Babson Magazine

Summer 2014

Alumni News



Albert Phelps emails, “The spring issue of Babson Magazine was great; the only disappointment was the lack of news from the Class of ’48. I started at Babson before serving in World War II and finished after returning from Europe. Since then, I have developed all types of real estate in various parts of the country and still enjoy sailing, tennis, swimming, and golf. If you’re from my era, please contact me via my office at”


Richard Kimball emails, “In 1964, I joined an early-stage, specialty packaging company and was mentored by an amazing entrepreneur. When the business was sold to Kraft Foods, I joined a consulting firm in Washington, D.C., and worked in Bangladesh, Liberia, and Vietnam. In 1974, I purchased Bigelow, an established financial advisory firm and now serve as senior director. Several Babson MBAs I recruited have grown the firm and lead it today.”

Joel Lazarus, P’94, emails from Davie, Fla., “I left the business world in 1974 to go to law school. After 16 years as a state prosecutor, I served as a criminal court judge until I ‘retired’ for one day, June 30, 2010. Since then, I have been serving full time as a senior judge. I was voted an outstanding county court judge in Florida in 2010.”


Stephan Vermut has been appointed executive chairman of Prosper Marketplace and its wholly owned subsidiary, Prosper Funding. Previously, he was CEO. Prosper is a peer-to-peer lending marketplace that allows borrowers to list loan requests between $2,000 and $35,000; individual lenders can invest as little as $25 in each listing.


Alan Cremer emails, “After being one of the last graduates of Babson Institute, I earned a doctorate in organizational development from Boston University. In 2011, I co-founded IntelliDex Rx, an artificial intelligence software firm that has developed a medication knowledge system application in nine languages; the system makes decisions about specific queries asked from any standard database. A second application, in the R&D stage, is in the security/terrorism market.”


Thomas Gilbane, chairman and CEO of Providence, R.I.-based Gilbane, was honored in May by the New York Building Congress at its annual Leadership Awards Luncheon in New York City. Family owned and managed, Gilbane is a holding company with two principal subsidiaries, Gilbane Building and Gilbane Development. A member of Babson’s board of trustees, Tom joined Gilbane Building in 1970 and has served in many field and office positions.


Doug Moss is founder and owner of Douglas Forms and Printing, a Norwalk, Conn.-based printing, stationery-supply, and direct-mail company that celebrated its 35th anniversary in April. Doug also is publisher and executive editor of the bimonthly E–The Environmental Magazine, which covers environmental issues.


Mike Jones has become a sales associate at Celia Dunn/Sotheby’s International Realty in Bluffton, S.C. An attorney, Mike specializes in real estate sales in the Palmetto Bluff area.

Robert Marsh has been appointed to a three-year term as treasurer and collector for the town of Norwood, Mass., where he lives. He is a former member of the town’s finance commission and previously was vice president for finance and compliance at Mac-Gray, where he had worked for 14 years.


Norman Coburn ’79

Norman Coburn is president of New England Spas. He emails, “New England Spas has been providing high-end spas, hot tubs, and saunas to New England since 1985. Our quality services and supplies have kept the company in high regard, and we’ve won numerous industry awards and garnered outstanding customer reviews. We have three stores in eastern Massachusetts—Natick, Norwell, and Auburn. In fact, the Natick store is just down the road from Camp Babo!”

Jay Knopf emails, “I am looking forward to Reunion! I am a senior director at Maxim Group, a Wall Street investment bank. After graduation, I spent most of my time as an executive at Spear, Leeds & Kellogg and Goldman Sachs. I owe my career to Babson. I transferred from Brandeis, thanks to meeting David Grossack ’76. He in turn introduced me to assistant professor Terry Allen, who taught me about the options markets, which became my career.”

Peter Ricchiuti emails, “I have written Stocks Under Rocks, published by FT Press. The book tells the story of my student stock research program, Burkenroad Reports, at Tulane University. The Burkenroad Mutual Fund has outperformed 99 percent of all mutual funds since its inception in 2001. I live in New Orleans with my wife, Laurie, and our sons, Matthew and William. I hope all my classmates will join me at Reunion in September.”


Kevin Clewley, founder and president of K.D. Clewley Capital Management in San Diego, is a registered investment adviser. He emails, “I was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal for an article in its March 21 ‘Voices’ column on the economy and quantitative easing. K.D. Clewley manages $38 million in assets for clients in the U.S. and Europe. Our accounts have outperformed Standard & Poor’s 500 index since 2008.”

Third Willow

Lenore Skomal recently published a coming-of-age book, Third Willow. She emails, “Third Willow is drawn from the childhood experiences of my father, who grew up in Nebraska during the Depression. Receiving accolades from Kirkus Reviews, the book focuses on the summer of ’54 as four misfits forge a friendship that steels them against an adult world threatening to steal their innocence. It’s been called tender and intense by critics.” Lenore ( has 30 years of professional writing experience, 19 published books, a daily blog, and a weekly column for the Erie [Pa.] Times-News.


Brad Fredericks ’82

Brad Fredericks (left) emails, “My restaurant, Fajitas & ’Ritas in downtown Boston, turned 25 this spring. We celebrated the anniversary during Cinco de Mayo weekend with a block party, complete with two great bands. The event was broadcast live on WERS-FM, and Peter Kirchoff (right) of WERS attended. The street was closed, and we sold our fresh Texas and barbecue cuisine and, of course, our signature fajitas and margaritas. A good time was had by all!” Brad also owns the Back Deck, a neighboring restaurant that offers grilled foods in a backyard setting.


Scott Root ’85

Scott Root (right) emails, “I am shown with my 10-year-old son, Myles Root, who participated with his school in his first Lemonade Day on May 3. With Babson’s help, young students can use the Lemonade Day curriculum to start an entrepreneurial venture. Myles set up his lemonade stand on Boston’s Newbury Street and had a lot of fun and success. It was great to watch him in action. Because he was the boss, I was his ‘security guard’ from about 20 feet away.”

Jeanette Tweed has been appointed CFO at Agencyport Software, which provides software and services to the insurance and reinsurance industries. She joined the Boston firm after working for technology-based companies, as well as The Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte.


Charles Hajjar ’86
Photo: Laura Hajjar

Charles Hajjar (right) is a member of the boards of directors and governors of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and ALSAC, the hospital’s fundraising organization. He emails, “My wife, Anne (left), is chair and I’m a committee member of the TomorrowNite Gala, Boston’s major event for the Memphis, Tenn., pediatric research facility. This was our 23rd year, and the event has raised over $5 million during that time. This April, we had more than 300 attendees and raised a little over $365,000. No one is asked to pay for care at St. Jude, and the hospital treats children from all over the world. Along with my family and business, St. Jude Hospital is my passion.”


Amanda Strong ’87
Photo: Kevin Liu ’14

The Black Affinity Achievement Award was presented this year to Amanda Strong (fifth from right), a member of Babson’s Board of Trustees and managing director of asset management at Colony Realty Partners in Chicago. Joining Amanda at the Black Affinity Conference in March were (from left) Candace Armand ’10; leadership, recognition, and volunteer programs director Anne Heller ’70; chief diversity and inclusion officer Sadie Burton-Goss; Jenny Estevez ’08; Joni-Lee Green ’14; Katrina Fludd ’08, MSM’10; alumni board member Leticia Stallworth ’99, MBA’13; Robin (Allen) Glover ’04; Chanta Patton, MBA’14; and Phyleka Rogers ’13.


Ernesto Bertarelli ’89

Ernesto Bertarelli (right) and his sister, Dona Bertarelli (left), co-chairs of The Bertarelli Foundation, are shown with their mother, Maria Iris Bertarelli. The foundation has endowed a new faculty chair with a $3 million gift to the College. The Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship chair will lead a multidisciplinary approach to family enterprise, in which the family, not the business, is the focus. An entrepreneur with a career in business, finance, yachting, and philanthropy, Ernesto is the former CEO of Serono, an international biotechnology company his family managed for three generations. He, his sister, and mother founded The Bertarelli Foundation in 1998.

Paul McIsaac emails, “I’m on the Reunion committee, and I bet the committee that the North boys would have the best turnout! Pam Simpson and I have started 9yahds. I’ve been married for 20 years, and my wife and I have two kids, Hannah, 17, and Finlay, 14. Email me at pmcisaac (at)” Paul and his family live in Newbury, Mass.

Kevin McLaughlin is president and owner of Flexo Concepts, a flexographic printing supply company in Plymouth, Mass. He emails, “Here’s an update just in time for our Reunion. My son, Patrick, graduated from Milton Academy and will attend the University of St. Andrews in Scotland this fall. My daughter, Nicole, will enter her junior year at Tabor Academy this fall.”

Wilma Miranda emails, “In March, 10 years after founding my CPA firm, Miranda Cruz and Associates, I started MC Global Group. MC Global is an independent business representative of Lyoness, a loyalty rewards program. Looking forward to our class’s 25th Reunion. Don’t miss the first Babson International Student Organization reunion on campus for all classes; we hope to break the attendance record!”

Pam Simpson emails, “I’m in western Massachusetts, working at 9yahds, which I founded with Paul McIsaac. Proud mama of daughters Karly (Trinity College lacrosse) and Grace (committed lacrosse player to Elon University), and our 14-year-old bulldog, Brigid. I’m on the Reunion committee, planning to relive the 20th and then some. Out to prove the Green Gables Girls still rule, so make sure you come back! Contact me at psimpson (at)”

Nowell Upham emails, “I told my daughter, Ashlan Upham ’27, that I made an April contribution to her 529 (Babson) College Savings Plan. She was thrilled! We hope to see everyone at Reunion in September.”


Marianne Budnik has been appointed chief marketing officer at SimpliVity Corp. in Westborough, Mass. She leads global marketing initiatives at the company, which simplifies the IT environment for its customers. Previously, Marianne was chief marketing officer at Acme Packet.


Chris Bignell emails, “After living in the USA since 1990, I finally became a citizen in November 2013. Some of my former classmates came to western Massachusetts to join in the celebration: Derek Upson, Joe Cancilla, Matt Gavigan, David Pelletier, and Pete Stratton. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at our 20th Reunion in September.”

Scott VanCampen emails, “After being laid off from Compaq Computer/Hewlett-Packard in 2003, I began working as a golf caddie in Houston. Since then, I have spent summers in New Jersey and winters in Florida. I have met interesting people and played golf on some pretty exclusive courses. As much as I love what I do, I am open to new career opportunities. Let’s all do our best to support Babson this year!”


Vince Bakshani has been named managing director, global sales at Proposal Software in Westport, Conn. The company’s proposal management platform serves the financial, health care, commercial, and legal fields. Previously, he was CEO and founder of Manager Insights, which Proposal Software acquired earlier this year.

Mark Capuano has been appointed a vice president and branch manager of BankNewport’s offices in Cranston and East Greenwich, R.I. Previously, he was branch manager of the Johnston office of Citizens Bank.

Kim Johnson has been named president of Palio+Ignite, a healthcare and pharmaceutical advertising agency. She leads its offices in Irvine, Calif., Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and New York City, where she is based. Previously, Kim was a partner of The CementBloc, a communications firm.


Lawrence Ganti emails, “After five years of immense learning in Asia—two years in Japan and three in India—I have come back West. I was fortunate to be appointed president for Latin America at Merck and relocated to Sao Paulo just in time for the World Cup! I hope to connect with Babo alumni in the region.”

Beth Sinkus has joined Carco Group, a human relations technology company, as senior vice president for business development. Beth works remotely out of her Pennsylvania home for the Holtsville, N.Y.-based company. Previously, she was vice president for business development at American Express.


Mark Hegarty ’01

Mark Hegarty (left, holding son Timothy) emails, “My father, Timothy Hegarty (center), brother-in-law Steve Palenscar ’01 (right, holding daughter Mairin), and I are shown at a fundraising event, hosted every three years by our family, to support St. Baldrick’s Foundation. St. Baldrick’s began as a headshaving event, and ‘shavees’ ask friends and family to make donations ‘on their head,’ much like a charity walk. In return, shavees attend one of thousands of volunteer-organized events worldwide to have their heads shaved in solidarity with those fighting cancer. We joined 10 other shavees in March and raised almost $50,000 for pediatric cancer research.”


Raj Sheth is co-founder and CEO of Recruiterbox, an online recruitment software and applicant tracking system designed for growing companies. He wrote an article, “Three Small-Business Hiring and Recruiting Tools that Actually Work,” for the April 10 issue of the Orlando [Fla.] Business Journal. In the article, Raj discusses applicant tracking, video interviewing and screening software, and onboarding software.


Jeremy Hill emails, “My wife, Emily, and I are thrilled to attend my 10th reunion this September with a new member of the family tagging along: our son, Jacob William Theodore Hill, who was born on April 1. Jacob already has set his sights on joining Babson’s Class of ’36, having recently visited Wellesley for his first campus tour.” The family lives in Haverhill, Mass.


Carolina Baker-Norko emails, “I have been in London for three years, and, in April, my first son, Colin, was born. I’m on leave from Credit Suisse and have been freelancing and writing on the side for a few years. My goal is to amp up my writing and make it a full-time job. I specialize in social media, editing, and blog writing.”


Kenneth Chen and Gautam Gupta ’07 are co-founders of San Carlos, Calif.-based NatureBox, a subscription service that delivers a variety of healthy snacks on a monthly basis. In April, the company secured $18 million in a Series B funding round, which NatureBox will use to build its consumer brand.

John Goscha is founder and CEO of startup Lucidity Lights, which is developing a bulb that looks like an incandescent but will use about 75 percent less energy. The company, with an office in Cambridge, Mass., and a lab in Woburn, was featured in an April 10 article, “Stealthy Lucidity Lights Raises $10.8 Million for Better Light Bulbs,” on John also was interviewed about his venture for a May 4 article, “New Ideas in Lighting Get Closer to Market,” in The New York Times.


Pasha Khodorkovskiy ’07

Pasha Khodorkovskiy (left) and Connell McGill ’08 (right) are co-founders of Enertiv, an energy monitoring company. Connell emails, “We’re revolutionizing the way people interact with real-time energy data in commercial and educational buildings. After recently graduating from the R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator (powered by Techstars), we acquired clients Ohio State University, New York University, Equinox fitness clubs, and others. Our hardware and software platform has made significant improvements. We now provide real-time insights and recommendations algorithmically to our users, and we are launching a product that allows college students to compete to save energy at the dorm-room level.”


Ryan Holbrook ’08

Ryan Holbrook (left) is a member of the board of directors of Valpo Surf Project, a nonprofit organization that combines surfing instruction with academic mentoring to reach at-risk youth in Valparaiso, Chile. Ryan emails, “I’m shown in the surf in Valparaiso with a young student, Sofia. VSP empowers students with tools—such as English language skills and environmental education—to help them better their lives and communities. I have been a key strategist for VSP and have worked out of its Cambridge, Mass., headquarters and in Valparaiso since the organization’s inception in 2010.”

Dan Scudder ’08

Dan Scudder has launched Root Bizzle, a members-only menswear accessories service. He emails, “Root Bizzle curates individualized collections of menswear accessories, such as neckties and bow ties, on an ongoing basis. Root Bizzle’s goal is to make it simple and convenient for customers to maintain a sharp and professional look every day. During the following year, we plan to add more items, such as belts and dress socks, to help round out a full set of menswear accessories.”


Jordan Kelley, co-founder and CEO of Robocoin, a Las Vegas-based bitcoin ATM company, was profiled on March 12 in “Robocoin CEO Jordan Kelley Embarks on Global Bitcoin ATM Invasion,” on Robocoin produces a bitcoin ATM, which sends and receives money as well as gives users access to their funds.


Jamaal Eversley ’10
Photo: Greg Caparell

Jamaal Eversley ( emails, “After a lot of hard work, some of my goals are coming to fruition. I was accepted to the Illuminations program of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cancer Center, where my artwork will be exhibited to offer encouragement. I also have received two grants: One from the Boston Art Commission to participate in its PaintBox program and paint my Nerd Love design on a Boston utility box; another from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to execute an art project to benefit a local organization of my choice. Now that I’ve been promoted to assistant director of RAW Boston, a Boston art gallery showcase, my future is as bright as these pants!”

Andrew Kitzenberg ’10

Andrew Kitzenberg, co-founder and CEO of Massachusetts-based OnHand, poses in front of his new charging station display in Babson’s bookstore. Andrew emails, “OnHand products bring extra functionality to everyday tech accessories. Co-founder Jeff Brayer ’09 and I just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign for Speaker Creatures, which are Bluetooth shower speakers and just one of the latest product lines we have launched this year. On top of Kickstarter, we recently closed a $500,000 investment to help fuel growth beyond the 500-plus college bookstores that currently sell our products.”

Alex Kravets ’10

Alex Kravets, founder of CogniTea, is shown marketing his new product in Somerville, Mass. He emails, “CogniTea is an all-natural replacement for coffee and energy drinks without the typical jitters, headache, or crash. It is made with 100 mg of L-theanine, an amino acid derived from green tea, and helps promote mental clarity and focus so you can enjoy a productive day.” For more information, contact Alex at


Makhissa Damba ’11
Photo: Greg Caparell Photography

Makhissa Damba (center) emails, “I am founder and CEO of M Damba Collections, an online retail store that sells fashion-forward, African-inspired clothing, accessories, and fabrics with a Western twist. Four of my models and I are shown in March at a show hosted by RAW Boston, an independent artists association. M Damba Collections provides a choice for our customers—women, men, and children—without straining budgets. As the company grows, I plan to expand beyond the borders of Africa to offer traditional styles from other continents and countries. To see the catalog and make purchases, visit”

Chris Devlin emails, “During freshman year, Ryan McDonald and I started a reggae/rock band, The Stu Tails. The band was all Babson students; we played the Pub and Reynolds and toured the East Coast. After graduation, Ryan and I moved to San Francisco for career opportunities. We wanted to continue playing music, so in January 2013, we restarted The Stu Tails and now tour California. In April, we released our album, Unconscious Communication. Follow us on Facebook.”


James Hilton is founder and president of The Simplus Group in Newton, Mass. The startup, launched in 2012, was featured in an April 13 article, “Branching Out in a Tight Market,” in The Boston Globe. Akshay Kolte, MBA’09, is a senior developer at the company, which helps other startups develop Web and mobile technologies.

Kendall Kellaway has been promoted to director of business development, Northeast at RoadOne IntermodaLogistics, a single-source intermodal, distribution, and logistics company in Randolph, Mass. Previously, he was manager of commercial strategy and solutions. Before joining RoadOne, Kendall helped lead key marketing initiatives at RoadOne affiliates Bluedrop Water, a water purification company, and e-Fill America, a national logistics and warehouse company.


Tommy Drummy ’14

Tommy Drummy (left) and Kent Wiederecht (right) worked at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Tommy emails, “Kent and I interned at the January show for venture capitalist David Park ’91 (third from left), founder of Tadpole Ventures. David and his team gave us invaluable advice on developing a business. The experience also gave us an opportunity to connect with alumni, analyze new technology, and develop market research skills. We are shown with Jeff Fritz, MBA’11 (second from left), who is a venture partner at Tadpole Ventures; venture capitalist Tom Furphy (third from right); and former Olympic speedskater Dan Jansen (second from right).”

Graduate back to top


Carl Kilmer, MBA’69, P’09
Photo: Person+Killian Photography

Carl Kilmer P’09 (from left), Babson trustee, a member of the board of advisers of the Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance, and retired partner, Accenture; Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve; and Mark D’Annolfo, managing director, Cutler Center, are shown at the Boston Security Analysts Society’s Annual Market Dinner, co-sponsored by the center. The February event featured a discussion with Volcker, who also was chairman of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board from 2009 to 2011. More than 600 investment professionals attended the Boston event.


Outrunning the Bear

Greg Miller emails, “I recently wrote Outrunning the Bear: How You Can Outperform Stocks and Bonds with Convertibles, in which I explain the history of convertible bonds and how investors can use them today. I saw my father and grandfather make terrible investment choices; as a result, my book demonstrates a simple yet powerful investment strategy with the goal of outperforming stocks and bonds over full market cycles.” Greg is CEO and co-chief investment officer at Wellesley Investment Advisors, a registered investment advisory firm he co-founded in 1991. The firm specializes in managing convertible bonds.


Steven Wesler has been named executive director of the Professional Show Managers Association, a national association for producers of events and trade and consumer shows. He emails, “In addition, I am producer of the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition, New York’s largest wine and spirits competition, which occurs annually in September. The competition features top judges from the industry to taste and rate new and established brands.”


Robert Lentz has been appointed chairman of the board of Monotype Imaging Holdings in Woburn, Mass. Since 2008, he has been a board member of the company, which provides typefaces and technology. He also is an adjunct professor and entrepreneur in residence at Northeastern University’s Center for Entrepreneurship Education. Douglas Shaw, MBA’78, co-founded Monotype in 1986 and has been CEO and president since 2007.


Walter Shephard has been appointed CFO of Wave Systems, an IT security corporation headquartered in Lee, Mass. Previously, he was CFO at Luminus Devices in Billerica.


James Babcock has been named vice president for commercial lending at Hampden Bank, a community bank that serves Hampden County in western Massachusetts. Jay oversees business development in Massachusetts as well as Connecticut.


How Dark the Night

William Hammond emails, “The fifth volume of the Cutler Family Chronicles ( has been released by the Naval Institute Press. How Dark the Night picks up the action in 1805, where the fourth, A Call to Arms, ends. The years leading up to the War of 1812 ensnare the United States in a web of financial and political chaos as the epic struggle between Great Britain and France reaches a crescendo. President Jefferson’s embargo threatens the livelihood of all New England shipping families just as the Cutler family is threatened by a serious illness to its most cherished member.”

Jim Reulbach, MBA’85

Jim Reulbach (front, left), serves on the board of The Haitian Project, a nonprofit that supports and operates Louverture Cleary School in Haiti. Jim emails, “LCS is a tuition-free, Catholic, coeducational, secondary boarding school for academically motivated students who cannot afford an education. In April, I worked with principal Marjorie Mombrun (front, center) to formalize classroom observation and evaluation systems to ensure continued academic success. Ninety-eight percent of alumni pass Haiti’s national exam, and more than 90 percent are employed or enrolled in a university.” Jim is a managing director at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, in Boston.


Sherry Goff, MBA’86

Sherry Goff is founder and CEO of SherryWinks. She emails, “SherryWinks is creating a whole new market called ‘wearable storage,’ so women can live, work out, and play hands free. We started with PocketBra for cell phones and other personal items but quickly realized the need was much greater. Three patents later, with more pending, SherryWinks has launched PocketBra and TennisPockets for sale online. We plan to expand the product line to include TechPockets and MedPockets. In addition to online, we will increase sales through retail, wholesale, and licensing channels.”


Tom Georgens, CEO of NetApp, has been elected chairman of the board of the data storage devices company, which is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. He joined NetApp in 2005 as executive vice president and general manager of the company’s enterprise storage systems.


Tim Pierce has been appointed COO for the U.S. at ExOne in North Huntingdon, Pa. The global company provides 3-D printing machines and printed products to industrial customers. Previously, he was vice president, global supply chain at 3i, a division of Biomet.


Paul Bernard has been named CFO at CallMiner, a company that has developed software to analyze agent-to-customer contact for quality assurance monitoring. Previously, he was COO and CFO at ExaGrid Systems, which provides backup storage systems.


Kevin Gregoire has been promoted to group president, financial institutions group at Fiserv, a financial services technology company. He oversees several of the company’s businesses, including card services, financial and risk management solutions, investment services, and lending solutions. Previously, he led the card services division at Fiserv.

Jose Maldonado has been promoted to senior vice president for finance and accounting at Associa, a community association management firm based in Dallas. Previously, he was senior vice president of the company’s northwest region. Before joining Associa, Jose was CEO of Servicios Maple, a real estate property management and brokerage firm in Monterrey, Mexico.

Robert Morton, who earned a certificate of advanced management at Babson, has been named president and COO of Millbury Savings Bank. Previously, he was executive vice president and senior loan officer at the Millbury, Mass.-based institution, which he joined 14 years ago. His civic activities include board member of Worcester Business Development Corporation and Worcester State University, and a corporator of the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts.


Mark Allen, MBA’97

Mark Allen (left), works at Air Meals in Great Falls, Va. He emails, “In April, Bill Assaad, MBA’97 (from left), co-founder of Air Meals, Steve Towler ’05 of Gate Gourmet, Greg den Herder, MBA’97, of Abby’s Catering, and I met at the World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo in Hamburg, Germany. Bill and I are partners in Air Meals, a true Babson venture. The expo attracts companies ranging from startups such as Air Meals, to Gate Gourmet, a premier player in travel catering, to Abby’s Catering, Houston’s leading in-flight and corporate catering company.”

Craig Morrissey has been named vice president for engineering at ownCloud, an open-source file sync and share software company. Before going to ownCloud, Craig was director of engineering at Sonian, which provides software archiving using cloud computing technologies.


Chris Chandor, MBA’98
Photo: Tim Morse

At the seventh annual Cutler Center Babson Investment Management Association Investments Conference in March were (from left) Kenneth Munkacy, senior managing director, GID International Group; Michael Acton, managing director, AEW Capital Management; Chris Chandor, vice president, asset management, The Davis Cos.; Mark D’Annolfo, managing director, Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance; and Michael Harrity, adjunct lecturer. Judd Gregg, former New Hampshire governor and U.S. Senator, opened the event; Jeff Mortimer ’86, director, investment strategy, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and a member of the center’s board of advisers, was the morning keynote speaker.


Matthew Bellows is co-founder of Boston-based Yesware, which provides a sales and marketing communication tool to track and analyze email communications. He was featured in an April 25 article, “The Highs and Lows of the Startup Game: Entrepreneur Matthew Bellows Tells His Tale,” on Forbes .com. Before launching Yesware, Matthew co-founded WGR Media, a gaming review website for mobile gamers. The company was sold to CNET in 2004.


Stavros Damianidis, MBA’00

Stavros Damianidis joined his family’s business, LDK Consultants, in Greece after graduation. He emails, “I began in business development, transitioned to real estate, and then environmental consulting. A few months ago, I became general director. LDK has worked on 2,000 projects in more than 80 countries. I also am an avid jazz sax player, composer, and music promoter. I recently performed 13 of my original tunes with an elite group of Greek musicians on my debut album, Angler’s Delight. Check out our title piece on YouTube under our pseudonym, Bouoroke Mello.”

David Waddell, CFP, is founder of Waddell & Associates, a financial investment advisory firm in Memphis and Nashville, Tenn. In May, CNBC listed Waddell & Associates in the “Top 100 Fee-Only Wealth Management Firms” in the U.S. He emails, “The acknowledgment humbled us as our firm was measured on quality metrics rather than growth or scale metrics. CNBC may have ranked W&A 39 out of 100, but CNBC began with a universe of 10,000 national advisers.”


Paul Karpawich has been appointed regional director, Northeast at DataMentors, a Tampa, Fla.-based company that provides data management and related services. Before working at DataMentors, Paul had been a territory manager at MongoDB and Riverbed Technology.


Sanjiv Patel, MBA’02

Sanjiv Patel is founder of Dallas-based Holy Cow and its Lord Nut Levington brand of flavored peanuts. He emails, “In April, I appeared on ABC-TV’s Shark Tank, where I pitched my business to the ‘Sharks.’ I didn’t get a deal, but it was a great experience. I also got some coverage on in a March 10 article, ‘Invest $1 Million, Try for a U.S. Green Card,’ and in a March 18 interview on my immigration situation. It’s going to be a make-or-break year. I’m all in!” For more information, contact Sanjiv at

Jonathan Rowe, director of marketing and research at nCino, was interviewed in March on Wilmington [N.C.] Business Radio, an online Business RadioX show. He discussed nCino’s bank operating system software and the technology that drives the company, which he joined in 2012.

Ray Salemi emails, “I have introduced crime readers to the Tucker mystery series with the release of my novel, Terminated. A Boston-based thriller about the dark side of entrepreneurship, the book was released under my pseudonym, Ray Daniel. Wisecracking uber-geek Tucker and his beautiful wife, Carol, developed security software together until the day he was fired and she was murdered. Tucker is determined to track down the truth, but the situation quickly turns deadly. For more information, visit”


Christine Mosholder, MBA’03

Christine Mosholder is a partner and co-founder of Boston-based Fort Point Project Management, which provides real-estate project management and relocation planning services. In April, Fort Point received the Pacesetters award from Boston Business Journal and was honored as one of the 70 fastest-growing, privately held firms in the region. Also in April, Christine was one of six to receive the 2014 NEWiRE (New England Women in Real Estate) Networking Achievement Award. She was honored for collaborating on and completing Iron Mountain’s move to its new corporate headquarters in Boston.


Michelle LeBlanc Williams won a seat representing Bridgewater, Mass., her hometown, on the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School Committee. The April election was her first run for public office, and Michelle ran to ensure that the school system will remain strong for future generations. She is finance director at a software firm in Needham.

Erin Warren has been elected to the board of directors of the U.S. Luge Association, the national governing body for the sport of luge and a member organization of the U.S. Olympic Committee. She was elected treasurer at the board’s April meeting. Erin, a two-time Olympian, recently was appointed senior vice president, marketing at Cartera Commerce, in Lexington, Mass.


Keith Rhodes has been appointed vice president and chief digital communications officer at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. Previously, he was senior vice president and group director at the Young & Rubicam Group of New York.


Prashant Parameswaran is managing director of Bangalore, India-based Kottaram Agro Foods, which has launched its Soulfull line of breakfast foods made with ragi. He was featured in an April 9 article, “Ragi Reinvented,” in Ragi is a gluten-free grain, high in calcium and fiber, that can grow in arid areas.


Martin Lewit, MBA’08

Martin Lewit (third from left), emails from Santiago, Chile, “In March, professor Candida Brush (right), chair of the Entrepreneurship Division, met with a few alumni in Santiago for drinks and snacks and to catch up. Joining us at the table were (from left) Vik Murty, MBA’03; Rodrigo Botero, MBA’03, and his wife, Virginia Pantoja; and my wife, Kristin Lorenzo, MBA’08.” Martin is CEO at Ki Teknology, a Santiago-based company that specializes in software, Web, and mobile development.

Lowell Shapiro, MBA’08

Lowell Shapiro co-founded Black Box Management in 2011. The Los Angeles-based entertainment management and production firm currently has a roster of 25 clients. Lowell emails, “My partner, Mike Dill, and I specialize in the representation of writers, actors, and directors in film, television, and digital media. We have worked on projects such as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Mindy Project, New Girl, Newsroom, Dads, and Project X. Black Box has doubled its business over the past year, and we look forward to continuing to expand our company and brand.”


Scott Hunter, MBA’09

Scott Hunter is chief designer and founder of Vedavoo, a Massachusetts-based manufacturer of bags, packs, and gear for outdoor recreation. Scott emails, “Down to $600 in 2010, I bought a sailmaking machine on Craigslist, $300 worth of materials, and taught myself to sew. I have developed an American-made line of gear for flyfishing, hiking, and climbing that has done well. Vedavoo celebrated its fifth anniversary in June. We have plans for line and market expansions in the next 12 months to reach more customers in more markets, and several B2B partnerships are in the works.”

Glen Sutton is co-founder of Boston-based, which sells The Ball, a tungsten-core golf ball developed by the company. Glen was featured in an April 24 article, “Small, Local Golf Ball Companies Look for Big Splash,” in The Boston Globe. The golf balls are stamped with the company’s distinctive logo—a snake with a cursive W, the chemical symbol for tungsten—and are available in green, blue, black, and magenta.


Marcela Danesh has been elected to the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, which serves almost 40,000 girls in grades K through 12. CFO of the Boston-area office of Sycamore Property Management, Marcela also is vice president of the New England Association for Colombian Children and a volunteer for FriendshipWorks.


Christina Armentano has been appointed director of employee relations at Paraco Gas, a family-owned-and-operated propane company in Rye Brook, N.Y., that primarily serves the Northeast. Previously, she was a director at Cook Associates, an executive search firm.


Alexander Tallett is CEO of The Driveway Doctors, a mobile car-care company he founded in 2012. Steve Laverty is COO. The company was featured in an April 29 article, “New England- Based Mobile Car Repair Firm Confirms Its Expansion Plans by Opening Another Shop in Lincoln, Mass., this Spring,” on The new shop opened in May. The company sends professional mechanics to the customer and also operates full-service repair centers.


Andy Cole has been appointed client solutions director in the Boston office of Interaction Associates. The company’s services include employee consulting, learning solutions, and coaching. Before joining the company, Andy had founded two businesses in the innovation and technology marketplaces.

Chris LeSchack, MBA’13

Chris LeSchack (right), shown with wife Nichola, is founder and CEO of iMogul, a website for screenwriters, movie lovers, and investors. He emails, “IMogul is a crowdsourcing and investment platform that connects indie film producers with investors. Our first project, Fight Church, is a feature-length documentary that examines the intersection of Christianity and mixed martial arts. Fight Church premiered in April at the Independent Film Festival Boston, where it was named best documentary. Along with me, the core iMogul team consists of Paul Proctor, Maxwell Chang, and Ashit Ghevaria, all MBA’13 and all San Francisco Fast Track alumni.”

Ryan Wright is founder and CEO of Sol Power, based in Somerville, Mass. Sol Power is developing free-standing, solar-powered, cell phone charging stations with 15 lockers, each with a universal charger. Ryan and his company were featured in an April 2 article, “Sol Power LLC Harnesses Solar Power for Public Cell Phone Charging Convenience,” on


Ani Karamyan has been named vice president for marketing at Ovatemp, a startup that helps women track fertility using a mobile app. Ani emails, “Daniel Graf, MBA’12, and his wife, Ana Mayer, founded Ovatemp; they are now the happy parents of a baby boy, David. It was a hard decision to join an experimental startup, but when I realized the impact it can have, I was hooked.”

Elvis Lieban, MBA’14

Elvis Lieban (from left), Alex Lowe, and James Gutierrez, all MBA’14, have founded Artis, a Berkeley, Calif.-based retail store. Alex emails, “While living in Japan, I discovered the value of live-roasting coffee. I would select fresh beans, wait while they were roasted, and leave with a warm bag. At Babson, I combined forces with James and Elvis to create angel-backed Artis, where each bag of coffee is roasted to order. We work with an importer to find the best beans and strive to work with farms that employ sustainable farming methods and socially responsible business practices. Our coffee, brewing instructions, signature mugs, and more are also available online.”

Balaji Viswanathan was interviewed for an April 14 article, “Meet Balaji Viswanathan, the Quora Rock Star with More than 24K Followers and a Million Credits,” on Quora is an online network of popular questions and answers, and Balaji has written answers on topics such as entrepreneurship, technology, economics, world history, public policy, and politics.

Weddings back to top

Alice Hsu, MBA’13

Alice Hsu, MBA’13, and Edward Wang were married on Oct. 12, 2013, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Las Vegas. Alice emails, “Our wedding was the perfect occasion for a reunion of the San Francisco Fast Track MBA Class of ’13.”

Meaghan McMahon ’07

Meaghan McMahon ’07 was married to Marine Sgt. Ryan Gelinski on Jan. 31 at The Villa in East Bridgewater, Mass. Audra (Torrisi) Gardner and Emma (Wampler-Doty) Eigenberg, both ’07, were bridesmaids. The guests included Wyn Zurowski ’06; Sarah Clark, Brandon Eigenberg, Rory Gardner, Courtney Hancock, Jennie (Williams) Perkins, Julie Reeves, and Sarah Rubino, all ’07; and Eric Girouard ’08. Meaghan and Ryan live in Tampa, Fla.

Jeanie Kim ’12 and Thayer Glasscock ’09

Jeanie Kim ’12 and Thayer Glasscock ’09 were married on April 26 in Washington, D.C. Among the guests were 33 Babson alumni, including wedding party members Ainsley Manning, Phil Noelting, and Ricardo Ramirez, all ’09; Lexie Toorock ’11; and Brittany Bishop and Dianne Dalzell, both ’12.

Darcy Lantz ’07

Darcy Lantz ’07 and Chris Buck, Babson’s former sports information director (1999–2013), were married on May 26, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Guests included (from left) Wes Sullivan ’08, coaches Judy Blinstrub and Nellie Pineault, MBA’03, athletics communications director Jeremy Viens, coach Dave Canan, bridesmaids Robyn Woodruff ’07

Heidi Schonland ’01

Heidi Schonland ’01 was married to John Reid on Nov. 23, 2013, in Boston. Babson guests included Ben Luippold ’01, assistant professor, accounting; Fong Ng ’01; Heather (Webster) Pidgeon ’02; and Bianca Whitworth, assistant director, scholarship. Heidi is director of client service at Suffolk Construction in Boston, and John is the middle-school athletics director and a history teacher at Thayer Academy in Braintree. The couple lives in Hingham.

Toshimitsu Abe, MBA’05

Makiko Nishiguchi and Toshimitsu Abe, MBA’05 (both standing), were married on Dec. 23, 2013, at the Park Hyatt in Tokyo. Tatsuya Saruwatari, MBA’05, and his wife, Utako (both front, left), and Toshihiro Hamada, MBA’05, his wife, Chie, and daughter, Erika, were among the guests. Toshimitsu works in the health care industry in Tokyo.

Vivian Alvarez ’99
Photo: ©Alina M.
Photography Studios

Vivian Alvarez ’99 was married to Billy Premock on Jan. 18. Guests included Morgan King ’97; and Cydney Aiken, Eliany (Shie) King, Chris Miers, and Ingrid Reyes, all ’99. Vivian emails, “Billy and I were married in my country of birth, the Dominican Republic. We are expecting our first baby, a girl, in November! We are thrilled and are looking forward to her birth.”

In Memoriam back to top

Robert Hartwell of Lynbrook, N.Y., director of athletics from 1978 to 1986 and three-sport coach, died on April 11. He coached the soccer team to Babson’s first NCAA championship and was inducted into Babson’s first Athletics Hall of Fame. From 1986 to 2013, Bob was athletics director at Adelphi University and was inducted into its hall of fame. Babson’s Hartwell- Rogers Soccer Field is named after Bob and former soccer coach Bill Rogers ’73.

Mary Mortarelli of Natick, Mass., died on May 11. Since 1999, Mary had been a program assistant for Babson’s development office. She leaves her husband, Robert Mortarelli ’63, and daughter, Anne- Marie (Mortarelli) Schofer ’94.

Olan Snavely ’35 of Toledo, Ohio, died on April 26. He worked at Owens-Illinois for 37 years.

William Mason ’38 of Fulton, N.Y., died on Jan. 31. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a purchasing agent at Black Clawson Co. when he retired in 1979.

Stanley Eilenberg ’47 of Wellesley died on March 20. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and was a manager for Almy’s department stores.

Simpson Dean ’49 of Wilmington, Del., died on March 7.

Robert Doherty ’50 of Solon, Ohio, died on April 30. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II and was a manufacturer’s representative in the industrial electric industry.

John Reed ’50 of Easthampton, Mass., died on March 12. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He was a controller at National Wool Marketing Corp.

John Andrews ’51 of Cambridge, Ohio, died on April 27. He served in the Army during World War II. He owned and operated the Travelodge Motel in Cambridge until 1985.

John Dolan ’56 of Longmeadow, Mass., died on Feb. 21. A Marine veteran, he was inducted into Babson’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995.

Laurence Higgins, MBA’56, of Scituate, Mass., died on April 18. An Air Force veteran, he was a treasurer of Brandeis University.

Jack Gould, MBA’60, of DeSoto, Texas, died on Dec. 26. A retired Army colonel, he also was an actor.

Stephen Ramsay ’60 of North Chatham, Mass., died on March 30. From 1977 to 1987, he was an executive officer of the Yacht Architects and Brokers Association.

Kirk Stanford ’61 of Middletown, N.J., died on March 12. An Army veteran, he retired in 1999 as chief of staff for the Military Traffic Management Command in Bayonne.

Albert Martone, MBA’67, of Framingham, Mass., died on March 22. He founded and operated Zip Print and Copy Center, which he sold when he retired in 2000.

Richard Koon, MBA’69, of Moore, S.C., died on May 4. A 23-year veteran of the Army, he was a retired colonel. He was an executive at Cubic Corp. when he retired.

Joseph Bradley, MBA’73, of San Diego died on May 3. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War; in 1985, he joined the California State Military Reserve. He was president and CEO of American Metro Graphics.

David Thompson ’73 of Ashland, Mass., died on April 20. He retired in 2010 as director of technical service and professional sales at California Products.

Glentworth Ream ’75 of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died on March 3. He was a proprietor of the Black Cat restaurant in Hyannis, Mass.

James Holding, MBA’82, of South Dartmouth, Mass., died on April 23. He was a real estate developer in southeastern Massachusetts.

William Davis ’86, MBA’94, of Needham died on March 4. He worked for IBM.

John Cruden ’90 of Wendell, Mass., died on March 10. He was the founder of EnviroHealth.