Andres Sucre ’03
Andres Sucre ’03 had a unique path to attending St. Johnsbury Academy when he joined in January of his senior year. “It was a transformative experience for a short period of time,” said Andres. “I transferred to SJA due to some crazy circumstances back home in Venezuela. A nationwide strike made all schools (including mine) close for a 4-month period between 2002-2003. Transferring mid-year to the Academy allowed me to finish my school year and my college applications in time.” Andres lived in Waterman and competed on the tennis team during his semester at SJA.
Taking United States History for the first time, he said, “Jamie Ryan ‘89 (Director of Residential Life) was my teacher and dorm proctor. He was very attentive to everyone and has an incredible memory.” Andres also mentioned Jack Cummings (former Associate Headmaster) as having a positive impact on his life, saying, “He gave me the opportunity to join the Academy under unusual circumstances and supported my accelerated graduation.”
After graduating from SJA, Andres attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He said, “WPI was an amazing experience for me. I was looking at engineering schools in the Northeast and found WPI to be top level. SJA definitely helped me prepare for a competitive environment at WPI!”
After graduating from WPI, Andres worked for Deutsche Bank in New York City for four years. He said, “It was probably the worst time to be in finance as it was the middle of the Great Financial Crisis, but it was a lot of fun for me.” Andres then completed his MBA at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which pushed him to explore a career in Entrepreneurship. After earning his MBA, he launched Reservamos, a travel technology company out of Mexico City, and he continues to serve as the CEO today. Andres also serves as an independent board member for HSBC Mexico and is an active advisor to several startups in Latin America. Andres currently lives in Mexico City with his spouse and four kids.
Andres has this advice for current SJA students: “1. Work hard. You only reap what you sow; there is no shortcut. 2. Look for places to work where you admire the people there. Learn from them! 3. Take care of your reputation. It takes 20 years to build it and 5 minutes to ruin it.”