Alumni Awards and Accolades


Two Alumnae Recognized in Barron’s


Sonia Atkiss, MBA 97

Sonia Attkiss, MBA 97, an advisor with Credit Suisse in New York, and Valerie Garcia Houts, MBA 99, an advisor with Merrill Lynch in San Francisco, made Barron’s list of “The Top 100 Women Financial Advisors for 2012.”


Attkiss ranked 29th and Houts ranked 36th on the list, published in June and compiled from more than 400 candidates nominated by their firms. The rankings are based on assets under management by advisors and their teams, revenue generated for an advisor’s firm, and quality of the advisor’s practices.

Attkiss has made the Barron’s list for the past five years. She has worked at Credit Suisse’s Private Banking Group since 2000 and specializes in advising high net-worth individuals and family offices. Attkiss and her team oversee a total of $2.9 billion in assets, with a client’s typical account totaling $30 million and a client’s typical net worth totaling $50 million.

Valerie Garcia Houts, MBA 99

Houts and her team manage $11.7 billion in assets in their clients’ accounts, the second-highest amount of the 100 women ranked by Barron’s. Her typical client has $70 million in assets and a net worth of $125 million. Her client base is composed of private equity and venture capital funds as well as their general partners and investors.





Orellana Named a Top Entrepreneur in Mexico


Carlos Orellana (left), MBA 10, was named among Mexico's entrepreneurs of the year.

Carlos Orellana, MBA/MPH 10, co-founder of a network of low-cost, high quality eye-care clinics in Mexico, was named an Entrepreneur of the Year by CNN Expansion?and made its cover.

Orellana and co-founder Javier Okhuysen are co-CEOs of salaUno, which delivers eye care, such as cataract surgery, to low-income patients. The duo aims to make salaUno the leading health-care provider for Latin America. salaUno also has been a client of Haas’ International Business Development Program for two years.

CNN Expansion, a magazine covering business and entrepreneurship in Mexico and Latin America, named two companies Entrepreneur of the Year, selecting salaUno in the High Potential category for its rapid growth and social impact.

Though Orellana and Okhuysen had the idea for salaUno before Orellana earned his MBA, Orellana says, “It was during my time at Haas that the project really took shape.”


Kibbey Leads Apparel Industry’s Sustainability Effort


Jason Kibbey, MBA 08

Jason Kibbey, MBA 08, executive director of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a diverse industry trade group, helped attract widespread media attention for the launch of a new index that aims to measure the environmental impact of apparel making.
The coalition’s new Higgs Index attracted more than 20 articles in July from the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Women’s Wear Daily, and many other publications.

The index looks at the entire life of a product, from raw material to disposal. It aims to give the apparel industry a way to assess the sustainability of any product.

Coalition members include Patagonia, Wal-Mart, DuPont, and Coca-Cola. “What we hope for is that everybody eventually comes together to use a common assessment,” Kibbey told Forbes.


Sinha Honored by Haas International Program


Amit Sinha, MBA 04

Amit Sinha, MBA 04, a marketing executive at SAP, was named the IBD Alumnus of the Year in September in recognition of his professional success and embodiment of the Berkeley Haas culture.

The award was created to honor alumni who have helped make possible the International Business Development Program’s growth during the past couple of years.

Sinha participated in the IBD Program as a student, working in his home country of India with a health care nonprofit. Almost 10 years later, he still volunteers as an adviser to nonprofits in India, working with partners he met during his IBD fellowship. Sinha also has hired many students over the years and retained an IBD student team this summer to work in China.

As head of marketing for database products at SAP, Sinha oversaw the launch of HANA, a platform for big data analytics and applications, and one of the software giant’s most successful products in recent years.


North Bay Chapter Honors Alumni


Virgil Caselli, BS 63, is a San Franciscan through and through, having served in top positions with Ghirardelli Square, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Fisherman’s Wharf Merchants Association. Laura Bertolli, BS 84, saved her father’s struggling San Rafael auto body shop in 1988, despite knowing little about car repair, and today is a local business leader.

Both were honored by the Haas Alumni Network North Bay Chapter for embodying one or more of the school’s Defining Leadership Principles. The annual North Bay award comes with a $1,000 prize, which Bertolli and Caselli split.


Caselli has led numerous historic preservation projects and participated in nonprofit work as a complement to his long career as an executive at a national real estate development and management company. In addition to continuing to run the car repair business that she managed and then bought 24 years ago, Bertolli was recently elected incoming chair of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors.



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