Meet Paul, Adam and Drew.
The Amerasia Consulting Group is a boutique MBA admissions consulting firm led by two principals – Paul Lanzillotti and Adam Hoff - and managed by Drew Hoff, Director of Admissions Consulting.
Paul Lanzillotti is the founder and Principal of the Amerasia Consulting Group. Over the past eight years, Paul has personally worked with more than 500 clients, and has helped his clients gain entry to every one of world’s top 25 MBA programs.
Paul is a guest lecturer for UCLA Anderson’s Riordan Programs and currently manages the largest pre-MBA group in the Los Angeles area, the Los Angeles MBA Admissions Workshop. Through these organizations, Paul brings his past experiences as a student and alumni interviewer for the UCLA Anderson admissions committee, as well as his knowledge gained as a GMAT instructor to those seeking to gain entrance to top MBA programs.
Prior to his current roles, Paul spent nine years in various finance, operational, and managerial roles at Veritas Prep, Revolution Prep, Kaplan, KPMG Consulting (BearingPoint), Northern Trust, Bear Stearns, Countrywide Financial, TRW, BASF, PBG, and the Ford Motor Company. At Veritas Prep, Paul served as the Vice President of Operations with oversight responsibility for all GMAT prep instructors and MBA admissions consultants. As the Director of Revolution Prep’s TutorSource division, Paul managed the launch of a new online marketplace for tutoring services. With BearingPoint, Paul served as a Senior Consultant in the company’s Finance, Risk, Compliance and Insurance group. Prior to business school, Paul worked as a manufacturing engineer and production manager within a plant environment.
Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on Manufacturing Process Design from Kettering University (1999), and completed his MBA at UCLA Anderson, concentrating in Operations and Entrepreneurship (2004.) At UCLA Anderson, Paul held several leadership and volunteer roles, most notably with the Riordan Programs, Challenge for Charity and the Entrepreneurship Association. As an alumnus, he was a board member with ASUCLA and is an alumni mentor for several UCLA undergraduate students.
Adam Hoff is a Principal of the Amerasia Consulting Group and the architect of the firm's renowned school-specific Strategy Memos. His approach to admissions consulting is informed by a career spent in every possible admissions capacity. As a former Associate Director of Admissions at his alma mater, Pepperdine University, Adam came to understand the strategic, psychological, and financial pressures that admissions officers face in building a class. In addition to running an admissions committee, managing scholarships, and organizing recruiting efforts, Adam also reviewed over 1,000 files each year and knows exactly what applicants much accomplish when they get their five minutes to shine.
Taking a brief break from the admissions world, Adam attended the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated in 2007 after spending three years specializing in entrepreneurship law before taking an Associate Position with Sidley Austin, one of the 10 largest law firms in the world. After working primarily with hedge funds and on M&A deals, Adam left the practice of the law once and for all and became the Director of Admissions Consulting for Veritas Prep, where he spent nearly three years rolling out services and ultimately coming to know every top MBA program intimately.
After being hired to write a feature film (Adam is a member of the WGA and currently has a television pilot in development with USA Networks), Adam returned to his first love of admissions when he joined Amerasia Consulting Group. It was there that Adam created a unique, multi-dimensional approach to consulting that drew upon all areas of his career - admissions officer, attorney, director of admissions consulting, and screenwriter - in order to produce essays that were perfectly structured and customized to the DNA of each individual program. He has worked with over 100 clients in the past several years and, as a Principal in the business, has created seminal strategies for specific schools and essay types.
Drew Hoff was one the first consultants added to the Amerasia Consulting Group roster, largely on the strength of his diverse and unique admissions experiences. He holds multiple degrees from Pepperdine University, where he also gained hands-on experience in both undergraduate and business school admissions. In addition to consulting, he ran a multi-national project team for consumer products giant Nike, Inc. This international perspective makes him particularly adept at helping MBA candidates both from the U.S. and across the globe find their voice and shape their essays in a way that is both true to themselves, but also "reader friendly" for admissions officers.
Drew's greatest strength is honing in on a school's DNA and helping a client make that a central part of the application. Indeed, his ability to ascertain nuanced differences in question type and phrasing has helped us nail down every top program in the U.S. and globally, which led to his new position of Director of Admissions Consulting.