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“Best and Brightest” Pick Their Spots

Two of the 50 “Best and Brightest” management students in the United States—no surprise—are headed for top positions in their professional areas of concentration.

In December, Marissa Giannetto ’16 and Claudio Quintana ’16 were named among the “Best and Brightest Business Majors” in the nationwide class of ’16. Bestowing the honor on the two Carroll School students was Poets & Quants, a news website devoted to the coverage of business schools.

Marissa Gianetto '16

The chosen 50 “reflected the best of their school in terms of academic performance, extracurricular leadership, personal character, and innate potential,” Poets & Quants said in its announcement of the winners. The news outlet based its choice on discussions with faculty and administrators of the nation’s top undergraduate business programs.

Giannetto’s concentrations were in finance and accounting. She has served in a variety of campus leadership roles such as president of the Boston College chapter of Consult Your Community, a national student-run service organization, and as a Carroll School Peer Advisor. Professor of the Practice Amy LaCombe was cited by Poets & Quants as saying, “Marissa has a calm and mature nature, as well as a critical eye. She understands the big picture….”

Claudio Quintana '16

Quintana, of Lake Oswego, Oregon, studied information systems and marketing. He took an active part in entrepreneurial activities (for example, through the Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship) as well as service outreach. “Claudio has always exemplified Boston College’s Jesuit motto of ‘Men and Women for Others,’” Associate Dean for Undergraduate Curriculum Ethan Sullivan told Poets & Quants.

After graduation, Giannetto will assume her role as Strategy & Operations Business Manager at Deloitte Consulting in Boston. As the Carroll Connection went to press, Quintana was negotiating a position in product management with a leading consumer technology firm.

In Q&As with all 50 of the “Best and Brightest,” Poets & Quants asked, among other questions: “What are your long-term professional goals?”

Giannetto said she would like to eventually work in “social enterprise” and nonprofit management. Quintana said his goal was “to continuously learn, grow, and challenge myself” perhaps by launching his own company.

Photos originally appeared in Poets & Quants