Mark Zimny is one smug fuck. Feel free to draw your own conclusions, but I don’t know what else to think of a man who promises rich parents in Asia that he can get their child into prominent overseas universities. And then when one family sues to get its $2.2 million back because he failed to deliver, Zimny replies:
“Gerald is the only one who has ever sued,” said Zimny, who started his business in 1999. “Every other client is happy with the result.”
That’s from South China Morning Post. Again, he took 2.2 million dollars from a family on the assumption that their sons would be admitted into Harvard. Its true that no family should ever be duped into paying that much, but what kind of person would bill that amount and remain so brazenly un-humbled by failure? A smug fuck, that’s what. In addition, Zimny cites the example of one of his other “pretty well-known” clients who is happy with the services of his company, which is called IvyAdmit (Ivy-fucking-Admit!):
He said the remaining Hong Kong client was “not concerned” about the lawsuit filed by Chow, who is the executive director of listed conglomerate Chow Sang Sang Holdings.
So in short: Zimny has taken awful publicity — a huge lawsuit that, however unlikely to succeed, reveals him as a charlatan — and employed the South China Morning Post to spin it into great publicity. SCMP was only too happy to oblige:
Describing himself as a middle-man who introduced parents to schools and “facilitated donations”, Zimny said he focused his business on Hong Kong, South Korea and, increasingly, the mainland. He had six to seven tutors at a time. “The demand [in Asia] is huge, but what we do is far more specialised,” he said. “We’ve lost a lot of business [after the lawsuit came to light], but we think the business is still intact.”
You hear that, rich parents in Hong Kong, South Korea and mainland China? IvyAdmit remains open for business.