Babson Magazine

Fall 2015

News, Notes + Nods



378 Years in America: The Watermans from 1636; the Funeral Business from 1832; the Future of America in the New World
Photo: Bespoke History

Frank Waterman was the last member of his family to be president of its Boston-area funeral business, J.S. Waterman, established in the mid-1800s. Frank’s book, 378 Years in America: The Watermans from 1636; the Funeral Business from 1832; the Future of America in the New World, recounts the story of a family that arrived in America in 1636. According to Frank, other family enterprises included Waterman Pen, Waterman Steamship, Waterman Marine (producers of the first outboard motor in the U.S.), Waterman Textiles, and Waterman Realty Management.


Dick Kozacko, media broker and founder of Kozacko Media Services, emailed in August, “In June, I co-brokered the sale of Disney radio station KIID-AM in Sacramento, Calif., and in July, I co-brokered the sale of radio station WRDZ-AM, a Disney affiliate in Chicago. Marilyn and I enjoyed lunch in February with Bernie Greenberg and his wife in Florida. In September, Marilyn and I will cruise on the Danube, celebrating our 53rd wedding anniversary.”


Arthur Blank, H’98, was featured in a June 19 article, “Arthur Blank, from Home Depot to Falcons, Golf Chain,” on The co-founder of The Home Depot, he stepped down as co-chair in 2001 and purchased the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. Arthur also is chair of the PGA Tour Superstore chain, which sells golf and tennis equipment, apparel, and accessories.


Richard Kimball ’64

Richard Kimball (center), an honorary Babson trustee, and Caleb Dolan (far right), executive director of KIPP:MA, one of a network of public charter schools, are shown with a student team at KIPP Academy Lynn [Mass.] Collegiate High School. The team—Binta Jalloh (front, left), Hasani Boucher (back), and Jaden Reynoso—received Babson’s Community Impact Venture Award for their project, Pandora’s Calliope, a cafe for teens. Dick emails, “Last fall, Babson brought its Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy to Lynn, the first time BELA has worked with an inner-city school. As a supporter of BELA, I was honored to meet the students and witness firsthand the power of entrepreneurship.”

Marvin Makofsky ’64

Marvin Makofsky has founded Plant a Row for the Hungry in Port Washington, N.Y. He emails, “This program has two primary objectives: provide homegrown, fresh vegetables for the community’s needy, and encourage children to grow organic vegetables at home and give back a portion. The volunteer team and I have garnered the support of the Western Nassau County government, the local chamber of commerce, and many talented artists to paint, plant, and place 50 large containers around town. In the last two years more than 6,500 pounds of produce have been distributed. Follow us on Facebook.”


Louis Lavigne, P’92, has been appointed to the board of directors of Rodan & Fields, a brand of skin-care products, based in San Francisco. A Babson trustee and a board member of Babson Global, he also is managing director of Lavrite, a management consulting firm.


Giuseppina Vinaccia ’74

Giuseppina Vinaccia (left), a member of the Global Advisory Board, stands with her husband, Abelardo Cruz-Bajares, and their daughter, Maria Cristina Cruz, MBA’15, at Commencement. Giuseppina emailed in May, “We are very proud of our daughter, who graduated magna cum laude. Maria Cristina will join Burger King’s MBA Leadership Program at its corporate headquarters in Miami in August. We are all excited about this new adventure and will continue to be involved with Babson alumni activities in Miami.”


Peter Ricchiuti is the William B. Burkenroad Jr. Clinical Professor at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business in New Orleans. In August, he was keynote speaker at the ABiz Top 50 Luncheon, which recognized the top private businesses and publicly held companies in Louisiana’s Acadiana area. Peter founded Tulane’s Burkenroad Reports student stock research program in 1993; he also hosts a weekly investment program, Out to Lunch, on public radio.


Rick Carlson emails, “Loving and living large in Plymouth, Mass., America’s hometown. Gearing up for 2020, Plymouth’s 400th anniversary celebration. You are all invited. CarlsonCreative, my redirection marketing firm, is making waves throughout New England. Good to see our class spirit picking up, thanks to Lindsey Athanasiou, our class liaison at Babson.”

Daniel Steele has been named director of investments at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, where he is a member of the team responsible for growing the university’s endowment. An alumnus of Questrom, he previously was a managing director and global investment staff member of the MIT Investment Management Company, where he had worked since 1992. The company manages MIT’s endowment and employee pension fund.


Susan (Nicholas) Mills ’81, MBA’85

Susan (Nicholas) Mills, MBA’85, is a partner at Polachi, a Boston-based executive search firm. Susan emails, “I just celebrated my 20th anniversary as CFO and COO in the executive search industry. Along with business partners Charley Polachi and Peter Polachi, we provide our trademark Access Executive Search to serve our technology, venture capital, and private equity clients. See my comments on women in my field of business, maintaining a work/life balance, and issues for women in the workplace in a June 4 interview, ‘Women in Business Q&A: Susan Mills, Partner, Polachi,’ on”

Don Pratt (MBA’92) has been named CFO at ThinkingPhones, a communications company based in Cambridge, Mass. Previously, he was CFO at Arbor Networks, an Internet security firm.


Art Joseph and his brother, John Joseph ’84, were profiled in “Joseph’s Garage in Norwell [Mass.] Likes Keeping Things as Is” in the July 23 issue of The Patriot Ledger. The brothers continue to run the full-service gas station and garage business that their grandfather started in 1928. They also sold new Pontiacs until General Motors discontinued the marque in 2010.

Karlheinz Kaiser ’82, MBA’84

Karlheinz Kaiser, MBA’84 (second from right), a Global Advisory Board member, hosted an alumni reception in Zurich to hear an update on Babson’s priorities from vice president of development Diana Zais (front, center) when she visited the city in June. Borja Kaiser (far right), Karlheinz’s son, joined the group. Also at the event were (from left) Lucas Krautli ’12, Franco Muller ’99, Stephan Jonsson, MBA’02, Daniel Haering, MBA’01, Konstantin von Schulthess, MBA’05, Sanjay Jhaveri ’86, MBA’91 (in back), Karin Wiederkehr ’00, Peter Rahn, MBA’82, and GAB member Markus Krautli ’81, P’12.


Massimo Iacono, a member of the Global Advisory Board, was on hand to see his son, Andrea Iacono ’15, walk across the stage on Commencement day in May. Massimo emails, “Andrea had a good experience at Babson. I’m encouraging him to continue to stay connected as an alumnus because the college offers significant global networking opportunities.”


John Joseph: See Art Joseph ’82.


Raj Pathak, a managing director at Morgan Stanley, emails, “The Pathak Group at Morgan Stanley is one of the Boston area’s most successful wealth management businesses. The group manages more than $850 million in assets for business owners, corporate executives, and emerging entrepreneurs.” In February, Raj was named to Barron’s 2015 list of the “Top 1,200 Financial Advisers.”


Michael Finer, director of operations, joint staff, for the Massachusetts Army National Guard, has been promoted to colonel. He earned master’s degrees from the Naval War College and the Army War College, and is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Army Command and General Staff College. A CPA and chartered life underwriter, Michael is founder and CEO of Finer Wealth Management in Salem, Mass.


Kevin Baril has been named a principal in the advisory practice of Grant Thornton’s San Diego office. Kevin, previously a vice president for global business services at IBM, focuses on strategy, technology transformation, and systems implementation for Grant Thornton’s West region.

Steve Orne (MBA’90): See Graduate section.


Bill Sweedler was profiled in a July 29 article, “Westporter Sweedler Living Dream on Race Track,” on Co-founder and managing partner of Tengram Capital Partners, an investment firm in Westport, Conn., Bill races around the country and sometimes the world in the International Motor Sports Association’s Tudor United Sportscar Championship series. He was part of a five-man team that captured first in its class in the 2014 Rolex 24 race at Daytona in Florida.


Lynn Ryan has been promoted to senior vice president at Webster Bank, a commercial bank with ATMs and branches in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. A CPA, Lynn also is assistant controller and a member of its CFO group. She joined the bank in 2007.


Gisele Serralles Woodward ’92

Gisele Serralles Woodward and her husband, Mark Woodward ’93, founded Woodward Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation in 2012. Gisele emails, “To help families manage inflammatory bowel disease, the foundation supports research into non-pharmaceutical options, such as diet and lifestyle changes. Mark was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when he was at Babson, and our son, Jack, was diagnosed when he was 8. Our daughter, Kristina, was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when she was 10. Everyday decisions, specifically diet as a form of treatment, have helped minimize flare-ups. Check out our story and contact us on our website.”


Justin Manning ’93
Photo: Ben Staples ’13

Justin Manning is president and CFO of his family’s business, JJ Manning Auctioneers, in Yarmouth Port, Mass. In June, he auctioned memorabilia from Roger’s Pub, which is moving to a newly constructed space adjacent to Trim Dining Hall. Justin emails, “I was glad to hear from Gerri Randlett, director of Alumni Network and Service Programs, about the auction. It was a fun and sentimental evening for most, including me. The attendees made sure no beer was wasted. Sure will miss those dollar drafts at the pub!”


Yann Borgstedt, founder and chairman of The Womanity Foundation, emails, “Womanity’s name reflects my commitment to women and all humanity. The foundation presently runs programs in Afghanistan, Brazil, and India, and across the Middle East and North Africa. As an entrepreneur and businessman, I have witnessed the far-reaching impact generated by initiatives that provide education for girls, give women a voice through the media, provide professional skills and revenue-generating opportunities to women, and prevent violence against women.”


Kim Johnson is president of Palio, a medical marketing company with offices in New York City, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Irvine and Santa Monica, Calif. In July, she was an inaugural recipient of the Elite award—presented to exceptional leaders, innovators, transformers, and entrepreneurs—from PM360, a magazine for the pharmaceutical marketing industry. Kim has worked at Palio since 2014.

Thomas Klemp has been named CFO and vice president for finance at Summit Electric Supply, headquartered in Albuquerque, N.M. He is based in Summit’s Houston office. Previously, Tom was vice president for finance and administration at a division of Layne Christensen, a water management, construction, and drilling company.

Chris Menard has been named senior vice president and chief administrative officer at PeopleFluent, a workforce-management technology firm. Previously, he was executive vice president and CFO at Bit9 + Carbon Black, a security software company. Chris also is a member of Babson’s Board of Overseers.


Tom Bourdon ’98

Tom Bourdon (far left), president and executive director of Greater Boston PFLAG, an LGBTQ-ally organization, emails, “At this year’s Pride & Passion Benefit and Auction in May, the organization honored (from left) former UMass basketball star Derrick Gordon, Congressman Joe Kennedy, and retired NBA player Jason Collins. Mark Mettler ’83, P’13, GBPFLAG board chair, cochaired the event, and Babson proudly sponsored a table. The evening raised over $500,000 to support the organization’s Safe Schools and Communities program. The Greater Boston chapter is the largest in the country.”


Jamie Siminoff is the founder of Ring, a company that created and markets a doorbell that lets you answer the door from anywhere with your smartphone. In August, the company raised $28 million in Series B funding to further develop its mission of reducing community crime. Among the investors was Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group. Ring has 120 employees and works with major retailers such as Best Buy, The Home Depot, and Target.


Adam Berger, partner and vice president for sales at Doering Fleet Management and Doering Leasing, has been elected to the board of directors of BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation. Based in Milwaukee, BrightStar is a nonprofit that uses donations to invest in early-stage companies throughout the state in order to improve the local economy and create jobs.

Shujah Qadir was profiled in a July 4 article, “From Banker to Dubai [United Arab Emirates] Burger Meister,” on A former investment banker, Shujah opened Sheikh & Shake, which specializes in gourmet burgers, pizzas, and milkshakes, in 2012. In addition to the restaurant, he has one pop-up location in Dubai and would like to add more.


Astrid Pedregal and her sister, Alexandra Pedregal, are the founders of Miami-based swimwear brand Crasqi. Astrid emails, “I’d like to share some exciting news about Crasqi. In mid-July we concluded a successful Kickstarter campaign to launch our latest collection. We raised more than $50,000 from 228 backers around the world in 35 days. The support we received was overwhelming. Check out the story of our three-year journey on, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.”


Joel Holland, CEO of VideoBlocks, was featured in a June 22 article, “Dads’ Wise Advice Sticks with Execs; Listen to Papa,” on He says that his dad taught him the importance of having some fun while working. Joel founded VideoBlocks, a subscription-based stock video footage site, in 2012.

Jesse Levin ’08

Jesse Levin (right) emails, “I founded Tactivate, an initiative designed to inject military special operations veterans and their unique skills and perspectives into the entrepreneurial ecosystem. I am shown with Luigge Romanillo, a former Air Force pararescue specialist and Tactivate instructor in California. We were looking at training facility designs for Tactivate’s Resiliency Institute, which will open in Miami this winter.”


Jillian Brooks emails, “I’m founder and owner of a social enterprise, Project Comfort. We offer apparel for a more diverse set of body types, individuals, and identities, thereby empowering the LGBTQ community. But the really cool part is that $10 from every item sold goes to an established LGBTQ nonprofit, and the customer picks what goes where. Project Comfort aims to start positive conversations around equality.”

Tarang Gosalia, founder and CEO of Optamark, an online printing company, emails, “Optamark has been named No. 223 on the 2015 Inc. 5,000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. In the last three years, Optamark grew 1,974 percent, and our 2014 revenue was $2.9 million. Since I founded the company in 2011, we have added 16 new jobs in Attleboro, Mass., where we are headquartered.”

Jenna Kochen was profiled in a May 15 article, “Kochen Makes Good in Court and on It,” on She is an attorney with Allen Norton & Blue, a law firm headquartered in Miami. After hours, Jenna is assistant coach for the girls varsity basketball team at Miami Country Day, where she went to school. The team has gone to the state championship for the past three years and has won for the last two.


Viraj Gadhoke was interviewed for a May 26 article, “It’s Time You Indulged in Some Serious Binjj Eating,” on He is founder and CEO of Binjj, a smartphone app that helps customers find meals at great prices. Binjj gives restaurant owners the freedom to inform prospective diners about discounts and deals.

Julie Williams (MBA’14), managing director of Hope and Comfort, emails, “I discovered Hope and Comfort during grad school when I was part of a MCFE team working with the nonprofit on growth and marketing. The organization restores the health and self-esteem of adults and children in need by providing essential personal-care products such as soap and shampoo. We work with food pantries and youth organizations in Boston and beyond to distribute the toiletries.”


Shreyas Cotha ’11

Shreyas Cotha emails, “I am a member of my family’s sixth generation to work in our business, C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons, a jeweler in Bangalore, India. A gem enthusiast and one of the few gemologists in Bangalore, I graduated from the Gemological Institute of America in California. I travel worldwide to collect exquisite gemstones, bringing them back to create fine jewelry. In 2011, I went mining for tourmalines in California, where I found a 120-carat watermelon tourmaline. Last May, I traveled to Sri Lanka and returned with some gorgeous sapphires and other gemstones.”

Gayatri Jolly, founder of fashion brand Gayatri Jolly, was the student speaker at her May graduation from Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. She emails, “I was honored to address my fashion design and fashion marketing classmates. In part I said, ‘We should learn from [our predecessors’] mistakes and set different standards and bars, ones that do not discriminate between human beings, and create an industry and world where there is equality and integrity for all.’”


Anneliese Brosch ’12

Anneliese Brosch, co-owner of Cape Ann S.U.P., a paddleboard business on Boston’s North Shore, emails, “We specialize in paddleboard lessons, tours, and rentals, and stand-up paddleboard yoga. I’m excited to announce we now have two on-water locations—one in Essex and a second in Gloucester—along with a retail location in Essex. That store, the Board Barn, has a unique blend of paddleboard-specific inventory sprinkled with apparel, gifts, and nautical antiques that tie in with Cape Ann’s history.”


Trevor Hines ’13

Trevor Hines (front row, second from left) emails, “In June, many alumni joined me in Newburyport, Mass., for our Annual Flag Day 5K in support of the 1st Lt. Derek Hines Soldiers Assistance Fund. For four consecutive years the Babson community has turned out in big numbers, especially hockey players. With me were Terry Woods ’11; Mike Hoban ’12; Paul Donato, Ryan Smith, and Zeke Testa, all ’13; Matt Furey, Matt O’Neill, Troy Starrett, Dan Rivellini, and Tom Callahan, all ’14; Mike Driscoll ’15; Max Franklin, Jared Wiedemann, and Mike Vollmin, all ’16; Mike Phillips ’17; and Jake Donahue ’18.” Derek, Trevor’s brother, died in Afghanistan in 2005.


Jayme O’Laughlin ’14

Jayme O’Laughlin founded GG Protein Vending in 2013 and installed his first vending machine in Babson’s Webster Center last spring. He emails, “The Iron Tub is a new concept machine that dispenses protein drinks, ideal for gyms. Iron Tub’s patented technology dispenses fresh powder and water in a single-use cup that the consumer shakes before drinking. A preworkout energizer shake for muscle pump and a post-workout whey protein shake for muscle growth are available. We expect to launch at five gyms this fall.”


Emily Proos emails, “My dad and I founded Bluewire Audio in 2014. We have developed wearable speakers that make listening to music during exercise or other activities safer by allowing the user to hear ambient sound. They also eliminate tangled wires or frequent earbud adjustments. Used with a portable audio player or Bluetooth receiver, the speakers are attached to a hat or visor. We plan to start marketing the speakers in 2016.”

Phil Russo was profiled in a July 14 article, “Middleton’s Russo Looks Back on Three-Year Career of Winning Lacrosse Faceoffs at Babson,” in the Middleton, Mass., Tri-Town Transcript. Phil credits the teamwork he experienced during school and college with helping him in his new career as an investment banking analyst at Stephens, a financial services firm in Boston.

Graduate back to top


Richard “Rusty” Brunson ( has written a book, Irby Brown: Southwest Landscape Paintings, about the Santa Fe, N.M., landscape artist who is Rusty’s mentor. After teaching management at the University of South Carolina and Texas Woman’s University, Rusty studied painting at Lamar University and in workshops. An impressionist, Rusty usually paints outdoors in oil and in watercolor. His paintings reflect his travels throughout the U.S., particularly in the West, and in Mexico, Europe, Africa, and Istanbul.


Peter Manning received the F. Gorham Brigham Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award at Boston Business Journal’s CFO of the Year event in July. The former CFO at Bank of Boston, later known as BankBoston, and former vice chairman of Fleet- Boston Financial, Peter serves on the board of the Campaign for Catholic Schools and has been a member of the Blue Hills Bank board of directors since 2010.


David Fay, MBA’65

David Fay (behind the podium), spoke at the ceremony held after the Memorial Day parade in Westborough, Mass., where he lives. David, who was a Navy communications officer in the Caribbean during the Cuban Missile Crisis, emails, “I was one of two grand marshals for the parade. It was a great honor to represent the 700 veterans who live in my hometown. Volunteers put out more than 1,400 flags to honor all our local veterans, some of whom died in combat.” David is a senior account executive at H.T. Berry, a packaging and paper products distributor in Canton.


Martin Carroll has been named to the board of directors of Catalent, a biotech firm in Somerset, N.J. He was head of corporate strategy and development for Boehringer Ingelheim, from which he retired in 2013. He had joined the organization in 2002 as president of Boehringer Pharmaceuticals. Martin also is a director of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and chairs its compliance committee.


Maurice Castonguay has been appointed CFO of T2 Biosystems in Lexington, Mass. A CPA, he previously was senior vice president and CFO of Sonus Networks.


Ornaments of Death

Jane Cleland emails, “My most recent novel, Ornaments of Death, is a Christmas tale featuring a royal mistress, two 17th century watercolor portrait miniatures, and greed. The 10th book in my Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series, the story is set on the rugged coast of New Hampshire. I’ll be facilitating my annual writing workshop, ‘Aspiring Writer’s Weekend,’ at MIT’s spectacular Endicott House in early January. For more information about my mystery series or to review a detailed agenda for the weekend workshop, please visit”


George Migausky has been elected to the board of Dimension Therapeutics, a biotechnology company in Cambridge, Mass. He is chair of the board’s recently established audit committee. George is executive vice president and CFO at Dyax, a biopharmaceutical company in Burlington.


Wayne Archambo, MBA’83

Wayne Archambo, CEO of Monarch Partners Asset Management and a CFA, founded his Boston-based firm in 2010. He emails, “Monarch is approaching $1 billion in total assets that we manage for endowments, foundations, and corporate pension plans in the small and small/mid value end of the equity markets. Our team focuses on investment performance, and the fact that Monarch is 100 percent employee owned has created stability. I named my firm after the monarch butterfly to honor my mom, who passed away shortly after I graduated from Babson, because she had told me she would return as a butterfly. She would have gotten a kick out of that.”

Richard Davis has been appointed CFO and treasurer at Arch Therapeutics, a Wellesley life sciences company, where he had been a consultant. Before coming to Arch, he was an adviser to small mid-size companies and president, COO, and CFO at NMT Medical, a medical device company.


Susan (Nicholas) Mills (’81): See Undergraduate section.


Ron Ayotte, P’10, is the founder of i4class, a Web-based learning system for students in grades six through 12. He was featured in a July 7 article, “Groundbreaking i4class Teaching Tool Puts Students, Teachers, Parents on the Same Page,” on A math teacher and corporate applications developer, Ron has taught at the high school and college levels.


Finance Is Personal: Making Your Money Work for You in College and Beyond

Ann Hutchins, founder and owner of Ann B. Hutchins Financial Coaching in Santa Barbara, Calif., is co-author of Finance Is Personal: Making Your Money Work for You in College and Beyond, published in June. She emails, “Sales online are doing well. I am introducing the book through workshops at universities and high schools, and also on my blog, money inyourlife, and Facebook.” A former Babson trustee, Ann received the Richard J. Snyder Distinguished Service to the College Award in 2005.


Steve Orne ’88, MBA’90
Photo: Glenn Livermore Photography

Steve Orne ’88 emails, “My cousin, Eric Glass, and I have launched Rumson’s Rum in Salem, Mass. Our four rums hit the shelves in local liquor stores in 2014 and are now available in New Hampshire. The Grand Reserve is a blend of aged rums for sipping. Our Rum is a blend of five-year-old rums, perfect for cocktails. Spiced Rum evokes butterscotch and vanilla with hints of nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. And our Coffee Rum is a decadently rich treat infused with Colombian Arabica beans. Cheers!”


Ileana Salas has been appointed global head of institutional sales at Santander Asset Management. She is based in London, and her responsibilities include building and leading sales, identifying new markets, and leveraging presence in key countries. Before working at Santander, Ileana had been head of business development and sales for Europe and the Middle East at Bradesco Asset Management for more than four years.


Angie O’Donnell, MBA’92

Angie O’Donnell (left), emails, “Sue Williamson, MBA’91 (right), and I are co-founders of 3D Leadership Group, an executive coaching firm we have been successfully growing for eight years. Our firm recently was certified as Women Owned by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. This milestone achievement marks a partnership and friendship that started at Babson 24 years ago. With this certification, our clients can honor their commitment to vendor diversity when they select one of our professional coaches.” For more information, email


Brian Kelly was interviewed in a June 4 article, “Author and Expert Brian Kelly; David Berger, Founder of Digital Currency Council; Brad Moynes, President of Bit-X Financial Corp.; and Michael Sonnenshein, Director, Sales and Business Development of Bitcoin Investment Trust, Discuss Bitcoin,” on Brian is the author of The Bitcoin Big Bang: How Alternative Currencies Are About to Change the World.

Daniel McConaghy has been appointed to the Rhode Island Board of Education and has been designated chair of its Council on Elementary and Secondary Education by Governor Gina Raimondo. The executive vice president of Gilbane Building, Dan’s community involvement includes being a member of the boards of La Salle Academy and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.


Peter Gordon is senior vice president, enterprise product office of FIS, a provider of banking and payments technologies. He emails, “I have been selected to serve on the new Faster Payments Task Force Steering Committee of the Federal Reserve. The task force identifies and evaluates approaches for implementing a safe, ubiquitous, and faster payments capability in the U.S. The first meeting was held in July in the Federal Reserve’s boardroom in Washington, D.C.”

Geoff Molson has become chairman of Molson Coors Brewing, in a planned transition consistent with the company’s bylaws, which provide for the chairman and vice chairman to alternate between the Molson and Coors families on a rotating two-year term. He had been a Molson Coors director since 2009. Geoff also is president and CEO of CH Group, and owner of the Montreal Canadiens hockey club and the Bell Centre sports and entertainment complex.


Elizabeth Truong, MBA’97

Elizabeth Truong has been named COO, chief investment officer, and an executive vice president of The Altman Companies in Boca Raton, Fla. The company develops, markets, and provides services for apartments and condominiums. Elizabeth oversees Altman’s operations and heads up its acquisition of multifamily communities throughout the Southeast. Elizabeth emails, “I’m enjoying the challenge of building an exceptional team that caters to the high-end luxury apartment market, and growing the company through our acquisitions department.” Previously, she was chief investment officer and managing partner for Landmark Apartment Trust, where she had worked for 12 years.


Will Averill has been appointed director of institutional sales at Aristotle, a group of affiliated investment advisers. He is based in the Boston offices of Aristotle Capital Boston, which was formed earlier this year. Previously, Will was a vice president for institutional services at Loomis Sayles.

Scott Gordon-Macey has earned MetLife’s Leaders Conference recognition, an honor awarded annually to financial services representatives who have helped clients meet their financial security needs. Scott is affiliated with Baystate Financial, a MetLife company with an office in Brattleboro, Vt., where he lives. He also is a board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Brattleboro.

Eric Shapiro has been re-elected to a three-year term on the board of Workers’ Credit Union, based in Fitchburg, Mass. He also was elected board chairman. Eric is co-founder and principal of Lexvest Group, a real estate investment and development company.


John Daley has been re-elected to the Ogunquit, Maine, board of selectmen and named its vice chairman. He has served the town in many capacities, including as a member of the budget review committee from 2008 to 2012. John is director of manufacturing at the home offices of Stonewall Kitchen.

Jessica Goepfert, MBA’00
Photo: Kim Bokeh

Jessica Goepfert is co-founder and executive director of the Boston-area Cambridge Dance Company. She emails, “I’m in my fifth season as director of the Suffolk University Dance Company. Both troupes are focused primarily on jazz and contemporary dance styles. The companies are composed of the most inspiring, strong, and talented women I have known. Find us at, and on Facebook and Twitter.”


Marianne Hatheway has been appointed deputy regional director for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Boston. Previously, she was second-in-command of the FDIC’s regional office in Chicago and also worked for the agency in Washington, D.C. Marianne started her career with the FDIC in Boston in 1993.

Charles Nolfi has been named director of marketing and investor relations at Calare Properties, a private, Massachusetts-based investment firm with a focus on industrial and office real estate. Previously, he was senior vice president at New Boston Fund. Charles is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association and the Pension Real Estate Association.

Melissa Rancourt has been named academic director of the Master of Science in Strategic Design and Management program at Parsons Paris, the Paris art school of Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. Melissa also is the founder of Greenlight for Girls, an international NGO that encourages girls to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering, and math.


Kelly Barner, editor of procurement and supply-chain blog Buyers Meeting Point, released her first book last year. She emails, “Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals: Research, Process, and Resources outlines the skills, methodology, and strategy associated with gathering and leveraging market knowledge. The book includes a directory of free and fee-for-use resources that can help researchers better engage their supply base and generate greater value from enterprise spend. My second book, Procurement at a Crossroads, will be released soon.”

Josh Markowitz, CEO of Usable, emails, “It’s been three years since my two partners and I founded our user-experience, user-interface design agency, Usable, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Boulder, Colo. We’ve had an amazing run. I’m proud to say that Usable recently was acquired by the global technology consulting firm Synechron. We are joining the team at Synechron, and I’ll be senior director of product design. We are excited to grow together and bring our design and expertise to the world.”


Eric Arcese has been named senior director of sales for partners in Latin America at EMC’s corporate headquarters in Hopkinton, Mass. He is responsible for growing and developing the company’s relationships with its business partners in Latin America. Eric has worked for EMC since 1997 and has been part of its Latin America team for more than 12 years.

Filippo Bolaffi, MBA’05

Filippo Bolaffi (front, center left), hosted MBA students in May at the corporate headquarters of his family’s business in Turin, Italy. He is CEO of Bolaffi, which auctions and sells collectibles such as stamps and coins. Economics professor Lidija Polutnik (front, center right) led the students in the weeklong study-abroad course, “Competitive Challenges of the New Europe,” which visited six Italian and multinational companies. Filippo emails, “I believe you never finish learning, and being part of the Babson community helps make this possible by bringing together alumni, professors, and students.”

Louis Joseph, MBA’05

Louis Joseph has founded Alps & Meters, a sportswear company. He emails, “Alps & Meters was inspired by my worldwide ski adventures as well as the people, places, and memories connected to classic mountain life. The brand’s focus expresses a deep appreciation for the authentic traditions of alpine sport through the design of our performance outerwear, which is tailored, technical, and timeless. I’m wearing one of my favorites, the Alpine Guide sweater, from our fall/winter ’15 collection. This beautiful knitwear piece and other winter apparel will be available on”

Max Lamson has been named senior project manager at Kennedy/ Jenks Consultants and is based in the firm’s Tewksbury, Mass., office. LEED accredited, he has 20 years of environmental and energy consulting experience. Max, who lives in Maynard, has been a member of the town’s planning board since 2009 and was its chairman and vice chairman.

Donna Ng has been appointed senior vice president for finance and administration at Simmons College in Boston. She oversees finance and accounting, investments, capital structure planning, cash and debt management, information technology, public safety, and facilities. Previously, she was vice president, business affairs and treasurer at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. Earlier, Donna was budget director at Babson.

Antonio Turco-Rivas and J.B. Schneider founded P’kolino during their years at Babson. The company’s products—children’s furniture, toys, and storage options—are sold in more than 20 countries. Antonio emails, “We are working on a new nursery collection and recently have developed an outdoor patio furniture line; both will be introduced in early 2016. Revenue more than doubled last year, achieving cumulative retail sales of more than $60 million over the past nine years.”


David Arslanian has been named vice president for strategic partnerships at Tremor Video and is based out of the marketing firm’s Boston office. He is responsible for identifying new opportunities for the company, which strives to empower advertisers and publishers with a data-driven marketplace to effectively engage consumers. Previously, he was co-founder and president of AppliedQ, a company focused on bridging the gap between traditional TV and the Internet.

Matthew Benati, CEO and co-founder of LeadGnome, emails, “Marketing and sales teams unwittingly throw away new leads every day because they are buried in a mountain of response emails. LeadGnome mines emails and provides targeted leads and actionable business intelligence. We automate the process and integrate with marketing automation and CRM (customer relationship management) systems. Get started with a free trial and let LeadGnome increase your lead volume and help penetrate target accounts.”

Kristen Grossman, MBA’06

Kristen Grossman founded Cycle Town, an indoor cycling studio in Hingham, Mass., early this year. She emails, “Our instructors are trained in the Rhythm Ride method, a style that fuses choreography, great music, and interval-based training to deliver a highly effective, full-body workout. We ride to the beat of the music and have a work hard, play hard mantra. We’ve built an amazing community of riders, men and women of all ages, who walk out sweaty and feeling great and come back for more.”

Pedro Santos has been appointed vice president for product management at Bit9 + Carbon Black, a cybersecurity company in Waltham, Mass. He previously was vice president for product management and market strategy for Akamai’s Web business unit. Pedro had worked at Akamai for 10 years.

Jaidesh Sethi, founder and owner of Dahlicious Lassi, an Indian-style yogurt smoothie company, was featured in a June 19 article, “Yogurt Manufacturer Moves Operations to Leominster [Mass.],” in The Leominster Champion. Previously located in Vermont, the company expects to more than double its revenue in the next two years and plans to add approximately 12 new jobs.


Anna (Eriksson) Beauregard emails, “Christian Beauregard and I were married on Jan. 24 in the Jackson Community Church in Jackson, N.H., followed by a reception at The Wentworth inn. Jamie Fitz, MBA’06, attended as well as other friends and family. Christian and I bought a house built in 1740 in Chichester that we’re restoring. He works for an engineering firm, and I took a fundraising position at St. Paul’s School. We have a yellow Lab puppy named Rufus.”

David Osowa, chief marketing officer at Ripple Funding, emails, “We are changing the shape of charitable giving via mobile technology. Ripple has built an app that raises funds through an ad-based revenue model. We partner with celebrities to feature their custom content (think social media posting) to create a large user base and convert fan engagement into charitable donations—not through crowdfunding, but by changing fans into donors when they use our app.”


Shaishav Mittal: See Vaibhav Mittal, MBA’12.


John Purcell has been named vice president for products, application programming interface readiness at SmartBear Software in Somerville, Mass. Previously he was senior director of products at LogMeIn, where he had worked for five years.


Karim El-Gamal and Michael Kasseris were featured in a July 21 article, “They Put Hudson [Mass.] on the Culinary Map,” in the Food & Dining section of The Boston Globe. The pair, along with a third partner, opened New City Microcreamery in May. The specialty ice cream shop is a second venture for Karim and Michael, who opened The Rail Trail Flatbread Co., an upscale tavern also in Hudson, in 2012.

Shiva Kashalkar, founder and CEO of Green Pinata Toy Share, emails, “Green Pinata provides playtime for young children while keeping the environment green and sustainable. It’s an online toy subscription service that rents toxin-free, fun, and educational toys. The toys are carefully cleaned, packaged, and shipped to the customer’s door. When the child is done playing, return the toys and get a new set. Perfect for busy parents and their curious children!”

Jonathan Whitney was interviewed for a July 19 article, “Juggling Act: Andover’s Whitney Balances Triathlons with Life’s Responsibilities,” on Jon, who lives in Andover, Mass, with his family, competed in a half-Ironman last year and two recent triathlons.


Hayden Fleming was featured in a June 13 article, “Pride in Product Quality, Staff,” in Providence Business News. He has worked in the West Greenwich, R.I., manufacturing facility of Amgen (formerly Applied Molecular Genetics), an international biotech firm, for 12 years. Hayden began as a floor manufacturing operator and was promoted to a management role.

Vaibhav Mittal and his brother, Shaishav Mittal, MBA’08, have founded new businesses within their family’s 60-year-old company, Lovely Group. Vaibhav emails, “Shaishav has launched Lovely Bake Studio, which makes eggless cookies for India’s vegetarian market. He also launched Lovely Imaginations, which fills a gap in the wedding and designer invitation market. I have joined India’s burgeoning e-commerce industry by starting, a portal for premium organic lifestyle and wellness products. I’m working on expanding beyond India.”

Andrew Smith has been named leader of the marine segment of Fairbanks Morse Engine, an engine manufacturing company. Andrew works in the company’s Washington, D.C., office. Previously, he was vice president for business development at Rolls-Royce Naval Marine.


Polina Burns, MBA’13

Polina Burns and her husband, Maxwell Burns, have founded Gara, a wine company in Napa, Calif. She emails, “We work with a medium-bodied, white wine grape named viognier, amazingly aromatic and flavorful, a famed grape of the southern Rhone region of France. Gara was founded in 2014 through a combination of love, passion, and hard work. It has become an outlet for our motto, ‘To those that do it for love.’”

Stephen Hoelper has been appointed vice president for marketing and new product development at MediScripts, a pharmaceutical marketing company based in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. Previously, he was a founding member and vice president for marketing and product management at Vree Health, a wholly owned health-care technology subsidiary of Merck.

Kevin Osborne has been named vice president for customer development at Openbay, a Cambridge, Mass.-based online marketplace for automotive repair and maintenance. Previously, Kevin was a regional sales manager at AOL.


Rob Hunter and Evan Lodge, co-founders of HigherMe, a Web-based job site, were featured in an Aug. 14 article, “Connecting Businesses with Hopefuls,” in the Simcoe [Ontario] Reformer. Rob, a Simcoe native who once owned ice cream stores in southwestern Ontario, and Evan joined forces at Babson to develop a website to connect job candidates with appropriate job opportunities.

Roberto Ordaz and his business partner, Marlene Alvarado, purchased a franchise license in June from custom window-covering franchisor Budget Blinds. The pair, who are in-laws, recently opened their store in Mission, Texas, where they offer a variety of window treatments and installation services to consumers in southern Texas.


Evelyn Barber has rejoined Bartell Drugs, her family’s drugstore chain with locations throughout Seattle and the Puget Sound area. She was featured in an April 29 article, “Former REI Executive Becomes Bartell Drugs’ Fourth CEO,” in The Seattle Times. A member of the fourth-generation of her family to join the business, Evelyn is learning about the company’s operations under the aegis of the new CEO.

Christian Bax has been named director of the Office of Compassionate Use, a Florida Department of Health agency charged with overseeing the state’s medical marijuana law. An attorney, Christian previously co-founded CBK Consulting to help facilitate medical marijuana programs in Nevada and Washington.

Abby Speicher, MBA’15

Abby Speicher emails, “I founded DARTdrones Flight Academy in December 2014. Our school for drone pilots focuses on safety, FAA regulations, and comprehensive understanding of the equipment. DARTdrones offers courses such as ‘Basic Training’ and ‘Advanced Missions’ for corporate clients, emergency services teams, and individual drone pilots. We’ve seen success and quick growth since winning the Babson BETA Challenge, participating in the WIN Lab and Summer Venture Program, and being granted FAA certification to fly drones commercially. DARTdrones primarily employs military veterans and was featured on the front page of The Boston Globe on May 28.”

Giving Back back to top

Fernando Fischmann, P’16, ’18
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Fernando Fischmann, P’16, ’18, in front of one of the pools his company built

Fernando Fischmann’s memories as a young boy in Santiago, Chile, are imprinted with his love of science. “I was always looking at nature,” he recalls. “I had a small microscope, and I did …

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Connections back to top

Reunion & Homecoming 2015

With more than 1,800 Babson community members in attendance, Reunion & Homecoming 2015 was one of the best yet. Reunion classes raised more than $5.5 million, and the College is grateful to the 200-plus alumni volunteers who made the weekend such a success. On Friday night, the campus was buzzing as attendees caught up at the Milestone Celebration Receptions, laughed with comedian David Koechner in the Carling-Sorenson Theater, and attended Midnight Breakfast in Trim. Along with the Homecoming Tent and Reunion Class parties, Saturday was a celebration of Babson and the people who make it such a unique and wonderful school. Sunday’s Remembrance Brunch was the perfect way to end the weekend. See more photos at—Lindsay Magoon, manager, alumni communications; photos by Paige Brown and Joseph Nadar

Black Student Union

Members of the Black Student Union celebrated their 45th anniversary and gathered at Barefoot Park for their Milestone Celebration Reception.

Reunion & Homecoming 2015

Reunion & Homecoming 2015

Alumni, friends, families, and students enjoyed gourmet food, specialty brews, and a variety of activities at the Homecoming Tent on Saturday.

Roger Enrico ’65, H’86 and President Kerry Healey

During the Volunteer Leadership Awards Brunch, the College honored volunteers and bestowed the Babson Medal, one of its highest honors, to Roger Enrico ’65, H’86, shown with President Kerry Healey. The Cruickshank Alumni Leadership Award was given to Fred Kiang ’70, M’75. See a full list of winners at

Half Century alumni

Among the celebrations for Half Century alumni were a luncheon and a tour of campus aboard the Old Town Trolley.

Weddings back to top

Matthew Rubin ’01

Ashley Abbott and Matthew Rubin ’01 were married on Sept. 14, 2014, at the White Elephant in Nantucket, Mass. The wedding was officiated by Matthew’s Babson roommate, trustee Michael Lorber ’01. Tyler Hardy, MBA’10, was a member of the wedding party, and Roy MacDowell ’00; Steve Manzi, Matt Ofilos, and Jason Rome, all ’01; Kim May ’02; Todd MacDowell ’03; Jason Weissman, MBA’03; and Eric Sherman, MBA’14, were among the guests.

Brent Earlewine, MBA ’10

Melissa Feigley and Brent Earlewine, MBA ’10, were married on June 21 at Deep Creek Lake, Md. Melissa is a claims specialist at Gateway Health, and Brent is a senior channel leader at Avaya. The couple lives in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Erica Soly ’12, MSA’12, and Tom Shevlin ’09

Erica Soly ’12, MSA’12, and Tom Shevlin ’09 were married on Aug. 8 in Boston at Our Lady of Victories church followed by a reception at the Taj Boston. Among the 24 Babson friends and family at the festivities were sister of the bride and maid of honor Brooke Soly ’18; bridesmaids Katelyn Alfano, Carolyn Crosby, Kelsey Kneeland, and Nicole Proto, all ’12; and groomsmen Alan Horowitz, MSA’09, and Greg Keshian, both ’09.

Kathleen King ’12 and Liam Chatterton ’10

Kathleen King ’12 and Liam Chatterton ’10 were married on May 25 in Newport, R.I. More than 25 alumni attended the celebration, including groomsman Ian Goodwin ’10 and bridesmaids Lauren Clement, Michelle Kenel, and Jessica Pashos, all ’12. Kathleen is an analyst at Ross Stores, and Liam is an associate director at UBS Financial Services. They live in New York City.

Brad Simpson ’11

Katie Foley and Brad Simpson ’11 were married on May 8 in Boston, where the couple met during college. Shown with the newlyweds are parents of the groom Kit and Bob Simpson ’79. Katie is an oncology nurse at Levine Cancer Institute, and Brad is a corporate banking associate at Wells Fargo in Charlotte, N.C., where they live.

In Memoriam back to top

Joseph Jeziorski ’58 of Columbia, S.C., died on April 6.

Jack Simpkin ’60 of Easthampton, Mass., died on July 3. An Army veteran, he retired in 1991 as director emeritus of the personnel services department at Smith College, where he had worked for 31 years.

Howard Goldberg ’63 of Charlotte, N.C., died on Aug. 13. He was founder and CEO of Howard Keys.

Robert Berssenbrugge, MBA’66, of Honolulu died on Feb. 16. He served in the Army during World War II and was a quality control engineer at Raytheon.

James Weaver, MBA’67, of Corinth, Miss., died on April 12. A retired Army colonel, he served for more than 26 years, including during the Vietnam War.

Bradner Littlehale ’71 of Dover, Mass., died on July 6. He worked in the telecommunications industry.

Joseph Picucci, MBA’72, of Melbourne Beach, Fla., died on May 28. He served in the Army during the Korean War and owned a marketing company.

Thomas Barry, MBA’73, of Duxbury, Mass., died on Aug. 7. He served in the Air Force Reserve during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was a computer programmer and consultant.

Richard McCourt, MBA’74, of Hingham, Mass., died on July 6. He was president and CEO of his family’s business, McCourt Construction, where he had worked for 47 years.

Charles Barnes, MBA’75, of Medfield, Mass., died on June 2. Survivors include his son-in-law, Bryan McGinn, MBA’09.

Lennart Johnson, MBA’75, of Milton, Mass., died on June 12. He was an accounting manager at Anderson Power Products for 20 years.

Jess Palmer, MBA’76, of Hopkinton, Mass., died on Aug. 10. A Navy veteran, he later worked in corporate finance.

Richard Johnson, MBA’83, of Scituate, Mass., died on June 5. A licensed social worker, he was the executive director of Village at Proprietors Green.

Alison Field Mickelson, MBA’85, of Taunton, Mass., died on June 9. She worked in education and in business administration.

Douglas Clarridge ’86 of Webster, N.Y., died on March 6.

Fred Faulkner ’43 of Davidson, N.C., died on June 21.

John Landen ’46 of Omaha, Neb., died on Jan. 23.

Joseph Harney ’47 of Haines City, Fla., died on June 29. He served in the Army during World War II and was a sales executive for Colgate-Palmolive.

William Birkmayr ’48 of Williamsville, N.Y., died on July 26. He was owner and chairman of Hubbs & Howe, a company started by his grandfather. Organizer of Babson’s first varsity golf team, he was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.

Burton Horwitch ’49 of West Hollywood, Calif., died on June 18. He served in the Army during World War II. He was CEO and president of his family’s business, Deena.

Charles Ward ’49 of Richmond, Va., and Wellfleet, Mass., died on June 21. A World War II veteran, he worked at Scott Paper, where he had been a division vice president for consumer products marketing.

Theodore Logan ’50 of Scarborough, Maine, died on June 26. He served in the Army during World War II. He worked in his family’s business, Theodore Logan & Son. Survivors include his daughter, Dianne Logan, MBA’97, and son, Thomas Logan ’85.

Edwin Barbey ’51 of Paradise Valley, Ariz., died on June 13. He worked for his family’s company, Vanity Fair Mills. Survivors include his brother, John Barbey ’41.

Charles McClellan ’52 of Madeira Beach, Fla., died on July 27. He served in the Army during the Korean War and most recently worked at Ace Hardware.

John Notis ’52 of Saco, Maine, died on Aug. 10. He served in the Navy during World War II. He owned several of his family’s restaurants and retired as CFO and senior vice president for operations at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maine.

Harrison Clark ’53 of Brooksville, Maine, died on June 4. He retired as manager of programming at National Blank Book.

Robert Bradway ’58 of Framingham, Mass., died on June 26. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He worked in business administration in the health care and real estate industries.