Our Story

Anish was struggling in Calculus
He realized that he could pay a friend to tutor him
He improved his grade while paying a fraction of the cost
Anish wanted to spread the concept to help others
He created Top Tier Learning and expanded nationwide

Our Mission

Top Tier Learning aims to improve the lives of students across the country through providing affordable and efficient academic resources. We fundamentally believe that tutoring is more efficient when taught by a peer and that lessons can be scheduled more frequently due to this model’s affordability. Through our services, we hope to help students achieve their dreams.

Our Values

Determinism
· Students can change their lives
Equality
· Financial ability should not limit a student’s access to education
Loyalty
· We will work with a student until they see improvement
Reliability
· We will always be there to help a student 

Leadership Team

Anish Aggarwal

Chief Executive Officer

Anish created Top Tier Learning in 2014 in his hometown of Naperville, IL. He always loved helping the community, which he combined with his entrepreneurial spirit to come up with a solution to overpriced tutoring. Anish is now a Finance student at the University of Texas at Austin and has worked in corporate finance, private equity, and investment banking roles. His hobbies include traveling, spending time with friends, and convincing his friends why the Chicago Cubs will win it all.

Benji Varghese

Chief Financial Officer

Benji is a student at The University of Illinois studying in Finance and Information Systems. He enjoys serving the community and utilizing his communication skills and business knowledge to do so. He is a member of Phi Gamma Nu Professional Business Fraternity and Illinois Business Consulting. In his free time, Benji enjoys playing basketball, volleyball, and watching the Cubs fly the W.

Christian Carroll

Chief Technology Officer

Christian joined Top Tier Learning in 2016 to gain experience working in a technical role for a startup. He is a Computer Science and Finance student at the University of Texas at Austin and has worked in various software engineering roles. He enjoys spending time with friends, attending concerts, and watching sports.

Reed Kurtenbach

Chief Marketing Officer

Reed Kurtenbach joined Top Tier Learning during his junior year of high school. He was praised by parents and students for his teaching ability and unique connection he makes with each student he teaches. Reed has now joined the executive team as the Chief Marketing Officer to help market and grow TTL to communities across America. He is a mechanical engineering student at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio while also managing to play college soccer.

Michelle Chahda

Chief Operating Officer

Michelle joined Top Tier Learning at the end of her junior year as a tutor for the Austin branch. She is a Business major on a pre-medical track at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school in hopes of pursuing  a career as an anesthesiologist.

Elizabeth Howes

Vice President of Marketing

Elizabeth Howes is a second year Mechanical Engineering student with a minor in Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She divides her time between Kappa Delta Sorority and Well Aware an organization that funds clean water projects in Africa. As the Technical Consultant and Marketing Planner Elizabeth draws on her experience with a technology startup.

Syed Nouman

Director of Operations

Syed Nouman is currently a sophomore Economics major at the University of Texas. His favorite activities involve traveling, cooking and hanging out with friends. Syed is excited to be a part of a student run start up, and he hopes to help Top Tier Learning continue in its growth.

Shubhi Jha

Director of Finance

Shubhi Jha is a sophomore Finance major and an MIS minor at the University of Texas at Austin. Shubhi joined Top Tier in February and is working as a Financial Analyst. Her interests include Dallas Cowboys, candy crush and spending time with her friends and family.

Catherine Wright

Director of Marketing

Catherine Wright is a sophomore Finance major at the University of Texas at Austin with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. She is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and Phi Gamma Nu business fraternity. When she isn't working on school work or as a Marketing Planner for Top Tier Learning, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being active, and watching college sports.

Amish Gupta

Director of Marketing

Amish is a senior at Neuqua Valley High School. He enjoys playing soccer at a competitive level and expressing his leadership qualities and hard work ethic to do so. He has served as Captain for the last 10 years on Galaxy Soccer Club, winning the State Championship in 2017. Amish is also part of Principles Advisory Council, Business Professionals of America, and the Indian Heritage Society. Amish plans on pursing his business aspirations when he attends college next year as he hopes to create his own start up on the near future.

Board of Advisors

Raj Tank

Advisor

Raj Tank is focused on product development of devices and applications at Arvidion in the IOT (Internet of Things) space utilizing the cellular and satellite networks and providing location based services. Arvidion has successfully launched award winning products and services and continues to expand its product and service portfolio. Also, as the Vice President of Engineering for Cricket, Raj had responsibilities for all Engineering, Technology and Operations (ET&O) functions.

Melissa Murphy

Advisor

Currently, Melissa teaches undergraduate business communication in the top-ranked Department of Management at the McCombs School of Business. Previously, she taught professional communication skills and organizational communication for the Department of Communication Studies in the Moody College of Communication. Melissa has also held academic teaching positions in marketing technology innovations and converting technology to wealth for the M.S. Technology Commercialization programs.

Bob McBride

Advisor

Dr. Robert McBride currently serves as the principal of Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL. His school serves approximately 3,900 students on a campus of two buildings, the Gold Building for freshman students and the Main Building for sophomore, junior, and senior students. Bob has served as the Principal of Glenbard East High School and the English Department Chair at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Bob’s academic interests are in curriculum and instruction as well as literature, particularly African American Literature. Bob earned his doctorate at Loyola University, and he defended a dissertation on mathematics education.

Adam Kirsch

Advisor

Adam Kirsch is the Chief Executive Officer of Yorango, a startup focused on developing software solutions for the real estate industry. Prior to launching Yorango, he founded and sold Beacon Records (now Daily Beat Media), a music marketing and management firm, and worked in consulting and marketing. In addition to advising Top Tier Learning, Adam has consulted with early-stage ventures as a Partner in the Life Changing Labs incubator in Ithaca, NY.He is an alumnus of Cornell University, holding a Bachelor of Science in Industrial & Labor Relations and an MBA concentrating in Entrepreneurship & Private Equity.

Linda LaCoste

Advisor

Dr. Linda LaCoste is the Director of Executive MBA programs at Texas Christian University. In this role, she is responsible for the overall academic and co-curricular experience as well as study abroad programs. Linda also serves as faculty member for the Leadership Development course and as a certified coach, oversees the Executive MBA leadership development process.  Prior to joining TCU, she served as the Chair of the Business Department and the Achieving the Dream Coordinator for Tarrant County College-Trinity River campus.

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