Babson Magazine

Summer 2019

News, Notes + Nods



Kenney Aldrich purchased a brick in Kerry Murphy Healey Park in the name of 1st Lt. Roger D. Brown, who graduated from Babson in 1966 and was killed while serving with the Air Force in the Vietnam War in 1969. Aldrich writes, “I, too, was serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam when Roger Brown died just a few miles from my duty station, Bien Hoa Air Base. God bless the memory of Roger Brown.”


Greg Miller MBA’72, P’14

For the fifth consecutive year, Wellesley Asset Management Inc. co-founder and CEO Greg Miller MBA’72, P’14 was ranked first in Massachusetts on Barron’s list of America’s top 1,200 financial advisors. The firm specializes in management of convertible bonds through separate accounts, mutual funds, and a private fund, according to a press release.


Thomas Cebula ’79

Thomas Cebula was promoted to senior vice president and team leader of small business lending at Westfield Bank. He joined the bank in 2011 and his duties include loan organization, underwriting, processing, and closing for the bank’s commercial leaders.

Bruce Platzman, president and CEO of AIS, a manufacturer of office furniture and seating, was named to the Worcester Business Journal’s Power 50 list, comprised of influential leaders in the Central Massachusetts economy who make a positive impact on their communities.


Lenore Skomal is producing his own play that will run for nine weeks on Theatre Row in New York City starting in August. Titled “The Exes,” the play follows the lives of two men married to the same woman during the holiday season.


A group of six Babson alumni have played an annual round of golf for the past 35 years: Richard Ford ’84, P’15; Glenn Caldicott ’83; Mark Mettler ’83, P’13; Scott Karnedy ’83; Dana Whalley ’82; and Craig Koehler ’83. Ford says they were bitten by the golf bug and have vied for an annual silver cup. In some years, the round has been played in honor of a life-changing moment, such as the birth of a child. He adds that the group values these lasting friendships and hopes to continue the annual tradition for the next 10 to 20 years.


Doug Peabody joined Stegner Investment Associates as the firm’s president and chief operating officer. In his role, he will spearhead the firm’s noninvestment management activities. In the past 30 years, Peabody has worked in both investment management and real estate industries.


Howard Brown ’88

Howard Brown was honored with the Jewish Community Relations Council 2019 Activist Award in May at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He was recognized for his efforts to bridge interfaith groups, and was credited with growing the relationship between southeast Michigan Jewish and Muslim communities.


Sean Holland earned his Master of Science degree in risk management from New York University. Classes were taught in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Amsterdam. “The diversity of viewpoints from my academic colleagues was matched by the wonderful cultures represented,” Holland said.

Matthew Kidd, a personal injury, employment, and bankruptcy attorney at his Boston firm, appeared in several online publications in April, with topics ranging from age discrimination at work to tips for negotiating a severance package.


Cindy Canavan was appointed Massachusetts director of the Selective Service. She was sworn into the role in April and is the first woman to hold the position. “It is a privilege to serve my country, and I am proud to have been selected,” Canavan previously told Wicked Local.


Examity, founded by CEO Michael London, secured $90 million from private equity firm Great Hill Partners. The funding will be used toward company expansion, as well as continued research and development for a more secure online testing experience. The company proctors hundreds of thousands of tests annually for colleges and universities.


Greg Fox was appointed U.S. vice president of sales of the branded communication platform company Speakap. He previously worked at GasBuddy, where he was responsible for market strategy and advertising and business development. Fox also has experience working with venture-backed startups.

Stephanie Radman launched her second business, Get Fresh With Nature. She teaches customers in Fairfield County, Connecticut, how to make, as she says, “simple yet beautiful floral arrangements and gardening projects.”


John Crowley joined Fusion Pharmaceuticals, a company that develops radiotherapeutics for treating cancer, as its chief financial officer. “We have a unique opportunity to improve the lives of patients, and I look forward to working with the team to advance these scientific breakthroughs and help contribute to our continued success,” he said.


Yan J. Katz ’00

Yan J. Katz of The Bulfinch Group, was named a Five-Star Investment Professional for the fourth consecutive year in Boston magazine’s February issue. The award is given annually to finance professionals recognized as a result of research done with peers and firms.


Ben Dillon was named managing director at private investment firm SK Capital Partners, where he will focus on investor relations and funding. Before SK Capital, Dillon was a managing director at Partners Group and spent 12 years on the company’s client solutions team.


Gabe Lubin’s company, Cartessa Aesthetics, which sells cosmetic laser devices to dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and hospitals, concluded its first full year of business with almost $20 million in revenue, and projects to finish 2019 with up to $40 million in revenue.


Led by CEO Michael Mandel, real estate analytics firm CompStak recently raised $12 million and has raised a total of $28 million since it was founded in 2011. The recent round of funding will be used to expand the company’s sales and client service teams, and to create a larger company presence in the U.S.


Carson Thurber was named incoming headmaster of Stratton Mountain School in Stratton, Vermont. He will officially assume the role on July 1, 2020. The school is a winter sports academy in southern Vermont’s Green Mountains and was the first ski academy accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.


Brian Dixon was profiled in an article in The Wall Street Journal on the surge of electronic trading in the municipal bond market.

Alex Esteve started her own business, CarBuckets. Through the company, local dealers compete for car buyers as a group, and users are then able to receive group discounts on new cars. Esteve hopes to expand the company on a national scale in the future.

Dan Marques recently established Trident Growth Partners with Tommy Kowalski ’09. Marques says the digital growth agency works with a number of companies founded by Babson alumni to drive profitable growth for their businesses.

Josh Nespoli’s charity For The Cause, which he co-founded in 2009, and his employer Community Strategies Group, where he works as a deputy director, received two awards from the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce, located in northeast Pennsylvania.

Maja Stevanovich was featured in the Milwaukee Business Journal for her opinion on the rapid growth of the region and what it means for the future of the area. She also appeared in the Mental Health America Journal after she was awarded the George W. Bush Center for Leadership fellowship to work on a project on destigmatizing mental health in the workplace.


Sen. Nick Collins hosted the annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast for the first time. The event also was held for the first time at the Raymond L. Flynn Black Falcon Cruise Terminal.

Carl Meyer will be one of eight people inducted this fall into Bellwether League Inc., the Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership. Inductees are regarded as “innovators, pioneers, and visionaries for their industry contributions and performance,” the organization said in a press release. The ceremony is scheduled for September 30 in Illinois.

Founded by Polina Raygorodskaya, Wanderu was identified by Newsweek as one of the best travel apps to use in 2019. “If flying or driving isn’t your thing—then Wanderu is for you,” Paula Forelich wrote. “Search for train or bus tickets to your destination for quick and reliable results.” The company also recently surpassed $100 million in revenue.


Tony Collier was elected to the Vermont Economic Development Authority’s Board of Directors. His work experience includes several years with Silicon Valley technology startups, and he currently works as an executive at a software startup in San Francisco.


Sanjay Dasari was recognized on Entrepreneur India’s 35 under 35 list. He is the founder of WayCool Foods, an Indian food distribution company that aims to bring cleaner produce from farmers to customers by linking them through technology.

Graduate back to top


William Mather MBA’71 was posthumously inducted into the Risk Management Hall of Fame. According to its website, the organization “recognizes risk practitioners who have made significant contributions to advancing the discipline.”


For the fifth consecutive year, Wellesley Asset Management Inc. co-founder and CEO Greg Miller MBA’72, P’14 was ranked first in Massachusetts on Barron’s list of America’s top 1,200 financial advisors. The firm specializes in management of convertible bonds through separate accounts, mutual funds, and a private fund, according to a press release.


BayCoast Bank president and CEO Nicholas Christ MBA’74 was awarded the Distinguished Citizen Award by Bristol Community College at the school’s 52nd commencement. The award is presented annually to a local resident whose character and achievements have bettered their community. BayCoast Bank offers a variety of services to residents of the Massachusetts south coast and Rhode Island.


David Luff MBA’90

David Luff MBA’90 recently joined Livongo as its regional vice president for health systems in the Northeast. In his role, Luff is responsible for transformative digital health sales and business development to empower people with chronic conditions to live healthier lives.


Renaud Maloberti MBA’92 was appointed chief commercial officer of ENDRA Life Sciences, an ultrasound-technology developer. Over his career, Maloberti has amassed more than 20 years of commercial medical imaging experience. Before ENDRA Life Sciences, Maloberti worked for rehabilitation robotics company Bionik Laboratories.


John Spensieri MBA’94 was named head of U.S. Equity Trading for Stifel Financial Corp. His duties include daily operation and management of the company’s equity trading desk. Stifel operates one of the largest U.S. equity trading platforms outside of bulge bracket firms.


Scott Rudberg MBA’95 was hired as chief technology officer of Dispatch, a software provider that focuses on modernizing home service experiences. The company partners with “customer-centric brands to simplify complex home service logisitics,” according to the company’s website. Rudberg previously led technology teams at Zipcar and Passkey International.


Scott Areglado MBA’97 was named chief financial officer of iCAD, a global medical technology company that provides cancer detection and therapy solutions. He previously served as vice president and corporate controller of the company for more than seven years.


Ruben Hillar MBA’98 joined global leadership advisory and search firm Russell Reynolds Associates as a leadership and success practice consultant. He previously worked at McKinsey & Co., where he served on the research team and with the knowledge team in organizational design.


Connie Askin MBA’99 was appointed executive director of ChopChop, a family cooking magazine. Her past work experience includes stops at Year Up, City Year, and the Boston Harbor Island Alliance in Corporate and Foundation Giving.

Scott Gordon-Macey MBA’99 of Baystate Financial earned the professional designation of chartered life underwriter from The American College. The process involved the completion of eight courses and several hours of tests. The designation was established to meet the educational needs of men and women with careers in life insurance and financial services.


Gabrielle King Morse MBA’00

Gabrielle King Morse MBA’00 was named incoming-CEO of the Center for Women & Enterprise, a nonprofit headquartered in Boston dedicated to helping women and veterans start and grow a business. She is currently chief strategy officer for uAspire’s national office.


Sharad Joshi MBA’01 was named president and CEO of BioDirection, a company that has been developing products for diagnosis and management of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. “My hands-on, collaborative management style and experience in growing and maximizing the potential of talent and innovative technology in the medical field is a direct match with BioDirection,” he said.

Brian Major MBA’01 joined Directions Research as vice president of client service. His responsibilities include developing new business and custom client solutions. Major has more than 25 years of experience in brand marketing, digital media, and client service, and most recently worked as vice president of brand development for Catalina.


Derek Schoettle MBA’03 was appointed an operating partner at Great Hill Partners, a growth-oriented private equity firm. Schoettle was previously CEO of ZoomInfo, and also has held leadership roles at IBM and Cloudant.


Michael Bertie MBA’04 was named senior vice president of Marketing Management Analytics, an Ipsos company. Before Marketing Management Analytics, Bertie worked at Neustar MarketShare.


Chris Kelley MBA’05 was named vice president of engineering for Power Distribution Inc. in Virginia. In his new role, Kelley will focus on incubating engineering teams to create next-generation energy solutions for mainstream data center customers.

Steve Webber ’92, MBA’05 was appointed chief financial officer of Carbon Black, an endpoint security company. He previously worked at BackOffice Associates and EMC Corporation. “Steve brings a wealth of experience and proven performance to Carbon Black as we continue to invest in our future growth,” Carbon Black CEO Patrick Morley said.


Leah Archibald MBA’08 wrote a book that teaches children the biblical value of work and entrepreneurship. Kids CAN! 28-Day Family Devotional highlights work children can do at home, in school, and through economics by using Bible verses.

Maximiliano Echeverria MBA’08 is leading a startup that allows users to make purchases through any terminal by way of a QR code technology. Founded in 2018, Flux is compatible with all smartphones, and allows for transactions to be processed at rapid speeds.


Brian LeBlanc MBA’10 established a lean project management certificate program at Clark University.


Meli Bolanos MBA’11 is working at her own business, Meli Bolanos Life Coaching, where she helps others become emotionally aware. She also offers support through emotional healing and helps guide clients to better enjoy life.

Gravitas Ventures acquired the rights to Dan Gabriel’s MBA’11 feature-length documentary “MOSUL.” The film covers the 2016 liberation of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, from ISIS control, and includes on-ground battles and tense moments.


Pete Downing MBA’16, chief marketing and technology officer of XenTegra, helped his company get recognized with three honors by its largest partner, Citrix.

Unruly Studios, founded by Bryanne Leeming MBA’16, announced the acquisition of $1.8 million in funding to bring STEM education tools to children around the world. The toy manufacturer empowers children to learn STEM skills through its products, which include a learn-to-code system where users can build games.

A Kickstarter campaign was launched for Teplo 2.0, a tea kettle that brews tea to suit the user’s environmental and physical state, which was co-founded by Mayuresh Soni MBA’16. Key components for brewing include the user’s heart rate, body temperature, and room temperature. “No two people are the same, which means no two teas should be brewed exactly the same,” Soni said.

Connections back to top


This spring, hundreds of donors, volunteers, faculty, and staff joined to celebrate our Centennial Year and launch the largest campaign in the College’s history. Babson’s goal is to raise $300 million over the next four years and attain a 40% alumni participation rate. While the Babson community anticipates an epic celebration in September, former President Kerry Healey and President Stephen Spinelli Jr. are traveling the world to discuss plans for Babson’s second century. – Jillian Erdos

Jonathan and Hayley Sieff P’18

More than 60 Babson alumni and friends gathered in London in April at the home of Jonathan and Hayley Sieff P’18 to celebrate Babson’s Centennial and hear from former President Kerry Healey (far left).

Zuma in New York City

The Babson community gathered at Zuma in New York City in May with Michael Lorber ’01, (left), director of business development at Douglas Elliman Real Estate and a Babson trustee, and his father, Howard Lorber P’01 (right), chairman of Douglas Elliman. President Stephen Spinelli Jr. (center) led the group in a toast to Babson’s future.

Entrepreneurship education Miami

Kerry Healey (left) joined more than 120 Babson alumni and friends in Miami in May to celebrate entrepreneurship education. Alberto Perlman ’98 (second from left), CEO and co-founder of Zumba Fitness, shared his entrepreneurial story and Babson experience. Also attending the event were Heidy Frank MS’03 (second from right) and Steven Bandel P’16, Global Advisory Board member (right).

Mexico City Babson updates

In Mexico City, Candida Brush (right), Babson vice provost of global entrepreneurial leadership, delivered an update on the developments at Babson. Jose Madero MBA’96, external advisor to the office of the President of Mexico, introduced Alfonso Romo, Head of Office to Mexico’s Presidency. Babson’s generous sponsors and hosts were Ruben Coppel MBA’11, president of BanCoppel; Mark McCoy ’93, CEO of Banco Fintera (center); and Omar McCoy ’96, private banking director of Banco Santander. Also pictured are Horacio McCoy P’93, P’96 (left), MaeLynn Patten, Babson’s associate vice president of advancement (second from left) and Felipe McCoy (second from right).

Weddings back to top

Nancy Wilbur ’79 and Tracy Kornfeld ’79

Nancy Wilbur ’79 and Tracy Kornfeld ’79 were married at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury on April 28. Babson attendees were Mark Pysznik ’78, Sandy Kaye Pysznik ’79, and Leone Pease Johnson MBA’80.

Chris Miers ’99 married Jeff McCarthy on Nov. 10 in Palm Springs, California. The ceremony was attended by Babson graduates Morgan King ’97, Eliany Shie ’99, Carla Driscoll ’99, Penny Christy ’99, and Cydney Aiken ’99.

Kimberly Calhoun ’12 and Sean Roche ’12

Kimberly Calhoun ’12 and Sean Roche ’12 married on July 7, 2018, at The Pinehills in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The wedding was attended by more than 25 Babson alumni, from the Class of 1979 to the Class of 2017.

Sarika Patel ’13 and Zachary Ringer ’13 married on Feb. 17. The two met their first year at Babson.

Jamie Rappoport ’14

Jamie Rappoport ’14 and Igor Ryzhikov celebrated their wedding on May 27 in Seattle. Fifteen Babson alumni were in attendance.

Rubi Rodriguez MBA’15 and Miguel Matuk MBA’15 married on November 3 at Antiguo Casino De Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico. About 10 Babson alumni came from Japan, the Dominican Republic, Seattle, Miami, New York City, and Boston to attend.

In Memoriam back to top

Robert G. Williams ’56, P’82 died on April 26 surrounded by family. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956–1958 and had many director roles and trusteeships throughout his life, including the Glenmede Corporation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Steven Eriksen of Marshfield died January 3 after an illness. He taught at Babson for 32 years, and served twice as the chair of the Math and Sciences department.

Harry Vassilakos MBA’79, of Lowell, April 13.

Norman Welch Jr. MBA’87, of Plymouth, April 14.

Steven Hodlin MBA’86, of North Andover, March 31.

Joseph Hakanson ’56, of Wells, Maine, April 4.

David Moffatt MBA’78, of Shrewsbury, April 10.

Joseph Parham Jr. ’72, MBA’75, of Atlanta, March 22.

Laura Marie Ferris ’00, of Scottsdale, Arizona, Feb. 28.

Thomas Nathanael Brister MBA’12, of Clinton, Massachusetts, March 30.

Robert Duggan ’60, of Urbandale, Iowa, April 1.

Mary Fenocketti Roman ’79, of Canton, April 6.

Miguel Canizares MBA’01, of Carlisle, March 25.

William DeSimone MBA’91, of Gloucester, March 27.

Arthur Read Jr. ’50, P’78, of Naples, Florida, March 14.

Robert Flynn, of Bellingham, March 16.

Cornelius Shields Jr. ’56, of Larchmont, New York, March 20.

Barclay Megathlin ’64, of Wake Forest, North Carolina, March 13.

James Wellington Currie ’56, of Teaticket, March 20.

Bruce Hannon ’74, of Westwood, March 22.

Roger Miller ’62, of St. Pete Beach, Florida, March 9.

Robert Bowser MBA’66, of Rye, New Hampshire, May 4.

William Yeager ’49, of Naples, Florida, May 5.

Paul McAuliffe ’79, of Millis, May 5.

John DiMatteo ’53, P’81 ’84, of Cumberland Foreside, Maine, May 12.

Jerry Millett MBA’74, of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, April 4.

James Titus MBA’59, P’83 ’84 ’84, of Exeter, New Hampshire, May 12.

Heidi Owens Lapham ’86, of Middletown, Rhode Island, May 6.

Thomas Nadeau MBA’88, of Dedham, May 16.

George Fletcher ’57, of Newington, New Hampshire, May 16.

Donald Harvey ’52, of Palm Harbor, Florida, Jan. 3.

Charles Goldsmith Jr. ’58, of Boothbay, Maine, May 2.

Loren Thomas MBA’75, of Walpole, May 13.

Charles Rinaldi MBA’70, of Darien, Connecticut, May 14.

Braley Gray III MBA’70, of Franklinton, North Carolina, March 28.

Col. Arthur Lange Jr. MBA’63, of Huntsville, Alabama, May 27.

Richard Poli ’60, of Medfield, April 9.

Peter Colburn ’56, of Harpswell, Maine, Feb. 3.

Elizabeth Lucien MBA’99, of Yarmouth, Maine, Feb. 9.

Matthew Bourgeois ’89, of Wareham, Feb. 1.

John Saniuk ’84, of Hull, Feb. 15.

Russell Earle Anderson ’58, P’84, of Wilbraham, Feb. 25.

John Hannan MBA’72, of Westerville, Ohio, Nov. 16.

Arthur Smith ’55, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Nov. 22.

Robert Brooks ’55, of Quincy, Dec. 3.

Frances Fleming, of Needham, Nov. 30.

Tyrone Bourguignon MBA’78, of Needham, Dec. 3.

Joseph Derba Jr. MBA’71, of Wesley Chapel, Florida, Dec. 1.

Bruce Buyers ’69, of Buffalo, New York, Nov. 28.

Kathleen Dingman Walters MBA’80, of East Sandwich, Dec. 4.

William Reber ’48, of Canton, Ohio, Dec. 1.

John Sheridan III ’76, of North Grafton, Dec. 30.

John Barbey Jr. ’41, of La Jolla, California, Dec. 4.

Raymond Simpson MBA’70, of Monroe, Connecticut, Dec. 16.

Richard Speroni ’61, of Palm City, Florida, Dec. 10.

Robert Sullivan MBA’06, of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Dec. 15.

George Row Allen Jr. MBA’63, of Beach Haven, New Jersey, Dec. 18.

James Carse ’56, of Northbridge, Dec. 26.

Paul Niconchuk MBA’55, of Peabody, Jan. 4.

Thornton Farnsworth Jr. ’55, of Worcester, Jan. 5.

William Roys ’65, of Holden, Dec. 16.

Charles Fagan ’52, of Walpole, Jan. 14.

David Harrison Jr. ’71, of Everett, Pennsylvania, Jan. 7.

Donald Conner ’57, of Hingham, Jan. 9.

Karl Klauer ’71, MBA’76, of Lunenburg, Jan. 16.

Andrew Chase MBA’99, of Duxbury, Jan. 17.

Kevin Donahue MBA’98, of Worcester, Jan. 15.

Thomas Goodwin Evans ’64, of Pittsburgh, Dec. 31.