David Blobaum's Story
I have defined myself through hard-work and integrity. At the age of thirteen, I took a job as a caddy, not for extra spending money, but out of necessity to help pay for my tuition to a private school better than my local public school. I always had one job during the school year and two during the summer, yet I managed to excel at school as well. I took Ancient Greek, personally paid for a classics tour abroad to Greece and Italy, and graduated near the top of my class from Loyola Academy. These efforts paid off, and I was accepted to the University of Chicago. There, I took classes in fourteen different disciplines, ranging from Philosophy to Economics. I graduated with honors in my major (Sociology, with a concentration in my studies on racism and urban poverty) and honors from the college and later received an Executive MBA degree from Quantic School of Business and Technology.
After undergrad, I began tutoring for the SAT and ACT as I waited for my background check at the CIA to finish (I had been recruited to be a Leadership Analyst focused on Pakistan). Before it finished, however, I was promoted to Director of Business Development at Method Test Prep, and I jumped at the opportunity to continue doing what I found I loved: helping students. After successfully growing the company in New York and New Jersey, I formed my own company with a former classmate from the University of Chicago, Eva Addae. We opened Summit Prep in May of 2013. Our company’s motto is: “Strive for Excellence.” Implicit in this motto is a call for continual improvement. For us, that is to continually better carry out our mission to “Empower students to succeed in life.” It is my privilege to work to help students to succeed.
Life, as it always does, continues to progress. In October 2015, I married my wife, Lorraine Blobaum. My company continues to thrive: we now have 20 employees and over 400 actively tutored students. Our results are better than ever. As much as life changes, some aspects are constant: I know I will keep working hard and stay committed to helping others.