GWSB Alumni Profile

John M. Cibinic

Degrees: BBA, ’86, MBA, ’93

Current Position: Partner with Beekman Advisors, a firm providing strategic advisory services to companies and investors involved in commercial real estate and mortgage finance.

First job: Cashier at Hechinger, a now-defunct home-improvement chain in the D.C.-metro area. My first job out of college was as night audit supervisor for the Park Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Biggest Chall enge: Remaining abreast of an ever-changing business landscape and growing and evolving our firm while continuing to add value for clients.

Best B-School Memory: Some of the best relationships I developed came out of required group projects, which provided valuable experience in how to work together to achieve goals in a given time frame.

How GWSB Led to a Career as a Strategic Adviser: I gained an analytical framework and an appreciation for the use of research, data analysis and other tools to synthesize a large amount of information to draw conclusions.

Goal: Professionally, to continue to deliver value to help clients succeed, to broaden our area of expertise to include related industries and to launch new ventures to capitalize on the knowledge we’ve gathered. Personally, to bicycle across country and travel to Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina.

Favorite Book: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer and The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen by Jacques Pépin.

Personal: Single, born (at George Washington University Hospital) and raised in Washington, D.C. Now lives in Arlington, Va. Involved with several industry associations, including The Urban Land Institute, Mortgage Bankers Association, Real Estate Roundtable, Commercial Mortgage Securities Association and local charities. Also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society. Interests include cultural pursuits, good food, wine and beer, and outdoor activities, especially road cycling, sea kayaking and downhill and cross-country skiing. Has visited all 50 states and traveled extensively overseas.

Richard Randolph Apgar

Degrees: MBA, Health Care Administration, ’71

Current Position: Consultant on health care-related projects, including development on an HIV AIDS clinic in Philadelphia and online marketing of continuing medical education for doctors.

First Job:Clerk in a pharmacy in Brookville, Ohio, delivering prescriptions to homes and offices.

Biggest Challenge: Juggling my time for all of my interests.

Best B-SchooL Memory: I went to graduate school with $1,000 in my pocket. Within two months, I was selected for a full graduate fellowship that paid for three semesters of academic training and a residency at the Donald N. Sharp Memorial Community Hospital in San Diego.

How GWSB Helped Career In Health Care: I knew early on I didn’t want to take a direct route to being a health care administrator. My GW degree gave me the flexibility to work in all parts of administration and planning.

Goals:To enjoy my professional work on an equal level with my interests in vocal arts, historical preservation and travel.

Recent Reads: Three Junes by Julia Glass and Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. I serve on the board of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and Bel Canto puts a different twist on opera. I’ve lent it to many people.

Personal: Lives in Philadelphia on weekdays and Bucks County, Pa., on weekends with partner Allen D. Black.