Zorig Tumennasan, owner of Premier Tailor
Everything was looking up for newly minted St. Scholastica graduate Zorig Tumennasan in 2012.
He had just returned to his native Mongolia to work as a marketing manager and was looking forward to a bright future.
There was just one small problem. He was expected to come to work each day in a suit and tie. But the fashion-conscious Tumennasan wasn't satisfied with the typical business suits he found in his country of 3 million people.
Buoyed by an entrepreneurial spirit and the skills he'd learned as a double major in business management and marketing, he went into business for himself making custom suits for Mongolian professionals.
Within just a year, his company, Premier Tailor, had relocated to a busy downtown location in the capital, Ulaanbaatar. The young self-starter found himself within the pages of Forbes-Mongolia's Top 30 Under 30 section.
The listing "is such great honor to me," Tumennasan said. "Basically I was the youngest of all the other guys; I'm turning 25 in September. The main reason they chose me was that I introduced a new service in Mongolia with no help from other businesspeople."
When he struck out on his own, his business model was clear.
"I thought opening a tailor shop which offers almost the same quality as a high-end brand with very affordable prices would be a good business opportunity," Tumennasan said.
He points out that among his peers on the "Top 30" list who had studied in the U.S., many attended Ivy League schools.