Richard Snyder, H’94, P’93, ’01, emails, “In early June, my wife, Marilyn Snyder, MBA’80, P’93, and I were honored to have breakfast at the Babson Executive Conference Center with Global Advisory Board member Pimjai Laochinda, P’13, and her husband, Apichat, of Bangkok. The Laochindas were here for the graduation of their daughter, Sirinya, from Wellesley College.” Richard is a trustee emeritus and GAB member.
John McIntyre (left) emails, “When my wife, Lorna (center), and I were on vacation in Florida in April, we joined my roommate, Phil Riekert ’63, for lunch in Sarasota. I am sad to share with you that Phil’s wife, Micky, passed away last year. Phil and I had not seen each other for 11 years, and it was good to catch up. But, most important, it was great to see each other.”
Robert Swan emails from Tacoma, Wash., “My father, William Swan ’24, attended Babson when Mr. Babson was there. I started at the Midwest Institute in Eureka, Kan., and went to Babson in 1961. The things I saw and did from Eureka to Boston—many of them credited to Babson—stayed with me, and I use them every day. My father and I ran a gas station, and I also worked for the Northern Pacific Railway.” Robert can be contacted at email@example.com.
Danny Morris emails, “John Waldron and I were best friends and Delta Sigma Pi brothers at Babson, but we lost touch after my 30th birthday. So for my 65th, one of my sons, Jesse Morris ’09, located John. On New Year’s Eve, my birthday, John and I enjoyed a two-hour Skype video call. But barely a month later, I learned that John had passed away from a sudden stroke on Jan. 29. I’m grateful we had the opportunity, however brief, to relive our Babson friendship and memories.”
Members of governance gathered at Commencement to honor family graduations, including (from left) Global Advisory Board member Surya Jhunjhnuwala, P’09, ’11, ’14; GAB member Bettina Beckhoff de Longinotti-Buitoni, P’11, ’14; President Kerry Healey; GAB member Prashant Jhawar, P’14; trustee emeritus Andronico Luksic ’76, H’04, P’04, ’06, ’11, ’14; and trustee emeritus and GAB member Richard Snyder ’60, H’94, P’93, ’01. They celebrated the graduation of Surya’s daughter, Shivika Jhunjhnuwala; Bettina’s son, Gian Luigi Longinotti-Buitoni; Prashant’s son, Apurv Jhawar; and Andronico’s son, Dax Luksic, all ’14. Present but not in the photo was GAB member Elizabeth Powell, MBA’76, P’01.
Matt Steele (MBA’81, CAM’09) emails, “My wife, Margie, passed away peacefully at home in Cohasset, Mass., on May 26. Our family has established the Margie Steele Foundation in Margie’s honor and to help raise awareness and money for a cure for Young Onset Alzheimer’s. Please visit her website and join us in ending this disease.”
David Tendler has been promoted to general manager at Hamden, Conn.-based NHCR, formerly known as New Haven Cash Register, where he has worked for 27 years. He continues in his previous role as support manager and has assumed additional sales, marketing, and operations responsibilities. NHCR has supplied point-of-sale systems to Connecticutbased restaurants and retail businesses since 1949.
Peter Ricchiuti is assistant dean of the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and a professor of business administration. In 1993, he founded Burkenroad Reports, a student stock-research program at Tulane that covers small to mediumsized companies around the Gulf Coast. Peter emails, “Stocks Under Rocks (stocksunderrocks.com), published by FT Press in June, tells the story of Burkenroad Reports. The Burkenroad Mutual Fund has outperformed 99 percent of all mutual funds since its inception in 2001.”
Peter Iannone has been elected president of the California Society of CPAs Education Foundation. The foundation provides continuing professional education to 38 partner states. Peter is CFO of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based CTS Engines.
Arthur Sweetser has been appointed executive vice president and chief customer officer at Evergage, an online marketing company with offices in Boston, San Diego, and Atlanta. He joined the company in 2013 as chief marketing officer.
Josh Evans is founder of Lelands.com, an auction house for vintage sports memorabilia and notable collections. He was featured in a July 24 article, “Old Bridge’s Josh Evans Has Jim Brown’s Championship Ring … and He’s Selling It. Period,” posted on NJ .com. The article discussed a few items—such as Brown’s 1964 ring, a custom-made VW Beetle that looks like a baseball, and a Babe Ruth jersey— that Lelands.com has acquired.
Rich Ford (left) emails, “On June 1, my daughter, Kendall ’15 (right), and I competed in the Babson Corporate Challenge of the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco. Kendall completed the entire triathlon (the 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the mainland, 18-mile bike ride, and 8-mile run), and I completed the swim leg as part of a relay team. Kendall is co-captain of the swim team for the upcoming season, and I swam for Babson as a student.”
Howard Brown emails, “In June, an enthusiastic group of 30 Michigan alumni, family, and friends gathered for an amazing reception with President Kerry Healey at the home of Alan Ross, MBA’80, and his wife, Rebecca. The evening was highlighted by the attendance of two incoming freshmen and tours of the Ross family’s collection of art and their gardens. President Healey spoke to the group about Babson’s future.” Howard is president of the Babson Alumni Association.
Marc Freedman P’18, is president and CEO at Freedman Financial, a financial planning firm in Peabody, Mass. He emails, “I’m excited to announce that I published my second book, Retiring with Confidence for the Genius, in June. The book (freedmanproductions.com) was written for baby boomers and retirees who plan to spend from $4,000 to $10,000 per month during their retirement.”
Karla (Rossetti) Pippins is founder and president of Riverside Wealth Management. She emails, “Riverside Wealth Management has received the Women’s Choice Award for Financial Advisers, a national initiative driven by two organizations, WomenCertified and WIFE.org. The award recognizes advisers committed to the women’s market and to their female clients. It acknowledges our ability to help women manage their finances and reaffirms our commitment to addressing the financial needs of women and their families.”
Eric Greenman has been named executive vice president and chief investment officer at Assurant, a company headquartered in New York City that offers insurance products and related services. A CFA, he joined Fortis Advisers, a predecessor company of Assurant, in 1998 as vice president and quantitative analyst. From 2001 to 2004, he was director, quantitative strategies at New York Life Investment Management before returning to Assurant as head of fixed income.
Steven Spangler has been appointed senior vice president and market area president for the Southern Arizona region of Sunwest Bank in Phoenix. The Irvine, Calif.-based bank has offices in Arizona, California, Idaho, and Washington. Previously, he was vice president and commercial banking officer at Comerica Bank, also in Phoenix. Active in the community, Steven’s commitments include serving on the boards of the Arizona Diabetes Foundation and the Arizona Manufacturers Council of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Joseph Swiader has been appointed to the board of directors of Jupiter, Fla.-based BioRestorative Therapies, a life sciences company focused on adult stem cell-based therapies. He chairs the board’s nominating committee and serves on the compensation committee. Joseph is managing partner of Wet Earth Partners, which he founded in 2002. Wet Earth invests in a range of ventures, such as biotechnology, medical technology, and consumer products.
Michael Donner has been named senior vice president, chief marketing officer at AVA, headquartered in Foster City, Calif. AVA develops management software for marketing, sales, and customer service organizations. Previously, he was senior vice president, chief marketing officer at Prolexic, a cyber-security firm.
Peter Stratton has been promoted to senior vice president, CFO, and treasurer at Destination XL Group, a specialty retailer of big and tall men’s apparel. He joined the company as vice president for finance in June 2009 and had been its senior vice president for finance, corporate controller, and chief accounting officer since September 2009.
Alison Cavanaugh has been appointed senior director in the Boston office of Cushman & Wakefield, a commercial real estate brokerage. Alison, who has worked in commercial real estate for more than 15 years, previously was a senior director at Cassidy Turley.
Sean Condon (MBA’04): See photo in Grad News.
Alexandra Aguirre, an attorney and shareholder in the Miami office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, participated in a July panel that discussed Women, Business, and the Law 2014, a report compiled by International Finance Corp. and World Bank Group. The roundtable event was hosted by the Americas Society/Council of the Americas in collaboration with World Bank. Alexandra practices throughout Latin America in field such as mergers and acquisitions and domestic and international corporate transactions.
Betsy Price Newman has been appointed vice president for student affairs, dean of students at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2004, Betsy came to Babson as assistant dean of student affairs. In 2007, she became dean of student affairs, and, in 2012, vice president for student affairs and program strategy. Betsy, who earned a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013, and her husband, Damien Newman ’96, MBA’09, have two daughters, Maura and Maeve.
Daniel Drabinski (left) is shown with President Kerry Healey in June. He emails, “Sanjiv Patel, MBA’02 (not shown), and I met with President Healey in the Fairmont Dallas Hotel. We covered a range of topics, from our personal Babson experiences to the growth of the Dallas market. We discussed the best method to grow Babson’s presence in the Southwest and agreed that Babson offers a unique, highly successful, and marketable product. I look forward to having President Healey back in Dallas for alumni events.”
Lorena (Pacheco) Scott, shown with her sons, Alistair (left), 2, and, Sebastian, 4, is founder and CEO of MommiesFirst. She emails, “I am thrilled to share I finally took the entrepreneurial plunge that began at Babson. In 2012, I launched MommiesFirst, a monthly subscription service for pregnant women and new moms. We create customized care packages tailored for a particular developmental stage of a pregnancy or baby. Everything we choose is meant to help women navigate that month, and our packages are mailed across the U.S. and Canada. Please check out our website.”
Vin Fantasia: See photo with Sean Condon ’96, MBA’04
Luke Glass has been promoted to executive vice president, industry platforms at Move, an online real estate services company that also operates realtor.com, the official website for the National Association of Realtors. He began his real estate career in 2002 at Threewide, which was acquired by Move in 2010. Luke is based in Morgantown, W.Va.
Guglielmo Miani is president and CEO of Larusmiani, a business started by his grandfather, a tailor, in Milan. He emails, “Since 1922, Larusmiani has created men’s fashion and accessories, and in 1950 our textile business was developed to manufacture and import luxury fabrics. A women’s collection was added in 2010. Our garments, many of which are one-offs, are all handcrafted by our Italian master tailors. This fall, Larusmiani will be available in the U.S. for the first time, exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.”
Dave Garvey (MBA’04) has been named managing director of the New York City office of Etonien, a Los Angeles-based accounting and finance consulting firm that provides interim, interim-to-hire, and project CFOs and controllers. Dave has more than 15 years of experience in growth, restructuring, and operational roles.
Andrew Kent emails, “After 12 years as a bond trader on Wall Street, I took the opportunity of a lifetime. In January I joined the third generation of leadership in my family’s business, ShopRite Glass Gardens. We employ more than 3,500 associates in New York and New Jersey. In August, we opened our 10th grocery store, now the largest supermarket in New York City, located in Brooklyn. My wife and I live in Manhattan.”
George Hart has been appointed revenue manager at Aqua Hospitality, a Waikiki Beach, Hawaii-based hotel management company with vacation properties throughout the islands and on Guam. Previously he was senior partner and portfolio manager at Heritage Wealth Architects.
Rashi (Aggarwal) Panjabi (left) is shown with Abdulrahman Al Muaini, vice chairman of Dubai Quality Group, who presented her with the Emirates Women Award, Overall Business Category in May. She emails, “After earning an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I returned to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and partnered with a building-material supply company, Inexco Innovations. Following my entrepreneurial dream, I have founded two companies: Reader’s Paradise, UAE’s first online book rental library with free delivery, and Tee & Putt Mini Golf, UAE’s first 18-hole, glow-in-the-dark, indoor mini golf course.”
Abdulaziz Al-Arifi has been appointed CFO at Jadwa Investment, a Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based investment firm, where he will help lead the firm’s new business strategy. Abdulaziz, who previously was treasurer at Bahri (formerly known as NSCSA, The National Shipping Co. of Saudi Arabia), has more than 10 years’ experience in financial services.
Jim Antonopoulos has been named one of six new members of the board of directors of Telik, an oncology drug development company in San Diego. The new members will help manage Telik’s recent merger with MabVax Therapeutics. A principal in Canaccord Genuity’s investment banking group, Jim works primarily in the life sciences sector.
Jessica Roy (left) is co-founder of Tailored for Education (tailoredforeducation.org), a nonprofit that provides school uniforms to children. She emails, “Many public schools require uniforms to attend class. But for many families, the cost of a uniform may be out of reach; therefore, a child is deprived of an education. Since 2011, Tailored for Education has provided more than 15,000 uniforms in 11 countries. The organization relies on donations and the sale of its Woven in Hope scarves (available on our website) to raise funds. I am shown in Rwanda with a student.”
Jay DeRienzo was named to the 40 Under Forty list in the July 28 issue of Providence [R.I.] Business News. The members of the 2014 team, who were selected from more than 100 applicants for their career success and community involvement, were honored at a celebration at Salve Regina University in Newport. Jay is a vice president and middle market portfolio manager at RBS Citizens Financial Group in Providence.
David Heath (right) emails, “Co-founder Randy Goldberg (center) and I discussed our company, Bombas, in March with Pimm Fox (left) on Bloomberg TV’s Taking Stock with Pimm Fox. Bombas is an athletic leisurewear brand with a mission. We launched in 2013 with a line of socks—made for athletic performance and designed for leisure—that has changed the way socks are designed, made, and sold. Knowing that socks are the most-requested item in homeless shelters, we donate a pair to someone in need for every pair purchased. To date, we’ve donated more than 70,000 pairs.” David’s brother, Andrew Heath, MBA’12, is company CFO. Contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margaret Schlachter emails, “I have been hosting Obstacle and Adventure Weekly, a new online weekly news show for obstacle racing that launched in September. I am working with Stewart Media Ventures on this program. I continue to race, had a few podium results in the summer, and will cap off the season with the World’s Toughest Mudder in Las Vegas.” A contributing editor for Mud & Obstacle magazine, Margaret also writes for About.com and for her sports blog, DirtinYourSkirt.com.
Masha Senderovich emails, “I celebrated my sixth year in real estate by joining the Chestnut Hill, Mass., office of Keller Williams Realty. In my first three months, I became one of the top 10 producers in this 100-plus agent office. I serve buyers and sellers in the Greater Boston area, and I donate 3 percent of income generated through my work with Babson alumni and affiliates to Babson. Please contact me at email@example.com for more information.”
John Goscha is founder and CEO of Finally Light Bulb Co., a startup that has developed Acandescence, a new energy-efficient lighting technology. He emails, “We took the cringe out of the light switch. Our Finally light bulbs are not LED or CFL; they don’t buzz, hum, or flicker. And they’re not wildly expensive. Acandescence, which utilizes induction technology, replicates the look, warmth, and omnidirectional light of the incandescent bulbs we all love—without the energy waste. Introduced in May, our bulbs use 75 percent less energy and last 15 times longer than a traditional incandescent.”
Morgen Newman emails, “Co-founder Casey Elsass and I recently launched MixedMade and our first product, Bees Knees Spicy Honey, in just 30 days. In an effort to inspire potential entrepreneurs to take the first step, we have blogged about the entire startup journey with complete transparency on our website. Our spicy honey and blog seem to be sticking, with the likes of Bon Appetit magazine and Inc.com taking notice.”
Allison Silver emails, “I am a founder of Third Degree Fitness, a luxury fitness destination opening soon in Chicago. Third Degree Fitness will offer classes on Peloton indoor exercise bikes, heated yoga, and interval strength training. It also will be home to Grass Roots Organics, a juice bar and cafe. Through an exclusive partnership with Peloton Cycle, Third Degree will be a revolutionary broadcast studio, streaming live and on-demand content to Peloton bikes worldwide.”
Kenneth Chen and Gautam Gupta ’07 are co-founders of NatureBox, a monthly subscription service that delivers healthy snacks. They were featured in a July 29 article, “The 25 Most Innovative Consumer and Retail Brands,” on Entrepreneur.com. Listed as a 2014 CircleUp25 winner, NatureBox was selected as one of the 25 most innovative, privately held consumer product and retail companies in the U.S.
Jake Sprague emails, “I am sad to report that Greg Anania passed away this June after a long battle with cancer. Greg was president of the rugby club and a much-beloved member of the community. His funeral was attended by many alumni, which was a testament to the great man he was. Donations in his memory may be sent to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center or the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation.”
Maiaz Rahman, founder of Pechas Game Studios in Dhaka, Bangladesh, emails, “We recently released an updated version of our first mobile app, Grid Puzzle–The Brain Training Game. Grid Puzzle is available for free for iOS and Android platforms. My team and I have re-engineered a traditional Japanese puzzle game and added our version of fun. It’s easy to learn and exciting to play. Be well, Babson. ‘Play. Love. Live!’”
Brian Horton (third from left) emails, “At a table with me in Japan are (from left, clockwise) Jo Ninomiya ’08, and Patrick Wacker, Mike Drummond, Norman de Silva, and Patrick Belniak, all ’09. Jo took us to a great dinner in Tokyo’s Roppongi district at Gonpachi, the same restaurant that inspired a Kill Bill fight scene. Both Patricks, Mike, and I traveled to Japan to visit Norman, who is head coach of the Kumamoto Volters, a professional basketball team in Japan. We went to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, and Fukuoka. Jo met us in Tokyo but didn’t travel with us (next time!).”
Antonio Lopez (MBA’13): See photo in Grad News.
Greg Wright emails, “Cristina Domestico and I were married on July 12 at St. Matthew Parish in Southborough, Mass., and we held our reception at the Warren Conference Center in Ashland. Among the guests were John Heger ’74, Al Mercuri ’79, Jon Tsiroyannis, and the great Babson icon, Woody Lappen. Cristina and I live in Needham.”
Erin Campbell has been named head field hockey coach at Wheelock College in Boston. As assistant coach during the team’s 2013 season, Erin coordinated and implemented the practice schedule, created the offseason conditioning program, and oversaw game management and recruiting. She holds a Level I coaching accreditation from USA Field Hockey and earned a Master of Education in policy, planning, and administration from Boston University.
Tavishi Kanoria emails, “My ecommerce venture, Mysteaque.com, is allied with my family’s Kolkata, India-based business, Balaji Agro International, a leading exporter of specialty Indian teas worldwide since 1971. By way of BAI’s affordable selection of premium Indian teas, all fresh from their origin, Mysteaque takes connoisseurs on a romantic journey through Indian tea gardens and provides an enriching online ‘tea experience.’ Mysteaque offers a wide assortment of Assam teas as well as green, black, oolong, and white organic Darjeelings. My website is a one-stop shop for all your tea needs. So shop around, compare, and try Mysteaque. Be mysteafied!”
Brittany Lo (right, shown with a model) is founder of Beautini by B.Lo. She emails, “Beautini is where women receive hair and makeup services while enjoying complimentary desserts and specialty beverages. We provide makeovers with an all-natural cosmetic line and operate throughout the New York City area in highquality settings, such as fitness centers, offices, and events. We hope to partner with a fitness chain for a permanent pop-up while we grow and raise additional funding for our own stand-alone store. Beautini’s mission is to help women feel and look beautiful every day, not just on special occasions.”
Aaron Rocha (left) is shown at Babson with athletic trainer Matt Piantedosi during the first lacrosse game to promote and raise funds for concussion awareness. Aaron emails, “My lacrosse career was sidelined after two severe concussions. When I met Mike Santee, a hockey player at Army with a similar story, we discovered there was no effective support for student-athletes suffering post-concussion syndrome. So we founded CAN (Concussion Awareness Network) Recover Foundation, which provides a peer-to-peer network. Studies have shown that student-athletes are more likely to find a peer who has experienced a prolonged recovery to be trustworthy, effective, and empathetic when discussing emotional challenges.”
David Thompson has become a principal at Highmount Capital, a wealth management firm with offices in Boston, New York, Amsterdam, and Zurich. A chartered financial analyst, David joined the firm in 2008 and oversees its taxable and tax-exempt bond strategies. He is a member of The Boston Security Analysts Society and the New York Society of Security Analysts, and also an advisory board member of Babson’s Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance.
Ellie Hagopian, P’05, has been appointed CEO of Nomosphere South Africa, a Johannesburg-based subsidiary of Nomosphere, the French wireless communications company. She is deputy chair of the Wireless Access Providers’ Association, a nonprofit organization of wireless service providers in South Africa, and head of its marketing committee.
Karen Callahan has been appointed director of global marketing and public relations for Playa Resorts Management, the operational management division of Playa Hotels & Resorts. Karen will oversee advertising, marketing, and PR efforts for the luxury resort company. Previously, she was founder and principal of Splash Direct Marketing, a B2B company for the travel industry.
Paul Black has been named to the board of directors of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, a Rockland, Mass.-based not-for-profit association of businesses south of Boston. Paul is the senior vice president for commercial banking at Santander Bank in Boston. He also is a board member and treasurer of Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corp.
Matt Steele (’78, CAM’09): See Undergrad News.
Bob Bigelow and his youngest son, Stephen, were featured in a May 25 Boston Globe article, “Bigelow Blooms as a Hurdler at UMass Amherst.” Bob (bobbigelow.com) researches and lectures on organized youth sports and co-authored Just Let the Kids Play, a book that cautions adults about ruining children’s fun on the playing field. Stephen capped his UMass athletics career by being named a 2014 scholar-athlete.
Richard Davis has been appointed CFO and treasurer at Arch Therapeutics, a medical device company headquartered in Wellesley. Previously, he had been a consultant at the company for several months. Before working at Arch, he had been an adviser to various small and mid-size companies, assisting with accounting, financial reporting, investing, and banking needs.
Jim Lodestro has been named senior vice president, sales at Janrain, a data-management company headquartered in Portland, Ore. Previously, he was a senior vice president, worldwide sales at MyBuys, and before that he was founder and CEO of LTS Commerce.
Chris Zimmerman has been appointed president and CEO of business operations for the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues. Previously, he was president of Easton Sports, a privately owned manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of sporting equipment. Before that, Chris was president and CEO of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks.
Michael Aubin has been named senior vice president for enterprise sales at ezCater, a Boston-based, national online food-ordering service for businesses. Previously, he was vice president for sales and business development at ParElastic.
Eric Hudson and his company, Preserve, were featured in a July 10 article, “Preserve: Proving Plastic Needn’t Be Bad for the Environment,” on DailyFinance.com. The Waltham, Mass.-based Preserve, founded in 1996, makes recyclable products—tableware, kitchenware, toothbrushes, and more—from recycled No. 5 polypropylene plastic such as yogurt cups. A firm believer in U.S.-based manufacturing, Eric recently chose a facility in Leominster to produce a new line of reusable and durable plastic products.
Jeannie Diefenderfer has been appointed to the board of directors of MRV Communications, a communications service company in Chatsworth, Calif. Before retiring in 2012, Jeannie spent more than 28 years in leadership positions at Verizon Communications, most recently as senior vice president for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. She also serves on the boards of the Ms. Foundation for Women and Tufts University, from which she graduated with a BS in chemical engineering.
June Ameen, a registered nurse, has been named consulting senior vice president, program management and strategic alliances at Marina Biotech, a drug research and development company. Previously, June was vice president, business development and alliances at Entelos, a biology company in Foster City, Calif.
John Ellsworth has been appointed vice president, product management at eFront, which offers financial solutions for managing alternative investments. Previously, he focused on product management at Dassault Systemes.
Andrew Flynn has been named senior vice president, branch strategy at SGK, a global brand-development company. Previously, he was a partner at Prophet, a strategic management consultancy where he had worked for 15 years.
Matt Hicks has been named chief strategy officer at Prevalent, a cyber risk-management firm in Warren, N.J. Previously, he held positions such as executive in residence at GrandBanks Capital, where he worked on investments in cybersecurity, cloud, and Big Data companies; and head of corporate development, M&A, and strategic investments at RSA, the security division of EMC.
Jim Molloy has been named managing director, specialty pharmaceuticals and biotechnology at Summer Street Research Partners in Boston, a health-care-focused investment bank. Previously, he was a managing director at Janney Montgomery Scott, a financial services firm.
Mario DeSousa has been appointed chief technology officer at Code Red, a Boston-based investment research technology firm with offices in Hong Kong, London, and New York City. Previously, Mario was a lead software architect at MetraTech.
Tracee Petrillo has been named a senior manager, human resources at Biogen Idec, a biotechnology company headquartered in Cambridge, Mass. An 11-year employee of Babson, Tracee previously had been chief of staff to the president for four years.
Kristin Thalheimer Bingham, and her husband, Dean Bingham, own and operate Dean’s Sweets, a chocolatier in Portland, Maine. She emails, “Dean’s Sweets has moved to a new space with larger production and retail areas. We’re thrilled to have more room to make and sell our truffles, caramels, and buttercreams. We handcraft our chocolates in a nut-free environment, with no artificial flavors or preservatives, in small batches for retail, wholesale, wedding, special events, and website orders. Our signature assortments—Spicy, Fruity, Maine, and Boozy—are popular as corporate gifts, especially that last one! We ship everywhere.”
Shane McGuiness and his business partner, Eric Dore, were interviewed for an Entrepreneur.com article, “Franchise Players: We Were Planet Fitness’s First Franchisees. Now We Own 22 Locations,” posted on July 25. The pair, doing business as Sunshine Fitness Management, opened its first Planet Fitness health club 11 years ago in Altamonte Springs, Fla. The Orlando-based business owns and operates Planet Fitness clubs in Central Florida, the Florida Panhandle, and Georgia; employs more than 200 people; and serves more than 130,000 members.
Ray Salemi emails, “With more than 20 years in the Boston tech industry where I worked for companies of all sizes, I (writing under the name Ray Daniel) was inspired to write a thriller that explores the darker side of tech startups. Desperate entrepreneurs are naturals for murder mysteries, and my wisecracking main character, Tucker, must use his expertise in debugging and problem solving to track down his wife’s killer. Kirkus Reviews has called Terminated a ‘lively debut.’ You can find more information on my website, raydanielmystery.com.”
Jim Clark has been appointed executive vice president and CFO at Arthur J. Hurley Co., an 85-year-old, family-owned-and-operated distributor of electrical wire, cable, and related products in Boston. He is responsible for the company’s finances and for establishing a new distribution facility in Connecticut. He is board vice president for the Glastonbury Lacrosse Club in Glastonbury, Conn.
Sean Condon ’96 (left), emails, “Vin Fantasia ’00 (center) and I teamed up in July to win the prestigious Keene Cup Memorial Championship golf tournament at Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee, Mass., where Vin is a resident and club member. We are shown with Mike Vidal, Willowbend’s director of golf. This marks the second consecutive year Babson alumni have been members of the winning team. Vin is a regional lending manager with Bank of Canton, and I am a partner with my father in Condon Wealth Management in Plymouth.”
Dave Garvey (’02): See Undergrad News.
Carlos Espinal is a founding partner of Seedcamp, a London-based startup fund, launched in 2007, that represents more than 70 investors across Europe. He and Seedcamp were featured in an Aug. 11 article, “Carlos Eduardo Espinal’s Passport to Success,” posted on Scotsman.com.
Jonathan Rickert is CEO and co-founder of Seattle-based Array Health. In June, he moderated a panel of health plan executives at America’s Health Insurance Plans Institute 2014 in Seattle. The panel was part of the Health Insurance Exchanges Forum of AHIP, a national trade association representing the health insurance industry.
Jansen White is founder and CEO of Dubgear, a startup that makes portable audio products. He emails, “My Babson education combined with my social personality created the perfect storm for a great entrepreneurial business. Dubgear makes unique audio products that are fun to use. My first product, the Dubstein, is a drink container with built-in speakers. To learn more about my Dubgear journey, check out dubgear.com, and follow Dubgear on Facebook and Twitter. Cheers!”
Julie Lovely (right), is founder and executive director of the nonprofit Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program in West Bridgewater, Mass. She emails, “I have teamed up with Jennifer Jeffrey-Goddard ’94 (left), who owns Levaland Farm, to create Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes. The program provides equine-assisted therapy to military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, or military sexual trauma. We work with veterans to help them communicate and establish a partnership with horses. Such interactions help veterans learn to trust and build relationships again. The program, which is free to veterans, launched in May.”
Andy Schiavetti started his food company, Fourth Creek Food, with a relish his mother, Barbara, made for family barbecues. The Rumson, N.J.-based business was featured in a July 24 article, “Fair Haven: Mom’s Recipe Launches Biz,” posted on Redbankgreen.com. Andy’s original Sweet Red Pepper Relish recently was joined by a spicier version, Hint of Habanero.
Isaac Van Wesep and Walter Duncan, a former teacher, co-founded Quick Key in Cambridge, Mass., in 2012. Quick Key is an app that helps teachers turn their smartphones into a scanner that can grade quizzes. The app is available for the iPhone and iPad, and the company is working on an Android version. Since its founding, the company has raised $325,000 from angel investors; it plans to raise an additional $400,000.
Tim Igo emails, “I have succeeded in climbing the seven summits—Everest in Asia, Aconcagua in South America, Vinson Massif in Antarctica, Kosciuszko in Australia, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Elbrus in Europe, and McKinley in North America—the tallest mountain on each continent. I climbed the first, Kilimanjaro, in 2009 when I was in Tanzania as part of a Babson global studies program. This June I scaled McKinley, the last in my journey. I brought a flag with the seals of my three alma maters, the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Austin Preparatory School.”
Glen Sutton is a founder of INeedtheBall.com. Glen emails, “When I was approached by two buddies about starting a golf ball company, I thought we’d be crazy to go up against the big guns (e.g., Titleist, Callaway), but I knew gaining a fractional share of the market would be worth it; if not, it would be fun trying. We launched in 2013 and have established a strong following. Our biggest win is receiving a silver medal in the 2014 Golf Digest Hot List. Use coupon code BabsonAce through this December to receive 15 percent off a dozen balls at ineedtheball.com.”
Mike Bonville has been named manager of the recently opened Bozeman, Mont., office of the employee benefits division of Partners Group, an independent financial and insurance consulting firm. He is helping Partners expand its service area in the Mountain States region. Previously, he was sales manager for Oregon and Montana at LifeMap Assurance.
Beth Borges and Carl Hirschfeld are founders and owners of House Bear Brewing in Amesbury, Mass. Beth emails, “House Bear Brewing won a gold medal in August at the Mead Free or Die competition for one of our meads, Show Bear, made with blueberry honey. The international event, the largest mead-only competition in the Northeast, was run this year by Moonlight Meadery and Sap House Meadery; proceeds went to the American Mead Makers Association.”
Katherine Drew has been named a financial adviser in the Portland, Ore., office of Wells Fargo Advisors. Previously, she was a financial adviser for Merrill Lynch.
Steve Bae is a vice president and retirement director of workplace investing at Fidelity Investments in New York City. He emails, “My wife, Elizabeth Bae, and I are happy to announce the birth of our second daughter, Hannah Grace Bae, on June 24. Hannah weighed 9 pounds, 6 ounces. Mom and baby are great!”
Justin Harrison recently founded VinoLovers and its summertime VinoFest DC Music and Wine Festival. He emails, “VinoLovers is an online wine subscription experience that pairs wine lovers with the perfect wine for them. Our proprietary questionnaire helps us match wines with customers, based on their individual preferences. No more random selections of wines. VinoLovers delivers boutique wines to your doorstep through a buying experience that is not only educational and personalized, but also convenient.”
Esmeralda Lambert (right) and her husband, Matthew Lambert, both MBA’11, founded her namesake jewelry company (esmeraldalambert.com) in 2013. She emails, “My company is filling a consumer gap for quality, lightweight statement jewelry, but, more important, we are creating jobs for women in my home country, the Dominican Republic. I am shown discussing one of my designs with a local artisan. My mother, Lucila, and I now work with half a dozen women, who hand-weave each piece. My collection includes over 200 statement and bridal designs and is available in more than 20 boutiques in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire, as well as online.”
Niari Keverian and her business partner, Kristina Tsipouras, were featured in an Aug. 12 article, “Pair Hopes Zoos Is Godsend for Fans of Authentic Iced Tea,” in the Lifestyle section of The Boston Globe. Zoos recently launched its all-natural, caffeine-free line of iced teas. Aram Hintlian ’74, MBA’75, former owner of snackfood business Nutcracker Brands and one of Zoos’ angel investors, has been mentoring the founders.
Joseph Buscaino (far left), is an executive vice president at Wellesley Investment Advisors in Wellesley. He emails, “WIA, an investment management firm managing more than $2 billion in convertible bonds, has strong ties to Babson. From left are co-chief investment officer Michael Miller, MBA student; co-founder, CEO, and co-chief investment officer Greg Miller, MBA’72; executive vice president James Wiegel, MBA’90; and co-founder and president Darlene Murphy, MBA’94. Tim Walls, MBA’12 (far right), is president of New England Investment Properties, which has an office at WIA. WIA’s newest team member, Marcia Peisach ’84, is not pictured.”
Tara (O’Connor) Foley is the founder of Follain, a retail shop based in Boston’s South End that sells personal beauty products. The store was featured in a July 10 article, “A Natural Beauty Emporium Opens on Nantucket (and Online),” on tmagazine.blogs.nytimes .com, The New York Times Style Magazine. Follain’s seasonal outpost on Nantucket carries the same hair care, skin care, and cosmetic brands sold in Boston and online.
Antonio Lopez ’09 (left), was featured in a June 12 article, “Actors Find Expression in Local Theater,” in The Boston Globe. He is shown at TCAN (The Center for Arts in Natick) playing Max, the lead in the comedy Lend Me a Tenor, with Diana Doyle, who played Diana. Tony emails, “As an entrepreneur, I’m developing Sips & Arrows, a restaurant and bar with a new concept—a ‘geek bar’—that will feature video games for the adult gamer/geek community. Follow my progress at sipsarrows.com!”
Meredith Loring (right), is shown with her husband, Sami Inkinen, after completing their journey from California to Hawaii in their 20-foot-long, carbon-fiber boat, Roosevelt. Meredith emails, “Sami and I are the first couple to row from Monterey to Oahu. We arrived on Aug. 2, having rowed 2,765 miles in 45 days. We embarked on our record-breaking journey and created our fundraising campaign, Fat Chance Row, to raise awareness of the dangers of excess sugar in processed foods. All donations go to the nonprofit Institute for Responsible Nutrition.”
Rajan Venkitachalam has been appointed vice president, product management at Waltham, Mass.- based PeopleFluent, which helps companies improve employee engagement in order to increase business. Previously, Rajan was director, program management at Caradigm.
Anmol Wassan (left), Brent Colson (right), Andrea Light, and Christopher Barlow, all MBA’13, have co-founded Reserve A Game. Anmol emails, “Reserveagame.com promotes active recreational sports communities. We partner with local public recreation departments to create a new type of public-private relationship. By helping players expand their existing player network and by offering an easy-to-use system for reserving recreational facilities, we address the two primary frustration points of most recreational players, and thereby increase play. Our first pilot program ran last summer in Greater Boston.”
Ryan Wright (left) founded Sol Power in 2012. Ryan emails, “Sol Power team members Marissa Goerke (center) and Nick Yavorsky are shown with me near our Somerville, Mass., headquarters, next to one of our solar charging stations for cellphones. Each station features 15 lockers with universal chargers and resettable locks so users can securely charge their devices for free. A backup battery system enables charging during the night and in cloudy conditions. And through five large ad panels (four elevated and one in the rear), Sol Power rents and sells the stations as outdoor advertising platforms.”
Cait Porte founded PawUp in 2013. She emails, “My Old English bulldog, Gunner, and I are working on creating Paw-Up, a networking community of pet owners. Share photos, advice, recommendations, and even list your products. I also am director of product management at Blueport Commerce in Boston. Read all about my latest adventures on my blog, Product Manager in Heels. Follow me on Twitter @PMinHeels.”
Roddy Radnia (left) and Michael Pycher, co-founders of Nestdrop, a Los Angeles-based alcohol delivery service, are shown with their startup’s signature logo “eggs.” Roddy emails, “Download the Nestdrop app, available on iPhone and Android, and browse thousands of liquors, wines, and beers in seconds. Add what you want to your ‘nest,’ confirm your age, and, if you live in the greater LA area, your order will be delivered in an hour or less! We plan to expand our delivery service throughout California and eventually to the rest of the country.”
Mark Wallace is co-founder, owner, and manager of Parlor, a New England-based custom ski builder. Mark emails, “We launched Parlor in Cambridge, Mass., in 2013. Our engineers have designed a ski that will elevate your skiing to the next level. Our customer service, customization, and performance separate us from traditional ski companies. Every ski is built to order, and Parlor customizes each ski to the rider for the best fit possible. Even the graphics and artwork on the ski can be done to order. Personal interaction is not just recommended, it is required in the Parlor design-build process.”
Annmarie Latta ’06 and Geoffrey Anderson ’08 were married on June 28 at the Liberty Hotel in Boston. Guests included (from left) Robert Muscaro ’86, father of the groom Jon Anderson ’75, sister of the groom and bridesmaid Emily Anderson ’13, brother of the groom and groomsman Craig Anderson ’04, Jamie DiMatteo ’05, brother of the groom and groomsman Eric Anderson ’13, John deWit ’04, groomsman Shaun Greene ’08, Jeffrey Hogan ’05, Carlen Palau ’08, and Christopher McCabe ’06.
Johanna LeBlanc ’09 was married to Matt Delaney ’08 on Sept. 21, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. Among the many alumni in attendance were best man John Hudspeth ’08, groomsmen Sam Whelan ’08 and Robbie Leer ’08, and bridesmaids Alyssa Ziemba ’10, MSA’10, and Jacky Mozzicato ’10.
Michelle Day ’97 and Kevin Apt were married on June 14 at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Michelle emails, “We could not have asked for a better day! We were married at a beautiful park on the coast, surrounded by 12 of our closest friends and family, including our parents and Kevin’s children, Kaylin and Kaleb.” Michelle and Kevin live in Gorham.
Christina Armentano (center) and Sam Bowlby (second from left), both MBA’11, were married on Sept. 14, 2013, at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y. Among the guests were (from left) Patrick Maher, Matthew Chatham, Kelly Hulme, Sarah Bourgeois, Melinda Lundell, Lauren Carter, and Richard Morse, all MBA’11.
Kristen Anderson and Connor Tyrrell ’08 were married on Oct. 5, 2013, at the State Room in Boston. Among the guests were Steve Carroll, Barry Chen, Betty Chung, Dana Donato, Ben Edick, Nick Fay, Alexa Flinton, Heather (Flanagan) Germain, Chris Necklas, David Sheldon, Justin Unger, and Greg Wappett, all ’08. Kristen is an innovation consultant, and Connor is a manager at Accenture. The couple lives in Boston.
Concetta (Grillo) Stumpf of Bonita Springs, Fla., formerly of Framingham, Mass., died on June 18. Manager of word processing at Babson for 17 years, she then was a senior word-processing specialist for five years until her retirement in 1994.
Raymond Lyons ’46 of Rockland, Mass., died on May 30. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He retired in 1984 as a vice president at South Shore Bank.
Donald MacDonald ’47 of West Gardiner, Maine, died on July 12. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He was the owner of his family’s business, MacDonald’s Bakery, and retired in 1983.
William Turner ’48 of Vero Beach, Fla., died on June 3. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He co-founded a real estate investment company, New Bradford, in Wellesley and retired in 1980.
Mario Lombardo ’49 of Trenton, N.J., died on Feb. 17. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II. A real estate broker, he owned and operated Lombardo Realty.
William Pabst ’49 of Milwaukee died on May 28. He was a World War II veteran. He leaves his son, William Pabst ’75.
James York ’49 of Palm Springs, Calif., died on July 1. He served in the Navy during World War II. In 1993, he retired as executive vice president at Fort Wayne National Bank.
Warren Bebb ’55 of Aiken, S.C., died on May 24. He worked at Mohawk Carpet and was an owner of Ticket to Travel.
Stephen Kelley ’58 of Quincy, Mass., died on June 9. An Army veteran, he was a manufacturers’ representative in the clothing industry.
Charles Masuret ’58 of Zephyrhills, Fla., died on May 22. An Army veteran, he was an IBM account executive at NYNEX.
Harvey Peterson ’58 of St. Petersburg, Fla., died on June 14. He retired from a career in banking in 1982. He leaves his daughter, Nancy Peterson ’82.
Robert Welling ’59 of Naples, Fla., formerly of Mashpee, Mass., died on May 19.
Joseph Herlihy ’62 of Boxford, Mass., died on June 15. He served in the Army in Korea. He was a marketing agent and sales representative for textile manufacturers.
Roy Skelley ’66 of Cordova, Tenn., died on Jan. 15. A manufacturer’s representative, he also was president of Skelley Sales.
Mario Carvalho, MBA’68, of Jacksonville, Fla., died on June 26. A Coast Guard veteran, he was superintendent of quality control at the Framingham, Mass., division of General Motors.
Ronald Turner ’68 of Kernersville, N.C., died on June 2. A commercial pilot, he flew for Air New England and Piedmont Airlines.
John Whalen ’68 of Chatham, Mass., died on May 18. A Vietnam War veteran, he worked in the investment field.
Jeffrey Hirshberg ’69 of Jacksonville, Fla., died on Jan. 21.
Alice Peterson, MBA’70, of Leland, Mich., died on June 18. She was a vice president, bond department at John Hancock.
William Boone, MBA’73, of Ocala, Fla., died on June 1. A Navy officer until 1960, he worked at Bull Worldwide. He was predeceased by his father, William Boone ’28.
Philip Gaudiano, MBA’76, of Provincetown, Mass., died on July 22. An Army veteran, he was a CPA.
Colin Steele, MBA’76, of North Andover, Mass., died on May 22. An insurance broker, he was senior vice president at Willis in Boston.
Edward LaBelle, MBA’78, of Middleboro, Mass., died on July 19. An Air Force Reserve veteran, he worked for Raytheon.
Marjorie (Felton) Steele ’78 of Cohasset, Mass., died on May 26. She leaves her husband, Matt Steele ’78, MBA’81, CAM’09.
Roxane Roethlisberger Prins, MBA’83, of Natick, Mass., died on June 3. She was a market analyst.
Janice Mercurio Hasty, MBA’85, of Cambridge, Mass., died on May 30. An art and music historian, she was researching the musical interests and writings of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Kelly (Gryncel) Davis ’97, MBA’03, of South Grafton, Mass., died on July 6. She worked at TJX. She leaves her husband, Scott Davis ’95.
Gregory Anania ’07 of New York City died on June 18. A CPA, he worked at Perelson Weiner.
Corey Griffin ’10 of New York City died on Aug. 16. He was co-founder and director of strategic initiatives at Rane.