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WINTER 2005

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Haas in New York City and Boston: Haas Alumni Make Their Mark

Peter Kontes, MBA 74
Chairman Emeritus & Co-Founder
Marakon Associates
New York

Peter Kontes first learned about business by hanging around his family's glassware company, which produced instruments for every science lab in the world. Focusing on finance at Berkeley, Kontes developed the seeds of a methodology for helping organizations conduct more rigorous decision-making. Putting his ideas to work as a VP in corporate finance at Wells Fargo, he later went on to co-found Marakon Associates, which has carved something of a niche for itself in the consultancy world. "We help clients look at their companies as 'portfolios' of businesses," he explains. "That means they determine where the value is and allocate resources accordingly, the way an investor would." The method has worked: the New York-based firm now boasts 300 employees and 5 international offices.

After spending 14 years in California, Kontes moved back east in 1984 when he realized he was flying out frequently to handle business for his new firm. "There's greater demand for consulting east of the Mississippi," he says. What's more, Marakon's unique methodology appeals particularly to the large, more established corporations that tend to cluster along the Atlantic.

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Peter Kontes, MBA 74

Peter Kontes, MBA 74
Chairman Emeritus & Co-Founder
Marakon Associates
New York

 
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