Founder, Executive Director
Bob Mahmoudi is the visionary, founder and CEO of College Planning Solutions, Inc. (CPSi). The seed for CPSi was planted when Bob was admitted to top colleges but unable to attend due to exorbitant costs. Finding the situation unacceptable, Bob vowed to someday find a solution. He went on to earn a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering, just as the nuclear industry in the U.S. came to a halt with the Three-Mile Island Nuclear Plant accident. Remembering his previous college dilemma, Bob pursued graduate studies in Psychology and Business while conducting research for the university admissions office. His research further compelled him to find a way to help students and families with their college choices.
In 1991, Bob laid the groundwork for CPSi, and in 1992 he founded the company with the sole purpose of empowering parents and students with the facts and guidance they need to make decisions that support achievement of their education goals. Students and their parents find Bob’s approach to the college selection and admission process and his motivational guidance a powerful solution to move forward with confidence. News of CPSi’s college admission success stories spread rapidly, and CPSi grew primarily through word-of-mouth through referrals from happy clients.
Under Bob’s leadership, CPSi has established itself as the premier independent education consulting firm in the Pacific Northwest and now serves students locally, nationally and internationally. Bob has been interviewed and quoted on college topics by local and national media, including the Associated Press. He regularly presents at Johns Hopkins University’s CTY conferences and speaks to various civic and professional groups by invitation.
In addition to leading the company and his public speaking engagements, Bob now works with students enrolled in CPSi’s most exclusive mentorship programs.
Favorite college step: helping students define their specific college objectives and then establish the milestones to successfully achieve admission to their ideal, best-fit college.
VP, Principal Consultant
Debbie Schmidt joined CPSi full-time in 1994. Debbie assisted other students throughout college and graduate school, and has always loved to write. Her love for language and her writing skills won her numerous essay contests throughout her college career. After earning her B.A. degrees in English and Business, she continued her graduate studies in English on a part-time basis while holding a full-time job.
With her attention to detail, high standards, and devotion to CPSi’s mission, Debbie became the engine behind streamlining systems and communications to deliver CPSi’s high-quality services, including essay guidance and editing. Her talents led to her position as a Principal CPSi Consultant, Financial Aid Specialist, Chief Essay Editor, and Vice President.
Debbie currently mentors junior high and high school students and advises college transfer students and graduate school applicants.
Favorite college step: writing the essays.