News, Notes, and Nods: Graduates

Babson Magazine

Summer 2020

1997

Stephen Clouther MBA’79 was featured as the cover story/profile in the May issue of Harwich Neighbors, a business and community magazine on Cape Cod. Prior to relocating to Harwich in 2014, Clouther lived in Akumal, Mexico, for 15 years, where he was the founder, editor, photographer, and publisher of a monthly online magazine, The Akumalian.


1993

Judith Huber MBA’93 was named senior vice president and chief financial officer of BrainsWay, a global company that non-invasively treats brain disorders. She has more than 30 years of experience in strategic and financial planning, and most recently worked as chief financial officer of NinePoint Medical. “I look forward to leveraging my financial expertise to support BrainsWay’s goal of creating long-term shareholder value,” she said.


1997

Candace Brathwaite MBA’97 is an agribusiness management online tutor for the University of the West Indies. One of her courses, Foundation for Business Planning, guides Caribbean female entrepreneurs on the path from idea generation to launch.

Pointknown, led by James Foster MBA’97, was featured in an article in The Wall Street Journal on planning and financing logistics surrounding home renovations during a pandemic. A 3D capture and building documentation business, the company provided 3D images and room measurements using a laser scanner for an architecture company serving a client, reducing the risk of coronavirus exposure by only requiring a single worker in the home.


1999

New Balance President and CEO Joe Preston MBA’99 is leading the company in producing face masks in its New England factories. A prototype was developed within one week in March, and the company expected to make about 40,000 masks a week in Lawrence, Massachusetts. It also planned to develop a mask designed specifically for athletes.

David Rubinstein MBA’99 joined Outreach as a regional vice president. Rubinstein has more than 15 years of experience in building consultative sales teams at Salesforce, Blackstone, and Yahoo. “I’ve been so impressed with the caliber of people at Outreach—their deep knowledge of the sales space and commitment to customer success are incredible,” he said. “In today’s selling environment, sales organizations are going to be clamoring to get the efficiency gains Outreach offers.”


2000

Yoon-Hi King MBA’00 joined The Bulfinch Group as a financial representative. “We are pleased to have Yoon-Hi join our organization,” The Bulfinch Group president Seth Medalie said. “Yoon-Hi brings a wealth of knowledge regarding the complexities of wealth building, wealth preservation, and business development to her new post. She will be a tremendous addition to The Bulfinch Group and a remarkable asset to her clients.”


2002

Tyson Goodridge MBA’02 and Erik Skala MBA’02 of PuroClean of Natick, Massachusetts, responded to crisis calls by cleaning clients’ facilities or providing them with cleaning products.


2003

Karl Kern MBA’03 is the co-founder and CEO of The Numbers Guys, a media production entity focusing on accounting and finance content. An example of content is Kern’s book, Accounting and FP&A: Tools for Solving Financial Problems, which was published in April and is available for purchase on Amazon.


2004

Angela Han MBA’04 was appointed the first chief customer officer of Pluralsight. She will be leading the Utah-based technology company’s plan to expand its global team to deliver powerful user experiences and faster paths to tech skills development. Han also will be responsible for expanding the global post-sale function for Pluralsight, including customer success, customer support, and services to meet the growing demand of customers who want to ensure their technologists have the necessary skills to meet goals.


2006

Carlos Febres-Mazzei MBA’06 was named chair of the Boston/New England District Council for the Urban Land Institute of Boston/New England. Febres-Mazzei is the founder and managing principal of Quaker Lane Capital, a Massachusetts-certified Minority Business Enterprise. Throughout his career, Febres-Mazzei has sought to improve diversity and inclusion in real estate throughout New England.


2007

Rich Enos MBA’07, co-founder of StudyPoint, is launching a new small-group, online tutoring program to help families with elementary-school children adjust to the new normal.

Jason Ryan MBA’07, chief operating and financial officer at Magenta Therapeutics, was named chair of the Audit Committee and to the board of directors at ArcherDX. Prior to joining Magenta in 2019, Ryan served as chief financial officer at Foundation Medicine. “ArcherDX is aiming to address the barriers to precision oncology and to bring precision oncology to all patients, anywhere,” Ryan said. “I’m excited to be joining a team that I believe has the technology, experience, and drive to deliver on this promise to patients and providers.”

Melissa Waters MBA’07 was named global head of marketing of Instagram, where she will be responsible for leading brand and product marketing for the channel’s more than 1 billion monthly users. Waters previously served as Lyft’s vice president of marketing and Pandora’s vice president of product marketing.


2009

Mariana Cogan MBA’09 is senior vice president of digital marketing strategy and operations at PTC, where she is leading the digital transformation of sales and marketing. Her newest program, leveraging artificial intelligence technologies, was awarded Program of the Year by SiriusDecisions. PTC is a multibillion-dollar global software company.

Amy Sayed MBA’09 has taken over ownership of the Framingham, Massachusetts, franchise of Dream Dinners, the national meal-assembly retail chain. “As a customer, I was impressed with the welcoming, accommodating environment at Dream Dinners,” Sayed told Wicked Local. “When the opportunity to purchase the franchise arose, I realized my dream to combine my experience and passion for helping others in a business that serves the community and has a positive impact on people’s well-being.”


2011

Puru Trivedi MBA’11 wrote op-eds on multilateralism and moral hazard that were featured recently in Modern Diplomacy and The Washington Diplomat, respectively. His work on commercial diplomacy, with the Meridian Corporate Council, has been recognized by companies such as Caterpillar, Boston Scientific, and BP America. Over the past few months, Trivedi’s work in convening business and government has been covered in outlets such as The Washington Post, USA Today, and CBS News.


2012

Erik Ferjentsik MBA’12 recently was featured on the cover of Healthcare Tech Outlook magazine when the company he founded, Visionary Practice Group, was named one of the top 10 medical practice consultancies in the country. Ferjentsik operates his business remotely in Connecticut and currently is looking to add a skilled marketer to his team.


2013

Jessica Lynch ’13, MS’13, MBA’18: See Undergraduates, 2013


2014

Mike Caslin MBA’14, P’07 was selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to bring GCSEN’s 4P Social Entrepreneurship for People, Profit, Planet and Place to Ireland and the European Union in 2021. The Fulbright Program strives to build mutual understanding between residents of the United States and other countries.


2015

Marissa Goldstein MBA’15 launched Rafi Nova, a sustainable parenting bag company, with her business partner and husband, Adam Goldstein. Their mission is to equip and inspire families on the go with quality bags that align with their values and support the artisans behind the seams. The company’s Sapa collection features a parenting backpack, and a stylish and multipurpose wristlet, made of vegan leather and lined with 100% recycled fiber.


2017

Corage Dolls, founded by Flora Ekpe-Idang MBA’17, donated 5% of a month’s profits to a local organization supporting vulnerable families in need.

Gustavo Mayen MBA’17, lawyer and sole proprietor of his namesake’s law office, shared his advice for what motorists should avoid doing during a traffic stop in a Finder.com story.


2018

Jessica Lynch ’13, MS’13, MBA’18: See Undergraduates, 2013


2019

Aakriti Ajay Goenka MS’19 is leading the fight against COVID-19 in India at Chirayu National Hospital.


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