About us

MBA Admissions Advisors was founded in 2013 by Vincent Ho-Tin-Noe and Kyle Watkins, two Harvard Business School graduates. Since then, they have been joined by other Harvard Business School graduates and MBA students. MBA Admissions Advisors work with clients from all over the World.


Picture of Vincent Ho-Tin-Noe, MAA co-founderVincent Ho-Tin-Noe (Harvard Business School, MBA class of 2013)

An international applicant, Vincent had 9 years of pre-MBA experience when he was admitted to the HBS class of 2013. He navigated the admissions process almost entirely on his own, scoring a 750 GMAT after only 6 weeks of preparation with no outside help.

Although well into his 30s when he applied, Vincent received admissions offers from some of the world’s most prestigious MBA programs, including HBS (where he was a third-round applicant), Kellogg, Booth’s executive MBA program, London Business School, IMD, and ESADE.

Before earning his MBA, Vincent had worked in several industries, including Private Equity (Axa PE), Automotive (Renault-Nissan), Tech (Dell), and e-Commerce (Amazon). While at HBS, he interned at leading consulting firm, and has since worked for Zalora, a leading fashion retailer in Asia, as well as Amazon Fresh in London.

Vincent currently lives between London and Montreal.

Kyle Watkins, Co-FounderKyle Watkins  (Harvard Business School, MBA class of 2013)

Kyle applied to business school only one year after graduating college, making him among the youngest applicants admitted to Harvard Business School. However, during his time in college he also worked for nearly two years as a paid finance staffer for President Obama’s 2008 campaign, and he went on to work in the White House on the National Economic Council and in the Office of Management and Budget before matriculating to business school.

Leveraging his background as a journalism minor to write compelling essays, he worked for months to shape his personal brand. Coupled with a 770 on the GMAT and a strong undergraduate GPA, his narrative propelled him to admission at HBS, his first-choice school and the only program to which he applied.

After graduating HBS, he joined the Chicago-based startup Networked Insights, and was later recruited by Shiftgig, another Chicago-area startup.


Imola Pinter, MBA Admissions ConsultantImola Pinter (Harvard Business School, MBA class of 2019)

Imola applied to business school after 5 years of work experience as a consultant first at Deloitte, then at McKinsey&Company.

She applied and was admitted to both HBS and Stanford GSB, being the fourth ever Hungarian and first ever female Hungarian applicant receiving acceptance from Stanford GSB. Imola gained admission with a 710 GMAT.

She holds a Master’s degree from HEC Paris.


Daina Paulikas, consultant with MBA Admissions AdvisorsDaina Paulikas (Harvard Business School, MBA class of 2013)

A former defense engineer and startup cofounder, Daina often worked behind-the-scenes to fix organizational and business issues at work. When she hit age 30, she decided to put a credential behind this instinct.  

Daina didn’t know anyone who had gone to a top 5 MBA program, so she leveraged online study guides and forums to guide her strategy. For four weekends she studied. On the fifth weekend she took the GMAT and scored 790, the highest of her HBS class. Daina was admitted into the two schools she had focused her energy on, HBS and Booth.

After graduating, Daina worked at Boston Consulting Group for two years, and now consults independently. Her clients have spanned tech (Google and others), venture capital, government (Puerto Rico, Sacramento, Saudi Arabia), and finance. Daina is a global citizen, most recently living in Romania, Colombia, and DC.

In her own words: “I am an HBS graduate and scored a 790 on the GMAT on a recent format, and also took a GRE less than a year ago and have test-taking fresh in mind. I’ve been a coach or mentor countless times, advising colleagues and friends on strategies for doing well on the GMAT, before moving on to advising actual clients. My approach is always to listen first, establish trust and openness, understand a person’s history, strengths and struggles, and finally come up with a holistic plan that both strategically and tactically hits upon each area of improvement. I maintain a very open, casual style, perhaps rooted in part from my engineering and science background. I find this helps quickly make my clients comfortable and makes for a great working relationship.”  

Your Personal MBA Admissions Consultants

Through our personal experiences, we have been able to build a second-to-none understanding of the MBA admissions process in the U.S. and Europe, including expertise in the following topic areas:

  • Mapping out an application strategy
  • Honing GMAT preparation
  • Building a personal brand
  • Creating a professional resume
  • Writing outstanding essays
  • Finding recommenders who will write impactful letters
  • Preparing for admissions interviews
  • Navigating the waitlist process
  • Dealing with the post-admission process (applying for scholarships, ensuring a smooth background check process with firms such as Re Vera or Kroll)

Don’t waste time: start planning your business school applications today! First, have a look at our “10 steps” guides, and then check out our list of recommended resources.

Make sure that you try our unique “MBA Matching Algorithm”. It should give you a rough idea of your chances of admission at some of the top business schools.

If you still have questions, get in touch with us. We offer a free consultation to every interested applicant.