Jay B. Teasdel, MS, a WWII vet, ran the witness section for war crime trials in Manila. His work has included a fleet of offshore barges, a shipyard below New Orleans, marine insurance for Lloyd’s of London, realty developments in Bahamas, Cayman, Biloxi, New Orleans, and investing in the stock market. He writes, “Built 54-foot ketch (two-mast sailboat), Belize, and sailed it to parts of the world. 85 long-distance walks, 28 countries, 13 states; six books. BS from Cal and Haas made it possible. What you learn comes in handy when you need to make the right decision. Great wife, Angela, three kids, and a granddaughter still put up with me, and we really are lucky to be U.S. and Cal citizens.”
Jim Jorgensen, of Walnut Creek, Calif., longtime radio moneytalk host on KGO, ABC, New York, and nationwide, is author of eight hardcovers on personal finance, six paperbacks, and two e-books, and now working on a spy novel. Any radio listeners or readers who want to share experiences, send him a note email@example.com.”
Alan A. Herd was awarded the annual Lifetime Achievement Award by the 7,500-member Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors. Herd was cited for organizing real estate advisory committees for six of nine UC Extension programs, becoming the youngest Realty board president in the nation in 1963, his presidency of the Beverly Hills/L.A. Board in 2009, and activities in his state and local boards. Herd taught more than 30 real estate courses and programs at UCLA Extension from 1963 to 2007, including instructing 18,000 students in a “Homebuyer’s Clinic.”
Gary Robinson, of Oakland, Calif., see MBA 1969 notes.
Erich Stratmann, of San Francisco, Calif., reports, “As a nonprofit money manager for the past 18 years, I decided to begin my own foundation—SingforAmerica.org.
“At SingforAmerica.org you can see our 2013 concert under the perform tab. Just lucky to get to this age and create a growing event that brings needed funds to the arts and other wonderful causes—over 50 charities at last count.”
Vijay (Pandit) Kumar, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, “I am an adviser of InternetSpeech. Its primary customer was people who are blind. As funding for programs has been declining, this has adversely affected revenue. In my spare time, I also ran Globe Gem. I am retired and hope to dispose of its assets, including imported gemstone cabochons and beads.
“I visit my 5-year-old granddaughter, who lives with her mom in Santa Cruz. My son Jay was an employee of Solar City as a civil engineer. My daughter is doing real estate sales in Santa Cruz and is having a good year. I hold season tickets to Cal Football. Good luck in the following seasons.”
Bill Maimone, of Orinda, Calif., see MBA 1986 notes.
Alan Fong, of San Francisco, Calif., reports, “After working for the State Compensation Insurance Fund for 25 plus years, I retired Nov. 1, 2013. My wife, Charlene (UCSF 1977), and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary this year. We have two grown children, Jordan (UC Davis 2009), who majored in political science, and Dana (UC Davis 2010), who majored in interior design. We continue to be active at our church, First Chinese Baptist, in San Francisco.”
Jonathan (Jon) Wolter, BS 75
Jonathan (Jon) Wolter, of Kensington, Calif., updates as follows: “Jon is a partner with FLG Partners, the consulting practice providing comprehensive board advisory and CFO consulting services for Silicon Valley and worldwide public and private companies. Jon was recently retained by his client PARC (Palo Alto Research Center), a Xerox company, as vice president and CFO after initially with them.”
Lily (Yee) Quisol, of Burlingame, Calif., is still working at Genentech in South San Francisco. She is married and has twin boys.
Brad Howard, BS 79
Brad Howard, of Lafayette, Calif., writes, “Brad, who is CEO of Howard Tours, an international tour company, was recently selected to serve on the board of directors of Rotary International from July 2015 to June 2017. Rotary brings together a global network of leaders who tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, from helping families in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. In addition to being on the 19-member board, Brad will have direct responsibility for supporting more than 70,000 Rotarians and over 1,500 Rotary clubs in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii.”
Jennifer Lau, BS 10; Ann Hsu, MBA 98; and Deborah Lau, BS 81.
Deborah (Lee) Lau, of Emeryville, Calif., writes, “Mother (Deborah Lau, BS 81) and daughter (Jennifer Lau, BS 10) joined Ann Hsu, MBA 98, HAN-Shanghai Chapter president, at the annual Thanksgiving dinner in Shanghai. Jennifer works for Apple Shanghai in store operations finance while Deborah works for a real estate Web technology company as the human resources/finance manager in Berkeley.”
Mitch Rosenberg, BS 83, with his family and former President George Bush at New York Life Chairman’s Cabinet meeting.
Mitch Rosenberg, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., has been in the insurance and financial services business in the Conejo Valley and greater Los Angeles area for 28 years. He has been consistently recognized in the Pacific Coast Business Times “Who’s Who in Insurance.” He recently was elected to the 2013 chairman’s cabinet of New York Life Insurance Co. Members of the elite cabinet are the top 50 highest producing agents among New York Life’s sales force of more than 12,250 licensed agents. He resides in Thousand Oaks with his wife, Melanie, their twins, Andrew and Paige (aspiring Bears), and oldest daughter, Ashley (UCLA Bruin).
Ruby Zefo, BS 85
Ruby Zefo, of Palo Alto, Calif., writes, “I celebrated a number of anniversaries this year. My 20th anniversary practicing law, my 10th anniversary at Intel Corp., and, well, a milestone birthday too. Earlier this year, I was named Intel’s chief privacy and security counsel, having entered this practice area in 2010. Privacy and security is an exciting and fast-paced practice area, so it keeps my brain firing on all cylinders. If idle hands really do make the devil’s work, I must be halfway to heaven.”
Ken Sunoo, of Seattle, Wash., updates, “After serving 15 years as pastor of Wallingford Presbyterian Church in Seattle, I accepted a new call to become co-executive director of Wellspring, an organization that ministers to Asian-American young adults in the Puget Sound region.”
Diane Dwyer, of Orinda, Calif., writes, “I’ve been teaching at Berkeley-Haas for the past five years in addition to my work at NBC Bay Area, and I love being back on campus. If you haven’t reconnected with Haas, now is the time. There are so many innovative initiatives going on right now, for alums as well as students. It’s a great place!”
Kirk Crenshaw, BS 90
Kirk Crenshaw, of Oakland, Calif., reports, “After almost five years at Appirio, I started a new job as CMO for 2lemetry (2lemetry.com), which has developed a cutting-edge Internet of Things Cloud Platform that is focused on transforming connected device data into real-time actionable intelligence. I’m working with an amazing team, challenging the status quo, and loving every minute!”
Timothy Yee, BS 90
Timothy Yee, of Oakland, Calif., updates, “My 401k advisory firm continues to grow. Our focus on socially responsible investing and the triple bottom line has garnered us corporate and nonprofit clients across the United States. My better half and I continue our active involvement as ambassadors for the Social Venture Network (SVN). SVN just celebrated its 25th anniversary in the social and economic justice sectors, and we look forward to helping it grow for the next 25 years.”
Juan Barrera, of Playa Del Rey, Calif., announces, “My wife, Veronica, and I were extremely blessed with a precious daughter, Rosario Josefina, in 2013. RoJo’s collection of Cal onesies is growing.”
Kevin Crow, BS 93, with family
Kevin Crow, of Granite Bay, Calif., reports, “Started a new role at Intel Corp. working for enterprise sales. Love the role and the group. Has it really been 20 years since I graduated? Well, I guess I have the teenagers to prove it. They keep me busy as their soccer coach and Scout leader. Life has turned out very nice. Thank you, Cal, for the great start.”
Yung Trang, of San Francisco, Calif., announces, “I’m the president of TechBargains.com. We were just acquired by Ziff Davis, Inc., which also owns IGN, PCMag, and others.” “
John Harkavy, of Glendale, Calif., reports, “As of September 2013, I have started a new job as vice president, controllership, for Entertainment Partners in Burbank, Calif.”
Jeff Cohen, BS 96
Variety named Jeff Cohen, of Beverly Hills, Calif., to its “Dealmakers Impact Report 2013” for his work at the transactional media/entertainment law firm Cohen Gardner LLP.
Maria Ku, BS 97, with family in St. Petersburg, Russia
Maria Ku, of Oakland, Calif., continues working in her private CPA practice as an accounting/tax professional CPA with longstanding expertise in individual tax services. She also enjoys teaching accounting at Ohlone College and Diablo Valley College. Maria and her husband are focused on supporting the multifaceted interests of their two teenage daughters. The family enjoys biking, hiking, world travel every summer, live theater, and books.
Peter Chang, BS 98
After 15 years with Deloitte’s advisory practice, Peter Chang, of Newtown, Conn. recently joined Steve Madden as vice president of internal audit, overseeing its compliance and loss prevention efforts. He continues to give back to UC Berkeley by serving as a district chair for CAA’s Achievement Award Program for the past six years, interacting with more than 100 alumni interviewers and potential scholar candidates. As a current resident of Newtown, Conn., he appreciates all the support from the Cal community following the tragic event, including a personal letter from Dean Lyons.
Ramit Mizrahi, of Los Angeles, Calif., informs, “After nearly 10 years practicing plaintiff-side employment law, I started my own Los Angeles-based practice this fall.
At Mizrahi Law (mizrahilaw.com), I exclusively represent workers, including those with claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination.”
Rupa Chandra, BS 03; Wendy Nguyen, BS 02; and Vidya Subramanian, BS 03—who all met at Bain & Co.
Wendy Nguyen, of New York, N.Y., writes, “This year (2013) was been a wonderful adventure. After returning from a volunteer malaria project in East Africa, I co-founded HealthyOut, a mission-driven company focused on improving the way we eat. We bootstrapped the company, created an app that was featured by Apple! We then moved to N.Y.C. and eventually found ourselves on stage with former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who recognized us for creating a healthier New York. Among all those highs were also insane stretches of late nights and the creeping self-doubt that feels like the norm for any entrepreneur. I’m excited for a new year of fighting the good fight and excited to see all the news of Cal alums doing great things.”
Geoffrey Coutts reports, “After graduating from Haas, I spent four years in audit at Ernst & Young in Palo Alto. I then left to pursue an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Upon graduating from Kellogg in 2008, I joined Houlihan Lokey’s financial restructuring group in Los Angeles, where I am currently a VP. I am married, without kids, and currently live in West L.A. with my wife.”
Ian Wagner is currently living in Los Angeles, working at ReachLocal in the corporate business development and strategy group, evaluating strategic acquisitions and partnerships.
Sarah (Sasaki) Tsien, BS 05, at her wedding to Greg Tsien in Maui
“Over the summer, Sarah (Sasaki) Tsien, was married to Greg Tsien (Stanford EE BS 05) in Makena, Maui, Hawaii. Many Haas and Cal alumni trekked from across the world to attend the wedding and play in their Cal v. Stanford “Big Game” competition the day before. Sarah works at PG&E, overseeing its corporate philanthropy and CSR programs, and Greg works in education at the Uncommon Charter High School. They reside in New York City and fly their “House Divided” flag proudly.
Madeline Wu writes, “Getting the Berkeley MBA (class of 2016) as well!”
Tony Lam, of Hong Kong, updates, “I’m currently working in Hong Kong, doing corporate real estate consulting at a firm called CBRE. Please feel free to contact me on LinkedIn if you visit Hong Kong. Would love to meet fellow classmates!”
Jennifer Le announces, “Happy to be back in the Bay Area after five years!”
Ivonne Orillac, BS 06
Ivonne Orillac reports, “I am the director of inside sales and sales operations for a startup in downtown L.A., Oblong Industries. Oblong’s founder designed the computer interfaces in the film Minority Report and we’ve been building commercial versions of them for enterprise companies ever since. Our main product is Mezzanine, which allows for multi-user, multi-device collaboration across distances; it goes beyond what some companies have today, telepresence, into what we call infopresence. Some of our clients include IBM, Booz, the Department of Defense, Beats Music, and Saudi Aramco. I also just moved to Brentwood.”
Todd Osborne writes, “I’m working as a product manager for Sydney, Australia, startup Shoes of Prey, a custom women’s shoe company.”
Rob Bogolub, see MBA 2013 notes.
Andy Guo writes, “I’m currently at a mid-stage technology company working in the finance department and eventually will try to get into an MBA program (like several of our classmates!). Let me know what everyone is up to!”
Caroline Pan reports, “Currently at Kellogg and graduating in June 2014. I’ll be moving to Seattle in the summer to start my new job at Amazon.”
Kevin Chiu writes, “Been working at PIMCO in SoCal for more than two years now. In the Bay Area for the holidays. Of course, met up with a few Haas alums while I was up there.”
Lev Eldemir reports, “After over two years working in fixed-income capital markets at Citigroup, I now work for Frontier Healthcare Holdings as an operations analyst. Frontier partners with groups of physicians to help develop and manage ambulatory surgery centers.”
Rodrigo Lemes, BS 10
Rodrigo Lemes, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “Am enjoying a busy journey! The past three years have been an intense ride: graduating from Haas (check!), buying a house (check!), getting a dog (check!), having a baby (check!), having a second baby (almost there—May 14), working at some amazing Bay Area companies (check!), starting a company (check it out: mythus.us—check!). Look forward to an amazing 2014!”
Jenny Zhou updates as follows: “After working in the private sector for two years, I joined the education sector on the analytics team at Rocketship Education. It’s very inspiring working with intelligent, high-functioning individuals who put other peoples’ children first every day.”
Brian Wang (center), BS 12, with his a capella group.
Brian Wang reports, “I recently arranged an a cappella medley with several former UC Berkeley students. The medley features 20 of the best songs in 2013! Go to youtube.com/watch?v=_CPvUgfNy64. We are working on creating more videos featuring hit songs from the biggest pop artists. One of our members, Jaron, has been featured on television on The Voice of Philippines and MYX TV Starcamp. With regards to myself, I am an accountant by day, musician by night!”
Michael Bloch is working in NYC for Deloitte Consulting’s strategy practice.
Dudley Dinshaw, of Encinitas, Calif., notes, ”I have been retired since 1993 and recently moved from San Jose to Encinitas. I lived in San Jose for almost 50 years and am now living near my daughter and son-in-law.”
Ted Evans, of Foster City, Calif., reports, “Had the pleasure of having lunch with two Haas employees, Tenny Frost and Eve Cowan, at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Great fun!”
Allen Lauer, of Portola Valley, Calif., informs, “In 1965 I was truly fortunate to have chosen to work in what was to become Silicon Valley. It was exciting to be involved in the waves of technology—from semiconductors, to computers, to the Internet—for nearly 50 years. I retired in 2004 from the CEO position of Varian Inc. and then spent the last 10 years serving on tech company boards. In 2012 I stepped back into active management as interim CEO of Intermec Inc. I am now fully retired and looking forward to spending more time with my wife, Kathy, and grandchildren at our homes in Portola Valley, Calif., and Jackson Hole, Wyo. Hopefully, there will be lots of golf, fishing, and hiking with friends and classmates in our future.”
Douglas (Mac) MacLachlan, of Kenmore, Wash., see PhD 1971 notes.
Lee Chaden, of Winston-Salem, N.C., reports, “Fortunate to have had the opportunity to take Hanesbrands (HBI-NYSE) public in 2006. Stepped down as chairman in 2008 but have remained on the board of directors; also on boards of RR Donnelley and Carlson companies. Will retire from HBI and RRD boards in spring 2014, but remaining on Carlson board. Looking forward to more travel time with Shelby, wife of 44 years, and continue bonding with two fabulous granddaughters.”
Gary Robinson, BS 62, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “I retired as executive director of the Union of American Physicians and Dentists in 2007. I now work as a consultant, and I am a member of the AFSCME California steering committee. I have been married to Jane (Howard) Robinson for 42 years. She got her MSW from Cal in 1969. Our son Dylan works for Toyota and our daughter Laura C. Robinson is a visiting professor in linguistics at UC Santa Barbara. University of Hawaii Press just published a book, Microphone in the Mud, that I jointly wrote with Laura. It is the true story of her adventures battling armed terrorists, a kidnapper, malaria, and a tsunami as she documented endangered languages in the jungles of the Philippines.”
Alejandro Stolarski, of La Jolla, Calif., writes, “I expect to start a new construction project in downtown San Diego in 2014 as part of Pacific Equity Partners. Living in La Jolla—big change from Dallas! My newly married son, Daniel, a Berkeley PhD, will be visiting us on vacation from his job at CERN, the Swiss particle accelerator.”
Dave Jones, of Renton, Wash., announces, “After Thanksgiving my wife, Linda, and I drove cross-country to State College, Pa., to be on hand for the birth of our daughter Rochelle’s first child and our first grandchild, Erin Aurora Morrissey, on Dec. 8. Spent five weeks with the family enjoying our new grandchild and then drove back home via a southern route to find warmer weather.”
Jim Penrose, MBA 74
Jim Penrose, of Los Altos, Calif., reports, “Still going strong after starting Penrose Productions (video and Web marketing company) 32 years ago. I give credit to the broad business background from the MBA program for being able to manage all areas of the company.”
Joe Carlson, MBA 77
Joe Carlson, of Monument, Colo., writes, “During the last several years, after retiring from the CPA world, Kathy and I have focused on raising our three youngest children (Michael, 10, Andy, 8, and Lily, 6), visiting different countries on our ‘bucket list’ and participating in community service like school, church, and the VFW. We took a holiday (November to January 2014) to Fiji and New Zealand. This trip was a terrific opportunity to learn about two countries with a common heritage of Polynesian and European influences. Last year at this time, we visited Puerto Rico and enjoyed such sites as El Moro, Luguillo, and the island of Culeba, and the year before we enjoyed Costa Rica.
“As part of the ‘Carlson Retirement Plan,’ the Berkeley MBA Program certainly provided some dynamic input. We plan to tour Ireland this coming summer and visit friends in Belfast.
Hidefumi Yamagami, of Tokyo, Japan, announces, “Ten years have passed since I took an academic position at the Faculty of Economics, Kinki University, Osaka, Japan, as a professor. Before that, I worked for the Bank of Tokyo and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi for almost 30 years. Time flies!”
Michaela Rodeno, of Napa, Calif., informs, “One of my ‘retirement’ projects is our family micro-winery, Villa Ragazzi. In 2013, we donated a VIP tour and tasting in support of the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens fundraising efforts. In the fall, two Berkeley PhDs arrived to claim their prize, having already researched and studied wine. The visit quickly developed into a discussion of the fine points of field budding, what makes one wine ‘better’ than another, aging potential, and clones. We talked about heirloom tomatoes, dawn redwoods, and designer zucchini, too. A perfect day in the Napa Valley for gardening fans.
“Haas alums are always welcome at Villa Ragazzi. The tasting room is our kitchen, so please make an appointment.
Irvine Barclay Theatre Vice Chair Robert Farnsworth (far r.), MBA 82, with (l. to r.) Irvine City Council Member Larry Agran, Irvine City Council Member Beth Krom, Irvine Barclay Theatre President Douglas Rankin, and Irvine Barclay Theatre Chair Jennifer Cheng.
Robert Farnsworth, of Irvine, Calif., has been elected vice chair of the board of directors of the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Robert is the founder and CEO of Sonnet Technologies, a leading provider of storage systems, Thunderbolt™ technology PCIe expansion products, interface cards, and media readers for professional users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries.
Marshall Leisten, of San Mateo, Calif., writes, “I left Oracle after seven-plus years to join InvisibleCRM as vice president OEM sales and business development. The company is the leader in bringing enterprise applications, like customer relationship management systems, to users via email desktop applications, most notably Microsoft Outlook. As a result users never have to leave their familiar email environment to work with large-scale business applications. We have major relationships with Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft and are expanding.”
Mark Berger, MBA 83
Mark Berger, of Menlo Park, Calif., just celebrated his third anniversary at NVIDIA as a senior alliances manager for life and material sciences. Previously, he spent 11 years at Cytokinetics, a small-molecule drug development-stage biotech after 17 years in high-tech product and vertical marketing in a variety of Bay Area hardware and software companies.”
Abraham (Abe) Kohen, of New York, N.Y., announces, “After 25 years on Wall Street working for banks and vendors, my new job is as a financial engineering consultant for institutional clients. Specialization includes cross-asset derivatives: algorithms, design, implementation; trade execution, smart order routers; white papers; technical writing; and teaching. I’ve just added data science/big data as a new skill set.
“I usually am available in NYC and occasionally in Haifa, Israel, but can always be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shepard Siegel, of New York, N.Y., writes, “After Berkeley, worked in a combination of areas—unconventional trade finance, precious metal trading, and then corporate loan workouts and restructuring. From dealing with debtors in and out of bankruptcy I got involved in credit trading at a boutique and larger investment banking firm. Today, as distressed debt has become more mainstream, my interest is in acting more as a problem solver for asset managers or investors who seek liquidity or a monetization exit for illiquid financial assets.”
Diane (Chretien) Woolf, of Boston, Mass., joined BellMark Partners, a boutique investment bank, as managing director.
William Zarit, of Beijing, China, informs, “In the spring I will end my assignment as minister for commercial affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing but will remain in China to facilitate U.S.-China trade and investment in the private sector.”
Caitlin McGaw informs, “Ramping up a new recruiting firm in the IT assurance and GRC space. The field is exploding, and it is exciting riding the wave!”
Andrew Oksner sends this update: “Focused on real estate investment in China, Japan, and Korea. Concentration in residential aged care assets that are in high demand and limited supply, which is always a good combination. Frequent traveler back to L.A. where my family is based.”
Mauri Schwartz, of San Francisco, Calif., updates as follows: “I recently moved from my home in Potrero Hill in S.F. to a condo less than half a block from the ballpark. I can see Willie Mays from my window! I love it!
My business, Career Insiders, is thriving. In 2013, an incredible 70 percent of my clients attained new jobs. “As a career adviser for an international MBA career organization, I attained a first-client consultation for a joint program with Google (Helpouts). I have enjoyed serving with a great group of fellow alumni on the HAN-SF board, where I have coordinated a four-part career series and helped to select our HULA scholarship winners.”
Paul DeMuro, MBA 86
Paul DeMuro, co-chair of the Health Information and Technology Group of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, was selected as the Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year—Health Care Law,” Portland, Ore., 2014. Paul is also a National Library of Medicine postdoctoral fellow in the PhD program in biomedical informatics at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology.
Bill Maimone, BS 73, MBA 86
Bill Maimone, BS 73, of Orinda, Calif., updates, “After spending more than 25 years working as a CFO, VP, and counsel in software, manufacturing, distribution, airlines, and technology, I have switched to a broad range of business consulting with an emphasis on CFO, counsel, and M&A services to privately held companies for the last 10 years. My experiences and education from Berkeley-Haas (BS and MBA) definitely helped shape my career. Go Bears!”
William von Blasingame, of Irvine, Calif., was recently appointed as one of seven members to the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Santa Ana Region, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. William reports, “The mission of the board is to ensure the highest reasonable quality for waters of the state, while allocating those waters to achieve the optimum balance of beneficial uses. Each regional board makes decisions for its region and takes appropriate enforcement actions. The Santa Ana region covers approximately 3,000 square miles and has a population of roughly 5 million people.”
Jean and Ralph Garcia Jr., MBA 88, at a 1987 MBA Friday mixer.
Ralph Garcia Jr., of San Mateo, Calif., writes, “I was recently elected to serve on the UCSB Alumni Board. My wife, Jean, and I are both Cal graduate school students (MBA for me and MA in art history for her) and also UCSB undergrads. The family that learns together, stays together.”
Bill Inserra, updates, “Recently joined a new company—Tencate—as VP of finance, division CFO, and I oversee all of the financial and accounting operations for the advanced composites and armor groups. Happily married for 19 years to Laurie and live in Saratoga with our three children, Billy, Mandy, and Danny.”
Ann (Benjamin) Zuraw, MBA 88
Ann (Benjamin) Zuraw, of Greensboro, N.C., has started Zuraw Financial Advisors, an investment management and financial planning firm: ZurawFinancialAdvisors.com, WomenMoneyandDivorce.com, ChicksChatandChange.com.”
Manoj Goel, MBA 90 with wife Suman; son Vishal, undergrad at Cal; and son Nikhil, a senior in high school applying to Cal.
Manoj Goel, of San Jose, Calif., reports, “Joined Prysm recently to run its business development. Prysm makes large-format immersive and eco-friendly LPDs (laser phosphorous displays) of any size in straight or curved shapes with touch and gesture option for corporate auditoriums, board rooms, conference rooms, lobbies, NOC/operations control rooms, and public spaces like shopping malls, airports, casinos, and luxury retail stores. Our largest installation is 120’ wide at IAC HQ in Manhattan; highest is 23’ high at Burberry in London; and curviest is a 180-degree wall 60’ wide at GE Energy HQ near Toronto.” Manoj adds, “Celebrated elder son Vishal’s admission to Cal with a family trip to Italy.”
Klaus Hammer, MBA 90
Klaus Hammer, of London, U.K., writes, “Back to my first employer after Haas: Rejoined McKinsey & Co. as an experience hire in organizational business and will lead EMEA region for the McKinsey OHI Solution (Organizational Health Index), the best organizational analytical and interventional tool experienced in all my career. I am now based in London.”
Kevin Andrade, of Laguna Hills, Calif., updates as follows: “In May I ‘retired’ from a rewarding 20-plus year career in real estate development! I’m now embarking on a third career—my first was electrical engineering in the 1980s—in astrophysics, which has always been an area of passionate interest for me. I’m a student at UC Irvine, taking physics and astronomy courses and ultimately planning for a PhD. Since May, I’ve been spending more time with my kids (ages 7 and 11), playing more golf, and volunteering time for Families Forward, a nonprofit that I’ve been involved with for the last seven years. We also bought a new house and have been remodeling it for the past several months. We moved there (finally!) in late December.”
Richard Jones and Laurence Lawless, both MBA 92, in Taipei, Taiwan
Richard Jones, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “Ran into co-worker and former classmate Laurence Lawless, MBA 92, in Taiwan. We’ve seen each other twice since 1992 and both times in other countries by happenstance.”
Roland (Rolando W.) Springall, of Houston, Texas, reports, “After graduating from Berkeley I have worked in Amsterdam, London, and New York for McKinsey & Co, ABN AMRO Rothschild, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and the Maxim Group. I work for Monex Securities in Houston as global emerging markets head, covering the areas of emerging markets fixed-income research, trading, and sales; debt and equity capital markets; and distressed debt trading of defaulted loans, bonds, and promissory notes.”
James Greenfield writes, “Continuing to work in wealth management for Morgan Stanley in San Francisco. I enjoyed seeing so many classmates for the 20th year reunion. Let’s stay in touch.”
George Willman, of Los Altos, Calif., has joined the international law firm Reed Smith as a partner in Palo Alto, Calif. He will continue to focus on technology transactions, patents, and intellectual property counseling. He looks forward to seeing many Haas alumni soon as part of his practice and in upcoming Haas and Berkeley Angel Network functions.
Greg Wolfson is developing large commercial solar PV systems for public agencies in Southern California.
Koji Asada, MBA 94
Koji Asada, of Toronto, Canada, writes, “I have been appointed president and CEO of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (Canada), a fully owned banking subsidiary of MUFG. The bank has branch offices in Vancouver and Montreal. We have recently been very successful especially in project financing and M&A event financing, and have doubled our revenues over the last three years. I am very excited to have this opportunity to run a bank in a very healthy Canadian market, in which we expect to see abundant business opportunities in shale gas, renewable energy, mining, and many other areas.”
James Kamradt is a senior managing director with Arque Capital’s Institutional Services Division, a merchant bank and managing broker dealer to select sponsors of alternative investment programs, as well as an investment bank working with clients in the micro cap space.
Thomas Lindner announces, “I am in the middle of changing jobs and cities. Left G+J at the end of the year and becoming CEO of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Frankfurt, Germany’s most renowned newspaper.”
Stuart Meyer is an executive career coach, working in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern Oregon.
Anya Axelrod, MBA 95, with family
Anya Axelrod, of Berkeley, Calif., announces, “Katrina ‘Katya’ joined our family last September. Her big brother Max is turning 13 years old this month!”
Kassim Chaudry, MBA 95, and wife Carolyn
Kassim Chaudry, of Metuchen, N.J., writes, “Still working at EMC after eight solid years. Switched from core products delivery to backup products pre-sales and learning the ropes. Working with some of the largest systems integrators in the world. Son Kevaan, who was born in Berkeley, just started college at Northeastern in Boston. Older daughter spent a month in Costa Rica improving her Spanish and doing volunteer work. Youngest one is playing basketball for her middle-school team. Wife, Carolyn, is working hard as an attorney in the New Jersey school systems.”
Nap Hosang and Dominic Montagu, both MBA 95, at Swedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar
Nap Hosang, of Alameda, Calif., reports, “Dominic Montagu, MBA 95 and I are working together in Myanmar on a health policy project to strengthen government engagement of private providers. Together we are charming the bureaucracy! They don’t realize that—the ministry people we have met mostly look at us and wonder what the hell these two clowns are talking about and why do they seem to amuse each other so much—but we feel confident that once people think about it, they’ll appreciate the humor in our discussions. Some jokes, like fine wines, need to age and be savored.
“Speaking of aging, Nap is in good health (says Dominic). Clint, wish you were here.”
Susan and Jim Petty, MBA 97
Jim Petty, of San Francisco, Calif., notes, “The Haas program has been an incredibly positive step in my career, as I’m sure it has been for all of us. A great education, unparalleled business network, and quality friendships have all come from my relationship with Haas. I’m definitely proud to be an alum.
I’m pleased to announce that my wife, Susan, recently accepted the position of associate director of admissions for the executive MBA program. She’s working with the incredibly talented Haas admissions team to help continue to bring the best future business leaders into the program. Really excited about this—she’ll be working to keep the Haas Business School, and the entire Haas community, the premier B-school experience in the world.”
In July 2013, Mark French and a small group of investors acquired Wing Inflatables Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance polyurethane collars and fully inflatable watercraft for the military and commercial workboat markets. Mark is full-time CFO, which entails spending significant time in Arcata, Calif., where the company’s operations are based. Mark is truly enjoying wearing work boots instead of loafers and getting his pants dirty on the factory floor.
Nancy Hazlewood, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “Am in my second decade as an independent consultant, providing project management, product management, strategic and financial planning and analysis to health care, IT, nonprofit, and start-up organizations. Also am continuing my musical avocation—was awarded the 2013 Blues Saxophone Player of the Year by the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame.”
Matthieu Malan is working on round two funding for his online bookseller in Morocco to finance growth. He writes, “ While we are a leader in our market, we are far from having reached all potential customers. In addition, we came to realize that customers are not comfortable with distance selling and are wary about using a credit card online. We set up a small showroom, which quickly was packed with curious new customers who then became online regular purchasers. We are now about to open a large brick- and-mortar showroom and bookstore in Casablanca.”
John McKenna, of Albany, Calif., reports, “Last August, I joined Embarcadero Financial Group (EFG). I’m happy to be back working in S.F. It’s a welcome move to an RIA after my years at Morgan Stanley—most recently in executive financial planning with a corporate services team in Palo Alto. I’m looking forward to helping grow EFG as a wealth adviser. My kids Meg and Ted are great. Having teenagers, however, appears to not be for the faint of heart.”
Marc Caltabiano announces, “Joined TripAdvisor in February 2013 to lead product strategy and the product team for the B2B side of TripAdvisor (the part that interacts with hotels, restaurants, attractions, etc.).”
David Lieu writes, “I am the founder and medical director of FNA Medical Group in Alhambra, Calif. It is one of the busiest pathologist ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration and core-biopsy clinics in the country. I regularly train cytopathology fellows and faculty from UCLA, USC, UCI, and UCSD. I am on the clinical faculty at UCLA. I am also on the faculty of several pathology specialty societies and have taught pathologists from throughout the United States and the world.”
Kim Niquette informs, “Kivu is expanding our data breach services. Our focus is to swiftly and cost-effectively determine if a breach has occurred, determine its size and scope, and provide valuable evidence that can assist an organization in responding to regulators, customers, and litigants.”
Colleen Reilly writes, “I left the Bay Area in 2012 and moved back to North Carolina to pursue an MSW at UNC-Chapel Hill.”
Rain Rider sends this update: “After more than a decade of marketing research and marketing/communication strategy consulting, I took a role at Kaiser Permanente managing the business side of cosmetic services for Northern California. I love the role, my team, and Kaiser in general. On the personal front, Hiroshi and I continue to seek out new culinary experiences and get out for hikes as much as possible. I hope to see you at the reunion!”
Leslie Tyler is working on turbo-charging online professional services at Pearl.com.
Nick Sturiale writes, “I am managing partner at an early stage venture capital firm based in Palo Alto and Bellevue that invests in next generation business software startups.”
Panos Adamopoulos announces, “Seismos won four international competitions in 2013, won an award from Shell, and went through its first round of funding.”
Marty McMahon reports, “Heading into my fourth year as co-founder and managing director of FlemingMartin, a retained executive search firm with offices in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. We are helping some incredibly innovative companies build out their executive teams. I am also enjoying being a volunteer for Haas and keeping in touch with classmates. Jennifer and I celebrated our 21st anniversary in January and our girls are now 5 and 8—time flies when you are having fun.”
Radhika Shah (center), MBA 01, with (l. to r.) Eloise Duvillier, BA 13; Cynthia Lang, Ashoka.org CEO Bill Drayton, and Darlene Damm of Ashoka.
Radhika Shah, of Palo Alto, updates: “Earlier this year, Darlene Damm and I launched a Silicon Valley chapter for the Ashoka Foundation (Ashoka.org/sv) a Washington, D.C.-based global nonprofit. The goal of the SV group is to connect people interested in engaging in the world of scalable and innovative social impact all over the world, with Ashoka Fellows (social entrepreneurs who are solving some of the toughest social problems around the world) in a wide range of areas—children’s education, women’s empowerment, biodiversity preservation, and many more. We had more than 150 people from tech and social causes attend our Ashoka SV launch events this fall and welcome Cal alumni to join the Ashoka SV. Recent Cal alum Eloise Duvillier is setting up an Ashoka SV book club that we welcome you to join. We hope to collaborate deeply with Berkeley and Stanford and arrange events with visiting Ashoka Fellows in the innovation accelerators such as SkyDeck at Berkeley.”
Jungwook Lim, MBA 02
Jungwook Lim informs, “In November 2013, I relocated back to Seoul from Silicon Valley and became a managing director of Startup Alliance, a new nonprofit initiated by the Korean government and several major Internet companies in Korea. Its mission is to support and mentor early-stage startups and boost entrepreneurship in Korea.”
Vivek Sanghi, of New Delhi, India, reports, “While continuing to lead research IP licensing activities at IBM Research, for India and Singapore, I’ve started the evening law program at the Delhi University Faculty of Law. Very interesting experience to be back in a classroom 11-plus years since Haas, in an Indian government (i.e., public) university environment, and writing three-hour-long finals. Humbling and enlightening!”
Becky Frank, MBA/MPH 03, and Tanya (Himathongkam) Vannapruegs, MBA 02, in Bangkok
Tanya (Himathongkam) Vannapruegs, of Bangkok, Thailand, writes, “Continue to enjoy working at Theptarin Hospital with focus on diabetes prevention and foot care training to reduce amputation due to the disease. Becky Frank, MBA/MPH 03, paid a visit during her business trip to Bangkok. Had fun taking her walking the ‘Diabetes Escape’ (17-flight walk on the fire escape) and visiting chronic disease risk testing and lifestyle education stations my team created!”
Jay Atkinson announces, “We have moved back into ‘Bear Territory’ in Orinda, Calif. Trey (nearly 4) and Jasmine (over 1) are now letting Mom and Dad sleep marginally more, and it feels great.”
Jason Anderson started a consumer research and research gamification agency in late 2012.
Mark Habib, of Paris, France, informs, “After six years covering the energy sector for S&P in New York City, I’ve transferred with my wife, Bridget, and sons Kadin (4) and Xavier (1) to Paris as a director for the telecom and tech sectors in EMEA. Say hello if you’re in the area!”
Justin Rietz is currently a graduate student in economics at UC Santa Cruz.
Carlos Sanchez reports, “Moved to Marin about 18 months ago and loving it.”
Akif Koca sends this update: “Government manager and specialist for services, manufacturing, and mining industries. Extensive experience on strategy development and implementation, industry analysis and program management. Interested in strategy and organization consulting and strategic planning.”
Darrin Steele, MBA 08, and wife Sothy Chhoun-Steele
Darrin Steele, of Colorado Springs, Colo., writes, “Elected vice president of communication for the International Federation of Bobsled and Skeleton (FIBT). The FIBT is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the governing body with oversight of all national federations of bobsled and skeleton.”
Emily Walling, of Menlo Park, Calif., announces, “Andrew and I were excited and grateful to welcome Thomas Alexander Walling to the family on Aug. 21, 2013. He’s super smiley and has already had some ‘bro dates’ with other ’08 baby boys. Big sister Kate (now 3) has been adjusting to the change like a champ.”
Andrey Antonov writes, “Still running a company I started up in the summer of 2008. The business is in the replacement windows industry in the Moscow region.”
Brynn Hadler reports, “We moved to Sydney to be closer to one side of my family. My husband is a professor and found an interesting position at Macquarie University in Sydney, so that gave us the opportunity to make the move. Australia is also something of a paradise for children, so we thought it would broaden their world and perspectives. As for me, I published my first e-book in March, called 7 Ways To Get Your Children To Eat Healthy Food. It will be available from Amazon, Smashwords, and other major retailers.”
Evan Schwimmer, MBA 10, with his Cal boys
Evan Schwimmer, wife Lauren, and big brother Logan welcomed Caleb in June 2013. The Schwimmers live in Alameda, Calif., and Evan works at Starwood Capital in San Francisco.
Jacqueline Yuen Chan announces, “Alvin and I welcomed Avery Claire Chan to our family in 2013. She brings so much joy and happiness to us daily.”
Marcela Fox, announces, “Just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Hazel. Older brother, Owen, is being nice to his sister.”
Che-Chin Lin updates as follows: “Associate director of the principal investment department at Far East Horizon Ltd. (ticker:3360.HK), the investment arm of Far East Horizon Ltd., focusing on investment efforts in health care, infrastructure, industrial, education, paper and packaging, electronics, textile, and logistics.”
The Top Scores: Carlos Bonilla (drums), Anthony Binsacca (guitar & vocals), and Sean Simplicio (bass), MBA 10.
Sean Simplicio informs: “My band, The Top Scores, just had its first successful gig on New Year’s! Please like us on our Facebook page to get news about upcoming shows (facebook.com/thetopscores). I play bass and two other friends from high school round out the trio on guitar and drums. We play original tunes, mostly with a ‘bluesy-rock’ tinge (with some funk and metal coming through from time to time!). Hope to see you at an upcoming gig!”
Jonathan Villet reports, “I am privileged to know that great marketing contains great truth—an insight that drives the advertising agency I lead, OneWorld Communications. Express what truly matters, excites, delights, and inspires. So that people care, or laugh, or learn, or get involved, and try something new. It’s why I love what I do: creating a strategic process, from insight to branding, creativity to metrics, to keep the marketing true.”
Benjamin Avenia-Tapper reports, “Living in S.F., working in Vegas, learning how to claw one’s way out of an over-leveraged buyout through nightclubs, restaurants, room renovations, and the occasional financial analysis.”
Judy Chang writes, “ I just moved to Paris and am looking for interesting opportunities in the electronic/mobile payment space—e.g., PayPal, Visa V.me, Google Commerce, Venmo, etc. Please let me know if you think I should check anything out! Hope you’re doing well!”
Christopher Pickett reports, “Currently acting senior director of commercialization within the logistics function of Anheuser-Busch. Oversee demand planning, new products planning and execution, and warehousing and distribution centers.”
Rob Bogolub announces, “Graduated from my MBA program in May (went back to Haas) and started work at Bain in San Francisco.
Sabina Kroes is busy “building a new hot technology company.” The startup is in stealth mode so stay tuned for more information in the future.
Sean Luangrath writes, “Just spent two years in China opening the market for Sequoia-backed startup. I just moved back to the Bay Area and joined a KP-backed venture.”
Christopher Fong, BCEMBA 10
Christopher Fong, of Palo Alto, Calif., updates as follows: “After spending seven years with Google in New York City, I’m moving to our headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., to take a new role working with venture capital firms and their startups across different Google product areas. I’m excited to help with this initiative at Google and to have the opportunity to reconnect with old Haas mates in the Bay Area.
“In addition, I’m looking forward to playing and watching some great basketball games. Please let me know of any pickup games among Haas alums in the peninsula area or if there are any avid Warriors or Cal basketball fans that want to catch some games this season. Please reach out via my Haas email or google.com/+ChristopherFong.”
Ronald Snitker announces, “Relocated back to Nashville, Tenn., in July 2013. Got married too!”
Douglas (Mac) MacLachlan, PhD 71
Douglas (Mac) MacLachlan, BA 63 (Physics), MBA 65, MA 70 (Statistics), of Kenmore, Wash., updates as follows: “Retired January 2013 after more than 42 years teaching in the Foster Business School at the University of Washington. Primarily did research and teaching in statistical topics of marketing research, marketing models, and database marketing. Was chair of the Marketing and International Business Department five times and senior associate dean of the Foster School for one term. Most recently held the Marion B. Ingersoll endowed professorship. Continuing to do research, consulting for businesses, and traveling (or sailing my wooden gaff-ketch ‘Bimi’).”