CLASSNOTES

 

W.L. Mellon Society Member

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Class of 1965

Henry “Hal” Shelton (BSIM) helps entrepreneurs start, grow, and sell their business. Shelton is an active angel investor focusing on technology and cyber security early-stage companies in the D.C. metro area and serves on four portfolio company boards of directors. Hal is also a certified SCORE mentor and the author of the Amazon best-selling book “The Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan,” now in its second edition. Shelton and his wife, Gail, live in Bethesda, Maryland.


Class of 1966

Neil Richards (MSIA) writes that the appeals (and pitfalls) of technology are ever stronger in today’s world. While Tepper’s environment is in many ways alien to his five-plus decades ago experiences, managing the basic tenets of technology and social integration merged with time resources remains a challenge. Those halcyon GSIA days of yore provided the structure for today’s thinking of tomorrow. Email discussions and links appreciated.


Class of 1969

Gary Anderson (MSIA) is still finding opportunities to apply his analytical training after retiring from SRI International, now having fun working as a freelance automobile magazine editor for the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, while doing economic development consulting assignments for the City of Los Altos, California, where he and his wife, Genie, live.

Ken Derow (BSIM, MSIA 1970) would like to express a sense of immense gratitude to CMU and what is now called the Tepper School for nurturing and enhancing his sense of intellectual curiosity that has fostered a lifelong love of learning that sustains him to this very day. It was the thing that CMU reinforced in him that he is most thankful for. Derow and his collaborator, Harvard Mass General neuroscientist Rudy Tanzi, are making the rounds of publishers for their newly completed book on how to transform your diet lifestyle. The book is based on brain science, psychology, and common sense.


Class of 1970

Paul Schenk (BSIM) is reminiscing as he approaches 70, savoring 40 years in a private practice as a clinical psychologist. He’ll close the practice at the end of 2018. He and his wife, Cheryl, have been married 43 years and counting. One married son is in the Navy; another son is paying off graduate school loans while he helps add buildings to the Nashville skyline. Next? More time for travel and his model railroading hobby.


Class of 1976

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Manuel Amaya (MSIA) celebrated his 30th anniversary with Avery Products Corporation and his 42nd anniversary with Patti, his college sweetheart. They are now living in San Diego and have a son who is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Kaiser Permanente, a second son who is a partner at a large firm specializing in labor law, and a daughter who was an eighth-grade teacher but now is a full-time mom. Amaya has responsibility for $60 million of purchased finished goods sales and $50 million of raw material purchases managed through teams located in China, in Mexico, and at the headquarters in Brea, California. Patti and Manuel attended a beach event with CMU alumni at the La Jolla Shores. They had a great time.

After a career that started with Ford Finance in Detroit, Peter McIntosh (MSIA) later moved to Boston and New York to be a consultant for PwC and then to San Francisco to run operations for Charles Schwab. Somehow all of that led to a second career teaching calculus in Oakland, California. He doesn’t think that he will ever leave this job. He and his wife of 31 years (Ann) have two children who are now finding their way in the high-tech startup world of Silicon Valley.


Class of 1977

Albert Ip (MSIA) joined Langham Hospitality Investments (listed company in Hong Kong) as Executive Director and CEO in June 2014. In 2016, Ip was appointed a council member of and Adjunct Professor of Finance at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and was appointed a trustee of Washington University in St. Louis in 2017. In 2018, he was appointed as an independent non-executive director and audit committee member of New World Development Company (a listed company in Hong Kong).


Class of 1980

Carey Pack (MSIA) is co-founder and Managing Partner of FMP Blockchain LLC, a venture fund that invests in blockchain companies.


Class of 1981

Scott Bechtel (MSIA), with his wife, Sylvia, launched new careers as Broadway show producers, beginning with Tony Award-winning (choreography) “Bandstand,” starring CMU’s own Corey Cott (A 2012) in the lead role. The “Fathom” film of the original stage production was shown again in theaters nationwide on Veteran’s Day. Tony-nominated “Farinelli and the King” opened late last year, starring Academy Award winner Mark Rylance. “Farinelli” recouped its production investment in four months. At least two more exciting shows and the “Bandstand” world tour are in the works.


Class of 1984

Louisa Pontius Wunder (MSIA) would like to congratulate Sheila Bowen Brown (MSIA) for her contribution to the Tepper School. Wunder hasn’t seen Brown since she married, and she doesn’t look a day older.


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Class of 1986

As CFO of Energy Advisors, Anthony Amendola (BSE 1984, MSIA) provides turnkey solutions, including funding, of LED lighting and related technologies nationally, including Hawaii. Utilizing “Lighting as a Service” or “Technology as a Service” (LaaS or TaaS), they are developing programs with access to the largest private funding sources and public REITS in the energy efficiency space. In addition, they are actively pursuing PACE-funded projects in California and the Northeast U.S. They are creating a Hawaii Sovereign Fund for Hawaii and looking to duplicate on the mainland. Amendola would welcome any input from the group.


Class of 1987

Atsunori Kohzuki (MSIA) is developing LNG Projects as General Manager with INPEX, a Japanese oil and gas company, aiming to promote natural gas use, a better choice of energy to cope with climate change. In the meantime, this is his 30th wedding anniversary year, so he went to San Francisco from Aug. 26 to Sept. 2 to celebrate.


Class of 1989

Douglas Jack (BSIM) has taken a post in the organizational development team of HealthNow New York, a nonprofit focused on providing quality, affordable market health insurance to 800,000-plus members. He also recently earned his emergency medical technician certification in New York state and is proud to be part of a well-regarded organization that does such important community work.


Class of 1992

Wells Fargo selected Ryan Baum (MSIA) to be the national president of their veteran team member network. This internal diversity group has over 8,000 members across the country who network within the company, who help in corporate veteran hiring goals, and whose local chapters support activities within their communities. Baum is still in the Naval Reserve at the rank of commander and currently serves as the commanding officer of Commander Logistics Western Pacific Logistics Readiness Center, Detachment Alameda. This unit provides surge personnel to schedule resupply of combat ships between India and the International Date Line. He is using his GSIA OR experience to enhance their planning from Excel-based files to linear program optimization using traveling salesperson logic across a quarter of the earth and where customers’ locations are changing and access to routes and ports is changing.

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Anthony Chien (MSIA) had a Tepper meetup in New York City with fellow 1992 classmates John Bugos (MSIA), Karen McConomy (MSIA), and host Brent Schimke (MSIA).

Lloyd Fletcher (MSIA) obtained his Ph.D. in management in 2017, and is now a Teaching Fellow in the School of Economics, Finance and Management at the University of Bristol in the U.K.

Having recently been promoted to Area Vice President of Heart Failure Sales in the Medical Devices division of Abbott Laboratories, Roger Graham (BSIM) is pleased to announce his recent marriage to Jill Oster Altman. Jill and Roger will continue to reside in Austin, Texas. Roger can be contacted via LinkedIn.

James Konvalinka (MSIA) retired from Alcoa/Arconic after almost 30 years. He is looking forward to retirement life!

Reed McManigle (MSIA) just passed 12 years of working in CMU’s tech transfer office! They create more startup companies per research dollar than any other university. In the last five years, their spinoffs have raised almost $1 billion in financing. They’re always looking for seasoned entrepreneurs, advisers, and investors to get involved. Contact him if you’re interested!


Class of 1993

Tim J. Dean (MSIA) has become an executive coach of the leadership division for IMPACT Group, a certified female-owned career management firm that partners with leading companies around the world to coach employees and their families through every career transition. Dean will continue to provide individual holistic coaching through his own practice, Coaching Dean.

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Mark Friedman (MSIA), Barbara Theurkauf (MSIA), and Samiha Khayatt (MSIA) caught up over lunch. It was a Tepper 1993 mini-reunion. Their 25th motivated many of them to stay in touch and to connect as they travel.


Class of 1994

Ajit Mahadevan (MSIA) has joined The Bridgespan Group in Mumbai as partner. Bridgespan’s mission is to build a better world by strengthening the ability of mission-driven organizations and philanthropists to achieve breakthrough results in addressing society’s most important challenges and opportunities. Bridgespan’s services include consulting to nonprofits and philanthropists, impact investing, leadership development support, and developing and sharing insights with the goal of scaling social impact and breaking cycles of poverty.

Robin Rice (MSIA) has been a program manager with Magic Leap for two years and is excited to have been a part of releasing Magic Leap One on Aug. 8, 2018!


Class of 1995

David Cashman (BSIM) has recently been promoted to Senior Director at BNY Mellon.


Class of 1996

Steve Blackmore (MSIA) has retired from his VP and Treasurer position with Precision Castparts Corp., after a few years of working with new owner Berkshire Hathaway. He plans to look for a board of directors position and, if that search is unsuccessful, spend more time traveling and enjoying outdoor activities.


Class of 1997

Leslie Brown (BSIM) gave birth to her son, Bailey, with her partner, Aaron Parness. Brown currently works as a corporate and real estate attorney at a midsize law firm in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

James Szuch (MSIA) has joined the faculty of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, as an adjunct professor. Szuch will be teaching Monetizing Design, an advanced entrepreneurship course at Belmont’s School of Design.


Class of 1998

David J. Eiben (MSIA) is closing in on his 19th year with Boerhinger Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and is now the Global IT Head of Compliance Services.

Arrangr Inc., a company that Adam Perl (MSIA) co-founded, was just accepted to Y Combinator’s prestigious Startup School. Moreover, Arrangr was part of the select group of startups that were each assigned a highly sought-after Y Combinator Alumni Advisor.


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Class of 1999

Laurie Barkman (MSIA) received the Pittsburgh Women of Influence Award in March 2018, recognizing her career and leadership achievements. Barkman is Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer for Burns White LLC, a Mid-Atlantic corporate law firm. She joined Burns White to assist in the growth of the firm’s technology and transportation sectors.


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Class of 2000

On the Aug. 4 weekend, Kevin Nguyen (MSIA) and Nancy Infante Serpa (MSIA 1998) participated in the Pan Mass Challenge, riding across the state of Massachusetts to raise money for innovative cancer research and treatment. One hundred percent of all donations go to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Ryan Reed (BSIM) has started a new role as VP of product management at MadHive and MAD Network, a blockchain and cryptography solutions company for the advertising industry. Reed has worked in the advanced TV and video and the ad tech space for over 15 years spanning broadcast, cable, video-on-demand, interactive TV, OTT, ACR, addressable TV, programmatic, and data management. Prior to MAD, Reed developed product road maps for Matrix Solutions, Comcast, Canoe Ventures, and Lotame.


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Class of 2001

Zahid Abbasi (MBA), Anjum Agarwala (MBA), Auseh Britt (MBA), Khang Hiu (MBA), Kathy Nguyen Lomotan (MBA), and Hansel Oh (MBA) met for dinner and drinks at Barrel & Bushel in Washington, D.C., as part of their summer annual meetup.

Laurie L. Levesque (Ph.D.) was selected as Program Director for a new specialized master’s in management studies being launched at Suffolk University in fall 2019. Levesque is an Associate Professor and stepped down two years ago as Associate Dean to engage in more teaching and research. This year she is also serving as the President of the Eastern Academy of Management.

Mark Mesler (MSIA) is Vice President of finance and investor relations at Bloom Energy in Sunnyvale, California, and was part of the leadership team that took Bloom public on the New York Stock Exchange on July 25, 2018. Mesler has been with Bloom Energy since 2009.


Class of 2002

2018 has been an amazing year for the Thompson family. In January, Greg Thompson (MBA) was promoted to Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. Greg and his wife, Ilka, along with their two kids, Isabella and Alejandro, had relocated to Hong Kong for three years. While in Hong Kong, Greg served as the Asia Head of Equity Operations.


Class of 2003

Todd Justman (MBA) purchased a 1-800 Water Damage franchise serving the Rochester, Clarkston, Troy, and Utica, Michigan areas. 1-800 Water Damage is a trusted property restoration company serving across the nation. They handle a range of restoration projects including emergency mitigation, water damage restoration, carpet cleaning, fire and smoke damage restoration, sewage cleanup, mold remediation, and much more.

Peter Leonardi (MBA) CEO and founder of OmniCyte, is pleased to announce seed financing and relocation of the company to Branfor, Connecticut. The round was led by Connecticut Innovations, Connecticut’s economic development group. OmniCyte is a preclinical biotech company focused on developing targeted therapeutics to address unmet needs in cancer. Their therapeutics are based on a platform technology, which uses the patient’s own immune system to fight cancer. Because it is a platform technology, if successful, it will be useful to treat many cancer types.

Toby Perkins (MBA) recently left Westlake Chemicals after successfully leading the finance integration of the Axiall Corporation acquisition. He is now the Finance Director for Komatsu Mining Corporation’s Underground Hard Rock division in Pittsburgh.


Class of 2004

Michael Bouteneff (MBA) left IBM to start a new role as the Director of Global B2B Marketing within Mastercard’s Strategic Growth unit. He’ll be focused on the new City Possible initiative, which is a new model of public-private partnerships that brings together cities and technology leaders to solve challenges related to urbanization in a sustainable way.

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Dan Domalik’s (MBA) son, David, continues the Tartan tradition this fall. David joined the Class of 2022, majoring in Information Systems. It must run in the family — David will be a third-generation CMU alumnus. It was bittersweet to move him to campus, but he is in wonderful hands!

Sterling Lanken (MBA) and Jonathan Lanken are thrilled to announce the adoption of their son, Leo McIntire Lanken, from Jiangxi Province in China this summer.

Julio Vergara (MBA) moved with his wife and his two daughters to Toronto in 2017. In April 2018, Vergara decided to return to the insurance industry and accepted the position of Director of Solutions R&D in the individual insurance practice at Sun Life Financial.


Class of 2005

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Tom Innis (MBA/HNZ) and Beth are happy to welcome Andrew, a canine rescue with a tough story, into their family. Andrew is starting to learn how well he has landed.

Jason Lambert (MBA) was appointed as Vice President, Global Military Systems and Services of Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company. In his new role, Lambert has P&L responsibility for Sikorsky’s international military helicopter market segment, including developing the strategic direction, program performance, and capture of new business opportunities. Additionally, he will serve on the board of directors at two international joint ventures. Lambert; his wife, Lisa; and their children, Jason Jr. (Jay) and Brooke, reside in Trumbull, Connecticut.

Jonathan Levine (MBA) has been busy leading the data strategy team at Marriott International. Highlights of a busy year include the integration of Starwood Hotels into the Marriott IT systems and loyalty program (welcome SPG members!) and planning the migration of their data and analytics platform to a new cloud environment on Amazon Web Services.

Devang Mehta (MBA) is now a partner at Anthill Ventures — an early-stage investing and scaling ecosystem. He is actively involved in fund operations and identifying technology startups that require investments and Asia market access.

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Barkha Ohri (MBA) and Vivek Mahajan were blessed with the safe arrival of their daughter, Keva Ohri Mahajan, on June 22, 2018. Barkha, Vivek, and Keva continue to reside in London.


Class of 2006

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Andrew Beebe (MBA) has recently joined Arlington Capital Advisors, a consumer-focused investment bank, to develop their spirits and cannabis practice. Prior to Arlington, Beebe spent eight years at Diageo, where he led strategy and M&A, started their ventures group, and most recently, led the project to build a new Guinness brewery in Baltimore, Maryland. He still resides in Connecticut with Katherine Beebe (MBA) and their two boys.

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Elizabeth A. Teracino (BSBA) earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She publicly defended her dissertation, and it has since been published as a monograph. Teracino’s dissertation is titled “Value Co-Creation in the Cloud: Understanding Software-as-a-Service-Driven Convergence of the Enterprise Systems and Financial Services Industries.” She has taken a position as a researcher at IMD Business School in Switzerland and will join the research team in the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation — a Cisco and IMD joint initiative. The center is a global hub for thought leadership in digital transformation.


Class of 2007

Marta Dalton (E 2005, MBA) took a new role as the global director of B2B and B2B2C eCommerce at European CPG giant Unilever. She’ll work with the various regions to expand implementations and identify new technologies to hit Unilever’s aggressive 2020 eCommerce goals.

Samuel Bruce Johnson was born on July 31, 2018, to Christine Johnson (MBA) and Brad Johnson.

In the spring, Tricia Robinson (MBA) became a Certified Health Coach with Dr. Sears. Her goal is to help you look and feel your best so that you can be your best. She leverages lifestyle changes and supplements to help you achieve your results. If you’re looking to make an improvement on how you look and feel, she’d love to help you reach your goals!


Class of 2008

Gerard Beenen (Ph.D.) was recently promoted to full professor in the Department of Management at California State University Fullerton. He has been serving as Department Chair since 2017. The Department of Management is the largest in the CSU system, with about 35 full-time and 45 part-time faculty.

Mike Sherwin (MBA) recently completed a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Mississippi State University. Sherwin’s research focused on the application of fault tree analysis and machine learning methods to identify and mitigate risks within supply chain networks.


Class of 2009

Himanshu and Neena Budhiraja (MBA) are blessed with a baby girl, Saanchi. She’s a super social baby with lovely expressive eyes. After three years in the Indian startup ecosystem, Neena is moving back to the Bay Area. She’s going to continue to focus on developing markets through Google’s Next Billion Users initiative.

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Pepe and Maria Del Rio (MBA) announce the birth of their daughter, Amelia Rose Del Rio, born April 2, 2018. The family lives in Dallas, Texas, where Maria is a Senior Finance Manager in the Frito-Lay Division of PepsiCo.

Dave Kirsammer (MBA) left his job working in Shopper Insights and is opening Meze Morada, a Mediterranean restaurant in the Florida Keys, in November. Stop by and say hi!

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Bret and Brittany Miller (BSBA) welcomed their first child, Jack Leroy Miller, on Oct. 28, 2017. His first birthday is coming up soon, and his incredibly social personality makes him loved by many!


Class of 2011

Jaisang Jung (MBA) had a chance to visit the Tepper Quad and Korea Alumni Breakout Room while his family stayed in Pittsburgh for summer camps.

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Lucas Wear (MBA) and Erika Rico are now engaged, with the wedding to be held in June 2019! Amid the geological wonders of their favorite place to explore, Death Valley National Park, Wear’s presentation of another geological wonder was graciously and emphatically accepted by Rico, who is now embarking on her own graduate studies at UC Berkeley to become a doctor of optometry in the Class of 2022. It looks like Wear will have the opportunity to repay Rico for all of her support while he was studying for the CFA exams.


Class of 2012

Peter Azcue (MBA) created a startup: Loturas — a monetized and attributed social network. He also joined a merchant cash advance fund — Fusion Capital Partners.

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Adeline Dougherty (MBA) and Mike Mueller (MBA) got married in the mountains of Santa Cruz on June 30. They met as students at Tepper when they were doing consulting case prep together and have been together for the past seven years. They danced the night away together with 25 former Tepper classmates who had traveled from far and wide (including Japan). They spent their honeymoon in Kenya and Tanzania.

Kate Kastenbaum (MBA) is lucky to celebrate many “simchas” (joys) this fall. In September, Kastenbaum was excited to join the team at Remind, an ed tech startup, as the VP of People Ops. While professionally happy, she is more elated about her upcoming nuptials to Kevin Holsapple in December. She is honored that many of her Tepper friends will be in attendance.


Class of 2013

Arjun Katragadda (BSBA) graduated with an MBA from Yale University’s School of Management. Katragadda will be moving from New Haven, Connecticut, to Seattle, Washington, to pursue a new job at Amazon and complete his transition from Wall Street to tech.


Class of 2014

Amanda Coox (MBA) has returned to Silicon Valley after taking a one-year hiatus in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for her husband’s job. She is back at Apple in an operations engineering role on the Content Delivery Network team.

Insights Success Magazine recently selected Barry Rabkin (MBA) among the Top 10 Most Influential CMOs to Watch of 2018 for his results at Identified Technologies, a construction drone leader. Rabkin is also loving doing marketing consulting for some of the region’s fastest-growing companies and guest teaching marketing strategy at CMU. Rabkin recently moved to Squirrel Hill with his wife, Sarah, and soon-to-be-three kids. Reach out to grab coffee or run through Frick Park to prep for the next obstacle course race!


Class of 2015

Jay Wong (MBA) would like to send his sincere congratulations to his friend and classmate Stefan Boyd (MBA) on being named CEO of Noon Mediterranean.


Class of 2016

Jordan Leach (MBA) and Carl Koubek (MBA) recently launched Acta Ventures, a growth equity firm focused on the micro-business segment. In its first venture, new babies Nora Grace Leach and Carl George Koubek, Jr. joined the world over the past summer.

David Villiotti (MBA) has launched a new accounting firm, Good Steward Accounting, based in the Pittsburgh area, but servicing clients nationwide. The firm services both individuals and businesses of all sizes. The services the firm offers are tax preparation for businesses and individuals; auditing, review, or compilation of financial statements; monthly accounting services; payroll; and consulting.


Class of 2017

Hallie Coffin-Gould (MBA) and Drew Morris (MBA) are excited they tied the knot in September. They are in Pittsburgh, living in Mt. Lebanon, with Coffin-Gould finishing her second rotation of the GLDP at Thermo Fisher Scientific and Morris joining LifeX Capital as a General Partner.


Class of 2018

After an amazing graduation weekend in May, a few weeks later in July, Thommy Santiago (MBA) began his second master’s degree at Tepper. It is a Master of Science in Business Analytics. Go Tepper!

Ian Zhu (MBA) would like incoming students to know they have chosen a very exciting journey! Welcome to Tepper. There will be ups and downs, but never forget why you chose to come in the first place. Be strategic, be strong, and be simple. You won’t regret your choice.