Leland “Bob” Jessen emailed in July, “Greetings fellow ’49ers still standing or, as the case may be, sitting like me. I sold Boise [Idaho] Air Service in 2005 after 23 years, and I’m enjoying watching a few stocks and the political process. Would like to hear from any bro inclined to write me at email@example.com. We made the place.”
Richard Snyder, H’94, P’93, ’01, emails, “I recently attended the Volunteer Leadership Awards Brunch where fellow Global Advisory Board member Pedro Martin, P’17, was honored with the John H. Muller Jr. Parent Leadership Award. Elizabeth Powell, MBA’76, P’01, and Gregory Burrill, P’04, ’04, ’06, were also in attendance at this great event honoring dedicated members of the Babson community.” At this same event, the Richard J. Snyder Distinguished Service to the College Award was presented to Sharlene Sones ’86 and Alvaro Pena ’96.
John Whelan emails, “I have volunteered as a DJ on Cape Cod’s community radio station since 2009. My show is called American Pie, and I play oldies from the golden age of rock ’n’ roll, 1955 to 1972. Check it out every other Saturday, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and live streaming all over the world on WOMR.org.”
Jerry Lane emails, “After Babson and six months in the Coast Guard Reserve, I joined my father’s small, plastic-shapes distribution business. He retired in 1974. In 1985, I merged my company with AIN Plastics, a Northeast regional plastics distribution company, and managed its New England region. In 1996, ThyssenKrupp acquired AIN. I retired in April as AIN’s corporate supply chain manager. My wife, Nina, and I plan to travel and spend time with our children and grandchildren.”
Mark Fins emails, “My debut novel, Imagine That, is written for adults but told in my 8-year-old voice. The book is about an imaginative and lonely boy during post-World War II America, in Worcester, Mass., where I grew up. I actually met John Woodman Higgins, the successful Worcester industrialist and founder of the Higgins Armory Museum, and visited his home. The novel has a character based upon Mr. Higgins, who befriends the young boy. Their mutual ability to conjure up imaginary worlds to cope with reality is the basis of the story.”
Ken Foster emails, “I enjoy living and working on Cape Cod full time—married for 47 years with two great daughters and grandchildren. Hall Oil, our family business, started in 1918 and continues to flourish and morph. As fourth-generation owners, we have opened two retail stores, named Breakaway, selling barbecue grills and accessories. Our crowning achievement was to repurpose a 1987, 3,500-gallon fuel truck into a traveling grill. See ‘The X Grill’ on Facebook.”
Eric Johnson, P’08, was interviewed for a May 21 article, “Growing Up, It Was Clear Eric Johnson Had Some Big Shoes to Fill,” on DemocratandChronicle.com. A Babson trustee and 2016 Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame inductee, he first worked for his father, who founded Johnson Hair Products. Eric, who eventually became CEO of his father’s company, left to purchase Baldwin Ice Cream in 1992 and Richardson Foods in 1997, from which he created Baldwin Richardson Foods.
Fred Sampliner emailed in August, “Since leaving my Ontario government position three years ago, I’ve become a private mediator and arbitrator. I also took my wife, Eun Suk, to Jordan’s Golan Heights for a Habitat for Humanity building project. But the work hurt her back, and she’s not keen for more. Who’d blame her! Tomorrow I’m leaving for my fourth Habitat build, this time to a storm-wrecked island in the Philippines.”
James Spencer has announced that he will retire in early 2017 as senior vice president and chief investment officer at Cambridge [Mass.] Trust, a chartered commercial bank, where he has worked since 2003. He previously was chief equity officer at Atlantic Trust. Jim was an executive in residence at Babson, working with the Babson College Fund, and a Cutler Advisory Board member. He is an investment committee member of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
William Green (MBA’77), H’07, has joined the board of directors of Bowie, Md.-based Inovalon, a technology company focused on the health-care industry. Bill also serves on the boards of EMC and S&P Global, and he is a member of the board of trustees of Dean College in Franklin, Mass. From 1977 to 2013, he worked in various capacities at Accenture, where he was CEO from 2004 to 2010 and board chairman from 2006 to 2013.
Tom Glassman is director of data services and postal affairs at Wilen Direct, a direct mail company in Deerfield Beach, Fla. A 25-year mail industry expert, he joined Wilen in 2013. Tom has developed several data and postal processes and has presented educational webinars on direct mail.
Scott Balfour, president of Magnusson Balfour Commercial & Business Brokers in Portland, Maine, emails, “In 2000, I sold three Century 21 real estate offices to focus on commercial real estate and business brokerage. I recently earned the International Business Brokers Association’s Certified Business Intermediary designation, which complements my experience as an entrepreneur and a business owner, adviser, and sales specialist.” Scott has been awarded a life membership by the Maine Association of Realtors for more than 40 years of professional service and is a director of the Maine Commercial Association of Realtors.
Dave Egan (back, left) emails, “In June, some friends enjoyed lunch in Hingham, Mass. Ian Copland ’78 (back, right) manages strategic projects for UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester; Jim Tabner ’78 (front, from left) practices law in Concord; Wendy (McLaughlin) Yankovich ’79 retired to Sanibel Island, Fla., to create art; and Maria Serpentino ’78, P’05, splits time between managing her family’s stained-glass business and sailing along the East Coast and in the Caribbean. I play keyboards with my reunited ’60s rock band and am a business adviser for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.”
Henry Brzycki emails, “My wife, Elaine, and I recently published Student Success in Higher Education: Developing the Whole Person Through High-Impact Practices, which draws upon our more than 30 years each of professional experience as higher education leaders, teachers, and counselors. The book provides front-line educators with a new student-success model based on the latest research in the psychology of well-being and student-centered learning. We also are co-founders of The Center for the Self in Schools, a nonprofit with a mission to improve the psychological, socio-emotional, and physical well-being of K–12 and college students.”
John Yao (MBA’80) has been named senior vice president and chief information officer at The Memic Group, a workers’ compensation insurance company based in Portland, Maine. He oversees development, implementation, and security of the company’s information systems and technology. John has more than 35 years of IT experience in the health-care and insurance industries, including Aetna, CNA, and HealthWare.
Chris Sullivan (MBA’81) has been appointed CFO at DataXu, a marketing software company in Boston. Previously, Chris was CEO at Gazelle, an e-commerce firm that buys and sells used electronics. He started at Gazelle as its CFO more than five years ago.
Chuck Vandini, who works at Charlies Ace Hardware in North Plymouth, Mass., was featured in a June 3 article, “Charlies Ace Hardware Celebrates Half a Century in North Plymouth,” on Plymouth.WickedLocal.com. Chuck and his father, Charlie (hence the plural Charlies), who purchased the store in 1966, have worked together for almost five decades.
William Carroll has joined Associated Bank in Cincinnati as senior vice president, relationship manager. Previously, he was vice president, senior relationship manager at Fifth Third Bank.
Ken Jasper (right) emails, “In June, Steve Libbey ’83 (from left), Steve Ashekian ’83, trustee Ken Romanzi ’82, and I were in Philadelphia to watch Babson compete in the National Small College Rugby Organization playoffs. This was the first time Babson qualified for the championship. Joining us were Mark Ries ’06; Patrick Wolenter ’09; Philip Baker-Coe and Asa Cary, both ’13; Malcolm Bybee and Mike Flaherty, both ’14; Brian Lawler, Conor Regan, Denis Rezendes, Ryan Vayo, and Thomas Walsh, all ’15; John Kristian ’16; and Fred Maley ’17.”
Dan Andrea has been named principal, information security in the audit services group of KLR, a New England-based accounting firm. A CPA, Dan previously was a partner at Feeley & Driscoll.
Bonnie Ellis has been named to the board of directors of Latham Centers, a Massachusetts-based organization that offers residential and therapeutic services and education for children and adults with special needs. Through a program sponsored by Hyannis Supporting Our Youth, Bonnie also mentors an at-risk student at Hyannis West Elementary School. She is a project manager at Boston Research Group, headquartered in Hopkinton.
Caryn Kopp, founder and Chief Door Opener at Kopp Consulting, emails, “Kopp Consulting has earned a spot on this year’s prestigious Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies. Our growth is a direct reflection of our clients trusting us to start prospect relationships for them with the high-level decision makers they need to meet in order to grow their sales. We’re happy to make the hardest part of sales easier for our clients.”
Erik Saarinen has been named vice president and director of institutional relationship management at Eaton Vance Management, a subsidiary of Eaton Vance. Based in Boston, he oversees all institutional relationship management and client services in North America and coordinates client management worldwide. Previously, Erik was head of global institutional relationship management at Columbia Threadneedle Investments.
Raju Pathak, a managing director and adviser in the Boston office of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, is No. 184 on the Aug. 9 list of America’s Top Wealth Advisers in Forbes. Raju was featured in an article, “Forbes Unveils Top Wealth Advisers, Four Indian-Americans Crack List,” on IndiaWest.com. He has worked with Morgan Stanley for 28 years and manages $1 billion in total assets.
Denise (Tache) Reilly is a licensed real estate agent working with Premier Realty Group in Reading, Mass. She emails, “I love helping people buy and sell residential properties. If you need help or have questions about finding your dream home north of Boston, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Cyril Camus is the president of his family’s business, Camus Cognac, founded more than 150 years ago in Cognac, France. Cyril was interviewed for a July 1 article, “Young at Heart: Cyril Camus on Succession and Cognac,” on CampdenFB.com. Camus is the fifth-largest producer of this particular variety of brandy. Cyril also is a member of Babson’s Global Advisory Board.
Kate Korzendorfer has been appointed chief information officer and associate vice president for information technology services and institutional research at Regis College in Weston, Mass. Previously, she was a vice president for technology commercial delivery at RBS Citizens Bank, where she managed programs and projects in commercial banking and asset finance.
Ciel Caldwell has been appointed to the board of directors of Northern Power Systems, a wind-power company headquartered in Barre, Vt. She also is Northern Power’s senior vice president for operations and finance, a role to which she was promoted earlier this year. Previously, Ciel had been CFO from 2013 to 2016, and before that vice president and corporate controller since 2011, when she started there.
Nicolas Estrada is founder and owner of Amarillo Joyas, a store in Barcelona, Spain, where he sells a diverse collection of jewelry, including pieces that he has designed and made. He emails, “My latest book is now available. New Necklaces, which showcases 400 of the best contemporary necklaces, has been published in English, Spanish, Italian, and French. The revised edition of my first book and a best-seller, New Rings, is on sale, too. It features 20 percent new content. Please stop by when you’re in Barcelona.”
Rob Lay emails, “I sold a majority of FerrariChat.com to MotorSport.com and have been made CEO of its subsidiary, MotorInteractive, based in Southlake, Texas. FerrariChat.com is the largest online owner-andenthusiast Ferrari community in the world, with 175,000 users and more than 10 million posts.”
Nacole Snoep has been named vice president for public relations at Tory Burch. She oversees domestic public relations, including strategy, editorial, digital, and VIP, for both Tory Burch and Tory Sport. Nacole previously was senior vice president, public relations and celebrity at Calvin Klein.
Nelson Santiago emails from Arecibo, Puerto Rico, “Retirement didn’t last long. When my best childhood friend died in 2014, his widow asked my wife and me to help with his business, MJG Insurance. We bought half the firm and immediately started to manage the office. Now we are prepared to grow the company. Life is short. All we can do is enjoy it with family and friends. Speaking of friends, cheers to all Babson Ruggers! Contact me at email@example.com.”
Thomas Brussard has been promoted to corporate vice president for performance management, financial planning, and analysis at Uno Pizzeria & Grill, headquartered in Boston. Before this, Thomas was senior director of performance management and analysis at Uno, which he joined in 2011.
Michael Papay, CEO and cofounder of Waggl, emails, “Waggl, launched in 2014, is named after the dance that honeybees do to communicate with their hive. We have identified a need to support collective, real-time communication in business communities. Waggl enables a culture of transparency by transforming the way organizations gather feedback, distill insights, and engage employees.”
Bob Lahue and his family were featured in a July 7 article, “Wykoff [N.J.] Family Says Time Is Right for Trip of a Lifetime,” on NorthJersey.com. Bob and his wife, Betsy, have embarked on a sailing adventure with their three sons. The couple sold their home and purchased a 45-foot sailing vessel, which they named Alkemi. The boys are being home-schooled during their year-long sail around the Caribbean, and Betsy is blogging about the adventure at findingalkemi.com.
Nikky Phinyawatana, owner and founder of two Dallas-area restaurants, Asian Mint and The Mint, was featured in a July 8 article, “Popular Dallas Asian Fusion Restaurant Doubles Dining Space,” on FocusDailyNews.com. Asian Mint, in North Dallas, recently doubled its bar and dining space and added a private dining and meeting room.
Maria Jordan has been promoted to vice president, financial planning and analysis at Bravo & Oxygen Media in New York City. Previously, she was senior director, financial planning and analysis at Bravo. Maria joined NBCUniversal in 2005 as an analyst for NBC and Telemundo Local Media. She then became a finance manager for Oxygen Media, helping Oxygen transition to the NBCUniversal portfolio before going to Bravo as its digital and marketing financial director.
Abby Fabiaschi has written I Liked My Life, a debut novel that will be released in January. Abby emails, “Set in Wellesley, my book explores motherhood and mourning. The story follows the journey of a seemingly happy wife and mother whose death is deemed a suicide. I began writing on nights and weekends when my career in high tech felt unfulfilling. I have since left the business world behind to exercise the right side of my brain for a much-needed change. I’m planning a launch in early February. For details, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Andre Terrail was interviewed for a June 3 article, “Andre Terrail Updates a Paris Classic: The Historic Tour d’Argent Is an Institution of French Cuisine, but Its Young Owner Is Keeping It Fresh,” on WineSpectator.com. The landmark restaurant has been in Andre’s family since 1911. Earlier this year, he hired a new head chef, and Andre held an auction in May to sell outdated restaurant items.
Alicia Gardiner has been appointed executive director of budget and finance for Portland [Maine] Public Schools. A CPA, she previously was CFO for the city of Westbrook. Alicia, who worked for Westbrook for six years, started as an accountant and became CFO in 2013.
John Harrison (MS’07) was named principal of Rockland [Mass.] High School last summer. He previously was assistant principal at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School for four years, and, before that, he was a math teacher at Reading Memorial High School for five years. John currently is working on his doctorate at Northeastern University.
Josh Nespoli, community development specialist for Columbia County Housing & Redevelopment Authorities, emails, “I am back in my hometown of Berwick, Pa., managing an $8 million multi-source redevelopment project that moves Berwick’s working families into sustainable home ownership. I also co-founded For the Cause, a nonprofit that was awarded seed funding for a teen leadership center in April. In June, FTC wrapped up its second annual weekend food program, for which 117 high school students distributed 25,000 supplemental meals to elementary students throughout the school year.”
Rebecca Soon (middle) and her classmates sang Hawaii Aloha at the May graduation of the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law. Rebecca, who was chosen by her class to be the commencement speaker, emails, “The school is named after a former Hawaii Supreme Court chief justice who set the stage for ensuring that government fulfills its duty to the people of Hawaii. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to learn skills and lessons which are important for my job at Solutions Pacific, a government relations firm that focuses on small-business and community-based clients.”
Dan Cowan (left) emails, “I’m shown with Willie McGinest, former Patriots linebacker and Super Bowl champion, at the Exos training center in San Diego. I recently celebrated eight years with Exos (formerly Athletes’ Performance) where I am a brand manager. Exos designs and delivers performance game plans for elite athletes—such as NFL draft picks and the 2014 World Cup champions—the U.S. military, and corporate wellness programs worldwide. We also offer training, nutrition, and physical therapy services at 14 centers around the U.S. I live in Rockland, Mass., and can be reached at email@example.com for networking.”
Jamie Kent emailed in July, “After the recent release of my new single, All American Mutt, I was featured on RollingStone.com, in The Tennessean, and on TV’s Fox & Friends First national morning show. I’ll spend the summer supporting the single and touring across the country with Huey Lewis and The News. The full album, also called All American Mutt, will be out in October. To hear my music, read the articles, or catch a show, visit my website.”
Jamaal Eversley emails, “I would like to take this opportunity to remember my friend, Dave Ahern ’11, who passed away in September. His friendly demeanor and determination for success are what I will remember about him. Dave was a true class act and an amazing person to have known. Please keep him in your heart and send a prayer to his family.”
Sean Roche (second from left) emails, “A few former Babson hockey players and current head hockey coach Jamie Rice ’90 (center)—all ECAC champs—caught Pearl Jam in August at Fenway Park in Boston. At the concert with us were (from left) Ryan Smith ’13, Terry Woods ’11, and Shayne Anderson ’14. The Babson hockey family would like to thank Steve Kelley and the entire Boston Red Sox organization for making this a great event.”
Hanishka Gehani is featured in Super 100: Women Achievers from India in the Middle East & Africa, a recently published coffee-table book. Marketing manager at her family’s business, Zabadani Real Estate in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Hanishka oversees digital and international marketing. Her father, Anil Gehani, is managing director of the real estate consulting firm, which he founded 25 years ago. This year the company was ranked ninth of the Top 10 Real Estate Consultants in the area by Forbes Middle East.
Radhika Gulati, founder of Rosarte, her specialty chocolate business in New Delhi, emails, “After working at a large e-commerce firm for a year, I completed Ecole Chocolat’s online professional chocolatier course. Because chocolate is special to me, I handle each recipe with the utmost care and precision. Rosarte sources ingredients from around the world, and we try not to add sugar or butter to a majority of our recipes in order to maintain the true essence of real chocolate. Our chocolates are popular for festive and corporate gifting, and we have catered parties and wedding celebrations for 20 to 2,000 guests.”
Matt Hayes and Carl Perez are co-founders of Elysium Industries, a Boston-based firm that researches the development of liquid-fueled, molten-salt reactors to produce safe and cost-effective energy. The duo was featured in a June 6 article, “With a ‘Remarkable’ Team, Elysium Aims to Solve the World’s Energy Problems,” on Creator.WeWork.com.
Michael Pace emails, “Babson taught me that simple analytics can change the way people live. Babson also taught me to expect surprises. But I did not quite expect that 30 minutes of simple analytics work on experience scaling in Pokemon Go would put my name in Forbes (twice), GQ, Bustle, a handful of other publications, and a couple of wiki pages. My experience is just one example of genuine ET&A as a force for social change.”
Jack Barber and his brother, Max Barber ’17, are owners and founders of the food truck business Mainely Burgers. Jack emails, “Our first restaurant, also called Mainely Burgers, opened in August in Cambridge, Mass. Since launching in 2012, we’ve built a strong following with two burger trucks and an ice cream truck in Portland, Maine, and nearby Scarborough Beach. Our menu offerings include creative burgers (beef, chicken, veggie), hand-cut fries, and Brussels sprouts. Follow us on Facebook.”
Hanson Grant, founder of Think Board, emails, “Think Board creates and markets clear dry-erase films that turn any surface into a dry-erase board, whether it’s a desk, wall, door, or refrigerator. Our films blend into any surface and are fully removable, without peeling paint or leaving residue. Our end goal, among many others, is to revolutionize the way we think and learn—not only in classrooms but also in homes and offices—by covering desks and surfaces in Think Boards.”
Adam Khafif (right), founder and CEO of Boston-based Lis’n Up Clothing, emails, “Lis’n Up collaborated with journalist Noor Tagouri (left) to call attention to sex trafficking and slavery. ‘Girl’ is written backwards and crossed out on each piece of clothing in the collection. This design parallels our logo, based on a quote by Jean-Michel Basquiat: ‘I cross out words so you will see them more; the fact that they are obscured makes you want to read them.’ Noor and I are shown with Johnny Earle, founder of Johnny Cupcakes, where we held a pop-up event in June.”
Emily Levy, co-founder of PICCPerfect, emails, “We have rebranded into an umbrella company called Mighty Well. This allows us to expand beyond our product line of PICC line covers into a medical fashion company. Since winning the 2016 BETA Challenge, we have developed a children’s line, PICC’d Up Kids, and seven new patterns. We also are developing a shirt for chemo patients, PORTPerfect, and pill bags, PILLPerfect, and are in the early stages of developing a shower sleeve for PICC line patients.”
Jocelyn Liu, founder and owner of Ecetick, emails, “Ecetick is bringing a breathable, nontoxic padded bra to women around the globe. Our patented technology has reinvented bra cups and revolutionized bras. Our removable eco-friendly bra pad has 616 pores, the cups are wire-free, and the straps are a comfortable 1 inch to 2 inches wide, so they won’t slip. To help women living with breast cancer, we are working on a partnership with a nonprofit breast cancer organization.”
Gayoung Park is the founding member of TeamBlind Inc. U.S. and leader of its product development. She emails, “Blind builds exclusive professional communities with an anonymous backdrop, grouping members by company and industry. Our goal is to eliminate professional barriers and hierarchy in the workplace in order to foster honest conversations. It’s a lot like Glassdoor and Quora, tailored for the individual. Blind is available to employees at the top 100 tech companies and the Big 4 accounting firms.”
Lena Wu (MS’16) (right), emails, “With help from President Kerry Healey (center), I was blessed to meet Muhammad Yunus (left) at Commencement, and he signed three books that he wrote! Professor Yunus, a Nobel laureate and founder of Grameen Bank, received an honorary degree at the undergraduate ceremony. My twin sister, Lorna, who graduated from Wellesley College, was with me and snapped the photo.” Lena, who was Student Government Association president, received the Michael J. Conlon Senior Spirit Award and a Student Contribution Award that day. She is a core forensics advisory associate at PwC in New York City.
Shaun Kelley has been named chief credit officer at National Cooperative Bank, headquartered in Washington, D.C. He previously was executive vice president, credit policy and Greater Washington and Virginia credit executive at PNC Bank, where he had worked for 15 years. Shaun is chair of the Loudoun [Va.] Water authority and a member of the Loudon County Affordable Dwelling Unit advisory board and chair of its finance committee.
Steve Clouther emails, “After 15 years in Akumal, Mexico, where I developed an editing and global market research business, I currently live on Cape Cod in Harwich, Mass. I continue my marketing and editing work on a contract basis for the Dedham-based ARC Advisory Group. I’m the editor for the weekly web-based ARCwire newsletter, as well as an analyst and writer for numerous ARC market research projects.”
John Yao (’79): See Undergrads.
Chris Sullivan (’80): See Undergrads.
Brian Lanigan has been elected trustee of Middlesex Bancorp and a director of Middlesex Savings Bank, a mutual savings bank based in Natick, Mass. He also is an executive committee member of both Bancorp and the bank. A corporator since 2002, Brian joined the bank in 1984 and most recently was COO and first executive vice president.
Kevin Young has been appointed vice president, corporate development at Web Industries, a material converting and end-product contract manufacturing company headquartered in Marlborough, Mass. A member of Web’s board of directors since 2014, he remains on the board as a management representative. Kevin previously was president of Mondi North America.
David Weston has been named senior vice president and chief wealth management services officer at The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank. Previously, he was vice president and managing director of wealth management at Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank. Dave is a board and finance committee member of the Community Health Center of Cape Cod and of Falmouth Volunteers in Public Schools, as well as a trustee of the Woods Hole Public Library.
Richard O’Connor has been named vice president for marketing at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in Wellesley. Previously, he was senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Telcare in Concord.
Mark Nathan has been promoted to CEO and president of Tucker Toys, where he started in 2013 as vice president. Mark emails, “Tucker Toys recently released three new toy brands and recently went from a distributor-only manufacturer to a consumer-facing toy maker with direct-to-retail sales and also e-commerce. The Phlat Ball continues as the most popular product, but new products have garnered 37 prestigious awards. Tucker’s new headquarters are in Hamilton, N.J. Visit our world and be a kid again!”
Joe Carella, executive director of the Scandinavian Charitable Society of Greater Boston, emails, “My new book, Creating Unlimited Options for Aging, is a culmination of several decades of studying better elder-care living opportunities. The book chronicles my mission to create a viable community-centered environment for elder care and outlines a research-backed model. I helped design and launch the Scandinavian Living Center, a community-centered, assisted-living residence. The SLC provides opportunities for residents to connect with neighbors and friends, breaking down institutional walls, giving residents opportunities to further their interests and strengths.” For more information, contact Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deborah DiSanzo, general manager for IBM Watson Health, was interviewed for an Aug. 11 article, “In China, IBM Watson Partners with Hospitals to Fight Cancer,” on Forbes.com. IBM and its Beijing-based partner, Hangzhou CognitiveCare, are working with 21 hospitals in China to speed cancer diagnosis and treatment in the country, where access to oncology research is problematic.
Amit Patni and his brother, Arihant Patni, MBA’02, were featured in an Aug. 2 article, “Scions of Industry Titans Step in as Angels for Startups,” on VCCircle.com. The brothers focus on tech companies and have made approximately 50 angel investments. Amit and Arihant are co-founders of Nirvana Venture Advisors, where Amit also is chairman.
Lewis Bird is CEO, director, and president of At Home Group; he has held these positions since 2012. Lewis and the Plano, Texas-based home decor chain were featured in an Aug. 3 article, “Getting Cozy with the At Home IPO,” on Seeking Alpha.com. At Home intends to raise $159.5 million through its most recent IPO.
Charles Zanazzi has been appointed north market lead at Brockton, Mass.-based HarborOne Bank, where he directs HarborOne’s commercial-lending operations in the Merrimack Valley and in southern New Hampshire. Charles previously was the Boston-area group leader for professional services at TD Wealth Management.
Richard Howell, has joined The Bulfinch Group, a financial services firm headquartered in Needham with offices throughout New England. Dick emails, “After more than 25 years in the corporate arena, culminating with tenure as a vice president for a Fortune 500 company, my focus is now on helping individuals, families, and businesses navigate today’s dynamic and, at times, volatile financial landscape. My new position as a financial representative with The Bulfinch Group allows me to pursue my dream of helping others obtain their financial goals and objectives.”
Brian Kennedy has been promoted to co-portfolio manager of the Loomis Sayles full discretion team, which is based in the company’s Boston office. He works on multi-sector funds and strategies. Brian joined the company in 1994 as a securitized and government bond trader and moved to the high-yield trading desk in 2001. He joined the full discretion team as a product manager in 2009 and was promoted to co-portfolio manager of investment-grade bond products in 2013.
Rachel Trueblood has been named senior vice president for marketing at Cayan, a Boston-based payment technologies company. Most recently, she led the strategic initiatives team at Staples, where she held various roles during her tenure, including head of marketing for the U.K. division.
John Drew was named the June Volunteer of Distinction for Region IV of the Appraisal Institute, a professional association of real estate appraisers. Region IV covers New England, New York, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec. He has been involved in the institute since 1988. Drew is manager of the appraisal and marketing departments in the rental operations division of MassHousing, where he has worked since 1987.
Erin Clancy has been named conservation director of the Tropical Audubon Society in Miami. The environmental conservation group focuses on water quality and habitat sustainability in Biscayne Bay, Florida Bay, and the Everglades. Erin, who has consulted for a variety of for-profit firms and nonprofit groups, is concentrating on the issue of Everglades restoration.
Ed Nilsson, an architect, is a principal at Nilsson + Siden Associates in Salem, Mass. Ed emails, “In May, I presented a paper at the Modern Architecture Kuwait symposium in Kuwait City. The paper, Souk Al-Wataniya: A Design Chronology, discussed the design of Souk Al-Wataniya, a 700,000-square-foot housing, commercial, and parking facility in Kuwait City. I was its principal design architect while I worked at The Architects Collaborative in Cambridge, Mass.”
Alexandros Fotopoulos has been appointed senior vice president, technical operations at Dimension Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company in Cambridge, Mass. Before joining Dimension, he was vice president, technical operations at Momenta Pharmaceuticals.
Chris Hanson, returned to campus last summer to research Sir Isaac Newton. Chris emails, “As an investment adviser, I’m the author of The Wicked Smart Investor blog. One of my recent posts, ‘Isaac Newton Falls Prey to Stock Market Gravity,’ details Sir Isaac’s investments in the South Sea Company, for which he bought high and sold low. If the man who invented calculus had followed a few simple decision-making principles, outlined in my blog, he would have avoided the disastrous losses he incurred.” Chris works at Oaktree Capital Partners in South Easton, Mass.
Bill Stanek, who performs and records with the stage name Bill Shipper, emails, “I released my third CD, My Lover Loves Liver: Funny Songs for People Who Eat and Drink, in September. It’s a collection of original songs, including ‘She’ll Kill for Kale,’ ‘Kombucha Cutie,’ and ‘I Only Do My Taxes When I Drink.’ I see people being serious about food fads, and I have fun with that. My first CD, Dirty Data, was released in 2010, followed by one for children, There’s a Spider in the Corner and Other Silly Songs for Curious Children, in 2014.”
Easton Dickson emails, “My wife, Elaine, and I founded Reading Owls International (ROI) to increase literacy levels of children in Jamaica by providing access to books. In April, ROI team members visited 11 schools in Jamaica to assess needs and determine where a donation of books or a library might have the greatest possible impact. The 2016 recipient schools were chosen based on a demonstrated need and the fact that each community was invested in partnering with us to ‘create readers for life.’ The photo shows two of the many books we received and shipped for the new school year.”
Arihant Patni: See Amit Patni, MBA’89.
Timothy Barrett has been appointed CFO at Pine Street Inn, a homeless services agency founded in Boston in 1969. A CPA, he has worked at the inn for 11 years, serving as controller, real estate project director, and director of accounting. The nonprofit organization annually provides permanent housing, emergency shelter, job training, and street outreach to more than 9,000 people. Timothy, who lives in Wellesley, also is a town meeting member and treasurer of the Wellesley Housing Development Corp.
Clifford Bowyer emails, “I have made the transition from a global project manager in corporate finance to a Massachusetts-licensed mortgage consultant for Norcom Mortgage. I loved what I did and the people I worked with, but I never felt as if I was making a difference. Now I can take on the more personal and rewarding role of helping individuals with their dreams of becoming homeowners. For more information, email me at email@example.com.”
Stephen Tingle has been named a member of the board of trustees of St. Elizabeth Community, a nonprofit, nonsectarian charitable organization that provides care to older adults and people with physical disabilities throughout Rhode Island. Stephen is a vice president for finance and personal investing at Fidelity Investments.
Matt Cohen emails, “Gamewright recently released Jump Ship, my new pirate-themed card game for one or more players, age 8 and up. The game blends interactive storytelling with strategic decision making. Each enemy pirate ship that players can raid comes with its own risks and rewards.” Gamewright previously published Too Many Monkeys, Matt’s card game for two to six players, age 6 and up, which can be completed in approximately 15 minutes.
Stephanie Clerge has been appointed senior director of training and consulting at Kolbe, an employee and personal assessment firm in Phoenix. Stephanie, who has a coaching certification from the Hudson Institute of Coaching, has focused her career on leadership development, talent acquisition, and coaching.
Nikolas Minoglou (back), and Christina Martini (front) founded Ancient Greek Sandals, headquartered in Athens, Greece, in 2011. Nikolas writes, “Ancient Greek Sandals is a luxury footwear brand, producing sandals handmade in Greece and inspired by the country’s history and mythology. Since our launch, our sandals are now stocked in more than 300 stores worldwide, including top retailers such as Selfridges London and Barneys New York, as well as online.” In 2010, Nikolas also founded myshoe.gr, an online shoe retailer.
Jeni Wheeler, founder of Jeni’s Joy, a gluten-free food brand, emails, “I’m the chief culinary artist behind a line of food that focuses on nutritious and delicious prepared meals. All the meats and most of the vegetables in Jeni’s Joy products are organic and/or locally sourced. Catering, personal chef, and delivery options also are available. We recently opened a commercial kitchen in Lynn, Mass. For more information, please visit my website or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Ryan Abood, president and CEO of his family’s business, GourmetGiftBaskets.com, was featured in an Aug. 9 article, “GourmetGiftBaskets.com Breaks Ground,” on UnionLeader.com. The company, founded in 2002, is consolidating its five New Hampshire locations into one 107,000-square-foot facility under construction in Exeter, N.H.
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Warren Katz has been promoted to chief marketing officer and vice president for business development at iDevices, an Avon, Conn.-based manufacturer of home automation products. Previously, Warren was vice president for marketing.
Isaac Van Wesep emails, “My company, Design by Educators, hit a big milestone this summer. We partnered with Teach for America (TFA) to provide our mobile quizzing app, Quick Key Mobile, to 3,000 newly minted TFA teachers. TFA is an 800-pound gorilla in our market, and the success was all the sweeter when TFA publicly endorsed us, calling Quick Key Mobile ‘the perfect solution.’ We now are raising capital from angels to grow beyond the minimum viable product stage.”
Daniel Hermann is co-founder of Paint Nite, a Somerville, Mass.-based company that hosts group painting events at bars, restaurants, and other venues. Founded in 2012, Paint Nite was ranked the second-fastest growing private company in the U.S. by the Inc. 5000 list, which ran in Inc.’s September issue. Last year, Paint Nite raised $13 million in equity funding and realized a revenue of $55 million.
David Rye recently founded the Vermont 100 Store on Route 100 in Waterbury Center, Vt. He emails, “We stock a wide assortment of made-in-Vermont crafts, toys, gifts, art, games, and various necessities, as well as our Vermont 100 house brand of apparel and merchandise. The branded merchandise also is available on our website, and additional unique items may be found in the store. Please stop by when you’re on your way up north.”
Federico Balestrazzi, a professional engineer, has joined international engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti as a vice president in its Facade Engineering practice. He works out of the firm’s newly opened Miami office and is the practice leader for the mid-Atlantic and South region. He emails, “Initially, I will split my time between Miami as well as New York and Boston, where I will work with our local teams on a handful of projects. Thornton Tomasetti is known as one of the best firms in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, and I’m pleased and flattered to be part of the team.”
Angela Sanchez emails, “My new company, Artyfactos, is an eco-exotic, statement jewelry business featuring hand-woven designs by entrepreneurial women in Latin America. Whenever I visited my parents in Colombia, I returned with jewelry made by local artisans. That’s when I saw the opportunity to bring unique and green fashion to the U.S., while creating sustainable economic opportunities. We offer manufacturing and technology tools to small workshops to develop their infrastructure and build business capacity. Our boldly colored pieces are made with all-natural materials such as orange peels, cantaloupe seeds, coffee beans, and acai berries. Artyfactos jewelry is sold online, in selected boutiques, and through home parties.”
Jonathan Whitney has been promoted to director of business development at Mack Molding, which makes molded plastic components and assemblies at six plants across the U.S. Jon joined the company in 2013 as a business development manager for New England.
Ian Chester has been named director of business development for Incline Investment Management, headquartered in Incline Village, Nev. Ian is a chartered alternative investment analyst candidate and is based in Boston. Previously, he was a vice president for business development at Realty Capital Securities.
Gideon Coltof was featured in a July 13 article, “Bit Bar Opens Its Doors in Old Salem [Mass.] Jail,” on WickedLocal.com. Gideon is a partner in an arcade-restaurant-bar hybrid that features classic 1980s arcade games, such as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, all a quarter a play. The 3,000-square-foot former jail site features two rooms of pinball machines and arcade games, as well as an outdoor patio.
Josh Harwell, founder and CEO of CAMFormulas.com, emails, “CAMFormulas—an acronym for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Formulas—was ranked the second fastest-growing University of Georgia alumni business in the 2016 Bulldog 100 Companies ranking by the UGA Alumni Association. CAMFormulas.com currently retails more than 25,000 health, beauty, and wellness products. The company is headquartered in New York and operates a fulfillment center in Maryland.”
Catherine Portner (left), and her sister, Margaret, partners in Portner Brewhouse, stand inside their new space in Alexandria, Va. Cat emails, “We are proud that our brewery restaurant and craft beer test kitchen will open in late fall. Portner Brewhouse will open exactly a century after the closure of our family’s pre- Prohibition brewery in the same city. The brewery will offer four of the original pre-Prohibition beers with seasonals and creations from our test kitchen, while the restaurant will emphasize classic German and contemporary American cuisine. For updates and an invitation to the opening, join the taste test team on our website.”
Mike Caslin, P’07, is founder and CEO of the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship Network Foundation, which promotes social entrepreneurship through innovative programs, technology, and faculty certification. Mike emails, “We want to ignite the spirit of social enterprise on college campuses. In June, GCSEN held a High Impact Social Entrepreneurship boot camp at Wheaton College with President Dennis Hanno, hosted by the Summer Institute for Social Entrepreneurship. We worked on business tools with 15 undergrads. I’m also an adjunct professor at Marist College’s School of Management, where in August we held another boot camp, attended by students and alumni from 11 colleges.”
Hans Homberger emailed in September, “I founded Fourth Wheel Coffee while I was at Babson. After graduation, I moved back home to Costa Rica and left the project on hold. In January, my brother, Paul, and I launched Rooster Coffee Booster, our all-natural, coffee-based energy drink, in Costa Rica. We plan to have Rooster in local supermarkets later this fall. And we are relaunching Fourth Wheel in October in the States.”
John-Marshall Stubbs, founder of Curated Clothing, emails, “My online company offers a line of art-inspired men’s swimwear worth collecting—we take art from the gallery wall to your waist. I’ve always had an affinity for visual arts, and the desire to blend that with my entrepreneurial spirit sparked the idea to incorporate art from around the world with American-made, luxury swimwear. Women’s swimwear is on our radar for 2017. The ‘Babson’ discount code will save you 15 percent. Stay tuned and follow us on Instagram @CuratedClothingCompany.”
David Broomhead, founder and CEO of Subease, emails, “My new business—an app and website—connects construction contractors with skilled labor. Contractors often use word of mouth and websites such as Craigslist, which are limited and inefficient, to recruit skilled labor. Subease helps solve this by providing reliable, skilled, and qualified workers and vocational students on its platform. Subease is free for workers and students, and contractors pay per job post and search features. For more information about Subease, contact me at email@example.com.”
Jason Kraus emails, “In February, I launched a consulting firm, Prepare 4 VC, to help startup companies create the perfect presentation materials for their fundraising rounds. From financial projections and market sizing to pitch decks, business plans, and executive summaries, I can help innovative startups in any industry raise angel/VC funding, equity crowdfunding, or SBA loans. I have put the Babson entrepreneurial spirit to use in my new venture.”
Isabella Soto has founded Dkora Box, an online store that delivers boxes filled with affordable home goods for a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, or entire home directly to the customer’s door. After choosing the space and color, the customer can browse through the items to design and style their home in a matter of minutes.
For three beautiful days in mid-September, more than 2,000 alumni, students, faculty, staff, family, and friends gathered on campus for a fantastic Alumni Weekend 2016. Classmates and old friends celebrated their reunions and toasted the accomplishment of raising $2.26 million for Babson in honor of their classes. On Friday, athletics alumni honored varsity teams and coaches at a milestone reception featuring Larry Lucchino, former president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox. Friday evening, alumni and current students enjoyed a comedy show by Loni Love, followed by a late-night breakfast at Trim Dining Hall. Among Saturday’s activities were gatherings, games, and great food at the Tent, as well as class parties and the Green and White Party at Knight Auditorium. Throughout the weekend, numerous other affinity milestone receptions were held and extraordinary people were recognized for their contributions to the College. Thank you to everyone who helped make it a weekend to remember.—Jeff Stupakevich, manager, advancement communications
Photo: Paige Brown
Trustee Ken Romanzi ’82 (left) and President Kerry Healey (right) presented the Cruickshank Alumni Leadership Award to Jerry Noonan ’81 at the Volunteer Leadership Awards Brunch. See a complete list of award recipients at the Babson Alumni Association’s Alumni Leadership Awards page.
Photo: Joe Nadel ’19
Members of the Class of 1966 joined President Healey at her home, where she hosted their Half-Century Reception.
Photo: Paige Brown
Attendees, including Biz E. Beaver, enjoyed a perfect Saturday afternoon at the Tent, with great food and fun activities for all.
Photo: Paige Brown
Trustee emeritus and Global Advisory Board member Richard Snyder ’60, H’94, P’93, ’01 (left), poses with Alvaro Pena ’96, who along with Sharlene Sones ’86 (not shown) won the Richard J. Snyder Distinguished Service to the College Award.
Julie Bussiere was married to Ryan Meadows ’10 on July 16 in Wolfeboro, N.H. Among the guests at the wedding were (back, from left) John Poole ’10, Rachel Saeby ’10, Brian Donoghue, Dan Bonomo ’10, Patrick Barry ’10, Nicholas Malia ’10, the bride and groom, John Muise ’10, and Michael Rogosa ’10; (front) Shannon Singleton ’10, Mary Sullivan, Kelly McDonald ’09, Jaclyn Wallace ’10, Janina Tantoco ’10, and Nina Komm ’10, MS’10.
Stephanie Hamel ’03, MBA’09, and Nathaniel Gordon were married May 14 at Rivermill in Dover, N.H. Among the guests were bridesmaid Kelly (Scanlon) Michaud ’03 with her husband, David, MBA’08; Lauren (Picariello) McConaghy ’03; Joanna (Roche) Manthorne ’03; and Nathan Knight ’03. Stephanie, who has been working in marketing at Babson for five years, and Nathaniel live in Arlington, Mass.
Curran Leahy and Dennis Lonigro, both ’00, were married June 24 in North Adams, Mass. Dennis emails, “We had an intimate ceremony at Mass MoCA, a modern art museum. Babson friends joining us were Gene Begin, MBA’07, Darius Eslami ’09, and Vanessa Theoharis ’10, and current or past employees Don Arsenault, Nisah Cheatham, Jim Dillon, Carol Hacker, Bruce Longee, Gerri Randlett, and James Regal.”
Dee Ersu and Eric Peterson, both ’09, were married June 4 at the White Elephant in Nantucket, Mass. More than 15 alumni attended the festivities, including the groom’s sister, Sabrina Particelli ’02, who officiated at the wedding; bridesmaids Alexa Karsos, MS’09, Ana Gabriela Pastor, and Jillian Riccio, MS’09, all ’09; and groomsmen Jason Wellemeyer ’08 and Tyler Low ’09. The couple lives in Boston.
Brianna “Breezy” DiPietro ’13 emails, “I married Tyler Radicioni in Westerly, R.I., on July 15—five years to the day after we met on our way to study abroad in Australia. Our guests included bridesmaids Franny Robertson and Ashley Strangio, both ’13; Mike Hoban ’12; and Kim Henry, Kelsey Olivere, and Ashleigh Phelps, all ’13.” Breezy is public relations manager at Babson, and Tyler is town recreation supervisor for Lexington, Mass. They live in Natick.
Vasileos “Bill” Pavloglou, MBA’67, of Hudson, Mass., died May 14. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He worked at Carney Hospital in Boston.
Richard Stoyle, MBA’67, of Braintree, Mass., died July 15. An Army veteran, he worked at Gillette.
Gregg Nolan ’69 of Wolcott, Conn., died May 4. He served in the Connecticut National Guard and was CEO of GFE Corp.
Redmond “Pat” Patriquin, MBA’70, of Needham died Aug. 14. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War and in the Philippines and Germany. He was a senior vice president and portfolio manager at MFS Investment Management. Survivors include his son, Keith Patriquin ’86, MBA’00, and grandson, Erik Patriquin ’18.
Carlton Patch, MBA’71, of Rockland, Maine, died May 20. He was vice president and director of finance at Masco Petroleum.
Stephen Epifano ’72 of Fairfield, Conn., died July 3. He founded SBE Builders, a construction firm, in 1989.
John Sawyer, MBA’73, of Amesbury, Mass., died May 3. He founded Abel Distributors and taught business at Merrimack College.
Andrew Thomas, MBA’73, of Pinehurst, N.C., died May 3. He was an executive and consultant in the computer services industry.
Erik Schoemaker ’75, MBA’76, of Princeton, N.J., died May 25.
Thomas Savage, MBA’77, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., died May 4. He was a management consultant.
Allan MacDonald, MBA’78, of Hingham, Mass., died July 5. He was an executive director at Oracle. Survivors include his son, Scott MacDonald, MBA’05.
Barry Nickerson, MBA’78, of Stoughton, Mass., died June 12.
Mark Cohn, MBA’79, of Framingham, Mass., died June 5. He was president and founder of Mark Cohn’s Elite College Selection.
William Curry, MBA’79, of Uxbridge, Mass., died June 26. A CPA, he was vice president, corporate controller, and principal accounting officer at Waters Corp.
William DeFranzo, MBA’81, of Hampton, N.H., died July 31. An Army veteran, he was a senior systems analyst at Liberty Mutual Insurance.
Jonathan Wardwell ’81 of Brentwood, Tenn., died May 7.
Robert Courchene-Roy ’83 of Bethel, Conn., died July 30. He worked at Purdue Pharma. Survivors include his brother, Richard Roy ’81.
Kevin Woods, MBA’83, of Marshfield, Mass., died June 10. A CPA, he was CFO of PR Restaurants, a Panera Bread franchisee.
John Karle, MBA’86, of Milton, Mass., died May 27. He was a senior vice president in the global banking division of Bank of America.
John Willett, MBA’97, of Duxbury, Mass., died July 9. He was an executive vice president at Aon Risk Solutions.
David Ahern ’11 of Boston died Sept. 4. Babson’s only baseball All-American, he was named 2011 Male Athlete of the Class. A sales manager at ZeroTurnaround, he also played baseball for the Lexington Blue Sox.
Thelma Lake of Port St. Lucie, Fla., died June 21. She was director of health services at Babson from 2001 to 2006.
Robert Nugent ’48 of Surfside Beach, S.C., died May 26. He served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. He was vice president at Hospital Underwriters Mutual Insurance.
James Fyfe ’49 of West Palm Beach, Fla., died April 7.
Nicholas Peter ’49 of Wichita, Kan., died June 2. He served in the Army during World War II and was a letter carrier for more than 30 years.
Thomas Saul ’49 of Scotia, N.Y., died May 7. He served in the Merchant Marine and later the Navy during World War II. Having joined the Navy Reserve, he became a captain in 1967 and retired in 1976.
Chester Carmer ’51 of Barrington, Ill., formerly of Bella Vista, Ark., died May 17. He owned and operated a General Motors dealership.
Raymond McKeen ’51 of Somersworth, N.H., died May 17. An Army veteran, he worked at Raytheon.
William Holabird ’52 of Denver died June 20.
Donald Graves ’54 of Gloucester, Mass., died June 30. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was owner and treasurer of his family’s business, Graves Boatyard.
Jay Chesler ’55 of Barnstable, Mass., died Feb. 10. He was a manufacturers representative in the garment industry. Survivors include his son, Daniel Chesler ’88.
Ichiro Ueno ’55, H’87, of Tokyo died Dec. 27, 2015. A former board chair and adviser for the Sanno Institute of Management, he also was an adviser for the Babson Alumni Club of Japan.
Richard Berry ’56 of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of West Dennis, Mass., died June 20.
Francis Kurtz, MBA’57, of Carmel, Ind., died May 9. He served in the Army during the Korean War and later worked for DuPont.
Charles Bilezikian ’58 of Osterville, Mass., and Palm Beach, Fla., died July 26. In 1970, he purchased the Christmas Tree Shop, then a small business on Cape Cod.
William Gould ’59 of Roseville, Calif., died May 7. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War and later founded American Technology Group International.
Peter Chickering ’61 of New Boston, N.H., died May 26.
Jay Goozh ’61 of Washington, D.C., died Aug. 1.
Donald McKnight ’62, MBA’63, of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., died May 27.
Ronald Rosen ’62 of Pittsburgh died June 1. He was senior vice president, investments at UBS Financial Services.
Russell Webster ’65 of Walnut Creek, Calif., died April 28. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He worked at Fireman’s Fund Insurance.