Babson Magazine

Summer 2013

Alumni News



Steve Briggs, P’88, and his therapy dog, Serena, starred in a 2012 documentary, Paw Prints: Serena’s Story, that followed the German shepherd mix and her owner on visits in the Aiken, S.C., area. Steve emails, “I adopted Serena, a shelter dog, in 2006. After special training and certification classes, Serena worked at nursing homes, hospitals, veterans’ organizations, and elementary schools for special needs children. Currently, we are concentrating on children as she seems to enjoy them the most as she grows older. The local SPCA honored her in March for her contributions to the community.”


A few members of the Global Advisory Board gathered to honor family graduations at Commencement. Trustee emeritus Richard Snyder ’60, H’94, P’93, ’01 (from left); trustee Muhammed Habib ’81, P’09; Susana Gallardo, P’13; overseer Willy Lin ’81, P’10, ’13; and Greg Burrill, P’04, ’04, ’11, celebrated the graduation of Susana’s daughter, Gabriela Palatchi Gallardo ’13, Willy’s son, Ben Lin ’13, and Kanin Laochinda ’13, the son of Pimjai Laochinda, P’13, who was unable to attend. Present but not in the photo were Pedro Martin, P’17, who celebrated the graduation of his nephew, Paul Marquard, MBA’13; Elizabeth Powell, MBA’76, P’01; and overseer Lupo Del Bono ’79, P’09.


Robert Snyder is chairman of the board of Cambridge Information Group, which he co-founded in 1971. CIG, a family-owned management and investment firm, focuses on education, research, and information services companies. Robert emails, “I am responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of CIG’s operating companies. One of our exciting new companies is Bach to Rock, America’s Music School. B2R is an emerging franchise of music schools with the core belief that kids learn best when playing music they enjoy coupled with the opportunity to play in groups and bands.”


Mark Adler is CEO of M. Adler’s Son Inc., importers and distributors of florist supplies. He emails, “My wife, Betsy, and I live in Raleigh, N.C. We relocated the business from New York in 2004, and our staff relocated, too. My son, Alec, is the fifth generation to work in our business. Unfortunately, I cannot attend reunion because I will be in Asia to set up purchases for 2014.”

Michael Sleeper emails, “I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Ed Causin, Michael Feldstein, Howie Puhn, and Steve Schnitzer, and all plan to attend our 50th Reunion. So far, we have 40 classmates joining the festivities in September. Some I haven’t seen in 25 years; others in 50 years! We are all looking forward to the celebration.”


Lewis Cohen emails, “In 2000, my wife and I bought land in Smartsville, Calif., a lovely place in the lower foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Three years later, we traveled to Tuscany where we picked and crushed grapes and learned how to make wine. We now have an 8 ½-acre boutique vineyard and wine business, Zypora Vineyards. Enjoying excellent wine—the fruit of your labor—is a wonderful way to start retirement. Email me at for more information.”


John Aldeborgh (MBA’82) has been appointed executive vice president for customer operations at Beverly, Mass.-based Axcelis Technologies, a supplier for the semiconductor industry. Previously, he was CEO of innoPad.


Ian Copland emails, “I hope to see everyone in September. If you are interested in organizing or planning events, please email me at And, yes, the triplets will enter their final year of college this fall.”

Christiane Joubert (second from left) was joined by Brian Casey ’77 (far left), Shelley Kaplan, former associate vice president for facilities management at Babson, and Anne Heller ’70, director of alumni leadership and volunteer programs, for a lunch in Palm Springs, Calif. Christiane emails, “I moved to Palm Springs in 2005 and love living here. There is such a great quality of life in the desert. I enjoyed seeing Brian and hearing updates on Babson from Anne and Shelley. We had a delightful lunch, and the weather was spectacular.”

Maria Serpentino, P’05, emails, “Come Back to Babson for our class party on Sept. 28! I look forward to seeing everyone; we share so many memories. My husband, Roberto, and I bought a Kadey-Krogen trawler three years ago and enjoy being on the water in our second home. We have been as far north as Boston Harbor and as far south as the Chesapeake. Would love to meet up with boaters; email me at”

Jim Tabner emails, “At last, another five-year reunion. I’m looking forward to watching some classic, all-time favorite movies in Knight: Summer of ’42, Reefer Madness, and Pink Flamingos. Studio 54 was nothing compared to the movie nights in Knight.”

Nick Vantine emails, “It feels good to be gearing up for our reunion in September. I’ve contacted Maria Serpentino, P’05, Jim Tabner, Ian Copland, and David Egan to get the ball rolling. I’ve also created a Facebook group, Babson College Class of 1978 35th Reunion, which is open to all classmates. Please join, post pictures, and leave ideas or comments. We want to hear from folks who haven’t been back on campus in a while.”


Lenore Skomal emails, “Vincent Steffan died too young on May 20, following a successful career as the premier New York events planner. Known for his exuberant personality, caring nature, hearty laugh, and joie de vivre, he was a true gentleman. Vince loved his college years and nurtured many close friendships during the following three decades. Donations in his memory may be sent to The Vincent C. Steffan Memorial Fund, Alumni Hall, Babson College, Babson Park, MA 02457.”


Thomas Shea has been appointed CFO of Epirus Biopharmaceuticals Inc., a privately held company headquartered in Boston. Previously, he was CFO and treasurer of Euthymics Bioscience, EBI Life Sciences, and Neurovance Inc., three privately held, affiliated companies.


Massimo Iacono, P’16, co-chair of the Global Advisory Board (center, in white shirt), hosted the graduate offshore group for a dinner during spring break at his home in Milan, Italy. Nineteen MBA students participated in the elective course, “Competitiveness Challenges of the New Europe,” organized and led by Professor Lidija Polutnik, chair of the Economics Division, and administered by Sue Lemke, senior associate director of the Graduate Center for Career Development. During the one-week course, the students visited six companies in Milan and Bergamo and attended lectures at Bocconi University.

Kevin Merchant was featured in a June 9 article, “Whatever Happened To: Merchant Brought Wins to Algonquin,” in the Milford [Mass.] Daily News. Kevin, who played basketball and baseball through his high school years, is a member of the Algonquin Regional High School athletic hall of fame in Northborough, Mass., where he lives. A former member of the town’s school committee, Kevin helped oversee the rebuilding of the school.


Lisa McCubbin emails, “My third book in three years, Five Days in November, will be released in November to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I co-authored the book with Clint Hill, a former Secret Service agent who was in the presidential motorcade that day. People remember exactly where they were the moment they heard the news that JFK was assassinated—much in the same way that 9/11 affected later generations.”

Chris Willis emails from San Juan, Puerto Rico, “Having completed the government requirements to start a real estate brokerage firm, my partner of 20 years, Elisamuel Sanchez, and I recently opened Ocean Park Real Estate, our first company in Puerto Rico. After enjoying the island part time for 10 years, I thought it was time to start another company. Email me at if you plan to visit.”


Mickey Goldin

Babson’s Athletics Hall of Fame honored five new members at a ceremony in April. The 14th induction class comprised men’s soccer star Mark Sullivan ’86 (from left), current men’s soccer coach Jon Anderson ’75, P’04, ’08, ’13, ’13, women’s soccer standout Julie Doscher Borjeson ’88, field hockey phenom Elise Conley Weigold ’06, and ice hockey legend Joe Capprini ’91. The total membership of the hall of fame is 61.


Michael Finer is founder and CEO of Major League Investments, an investment advisory, financial planning, and tax strategy firm on Boston’s North Shore. A lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts National Guard, Michael recently joined the National Veteran-Owned Business Association. He was a garrison commander with the Army in Iraq from 2007 to 2008 and commander of Task Force Yankee, a military unit that provided support in New Orelans after Hurricane Katrina.


Kim Brown emails, “My husband, Alan Klimpl ‘89, and I are the founders of Alchemy Financial Solutions, our accounting and business management firm. We work with entrepreneurs and small businesses in the sunny Lake Worth, Fla., area. Plenty of work and golf here to keep us busy. Looking forward to a fall trip to New England; haven’t been up that way since the last reunion.”

James Friedman was named to the Brookline (Mass.) High School athletic hall of fame at a varsity awards banquet held at Boston University in May. While a student at the high school, he was on the soccer team and was an all-scholastic member of the hockey team. He played on Babson’s hockey team and was a captain for his final two seasons.

Willie Nelson emails, “As a member of our reunion committee, I want to share some cool things. First, we have a Facebook page, Babson Class of 1988 (Why couldn’t we have had that in the ’80s?). Second, some committee members posted a video on YouTube; search for Babson Class of 1988 25th Reunion. Finally, if you have a smartphone, download the Babson Alumni App to reconnect with friends. Join us in September.”

Amy Weingarten Salvucci emails, “Still living in Wellesley. I’m having fun working on reunion. I’ll be on campus with Sandra DiVerdi Miller, Jane Manelis Powell, Lisa Landry Lichtenthal, and Jill Schwartz Alpert. See you then!”

Lynn Lounsbery Slote (third from left) emails, “In February, classmates and friends attended a celebration of life in Austin, Texas, for Wendy Marcozzi Wallace ’88, who passed away in August 2012. Joining me to celebrate this wonderful woman were William “Willie” Nelson ’88 (from left); Lisa Bolivar Martinez ’88; Wendy’s friend, Suzanne Segura Taylor; Jeff Reese ’88; and Wendy’s husband, Jim Wallace ’88.”

Greg Tufankjian emails, “I have been working for 19 years in my family’s business, selling Toyota Scion and Hyundai automobiles in Braintree and Plymouth, Mass. Having fun working with friends to plan a great 25th Reunion party for the weekend of Sept. 27 and 28. I look forward to catching up with classmates.”

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Jen Vondenbrink (right), shown with Rep. Jay Barrows, was named a 2013 Unsung Heroine by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women at the State House in April. The ceremony was sponsored by Babson’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership. Jen is founder and owner of Foxboro, Mass.-based Vondenbrink Consulting (vondenbrink .com), which helps small-business owners simplify the process of change. A board member of the TriTown Chamber of Commerce, Jen also is the chamber’s social media manager and a founding member of its Women’s Link Committee.


Rich Greif, Tammy Milsky ’95, and their respective families raised more than $1,300 with their Wakefield, Mass., lemonade stand during Lemonade Day on May 4. This was the third year that the children—Summer Milsky, 8, Luke Greif, 6, and Noah Greif, 10— participated in the national initiative, which helps youth through entrepreneurship. This year, their stand benefited The One Fund Boston and the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry, where Rich is a board member.

James Sofronas is owner and president of GMG Racing in Santa Ana, Calif. He was featured in an April 18 article, “Touring Long Beach’s Grand Prix Circuit the Fast Way: Riding with GMG Motorsports and its Audi R8 LMS,” posted on James cofounded GMG in 2001; the company races, builds, and services European cars at its 15,000 square-foot facility in Orange County.


Michael Landsberg is co-founder and partner of Landsberg Bennett Private Wealth Management in Punta Gorda, Fla. He emails, “In March, I attended the fifth annual Top Independent Advisors Summit, held in Orlando. The summit was hosted by Barron’s magazine to promote best practices and generate new ideas across the industry. I was selected as one of the magazine’s top 1,000 financial advisers in 2010, 2011, and 2012.”


Toni Clayton-Hine has been appointed vice president, global marketing and value proposition for channel partner operations at Xerox, headquartered in Norwalk, Conn. Previously, she was vice president for global partners marketing at CA Technologies.

Adam Sachs emails, “Hello, Class of ’93. For the past 10 years, I have been living in Ashland, Mass., with my wife, Joy, and our three children, Ashley, Andrew, and Abby. I still work at the same company, Centinel Financial Group, now in Needham, though the company has had a few name changes since we graduated. I look forward to seeing all of you at the reunion!”


Misty (Fairbanks) Messick and her husband, Jim, welcomed their daughter, Aurora, in April. The family lives in Montgomery, Ala., where Misty is a lawyer in the attorney general’s office.

Tammy Milsky: See Rich Greif ’90.


Betsy Price Newman, vice president for student affairs and program strategy at Babson, emails, “I just earned my doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in May. I enjoyed celebrating at the commencement in Philadelphia with my husband, Damien Newman ’96, MBA’09, and our daughters, Maura, 9, and Maeve, 5.”


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Leticia Stallworth, MBA’13 (right), received the Black Affinity Achievement Award in April at the Black Affinity Conference held in Olin Hall. Mikki Wosencroft ’99 (left), a human resources director at L’Oreal USA and a former award recipient, presented the honor to Leticia, a financial adviser at Ameriprise Financial Services. Leticia was recognized for her years of dedication to the affinity program and her support of students and alumni on campus and in the Washington, D.C., region, where she works. Then-president Len Schlesinger (center) delivered a College update during the event.


Eric Dosal has been named CEO at Miami-based BrightGauge Software, a company that he and his brother founded in 2010. Eric leads the global sales and marketing teams at BrightGauge, a Web-based analytics and reporting platform for managed services providers. Previously, he was president and CEO of another family business, Compuquip Technologies.


Michael Lorber’s entry in the spring ’13 issue incorrectly stated that he had renewed his agreement with Bravo television to appear in another season of Million Dollar Listing New York. Michael tells us he did not renew the agreement.


Pete Dupuis, MBA’07 (left), is vice president and business director and Eric Cressey ’03 (right) is president of Cressey Performance, which they founded in 2007 in Hudson, Mass. Pete emails, “Specializing in athletic performance enhancement and corrective exercise, Cressey Performance has a 15,000-square-foot facility to provide our clients with personalized programming, nutritional guidelines, and the coaching necessary to carry out these measures. We also work with athletes in youth sports and those in professional and Olympic ranks.” Contact Pete and Eric at


Jeremy Balboni (left) and Lance Pinn ’06 (right) founded Brooklyn Boulders, an indoor climbing gym in New York City, in 2009. Lance emails, “We’re shown in our new facility in Somerville, Mass., with Jesse Levin ’07 (third from left), who joined the team in 2012, and staff members (from left) Chava Kenny, Gavin Heverly, and Veronica Dale. The 40,000-square-foot facility fuses climbing and innovation by combining climbing terrain with collaborative work space, pop-up retail shops, and partnerships with organizations like the Cambridge Innovation Center. This hybrid approach sets the Somerville project apart from the standard climbing gym model.”

Michael Mandel co-founded CompStak Inc. in 2011. According to an April 15 citybizlist .com article, “CompStak Raises $5.5 million,” the company has raised money from a sale of shares. The company gathers commercial real estate transaction information (a comp, or comparable), such as tenant name, address, rent, square footage, and broker name, for commercial real estate professionals.


Gautam Gupta (left) and Ken Chen ’06 (right)

Gautam Gupta (left) and Ken Chen ’06 (right) founded San Francisco based NatureBox to bring healthy snacks directly to the consumer. Gautam says, “Ken and I work with nutritionists to develop snacks for the whole family—delicious and natural food that can be eaten anywhere and anytime. We have 28 employees, including John Holden ’07, and customers in all 50 states. To help feed the children in America who go hungry, we donate one meal for every NatureBox delivered; we’re proud to have donated more than 150,000 meals. Join our program at and enter BABSON10 for $10 off.”

Jake Sprague (right) emails, “G.F. Sprague was founded in 1969 by my dad, Gerald ‘Jerry’ Sprague ’72 (left), while he was at Babson. G.F. Sprague is a home improvement contractor specializing in roof, gutter, chimney, and window solutions throughout the Greater Boston area. Forty-four years later, Jerry is still at the helm, and I’m vice president. The company was built and continues to grow based on our focus of doing jobs right the first time, providing clear and timely communications, and delivering value to our customers.”


Anantshree Chaturvedi is a cofounder of Boston-based Romulus Capital, a venture capital firm that supports and invests seed money in startups, with a focus on those in university environments. The firm was featured in an April 14 article, “Romulus Builds on Success with $50M Fund,” in India New England and posted on the publication’s website. Anant also is president of Flexfilms USA and director of Uflex Industries.

Chris Necklas has been named one of “The 25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2013” by Chris emails, “L.I. Sounder, founded in 2010 on the shores of Long Island Sound, is a fun side project. I offer handmade leather watch bands, boat-shoe laces, and sunglass anchors, all locally crafted. The items are sold online and in a handful of specialty stores in the U.S. and Europe, including Ball and Buck in Boston. More to come soon.”

Polina Raygorodskaya, cofounder and CEO of Wanderu Inc., has been named one of this year’s Women to Watch by Mass High Tech. The award program, now in its 10th year, recognizes leaders in technology and life sciences. Polina emails, “I am extremely honored and proud to be recognized by MHT. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by people who support and encourage me, and I hope to inspire other women to follow their dreams.” Wanderu helps travelers find and book intercity buses and trains around the country.


Fan Bi was an exchange student from Sydney from spring to fall 2009. He emails, “Like many before me, I caught the entrepreneurship bug in Babson’s classrooms and dorms. Incubated at the Summer Venture Program, my company, Blank Label, is a custom-made clothing brand founded on the principle of making men look, feel, and be better. Our shirts are priced only for the quality on your back. I always had a passion for menswear, and Babson inspired me to turn my passion into reality. Visit us on Boston’s Newbury Street.”

Angeli (Tarsadia) Reddy is founder and CEO of Six Twenty, a fashion e-commerce company. She emails, “Six Twenty’s mission is to create the highest quality items at ridiculously good prices. By circumventing traditional retail channels and working with the same suppliers and manufacturers who supply to top-tier designers, Six Twenty brings unparalleled value to the market with luxury fabrics, exclusive designs, and a high-end customer experience, at a fraction of the price.”


Katerina Iliades was featured in an April 30 article, “Greek Shop Filled to the Brim with Orthodox Easter Specialities,” in The Boston Globe. Katerina opened her West Roxbury, Mass.-based business, the Greek International Food Market, in December 2009. Along with foods prepared daily on the premises, the market imports specialties from countries such as Greece, Lebanon, Syria, and Italy.


Milind Doshi is co-founder of Our First Office in Mumbai, India. Through its three locations in the city, the company leases collaborative work space, such as offices and conference rooms, to startups, entrepreneurs, and freelancers.


Andrew Breuninger emailed in May, “As a founder of Roaring 20s Entertainment, I’m working with our team to bring fairness to concert ticket pricing. Our initial Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, which will be live until Aug. 17, was launched as a trial run, and we’re working with investors to book artists for other events. If our campaign is successful, we may change the established concert model. Email me at for more information.”

Demetri Demascus emails, “In early 2013, I launched Game Day, a line of antiaging skin-care products designed for the active man. My dad, a periodontist, helped me develop the line with his knowledge of facial aesthetics. We offer shaving products, shower gel, and moisturizer, with more to come in the fall, such as cologne, hair care, and eye gel. I’m expanding our distribution channels, and the products currently may be purchased on our website and in select salons across the U.S. All Game Day products are made in the USA.”

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The Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance co-sponsored the Boston Security Analysts Society’s Annual Market Dinner, held in February. This year’s event featured a talk by Alan Greenspan. Carl Kilmer, P’09, (left), Babson trustee and Cutler Center advisory board member, and Mark D’Annolfo (right), Cutler Center managing director, are shown with Greenspan, who was chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006. The event drew more than 600 financial professionals.


Jack Wilhelm won a seat on the Wenham, Mass., board of selectmen in an April town election. A former chairman of the town’s finance committee and of the board of assessors, he received almost 70 percent of the vote. Jack, a CPA, is senior vice president and CFO at Emerson Hospital in Concord.


Peter Stephens emails, “I have been named executive director of The Antique and Classic Boat Society, the world’s largest boating organization with more than 15,000 members and nearly 60 chapters around the world. ACBS is focused on restoring and preserving antique and vintage boats of all types. I’m also a licensed Coast Guard captain.” Peter retired from Wendy’s International, where he was vice president, international finance and CFO.


William Teuber has joined the board of directors of Inovalon Inc., a healthcare technology firm headquartered in Bowie, Md. Bill is vice chairman at EMC Corp., where he has worked since 1995; a member of the board of directors of Popular Inc., a financial services company; and a trustee of the College of the Holy Cross, where he earned his bachelor’s degree.


Jane Cleland has written Lethal Treasure, a mystery about silent movie posters, hidden messages, love—and a cat named Hank. Jane emails, “The eighth book in my Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series was published in June. Josie, an antiques appraiser, uses her knowledge of antiques to solve crimes. Often reviewed as an Antiques Roadshow for mystery fans, this series combines historical fact with page-turning suspense. For more information, visit” Jane teaches both creative and professional writing at Lehman College, part of the City University of New York system.


Mark Allio (left, with a client), is Boston regional director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, part of a national public business assistance program sponsored by the SBA, Massachusetts Office of Business Development, and UMass Amherst. He emails, “This program provides entrepreneurs and business owners with free business advisory services, entrepreneurial training, and financing assistance. I have helped more than 1,200 entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds realize the American dream and have facilitated $8 million of capital. In each of the past three years, one of my clients has won a MassChallenge $50,000 cash award.”


John Aldeborgh (‘77): See Undergrad News.


Sue Hanks Singleton emails, “I am pleased to announce my new book, Nine Simple Laws to Create Joy and Grace: A Comprehensive Guide to Manifestation, a practical, step-by-step guide to create the life you desire. My husband, Aaron Singleton, and I were awarded a citation of recognition for 20 years of service and dedication to healthy living by the mayor and chamber of commerce of Amesbury, Mass. Hard to imagine that our center, The Way To Balance, is 20 years old. It is a joy to empower people to lead happier, healthier, and pain-free lives.”


Tony Harris emails, “I returned to the U.S. in 2012 after 12 years of teaching entrepreneurship at Cape Town and Stellenbosch universities in South Africa. Because youth unemployment is pervasive there, I started Explore, an organization that cultivates entrepreneurship among high school students. Worldwide, K–12 education is being transformed as schools rethink their programs and operations. I now am developing a New York-based consulting initiative to help schools do this. Email me at for more information.”


Bjorn Gulden has been appointed CEO of Puma, a sporting goods and footwear company headquartered in Germany. Previously, he was CEO of Pandora, a Danish jewelry brand.


Steve Dunn blogs about teaching kids how to cook on Oui, Chef. He emails, “I began my blog to teach my kids how to cook real, whole food. I keep busy these days as a volunteer for Share Our Strength, an organization working to end childhood hunger. In my role as chef instructor and as head of the Massachusetts advisory board of the organization’s Cooking Matters group, I empower families at risk of hunger to shop for and cook healthy, affordable, and delicious meals as part of the No Kid Hungry campaign.”

Kathie Johnson emails, “It’s been 19 years since Shane Wedge and I were married at Babson and 20 years since we graduated! We live in Westford, Mass., with our daughters, Taylor and Morgan. I am vice president for advertising and marketing operations for a French company, Dassault Systemes, and Shane is director of sales for Presidio. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 20th Reunion; watch for invitations coming to you soon.”

Melissa Rose has been named vice president for payer contracting and reimbursement at Southcoast Health System, headquartered in New Bedford, Mass. She is responsible for third-party payer contracting and reimbursement for Southcoast Hospitals Group, Southcoast Physicians Network, Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association, and Southcoast Accountable Care Organization. Melissa joined Southcoast in 1991 as director of contracting and reimbursement at St. Luke’s Hospital.


Tom Fleming started Business Networking International’s West Central Florida region in Tampa, Fla., in 2003. He is the executive director of the region, which has more than 46 chapters and 1,800 members. As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, the West Central Florida region hosted BNI’s National Directors’ Conference in May. A referral-based networking organization, BNI provides a structured environment for the exchange and development of business referrals among members.

Yuchun Lee has joined General Catalyst Partners as a partner in its entrepreneur in residence program to help identify and build technologybased companies. A venture capital firm, General Catalyst makes early-stage and growth equity investments. Previously, he was vice president and general manager of the enterprise marketing management group at IBM, which he joined in 2010 as part of its acquisition of Unica. Yuchun had been CEO at Unica, a company he co-founded in 1992.


Paul Kirchhoff emails, “Last year, I joined Greenland Enterprises as general manager of our New England region. In this role, I am responsible for all regional sales and operations for this Virginia-based niche construction management firm that focuses on complex mechanical infrastructure projects for federal government client agencies. We’re classified as a small business, and as such we wear many hats—a great application of our Babson entrepreneurial studies.”


Jon Reese (left) and Mona (Patel) Reese founded Brightstar Solar, a residential photovoltaic design and installation firm in Marlborough, Mass. Jon emails, “Mona and I met at Babson and were married in 2008. We followed our dream of starting a company, vetting dozens, and chose solar for its exciting business and environmental possibilities. Started in 2009, Brightstar Solar is one of the fastest growing and largest companies of its type in Massachusetts. We both earned the highest level of solar installer certification, making Mona one of a handful of women nationwide holding the designation.”


Heather Margolis founded Channel Maven Consulting in 2009. She emails, “Channel Maven provides channel marketing strategy and execution to enterprise IT manufacturers and financial services organizations. The firm continues to grow after a move to Boulder, Colo., which has been great for the company, both with hiring talented team members and enabling easier travel to clients on the West Coast. We couldn’t be happier with our newest addition, a former Cisco channel marketing executive. “


The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) celebrated its silver anniversary in April. Attending the New York City gala, “25 Years of Inspiration,” were (from left, front) Vivek Sharma, MBA’07, Luis Arce ’97, Manasi Hukku ’09; (back) Alex Norman ’96, Adam Fisher, MBA’12, Lauren Rodnick ’10, Walter Geslak ’88, and Stuart Goldstein and ’76. All were guests of then-president Len Schlesinger, a NFTE board member. The event honored NFTE founder Steve Mariotti and recognized the Global Young Entrepreneurs of 2013 and the Enterprising Educators of the Year.


Deepthi Bathina has been named vice president for product management and marketing at TyMetrix Inc., a Hartford, Conn.-based company that develops and markets software for the legal profession. She oversees the company’s electronic billing and matter management software, business analytics line, and professional and advisory services. Previously, she was senior director of strategy and product marketing at Automatic Data Processing Inc.

Veronica Chapman is president of My Crowning Jewel, a startup she founded in 2012. She emails, “My Crowning Jewel brings fashion to function by designing head wraps so exquisite we call them Jewels. We believe whether we wrap our head to protect our hair from breakage, adorn our crown following hair loss, or mask a bad-hair day, we should look fabulous. All head wraps are made in the USA—Fall River, Mass., to be exact. And we launched with a commitment to youth empowerment. With our success, we plan to address a national crisis, teenage unemployment.”

Martin Lewit has been named CEO of Santiago, Chile-based Ki Teknology, an IT company. Martin emails, “Ki Teknology provides software and Web development as well as maintenance and digital marketing services to clients in the U.S. and Chile. I was excited to return to my pre-MBA company seven years later to lead a growing and innovative business, leveraging the knowledge and experience I acquired during my time at Babson.”

Michi McDonough has been named a director of consultant relations at Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC, headquartered in Seattle. A subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp., Parametric is a financial services company. Michi is based in its Boston office. Previously, she was a vice president and consultant relations manager at Wellington Management

Francisco Opazo emails, “Chilean alumni and students got together in Santiago, Chile, in May to play soccer. Joining me were Santiago Amarante, MBA’98; Rodrigo Botero, MBA’03; Fernando Herrera, MBA’04; Hernan Mege, MBA’06; Juan Pablo Arias; Martin Lewit; Franco Capurro, MBA’12; Francisco Marinovic, MBA’14; and David Bortnik, MBA’15. We continue to promote the Babson brand in Chile as our alumni base grows and plan to host another game in October. If you want to join us, contact me at”

Isaac Van Wesep is co-founder, CEO, and president of Design by Educators, the inventor of Quick Key, an app for teachers that turns a smartphone into an optical scanner to grade quizzes and tests. He emailed in May, “We plan to release the beta of Quick Key in the Apple App Store this summer and deliver the full software suite in September.” For more information, Isaac can be contacted at


Rob Banagale is co-founder and CEO of Portland, Ore.-based Gliph, which provides an app for private communications and transactions. Rob emails, “Our free app is among the first to offer peer-to-peer Bitcoin payments on iPhone, Android, and the Web. We’ve combined secure texting and Bitcoin to create something truly unique and innovative. Check us out at for more information.”

Mark Itskovitz and Enrique Bordas, MBA’09, are the creators of Pumpkin Face Rum. In the spring issue of Babson Magazine, the photo of the rums misrepresented the packaging for the white rum. Shown here (from left) are Pumpkin Face Cream, Spiced Reserve, White, and 23. “We take great pride in our packaging,” says Mark, who came up with the idea for the signature jack-o’-lantern shape. “Our branding and high-quality rum are winning Pumpkin Face many fans.”


Jon Feinman, founder of InnerCity Weightlifting in Boston, was featured in a May 5 article, “Staying Alive, Building a Life After Battling on Streets,” in The Boston Globe and on InnerCity Weightlifting is a 501(c)(3) organization that strives to reduce violence and promote professional, personal, and academic achievement among at-risk urban youth.


Luke Cooper founded Asurvest Inc. in late 2012. He emails, “The financial services industry is ripe for disruption. Much like a ring buoy, the company works to protect unsophisticated crowdfund investors by using risk management solutions typically available to only the top 1 percent. Asurvest’s solutions help investors steadily meet their return objectives. Already, several of the largest investment platforms are customers. Please check us out at”

Therese Kinal, co-founder and CEO of London-based consulting firm Unleash, has been named one of 20 Female Entrepreneurs Energising Britain by Real Business. The magazine says, “Taking on a consultancy market dominated by giants, … Therese Kinal helps businesses to compete, innovate, and grow by getting the people within organisations to live strategy.” She emails, “I’m thrilled to be recognized among such inspirational entrepreneurs, and I thank our amazing team for their hard work.”

Esmeralda (right) and Matthew Lambert, MBA’11, are co-founders of Esmeralda Lambert, an e-commerce jewelry company. Esme emails, “My husband and I offer handmade jewelry designed with a hint of Latin and Caribbean spice. Every piece in our fashion and bridal collections is crafted by entrepreneurial women artisans in my home country, Dominican Republic. We’re seeking retail boutiques for trunk shows and wholesale opportunities. Please contact us at support@esmeralda for more information.” Esme and Matt, who met at Babson, launched their business in January.


David Brown is executive director of Technology Underwriting Greater Good, a nonprofit organization that helps the tech industry come together for social and civic purposes such as entrepreneurship, innovation, and service. David was quoted in an April 26 article, “Tech Folks Gave Their Best in Bombing’s Wake,” posted on TUGG helped the Boston-area tech community raise funds to aid victims of the April 15 Boston Marathon tragedy.

Global entrepreneurship graduates Jonny Hermijanto (from left), Christophe Van Aerde from the EMLYON cohort, and Hendy Lamothe, all MSM’12, have founded BambooTori, a Japanese-style fast-casual eatery in the Union Square area of New York City. Jonny emails, “BambooTori serves yakitori—affordable, healthy, and fun food on a stick. Hungry customers watch as their savory meat and vegetable skewers grill within minutes in a custom yakitori machine, the first of its kind in the U.S. Though BambooTori offers quick eats, everything is all-natural and homemade; all ingredients are chopped, sliced, or ground fresh every morning.”


Tam Le a member of the Babson MBA Ice Hockey Club, emails, “The hockey club prevailed over visiting MIT Sloan, 10-8, on April 22. Before the game, a moment of silence was observed for the Boston Marathon victims, followed by an exceptional rendition of the national anthem by Rebecca Cooper, MBA’13. Team captain Thomas Ferrell, MBA’13, organized a raffle benefiting The One Fund Boston with prizes donated by The Linden Store, Volante Farms, The Cottage, Fuji at Kendall, Pho Hoa Restaurant, and more. The successful event brought together members from the entire Babson MBA community, including deans, professors, students, and staff.”

Weddings back to top

Kristin Lorenzo and Martin Lewit, both MBA’08, were married on Nov. 24 in Point Pleasant, N.J. The guests included Nick Andrews, Andrea Beagan, Charlie Burckmyer, Colleen Connolly, Jacques Delori, Adam Finley, Mike Katsas ’00, Kurt Mangold, Sam Polk, Alex Saenz, Andrew Schiavetti, Saul Shum, Melissa Tansey, and Alex Ugaz, all MBA’08; and Noj Zachariah, MBA’12. The couple also celebrated on Jan. 19 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with Juan Arias, Italo Balbi, Adam Finley, Francisco Opazo, Karen Panyalertrat, Sam Polk, and Melissa Tansey, all MBA’08.

Angeli Tarsadia and Rishi Reddy, both ’09, were married on Aug. 4, 2012, at the St. Regis in Laguna Beach, Calif. Babson friends at the wedding were groomsmen Zack Adams, Samip Dasgupta, Alex Karsos, Chris Karsos, Jordan Kelley, Ainsley Manning, Arjit Mehta, Sam Raimist, Paul Runge, and Angad Verma, all ’09; and Alexa Padavano and Shirley Wong, both ’09, MSA’09. Angeli emails, “It was so nice to see everyone together again. We definitely relived our Babson days!”

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Amy Wetmore ’06 was married to Adrian Simays on Oct. 27. She emails, “All my suite mates from senior year in McCullough A9 traveled to Tiburon, Calif., near San Francisco, for my big day. In the picture with me are (from left) Auditi Hussain, Jennifer (Motta) Rice, Ashley (Albert) Stringer, Sara Gentes, MSA’06, and Tiffany (White) York, all ’06.”

Susan Vecoli was married to Clifford Bowyer, MBA’03, on Sept. 15 at Lake Pearl Luciano’s in Wrentham, Mass. The couple lives in a house they built in Bellingham, where Susan is a professional photographer and Clifford is an author and managing director of Silver Leaf Books.

Sherlyn Reynolds ’02 and Ryan Brubeck were married on Oct. 27 in Chicago. Alumni at the wedding included bridesmaids Kristen Holt ’02 and Sara (Yeo) Parisi ’02, MBA ’09. The couple lives in Chicago.

In Memoriam back to top

Edwin Pingree ’41 of Scarborough, Maine, died on April 14. He served in the Navy during World War II. A stockbroker, he was a partner at F.S. Moseley & Co

Paul Harris ’48 of Wellesley died on April 30. He served in the Army during World War II and worked for Boston Edison Co. for 40 years.

Robert Trinder ’50 of Seneca, S.C., died on April 21. He served in the Navy during World War II and worked for Bendix Corp. He was predeceased by his brother, Frank Trinder ’48.

George Frees ’51 of Florham Park, N.J., died on May 1. He was president and founder of Pro-Tec Filters.

Harold Heye ’52 of Belleair, Fla., and Dorset, Vt., died on April 22. He served in the Army during World War II. He was co-owner of High and Dry Marina, Island Yacht Harbor, and Pier 60, all in Clearwater, Fla.

Thomas Greene ’56 of Dartmouth, Mass., died on April 13. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a salesman for Tech-Built Homes.

Donald Paterson ’56 of Boxford, Mass., died on April 7. An Army veteran, he was CEO of his family’s business, Carpenter & Paterson Inc.

William Leahey ’57 of Brewster, Mass., died on May 10. A veteran of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, he served in the National Guard and the Army; he retired as a colonel. He leaves his son, William Leahey ’72, MBA’73, and grandson, Brendan Leahey ’09, MSA’09.

Donald Malloy ’58 of Naples, Fla., formerly of Chicago, died on May 24. An Army veteran, he was a vice president and regional general manager at Jefferson Smurfit Corp. He was predeceased by his brother, James Malloy ’51, P’85.

Louis Morrell ’58 of Wilmington, N.C., died on April 28. From 1995 to 2007, he was vice president for investments and treasurer at Wake Forest University.

Louis Hilton, MBA’59, of Palm Beach, Fla., and Greenville, Maine, died on May 6.

George Lapham ’59 of Saco, Maine, died on April 28. He served in the Air Force for more than 21 years, including the Vietnam War, and retired as a colonel in 1981. He leaves his son, Eric Lapham, MBA’01.

Winslow Pierce ’60 of Yarmouth Port, Mass., died on April 6. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was vice president for applications and technical services at Stowe Woodward.

John Allen ’61 of Dedham, Mass., died on March 9.

Alan Hochberg ’64 of Canton, Mass., died on Nov. 20. He was general manager of Northeast Booking Services.

Peter Wilson ’64 of Des Moines, Iowa, died on April 20. He worked for Goodyear Tire Co.

George Gillander ’67 of Barre, Vt., died on April 29. He was a partner and vice president at Denis, Ricker & Brown Insurance.

Thomas Finn, MBA’68, of Stratham, N.H., died on March 22. Before retiring, he worked at Lantor Fibertaxis.

Richard Perry, MBA’72, of Salem, N.Y., died on June 5. An Army veteran, he was a cost accountant for St. Regis Paper Co.

Marlyn Mackey Gillis, MBA’75, of Wayland, Mass., died on May 5. A CPA, she was a professor emerita of management at Simmons College.

Nicholas Katsiroubas ’75 of South Natick, Mass., died on May 21. He was CEO of Katsiroubas Bros., a wholesale fruit and produce supply business. He leaves his wife, Deborah (Morrissey) Katsiroubas ’75.

Mary Armknecht, MBA’79, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died on Nov. 25.

Vincent Steffan ’80 of New York City died on May 20. He founded the Steffan Group, an event and destination management company.

Laura Alvino ’95 of Haverhill, Mass., died on June 1. She was an administrator for Haverhill’s after-school Discovery Club.

Adelaide Jones Cueni, MBA’98, of Plymouth, Mass., died on April 14. She was director of communications and public relations, North America and Canada at Swissair.