When asked about the Wharton Effect, most Wharton alumni look at their careers and point to connections made and positions earned in part thanks to the Wharton network. However, Gerardo Hamilton WG80, director of sales at MX Promo, sees the Wharton Effect when he looks at his two children and his wife. Originally from Mexico City, Hamilton came to Wharton in Philadelphia in 1978. During his second semester as an MBA student at the Wharton School, he was invited to a party in Manhattan with a group of stockbrokers. There, he met “a beautiful young lady” who later became his wife and the mother of his two children.

“If you ask my daughter and my son was it worth it that I came to Wharton they would definitely have to say yes … because if I had not come to Wharton, they would not be here,” Hamilton said.

This article was published as part of Wharton Magazine’s “Wharton Effect,” a series with tales of the School’s profound impact on the lives of alumni.