Norman Parsons, of Clovis, Calif., reports, “After 35 years of practicing dentistry, I and an associate founded a small business, Global Administrative Services, LLC, with me as manager. I had to upgrade my computer skills in a hurry and at the age of 65 (I’m 80 now) that was no easy task. I’ve taken up painting—watercolor and acrylic. Right now, I’m grading and organizing 650 LP records for eventual sale. Any takers? I’m still running my small business (trustee services). And I buy and sell 12” LP records.”
His fourth grandchild, a boy, was due this fall. “So, the all-girl string in my family—two daughters and three granddaughters—has been broken. My middle granddaughter says she wants to attend Berkeley. Cal is a family tradition. My mother attended; my father got a master’s (English) there; my sister went to Cal. She was a DZ. Various cousins also attended Cal Berkeley.”
Sprague Edwards, of Twain Harte, Calif., announces, “I became the president of the Tuolumne County Cal Alumni Association, by default. Our annual ‘Burgers at the Lair’ took place Aug. 31.” Edwards helped organize Cal night at the Sonora Library for junior high and high school students interested in attending UC to find out what they have to do to prepare for the challenge of acceptance. Last year, more than 35 students and their parents attended. “We are looking forward to success again. My life has been wonderful and part of that is due to my experiences at Berkeley. Thanks.”
Rich Tompkins, of Redding, Calif., writes, “Greetings, Aloha. Celebrating more than 50 years as a real estate broker in California and Hawaii with The Tompkins Company, Inc.”
Ronald Cassano, of Walnut Creek, Calif., reports, “Celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary (wife Karen).” A retired CPA, he was re-elected in 2014 to a fifth term as Walnut Creek city treasurer and serves on the investment committee for the Walnut Creek Library Endowment Foundation.
Alan Mindell, of Solana Beach, Calif., writes, “My novel, The Closer, a baseball love story about a career minor league relief pitcher who finally reaches the majors and makes an immediate impact both on the pitching mound and with a family in distress, has been a best seller with Amazon, including being listed as the number one best-selling paperback in new sports fiction. On June 28, 2014, I ran in a track meet in Southern California, and my winning time in the 400-meter race was among the top 10 in the world in my age group for 2014.”
Vijay (Pandit) Kumar, of Mountain View, Calif., informs, “Mountain View continues as one of Silicon Valley’s important cities. Google is headquartered here. I am still on the board of advisors of Internet Speech, but I consider myself retired. “I am a member of the Sierra Club and do hikes around the Bay Area with other members. It keeps me busy and I stay healthy. My son Jay is manager of a civil engineering company and has to travel all over the United States. My daughter sells real estate in Santa Cruz and is having a decent year. My granddaughter, Linden, age 6, just started kindergarten.”
Nick Van Valkenburgh, of Huntsville, Ala., announces, “Retired this year after careers with the U.S. Air Force, Apple, Boeing, and as a contractor to NASA and the U.S. Army. Began volunteering at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center as a docent emeritus.”
Iantha (Adams) Wessel, of Blair, Neb., writes, “Retired some time ago. Am enjoying travel and playing bridge.”
Junichi Yamasaki, of Tokyo, Japan, reports, “After working for the Mitsui-Sumitomo Bank, I started my own company in 1984. Combining what I learned at Haas and the MS program in IEOR at the College of Engineering with my experience at Mitsui-Sumitomo has been indispensable for my career work. I hope guys at Ehrman Hall dorm in Unit 2 still remember me.”
David Glanz, of New York, N.Y., partner of a law firm specializing in large commercial real estate matters, writes, “News? Boy has our world exploded! “We are fully engaged and working overtime in major purchases, sales and debt, and equity financings, in NYC and across the country. New condo and multi-family development, office buildings, special-use projects, campus expansion development for not-for-profit institutions, and much more as well as representing every different type of player in these deals and at all levels of the capital stack. And I do the hard stuff, like long-term, ‘unsubordinated’ development ground leases; repping the credit enhancers in affordable-housing bond financings; and purchases and sales of ‘transferable development rights’ (zoning rights).
“Those in the Haas world who want to talk commercial real estate should call or email. It would be fun to meet you and talk shop. Haas Alumni Association has permission to give you my contact info.
“And my wife’s fine jewelry business has also taken off—great demand at the high end. Cheers!”
Angela DeCarli, of Petaluma, Calif., announces, “I have recently been elected president of the Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department in Petaluma. We operate in southern Sonoma County as a nonprofit that relies on donations. We are in need of a fire station and looking for donations of any sort. Please contact me (email@example.com) if you are interested!”
Zachary Whitman, see MBA 1979 notes.
Hal Bogotch, of Los Angeles, Calif., reports as follows: “Hal has a new book editing project with Chimayo Press, publisher of Compelling American Conversations.
“Hal had a lovely family vacation with his wife, Laura, and daughter, Annalisa, in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, near Portland, Ore. They hiked to the top of Multnomah Falls and attended a cousin’s wedding in Cascade Locks. Hal and Laura are also celebrating their daughter’s 10th birthday, which is the same date, Aug. 26, as their 13th wedding anniversary.”
Ken Cera, of New York, N.Y., informs, “I am a partner in a small law firm, with offices in New York and San Francisco. I have recently been spending the majority of my time representing my good client General Catalyst Venture Fund as in-house counsel. The fund is doing great and generating many interesting deals, allowing me both to be a lawyer and to make good use of the finance skills I learned in the Cal business program. I am thrilled that my daughter Michelle has just entered Cal as a freshman. What could possibly be better than that? Along with me and my sister Barbara, that will make three members of the Cal family.”
Mitch Rosenberg, BS 83, with his folks in 1979; and today with his twins, Paige and Andy, both Class of 2018
Mitch Rosenberg, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., writes, “I am very happy that I am doing my part to ‘give back’ to Cal. I’m ‘giving’ both of my twins, Andy and Paige, to Cal for the next four years as they are both incoming freshmen. I am very proud of their hard work and commitment to excellence and look forward to their journey through Cal. GO BEARS!”
Andrew Shapiro, of Mill Valley, Calif., continues to enhance and broaden the outreach efforts of his activist investment management firm, Lawndale Capital Management, now in its 22nd year. He regularly presents at the UCLA Anderson’s Directors Education and Certification Program, the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Investment Management Speaker Series, and the Council of Institutional Investors. The stock market’s recent focus on corporate governance matters has kept him busy traveling around the country speaking on governance reforms and activist investing.
He writes: “This past year, I spoke at The Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals 2013 National Conference and on a panel titled ‘The Great Debate: Shareholder Activism in the Boardroom’ at the National Association of Corporate Directors 2013 Board Leadership Conference.” In addition to authorship of several articles on Seeking Alpha, Andrew’s activist efforts were recently highlighted in a Crain’s Chicago Business article describing the very successful turnaround of Sparton Corp. (NYSE: SPA) titled Tales of a Turnaround. The article details Lawndale’s 2008 proxy fight that led to the recomposition of Sparton’s board and the hiring of outside turnaround management.
Mark Metcalfe, of San Antonio, Texas, announces, “I am now with a health care provider group called Airrosti; we focus exclusively on resolving musculoskeletal issues. The company is relatively small, but we are growing quickly and are currently in Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Virginia, Illinois, and Washington.
Marika and I are now in San Antonio, Texas, for most of the time, but we do get back to the Bay Area pretty frequently.”
Becky (Wong) Liu, of Hillsborough, Calif., see David Liu MBA 1998 notes.
David Liu, of Hillsborough, Calif., see MBA 1998 notes.
James Devers, of Cascade, Trinidad, reports, “In March, I was appointed managing director/country manager of G4S Secure Solutions (Trinidad) Limited. G4S is a large company with more than 600,000 employees and located in 120 countries.
“Since 1998, I have been living in the beautiful twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. It is an amazing country, with a fascinating and rich culture, and the most southern island in the Caribbean archipelago. Through marriage, I have a blended family of eight children. Three have graduated from college, three are currently in college, and the last two are still in high school. None attended Berkeley, but one is doing his doctor of physical therapy at UC San Francisco.”
Belinda Martinez, of Oceanside, Calif., writes, “My family had a reunion at the Grand Canyon for the first time, and I had no idea of its magnificence and the breathtaking adventures it offered. What I was really impressed by was the fact that all plastic bottles have been eliminated from the park. I hope this will resonate with other national parks and family cultural venues, to help in the movement for reducing plastic waste.”
Joe Silvestri, of Novato, Calif., announces, “I recently became VP, client partnerships, at Kiosk Creative. We’re a full-service marketing agency dedicated to achieving amazing results for our clients. We specialize in strategic marketing, intelligent CRM, and kick-ass creative. Check us out at www.kiosk.tm.”
Kevin Crow, of Granite Bay, Calif., reports, “Happily serving at Intel helping the world think faster.
“And some amazing trips this past year! Boy Scout groups to two gorgeous camps at Catalina Island (Emerald Bay) and Lower Bear Reservoir (Winton). Spent a week camping east of Yosemite checking out Mono Lake, beaver dams, and ghost town ‘Bodie.’ It’s amazing how much there is to see in our own California backyard.
“Are my kids really heading into high school? Good thing I haven’t aged any. Soccer season is on—as I write, my teams are both undefeated. Looking forward to a great Cal football season as well. We’re going to surprise (in a good way)! GO BEARS!”
Alan Chuang, of Pasadena, Calif., announces, “After 15 years in the finance industry and gaining the CPA, CFA, and CFP(r) designations, I finally decided to start my own firm! TwoTalents Capital Management was created to provide a personalized portfolio of investments geared toward the specific needs of individuals and their families. I wanted to bring a higher level of access and service to my clients and help them with all their financial concerns. To learn more about my firm visit my website at www.twotalents-asn.com.”
Brian Watkins, of Seattle, Wash., informs, “I am back in the diamond/jewelry business after leaving Blue Nile in 2008. I realized a few years ago that there had to be a smarter (better) way to buy an engagement ring. Therefore, I founded Ritani (www.ritani.com). Beyond being a leading designer and U.S. manufacturer of bridal/fine jewelry, Ritani is the first in the category to embrace the ‘Clicks and Bricks’ model. Ritani is serving millennial expectations—either buy online or preview for free at a local independent jeweler (more than 150 locations and growing).
“On the personal side, am living in Seattle and happily married to Yonnie Woo (Cal 1994). We have two children and are enjoying the journey.”
Jeff Cohen, of Beverly Hills, Calif., forwards the following news: “Jeff, a founding partner of transactional law firm Cohen Gardner LLP, has been engaged by the American Bar Association to author a book on negotiation currently titled The Dealmaker’s Ten Commandments: Business Tips and Tactics from the Trenches of Hollywood.”
Daniel Abram, of Los Angeles, Calif., reports, “I co-founded Osurv (www.osurv.com), which builds cutting-edge mobile feedback technology. We help companies understand what their customers are thinking, so that they can address issues immediately. So far, I’ve had an incredible experience applying my Haas business skills to help many companies, from Caesars Entertainment to Casio, supercharge their customer service.”
Irene (Chen) Poston, of Redwood City, see MBA 2003 notes.
Jeff Fong, see MBA 2006 notes.
Tania Mirchandani, BS 99, with her husband, Dinesh Mirchandani, and daughter, Mila, at LAX.
Tania (Kapoor) Mirchandani, of Los Angeles, Calif., announces, “I am now leading my own private wealth management team at Goldman, Sachs & Co in L.A. My new business partner, Anton Serikov, also went to business school at UCLA Anderson School of Management. He has a strong investment background, making him a great addition to the team.
“My husband and I had our first child in June 2013. We can’t believe how quickly she has grown. Her name is Mila and she is an extremely happy baby. We feel so fortunate and blessed. We are expecting our second child in March. Ready for the adventure!”
Claudia Gallegos Cazares, of Fresno, Calif., reports, “Started a new job in the housing development field with Granville Homes Inc. in the Land Development Department.”
Charlene Choi, of London, U.K., writes, “New job in corporate banking sales. Recently moved to London with husband and kids after spending three years in Shanghai and previously eight years in New York. Mother of two children, ages 3 and 5.”
Raphael Haas, BS 00, and his family
Raphael Haas, of San Francisco, Calif., updates as follows: “First alumni note since 2000. Moved: S.F., London, NYC., S.F. Two great boys (4 and 10 months). Married Foothill dorm-mate, Jennifer, BS 00.
“After 14 years in M&A, two kids, and a mortgage, it felt like the right time to follow my entrepreneurial dream. In April, we launched Melting Point Solutions, a smart secondary market platform for alternative investors. Four months in, I am grateful for the educational foundation and network from Berkeley (and to a lesser degree—Columbia Business School) and I am excited about work (first time!).”
Roy Ng, of San Francisco, Calif., informs, “After five incredible years at SuccessFactors and SAP, I’m excited to embark on my next adventure! In September, I joined Twilio as chief operating officer. We’re the leading cloud software communications platform for developers. Simply put, Twilio is revolutionizing communications by migrating legacy systems to software in the cloud. We power some of the fastest-growing consumer and enterprise businesses, Uber, Box, Airbnb, Salesforce.com, Intuit, Zendesk, Home Depot, Walmart, Coca-Cola, among many others. We’ve raised more than $100M in venture financing and have over 300 employees in S.F., Mountain View, N.Y.C., and London.
“Looking forward to my next adventure and staying in touch with the Haas alumni community!”
Dr. Jason Talavera, of Seattle, Wash., was appointed as cardiologist at the University of Washington Medicine Regional Heart Center. After Haas, Jason attended UC Davis Medical School. He lives in western Washington with his wife, Aye Talavera, BS 01.
Melissa, BS 03, and Nicklas Skogman
Melissa (Calavan) Skogman, of London, U.K., announces, “Melissa Calavan was married to Nicklas Skogman among their immediate families in his hometown in northern Sweden on midsummer’s day, June 21, 2014. The following weekend they celebrated with their 35 closest friends on the south coast of Spain. Melissa also gained dual British citizenship this year, having spent the past seven years living in London. She works in business development at Lonely Planet, and her husband is in equity sales at Carnegie Bank.”
Trevor Nelson, of Los Angeles, Calif., announces the birth of daughter Chase James Nelson on June 9, 2014; son Lazarus Wood Nelson was born on Aug. 3, 2012. Wife Jessica Nelson is a 2005 USC grad.
Radhika Sreeraman is in radiation oncology and an ARRO Education Committee member.
Amy Chou, of Oakland, Calif., is “excited to be a ‘double Bear’ as part of the MBA Class of 2016!”
Rick (Kuo Chen) Liu, of San Ramon, Calif., writes, “Since graduation, I’ve pursued various career paths, from public accounting to corporate finance to brand finance and strategy. These wonderful ventures and experiences have led me to my current position. I’m now a financial controller/CFO for Glazier Steel, a steel fabricator/installer located in Hayward. Interestingly enough, both myself and the owner of the company, Tom Glazier, are Haas 2005 graduates. We’ve known each other since high school. Recently, Tom actually officiated at my wedding! We’re proud to say that Glazier Steel is currently contributing to the Berkeley Art Museum renovation and the Lower Sproul Redevelopment project. We are the main steel subcontractor on-site. We’re excited to be able to give back to a wonderful institution that we know and love.”
Monique So reports, “Got my MBA from Kellogg.”
Stephen Maier announces, “My wife and I will be moving to Kyrgyzstan in a month to apprentice in an enterprise that teaches locals to have their own businesses, thus promoting economic development. It will definitely be a change of pace!”
Alejandra Dominguez Villarreal writes, “[Am] currently working in the neuroscience field and looking for a position as a data analyst/marketing.”
Serena Cao is “enjoying the MBA life in London. :)”
Alison Sanders, of New York, N.Y., is attending business school at the University of Chicago, Booth, Class of 2016.
Christina Starzak, of Los Angeles, Calif., reports, “Kicking off season two as a celebrity producer on Sony Pictures’ The Queen Latifah Show. The new season premieres September 15; tune in weekdays on CBS.”
Jonathan Cheung, of Fremont, Calif., announces, “I co-founded Kudo3D, a 3D printer hardware company, with a Haas alum, Tedd (Kao-Chih) Syao, MFE 07. We recently had a Kickstarter campaign for our first printer, the Titan 1, raising more than $680,000. We were also featured on Fox Business and many other industry media. Titan 1 is the fastest, tallest print, high- resolution SLA 3D printer on the market today. Please see http://haas.org/1CGeybo. Thanks!”
Mike Choe forwards the following: “Mike Choe will begin his MBA studies at USC Marshall School of Business in fall 2014.”
Irina Tagintseva, BS 09, at the San Francisco opera
Irina Tagintseva, of San Francisco, Calif., reports, “I was invited to join a group of mentors for PITME Labs three-week program (http://www.pitme.com) to help accelerate the pace of technological innovation in the MENA region. In August 2014, I mentored eight entrepreneurs from the Middle East in business development and digital marketing. The second batch will graduate from the accelerator program this month.”
Lev Eldemir updates, “After more than 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.”
Kristoffer James S. Jacob, of Vallejo, Calif., writes, “I will start my program at UC Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall, this coming fall semester. Expected graduation date: May 2017.
“I recently moved back to the United States after two years of working in Singapore as an academic consultant.”
Steven Lam forwards the following: “GoGoVan is a rapidly expanding delivery-van reservation and renting service co-founded by Steven Lam. It allows customers to request a van and driver for short deliveries or transportation through a mobile app. The community of delivery providers available on GoGoVan ranges from motorcycles, vans, and lorries to even 10-foot to 26-foot trucks. GoGoVan empowers logistics service providers to tap into a city-wide pool of demand that was previously out of their reach. Steven is pleased to share that the company is hiring for its expansion into Asia following a successful Series A funding round.”
Shawna Samuels joined WeiserMazars LLP in January 2014 as a senior auditor in the Woodbury, N.Y., office. She has lived and worked in the state of New York since graduating from Haas.
Ryan Theimer, of San Francisco, Calif., joined PG&E as a senior IT metrics analyst in September 2014. He had previously worked at Toyon Associates Inc. as a systems programmer since graduating from Haas.
Waiz Badar recently joined NetSuite as a senior financial analyst. He has lived in the Bay Area since graduating from Haas, working the past few years in finance at NVIDIA.
Derek Chen recently joined Anaplan, a company that provides a platform for businesses to build financial plans and assess execution against them. Derek will be a model builder in the San Francisco office.
Stephanie Chen, of San Francisco, Calif., is working with YouTube on Devices at Google and living in San Francisco.
Danielle Chien updates, “After working in San Francisco for a large-scale insurance brokerage firm for one year, I now attend Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tenn. I aim to have a future legal career in intellectual property and corporate law!”
Christopher Hammond, of Berkeley, Calif., announces, “I am enrolled in my final year at Boalt Hall School of Law and will be practicing corporate law at Skadden Arps’ Palo Alto office beginning next fall. We are expecting our first child in April.”
Eddie Lee, BS 11, pitching Podo at hardware accelerator Highway1’s Demo Day
Eddie Lee, of Santa Clara, Calif., updates, “Founded a company, Podo Labs, making a small, app-controlled camera that sticks anywhere. Podo will be in retail stores for this holiday season (www.podolabs.com). Had an eye-opening couple of trips to Shenzhen, China, to learn about and manage the supply chain and manufacturing process for Podo.”
Claire Lee, BS 12, (far right) in her first dance class. Photographed by fellow Haas alumna June Kim, BS 12.
Claire Lee, of San Francisco, Calif., sends this news: “Finished teaching some amazing kids for two years in Memphis, Tenn., through Teach For America. Definitely the two most trying years of my life thus far, but worth every minute.
“Upon moving back to the Bay Area at the end of May this year, some other Cal alums from the Berkeley Dance Community and I started up a dance organization in S.F. called the Alumni Dance Collective. The year or two break we had from dancing as we entered the real world helped us realize how much dancing and movement means to us. It’s awesome to still be able to call ourselves dancers/choreographers after graduating, as we thought it wasn’t in the cards! We have been holding classes every other week in the city at LINES Dance Center since June, and we are planning to start our first few choreography projects this fall. If you are a contemporary/jazz/hip hop dancer or supporter, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org! You can also check us out at facebook.com/alumnidance.”
Cameron Tremblay-Adams writes, “Looking forward to finding new opportunities to leverage my growing experiences in mobile marketing, sales support, campaign management, and data analysis.”
Eric Wong, of Millbrae, Calif., announces, “I have recently received my CA license as a certified public accountant, and I look forward to continue building the skills I picked up from Haas. And I’ve enjoyed spending more time with family after moving closer to them following graduation.”
Muna Abdu, of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has started a new job as a marketing officer.
Christina Aoun is an ad trafficker (Ad Operations) at Hulu.
Talia Caldwell, former Cal women’s basketball star, is currently in Kos, Greece, playing professional women’s basketball after playing basketball in China and Poland last year. She is feeling strong again after recuperating from some knee surgery and is excited to try out for the WNBA in 2015.
Natalie Yadegar updates, “Natalie Yadegar joined BrightRoll as a market research analyst at the end of summer 2014. She celebrates a successful transition into tech marketing from health care consulting.”
Happy Hour hosted on the Amazon campus! Bottom: Rosemary Hua, BS 14; Sherry Jiang, BS 14; Kriti Sondhi, BS 14 (Chem. Eng.). Top: Kevin Li; Shibi Kannan; Frank Li; Raunak Nirmal; Molly Duffy
Rosemary Hua, of Seattle, Wash., announces, “Started a new job at Amazon.com as a business analyst! I’m on the transactions team, working on a machine that runs millions of transactions through an algorithm to catch fraud and other risky transactions. An example of the work that I do is writing code to create rules that improve the algorithm.”
Clement Kao, of Berkeley, Calif., informs, “I am now a business consultant at Applied Predictive Technologies, a big data consulting firm.”
Silver Lin, of South San Francisco, Calif., who spent the summer studying for the CPA and LSAT, writes, “My advice to all those aspiring accountants and/or lawyers: Start early!”
XiaoAn Wang, of Boston, Mass., reports starting statistics master’s degree study at Harvard University.
G. Michael Yovino-Young, of Berkeley, Calif., is one of three generations of Cal Bears, with father Joe Yovino-Young (1926), and daughter Diana Yovino-Young (1989). “Celebrating 54 years of professional service as a real estate consultant and appraiser, including 30 years as president of Yovino-Young, Inc. The company’s offices have always been on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley.”
Ron Doak, of Manvel, Texas, writes, “Currently, I’m finalizing my second novel. My first novel, The Nickel Bag, is available at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon. In addition, I write screenplays. I’ve completed three and one is currently under consideration. Sold or licensed several of my 10 patents and am attempting to keep my creative fervor to writing novels and screenplays. This is also my 48th year of high school and college football officiating. It’s been a great and rewarding experience. I’ve officiated games that included more than 30 current and former NFL players.
“A planned visit to California and Berkeley is on the schedule for summer of 2015. I live south of Houston and raise exotic and rare breed chickens (www.mychickendiaries.com).”
Robert Krebs is practicing patent law in Palo Alto and San Francisco with the firm of Nixon Peabody LLP. In August, he organized a seminar in Silicon Valley for the Patents for Humanity program. Under the program, entrepreneurs and other innovators who deploy patented technologies to address global challenges will be selected annually for awards by the United States Patent Office. For more information, contact Robert at email@example.com.
Zachary Whitman reports, “[At New York Life Insurance Company], I assist individuals, families, and businesses in the planning that results in better liquidity and tax minimization as you grow your business/family wealth and in times of transition. My clients can better understand and optimize the balance between accumulations, distributions and protections over the near term, midterm, and long term. The products I work with are life insurance, disability insurance, long-term care insurance, and mutual-fund-based investments. I bring focus and process to planning so you can focus on your family, your work, and your friends.”
Michaela Rodeno, of Napa, Calif., sends this update: “The August 24 earthquake (6.0) had people all over the world concerned about Napa Valley, its people, and its wines. We learned the hard way that Champagne bottles, even empties, are less likely to fall over and break than other wine bottles. So get ready for the Big One by stocking your cellar with bubbly.
“Although people closer to the epicenter (five miles from the city of Napa) than us suffered some damage (Villa Ragazzi had some minor breakage/mess and no power/water until 8 p.m. Sunday night), no lives were lost and most injuries amounted to bumps and bruises. Our good friend Mother Nature kindly gave us that big shake at 3:20 a.m. Had people been at work in the cellars when the earthquake hit, those tumbling barrels, empty or full, could have been lethal.
“The 2014 crop looks beautiful in Napa Valley; harvest started early and will probably end early, and we’re all grateful for the friends and neighbors who helped clean up and the visitors who continue to come share the pleasures of this special place. Life is good.”
Kim Staking, of Fairfield, Calif., announces, “After a two-decade career at the Inter-American Development Bank, and a few years consulting on international development issues, I joined the faculty of California State University, Sacramento (Sac State). I am in the finance area and concentrating on risk management and insurance. It is good to be back in California and back to academia. In addition to the MBA from Cal, I received a PhD from Wharton.”
Stuart Webber, of Seattle, Wash., is now head of the schools of business, information systems, and visual communication at Trinity Lutheran College, located in Everett, Wash. He was formerly the department head for the business department. Stuart lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter, while his son, Clark, is serving in the Peace Corps in Azerbaijan.
Grant Hoag, of Irvine, Calif., announces, “In 2013, I became a member of the City of Los Angeles Office of Public Accountability to provide ratepayer advocacy for the Department of Water and Power, the largest public utility in the U.S.A. Our mission is to enhance public transparency and accountability by independently conducting audits and management reviews of the utility.”
Abe Kohen, of New York, N.Y., updates, “After a long career on Wall Street in trading and technology, I am now a consultant on institutional trading technology, which relies on my expertise, for the benefit of my clients, but is a nice change of pace and quite invigorating.
“My new firm is called AK Financial Engineering Consultants, LLC (or AK FEC LLC). You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com.
“With one daughter (Cal PhD 2012) in the Pacific Northwest and one daughter in grad school in Israel, my wife, Zahava (Cal BS 1980), and I traveled to visit each: Passover in the Pacific Northwest along the Oregon coast and trips to Israel with its great beaches in May and August.”
Jean (Imai) Von Berg, of Larkspur, Calif., announces, “As of July 2014, I started a new business as a sole proprietor, Larkspur Gardens. Do check it out at www.larkspurgardens.net.”
Leslie (Stevens) Weinberg, of Los Angeles, Calif., writes, “I am beginning my second year as an empty-nester! Just sent the kids (19 and 22) back to school yesterday (Southern California and New York City). The first few days are always a difficult adjustment, but pretty soon I will adjust to the ‘new normal.’ People constantly ask me what I am planning to do now and my usual response is that I would love to experience the elusive feeling of boredom! Have not had that experience in about 40 years! Would love to hear from anyone else living in the Los Angeles area.”
Richard Reeder, of Lafayette, Calif., reports, “Spent the July 4 weekend leveraging the Haas MBA—and pick and shovel—to move a lot of dirt for the new propane tanks’ support pad at the Oakland Ski Club lodge near Donner Summit and old Hwy. 40. Excavations and forms were done and ready for gravel, concrete, and new tanks—to be ready before the first snowfall. Now, on to the water supply.”
Ralph Garcia Jr., of San Mateo, Calif., announces, “We finally took a long family vacation that included N.Y.C., Frankfurt, Normandy, and Paris.”
David Traversi, of San Francisco, Calif., reports, “Our firm, Traversi Capital Advisors, a FINRA-licensed advisory firm, continues to grow and topgrade. In the past year, our transaction-side highlight was selling a company to Apple, and our executive advisory-side highlight was advising Institutional Investor’s Family Office of the Year on a variety of investment platforms.”
Lynda Mansson, MBA 90, with her sons Nicholas and Matthew
Lynda (Shaw) Mansson, of Saint-Prex, Switzerland, updates as follows: “Lynda is the CEO of the MAVA Foundation, a family philanthropic foundation focused on the environment. MAVA is the largest private funder of the environment based in Europe and focuses on West Africa, the Mediterranean, the Alps, and a fourth programme called Sustainable Economy. Through this work (and privately) she travels extensively throughout the world.
“Lynda has two grown sons—one is currently on an eight-month solo trek through Africa and another is studying at Harvard. She has been living in Switzerland for the past 23 years and is happily married to Gary Miller, a Canadian. They have all just returned from a family reunion in Jackson Hole, Wyo.”
Jungkiu Choi, of Singapore, reports, “As of January 2014, I changed my job from group COO, retail banking, Standard Chartered Bank, to partner, head of financial institutions practice, Asia Pacific, of A.T. Kearney.”
Charles Jones, MBA 90, and Richard Jones II, MBA 92
Richard Jones, of Oakland, Calif., informs, “Still at Intel, looking forward to my second sabbatical next summer. Ran into fellow classmate Eliot Minor, MBA 93, while in Singapore on business earlier this year. And I also ran into Charles Jones, MBA 90, at a Haas recruiting event at the Stadium Club. He’s running for city council in San Jose this November.”
Bill Dagley, of San Rafael, Calif., writes, “I currently serve as president of Private Wealth Partners, where we have been successfully managing investment assets of high net-worth individuals and families for more than 35 years. The markets are always interesting and challenging, and I really enjoy working with clients on a long-term basis.
“This last year has been extremely busy and interesting on all levels: travel to Costa Rica, Scotland, Ireland, England, and several trips to Chicago and Montana.”
Hilary Weber, of San Francisco, Calif., reports, “I’m loving the entrepreneurial life as the founder of Opportu Startup Leadership (opportu.com), now in its third year. We consult with startups in all stages, mainly on leadership, people strategies, and general business issues (‘Whatever it takes to succeed’). The startups we work with are in various industries, but we are growing a specialty in both technology (including Internet of Things) and health care. And we’ve formed some exciting partnerships with Innov8Med.com and Vator.tv. These are exciting times!”
David Farcas is CEO at Centrovet Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals for Animal Health.
Laura Flores forwards the following: “In August, Laura Flores was appointed as Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Panama to the United Nations. She was previously the head of the Panama country office for UNFPA, the U.N. development agency responsible for advancing critical issues of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) agenda, including maternal health, youth empowerment, family planning, and gender equality.”
Nap Hosang, of Berkeley, Calif., retired from clinical practice four years ago and now is “just as busy as before.
“Not a good sign. Still managing UC Berkeley’s first online degree program (MPH) and getting help from Holly Schroth. Assisting Dominic Montagu, MBA/MPH 95, on Myanmar health system reorganization tasks.
“Vacationed in Colorado mountains recently. Considering the move. Nine-year-old son who attended our graduation is now 28 and has moved back to California from the East Coast. In close touch with JoAnn Dunaway, MBA 92, Arno Hesse, MBA 95, and Dave Charron, MBA 95, my wingmen keeping me out of trouble. We want Laura Flores, MBA 95, back in California!—and Hazem Galal, MBA 95. Twenty years coming up.”
Jonathan Geurkink, of Seattle, Wash., writes, “I have been working as director of research for Lesa Sroufe & Co. for the past two and a half years, cranking out alpha with our value-contrarian investment strategy. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since I started the Haas odyssey with a remarkable group in the Class of ’96.”
Pamela Horick updates, “was recently promoted to senior director, channel strategy, for the market strategy and sales operations division of Kaiser Permanente. I will be evaluating channel opportunities to optimize membership growth in the most efficient and cost-effective way.”
The Endries family in the Maldives: Bailee; Dan, MBA 97; LouAnn; and Riley
Dan Endries, of The Hague, Netherlands, announces, “I am entering my third year of a three-year expat assignment with Calix. I lead the international sales engineering team and have helped grow international sales of our fiber access equipment over 10x in my two-plus years with the team, with sales on six continents. During my travels, I have enjoyed meeting with former Haas classmates in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Cannes, France. It has been a great experience working with many cultures, learning the various business practices around the globe, and developing relationships with our partners. Occasionally, these relationships have personal benefits as my family and I recently returned from a combined business trip/family vacation to Dubai and the Maldives, where I helped install the first Calix system on a luxury resort island and my family stayed as guests of our partner. My oldest daughter, Molly, couldn’t join us, as she is starting her junior year at Cal majoring in chemical biology. Go Bears!”
Johan Smet, MBA 97, with his children: Graciela (13), Diego (11), and Catalina (3) in front of the Trimble Loadrite offices
Renee Gallegos-Smet and Johan Smet, of Auckland, New Zealand, update as follows: “The new year brought us many big changes as Johan started in January in his new position as general manager of Trimble Navigation’s recent acquisition, Trimble Loadrite, in Auckland, New Zealand. In his new role, Johan is managing a staff of approximately 85 and overseeing the integration of Loadrite’s weighing system for the aggregate, construction, mining, and waste industries into the Trimble portfolio.
“Meanwhile, Renee is taking a break from her affordable housing consulting practice to make the most of the three-year assignment in New Zealand, enjoying the new surroundings and managing the Smet-Gallegos household. Graciela (age 13), Diego (age 11), and Catalina (age 3) have all settled in wonderfully at their new schools and are quickly becoming accustomed to using Kiwi terms like ‘sweet as,’ ‘heaps,’ and ‘gumboots.’ We’d love to see some Haas friends while we’re here, so let us know if you have plans to come to this side of the globe!”
Doug Kirkpatrick, of Queenstown, New Zealand, announces, “After 15 years of picking international stocks at Artisan and Janus, I decided I could deliver higher after-tax returns to my clients by going direct. I launched my online investment advisory platform, AlphaGlider, to the public this past summer. We take an ‘actively passive’ approach—actively managing asset allocation using ultra low-cost, passive index exchange-traded funds (ETFs). I’m enjoying the freedom and challenges of being an entrepreneur, and I am thankful to Haas for preparing me for this moment. Geographically, I’ve been bouncing among New Zealand, China, and the U.S., but am always present at alphaglider.com.”
Andrew (Andy) Laszlo, of Hillsborough, Calif., reports, “This summer my firm, 137 Ventures, closed an institutional fund totaling $137 million, which is our largest fund yet, so we now have more than $250 million under management. We provide structured liquidity products to founders and employees in later-stage companies who are seeking immediate partial liquidity. Typically, people use our funds to exercise options and pay the associated taxes or to buy a home.”
Laila Tarraf has a new job as head of human resources at GI Partners in San Francisco. Laila and her daughter just returned from a yearlong adventure around the world as well!
Mario Álvarez Fernández, of Madrid, Spain, updates, “After many years of management consulting and a few as MD of a mid-size firm I am currently advising mid-market companies on varied business and management issues. My company is named Piedmont after the avenue surrounding Haas.
“On the personal side I live in Madrid with Maria Pia and our kids (Mario, 12, and Juan, 8). I miss the Bay Area so much that I keep telling myself we should follow so many classmates and move there at some point.”
David Liu, of Hillsborough, Calif., announces, “David Liu (Haas MBA 98/BS 86) and Becky (Wong) Liu, BS 86, celebrated a next generation Haas milestone with our son Scott, age 15, when he graduated from the Berkeley Business Academy for Youth Summer Academy. In July, Scott as ‘CEO’ of his business team and his classmates completed entrepreneurship training and culminated their program by presenting their business plan for crowdsourced movie scripts.”
Srivats Srinivasan, of Clyde Hill, Wash., writes, “Blast seeing folks at the reunion in 2013. After that, last summer I plunged into my second company as an entrepreneur: www.knownact.com (try it out!). Yes, tech startups do happen outside of Silicon Valley, folks!
“Know’N’act is about providing organizations the ability to capture real-time, contextual customer insights and closing the loop with them via a rich array of responses. We help businesses improve their customer loyalty, increase revenue, and manage their reputations on social media. Life is super full these days with the startup grind adding to the usual joys of time with family. Our kids Mihika and Anushka are 14 and 10 now, and Rupal continues her work as a docent at the Seattle Art Museum. And to add to that, we just adopted a puppy as well (not sure what we were thinking!). If you’re in the Seattle area, do look us up—we’d love to see you.”
Daniel Tellalian, MBA/JD 98, and Monica with daughters Daniela (5) and newborn Fatima
Daniel Tellalian, of Los Angeles, Calif., announces, “On St. Patrick’s Day, Daniel’s second daughter arrived (in the car!). He is honored to be listed as the attending physician on baby Fatima’s birth certificate and has a story that never gets old at parties.”
Terry Whalen reports, “We moved offices to Second and Howard in SOMA. Please come visit.”
The Nature Conservancy’s Mike Dennis, MBA 99, and Ashland Mayor John Stromberg, PhD 70, leading Congressman Greg Walden (middle) on a tour.
Mike Dennis, of Portland, Ore., writes, “City of Ashland Mayor John Stromberg, PhD 70, and The Nature Conservancy’s Mike Dennis have been working together on a forest restoration project outside of Ashland, Oregon, and recently led U.S. House of Representatives leader Congressman Greg Walden on a tour.
Hiro Nakamura, MBA 99, at Diamond Head with his family
Hiro Nakamura, of Honolulu, Hawaii, updates, “Moved from Tokyo to Honolulu this April and started working at Halekulani as SVP/secretary/treasurer. For those of you who wonder what Halekulani is, it is a luxury hotel right on the beach of Waikiki. From its enclosed, serene atmosphere Halekulani is called the oasis of tranquility in the middle of the ever-busy Waikiki district. It is a big challenge for me because, although I was educated in Haas, this is my first overseas assignment at work. But the hotel business is fun and our guys are trustworthy, so I am enjoying it. It is full of surprises and excitement in both work and life, such as swimming with a sea turtle in Waikiki Beach right off my workplace (I never knew there lived sea turtles in the human-packed Waikiki) and surfing for the first time in my life at the age of 47. On your next visit to Honolulu, do not forget to see me at Halekulani and have our best Mai Tai in the world together.”
Tiana Santos, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, continues her consulting career, joining Ericsson as a principal consultant in October 2014.
Tanya (Shaw) Steinhofer, of Mill Valley, Calif., writes, “How time flies! Five years ago, I started my own financial planning firm, Redwood Grove Wealth Management. This year, I just rolled out asset management for clients who prefer to outsource the investing. I also had fun participating in the Personal Finance Boot Camp at the reunion and catching up with classmates over lunch and dinner. In more fun news, we took the kids to Costa Rica this summer and had a blast! I highly recommend it as a must-do trip with kids.”
Mauricio Quiroga-Pascal, of Santiago, Chile, announces, “On April 2014, I launched my latest book, Openpreneur: Applied Happiness to Generate Value and Meaning. It has been a success in Latin America; we just launched its third edition. The book summarizes all the experiences and novel methodologies we have used at Openpreneur, my consulting company. The book gives concrete tools to use happiness as the main driver to generate value and meaning. The book’s openpreneurial tools combine Open Innovation, Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Social Network Enterprise, and Positive Psychology. It is currently being translated into English and Chinese and will be available in those languages in 2015. To order, just go to www.openpreneur.com. Go Bears!”
Cheryl Strachan, MBA 00, with Kayla (6), and Nicole (3)
Cheryl (Proctor) Strachan, of Calgary, Canada, writes, “I left my job as a dietitian in May to try my hand at something more entrepreneurial. Have been quietly making plans in-between Calgary Stampede and other summer adventures with our two daughters (now 6 and 3). Will hopefully have something more to report soon!”
Mourtaza Asad-Syed, of Geneva, Switzerland, has just published the Gold Investing Handbook: Protect Your Assets from the Upcoming US Debt Default! (Investment & Strategy, 2014). The book is focused on gold investing in the context of unsustainable public debt in developed economies. He writes, “Writing a book on gold in 2014 feels like writing Dow 36,000! in 2001 after the market had crashed. Nevertheless, this work should contrast with many existing books relating to gold investing. This book is presented in four sections. The first part presents the context of rising global liabilities that questions the resilience of traditional safe assets and highlights the current relevance of gold investing. The second section explains the dynamics of gold prices. The third section of the book is pragmatic, focusing on investment opportunities derived from this unique asset. The fourth section of thebook is mostly descriptive and deals with thecharacteristics of gold.The book is readily available on Amazon (paperback and kindle).”
Emilie Cortes, MBA 02, on the cover of U Magazine
Emilie Cortes, of Bend, Ore., continues to run Call of the Wild Adventures from Bend and is happy to report positive momentum in her new entrepreneurial (ad)venture. She was the subject of a cover story for U Magazine, Bend Bulletin’s quarterly magazine devoted to women’s mind, body, and spirit. She has also been quoted in a Forbes Woman article, “Why Success Can Be Uncomfortable (And What To Do About It),” and interviewed for two podcasts, A Congruent Life and Create Your Own Reality. She was nominated for the Bend Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year award but lost to a gelato manufacturer. It was a bittersweet loss as she’s a huge fan of gelato.
“Haas continues to be a great source of support. Karen Beth Peiler and Kimberly Gates Barker, both MBA 00, have both been on Call of the Wild trips in the last year; Rumesha Ahmed, BS 03, asked me to speak for her firm, HSBC, and a classmate from 2002, who wishes to remain anonymous, donated funds for the first Call of the Wild advertising campaign in Women’s Adventure Magazine’s fall issue.”
Michael Golden, of Shanghai, China, updates, “A busy summer saw the launch of a side project to help parents find international schools in Shanghai, www.chalksmart.com. Perfect timing as my 3-year-old Olivia is entering preschool!”
Seth Halpern, of Austin, Texas, writes, “Haas 2002 alums Seth Halpern and Aaron McNally (NYC) hit their third straight World Cup together. They traveled across Brazil and saw a number of games including the US team’s matches against Ghana and Portugal. They reminisced about their glory days on the Haas Soccer Club while hiking through the Amazon jungle and are now contemplating whether to head to Russia in four years for the next Cup.”
Marc Rahlves, of New York, N.Y., reports, “In July, I started my new job as the COO of Nuru International, a social venture devoted to fighting extreme poverty and finding solutions to end world poverty in remote, rural areas in our lifetime. It has been a whirlwind of activities, and I just returned from our projects in Kenya and Ethiopia, which are truly inspirational. Next year, we will open our U.S. headquarters in Southern California and I look forward to being back on the West Coast and to reconnecting with my classmates and the wider Haas community.
“I also got married in April of this year to Ana, whom I met during my time in Colombia. Fortunately, Germany and Colombia did not meet each other at the World Cup this summer :). Also, I became an uncle last year, and it turns out that I am not horrible with small children.”
Sophia Bowers forwards this update: “In summer 2014 Sophia Bowers joined Keysight Technologies as a business development manager.”
James Eron, of Palo Alto, Calif., writes, “Moved to Palo Alto: Seven years after co-founding our server operations company China Net Cloud (and nine total in Shanghai/China), I’ve relocated back to the Bay Area to launch our U.S. offices. Awesome to be back. Kids love their new schools, and it is great re-connecting with alumni and old friends.”
Juan Mijares reports, “In his 11th year post-Haas, Juan co-founded People as a Service in Miami, Fla., and leads as the chief multifunction officer (CMO). PaaS provides pre-qualified talent to businesses, utilizing the rise in the freelance economy and technology that allows them to work effectively from across the globe. Learn more online: http://peopleasaservice.co/.”
Irene (Chen) Poston, of Redwood City, Calif., writes, “I am now working at Stanford University. While I love my job, I never forget the fact that I got my start at Berkeley. In fact, I’m finding a lot of Cal folks here!”
Daniel Rabb informs, “Red Tower Capital, Inc. is a private real estate lender. Our mission is to efficiently deliver competitive alternative real estate financing to investors and owners alike throughout California. Red Tower Capital also purchases loans and loan pools and participates in real estate joint venture opportunities, primarily in the Northern California area.”
Jennifer Sang, of Hercules, Calif., announces, “In August 2014, Jen Sang will join the UC Berkeley College of Engineering as the executive director of the Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, a center that educates engineers and scientists seeking professional and executive careers. Jen has spent the last decade spearheading academic and organizational initiatives at Haas, including development of the MBA BILD curriculum and the master space plan.”
Andrew Sheppard reports, “This past August I stepped into the role of COO for GREE International, a subsidiary of GREE Inc., a leading mobile game company based out of Tokyo, Japan. In my new role I’ll be helping the 300-person organization jump to the next level. I am excited to mix things up!”
Yan Chow, of Orinda, Calif., writes, “At the end of August, I will be transitioning from Kaiser Permanente to LongView International Technology Solutions as chief innovation officer to work on new ventures. This will involve commuting to the Washington, D.C., area, although I will still call the Bay Area home.
“Our two older children are now in college while the youngest is a high school junior. This past summer, the oldest completed a data analytics internship at PayPal while the second oldest took an intensive two-month Mandarin language immersion program in Beijing. Meanwhile, the youngest made her own War Machine costume (from Iron Man 2) for Comic-Con.”
Cameron Doolittle, of Falls Church, Va., announces, “I serve as president and CEO at Jill’s House, a ministry to families raising children with intellectual disabilities.
“We have four amazing kids (ages 9, 7, 6, and 4).”
The Irby family: Lucas; Brad, MBA 05; and Max
Brad Irby, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, updates as follows: “Late last year, I moved to Buenos Aires and launched a new business in outsourced software development. The unique combination of an educated work force, similar culture, and similar work hours make outsourcing to South America a more pleasant and successful venture for our clients. With the demand for technical services growing every day, we are growing faster than expected.
“My wife, two sons, and I moved to Buenos Aires to be closer to her family and to explore a different way of life. The kids have adapted very well over the last year and are speaking the language like natives. The transition was a bit tougher for daddy, but I’m enjoying the experience. We spend most weekends playing ‘futbol’ or rugby and having Argentine BBQs (asados) with our new friends. Marcela has been able to reconnect with her law school friends, and she is loving being closer to family. We are very happy here!”
Diego Melazzi, Giambattista Selvaggi, Juan Hernandez, and Thomas Winkler, all MBA 05, at the World Cup stadium in Natal for the Uruguay vs Italy game.
Thomas Winkler, of Seattle, Wash., reports, “I had a chance to reconnect with several Haas friends during a trip to the World Cup in Brazil in June. We hung out with MBA 2005 classmates Rogerio Scatolini, Christian Fuentes, Diego Melazzi, Giambattista Selvaggi, and Juan Hernandez—and obviously had a great time. Rogerio: Thank you for being a great host!”
Jeff Fong forwards this news: “This summer Jeff Fong joins the San Francisco 49ers as a senior manager, financial planning and analysis. His transition into the business of professional athletics follows eight years in tech finance for Juniper and Agilent. He is a double alum who also earned a bachelor’s degree from the Haas School in 1999.”
Brett Wilson, Michael T. Berolzheimer, and John Hughes, all MBA 07, celebrating TubeMogul’s IPO in New York City
Michael Berolzheimer, of Lafayette, Calif., writes: “What a year for the class of 2007! I was honored to join TubeMogul co-founders John Hughes, Brett Wilson, Mark Rotblat, and Alex Hood in New York to celebrate TubeMogul’s IPO on the Nasdaq!
“Bee Partners, my seed-stage VC firm, is evolving and growing—we now have employees and continue to focus on Berkeley-led startups. We’ve been first investors now on nearly half of our investments and continue to be amazed by the pace of innovation happening worldwide. If you or your colleagues are starting a company, call us! In addition, I’m enjoying my work at CalFounders, an alumni-only program for UC Berkeley founders. We connect once a month to discuss founder challenges. Feel free to sign up at calfounders.com.”
Nate Bucholz announces, “We’re moving back to San Francisco! After four years in London, my wife, Anya, and I will return with our son Lev (age 2.5). We should be back in April and would love to rekindle the friendships and network.”
Ori Elkin is working on an “exciting social solution for the gay community. Details in TechCrunch soon.”
Seth Familian, of San Francisco, writes, “Just launched http://maptiv8.com—the pivot for my startup. It’s really cool! What a whirlwind the past few months have been. Launched two new brands (Maptiv8 and RSVPeeps), learned lots about company building and pivoting, and somehow managed to have fun along the way. Looking forward to the adventures the coming months will bring and psyched to stay connected with everyone in our amazing class.
“Finishing off the pivot of GradMap into Maptiv8—a data visualization platform. This Map won’t be going anywhere, but the interface is about to get a whole lot more interesting in the coming months! Big thanks to Haas for inspiring the growth and development of the platform.”
Alexis Green, of Seattle, Wash., announces, “Got engaged to Kirk O’Brien. Getting married January 31, 2015, in San Diego.”
Kevin Hill, MBA 07, and Dahlia
Kevin Hill, of Oakland, Calif., reports, “I left ADSK after eight years to join Ventyx, the software division of ABB, the manufacturing giant. I’m helping us bring to market industrial software for making the most of our electric utility grid. Very rewarding, indeed.
“My wife, Jenny, and I had a lovely daughter, Dahlia, in December, and she has kept us very busy. I also participated in a mentorship program called Spark. I highly recommend it!”
Daniel Lahoz, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, writes, “joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch as VP, group operations manager.”
Vijay Raghuraman, MBA 07, with baby boy Mihir
Vijay Raghuraman, of Fremont, Calif., updates, “On the work front, Bill.com, the company that I joined right after my MBA, continues to grow, and we have an increasing group of Haas MBAs in our products team.
“Also, we are super excited to welcome baby boy Mihir to our family! Born Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, around 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time.”
April Underwood serves as director of product at Twitter.
Ramy Ali is working as “a management consultant in the Middle East—with a model like no other management consultant. :)”
Ketan Babaria was promoted to senior director and head of product, D3 Incubation Unit at CapitalOne. In his new role, Ketan will play a major leadership role in CapitalOne’s exploration in disruptive consumer products.
Rand Wacker, of San Francisco, Calif., was promoted to VP, enterprise product at Box in San Francisco. He joined the company as a senior director, enterprise product in 2013 and has built a career in product management since graduating from Haas.
Hull Xu returned to the Bay Area and his former company Barclays Investment Bank in September 2014. He spent the past six years in Asia, first with Barclays Investment Bank and most recently as executive director, head of technology origination with GE Capital.
Vidya Chadaga sends this news: “In July 2014, Vidya Chadaga joined Marketo as director of product marketing. Vidya has built a career in product marketing and product management in companies including SAP, Oracle, and ServiceMax.”
Adrian Greystoke, of Miami, Fla., writes, “Started a new job as director of technology at Carnival Cruises, so moved to Miami, just downtown.”
Brynn Hadler, MBA 09 (center left), surrounded by her son, daughter, and husband at Lotte World in Seoul, South Korea.
Brynn Hadler, of Sydney, Australia, writes, “I’ve recently started a YouTube channel with information on food allergies. Go to youtube.com/user/AllergyBytes1.
“My book, 7 Ways to Get Your Children to Eat Healthy Food, will soon be available in print version on Amazon. It was originally published as an e-book. First published book!
“We traveled with our children to Korea and to Austria this year. Ironically, it was my child with life-threatening food allergies who was much more open and happy to eat foreign foods, such as traditional Korean dishes. I highly recommend taking children on international trips; it definitely broadens their world perspective!”
Ming Hua, of Shanghai, China, writes, “I recently joined SAP’s Shanghai office as senior director, GC strategy and planning. I spent the past 2.5 years as the chief of staff–strategic program management for Cisco Systems.”
Usman Khalid has worked internationally for Standard Chartered Bank since graduating from Haas. In 2013, he took on the role of product head, credit cards, based out of the Singapore office.
Frankie Roohparvar was promoted to CEO of Skyera, a provider of enterprise solid-state storage systems. The company was featured in the Gartner report “Cool Vendors in Storage Technologies, 2012.” For the two years before this promotion, Frankie worked as the firm’s COO.
Quang Tran forwards this news: “Clingme was co-founded by Quang H. Tran, with an ambition to connect local merchants with potential customers. The app aims at providing a customized experience for users in exploring local life such as shops, food, and entertainment. Clingme was first launched in June 2014 in Vietnam and is expected to roll out throughout Southeast Asia in the near future.”
Gary Coover writes, “I spent 2013 helping to architect and launch the Samsung Accelerator (NY and PA offices). For 2014, we’re looking to recruit entrepreneurs to lead new teams. Additionally, I’m happy to connect anyone to our early-stage investment, acquisitions, and partnerships team.”
Rey Fernandez sends this update: “After 14 years of Bay Area living, am going back to my hometown of NYC in July 2014 to head up day-to-day operations of Manhattan Prep.”
Rahul Jauhari is currently working on a new startup in ed-tech.
Sean Simplicio reports, “My band, The Top Scores, had our first successful gig on New Year’s! Please ‘like us’ on our Facebook page to get updates about upcoming shows (facebook.com/thetopscores). Coming soon to an arcade near you!”
Jacqueline Yuen announces, “Alvin and I welcomed Avery Claire Chan to our family in 2013. She brings so much joy and happiness to us daily.”
Thomas Chalberg, of Redwood City, Calif., sends this news: “After leaving Genentech in 2010, I have been working on a startup biotechnology company, Avalanche Biotechnologies. Our mission is to save the sight of people suffering from blinding diseases, using the transformative power of gene therapy. We recently moved our offices to Menlo Park and completed our Series B financing ($55M) in April 2014. We entered into a major R&D collaboration with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in May 2014. Most recently, in July we completed our IPO and are now listed on NASDAQ (AAVL). We are growing rapidly so please spread the word!
“Stefanie and I are continuing to live in Redwood City. We now have two children who are our pride and joy: Annika (5) and Alexander (2).”
Joe McPherson, of Washington, D.C., writes, “Hello Haas! My wife, Giulia, and I welcomed a healthy and alert baby girl, named Maria Francesca, in the early hours of July 9. Our twins Joseph and Rocco—born while I was in the EWMBA program and now almost 5—have taken to the role of older brothers very well.”
Justin Owen is leading corporate FP&A at Barracuda Networks and recently married.
Joel Gutierrez, BCEMBA 11/12, and Opal Perry, MBA 11, catch- ing up in Chicago
Opal Perry, of Belfast, Northern Ireland, updates, “Opal and her wife, Leesa Tori, are relocating to Belfast, as Opal assumes the new role of chief operating officer, Allstate Technology and Operations International. They are excited for the expat experience and hope to see some former BCEMBA classmates in Belfast or elsewhere in their travels.”
Manu Rekhi reports, “Joined Inventus as a full-time investor in summer 2011 after four years as venture partner. Investor and advisor to FarFaria, Credit Sesame, ViVu, Genwi, Dhingana, and more. Entrepreneurial and industry background at Google, Lolapps, NewsCorp, WineGlobe, etc.”
Galina Vlaeva, following two years with eBay Inc., joined Google as a mobile/local shopping lead.
Kevin Callaghan joined EasilyDo as senior director of enterprise business development in the summer of 2014. EasilyDo is a productivity app, aka a virtual personal assistant, available for free on iOS and Android.
Ariel Dekovic, of Berkeley, Calif., announces, “I recently started as the interim executive director at City Slicker Farms, a West Oakland-based food justice and urban agriculture nonprofit. I’m getting to use my accounting, strategy, marketing, leadership, and negotiation skills all at once, practically every day. It’s exhilarating and incredibly rewarding.”
James Forbes, of El Segundo, Calif., relocated to Southern California in 2014. He took a new role within Chevron, where he had worked while completing his EWMBA at Haas.
Sarah Morra, MBA 13, and Rich Qualters hiking on Angel Island in the Bay Area
Sarah Morra, of San Francisco, Calif., is planning a wedding with her fiancé, Rich Qualters. They will be getting married at Lake Tahoe in the spring of 2015. Sarah also joined the S.F. affiliate council of Out & Equal, a nonprofit organization that supports LGBT diversity and workplace rights.
Gustavo Brandileone, of Cupertino, Calif., reports, “I recently joined the worldwide supply demand management team at Apple and moved to Cupertino. Enjoying life in the South Bay but miss Berkeley and Haas a lot.”
Haas PhD candidate Minah Jung, MS 12; Brandon Doll, MBA 14; and Haas Assoc. Prof. Leif Nelson at the Raiders game
Brandon Doll, of Berkeley, Calif., informs, “After working part time for the Oakland Raiders while finishing up the second year of my MBA at Haas, I began a full-time, hybrid finance/strategy role in mid-July with the team. During my part-time work, I was fortunate to work on a project for the Raiders with MBA 2014 classmates Alex Justice, Cleya Ormiston, Christine Tringale, and Steffanie Johnson-Magnus for Professor Leif Nelson’s marketing research class project. The project called for us to inform a go/no go decision by the Raiders to overhaul two existing areas in their home stadium, O.co Coliseum (the Oakland A’s dugouts), and transform them into field-level lounges for purchase by corporate sponsors looking to entertain their employees and clients during Raiders’ home football games.
“After extensive research and analysis, we recommended in a presentation to Raiders’ executives that the team pursue this opportunity. Three months later, the Oakland Raiders launched new field-level lounges, during the first home preseason game against the Detroit Lions. On August 28, Professor Nelson and his PhD teaching assistant, Minah Jung, were able to join me in a field-level lounge for our second home preseason game, against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, which the Raiders won 41-31. It was a privilege to share our work with Minah and Professor Nelson, both of whom provided great feedback for the project. And it looks like they had a pretty good time enjoying the fruits of our labors!”
Nick Livingston, MBA 14, with Corinne, Alex, and Emma in Colorado
Nicholas Livingston, of Oakland, Calif., announces, “After a whirlwind two years with TubeMogul, becoming a new Dad (x2) to Alex and Emilia, and wrapping up his EWMBA, Nick went all in founding Honeit.com in August. The Honeit platform allows job-seekers to ‘hone’ their interview skills by booking industry experts who provide real-time interview feedback and tailored career advice. Job-seekers can then promote highlights from these interviews to employers during their job search, saving everyone time now that a resume isn’t enough. Screening for culture fit has become highly inefficient and costly to recruiters and hiring managers and frustrating to job-seekers. Visit honeit.com/expert to sign up and give back today!”
Peter Nilson, of Berkeley, Calif., writes, “After graduating in May, I missed Berkeley so much that I couldn’t stay away! I’m back on campus as director of The Student Store, Berkeley’s largest supplier of Cal apparel, gifts, and textbooks. Stop by and say hello the next time you’re on campus. We’re located at 2480 Bancroft Way.
“Before starting the new position at Cal, my wife, Manya, and I found time for a whirlwind trip of Belgium and the Netherlands, where we richly enjoyed the art, architecture, and Belgian beer.”
Hrant Seferyan, of Berkeley, Calif., is also an alum from the NSF/I-Corp 2013 startup incubator program. After emerging from the intense seven-week program his team founded FindLight, an online catalog, search engine, and marketing platform for the photonics industry. They launched the beta in April and since then secured several leading corporate accounts, launched FindLight 1.0, hired a full-time marketing manager and are currently working on FindLight 2.0. Seferyan says: “See what FindLight is about at youtube.com/watch?v=YfhUY-LLM. And if you are in this industry, please visit at www.findlight.com.”
Tejas and Karthik Suryanaray- anan, MBA 14
Karthik Suryanarayanan, of Los Angeles, Calif., announces, “I will be starting as a consultant at L.E.K. Consulting in the Los Angeles office in September 2014. I was recently at Apple and previously at Stryker Endoscopy. It has been a year of changes: My son, Tejas, was born on April 30, in May I graduated, and now I will be relocating with my family to Los Angeles after seven years in the Bay Area!”
Abigail Tinker, of San Francisco, Calif., sends this query: “Are you considering a new car purchase? Get an electric vehicle!” As an EV program manager at PG&E, Abigail is hard at work finding ways to support EV adoption and help California meet its GHG reduction targets by making it easy for you to charge your EV.
Kurt Zhao, of Dublin, Calif., announces, “I will start a new job at RelayHealth!”
Leona Zou, of Dublin, Calif., is a program manager at the Baidu U.S.A. office in Sunnyvale.
Mark Osterhaus, of Naples, Fla., reports, “After a long, fruitful run with Caesars Entertainment, I have left to join a small but growing hospitality management company based in Naples. Our focus is on hotel/resort, golf, and condo association management. My new role is senior VP of operations, sales, and marketing.
“The family has moved to Naples, and we are happy to be living in a small corner of paradise! Matt is beginning his sophomore year at Cal, hoping to be in Haas at the start of next year, while Pat is a freshman at Kentucky, studying chemical engineering and pre-med. Emily has begun her sophomore year at her new high school in Naples.”
Sonya Kim, of San Carlos, Calif., has founded the Kindness Program, which reaches out to seniors who may be experiencing the loneliness of infrequent meaningful human interaction. A group of trained, caring listeners will engage seniors in conversation to understand details pertaining to their emotional wellness and physical health. Seniors who are chosen will receive this service for free for the first 30 days.
The Kindness Program is part of a new and expanding social venture called One Caring Team, created by Dr. Sonya Kim, a successful entrepreneur and board-certified emergency physician with 20 years of experience in health care. Through her medical house calls, she discovered a link between social isolation and a decrease in the quality of life in aging adults. One Caring Team’s mission is to address this condition and reduce health care costs associated with this demographic and rejuvenate their hope for regular meaningful connections with others who care.”
Juergen Schmidt, of San Francisco, Calif., and Munich, Germany, writes, “Excited to work at SFDC to bring some innovation to European big clients. Fun to work with a very fast-growing company and a truly forward-thinking CEO. Any summer interns interested, I can point them in the right direction.
“Heading for holidays on the Côte d’Azur—will report back. Organizing a Cuban night in the south of France!”
Robert (Rob) Willey was recently promoted to general manager, senior director Digital + Ecommerce at Method products, where he has worked in marketing roles since 2013. He lives in the S.F. Bay Area.
Travis (Haining) Fu, of New York, N.Y., writes, “recently joined S&P Capital IQ as an associate director, creating quantitative models for the global market intelligence team’s portfolio advisory business. After graduating from Haas Travis joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a senior quantitative analyst.”
Florian Forster, of Munich, Germany, writes, “Looking forward ‘big time’ to start with this incredible bunch of people at Amazon. Back in Munich with Doro, Henri, and little Greta.”