Babson Magazine

Spring 2014

Alumni News



Frederic Hamilton ’48, H’98, P’82
Photo: Bill Thatch, courtesy of National Western Stock Show

Frederic Hamilton H’98, P’82, received the annual Citizen of the West award from the National Western Stock Show in Denver, where he is shown at the January event with Miss Rodeo America. The award honors those who exemplify the spirit and determination of the Western pioneer. He and his brother, Ferris Hamilton ’50, P’88, ’98 (deceased), founded Hamilton Brothers Oil Co. in Texas in the early 1950s. A philanthropist and advocate for the arts, Fred was chairman of the Denver Art Museum for 20 years; an addition to the museum is named in his honor. He also has supported numerous nonprofits and has served on many corporate boards.


David Hunnewell, P’90, has been named vice president for capital formation at MondayOne, a commercial real estate development firm based in Irvine, Calif. David works with accredited investors and financial institutions. Previously, he founded Private Investment Reserve, an organization that brings together investors and investment opportunities.


Dave Kurland emails, “I’m sad to report that Allen Gluck (MBA’66) died on Oct. 20, and his wife, Peggy, passed away about five weeks later. Allen was my roommate at Babson, and we were ushers at each other’s wedding. He and I were the closest of friends for 53 years. Peggy and Allen had two sons, David and Edward, and three granddaughters. In February, my wife, Elaine, and I visited David and his wife, Rhonda, in Florida.”


Mark Bentley, executive director of Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, emails, “Next year, the Class of 1965 will celebrate its 50th reunion on the beautiful Babson campus. I am looking forward to traveling north and combining reunion activities with a bit of vacation as Dee and I did for the 45th reunion. We will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary in October 2015, so the reunion is good justification for a trip. Love to hear from classmates who plan to attend.”


James Herbert is chairman and founding CEO of First Republic Bank, headquartered in San Francisco. The bank has announced that he will remain chair and CEO until 2017 and will continue as chair until 2020. In addition to California, the bank and wealth management company has offices in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, and Oregon. Before establishing First Republic in 1985, James was founding president, CEO, and a director of San Francisco Bancorp.


Charlie Nulsen ’79

Charlie Nulsen (second from right) emails from Bethesda, Md., “My wife, JoAnn (Kocum) Nulsen ’81 (second from left), and I are shown with Linda (Landergan) Hanratty ’81 (left) and Diane (Magee) Althouse ’81 (right) in New York City. We were there in October for Diane and Herb’s 20th wedding anniversary. The celebratory dinner was held in Greenwich Village—at Babbo restaurant, of course!”

Glenn Ricciardelli ’79, P’09, ’14

Glenn Ricciardelli P’09, ’14 (left), emails, “Last September, Bob Kelly ’81 and his wife, Maureen, hosted their annual golf tournament for cancer at Dedham [Mass.] Country and Polo Club. A great turnout of Babson alums participated to support and to help ‘Bo’ and friends celebrate his continued good health. Joining me are the other members of the tourney’s champion team: (from left) Bill McQuillan ’78, Rick Renwick ’79, and Joe Campanelli ’79. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Sept. 18 at the club for another outstanding day.” Bob is a Babson overseer, and Rick is a trustee.


Steve Goldbloom, founder and CEO of Goldbloom Wealth Management in Bellevue, Wash., co-authored The Ultimate Success Guide: The World’s Leading Experts Reveal Their Secrets for Success in Business and in Life with business development author and speaker, Brian Tracy. Steve contributed a chapter entitled “Building Wealth vs. Financial Planning … Success by Association.” The book was released in May 2013.


Bob Kelly emails, “Babson is a remarkable place for making lifelong friends! Joining my wife, Maureen, and me last September for the golf tournament at the Dedham [Mass.] Country and Polo Club were trustees, overseers, fabulous alumni, and parents spanning almost 25 years—from 1978 to 2000. Too many to list in 75 words!” Bob is a member of the Babson Board of Overseers.


Daniel Honan has been named one of the 2014 Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in the Feb. 24 issue of Barron’s magazine. He is a senior vice president for investments, senior financial adviser, and senior portfolio manager at The Honan Group of Merrill Lynch in his hometown of Portland, Maine. This was Daniel’s second year in a row and fourth time being named to the list since 2009.


Stephen Popper founded Meals of Hope in Naples, Fla. He emails, “Meals of Hope distributes fortified meals that we have developed. Our nonprofit is the only food-packing group that specifically works domestically to feed people in need, and we recently packed our 20,000,000th meal. During a typical two-hour packing event, we set up production lines to fill, weigh, seal, box, and palletize meals. On Christmas Eve, more than 2,000 people packed 506,304 meals for the local Feeding America food bank.”


Keith Houghton has been named senior vice president and chief credit officer at HomeTrust Bank, headquartered in Ashville, N.C. Previously, Keith was chief credit risk officer at a Charlottesville, Va.-based bank holding company, StellarOne Corp., where he had worked for 17 years.


Candace Burns ’87

Candace Burns (right) and Quenay Joseph are shown at Color Magazine’s sixth annual All-Inclusive Awards ceremony, when Candace received the individual change agent award in December. Candace emails, “I have mentored Quenay since 2012. She works part time in my office and studies at a community college. I am honored by the recognition, but the real heroes are the youth and adults I have had the privilege to serve.” For 20 years, Candace has increased career opportunities at some of Boston’s leading medical centers. Currently director, office of workforce development at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, she develops and manages programs primarily for underserved and underrepresented youth and adults.

Donald Cranley emailed in February, “I will run my first marathon this year at the age of 50! I’m training for the Boston Marathon in April and have partnered with Boston’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital as a member of its Race for Rehab Team. I hope to raise funds for this organization, which helped so many people after last year’s tragic bombing.”


Mark Donohue ’88

Mark Donohue (left) attended the annual gala of the Sports Legacy Institute, held in October in Boston. The nonprofit organization is focused on the sports concussion crisis through education, policy, and research. He emails, “With me are (from left) Gary Coon ’87, MBA’01; Hunter Hollingsworth ’11; Chris Nowinski, co-founder and executive director of the institute and co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University; Chad Hollingsworth ’07; and Paul Levesque, executive vice president, talent and live events at World Wrestling Entertainment.” Paul, also known as wrestler Triple H, was honored at the event and presented $1.2 million donated by WWE.


Marc Freedman is president and CEO at Freedman Financial, a financial planning company in Peabody, Mass. He emails, “I am pleased to report that my daughter, Mindy Freedman, was accepted early decision to Babson and will be a member of the Class of 2018. Her grandfather, Barry Freedman ’64, lives in Fort Myers, Fla.” Both Marc and his father are CFPs.


Cindy (Kevorkian) Canavan ’90

Cindy (Kevorkian) Canavan (fourth from left) emails, “A common thread was discovered last fall at a Phillips Academy varsity soccer game in Andover, Mass. Three team members have parents who attended Babson at the same time! We enjoyed tailgating and cheering at almost all 22 games our boys played in New England. The boys had an undefeated season and made it to the final game in the playoffs before being eliminated. With me are (back, from left) Nick DiStefano, Gino DiStefano ’88, Elizabeth (Spada) DiStefano ’87, Jason Canavan, Michael Canavan, MBA’93, Bob Dziadosz ’89, Alex Dziadosz, and (front) Leonardo DiStefano.


Chris Keith emails, “After 14 years of owning and operating a chain of retail franchises, which I sold, I am enjoying my new life as a commercial real estate developer and investor. We recently completed a 31,000-square-foot retail plaza, which is 100 percent occupied, and are looking for more projects. In addition, I have co-founded Nvestx, an exciting new angel investment group based in Newburyport, Mass. For more information, contact me at”

Chris Lingamfelter has been appointed vice president for integrated system sales and strategy at Intelligrated in Mason, Ohio. The company designs, manufactures, and installs material-handling systems. Before joining Intelligrated, Chris had worked in product and sales management at supply chain and logistics firms.


Nicole Asher has been promoted to senior account manager, mobile virtual network operator and first-tier carrier accounts at Reagan Wireless, headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Fla. She joined the international sales division at Reagan more than a year ago. The company distributes, resells, recycles, and wholesales mobile phones, tablets, and accessories.


Erik Dellasanta was inducted into the athletic hall of fame at St. Bernard’s Central Catholic High School in November. An alumnus of the Fitchburg, Mass., school, he played on its basketball team and is now varsity boys basketball coach at North Middlesex Regional High School in Townsend. Erik was cocaptain of Babson’s 1992–1993 team and averaged 11.9 points in 89 career games, including a career-high 14.7 points per game as a senior.

Adam Sachs, a financial adviser at Centinel Financial Group, has been named a Five Star Wealth Manager. A five-time recipient of the award, Adam also was recognized this year by John Hancock Financial Network for “Achieving Client Excellence,” and he again qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table, an association for financial professionals. Centinel has offices in Needham, Marshfield, Bourne, Osterville, and Maynard.


Mark Capuano has been named vice president and branch manager of the East Greenwich, R.I., office of BankNewport. Previously, he was branch manager of the Johnston, R.I., office of Citizens Bank.


Tom Bourdon has been appointed president of Greater Boston PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), a nonprofit advocacy organization. The Waltham, Mass.-based group fosters LGBTQ-inclusive families, schools, and communities. Previously, he worked at Tufts University as director of the LGBT Center and co-chair of the Social Justice Leadership Initiative.

Matt Carrick ’98

Matt Carrick is founder of The Carrick Group, which owns eight Freedom Boat Club franchises in Massachusetts. Matt emails, “We recently acquired Freedom Boat Club locations in Danvers, Boston, Quincy, Hingham, Scituate, and Falmouth. With our original two on Cape Cod, we are now the largest Freedom Boat franchisee. The club is a hassle-free, convenient, and affordable alternative to boat ownership. You can take advantage of your membership at more than 70 locations from New Hampshire to Florida to Texas. Members call or go online to select the boat and day; we do the rest.”

Lauren (Shamilzadeh) Polito ’98

Lauren (Shamilzadeh) Polito purchased Fivestripes, a New Jersey-based candle manufacturer and home goods retailer, in 2013. She emails, “The company manufactures Ana Candles, and we’re expanding into our own tabletop linen line. Fivestripes appeared on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America in early February and has been featured in countless magazines. The Ana Candles line also was selected for Martha Stewart’s American Made Market. Our lines are sold via wholesale distribution throughout the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. If you’re an alum, enter the promo code BABO for a 10 percent discount on our retail website.”


The Predictable Profits Playbook

Charles Gaudet emails, “After almost two years of painstaking research, interviews, writing, and editing, I’m happy to announce that my book, The Predictable Profits Playbook: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Dominating Any Market and Staying on Top, recently was released. The book discusses topics such as building market authority, positioning yourself for profit, why making a sale is a lot like dating, how to get premium prices while escaping the commodity trap, and the essential strategies for creating a predictable, sustainable, and dependable profit. For more information, follow me on Twitter @CharlesGaudet and visit”

Joseph Nappi ’99

Joseph Nappi has been promoted to managing director of Phoenix Management Services in Boston. He has worked there since 2004 and most recently was director. The Chadds Ford, Pa.-based company offers management assistance for middle-market businesses.

Adam Watson has joined JFC & Associates as a senior consultant. Headquartered in Boston, the enterprise asset management services firm has been an IBM business partner since 2005.


Jeffrey Del Papa has been promoted to principal at TA Associates, a private equity firm. Based in the company’s Boston office, he focuses on investments in technology-enabled services, business services, and energy and industrial companies. Previously, he was senior vice president.

Chris Malone (MBA’07) has been named CFO at uTest, a venture-funded software and mobile app testing company based in Framingham, Mass. Previously, he was vice president for finance at NTT Data, an IT service provider.

Jordan Mandel founded Jam Brothers Music, an independent music label, in 2010. The venture is headquartered in New York City with artists and studio partners in London, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Denver, as well as Jacksonville, Miami, and Orlando, Fla. Recent artists who have recorded at Jam’s New York City studio include Young Jit da Prince and Dixie Daye. For more information, contact Jordan at


Mario Rodriguez ’02
Photo: Rose Ahn for Jeff Thibodeau Photography

Mario Rodriguez (front) is culinary director of Dinner Lab, a members-only, pop-up restaurant. He emails, “I’m shown presenting the menu at Dinner Lab’s September launch for the New York City market, held on Pier 17. Dinner Lab is a different dining experience; we provide opportunities for up and coming chefs—the sous-chefs and lead-line cooks of a restaurant—to execute their showcase menu. Events serve 80 to 120 members and are held in unconventional spaces. Headquartered in New Orleans, we also operate in Austin, Texas, Nashville, Tenn., Los Angeles, Miami, and San Francisco. Next to open are Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.”


Jean-Pierre Mondalek, Nadim Khouri ’04, and Tibor Schied have co-founded Autohaus Middle East in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. They were featured in a Feb. 10 article, “UAE’s Largest Independent Car Service Specialist for Audi and Volkswagen Launches in Dubai Investments Park,” posted on Customers may book car services online and arrange for pickup and delivery as well.


Brian Cheng has been appointed a nonexecutive director of Beijing Capital International Airport Co. Ltd., which operates aeronautical and nonaeronautical businesses at China’s busiest airport. Brian also is an executive director of NWS Holdings Ltd. and a member of the company’s executive committee and its corporate social responsibility committee. NWS, an investment holding company, is based in Hong Kong.

Andrew Mullin has been elected a principal of McKinsey & Co, a global management consulting firm. Based in Toronto, Andrew works in McKinsey’s private equity and principal investors practice, where he leads the North America portfolio company operations service line.

Obstacle Race Training

Margaret Schlachter has written Obstacle Race Training, which recently was released. She emails, “It is the first book about the growing sport of obstacle racing and mud runs from the athlete’s perspective. In addition to managing my website and blog, Dirt in Your Skirt, I have taken on a few writing assignments as resident expert for obstacle and extreme racing on, contributing editor for Mud & Obstacle magazine, and online columnist for FitnessRX for Women magazine. Last year, I was featured in Outside and TrailRunner magazines, as well as on”


Kiara Barrett emails, “I have received an MBA with honors from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, concentrating in strategy and global business management. While at Anderson, I interned at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati before studying abroad at the Instituto de Empresa (IE) in Madrid. I recently moved back to Boston to join P&G’s Gillette office as an assistant brand manager, global male shave care. Feel free to reach out to me via LinkedIn or the Alumni Directory.”

Lauren (VanElslander) Mearn ’06

Lauren (VanElslander) Mearn emails, “I recently opened the doors to Idea Space in Boston’s Back Bay. Idea Space is a boutique office that provides entrepreneurs and small businesses with shared work space. The company is the product of my desire to create beautiful spaces, connect interesting people, and build a creative community that believes if one member is successful, we all are. Idea Space offers a full range of flexible membership options, including private offices, open collaboration space, dedicated desks, conference rooms, and virtual office setup.”


Pasha Khodorkovskiy is chief technology officer and Connell McGill ’08 is CEO of Enertiv, an energy monitoring company they co-founded to help educational and commercial clients save money on energy consumption. Enertiv was featured in a March 26 article, “Breaking the Breaker Box—Enertiv and the Quantified Energy User: The Way We Monitor Our Energy Is Broken,” on Once Enertiv’s hardware is installed, the cloud-based software platform uses algorithms to help institutions reduce energy usage by engaging their constituents.”

Matt Lauzon has founded Dunwello, a Boston startup that is creating an online tool for companies to deliver more effective employee feedback and recognition. He was featured in a Feb. 14 article, “Dunwello, Focused on Delivering Better Employee Feedback, Banks $1.4 Million,” on Co-founder and former CEO of jewelry retailer Gemvara, Matt continues as chair of its board.


Ryan Holbrook has been a member of the board of directors of Valpo Surf Project since 2010. He emails, “The goal of the nonprofit project is to encourage English language skills, personal character development, and environmental consciousness among underprivileged and at-risk youth via surfing instruction and academic mentoring. Valpo, headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., currently operates in Valparaiso, Chile, and we plan to expand to other coastal countries. For more information, contact me at”


Alex Kravets has founded CogniTea, an all-natural tea made from a blend of teas, herbs, and an amino acid extracted from green tea. He was interviewed for a Jan. 30 article, “Kick the Coffee and Energy Drinks with this Tea Brewed to Help You Stay Focused,” posted on The startup venture can be followed on Facebook and on Twitter @CogniTea.

Aron Schwarzkopf is founder and CEO of Leaf, a mobile-payment platform provider based in Cambridge, Mass. He was interviewed for a March 3 article, “Leaf Rapidly Scales Its Small Business Platform with Three New Executives and Bigger Office,” posted on Leaf develops mobile commerce technology to help small businesses identify their customers’ preferences and information, as well as track employee data.

Luis Soto ’10

Luis Soto emails, “I would like to share my story about the work I am doing with the Latino community here in Houston. My fiancee, Claudia Villamarin, and I started Viva La Soccer, an after-school and summer activity program for girls and boys, in 2013. Viva La Soccer helps kids of all ages build self-esteem, discipline, and values; fight obesity; and have fun. We redesigned the field and the game so that all players—even those with special needs—can have more interaction with the ball, their peers, and the game itself. For photos and more info, visit As our name says, let soccer live!”

Mason Wartman has opened Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia. The startup was featured in a Feb. 3 article posted on, “$1-a-Slice Pizza at Rosa’s in Center City.” Mason says he discovered the concept when he was working on Wall Street and brought the idea back home.


Damisi Adewumi emails from New York City, “Because I had multiple surgeries as a child, I am planning a long-distance bike ride to raise funds to help cover my student and medical debts and to create a college scholarship fund for a child whose parents are burdened with medical bills. I am working on my website and will partner with my hospital. The crowdfunding campaign begins this summer, and the bike ride this fall. For more information, contact me at”


Mercedes Owolabi ’12

Mercedes Owolabi (left) emails, “I am honored to have been appointed to the board of directors of the Meriwether Foundation, which works to improve health and education in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique. I am shown at a Meriwether fundraiser in New York City with (from left) friends Rosalie Almonte and Dennise Garcia Sevilla; foundation co-founder and chair Nana Meriwether; Miss New York USA Candace Kendall; and Miss New York USA 2005 Meaghan Jarensky. This summer, the foundation will sponsor me to travel to South Africa to visit its programming sites.” Mercedes is an analyst, finance division at Goldman Sachs in Jersey City, N.J.

Graduate back to top


Jane Cleland, MBA’78

Jane Cleland (standing), emails, “Early this year, I held three programs at MIT’s Endicott House in Dedham, Mass.: a visual lecture, ‘Finding Stolen Art: The Truth Behind the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist;’ a seminar, ‘Communicating with Influence;’ and a workshop, ‘Aspiring Writers Weekend.’ Along with such programs, I offer training on business communications and creative writing topics ( I also write the Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series—the ninth, Blood Rubies, will be out in December.” Jane is a faculty member at Lehman College, part of the City University of New York, and director of the college’s Program on Professional Writing.


Robert Christensen is president of EN-R-GY Saver, a family-owned company that his parents launched during the 1970s oil crisis. He was interviewed for a March 3 profile, “Robert Christensen,” on The Holliston, Mass.-based business sells and services products such as wood, pellet, and gas stoves and fireplaces. The company also stocks grills and accessories.


Sherry Goff is founder and CEO of SherryWinks, the parent company of PocketBra, PocketPanties, TennisPockets, and BikiniPockets. The Williamstown, Mass.-based startup offers apparel for the athletic and active woman. In February, Sherry introduced her newest product, TennisPockets, a tank top with two pockets in front and a larger storage pocket across the back, at the Professional Tennis Registry’s International Tennis Symposium trade show on Hilton Head Island, S.C.


Walter Dillingham, CFA, is managing director, endowments and foundations at Wilmington Trust in New York City. He and his team help small and mid-size not-for-profit organizations achieve their investment and philanthropic objectives. Walter is the author of a 2013 report, Public Libraries in the United States: Overview & Insights on Library Foundations, and was interviewed for a Feb. 12 article in Pensions & Investments, “Library Foundation Assets of $2.5 Billion Tallied in Wilmington Research.”

David Surette has been named corporate controller at Sotherly Hotels Inc., formerly MHI Hospitality Corp., headquartered in Williamsburg, Va. A CPA, he previously was senior accountant at Landmark Apartment Trust.


Larry Raffone was interviewed for an article, “Outside the Box: Larry Raffone, President of Financial Engines, Sees Company Growth Ahead,” in the Dec. 20 issue of Boston Business Journal. He worked at Fidelity Investments for a dozen years before joining the team that formed California-based Financial Engines in the early 2000s. The company currently has about 100 employees in Boston, and Larry says he would like to double or triple that number in a few years.


Deborah DiSanzo, executive vice president and CEO at Philips Healthcare, has been named a member of Inspiring Fifty, a Netherlands-based initiative that recognizes female role models in the technology industry. She also is a board member of Project HOPE, which works to improve the availability of sustainable health care for people around the world, and was inducted into Babson’s Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2008, its inaugural year. Deborah was featured in the article, “Women in the C-Suite,” in Babson Magazine’s winter issue.


Paul Harrington has been appointed to the advisory board of Vixlet, a social media company based in Los Angeles. Previously, he was president and CEO of Easton-Bell Sports Inc., a sports equipment company.


Jeff Packman has been appointed chief development officer at Clementia Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company headquartered in Montreal. He is responsible for implementing the company’s global regulatory strategy, clinical operations, and manufacturing activities. Previously, he was chief development officer at Apofore Corp., which focuses on diabetes therapeutics.

Disrupt Together

Stephen Spinelli, president of Philadelphia University and former vice provost for entrepreneurship and global management at Babson, has co-authored Disrupt Together: How Teams Consistently Innovate. He emails, “Innovation strategist Heather McGowan, MBA’01, a former student of mine, and I integrate a network of international academic and corporate thought leaders on innovation, design thinking, applied ethnography, and business models to demonstrate the tight linkages between innovation and opportunity recognition. Building on the award-winning Philadelphia University curriculum redesign, the contributors, including business model expert D.R. Widder, MBA’99, also a former student, highlight how to identify relevant opportunities more effectively than ever before.”


Kei Mashimo, MBA’93

The Babson Alumni Club of Japan held its annual meeting on Nov. 19 in Tokyo. Among the event’s 48 attendees were (from left) Seiichi Sato, MBA’85, club vice chairman; Motoya Okada, MBA’79, club vice chairman; Junichi Murata, MBA’60, H’92, club chairman; and Akio Toyoda, MBA’82, club vice chairman. The meeting was held at Intersect by Lexus, a collaborative space with cars, retail shops, a restaurant, and a coffee bar. Club member Kei Mashimo emails, “It was exciting to talk face to face at the meeting with the superstar CEOs of Toyota, retail company Aeon, and more.”


Jay Friedlander is founder of the sustainable business program at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, and holder of the college’s Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business. He was interviewed for a Jan. 10 article, “The Seven Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs,” on Previously, Jay was COO at O’Naturals Inc., a natural and organic fast-food restaurant group. He is an adjunct lecturer at Babson.


Joe Bardenheier, MBA’98

Joe Bardenheier worked again at the Free Surgical Camp held each January at St. Mary’s Mission Hospital in Khammam, India. Joe emails, “I volunteered with my father, who is a surgeon, and five U.S. doctors. Our team completed 255 operations in nine days. We have translators, but sometimes you need to connect the old-fashioned way, with a smile and a laugh. This little girl suffered terrible scarring from burns on her right hand and arm. After surgery, she is able to straighten her arm and work her fingers. She was so brave, the star of the show!”

David Stern has been appointed executive vice president, global commercial operations at OvaScience, a life sciences company in Cambridge, Mass. Most recently, David had worked since 2003 at EMD Serono Inc., where he was head of its global business franchise, fertility.


Marisa Stones, MBA’99
Photo: Alex Masters

Marisa Stones (second from left), was accompanied by (from left) Joe Mahoney ’74, Jane Gregory, P’15, and Hal Masters, MBA’84, at the Bermuda International College and University Fair in December. Area alumni and parents organized Babson’s booth for the event, held at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess in Bermuda’s capital city. Hal emails, “About 2,000 students attended the fair, which was opened by the minister of education.” Marisa adds, “We spent much of the day talking about Babson with high-school students, parents, and guidance counselors. We had such an enthusiastic response that we depleted our supply of handouts!”


Shelley Bolduc, MBA’01

Shelley Bolduc has been appointed assistant agency manager for commercial lines at BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Co. in Fort Myers, Fla. The insurance brokerage operates more than 100 insurance agencies in 11 states. Shelley, who has an associate in premium accounting designation, has more than six years of industry experience.

Christopher Bowler (MSA) received the inaugural Young Leaders Award from the Community Foundation of Volusia and Flagler in January. The award recognizes up-andcoming volunteer leaders. Christopher is co-owner and vice president for sales at Daytona Beverages in Daytona Beach, Fla. The wholesale business carries Anheuser-Busch and imported brands, as well as beverages from craft breweries. He is the chairman-elect of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the Halifax Area Advertising Authority.


Teri Adler has been named top real estate broker of the year in the Wellesley and Weston area by Pinnacle Residential Properties, where she works. This is the sixth time that she has received the distinction. Teri also volunteers for local organizations, such as the Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program and the annual Dress for a Cause event, which benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Previously, she was a local television reporter.

Eric Brown emails, “I am happy to announce that my company, Media Armor, has been acquired by Nomi, an offline marketing company. The deal closed in January. I co-founded Media Armor in 2010 and was chief technology officer. Our technology is used by brands to seamlessly synchronize digital marketing programs across every device and point of sale. I am excited for the next chapter, which is focused on integrating the two technology platforms.”


Marie-Rose (Romain) Murphy, MBA’04
Photo: Patrice Douge Pictures

Marie-Rose (Romain) Murphy is founder and director of Economic Stimulus Projects for Work and Action, a Haiti- and Massachusetts-based nonprofit. She is shown leading a community regional planning meeting in Grande Anse, Haiti. Marie-Rose emails, “Since 2010, ESPWA has worked to strengthen Haiti’s leaders and civil society and to support philanthropy in Haiti. Our projects are Haitian-led and community-based, and we work with others to achieve greater levels of change than we could alone. For more information, contact me at”


Antonio Turco-Rivas and J.B. Schneider are the founders of P’kolino. Antonio emails, “P’kolino, ‘pee-ko-lee-no,’ creates playfully smart children’s furnishings, toys, arts, decor, and more. We are thrilled to announce we’re now in all Target stores! When you’re in Target, check out our Mess Eaters, our playful line of storage and organization products.” In 2011, the founders were inducted into Babson’s Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Chris Voght has been promoted to senior director of sales for the Torayfan Division of Toray Plastics (America) Inc., based in North Kingstown, R.I. Previously, he was director of the strategic alliance group at Toray, which he joined in 1999.


Romney Evans and Jessica (Arredondo) Murphy, both MBA’06

Romney Evans and Jessica (Arredondo) Murphy launched True Jeans, an online retail company, in 2006. The company, now known as True Fit, has become a fit personalization software company. Romney emails, “True Fit uses Big Data to help consumers buy clothing and shoes with confidence online. True Fit pivoted from being a B2C site to a B2B software company for a network of more than 1,000 top brands and for many leading retailers, such as Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor. Our software helps consumers find the best styles in the correct size.”

Chris Tkach, MBA’06
Photo: Mike Johnson/Festpics

Chris Tkach and his wife, Grace Tkach, are founders and owners of Idle Hands Craft Ales. Chris emails, “We have formed a partnership with Enlightenment Ales, originally of Lowell, Mass. The partnership brings Enlightenment founder Ben Howe on board as our first full-time employee and head brewer. As of December, both brands have been brewed and distributed out of our Idle Hands facility in Everett and are available on shelves in the Boston area. Idle Hands is open to the public for samples and retail sales on Wednesday through Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons.”


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Andrew Letts has joined CamberView Partners LLC as a partner. The San Francisco-based firm offers investment advice to management and boards of public companies. Previously, he was managing director and head of corporate governance at State Street Global Advisors.

Lowell Shapiro is co-founder of Black Box Management, a Los Angeles-based entertainment management and production firm. The company was featured in a Feb. 6 article, “Blackfish Director Signs with Black Box Management,” in The Hollywood Reporter. Launched in 2011, Black Box represents writers, actors, and directors in film, television, and digital media.


Jodi-Tatiana Charles, founder of The Embargo List, emails, “Members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem seek to gain coverage from reputable media outlets. Reporters seek industry experts to provide strong content for stories in a quick and efficient way. There is a large disconnect between the two. The Embargo List is an alternative to public relations firms. We bridge the gap between high-growth, high-impact entrepreneurs, who are experts in their respective fields, and reputable media outlets.”

Alison Darnell, MBA’09 and Heather Ahearn, MBA’12
Photo: Desi Smith, courtesy of The Glouscester Daily Times

Alison Darnell (left), and Heather Ahearn, MBA’12, co-founders of Atlantic Saltworks in Salem, Mass., are shown filling 5-gallon buckets at a Cape Ann beach. Alison emails, “We hand-harvest seawater and use a traditional heating method to make our all-natural, flake finishing salt. We don’t add chemicals to our delicate, briny, crunchy flakes, nor do we remove flavorful trace minerals.” Heather adds, “Our salt is for professional chefs and everyday cooks alike. We are confident it will earn a place in your kitchen. Our salt and salt blends can be purchased on our website and in select retail locations.”

Akshay Kolte emails, “I recently moved to Toronto, where I started ETLOK Systems. The company provides computer software and services to Web-based businesses. Earlier this year, ETLOK launched twaFramework, a platform that facilitates speedy development of Web and mobile applications. Also, I continue to provide technological consulting services through Boston-based Simplus Group and to tutor MBA students in finance, economics, and related subjects.”


Matthew Goldfarb, MBA’10

Matthew Goldfarb and Petra Page-Mann co-founded Fruition Seeds in 2012 in Naples, N.Y. Matt emails, “As seed farmers, we grow a variety of organic vegetable, flower, and herb seed crops customized to thrive in the Northeast. Fruition Seeds has established a collaborative breeding program with farmers and chefs in New York’s Finger Lakes region to develop regionally adapted seeds for specific growing conditions and culinary values. To learn more about our work, check out the videos on our website and follow us on Facebook.”

Erica Hession, MSM’10

Erica Hession founded Aeri Rose in 2010. She emails, “Aeri Rose is one part whimsical and fresh clothing design house, and one part travel blog and independent publishing house. From early February to late November, I travel around the country to outdoor art markets and Renaissance festivals where I sell my fairy- and nature-inspired women’s clothing. I design and do most production and sales. This year, I’m putting managers in my retail outlets to step away from the front line, and I’m evaluating opportunities for production in the States and abroad. I’m excited for the positive changes.”

David Klingbeil has co-founded in Paris. He emails, “ is an online private club for exclusive luxury products. I recently raised $1.3 million from two major European VC funds for this new business. We work with the finest craftsmen to design, produce, and sell limited edition objects. Five years ago, I co-founded, a hobby that has grown up to be a leading luxury blog in France.” David studied at Babson as an exchange student while earning an MBA at HEC Paris and an MEng at Ecole Polytechnique near Paris.

Susan Shepherd has been appointed president of Smithers Viscient, an environmental testing, toxicology, and regulatory services company headquartered in Wareham, Mass. Previously, she was vice president, North America operations for the company, where she has worked for almost 30 years.


William Adams has been named an assistant vice president and analyst, real estate acquisitions group at Brookwood Financial Partners, a private equity firm in Beverly, Mass. Previously, he was a commercial real estate analyst at Admirals Bank.

Therese Kinal, co-founder and CEO of London-based consulting firm Unleash, emails, “In January, we founded an exciting new venture called Unleash Academy. Set to launch later this year, Unleash Academy is an ondemand online and mobile learning platform for busy managers. We are seeking seed funding and invite friends and angels to help us kickstart this venture at Follow us on Twitter @unleashteam.”

Veronica Ludensky co-wrote an article, “Breaking Bad: Decreasing Clinical Trial Queries in Imaging Trials,” posted Jan. 2 on She is a senior manager, outsourcing management at Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Co., a biopharmaceutical company based in Cambridge, Mass. Veronica joined Millennium in 2011.

Ben Seldon, MBA’11

Ben Seldon (center), is founder and president of Seldon Marketing in New York City. He emails, “With me is my team of (from left) Barry Stone, David Merrill, Adam Miller, and Michael Olenick. We come from a different starting point as a marketing firm. Instead of talking to the masses, we speak only to audiences interested in what our clients are selling, and we speak directly to what they are asking. We have had 100 percent growth two years in a row and are on pace to double again in 2014.”

James Watt has been promoted to partner at OPS Rules Partners, an operations and strategy consulting firm in Waltham, Mass. He also drives end-to-end optimization efforts at OPS, which he joined in 2012 as director of analytics.


Hussain Manjee, MBA’12

Hussain Manjee is co-founder, president, and chief success officer of his family’s business, Dallas HD Films. The Dallas-based video production company specializes in internal and external corporate communications videos, including commercials, recruiting films, and trade-show videos. He emails, “In December, I was honored to participate at the White House in a White House Business Council briefing and discussion on President Obama’s economic priorities. As a business stakeholder in Dallas-Fort Worth, I spoke with senior administration officials about key economic issues facing the area.” In addition, Hussain received this year’s Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award, which recognizes minority owners of fast-growing and innovative companies.


Jagriti Choudhary, MBA’13

Jagriti Choudhary (right), and her sisters, Deepika Choudhary (left) and Radhika Choudhary (not shown), founded SkinYoga in 2013. Jagriti emails, “SkinYoga’s face scrub is a luxury skin-care product made from pure, natural ingredients. We have created solutions for people who want to embrace a yogic lifestyle. The goal of our SkinYoga brand is to continue launching products that are inspired by ancient times and adapted to our modern lifestyle. I believe that including more nature in our daily lives will lead to peace and purity of mind, body, and soul.”

Justin Jaundoo, Jad Karam, and Davey Randa have co-founded Sky Homes. Davey emails, “Sky Homes develops and builds luxury, green penthouse units on rooftop spaces and shares a portion of the sale with the building owners. Because we never own the land or building rights, we are able to operate with low capital investment. We work with contractors and partners in the Northeast through our Boston and New York City offices. Contact me at for more information.”

Chris LeSchack, founder and CEO of iMogul, emails, “IMogul is a crowdsourcing and investment platform that connects screenwriters and independent film producers with investors. The core iMogul team—Maxwell Chang, Ashit Ghevaria, Paul Proctor, and I—is disrupting and reinventing how the film industry selects producers, actors, and films. Our startup provides a platform where producers can give their projects exposure.”

Weddings back to top

Enrico Palmerino ’11
Photo: Eric Balcanoff Photography

Carlie King and Enrico Palmerino ’11 were married on New Year’s Eve at Henderson House in Weston, Mass. Enrico emails, “Guests included groomsmen Chris Jacobs ’10, Austin Conti ’11, and Gerry Praysman ’11. Henderson House was once the summer home of Roger Babson.”

Mark Giovino ’98

Amanda Waddell and Mark Giovino ’98 were married on Sept. 14 on Cape Cod in Falmouth, Mass. Guests included best man Matt DiRoberto, Albie Bargoot, Luke Damian, MBA’08, James Gaul, Chris Goodman, Matt Goodwin, Jacques Goupil, Jennifer (Kemp) Pagliuca, John Pagliuca, and Dan Pucci, all ’98; and Nicole (Tobin) Goupil ’99, Carey Maltais ’99, and Carolyn Rogers ’01.

Jennifer Phelps ’04

Jennifer Phelps ’04 was married to William Potter on June 22 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Guests at the wedding included (from left) Kasib Mateen ’05, Reginald Johnson ’02, MBA’10, bridesmaid Nicole Hill ’05, Melony Isaac ’05, Jonathan Glover ’02, Robin Allen Glover ’04, and Patricia Finetto ’04.

Vincent Emery, MBA’09

Vanessa Pettigrew and Vincent Emery, MBA’09, were married on Sept. 7 at Old North Church in Boston. Babson friends at the wedding were (from left) Dennis Lui, MBA’12, James Park, MSM’08, Sandeep Muley, MBA’09, Takanori Harada, MBA’07, and Sandra Garman, former Health Services nurse. The couple lives in Boston.

Ella Pruslin ’08, MSA’08

Ella Pruslin ’08, MSA’08, and Ilya Fishman were married on Sept. 15 during a small ceremony at her family’s home, followed by a reception the next week in Newton, Mass. Babson friends at the wedding included maid of honor Nataliya Badaker ’08; Jason Reuben ’07; Arthur Kalendjian and Alexander Prokaev, both ’08, MSA’08; Jin Yi Zhang ’08; Larina Kleynerman ’11; and Gideon Coltof, MBA’12.

Christopher Oates ’85
Photo: Nir Arieli

Christopher Oates ’85 (right) was married to Mark Bergamini on Oct. 12 at The Glass Houses in New York City. Christopher emails, “After 21 years together, we are finally legal!” He is a hospice liaison for Visiting Nurse Service of New York at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and Mark is vice president, direct imports at Ross Stores. The couple lives in Manhattan.

Chris Adams ’08

Dana Langston and Chris Adams ’08 were married on Oct. 18 at St. Theresa Church in Rye Beach, N.H. Among the guests were 14 alumni, including groomsmen Alex Martin and Ben Perkins, both ’08. The couple lives in Charlestown, Mass., and they work in Boston for a commercial real estate company.

In Memoriam back to top

John Martin of Dover, Mass., an associate professor of marketing at Babson from 1987 to 1994, died on Feb. 13. He earned a bachelor’s from the University of Western Australia, a master’s from UCLA, and a PhD from Northwestern University. He was co-founder, CEO, and chairman of Chadwick Martin Bailey, a market research and consulting firm in Boston.

John Muller, H’96, of New Canaan, Conn., died on March 18. A trustee emeritus of Babson College since 1999, he had been a member of the Babson Corporation, a member of the Board of Trustees, and board chairman. He received the Richard J. Snyder Distinguished Service to the College Award and the Babson Medal. He served in the Navy during World War II and was founder, CEO, and chairman of General Housewares Corp. He leaves his son, Stephen Muller ’79.

Wallace Birr ’39 of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, died on Sept. 14. He served in the Navy during World War II.

James Babbitt ’46 of Sun City, Ariz., died on Aug. 29. A World War II veteran, he owned and operated a Ford dealership.

John Coughlin ’46 of Chelmsford, Mass., died on Jan. 24. A 26-year veteran of the Air Force, he was a retired colonel.

Herbert Staples ’46 of Richmond, Va., died on Dec. 2. He served in the Navy during World War II. Until 2010, he owned and operated Herbert L. Staples Insurance Agency.

Hugh Flanders ’50 of Naperville, Ill., died on Jan. 22. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II. He was vice president, agricultural sales at International Harvester.

Allan Andrews ’52 of San Marcos, Calif., died on Dec. 13.

Richard Enegren ’52 of Wrentham, Mass., died on Dec. 16. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Co-owner of Lake Pearl Park, he also was president of his family’s business, King Philip Co. He leaves his son, Richard Enegren ’77.

James Blease ’53 of Valdosta, Ga., died on Jan. 21. An Army veteran, he owned a furniture refinishing firm.

John Waugh ’53 of Palatka, Fla., died on Dec. 25. An Air Force veteran, he worked for his family’s business, Minuteman Radio.

Joseph Sisk ’55 of Wellesley and West Dennis died on Nov. 28. He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He leaves his son, John Sisk ’80.

Paul Sullivan ’55 of Westport Harbor, Mass., and Naples, Fla., died on Feb. 8. He served in the Army during the Korean War. In 1956, he founded PBS Insurance Agency.

Richard Sargeant ’56 of Rehoboth, Mass., died on Jan. 7. He was executive director of the United Way in Attleboro when he retired in 1994.

John Doolittle ’57 of Middletown, Conn., and Hobe Sound, Fla., died on Jan. 29. He founded Cromwell Funeral Home in 1969 and retired in 1996.

Allen Gluck ’63, MBA’66, of Boca Raton, Fla., died on Oct. 20. A CPA, he taught accounting at Babson during his master’s studies and was a graduate housing proctor at Woodland Hill.

Albert Burke ’66 of Maynard, Mass., died on Nov. 30.

John Waldron ’70 of West Palm Beach, Fla., died on Jan. 29. He had a career as manager for dock construction companies.

Arthur Mantell, MBA’73, of Jacksonville, Fla., died on Jan. 14.

Robert McAndrew, MBA’74, of Meredith, N.H., died on Nov. 29. He was a CPA.

Robert Anderson, MBA’75, of Jacksonville, Fla., died on Jan. 24. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He owned a commercial real estate brokerage.

William Griffin, MBA’75, of The Villages, Fla., died on Dec. 10. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He retired in 1997 as senior vice president of US Foods.

Frederick Shaw, MBA’76, of Lexington, Mass., died on Jan. 1. An Army veteran, he owned Personalized Financial Services.

Shauna Gallagher ’86 of New York City died on Dec. 3.

Karen Barlow ’89 of Woodstock, Conn., died on Dec. 7. A CPA, she was director of finance at Crabtree & Evelyn.

Martin Steeves ’91 of Norwalk, Conn., died on Dec. 25. He had a career in finance.

Mary Wynne-Wynter, MBA’94, of Cambridge, Mass., died on Feb. 23.

Yasmine Benhamida-Malak, MBA’99, of Needham died on Feb. 22. She was a director, alliance finance at Novartis U.S.

Steven Larkin ’00 of Sarasota, Fla., died on Feb. 14. A tennis teacher, he competed in a recreational league.