Managing Director & Partner, Boston
At BCG, Allies bring a sense of collaboration and excitement to their teams. They create an atmosphere of trust and support in which people can do their best work. Jon is unafraid to try new things.
BCG has an incredible infrastructure of practice areas, topics, and ways to deliver huge value to some of the world's biggest companies. But this infrastructure only exists because of the people who make that happen.
I thought I was unique until I joined BCG. Before graduate school, I was part of a small team that created the Native American Bank—an FDIC insured national bank that serves Native American communities (including my own in rural Montana). When I joined BCG, it was then that I met the biochemist, Army Ranger, and former teacher in just my small training cadre alone.
People will often ask me, "What mold is a good BCGer?" My answer has always been the same: there isn't one. If you are smart, humble, nice, and have a sense of humor, you will fit in just fine. The test for me is who I hang out with on the weekends. Aside from my family (wonderful wife and my four young kids), it's a wide group of BCGers. Even those who have left BCG (yes, it happens) still stay in regular touch like childhood friends.
Jon has a joint degree from Harvard (MBA/MPP) and an undergraduate degree in finance and economics from the University of Montana.
Q: What inspires you about BCG?
A: I feel like I can be an entrepreneur. If I am passionate about a topic, I get to run with it—often supported with real resources.
Q: When did you know you belonged at BCG?
A: When a very senior partner leveled with our team about his passion for early 1990s hip hop. I immediately felt like I could be myself. Plus, I shared the same music tastes.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: How to decompose problems, solve their parts, and synthesize them back into answers for my client.