July 13, 2017

The Hartford Courant:
International Students Launch Programs To Recruit Foreign Students To Connecticut Universities

“When Bridgeport entrepreneur Bao Lei won her first Chunhui Cup, a prestigious Chinese award for overseas students, she'd impressed judges with her plan to sell tea like an American. The international graduate student knew she had the right product and the right problem — an always-thirsty market that was flooded with nameless tea bags of inconsistent quality. Lei's 2014 winning plan to sell a super-limited selection under one brand earned her more than $800,000 in prize funding and loans. But Lei never moved home to start that business, deciding an MBA from the University of Bridgeport would be more valuable. That's when Lei realized international students like herself could be her next product and American schools her market…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.