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Class of 2025
Studying: BBA in Business Management
Member of: Soul Fighter: The boxing fitness and self-defense club (Vice President)
Pronouns: He him
Before enrolling at Pace University in the fall of 2021, Max Schillinger was already building a business. But thanks to the resources of the Lubin School of Business, he was ready to create his second company and start a new organization on campus before he even finished his freshman year.
I chose Pace University because of the number of opportunities there are in New York to help grow the business I started years ago. I feel like Pace offers tremendous opportunities that few schools offer, which translates into having everything close at hand, having all the resources in one place to help all students achieve their goals and build a great structure to help students succeed. Finding a balance between business, performing arts, and other areas of study can help me grow HDM Enterprises, a conglomerate focused on helping people succeed in the entertainment world.
By starting Soul Fighter with my three friends, Shahab Gharib, Henry Richard, and Matthew Illovsky, we were able to create a community within Pace that focuses on training students’ full body, while teaching them self-defense skills. . Even before becoming an official club and with minimal promotion, we had over 90 students enrolled in the club and have around 40 active members! Some students who have registered cannot attend due to their class schedules, so we hope to offer more classes next year! Being able to start a club in my first year gave me the opportunity to work as a team, attend strenuous training sessions and complete the necessary paperwork to formalize the club at Pace. Going through the new student organization process allowed me to work hard to achieve something I wanted and strengthened my team building skills. More so, this experience allowed me to prove that my team and I have something to give that benefits the student body at Pace, which hopefully inspires others to work hard.
Kholab Effect started as a passion project in 2018. Having a strong passion for creating content, I felt there needed an easier way for content creators and social media influencers to be able to collaborate on videos , share talents and help each other achieve goals. Shortly after, the idea was born: what if there was a platform where users could collaborate on videos, find others who share a similar vision and help each other spread their content in the world ? Fast forward a year and the “Kholab Effect” app was born. When the app first launched the feedback was amazing and it continued to grow from there. At its peak, the company consisted of a development team, responsible for perfecting and updating the code, as well as an entire management team. We also have a digital marketing director, a vice president, two talent managers responsible for social media influencers on the app, and a creative director who develops new ways to keep the app operational and relevant. What fueled me the most while building Kholab Effect was the clear vision I needed to share with the world. What made me work so hard was the community within the app that created an environment for people to collaborate with others.
“Pace is a place with many resources and an extensive network to help students achieve their goals. Whether it’s getting involved in a club, asking for help in a class, or starting a whole new business, use all the resources you have while you have them.”
After moving to New York, I knew I was ready to leave Kholab Effect and start working on my new project, HDM Edits, a post-production agency specializing in creating videos for content creators and New York-based companies. While it may seem like a video service to others, its real mission is to help freelance video editors find clients so they can focus on the creative side of the job. In the entertainment market, I’ve discovered that video editors are so talented, but they lack the business skills and connections to find clients. Through HDM Edits, I hope to bridge the gap between the creative and professional worlds for video editors. I bring clients and long-term contracts for editors so they can focus on the creative side of the job. The Lubin School of Business has helped me by connecting me with professors with whom I can share my business plan and receive necessary feedback. Additionally, courses such as Contemporary Business Practice and Business Management have shown me several business execution plans that I can incorporate into my business model.
Pace gave me the opportunity to accomplish a number of things while just being a freshman. Between running businesses and a club while being a student, I don’t think I would have been able to maintain the schedule I’ve had for the past two semesters at another school.
I would recommend taking the initiative and exploring areas outside of your comfort zone, because that’s what college is all about. There’s so much Lubin, Pace, and NYC has to offer, so really take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way because if you don’t, someone else will.
What #LubinLife means to me is growing together: unity. There is no need to be intimidated by upper classes, professors or professors. Everyone is there to help each other thrive. One of my main skills that I use in life (boxing, education, business and social) is collaboration. Being able to work in a team or incorporate teamwork into any project while overcoming any obstacle can be a huge contributor to success. #LubinLife is more of an environment that allows students to grow, thrive and succeed.
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