Our Management Team
Dan Bauer, Chairman
An MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, Mr. Bauer's career includes management positions with Citicorp, MasterCard International, and DDB Needham Worldwide. He is a trusted advisor to individuals seeking the best in business education. Before founding The MBA Exchange in 1996, his experience included interviewing and assessing MBA applicants on behalf of the Harvard Business School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude from Ohio University. Mr. Bauer has served on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Business School Club of Chicago, and provided leadership for organizations including the American Marketing Association and Sales & Marketing Executives International. He is a member of the Association of Independent Graduate Admissions Consultants, Independent Education Consultants Association and the Higher Education Consultants Association, and an affiliate member of the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals. Dan Bauer on YouTube: Introducing The MBA Exchange
Alex Min, Chief Executive Officer
An MBA graduate from the MIT Sloan School of Management, Mr. Min was selected by their MBA admissions staff to serve as an Ambassador Captain. In that role, he interacted directly with applicants and provided input to the adcom on exceptional individuals. As an applicant, he also earned acceptances to Wharton, INSEAD, IMD and UCLA. After joining The MBA Exchange in 2007, he helped numerous MBA applicants gain admission to top-tier business schools. Mr. Min's professional background includes entrepreneurship in the general aviation industry as well as international and domestic business development, sales, sales management, and corporate strategy for Fortune 200 companies such as global semiconductor distributor Avnet and $15-billion conglomerate Textron. He was an Officer and pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In addition to his MBA degree, Mr. Min holds a bachelor of science degree in art and design from MIT. He is fluent in Korean.
Dollaya Chaibongsai, Executive Vice President
While serving Stanford Graduate School of Business as an admissions evaluator for five years, Ms. Chaibongsai reviewed over a thousand applications and led candidate outreach and information sessions overseas. She is a seasoned marketing professional and customer-focused entrepreneur with more than 17 years of experience in sales, marketing, management consulting and venture capital in industries such as telecom, clean tech, retail and transportation. Prior to joining The MBA Exchange, she founded and led her own undergraduate admissions coaching business, was a director at an early-stage VC firm, and the director of marketing for a $100-million online auction firm. An MBA graduate of Stanford GSB, Ms. Chaibongsai earned her bachelor of science degree from The Wharton School with a concentration in strategic management. She is a member of the Western Association for College Admission Counseling and is fluent in Thai.
Dr. James M. Spitalny, Ed. D., Education Advisor
A licensed clinical psychologist skilled in diagnostic testing and counseling, Dr. Spitalny is a respected and accomplished professional serving individuals, institutions and corporations. He holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from Rutgers University, Master's degree in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Bachelor's degree in psychology from Ohio University. Dr. Spitalny specializes in helping applicants overcome issues regarding test and admissions interview anxiety.
Melinda Mathias-Porter, Senior Director
Ms. Mathias-Porter has been affiliated with The MBA Exchange since 1999. Prior to that, she worked at McKinsey & Company in editing and document production. Reporting to the CEO, she oversees key processes including internal and external communications. Ms. Mathias-Porter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism from Indiana University, and a Certificate in Basic Manuscript Editing from the University of Chicago.