Texas PE: HBS vs. McCombs vs. None

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I am currently an associate at an UMM PE firm in NY and want to transition to PE in Texas, preferably DFW or Austin to be closer to family.

I am considering my options after my associate role is up, and currently the primary options are 1) Try to lateral directly into a Sr. Associate / VP role or 2) Continue along the path and do an MBA, recruit into a VP role.

For those who know Texas PE, which do you recommend / which MBA would be more useful? HBS appears to be the best overall MBA for PE, but would McCombs provide better connections and recruiting within Texas specifically? Note that I currently don't have a Texas network. 

I believe the two most prominent firms are Vista and Trive - which would they recruit more heavily from?

Background: Non-Texas undergrad, NYC banking, NYC UMM PE (generalist)

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  • Associate 2 in PE - LBOs
Sep 13, 2020 - 2:08pm

HBS and Kellogg are the two best represented MBA schools in Dallas PE. The other M7s (Booth, Wharton, Stanford) have a few folks but are generally much less well represented. Don't know anyone with a McCombs MBA doing PE anywhere. 

 

 
  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Sep 14, 2020 - 6:48pm

Just curious, is it really that hard to transition from UMM NYC to Texas PE?

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Sep 15, 2020 - 1:36am

Not sure, I haven't started recruiting yet (its more of immediate-hires for these positions versus on-cycle recruiting) but everyone that has done it either has Texas undergrad or is from Texas, neither of which I have. So the point of McCombs would be to solely give me connections and make my story make sense

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