The Story

Relish started at the Darden School of Business, where Sarah and Zach (the cofounders) spent their first year experiencing firsthand the frustrations and inefficiencies of the MBA recruiting process: a firehose of opportunities with companies around the world, but little time to effectively explore, target, and pursue more than a fraction of the available positions. With a decade of experience in technology platforms and strong feedback from dozens of interviews with students and recruiters, they decided to launch a small pilot program to test the viability of a customized MBA recruiting platform - called RelishMBA.

That pilot program attracted the majority of the Darden student body and 30 MBA recruiters, ranging in size from Fortune 50 corporations recruiting over 100 MBAs a year to early stage start-ups looking to make their first business hires. With this proof of concept, the Relish team set to work rebuilding and expanding the platform to students, schools, and companies, launching version 1.0 of the software in June 2015.

Our goal at Relish is to help job candidates and employers streamline their recruiting processes and make more informed hiring and career decisions. We combine an exclusive professional network of top candidates and employers from around the world, with customized networking management and data analytics tools. Think of it like a dating site for master's-level students and alumni and the companies who recruit them. for hiring.

The Relish Mission

Everyone should relish their career

We’re the sort of people who do our best work at jobs we enjoy, and we think most employees are the same way. Fit matters!

Transparency is important

Information about jobs and other career opportunities should be easily accessible to candidates and relevant to their experiences and preferences.

Relationships matter

We focus on giving candidates and employers the tools and resources they need to inform and strengthen the personal connections they make during the recruiting process.

Technology is here to help

We wanted to make sure that Relish helped students and recruiters find more and better qualified recruiting leads, so we customized our technology to make the process more effective, less time-consuming, and user-friendly.

The Team

Sarah Rumbaugh

Sarah began working on Relish in the first semester of her First Year at Darden after discovering the inefficiencies of the MBA recruiting process first-hand and seeing the opportunity for a technological solution. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in business and communications, Sarah was an Information Security Engineer Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton where she helped federal clients implement cybersecurity solutions (she even has top secret clearance). In her spare time, she enjoys running with Relish's Chief Fulfilment Officer Baron, shopping for the latest (and most vintage) fashion trends, and exploring rural Virginia by road.

Zach Mayo

Along with Sarah (and Baron), Zach was part of the Relish team during the launch of its first pilot program in the summer of 2014. He heads up product development, technology, and marketing. Zach is a Double Hoo, graduating from UVA with a BA in Philosophy before returning to attend Darden for his MBA. In between, he spent two years in Uganda with the United States Peace Corps, three years in the burgeoning tech start-up scene in his hometown of Chattanooga, TN, and he cofounded and served as CEO for a fair trade cosmetics startup called Argania1640. When he’s not working on product development or marketing for Relish, he reads way too much about sports and current events online and watches old episodes of Park & Rec on Netflix.

Jacki Thompson
Chief Relationship Officer

Jacki leads the sales and business development efforts at Relish, building relationships with prospective employers meanwhile helping to maintain and strengthen current relationships. Prior to Relish, Jacki worked in sales and business development roles at Oracle and The Advisory Board Company and also has experience in the executive search business. When Jacki is not working on Relish, she enjoys traveling with her husband Reid, spending time with her dog Libby and hiking / camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Brandon Bunch
Associate Director, Marketing
Old Dominion

Brandon leads user acquisition efforts at Relish and also servers as the resident data-wrangler. A graduate of Old Dominion University, Brandon resides in Lynchburg, VA with his loving wife and his completely insane dog. Prior to joining the Relish team, Brandon started and ran his own successful sports analytics firm, and he remains a devoted follower of the NFL, NBA, and MLB.

Chief Fulfillment Officer & Security Director
11-Year-Old Hungarian Vizsla

Baron is perhaps the most critical member of the Relish founding team, as his dual roles in fulfillment and security mean he is responsible for keeping the rest of the team happy and safe. Before joining Relish to take on this monumental task, he spent nearly a decade in high intensity training, including extended episodes of hiking and running, lessons in sitting and staying, and prolonged periods of being a very good dog. Despite the importance of his role, he takes the most naps of any Relish employee.

Interested in joining the Relish team?

We like being entrepreneurs and we’re looking for other people who are enthusiastic about building and expanding the Relish platform. We’re currently hiring for roles in:

  • Software Development

  • IT/Infrastructure

  • Sales/Marketing

  • Account Management

Email recruit [at] to submit your resume and cover letter.

Student Ambassadors

Aaron Lai
W.P. Carey '19

Abhi Dua
Ross '19

Abhishek Bhattacharyya
Tepper '19

Amanda Flecha
Smeal '19

Ankita Sodani
Wharton '19

Ari Sahu
McDonough '18

Atul Fotedar
Carlson '19

Binh Nguyen
Tuck '19

Brian Balduzzi
Cornell (Johnson) '18

Brooke Cramblitt
W.P. Carey '19

Charles Nweke
IESE '19

Eli Kahn
Fuqua '19

Hanna Dobbels
Darden '19

Jacqueline Sigler
McCombs '19

Jane Cheung
Wharton '19

Jeremy Jones
Indiana (Kelley) '18

Johnathan Duong
Foster '19

Josh Kim
Northwestern (Kellogg) '18

Kobe Seoungbyung Park
Stern '19

Lihui (Cecile) Zhu
Owen '19

Mauricio Coindreau
London Business School '19

Melanie Wang
Tuck '19

Monalisa Dutta
Duke (Fuqua) '18

Mukund Birje
WU - St Louis Olin '19

Nathan Bolton
Kenan-Flagler '18

Neil (YuQing) Zhao
Kellogg '19

Niharika Gupta
Merage '19

Nitin Bansal
Anderson '19

Rahul Bajaj
Haas '19

Rajat Gugnani
Fisher '19

Rituraj Shailendra

Sam Donaldson
Michigan (Ross) '18

Shekar Kumar
Kenan-Flagler '19

Stan Huang
Chicago (Booth) '18

Thomas Feldt
Kelley '19

Udit Joshi
Kelley '19