Babson Magazine

Summer 2015

News, Notes + Nods



David Bailey writes from Alexandria, Va., “I have been elected executive vice president of John B. Goff Lane, a partnership having coal and natural gas properties in Kentucky. As a former national president of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, I recently returned from Belgium and Luxembourg to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in the European Theater of Operations.”


Richard Snyder ’60, H’94, P’94, ’01
Photo: Nicole Hirsch Photography

Richard Snyder H’94, P’94, ’01 (right), trustee emeritus, is shown with fellow Global Advisory Board members Pedro Martin, P’17 (left), and Bettina Beckhoff de Longinotti-Buitoni, P’11, ’14, at a speakers and sponsors networking event before the 7th Annual Latin American Forum in April. This year’s forum, “A Road Map to the Future in a Challenging Environment,” held on campus, was planned by the student-run Babson Latin American Club and the Olin Graduate School of Business. The daylong event drew more than 450 attendees and featured 15 speakers. Bettina moderated a panel, and GAB member David Brillembourg ’93 (not shown) was a panel member.


Bob Anderson ’63
Photo: © W. Marc Bernsau | Boston Business Journal

Bob Anderson, CEO and founder of The Paper Store, was profiled in a Feb. 27 article, “The Paper Chase: For The Paper Store’s CEO, Evolution Is the Name of the Game,” in Boston Business Journal. The company’s first store opened in 1964 in Maynard, Mass. Today, its 52 retail stores sell more than stationery and paper goods; according to the article, half the company’s revenue is derived from jewelry and fashion. Bob’s wife and five of their six children also work in the business, which employs 800 workers year-round and more during peak times.

Ted Marks is owner and founder of Atwater Estate Vineyard in Burdett, N.Y. He emails, “In March, Atwater Estate was awarded a Double Gold (unanimous vote of the tasting panel) in the Rose Competition in Sonoma County, California. This was the best finish among all New York entries. Atwater produces about 7,000 cases a year of more than a dozen varieties, including Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc. Stop by our tasting room when you’re in upstate New York.”


Bob Mandell emails from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., “I am working with the 50th Reunion committee, and we’re focused on asking all classmates to attend. Currently retired, I have been married for 47 years, and we have two sons and three granddaughters. Looking forward to seeing all of you in September.”

Rick McDermott emailed in May, “Sixteen years ago my wife, Laura, and I moved to Vero Beach, Fla., where I was regional president of the local U.S. Trust office. I retired from the financial world five years ago and now spend most of my time playing golf, traveling, and volunteering. I’m serving my third term on the board of St. Edward’s School. This summer, my family and I will travel to Marbella, Spain.”


Mel Jacobs P’95 emails, “In April, I spent time in Eagle, Colo., with David Carson, who is an influential part of Babson history. I met David 48 years ago when he was associate dean of students. When I became a resident director, he was my boss. He eventually worked with President Bill Glavin, who asked him to oversee building the campus as director of planning. David worked tirelessly for Babson for 30-plus years, and it is important to acknowledge his contributions.”


Fred Sampliner emails from Toronto, “After retiring two years ago as an arbitrator in the Ontario Public Service, I joined YorkStreet Dispute Resolution Group where I work as a private arbitrator and mediator in personal injury, disability, and intercompany insurer disputes. I recently married Eun Suk Kwon, and we’re enjoying more travel time, outdoor sports, leisure, some teaching, and overseas charitable projects. Let me know if you’re in the area and want to connect.”


Jeffrey Compton (MBA’80) was interviewed for a March 16 article on, “Top Gaming Industry Report Based in Berea [Ohio] Home.” In 1995, Jeffrey moved to Las Vegas, where he co-founded Compton/Dancer Consulting for the slot-club and video-poker industry. In 2005, he moved to New York City where he launched CDC Gaming Reports. Now in Berea, he has continued reporting and added webinars, seminars, and other events.

John Rogol ’77

John Rogol (center) is director of finance, individual advisory services, at TIAA-CREF, as well as financial services secretary for the Boston chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI). John was on campus in April to present one of the chapter’s FEI scholarship awards for students majoring in accounting, finance, or economics to Maya Lacy ’16 (left) and an outstanding senior award to Benjamin Cardarelli ’15. FEI Boston partners with the Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance to bring its professional development series for its members to Babson.


Steve Laufer emails, “I ran the Boston Marathon in April and raised funds for Rett syndrome. Donations as of mid-April were $1,275. It was a wet day, and I finished in 3:29:17. In June, I participated as a cyclist in the Babson Corporate Challenge of the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco. I completed the 18-mile bike ride in about 65 minutes, and our team, Roger’s Rogues, finished in about 2 hours, 57 minutes.”


Bobby Blumenfeld emails, “Hard to believe it’s been 35 years. Susan and I just celebrated our 33rd anniversary, our son, Austin, graduated from Binghamton University, and our daughter, Victoria, is a senior at Hamilton College. I passed my fifth year as executive director of ACG New York, a 60-year-old nonprofit. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. See you at Reunion.”

Chris “Sonar” Brown (MBA’83) emails, “Enjoying another great summer on the coast of Maine after a warm winter in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Really looking forward to seeing lots of classmates in September.”


Tim DeMello ’81

Tim DeMello (left), a Babson trustee and founder of the Babson United Rugby Club, and his son, Zac DeMello ’18, a current member of the team, celebrated the club’s 35th anniversary in Knight Auditorium. More than 150 rugby alumni, students, family, and friends attended the April 25 banquet, during which members from the women’s and men’s teams were inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame. Earlier in the day, Babson played a game on the Harrington Rugby Pitch, which is named after Charlie Harrington ’83, who died in 1996 and was among this year’s induction class. Tim is an inaugural member of the hall of fame, which was created in 2004.


Arthur Hahn emails, “The 30th anniversary of our graduation is a good time for my first entry in Babson Magazine. My wife, Leslie, and I live in Westport, Conn., and are the proud parents of Jesse and Sam. I have been selling high-yield and distressed bonds for longer than I care to remember, but I’m still smiling and dialing. I look forward to Reunion—sharing memories and post-Babson experiences.”


Sarah Matel ’86

Sarah Matel is senior credit officer at CEI, a nonprofit, private community-development corporation in Wiscasset, Maine. She emails, “As a leader in community-development finance, CEI was selected in February by the Opportunity Finance Network and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses to participate in the Small Business Finance Collaborative, a two-year program designed to increase lending in underserved U.S. communities. I work with 23 other community-development financial institutions to expand our partnerships and enhance our financing capabilities.”

Kathy Flynn McQuiggan, CPA, owns Beach Cities Accounting in Manhattan Beach, Calif. She emails, “After working for small businesses and Fortune 500 companies, I launched my firm in 2012. Beach Cities Accounting provides outsourced accounting services and CFO/controller support to small and medium-sized businesses. I am advanced certified in QuickBooks and specialize in helping clients streamline their accounting systems while guiding them to improve cash flow and increase profits.”

Peter Roberti ’86

Peter Roberti (second from right) emails, “Jeff Mortimer (from left), Jeff’s friend Andrew Whitaker, Peter Morris, and I traveled to Las Vegas to celebrate our 25/50 tour. We held a poolside reunion (see bottom photo) not only to commemorate the 25th anniversary of when we visited this town shortly after graduating from college but also to celebrate turning 50. We had a great time, just like our original visit (top photo).”


Bob Sullivan emails, “My son, Bobby, will attend Babson in the fall. But instead of playing basketball as I did, he’ll play baseball for the Beavers. Bobby has been a pitcher since his days of Peabody [Mass.] West Little League and has played AAU ball for Team Boston.”


Andrew Bank emails, “Can’t wait to catch up with everyone from the awesome Class of ’90 at Reunion. Doesn’t feel like 25 years since we nearly burned the campus down (a few times). Make sure you have the dates blocked on your calendars and accommodations made.”

Chris Guiffre has been appointed president and CEO at Cerulean Pharma in Cambridge, Mass. He had been Cerulean’s COO since 2014, and before that he was the company’s senior vice president and chief business officer.

Allison O’Dell Zang emails, “In May, I joined J.W. ‘Chip’ Doering ’89 and Adam Berger ’01 at Doering Leasing in Brookfield, Wis., as national client solutions manager. One of the most pre-eminent independent leasing companies in the country, it provides transportation, cash flow, and finance solutions—on everything from compact cars to luxury vehicles to dump trucks—for individuals, corporations, and nonprofits across the continental U.S.”


Bill Moore has been named AgStar Financial Services’ representative on ProPartners Financial’s board of directors. A CFA, Bill joined AgStar in 2014 and is the company’s director and vice president for capital management. He also leads AgStar’s asset liability management committee. ProPartners is an affiliate of the Farm Credit System, which provides loans, leases, and related services to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, and others who live and work in rural U.S.

Gregory Santin, vice president and relationship manager of commercial real estate at BankUnited in Miami, was interviewed for an April 23 article, “Meeting Demand, Universities Specialize Business Offerings,” in Miami Today. He emails, “Technology has changed all aspects of business and life, and our education systems must reflect that. I am committed to helping Babson students land internships, and permanent positions upon graduation, in real estate, banking, and finance.” Greg is a Babson Alumni Association board member, chair and president emeritus of Babson’s Alumni Club of South Florida, and chief development officer of the Miami Finance Forum.


Sandra Imbornone Castaldini emails, “I recently accepted a position at Babson, working with faculty to support their research. Previously, I consulted in the sponsored-research industry and worked at Harvard University for 15 years. It’s great to be back on campus. Please look me up if you visit. Some of our professors are still here!”


Nancy Boudreau emails, “My husband, Dave DuPriest, and I, as well as big brothers Tanner and Aaron, are thrilled to announce the arrival of our third child, Cameron. He was born in February during one of the numerous winter snowstorms! While taking a break from teaching first grade until the next school year, I am helping out at our business, FitGolf Performance Center, in Wilmington, Mass. Things are busy, for sure, but lots of fun.”


Bill Theofilou has been named managing director of Accenture Strategy and co-lead of its Competitiveness Center of Excellence. He joined Accenture Strategy earlier this year when the firm acquired Axia, which he co-founded.

Seth Rogers emails, “Hello, everyone! I’m excited to be on the team to help plan our 20th Reunion. A bunch of fellow classmates are working hard to plan great events for the weekend in September. I hope to see you there.”


Dan Calista emails, “Vynamic, the health-care consulting company I started in 2002, is expanding to Boston. We are now hiring experienced management consultants to work in the health-care industry. Based in Philadelphia, Vynamic has been recognized nationally for our culture, and I look forward to bringing Vynamic to the Boston area. Please check out for more info and contact me at” Dan is a member of Babson’s Board of Overseers.

Len Sheer ’96

Len Sheer (second from left) emails, “I got together with longtime Babson friends for my 40th birthday party in East Greenwich, R.I. Joining me are (from left) Jeff McLane, Tim Swift, Mike Hawkes, Brian Anderson, MBA’04, and Rob Russell, all ’96.” Jeff is chair of Babson’s Board of Overseers; Len recently was named global head of debt capital markets at Piper Jaffray and is based in New York City.


Tom Bourdon, president and executive director of Greater Boston Parents, Families, and Friends of LGBTQ People, was featured in an article on May 10, “Andover Man Opening Hearts, Minds to LGBTQ Community.” Under his leadership, the organization has reached more than 15,000 people through its Safe Schools and Communities Program, which offers workshops and educational initiatives statewide.


Leticia Stallworth (MBA’13) emails, “I had the opportunity to be back on campus in March. The new dorm, Park Manor West, is amazing. If you haven’t been on campus in a while, you should go. Not only is Babson still a beautiful place, the energy there is awesome.”


Ashley Kaye Bernon ’00

Ashley Kaye Bernon was honored in May at the Spring Inspiration Breakfast at Wellesley Country Club. Ashley, who serves on many boards and committees, received the Young Philanthropist Award from the Foundation for MetroWest. She emails, “I’m grateful to be honored by the foundation. If we encourage young people to become involved, they will be inspired by the difference they make. When I was a child, my family reinforced the value of helping others and giving back to the community. I feel fortunate to pass that to my children. We work with organizations such as Boston Children’s Hospital, Goodwill Industries of Massachusetts, and Berkshire Hills Music Academy.”

Ricardo Caporal ’00

Ricardo Caporal founded Mattoni Group, a real estate investment firm, in 2009. He emails, “Mattoni Group invests, develops, and manages a plethora of notable properties—commercial and luxury residential—in the Miami area. Mattoni, along with two partners, is a pioneer of development in West Gables.” Ricardo is a member of the National Parkinson Foundation’s board of directors and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Chris Modoono was interviewed for an April 17 article, “Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmakers #40: Depressed Teacher Directs Elementary School Play in Tenured,” on A director and writer, Chris says his new film, a comedy, was shot over 12 days during a heat wave in Los Angeles. The comedy debuted in April at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

Ashley Renzi emails, “Facebook may tell you what I had for dinner tonight, but it can’t give you a hug. Join your classmates for a fantastic weekend on and off campus, from Sept. 25 to 27, to celebrate 15 years. More details to come via email and the class FB page. Questions? Email Doug Adams at or me at”


Dan Summers is founder and managing director of Irvine, Calif.-based Go Capital, a specialty finance company. He emails, “As experts in the trucking space, Go Capital offers businesses access to semi-trucks and trailers through commercial lease contracts. Backed by Guggenheim Securities, Go Capital has experienced rapid growth since its inception. In 2014 the company was recognized as one of the top workplaces in Orange County. For more information, email me at”


Devin Collins ’02

Devin Collins (left front, sitting on floor) is assistant director of business and entrepreneurial development at the University of North Carolina’s Charlotte Research Institute and manager of the Charlotte Venture Challenge, a regional startup competition. He emails, “During February, I was in Zambia and Zimbabwe (where I am shown) on a U.S. Department of State-sponsored fellowship, helping build entrepreneurial ecosystems and community. I worked in the two countries with a number of incubators, several universities, and community groups.” In March, Devin was honored as one of the Charlotte area’s Forty Under 40 by the Charlotte Business Journal.

Hande Evranos Sakellarios ’02

Hande Evranos Sakellarios emails, “As a full-time working mother of two toddlers, I founded Organic Designs in 2014. I thought that even though I couldn’t be with them all the time, I could help ensure their safety and health. So I designed a safe and healthy organic nap mat. My mats, which are made from 100 percent certified organic fabric and filling—instead of polyester or chemically treated, harmful materials—allow children to breathe safely while napping. All Organic Designs nap mats are handmade in the U.S. Visit us at”


Adam Said ’04

Adam Said (center), Chris Kile ’06 (left), and Sherif El Halwagy ’06 (right) founded ACE & Company, a niche private equity firm headquartered in Geneva, in 2005. Adam emails, “The name was partially inspired by the acronym of a Babson course, ‘Accelerated Curriculum for Entrepreneurship.’ As ACE expanded, we were joined by Charles Lorenceau ’06, who runs our London office. Along with London and Geneva, ACE has offices in New York City, Hong Kong, and Cairo; 30 employees; and assets under management of US$390 million.”


Amanda Hellen and Meredith Hellen Dziuba email, “Hey, classmates! As part of the Reunion committee, we have been busy planning a great weekend and class party. Join us to travel down memory lane, to see not only old friends but also the incredible changes around campus. There has never been a better time to come back to Babson. On behalf of the entire committee, we hope to see you at our class party on Sept. 26.”

Jack Wu is co-founder of home.stead, a bakery and cafe scheduled to open in Boston’s Dorchester section in October. He emails, “Our vision for our new cafe is to become the ‘living room of Dorchester’ by providing a comfortable space to enjoy high-quality food and beverages. Home.stead will be a place where neighbors meet and gather, community events are held, and ideas are exchanged.” The cafe’s progress may be tracked at


Colleen Heidinger emails, “I recently moved back to my hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., from Santa Monica, Calif., to join the resurgence and revitalization of the Queen City. I landed my dream job, combining my passion for events and entrepreneurship, as director of events and programming for 43North. 43North, the world’s largest business-idea competition, awards $5 million in prize money each year. If you’re interested in submitting an application, contact me at”

Morgen Newman ’06

Morgen Newman (left) emails, “Casey Elsass (center), Ted Barbeau ’04 (right), and I are co-founders of MixedMade, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based business that makes Bees Knees Spicy Honey. We launched the company in 30 days, starting in February 2014. That year, we generated $170,000 from the sales of Bees Knees, $100,000 of which came during the holiday season. The most bottles sold on a single day was 1,744, thanks to an NBC Today show feature and other media coverage in December. This year, we’re on track to more than double those stats as we expand into Whole Foods and launch our next products.”

Alexander Thomson-Payan ’06

Alexander Thomson-Payan (right), founder and CEO of holding company Thomson Group International, is shown in Luanda, Angola, with Carlos Fernandes, country manager. Alex emails, “In 2007, I started Electrix Telecom in Angola, a mobile-phone importer, distributor, and retailer, and one of four TGI companies. TGI also owns Exceptional Service and Supply, a procurement company for the oil and gas sector, ERE, a real estate company, and 7Mobile, our mobile phone brand. The companies have prospered due to Angola’s post-war boom and my having moved here to be on the ground.”


Eric Yale ’07

Eric Yale (second row, second from left) emails, “This picture was taken in January at a party in Cambridge, Mass., to celebrate my 30th birthday. With me are (first row, from left) Zach Bouzan-Kaloustian ’07, Jenna Kochen ’09, Kristin Ro ’08, MSA’08, Katie Finigan ’09, Anjali Wali ’09; (second row) Ricky Rosemarin ’08, Todd Stupell ’06, Tina Papadopoulos ’09, Adam Pacelli ’07; and (third row) John Holden ’07 and Nathaniel Taylor ’07.”


Jesse Levin, founder of Tactivate, emails, “Tactivate is an organization that believes today’s military special operations veterans are among our nation’s greatest untapped entrepreneurial assets. Our programming cross-pollinates and meshes select veterans, entrepreneurs, and corporate teams. The private sector learns the skills our veterans possess, and our veterans learn how their skills and experiences are applicable post-service. The first physical campus is slated to open this fall in Miami.”

Ian So and Jaemin Lee, co-founders of the Chicken & Rice Guys, a food-truck chain in Boston, have opened a restaurant. Ian emails, “Chicken & Rice, our new restaurant, is in Boston’s Financial District. It’s a fast-casual concept, open five days a week. We plan to open a second one in Medford this fall. If you can’t stop by one of our restaurants, check out the schedules for our four food trucks—we’re all over Boston and in Cambridge and Watertown.”


Norm de Silva was featured in a May 6 article, “Shaping His Future: Dartmouth’s Norm de Silva Comes to a Basketball Crossroads,” on Norm, who played basketball at Dartmouth [Mass.] High School, was the team’s leading scorer when he was a senior. From 2012 to 2013, he coached the Foshan Long Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association; that season recently was chronicled in a documentary, Jiaolian [Coach].


Mason Wartman, founder and owner of Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia, is one of 99 people profiled in a recently released book, Unselfish: Love Thy Neighbor as Thy Selfie. Mason’s $1-per-slice pizzeria offers customers the opportunity to pre-purchase slices for homeless people.


Shreyas Cotha was featured in a May 1 article, “Aiming to Go Global,” on An executive director of C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons in Bangalore, India, he is a member of the sixth generation to work in his family’s group of businesses. After studying gemology at the Gemological Institute of America and computer programming at Stanford University, he returned to India to work in the family’s jewelry business.


Anneliese Brosch emails, “My boyfriend, Dominic Olivo, and I own and operate Cape Ann S.U.P. (Stand Up Paddleboards). We have two rental/tour/lesson locations on Boston’s North Shore, and this summer we’ll open our first retail location, in Essex, which is a huge step for us. Paddleboarding is for people of any age. Check out our Facebook page, CapeAnnPaddleboards, and visit our website,”

Samantha Cooper was featured in a May 4 interview, “How She Got There: Samantha Cooper, Founder & CEO of Trend Tribe,” on She says that her mom, who had her own business, provided the inspiration and support for Samantha’s jewelry and accessories venture (

Greg Schwartz ’12

Greg Schwartz emails, “I founded Stork to create a better fitting men’s undershirt. Our 100 percent cotton jersey undershirts are tapered for a slimmer fit, have shorter sleeves that won’t bunch, and are slightly longer so they won’t come untucked. We deliver new packs to Stork members every three, four, or six months—it’s up to you. Our long-term goal is to offer all men’s essential apparel. Until Sept. 30, Stork is offering Babson alumni 25 percent off the first pack of shirts they order; use coupon code BABSON25.”


Drew Breuninger emails, “I recently co-founded, an art-based, fundraising platform that also can be an art project for elementary schools. Children create a design in class, and their art is translated into a holiday greeting card available for purchase. But any group or organization can participate; in fact, we have managed art contests for corporations and municipalities. Our cards are printed on a high-quality, environmentally friendly paper.”

Breezy DiPietro emails, “Because of Babson and its flexibility in helping me attend a semester abroad program of my choosing in Australia in 2011, I was introduced to someone I never would have met otherwise, my future husband. Tyler Radicioni proposed to me in May, and we’re looking forward to celebrating with family, friends, and my colleagues at Babson—because, yes, I work here now, too!” Breezy is a public relations specialist in the Office of College Marketing.

Matt Muller emails, “During the fall semester, a group of Babson students studying at the college’s San Francisco campus participated in CiTE (Consulting in Technology Entrepreneurship, the Silicon Valley equivalent of MCFE) and ran a project for Inflection, where I work. It was great to see so many students express interest in joining the fastgrowing San Francisco alumni community. We’ve got quite a few classmates here. If you’re interested in making the move, reach out to me at”


Kayla Florence emails, “Babson’s strong emphasis on family business has helped me as I have begun to direct sales and marketing at Kaydon Integrated Technologies in Canton, Mass. Kaydon IT, a division of my family’s business, Florence Electric, is in the building technology systems marketplace. We focus on leading the industry with the latest technology and unmatched customer service. In January, we completed the IT, security, and campus communications cabling in Park Manor West.”

Daquan Oliver, founder and executive director of Recesspreneurs, was featured in an April 3 Boston Business Journal interview, “Spreading the Love: Daquan Oliver Always Expected to Be a Mentor, Just Not this Soon.” A nonprofit, Recesspreneurs offers entrepreneurship courses to middleand high-school students during after-school programs.


Yousef Al-Humaidhi ’15

Yousef Al-Humaidhi (left) emails, “Emily Levy ’16 (right) and I founded PICCPerfect to help improve the lives of patients with a chronic illness. PICCPerfect creates medical accessories, and our first product is a line of PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) covers that combine function—such as protection against infection and harmful pulling of the line—with fashion. We started the business after Emily had a PICC line to treat her chronic severe Lyme disease. We completed a successful Kickstarter campaign, won Student Business of the Year from the Babson Student Government Association, and won first place at the Purdue University Calumet Big Sell Entrepreneurship Competition.”

Graduate back to top


Carl Kilmer, MBA’69, P’09
Photo: David Fox

Carl Kilmer P’09 (from left), Babson trustee, advisory board member of the Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance, and retired partner at Accenture; Annabelle Reid, MBA’86, founder of FoxMoor Capital and Cutler Center advisory board member; Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz; and Mark D’Annolfo, Cutler Center managing director, are shown at the Boston Security Analysts Society’s Annual Market Dinner, of which the center was the main sponsor. The February event featured a discussion with El-Erian, who chairs President Barack Obama’s Global Development Council. About 700 investment professionals attended the Boston event.


C.M. “Rip” Cunningham emails, “After 42 years in the publishing industry as owner and publisher of the world’s largest sport-fishing magazine, Salt Water Sportsman, and ancillary businesses, I have begun to slow down. I also completed 19 years on the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission and nine years on the New England Fishery Management Council. In early 2015, I was voted into The International Game Fish Association’s Fishing Hall of Fame.”

Greg Miller, MBA’72

Greg Miller, CEO, co-chief investment officer, and co-founder of Wellesley Investment Advisors, was named one of America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors and ranked No. 1 in Massachusetts in the Feb. 23 issue of Barron’s magazine. Greg emails, “I’m pleased that our strategy of using convertible bonds with the goal of outperforming stocks and bonds over full market cycles has helped our clients with their investment objectives and, in turn, resulted in the growth of Wellesley Investment Advisors.” Darlene Murphy, MBA’94, is the firm’s president and co-founder, and Greg’s son, Michael Miller, MBA’14, is a co-chief investment officer.


Steve Litvin, professor of hospitality and tourism at the College of Charleston [S.C.], has been named a Fulbright ambassador, a position open to Fulbright Scholar Program alumni. Steve was a Fulbright scholar in 2008. As representatives of the program, ambassadors help with outreach efforts to the higher education community. His research on destination management for world heritage cities was done at Ontario’s University of Guelph, where he held a research chair.


Jeffrey Compton (’77): See Undergrads.


Bob Doe was featured in a March 30 article, “Local Businesses Get Boost from Center’s Experts,” on Bob, a 50- year veteran of the restaurant business, is a restaurant expert at the Beaufort County [N.C.] Community College Small Business Center.


Morrison Bonpasse, activist, author, and businessman, is running for president of the U.S. ( and plans to campaign in the Democratic primary in New Hampshire. The three main issues of his platform are wrongful convictions, population growth, and a single global currency. The Newcastle, Maine, resident recently founded Maine Cork.

William Sowyrda, CPA, has been appointed CFO at Crystal Springs, a nonprofit organization in Assonet, Mass., that provides programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Previously, he was CFO at The Guild for Human Services.


Walter Dillingham, CFA, is managing director, endowments and foundations at Wilmington Trust in New York City. He emails, “In May, I received an MS in Fundraising and Grant Making from New York University. My capstone project was ‘The Evolution of Catholic Community Foundations in the United States.’ Earlier I wrote a Wilmington Trust study, Independent Schools in New York State: The Importance of Fundraising and Endowment Strategies, which was referenced in a June 3 New York Times article, ‘Endowments Thrive at Pricey New York City Prep Schools.’”

Robert Johnson, senior director of strategic intelligence at Atrion, emails, “I teach part time in the MBA program at the University of Rhode Island’s College of Business Administration. I taught MBA 540, ‘Organizational Design and Decision Making,’ in the spring and had a terrific time.” Robert can be reached at


Ann Hutchins, founder and owner of Ann B. Hutchins Financial Coaching in Santa Barbara, Calif., co-authored Finance Is Personal: Making Your Money Work for You in College and Beyond, published in June. She emails, “The book helps readers plan the financial side of their personal lives. This book is about making decisions that are about what you want to do, not about what you should do.” Ann is a recipient of the Richard J. Snyder Distinguished Service to the College Award and a former trustee.


Arthur Barrett is president of Barrett Distribution Centers, a third-party logistics company based in Franklin, Mass. He spoke in March at the Exit Planning Exchange Boston annual summit on “Growth and Operational Efficiency.” He is a member of the IT and education committees of the International Warehouse Logistics Association.

Kenneth Juergens has been named senior vice president, government and military programs at Colt Defense in West Hartford, Conn. Previously, he was group vice president, global logistics and development solutions at DynCorp International. Ken served 25 years in the military before retiring as a colonel in the Army Ordnance Corps.


Hall of Fame
Photo: Justin Knight

The sixth Babson Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame award ceremony was held in Knight Auditorium in April. Before the event, inductees Ruthie Davis (from left), and Michael Bastian ’87 posed for a photo with President Kerry Healey in front of the awards plaque in the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship. Ruthie is founder, president, and creative director of Ruthie Davis, avant-garde women’s footwear, and Michael is founder and creative director of Michael Bastian, luxury American menswear.


Laura Gere was interviewed for a May 22 article, “Women in Business Q&A: Laura Gere, Senior Vice President of Operations, NaviNet,” on Laura, who works in the health-care technology firm’s Boston office, discussed topics such as work-life balance, women in the workplace, and mentors.


Mark Allen, MBA’97

Mark Allen (right), emails, “After another busy year for the Air Meals team, Bill Assaad, MBA’97 (left), co-founder and president, and I, vice president for business development and operations, were in Boston this spring. We met in the Boston Garden with business partners WestJet, a Calgary, Alberta-based airline; Optimum Solutions, a Montreal-based caterer; and Delaware North, a Buffalo, N.Y.-based group of travel and hospitality companies that hosted us in the owner’s suite for a hockey game. Air Meals is a software venture that supports premium meal services for airline travelers. We’re going strong and looking forward to announcing a new airline partner soon.” Adam Bauer, MBA’97, who died in 2012, was co-founder and president of Air Meals.


Edwin Tai (MSA) has been named senior managing director and senior portfolio manager, distressed credit at Newfleet Asset Management, an investment management affiliate of Virtus Investment Partners. Previously, he was a portfolio manager at Third Avenue Management. A CFA, Edwin also is an adjunct professor of finance at Fordham University.


Jon Colvin has been appointed senior vice president and general auditor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He had been its vice president and CFO since 2007. A CPA, Jon was a financial statement auditor and tax analyst before he joined the bank in 1998.


John Reiner emails, “I recently launched to provide the best customer experience for purchasing promotional products. Our e-commerce platform provides intuitive product searches, instant quotes, easy ordering, and real-time order status. Our logo library enables customers to securely store their artwork so it’s always available for future orders. Organizations can set up groups and invite colleagues to share products and artwork that they use most frequently. LogicalPromotions is like a company store with unlimited product selection.”


Nick Opderbeck, MBA’05

Nick Opderbeck (far right), emails, “About six years ago, I began making wine in the San Francisco Bay Area with three friends, Rob Hutchison (from left), Ed Bernazzani, and Ollie Becker. That hobby has turned into a passion, and we recently launched our first fully commercial label, Nero Cellars. We are putting our business, sales, and wine knowledge to good use as we build this fledgling company. Our fruit is sourced from impeccable vineyards in Sonoma, and we produce our wines in a facility in Oakland, focusing primarily on Rhone varietals. We invite you to join this journey with us. Cheers!”

Anshuman Singh, MBA’05

Anshuman Singh founded startup ReTiSense, which has developed Stridalyzer, a sensor-fitted smart insole. He emails, “Using sensing technology and running biomechanics, Stridalyzer analyzes a runner’s form, posture, and style. Data from the insole is sent to its smartphone app, which measures foot impact and pressure points, detects susceptibility to knee and foot injuries, and provides guidance to avoid injuries and improve performance. Our insole, which can be trimmed up to a full shoe size, helps runners get good results. In December, Stridalyzer was named one of the Best New Inventions for 2015 by Thanks to Babson for the extremely valuable entrepreneurship education.”

David Ure and David Arslanian, MBA’06, founded Inanovate in 2006. Inanovate sells a platform technology that enables the measurement of multiple biomarkers from blood samples in one low-cost test. Biomarkers, which are genes, proteins, or other biological molecules, are related to a specific disease, infection, or environmental exposure. A new generation of the company’s platform, Bio-ID800, is being launched later this year to support clinical trials for a low-cost monitoring test for breast cancer recurrence.


Susan Ryan has been appointed to the board of The Heights Foundation in Fort Myers, Fla. The foundation supports The Heights Center, a place for education, opportunity, and enrichment for the city’s Harlem Heights neighborhood. Susan is director, finance and operations at Canterbury School in Fort Myers.


Margaret (MacDonald) Teller, MBA’07

Margaret (MacDonald) Teller (right), completed her first year in May as president and CEO of The Children’s Workshop, a Cumberland, R.I.- based early childhood education company. She emails, “The Children’s Workshop was founded by my father, David MacDonald ’78 (center), chairman of the board. My sister, Bailey Kent, regional director of education, stands behind him. With our dad are his grandchildren (from left), Louis Kent, David Kent, and Molly Teller, all enrolled in The Children’s Workshop. The workshop operates 19 early learning centers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and we are celebrating our 25th year in business.”


Isaac Van Wesep founded Quick Key, an education software company, in 2013. He emails, “Quick Key just passed an important milestone: Teachers around the world have given 1 million quizzes using our mobile, Web, and Chromebook software. Quick Key’s exclusive mobile networking technology delivers instant assessment and quiz results to teachers and students, even in classrooms without Internet connections.”


Daniel Hermann is co-founder of Paint Nite, a Somerville, Mass.-based startup that offers group painting workshops in 135 cities in North America, the United Kingdom, and South Africa at local bars, private parties, corporate events, and fundraisers. In its first round of funding, the company recently raised $13 million in equity funding. Paint Nite plans to increase its staff and expand to Europe, Australia, Asia, and Latin America.

Stephan Nadeau, MBA’10
Photo: AFCEA

Stephan Nadeau (center), was honored in February by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association at its conference in San Diego. He received the association’s Emerging Leadership Award from retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert Shea (left), AFCEA president and CEO, and Linda Gooden, board chair. Stephan was recognized for his contributions to AFCEA’s Lexington-Concord, Mass., chapter in promoting science, technology, engineering, and math education to schoolchildren. He also was commended for his continuing effort in expanding the Department of Defense’s Starbase program at Hanscom Air Force Base. Starbase encourages the pursuit of STEM studies.

Alina (Muzykina) Savu (’06) emails, “Hard to believe it’s been five whole years since we bounced off that stage, proudly gripping our diplomas. You may have married, had a family, started a company, or be drowning your sorrows in a margarita, but you’re always a Beaver and we want to see you. Join us for Reunion & Homecoming weekend, Sept. 25–27, for lots of exciting events. Register at”

Sioma Waisburd emails, “Whole e Nature, a company I founded in 2014, has launched Whole e Coco, a line of coconut beverages in two flavors—pure coconut and coconut plus coffee—with more flavors in the future. Each 10-ounce bottle of Whole e Coco has 9 grams of organic MCT oil, which is derived 100 percent from coconut oil, in an organic coconut water and coconut nectar base. Whole e Coco was nominated for the 2015 NEXTY award at Natural Products Expo West.”


Matthew Klein, who was named interim director of Clemson University’s Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership in fall 2014, was featured in a May 7 article, “Building Better Businesspeople: Spiro Institute Helps Entrepreneurs Turn Big Ideas into Big Profits,” on The institute focuses on academic research in entrepreneurship and funds research for scholarly journals. Matthew is pursuing a doctorate in business from Georgia State University and teaches in Clemson’s MBA program.

Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame
Photo: Justin Knight

Ten young alumni were honored for their entrepreneurial achievements and named Rising Stars at the Babson Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame ceremony in April. Standing in front of Knight Auditorium are (front, from left) Esmeralda Lambert of Esmeralda Lambert, Niari Keverian, MBA’12, of Zoos Greek Iced Tea, Gautam Gupta ’07 of NatureBox, Polina Raygorodskaya ’08 of Wanderu, Ken Chen ’06 of NatureBox; (back) Matthew Lambert, MBA’11, of Esmeralda Lambert, David Heath ’05 and Andrew Heath, MBA’12, both of Bombas, and Connell McGill ’08 of Enertiv. Pavel Khodorkovskiy ’07 of Enertiv is missing from the photo.

Miles Masci, MBA’11

Miles Masci (left), emails, “Nicolas Warren (right) and I started Perfect Fuel in Boston in 2011. Now in over 300 retailers, Perfect Fuel’s product line includes Espresso Energy Bites and Chia Energy Bites. These dark chocolate bites are a convenient snack before a workout or for a 3 p.m. pick-me-up. A natural source of healthy energy, they’re pure and simple with only five ingredients. For more information, introductions, or ideas, email me at”

Paul Sale has been promoted to chief human resources officer at Mentor Graphics in Wilsonville, Ore. Previously, he was global head of compensation and benefits at the firm, where he started in financial roles more than 10 years ago.


Saul Hernandez Orendain, MBA’12

Saul Hernandez Orendain has founded DrinkPlus. He emails, “Mexico, a big consumer of high-calorie soft drinks, now has the world’s highest obesity rate. So after working for two years at Mattel in California, I returned home to help improve Mexico’s health. DrinkPlus offers five noncarbonated exotic flavors, all made with natural ingredients, plus vitamins, minerals, and herbal extracts such as Panax ginseng. The beverages are sweetened with stevia and have only 50 calories in each 500 mL (16.9 oz.) bottle. DrinkPlus is bottled in Mexico and distributed around the country to convenience stores, supermarkets, and gourmet stores.”

Rebecca McCrensky, MBA’12

Rebecca McCrensky is the founder of Altar Ego. She emails, “I see the yoga apparel market as a huge opportunity space. Using the power of social media, our company has gained more than 11,000 Instagram followers and 700 international brand ambassadors and wholesalers in six countries since launching in 2014. We create custom prints for our clothing that tell stories that are meaningful to the women who wear our line. Building a company that blends my passion for fitness, fashion, and art is rewarding, but creating a community of women focused on female empowerment is the most fulfilling part.”


Jenna Birkhold has been named an analyst in the Boston office of Phoenix Management Services. Previously, Jenna was a risk management consultant at KFDA, a risk management and insurance consultancy based in Boston.

Polina Burns has been promoted to assistant brand manager, New House Vintners at Don Sebastiani & Sons, fourth-generation Sonoma Valley, Calif., winemakers. She recently became a certified specialist of wine. Previously, Polina was the company’s marketing and public relations coordinator.

Tara Foley is the founder of Follain, a natural skin-care shop that started in 2013 in Boston’s South End. This spring, Follain added a store on Beacon Hill in Boston and one in Washington, D.C. Tara’s store on Nantucket is open seasonally.

Leticia Stallworth (’99): See Undergrads.

Anmol Wassan, Christopher Barlow, Brent Colson, and Andrea Light are co-founders of PlayLocal, formerly known as Reserve A Game. Anmol emails, “This summer, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced a partnership with us. PlayLocal has created an online platform for tennis players to reserve a time at four of Boston’s public court locations and find similarly skilled people to play with. Players sign up for free on any PC or mobile device.”

Giving Back back to top

Eric Johnson ’72, P’08
Photo: Matt Wittmeyer
Eric Johnson ’72, P’08, in one of Baldwin Richardson Foods’ manufacturing facilities

As a child growing up on Chicago’s South Side in the late 1950s, Eric Johnson ’72, P’08, watched his father successfully build Johnson Products, a manufacturer of ethnic hair-care products. …

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Connections back to top

Babson Connect: Worldwide

The inaugural Babson Connect: Worldwide event, an unprecedented opportunity for the global Babson community to gather and celebrate Entrepreneurship of All Kinds, took place April 24 to 26 in Cartagena, Colombia, a city offering stunning ocean views, gorgeous architecture, and rich culture. More than 200 Babson alumni, parents, and friends attended, participating in 11 panels and sessions presented by Babson faculty, local entrepreneurs, and members of the Global Advisory Board. Receptions were held at the beautiful homes of alumni and parents. At the awards gala, President Kerry Healey announced that Babson Connect: Worldwide 2016 will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. —Lindsay Magoon, manager, alumni communications

Traditional drummers and dancers in Cartagena Baluarte de San Francisco Javier

On the first evening of the event, attendees were led through the streets of Cartagena by traditional drummers and dancers. Attendees then dined under the stars near the Baluarte de San Francisco Javier, a section of the historical wall built to protect the city.

Community Changemaker Award

At Saturday night’s awards gala, Jaime Gilinski (right), entrepreneurial banker, investor, and philanthropist, was inducted into Babson’s Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs. Catalina Escobar (center), president of the Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation, was awarded the first Community Changemaker Award from The Lewis Institute. Entrepreneur and trustee Carlos Mattos, MBA’76, P’17, received the inaugural Babson Connect: Worldwide 2015 Champion award.

Leveraging the Babson Network for Global Enterprise

On Sunday, attendees participated in the session “Leveraging the Babson Network for Global Enterprise” with Jeff Avallon ’06 (right), vice president of business development at IdeaPaint, and current student Martin Restrepo ’17 (left), whose company is working with IdeaPaint to distribute its products in Latin America. The session was moderated by President Healey.

Weddings back to top

Yuliya Kalmanovich ’07

Yuliya Kalmanovich ’07 and David Lubin were married on Sept. 6, 2014, in Livingston, N.J. Alumni guests, who traveled from all over the world, included Christine Garabedian ’06; Luly Arriola, Devika Bakshi, Polina Deych, Bruna Figueiredo, Pavel Khodorkovskiy, Kelly Lie, MSA’07, Lidia Smirnova, Diana Spasenkova, all ’07; and Alex Debelov ’10.

Jared Meyers ’01

Jared Meyers ’01 emails, “My best friend, Allison Schechter, and I were married on Dec. 26, 2014. We tied the knot during a small, private ceremony in the backyard of our home in North Palm Beach. We love South Florida, and when I’m not on the golf course I usually can be found by the pool with Allison and our puppy, Sox!”

Meredith Greeno ’07

Meredith Greeno ’07 was married to Joe Nash on Aug. 30, 2014, at The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston. The reception was held at the Taj Boston. Guests included Pamela Panagian, MSA’06, Matt Schuler, MSA’06, Kira (Maddigan) Watkins, and Jon Watkins, all ’06; and Kate Adamson, John Harrison, MSA’07, Stephanie Madesh, Robyn Patnode, Nate Taylor, and bridesmaids Tara Hughes and Chelsea Moylan, all ’07.

Sandra Smyly ’08 and Matthew Hart ’06

Sandra Smyly ’08 and Matthew Hart ’06 were married on Nov. 8, 2014, in Boston at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel. More than 20 Babson alumni attended the wedding, and wedding party members included Tori Smyly Banu, sister of the bride and matron of honor, Michael Banu, and Steve Pagnotta, all ’05; Tom Anderson and Shawn Hawthorne, MSA’06, both ’06; and Shir Castel, Lindsey Andrade DiPietro, and Molly Williams, all ’08.

Kirsten Ferguson ’10

Kirsten Ferguson ’10 and Christopher Lingerfelt were married on Aug. 29, 2014, at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, R.I. Many alumni were among the guests at the wedding. Kirsten, a public relations specialist, has founded digital media agency Spark Social, and Christopher is a commercial real estate analyst at Holliday Fenoglio Fowler. The couple lives in Upper St. Clair, Pa.

In Memoriam back to top

Dean Christie ’43 of Naples, Fla., died on March 10. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He was founder and president of Christie Food Products.

Alan Tindal ’46 of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, died on Feb. 11. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He was a media broker for Blackburn & Co.

John Bock ’48 of Orange, Mass., died on Feb. 22.

Charles Stathos ’48 of Lincoln, Mass., died on April 6. He served in the Navy during World War II. He worked for Estabrook and Co.

Philip Armstrong ’49 of Greensburg, Pa., died on Feb. 11.

Danforth Leach ’51 of Macungie, Pa., formerly of Naples, Fla., died on May 19. An attorney, he also worked for his family’s business.

George Allen ’52 of San Diego died on Feb. 28. He served in the Navy during World War II and then worked in the insurance industry, retiring from Amica Mutual Insurance.

Theodore Bouzoucos ’52 of Woodbridge, Conn., died on March 28. An Army veteran, he was a vice president and financial consultant for RBC Dain Rauscher.

Ernest Raasch ’52 of Baxter, Minn., died on March 1. CEO and president of Cetex, he also owned and operated Bay Colony Inn.

Robert Wagner ’52 of Lakeland, Fla., died on April 25. He was a manager of St. Petersburg Beach Chamber of Commerce.

John Alderton ’54 of Florham Park, N.J., died on April 17. An Army veteran, he was a sales executive for Almac Plastics and founded J&J Plastics. Survivors include his son, Jeffrey Alderton ’79.

Leslie Storer ’55 of East Grand Rapids, Mich., died on April 12. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He worked for General Electric and Panduit.

John Attaway, MBA’56, of Washington, D.C., died on April 1. He served in the Army from 1950 to 1965, retiring as a major. He earned a doctorate in business administration and was a professor at the University of the District of Columbia.

William Hinman ‘56 of Sarasota, Fla., died on March 28. He served in the Army during the Korean War.

Perry McLaughlin ’57 of Mars Hill, N.C., died on March 24. An Army veteran, he worked at the Biltmore Winery.

Louis Moll, MBA’57, of Osterville, Mass., and Jupiter, Fla., died on May 10. He developed residential real estate.

William von Rosenvinge ’57 of Peabody, Mass., died on Feb. 23. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a portfolio manager at Adams, Harkness & Hill. Survivors include his son, Bruce von Rosenvinge ’84.

Louis Green ’59 of Nashua, N.H., died on March 7. A Navy veteran, he retired as a senior vice president at Wang Laboratories.

Donald Huntington ’59 of Eureka, Kan., died on Nov. 30, 2014.

Owen Litz, MBA’59, of Providence, Utah, died on March 26. He retired as a colonel after serving in the Army during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He then worked in the antiques trade.

Robert Gilmore ’60 of Attleboro, Mass., died on April 3. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was president of R.S. Gilmore Insurance Agency.

James Meehan ‘61 of Milton, Mass., died on May 11. He was an Air Force veteran. A CPA, he operated Meehan and Meehan.

Robert Ready ’61 of Cincinnati died on March 18. An Air Force veteran, he was founder, chairman, and CEO of LSI Industries.

David Silver ’61 of New York City died on March 3. He founded Regency Home Fashions in 1968 and was owner and CEO until he retired. Survivors include his son, Michael Silver, MBA’92.

Robert MacArthur, MBA’62, of Bayside, Maine, died on March 27.

Philip Eames ’65 of Mesquite, Texas, died on March 18. He worked for Fluor Daniel.

Charles Canali, MBA’67, of Lynnfield, Mass., died on March 12. An Air Force veteran, he worked for Lucent Technologies.

Peter Rice, MBA’69, of South Yarmouth, Mass., died on March 19. An Army veteran, he subsequently became a bank officer.

Michael Reeve ’72 of Exeter, N.H., died on March 27. He was a treasurer at Malden Mills Industries.

Alan Beauchaine ’73 of Overland Park, Kan., died on March 2. A CFA, he was a senior vice president of the corporate investment group at Bank of America.

Philip Ortolani, MBA’73, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, died on March 18. He was vice president for operations at Mid Coast Health Services.

Donald Shanly, MBA’73, of Cotuit, Mass., died on April 25. He served in the Massachusetts Air National Guard during the Korean War and founded Shanly Research Associates.

Robert Brown, MBA’78, of Marblehead, Mass., died on March 27. He taught technology education at Collins Middle School in Salem.

Sally Johnson-Chin, MBA’78, of Medford, Mass., died on April 21. She was a business financial consultant. Survivors include her daughter, Kristy Chin ’06.

Drew Maenza ‘78 of Alpharetta, Ga., died on Sept. 19, 2014. He was a partner of an advertising firm.

David Musser ’78 of Fairhaven, Mass., died on Dec. 1, 2014. Survivors include his sister, Laura Montgomery ’85.

Loretta Kurtz, MBA’79, of Dover, Mass., died on March 23. She was an accountant.

Christopher Leuci ’92 of Lynnfield, Mass., died on March 21. He was a vice president, institutional wealth service group at Fidelity.

David Werblow ’96 of Guilford, Conn., died on March 15. An entrepreneur, he did market research.

Thomas Murphy, MBA’02, of Chelsea, Mass., died on May 17.