I would like to introduce myself. I am Jay Kinzie, a senior year at Roosevelt University, mainly attending the Schaumburg campus and pursuing an undergraduate degree in Marketing.
Before switching to a business major, I previously studied engineering. When attending engineering school, I felt drawn to more of a business direction rather than the engineering vector and felt compelled to switch. During my time in engineering, I learned much about how technical companies are run as well as engineering principles. It is there that I developed a strong mathematical background which included calculus and differential equations. I understand that it may be unusual to merge analytical skills with an aptitude for marketing. However, this mathematical background is in part, what inspired me to want to break into finance.
After I earn my undergraduate marketing degree, I will focus my efforts into my startup companies. In time, I will transition into a part-time MBA program with a concentration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. This will allow me to maintain my professional momentum while increasing my knowledge.
During the spring of 2012, I worked with the Roosevelt administration and its students to create the university’s “American Advertising Federation” chapter and became its President. We are devoted to professional development in the world of advertising and marketing and our chapter currently consists of ten students.
To be well rounded and have a few passions, one particular interest is in manufacturing. Having the experience of machining robotics parts at engineering school, along with having taken classes in that area, I am currently constructing my own prototyping lab. I recently purchased a Solidoodle 3D printer and a Shapeoko mini-mill to go with my small lathe and drill-press. To create designs, I use CAD software such as Solidedge, and am currently looking to find alternative software which suits my needs more efficiently.
A true passion of mine is to develop my ideas into patents and see them thrive in business. I would like to either develop from “conception to market” or sell/license patents to another party. Some of my original ideas are innovative engine designs which improve the torque output of the engine by changing the configuration of the crankshaft.
The other startup that I am involved with is called Synchromesh. It is a company centered around innovative cloud storage technologies. We are currently building the technology and searching for first round seed funding to commercialize the concept.
On a more personal note, I lost 70 pounds over the last two years and vastly improved my health through diet and exercise. Fitness is now part of my lifestyle. I practice Krav Maga, an Israeli self-defense system as well as weight-lifting, and speed roller skating. This change over the last two years showed me tangible benefits of dedication and self-improvement.