obtaining MBA from Tipple would help me land a type of job that would allow me to further grow as manager who relies on analytical and creative ways of thinking to problem solve and lead organization to success.

Once I feel fully grounded as a manager, and as a leader, I would venture out on my own to start my own company in one of the following: High Tech or IT start up, Natural Healing Office, Ballroom Dancing School, or a Specialty Coffee Shop.

I have helped to co-start two successful small businesses in Massachusetts.

When I finished my tour of duty in Iraq, my brother and I co-started a Green Metal Roofing company – http//www.metalshingleroof.com/ (started in 2006) – 1st page in Google for Metal Roofing

This past May we started a Search Engine Marketing company – Boston SEO Consulting Inc., which provides internet marketing solutions for small businesses.

We have also started a successful Web App – http://www.RoofingCalculator.org, and a Construction Business Directory – http://www.AllConstructionDirectory.com/

These experiences along with my US Army leadership experience as a non-commissioned officer in Iraq, make me a solid MBA applicant and a future hire.

MBA Application Essay Question and Answer for IBS at Brandeis University

I have made it a habit, to post and share some of the essays that I’ve written from the “heart”. Below is my response to the first essay question on the application to the IBS MBA program at Brandeis University:

What international/cross-cultural experiences will you bring to Brandeis International Business School and how will this contribute to the classroom?

Keep in mind that I have written my answer from the heart, it is the only way to provide an authentic response for the Admission Council…

Having grown up in Moscow, Russia during “Perestroika” (Restructuring), I have witnessed the collapse of the former Soviet Union, as well as the collapse of cultural norms, severe unemployment, pre and post Soviet Union anti-Semitism, sever inflation and devaluation of money, and two civil wars.

I grew up in single parent household, and I have personally tasted and experienced real hardships including occasional & frequent hunger, humbling poverty, fear, discrimination, and anti-Semitism.

From my very early childhood, I became aware of the significance & importance of social fairness. I have also made a profound and deeply felt realization that a small business and entrepreneurship is truly necessary in order to foster some growth during tough economic times.

I have started out my small business ventures by selling ice cream on the commuter rail trains in Moscow. I was only 12 at the time. I would be walking the train, and selling ice cream to the people taking the commuter rail train to get home after work.

For me this was an after school entrepreneurial activity and a test of character. Moscow was a dangerous city, and I desperately needed some money to buy a pair of wrestling shoes in order to be able to participate in the official wrestling tournaments in Moscow. At the time, it was my coveted dream to make a name for myself as an amateur wrestler in order to escape poverty and hopelessness, which has been surrounding me ever since I can remember.

As a youngster, I did not do well in school due to the lack of parental supervision and involvement. Later, I also came to learn that I am right brain dominant, which requires a much disciplined approach to learning on my part. I have also suffered a severe head trauma in accident as a young child.

Needless to say, school was a real pain for me from my early days. I was poorly dressed compared to my classmates, slow at learning, and generally discouraged by the whole atmosphere surrounding me at my school in Moscow.

Thus, a shot at becoming a high level athlete held a lot of promise for me, and I relentlessly pursued my dream. Until, I fell a victim to my own inability to deal with the fact that I was poor, and did not have a Mom. It was when my wrestling coach, made a well-meaning comment praising me in front of other kids as a “hardworking kid who helps his Dad and works hard in the wrestling room despite being poor and not having a Mom…” At the time, hearing this in front of other kids really hurt and embarrassed me… Regretfully, I quit the sport on that fateful day.

Without a doubt, it was a tough loss for me. Wrestling was the only thing I had going for me at the time, and quitting meant that I have abandoned my dream. However, I persevered and graduated from the middle school.

When, I was 16 (almost 17) my Dad moved our family to the US. My brother and I started high school in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. We learned English and started a new life in the states.

Now, having co-started two small companies in the US, I continue writing my story and work hard every day to build upon successes and failures that define my life.

They say, a champion is a person who has lost a lot. I am not a champion, but I never stop trying. I would bring my international experience, tenaciousness, compassion, courage and passion to the IBS MBA program at Brandeis University.