Alumni Notes

 

 

UNDERGRADUATE

 

1943


Barc Simpson retired in January from his investor-relations job at Simpson Manufacturing. He writes, “I have had time to complete a new edition of my memoirs. Small problem, though: I had trouble getting comments from my pre-war buddies at Cal—guess they are too busy enjoying a marvelous new world, or fighting fires. At any rate, I consider myself blind lucky to have gone to Cal. It’s the best university anywhere!”


1954


Gerald Wheeler
see MBA 1975 notes.


1956


Norman Parsons
, of Clovis, Calif., cofounded a company in 1994 called Global Administrative Services LLC. The company provides trusteeship and investment services for various clients. Their major function is asset protection. Norman writes, “Depending on whom a client’s wealth is being protected against, our work can get interesting indeed!” Norman has two children and three grandchildren, all female. His oldest grandchild just graduated from UCLA.


1957


Alphonse Hisao Shibusawa
of Washington, D.C., is the president and CEO of Global Investment for Development. He writes, “I have been busy managing my boutique investment banking advisory firm. In mid-September I took an extended business trip to Thailand, Vietnam, China, and Japan, where I plan to attend the annual meetings of the board of governors of the World Bank Group and IMF.”


1965


Vijay Kumar (Pandit)
, of Mountain View, Calif., is retired from actuarial and IBM mainframe software careers. He serves on the board of advisors for InternetSpeech, which creates technology that enables the conversion of Internet text to voice. Vijay’s son is an engineer for Solar City in San Mateo. His wife is taking courses at UC Irvine, which will lead to a PhD in law. Vijay’s daughter and granddaughter live in Santa Cruz, Calif.


1966


Herman “Buzz” Boschken
, see MBA 1968 notes.

 

Linda McClain (Endacott), of Oakland, Calif., works in residential sales in the Piedmont area. Her husband, Jeff (BS 1967), is a retired teacher. Linda and Jeff enjoy living near the Berkeley campus and have two sons and two grandsons.

 

Ruby Dholakia (Roy) see MBA 1969 notes.

 

John Lovewell, of Atherton, Calif., has enjoyed a 30-year career as a commercial real estate developer in Silicon Valley, building for-lease projects for tenants such as Google, Xerox, Lockheed, HP, Nokia, and AOL-Netscape. He is serving on several volunteer boards, including the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C., a graduate school specializing in national security studies, statecraft, and full-spectrum diplomacy. He and Cynthia, his wife of 40 years, enjoy spending time at their home in Lake Tahoe. Their son, James, is a Tulane graduate working as a TV production manager in Hollywood. James also briefly attended Cal after Hurricane Katrina. Their daughter, Jennifer, a Menlo College grad, interned at Cal in the athletic department, and is employed at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho.

 

1975


Robin Witt
, of Chicago, has spent the last three years as the administrator and CFO for a long-term care facility, which works with adults with disabilities. Robin also enjoys volunteering with people with special needs. In addition, Robin has been involved in Boy Scouts for the past 12 years as a merit badge counselor and is proud to have two Eagle Scout sons.


1976


David Glanz
, of New York, writes, “From my perspective as a commercial real estate lawyer with emphasis on capital markets and development, I am seeing some new development in New York City. Also, high-quality assets are selling, even if the assets are complicated. For instance, I recently had a sale of a trophy multifamily home in Tribeca that remained subject to continuing tax-exempt Liberty Bond financing with credit enhancement, which also was a ground leasehold and was divided into two phases for financial reasons. (That was a fun deal!) If you’re in commercial real estate, please call or email—always a pleasure to talk shop. Ask Haas for my contact information. My wife’s fine-jewelry business is now expanding after remaining steady (but not declining) during the crisis. My fingers are crossed and I’m quietly optimistic for these two market segments.”


1977


Susan Campbell (Napper)
, of Sonora, Calif., writes, “After retiring to the Sierra Nevada foothills in 2000 from the Bay Area (I left a career at VISA International; my husband, Craig, left IBM) we have thoroughly enjoyed our slower paced lifestyle. This has included attending all of our children’s athletic and musical events. I am even more appreciative of the move that allowed us to spend more time together as a family now that our son, Michael, entered UCSB as a freshman in August. Kathryn, our eighth grader, enjoys attending her visual and performing arts charter school only five minutes from our home. I have become addicted to masters swimming and swim year-round in an outdoor pool in all types of weather, including snow. This brings to mind the winter of ’77 when we had snow flurries in Berkeley. Anyone remember that? Anyway, best wishes to the Bears in their first season in the remodeled stadium!”

 

Pamela McNeeley, of Forest Knolls, Calif., is a co-owner of Blue Waters Kayaking in Point Reyes, Calif., one of the largest kayaking companies in the Bay Area. Blue Waters Kayaking has two launch sites on Tomales Bay along the Point Reyes National Seashore. Pamela writes, “Besides being great fun for the family or company, we think the time spent in pristine nature heals us at deeper levels. We support kayak camping on remote beaches only an hour from San Francisco to our launch site. One night away on these beaches provides the disconnect from our hectic lifestyles that we need to refresh and renew our psyche.” Pamela is also involved in business groups in the area through serving on the board of directors for the local chamber of commerce.


1978


Garrad Marsh
, see MBA 1986 notes.


1980


Ed Fineman
, of Burlingame, Calif., and his wife, Nancy, celebrated their son Grant beginning his studies at UC Berkeley in August. Grant is joining his older brother, Ross, who also studies at UC Berkeley.


1981


Susan Kodani (Fox)
, of Piedmont, Calif., recently celebrated 15 years at Addis Creson, a brand-strategy design firm. Her husband, Kei Kodani (BS 80, Forestry), celebrated the 30-year anniversary of TranSports, his running and swimming store. They enjoy traveling, bicycling, and hiking. Susan writes, “We have become fans of the city of Los Angeles while visiting our sons, Evan (UCLA 2011) and Kyle (UCLA 2014). Raised in the Central Valley,  I am a proud Californian! Go Bears!”


1982


Vincent McCambridge, BS
, of San Francisco, has been a director in the fixed-income capital markets division of RW Baird for over five years. Vincent writes, “From my 49th floor perch in the Bank of America building in the financial district I can look out at the Campanile for inspiration! I’m an active Bear backer and Cal football season ticket holder. I still travel at least once a year to away games with Carter George (Cal 1982).”

 

1988


James Kelly of Chatham
, N.J., is the U.S. brand leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is responsible for the full range of communications and touch-points that influence and shape the brand. James speaks regularly about branding and employee engagement and has been quoted in Investors Business Daily and Employee Benefit News. His articles can be found in Adweek, Advertising Age, and Forbes.

Harvey Schwartz, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 24 years of service on Aug. 31. He is employed as a senior  associate for MEC Development LLC and is working as a military planner for Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. He is in charge of planning military exercises and training events with Australia and other countries within Oceania and South Pacific Region.


1989


Janet Jaiswal
, of Los Altos, Calif., is the worldwide head of product marketing at Tealeaf Technology, which was recently purchased by IBM. She and her husband have two sons.

 

Peter Yu, of Hong Kong, continues to work for Oracle. He is responsible for innovation, re-use, and consultative projects throughout Asia-Pacific and Japan. Peter is also a founding partner of a private equity real estate investment trust focused on buying vacation and resort properties. He writes, “In July, I took Lily and Patrick to Mammoth Lakes and inspected our first acquisition, purchased at below half of peak value. Anyone who vacations and is interested in a low-risk way to participate in the U.S. real estate recovery without taking additional debt, drop me an email at peter@equityresidences.com (or check out www.equityresidences.com).


1993


Juan Barrera
, of Playa Del Rey, Calif., is a vice president and credit risk review officer for City National Bank. He will get married this winter to Veronica Gutierrez, a Latin American historian.


1994


Larry Fox
, of Richmond, Calif., recently joined Kaiser Permanente at the human services resource center as a human resources analyst/specialist. Larry also recently became the president of his congregation, Temple Beth Hillel, where he is heavily involved in the operations, member outreach, board of directors, and logistics of running an organization. When he isn’t busy working, Larry enjoys spending time with his wife, Heather, and their three children, Mike, Jenny, and Jacob.

 

Min Ta, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “This summer, I had the once-in-a-lifetime honor of being a torchbearer for the 2012 London Olympics Torch Relay. Even though torchbearers were only allowed to wear the official uniform, I did break the rules a little by wearing blue and gold shoes with Cal socks. Go Bears!”

 


1996


Jeff Cohen
, of Beverly Hills, Calif., is a founding partner at Cohen Gardner LLP, a transactional law firm. Jeff recently joined the board of advisors of GameDesk, a nonprofit research and outreach organization, which uses game play and game development technology to engage students with STEM curriculum.


1997


Viola Sutanto
, of San Francisco, writes, “My design business, Chewing the Cud, which started as a branding and identity studio in 2008, now encompasses product and event design. Our eco-friendly gift line is sold worldwide and was recently featured on the Today Show. The most exciting event, however, was the arrival of our daughter, Maika Ting, in 2010. Go Bears!”

 

Sam Willard, of Berkeley, Calif., writes, “I recently moved into a terrific new studio work space. My photography business is booming, and I just rolled out a new website and blog that was several months in the making (www.samwillardphoto.com). I would love it if you would check it out and drop me a line!”


2000


James Wedewer
, of Fremont, Calif., is a consultant with Accenture. Previously, James spent over 10 years selling real estate in Las Vegas and Portland, Ore. He writes, “I have enjoyed reconnecting with the Haas and Berkeley community and catching up with friends I haven’t seen in many years. My wife and I just celebrated our 10-year anniversary, and we love enjoying the (usually) good Bay Area weather with our son, Tommy, and daughter, Annalise.”


2002


weberMatthew Weber
, of Oakland, Calif., married Meredith Rianda, BA 99, in Woodside, Calif., on Sept. 9, 2011. They are expecting their first child in December.

 

 

 


2003


Kai Lui
, of San Francisco, writes, “It’s been an eventful nine years since graduation! After a few years in San Francisco, I moved to Asia in 2006 to work in private equity. In 2009, I decided to come back to the U.S. and earned my MBA from Harvard. While at Harvard, I did a complete 180 and moved into technology and entrepreneurship. I started my first company coming out of business school and moved back to San Francisco. It was a wild ride. We prototyped, iterated, pivoted, raised capital, hired, fired, made money, lost customers, and everything in between. After much effort and luck, we were acquired by Salesforce.com, and I’m now part of an exciting new company, Work.com. Last but certainly not least, I got engaged to the love of my life by proposing during our once-in-a-lifetime European trip that included the 2012 Olympics. I’m thankful for all my relationships at  Cal and Haas and hope  to reconnect!”


2004


Bonar Chhay
, of Los Angeles, recently launched Felicitas Investors LLC, a wealth management firm that focuses on wealth preservation through alternative investments. Prior to launching Felicitas Investors, Bonar was an investment manager at the J. Paul Getty Trust.

 

Paymon Zarghami, of San Jose, Calif., began a new role as a senior managing director for Teach For America, leading the organization’s efforts to accelerate educational change. Paymon is responsible for a team of 175 corps members and over 120 Teach For America alums. In collaboration with their community, the team is responsible for creating a compelling community vision, setting local priorities, and partnering with schools, community organizations, and local leaders to ensure students receive a strong education.


2006


Mike Johnson
, of Los Angeles, started a new job with Pacific Coast Capital Partners, a real estate private equity firm, in January. His role includes equity acquisitions and debt originations on value-add properties. Mike completed an MBA at UCLA this summer.

 

Nick Paranomos, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “I thought I’d take this opportunity to plug my new company, LottoJar. We’re developing a digital platform for lottery players to purchase and claim individual lottery tickets, as well as play together with friends online. Keep an eye out for our launch in early 2013 and feel free to reach out for a special Haas alumni tour!”

 

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Phillip Wu, of San Francisco writes, “This past summer, while enjoying a cruise on the Rhone River before starting my third year of law school at the University of San Francisco, I met another passenger and Berkeley alum, Garry Grant. Garry, a retired judge, resides in the Bay Area with his wife, Jennifer, a retired lawyer. Our chance meeting led to wonderful conversations and great stories about Garry’s legal experiences. Some highlights of our trip were Pont du Gard (a Roman aqueduct and UNESCO World Heritage Site), watching a master potter at work in a 200-year-old cottage, and a wine tasting at local vintners. We also had the opportunity to visit a French truffle farm, see a castle featuring medieval siege weaponry, and shop at open markets in Provencal villages.”


2008


nowakFilip Nowak, of Dublin, Calif., recently married. Filip and his new wife, Dominique, have enjoyed attending Haas events over the last several years.

 

 

 

 

 

Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez, of Oakland, Calif., continue to run their sustainable urban mushroom farm, Back to the Roots. The company planned to launch a new version of their kit in October 2012, with seeds embedded in a cardboard box. When families are done growing their mushrooms, they can plant the cardboard to grow a garden of basil, tomato, and onion.

 

Richard Zen, of Hong Kong, is now working for the Royal Garden Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui. Previously, Richard worked for Deloitte Consulting. He is learning about operations and financial management through a management-training program. Earlier this year, Richard hosted a group of students traveling to Hong Kong with Dr. David Robinson. He writes, “I would be happy to play host for any Bears who are passing through Hong Kong or considering moving here.”


2010


Ian Clow
, of San Francisco, is working as a research analyst on the absolute return/credit team at Hall Capital Partners LLC.


2011


Stephanie Chen
, of San Francisco, has transferred within Google from the Android team to YouTube’s devices team. She is working to get YouTube onto televisions and game consoles. In her free time, Stephanie does endurance races with Team In Training to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and is actively involved with the RealitySF church.

 

phanDat Phan, of San Jose, Calif., is working for the California State Assembly. Dat also enjoys serving his community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wuMary Wu, of San Francisco, is the founder of Socoride.com, a web service that provides a network for intercity rides by connecting commuters who have cars with those who don’t. Prior to Socoride, she worked in investment banking for Goldman Sachs.

 

 

2012


Tala Beigi
, of Singapore, was a marketing intern for Rocket Internet’s Singapore venture, ZALORA. Tala is also part of a startup team for a social venture called Barefoot Midwives, an organization dedicated to improving the birth rates within Mali. Tala writes, “I immersed myself in a different culture to gain international experience.” Now back in the East Bay, she is looking for marketing consulting positions that match her experience and interests.

 

Brendan Joyce, of San Francisco, works as an analyst at Partners Group. Partners Group is a global investment management firm headquartered in Zug, Switzerland.

 

Pamela Mardo, of Danville, Calif., is a staff accountant at the Clorox Co.

 

Minnie Wong, of San Francisco, started her first full-time job at PwC as a tax associate. She is currently playing in an ultimate league and USTA tennis league. Minnie is also active with One Brick.

 

Katherine “Chiahui” Yu, writes, “I just started my first full-time job as an executive compensation analyst for Towers Watson. So far everything is going well. I enjoy the work, I like the people I work with, and I am learning something new each day. I also just moved down to Los Angeles from the Bay Area. Although I grew up in Orange County, I never experienced this area of southern California, so it is an exciting and fun time for me. I am still trying to get settled and find extracurricular or volunteering activities to do, so if you have any recommendations, please send them my way.”

 

MBA

 

1966


Marvin Lamoureux
, of West Vancouver, Canada, writes, “Although I’m semi-retired (I turned 72 last May), I accept two or three short-term international education sector projects each year if the country and project objectives are interesting. This year I was asked by ORT-America to review the Myanmar, Burma, vocation/technical sector and to develop a long-term education and training project aimed at disadvantaged youth. I was able to work with the country’s Ministry of Labor. The Ministry offered ORT-America two key training sites and six buildings. My project proposal has been completed and ORT-America is in the process of acquiring both capital and operating project funding.”

 

boschkenHerman “Buzz” Boschken, MBA, is a professor of management and public policy at San Jose State University. His current research examines the effects of globalization on global-cities development and ecological sustainability. His article on the subject “Global Cities Are Coastal Cities Too: Paradox in Sustainability?” will be published in 2013 in Urban Studies. In addition to academic research and teaching, he is a planning commissioner for the city of Davis and a consultant in urban public policy. He and his wife, Irene Boschken, BS 66, also enjoy time with their seven grandchildren in the Bay Area. Irene continues her work with the testing division of Pearson PLC as an independent educational consultant.


1969


Ruby Dholakia (Roy)
, of Narragansett, R.I., has been teaching at the University of Rhode Island since 1981. Prior to her current job, she earned a PhD in marketing from Northwestern University. She has been married for 38 years to Nikhilesh, whom she met while studying at Northwestern. They have two children, son Ritik and daughter Nishita. Ruby’s book Technology and Consumption: Understanding Consumer Choices and Behaviors, was recently published by Springer.


1970


Bernard Friedrich
, of Westlake Village, Calif., is a consultant to European economic development agencies and North American industrial and commercial investors in Europe.


1971


Don McBride
, of Martinsville, N.J., is retired from a 35-year career with Pacific Bell, Bell Labs, AT&T and Telcordia Technologies. Don hosted a reception in June for his son, Tom, and Tom’s wife, Brooke, at the Arboretum at UC Davis. Tom has a BS from MIT and got his PhD in neuroscience at UC Davis. Tom is doing post-doctoral work on Alzheimer’s disease at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, Calif. His wife, Brooke, also has a PhD in neuroscience and is doing autism research at UC San Francisco. Don has a web page about Tom’s wedding on his website at http://donsnotes.com/brooke-n-tom.html.

 

bonnie_paintingBonnie Welling, of Atherton, Calif., is a painter. Her painting of the Stevens Creek Shoreline was selected by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District for inclusion in the district’s coffee table book, Room to Breathe: The Wild Heart of the San Francisco Peninsula. The painting will also appear on the back cover of the book. Room to Breathe features art highlighting the beauty of the district’s open space preserves. Bonnie has also shown her impressionist-style landscapes in a number of art shows in the San Francisco Bay Area this year.


1975


Gerald Wheele
r, of Orting, Wash., started a new career as a chaplain for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.


1978


fryRaymond Fry
, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “I’m doing a one-hour radio show on a local station focusing on baby boomers enjoying life. For the show, I’ve been partnering with a local financial guru named Rob Black. I believe in doing things that make me feel uncomfortable, knowing that they will help me grow. I also operate the Oakland branch of Security One Lending, a mortgage banker that specializes in reverse mortgages, and I’m known as Mr. Reverse.”


1980


Emmy Fearn
, writes, “This summer I completed all of the requirements for my PhD in special education at the Graduate School of Education at Berkeley, just 32 years post-MBA (what’s the rush?). After three years of preparing students with disabilities at College of Alameda for competitive employment and higher education opportunities, I plan to return to teaching graduate students—teachers, school psychologists, and school administrators—at the university level. I’m still living in Oakland with husband Jeff Fearn, MBA 83. My daughter, Dria, is an attorney in Oakland, and my son, Jonathan, is a software engineer on the peninsula. Life is good!”

 

Michaela Rodeno, of Napa Valley, Calif., is the board chair of VisitNapaValley. She recently rode an America’s Cup mark boat at a race held on August 23. Mark boats are stationed where the racers turn. Michaela writes, “It is a bit hair-raising! The racers bear down on you at 20-30 knots and make the tightest turn they can around your stern, and then tear off on the next leg of the course, missing the mark boat by inches. What a ride! The semifinal and final America’s Cup races are in 2013. If you’re considering a trip to Napa Valley, email me at kids@villaragazziwine.com for some recommendations.”


1982


Geoff Bick
, of Cape Town, South Africa, is a professor of marketing at the UCT Graduate School of Business. He writes, “This is a dream job for a marketing academic, so when the chance arose I grabbed it with both hands. The UCT Graduate School of Business is located in the Breakwater Lodge at the V and A waterfront, which is the most visited tourist attraction in South Africa. Not only is this a good school (No. 1 in the country), but it also has an idyllic location, with the waterfront on one side and Table Mountain on the other! Any visitors are welcome to stop by!”

 

Jose Serra-Vega, of Lima, Peru, just finished his second book on the environmental costs of the projected construction of a hydroelectric project on the Inambari River in the Peruvian Amazon, which would export electricity to Brazil. The book compares the profitability of the project to the social and environmental costs that will be assumed by the population in general. These costs include the deficit in the proposed compensation of the displaced population, the deforestation, the emission of greenhouse gases by the reservoir, and the loss of biodiversity. A Spanish version of the book will soon be online, and Jose hopes to also publish the book in English.


Mark Berger, of Menlo Park, Calif., is working at NVIDIA Corporation as a senior manager of life and material sciences alliances. His focus is on recruiting and working with software developers to port, optimize, and market high-performance scientific software applications. Mark previously spent over 11 years working in biotechnology with Cytokinetics.

 

coullKim Coull, of Moraga, Calif., joined Yosemite Conservancy as development director in August. Yosemite Conservancy supports the restoration of trails and scenic outlooks, the protection of wildlife and their habitat, and the education of visitors to Yosemite National Park. Kim writes, “I feel very fortunate to be involved with such an amazing organization with a truly compelling mission. On a different note, I look forward to our MBA class of 1983 reunion in 2013. I hope to see many of my classmates there!”

 

hoskinsonDavid Hoskinson is working in health care management. He is also a traveling photojournalist. David has covered U2 on four continents, European cultural events, Burning Man, and, most recently, the London Olympics. He has published numerous magazine articles.

 

 

 

 

Abe Kohen, of New York, writes, “In 1983, my wife, Zahava (BS NucE 80), watched me graduate in the Greek Theater while holding our 6-month-old daughter, Naomi. In May 2012, my wife and I watched proudly as Naomi was hooded in the Greek Theater, earning a PhD in materials science and engineering.”

 

Ellen O’Connor (Swanberg), of Santa Rosa, Calif., published a book, Creating New Knowledge in Management: Appropriating the Field’s Lost Foundations, which argues that business schools have institutionalized in ways that block access to knowledge about management that was developed by the field’s founders.

 

Eric Tom, of Menlo Park, Calif., is the executive vice president of global sales of International Game Technology, a $5 billion market cap company with $2 billion in revenue. Eric is married to Boni and has two daughters, Dana at the University of Pennsylvania and Alex at Northwestern University.


1984


wolffKaren Wolff (Dozier)
, of San Jose, Calif., is the president of the Wolff Group, a team of real estate consultants specializing in residential and investment real estate. The Wolff Group was recently appointed to the leadership council for Keller Williams Realty.

 

 

1985


Michelle Aubel
, of Santa Fe, N.M., has been the administrative services director and chief financial officer of the General Services Department for over one year. The General Services Department is a state agency, overseeing fleet, risk, health benefits, office space, printing, and procurement and has an annual budget of more than $460 million. Michelle entered the public sector in 2006 as a fiscal analyst for the Legislative Finance Committee. She writes, “New Mexico is indeed the Land of Enchantment!”

 

schartzMauri Schwartz is the president of Career Insiders, a career management and talent-acquisition consulting firm. Women MBA Connect recently chose her as their first featured member on their website. The mission of Women MBA Connect is to promote, educate, and connect professional women who have earned graduate-level degrees and are pursuing careers in business.

 


1986


William Ledeen
, of Rancho Cordova, Calif., writes, “It was great to see many of our classmates at last year’s 25th reunion in Berkeley! I am still an active volunteer with our Haas Alumni Network serving on the board of our South Bay chapter. This year I also took on the responsibilities as chairman of the board of a small embedded controls company, Digital Dynamics. We survived the cataclysmic downturn in semiconductor manufacturing in 2009-2010 and have been working full-tilt on a new generation distributed control platform to support the advanced control needs of the upcoming 450-millimeter wafer fab equipment.”

 

Garrad Marsh was elected mayor of Modesto in February. Previously, Garrad served two terms on the Modesto City Council.

Frank Vargas, of Mountain View, Calif., just published his first book, Things I Wish I Knew Then. The book lists 12 things Frank wishes he had known when he was younger and which would have helped his career and life. The book is available on Amazon.com.

Pascale Weber, of Brussels, is a senior equity analyst at KBC Securities. He remains single.


Thomas Zengel, of Pleasanton, Calif., continues to enjoy working with his business valuation and consulting firm, NorCal Business Valuations LLC. Tom writes, “My wife, Karen, is always busy and having fun managing two Girl Scout troops and getting her mural painting business started in the East Bay. Our daughters, Katja and Keara, are doing great in middle school and though it’s hard, they’re doing the best they can to keep the typical teen attitudes at bay. We all have been looking forward to Bears games this fall in the renovated Memorial Stadium. There’s nothing like a cool, sunny fall afternoon in Strawberry Canyon. Go Bears!”


1987


Geoffrey Long, of Littleton, Colo., is the president of the Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra, a community orchestra. He also continues his role as general counsel of OpSec Security Group, a provider of anti-counterfeiting and document security solutions.


rennerKevin Renner, of Portland, Ore., recently presented the keynote address to the annual conference of the California Council on Family Relations. He spoke and read from his recent book, In Search of Fatherhood: Daughters Praising, Speaking Up, Talking Back. Kevin has been featured on NBC, CNN, NPR, Oprah Winfrey, and other television and radio affiliate stations. He also speaks for women’s groups and management organizations on the influence fathers have on their daughters’ careers and management styles. He can be booked through his website at kevin-renner.com.


1989


Stewart Noyce
, of San Anselmo, Calif., and his wife, Lynn, have a daughter, Sarah, and a son, William. Their family stays busy with academics, music, drama, and sports. Stewart has a consulting practice, TruNorth Consulting, which helps startups build innovative software businesses. Stewart also maintains a blog at www.stewartnoyce.com.

 

Steven Terusaki, of Albany, Calif., founded SEIDO Consulting in 2010, a business consulting and coaching practice focused on providing the tools and processes to help individuals and organizations achieve success. He recently received formal recognition as a certified business coach in August 2012 from the Resource Associates Coaching Academy. For more information and to sign up for the “Pathways to Success” monthly newsletter, visit Steven’s website at www.seidoconsulting.com.


1990


Cameron Pollock
, of Redmond, Wash., is the vice president of global marketing and Asia-Pacific sales for Physio-Control, a medical device company The company was recently divested from Medtronic after 14 years and purchased by Bain Capital. Cameron has been married to Dawn for 26 years. His son, Corey (24), is a mechanical engineer. His daughter, Diana (21), is a student at Western Washington University.


1991


Otis Spencer
, of Warsaw, Poland, has left Heitman after seven years, working most recently as the managing director/co-head of Europe. Otis has established a new real estate investment management platform focused on Central and Eastern Europe. He was joined in this venture by Heitman’s European general counsel, and the company is partnered with Kulczyk Silverstein Properties.


1992


Scott Bechtler-Levin
, of Encinitas, Calif., sold his company, IdeaEncore Network, an online platform for sharing nonprofit tools, to Good Done Great in July. He is now the vice president of collective impact at Good Done Great. He looks forward to continuing to accelerate the growth of the national nonprofit resource-sharing network of nonprofit professionals.

 

Jorge Mércado Pérez, of Mexico City, now works for Advent International, after spending eight years as the chief financial officer of the largest Pepsi bottler in Latin America.

 

Larry Marcus, of Hillsborough, Calif., writes, “I’m grateful for all the great entrepreneurs we’ve backed at Walden Venture Capital, through ‘sprout stage’ investing in digital media. I made Billboard’s Power 100 in music and 140 to Follow on Twitter (@cyberlar). We’ve provided first-round funding for Pandora, SoundHound, BandPage, Aarki, Boombotix, and more. See you at SF Musictech this fall! You can hear some of my drumming at www.BandPage.com/Megankeely or reach me at larry@waldenvc.com.”

 

Jim Sauer, of Tucson, Ariz., received a bachelor of architecture from University of Arizona. He writes, “I’m pursuing my latest career—architecture, particularly socially and environmentally sustainable urban architecture, historic preservation, and reuse.”

 

Hilary Weber, of San Francisco, is enjoying her new role as the founder of Opportu Professional Coaching (www.opportu.com). Hilary and her group of coaches help early-growth companies and large organizations achieve transformation. Hilary also gives workshops and presentations in conjunction with the Haas Career Center and other sponsors in the Bay Area. She writes, “There is nothing like the feeling of loving what you do every day!”


1994


Art Altman
has retired from the Electric Power Research Institute of Palo Alto, where he spent two decades developing algorithms to help power companies forecast energy markets and manage risk. He has moved to New York, where he will continue to work on alternative energy, smart grid, and market issues.

 

Michael Garrow, of Harbor Springs, Mich., works for the Little Traverse Bay of Odawa Indians as their treasury director. He oversees the tribe’s investments, annual budgets, bank financing, economic development, and tribal gaming projects.

 

Clark Omholt, of Novato, Calif., is the president of Spectraflow, a color work-flow consulting firm. Spectraflow’s clients include Pixar, Abercrombie, Mattel, and Old Navy. Clark has two daughters and continues to play tennis, soccer, and ultimate.


1995


Glenn Wisegarver, of Seattle, is the vice president of finance for Zetec Inc. (www.zetec.com), a global technology manufacturing firm of non-destructive testing instrumentation, software, and equipment. Glenn also serves on the board of trustees for the Puget Sound Blood Center (www.psbc.org) and board of directors for the Washington Society of CPAs (www.wscpa.org). In addition, Glenn is an assistant scoutmaster and spent two weeks this summer hiking through the mountains of New Mexico with nine teenage scouts. Glenn and his wife, Kristin, celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary this year. Their son, Andrew, is a junior in high school and rows crew. Their daughter, Amy, is in middle school and plays the violin and dances competitively. Glenn writes, “We love Seattle because it is never too hot, never too cold, and you don’t have to shovel rain!”


1996


Mark Beckford
, of San Francisco, is starting his second year as CEO of his first startup. His company helps technology companies do business in China. He is looking to host an event about China at Haas in the fall. Mark invites you to contact him if you are interested in the idea.

 

Carolyn Soderberg (Holder), of New York, owns an etsy.com store called Willow Sage Pearl Design. Her husband works for Morgan Stanley. She has two daughters (7 and 11) and is the leader of her younger daughter’s Brownie Scout troop. She and her husband hope to relocate to the Bay Area, where they met and lived for several years.


1997


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Paul Hoff, writes, “A chance meeting between Carol Upton, MBA 83, and I in Sydney, Australia, led to a stimulating event in August featuring Haas marketing professor Dr. Peter Wilton. When Carol and I found that Dr. Wilton would be in Australia in August, the initial plans were to organize an intimate dinner with a few Haas alumni. However, after recruiting Kiara Bechta-Metti (MBA 1997), the plans grew, and in August we put on an event featuring Dr. Wilton that included two other California-based business schools, attracted three corporate sponsors, and had a guest list of over 60 people. Peter’s talk on building customers was extremely well received. Of equal importance, the event provided an opportunity to strengthen existing relationships and form new ones. Over one-third of the Haas alumni in the region attended the event.”


sueliSueli Chiozzotto, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, writes, “2011 was a wonderful year. Rafael arrived on Oct.13 and filled our lives with even more joy and blessings. Since then I decided to become a full-time mom, the biggest challenge ever. But I guess we are doing OK —Rafael never complains. Next year I should go back to consulting, hopefully linked to sustainability.”

Matthieu Malan, of Casablanca, Morocco, and his wife, Caroline, started an online store selling books and ebooks in 1998 (www.livremoi.ma). They welcomed a son, Felix, to their family in 2010. Matthieu writes, “I miss Berkeley-Haas and its spirit but attended a Haas meeting in Barcelona in July. I couldn’t have expected better and am thankful that Haas sets up events for alumni abroad. It has inspired new business ideas!”

 

1999


William “Scott” Kucirek
, of Piedmont, Calif., writes, “Life is flying by! We just got back from a fun week in Santa Barbara and now school has started. Natalie is a senior and is working on college applications (guess which school we would want her to attend?), playing soccer, practicing pole-vaulting, and leading the pep band. Juliet has entered seventh grade and spends her time reading, playing soccer, and practicing her violin. Mirjana and I just celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary and are looking forward to many more. On the business side, OCHO Candy continues to grow as we enter our third year. We are in over 120 stores and hope to dramatically increase that count in the next year. In my free time I coach Juliet’s soccer team, work out, and have lunch with classmates and friends. I went to Ghana in September to visit Patrick Awuah, MBA 99, and Ashesi (I am on the board of trustees) and want to thank all those who have supported Ashesi throughout the years. If you are ever in town and want some delicious organic candy bars, drop me a line at scott@ochocandy.com. Hope you all have a wonderful close to 2012!”

 

John Liu, of Portland, Ore., continues to work with his investment management firm, Timberline Asset Management. Timberline is a joint venture between the partners and Stifel Financial and focuses on domestic small- and mid-cap equity portfolios for institutional clients.


2000


Christopher Bryan
, of San Diego, Calif., is a director at Palomar Health, the largest health district in California. He is focusing on creating a project support office to provide project management, process improvement, and data analytics for the health system. Christopher also continues to lead educationfirst.com, a nonprofit organization that provides college scholarships to low-income youth. Educationfirst.com has awarded over a half-million dollars in scholarships.

 

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Cagla Erdogan Ruacan writes, “It was great visiting the Bay Area with my two kids and husband this summer. Duru is now 5, and she went to camp at the Lafayette Reservoir. Alp is 1.5 and loved the skunk train at Tilden Park. I mostly enjoyed renting an apartment in Berkeley, like the good old days, and meeting a group of Haas MBA 00 friends. If anyone is interested in joining the Lair of the Bear Family Camp in 2014 let’s coordinate!”


2001


barronJennifer Barron
, of Oakland, Calif., and her husband, Michael, welcomed their first child, Annabelle Ruby, on May 15. Before Annabelle’s birth, Jennifer was consulting at AAA Insurance Exchange. She plans to take the rest of the year off from work to enjoy her new role as a mother.

 

figueirinhasZé Figueirinhas writes, “The last few years have been very busy with this last summer being no different (Hawaii, RV trip to family reunion in Washington, and backpacking with the three kids in California). Laura and I and our kids, Jack (11), Fernando (9), and Maria Elena (5), have been living in Mill Valley since graduating from Haas in 2001 and consider it home for the long term. I’m currently at Jones Lang LaSalle, a global commercial real estate firm where I’ve been since 2001 and still loving it! I have the good fortune of assisting many of the largest technology companies, including Amazon and Microsoft, as well as smaller technology companies, such as Quantcast, define and execute their global real estate strategic plans —never a dull moment! I also recently took up kite-boarding, which I love. Although I did have to recently admit to the sobering reality that my 11-year-old son, after two attempts, is about as good as I am after two years at it!”

 

Leah Fine, of San Carlos, Calif., is now doing part-time business development for Agendia to help build their pharmaceutical relationships. She writes, “Any Haas alumni working in oncology therapeutics who would like to investigate a companion diagnostic strategy, please reach out! You can contact me at LDFine@gmail.com. In other news, Alex just entered eighth grade and is figuring out high schools. Alex’s time at Haas served him well —yes, that baby who flung Cheerios all over Andrew Rose’s class has started his own company, Harvix. Check it out or check out his LinkedIn profile; Alex welcomes business and leadership advice from all sources. Sam is now 10 and a thriving fifth grader. Ken is on sabbatical, taking some time as an angel investor and looking for his next big thing.”

 

kimRaihwi “Jayne” Kim, of Seoul, South Korea, joined GE Healthcare Korea as the chief marketing officer in October. Previously, Raihwi led the marketing function at GE Capital Korea.

 

 

 

manghaniRaj Manghani, writes, “We are embarking on a new adventure: moving to Singapore! I will be assuming a new role as the business manager for risk management analytics in the Asia-Pacific region and my wife Ruja, MBA 11, will be joining Tan Tock Seng Hospital as a consultant. Our son, Om (10), and daughter, Sonam (7), go to an international school and are looking forward to picking up new language skills. We are excited about this life change, and if life brings you to this part of the world, please look us up! We’d love to connect!”

 

Susan Ram, of San Diego, Calif., has launched River Ventures LLC, a real estate investment company. River Ventures acquires single-family homes in the Bay Area and San Diego County to add to its rental portfolio. Susan is a broker and managing member and can be reached at susan.riverventuresllc@gmail.com. Susan has two children, Liam (10) and Eliyah (8).


2002


Paul Dyson
, of San Francisco, and his wife, Maureen, welcomed their second son on June 30. Paul writes, “Dexter Andrew Dyson (MBA 2043?) is doing great, keeping us on our toes. Cheers to all!”

 

Robyne Shirley Eldridge, of Danville, Calif., is now the senior director of trade marketing for Treasury Wine Estates. She oversees trade marketing, shopper marketing and promotions. Robyne also recently became a committee member of the Northern California Network of Executive Women. She writes, “Highlights of my summer included trips to Disney and Legoland for my 2-, 4- and 6-year-olds!”


tanyaTanya Vannapruegs (Himathongkam), of Bangkok, works for Theptarin Hospital. Tanya’s focus is on general management and adding diabetes prevention services to the hospital. The hospital also engages in philanthropic projects, such as finding the funds to train personnel in diabetic foot care to reduce amputations. Tanya and her husband, Ed, have an 8-month-old son, Boon.

 

roekelGerrit van Roekel, of Vashon, Wash., has started a new business development role at the Gates Foundation. Gerrit will be doing product development and supply partnerships with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He will primarily work to bring vaccines and diagnostics to developing countries. He writes, “I’m honored to be doing work for such a noble cause with such a great organization, and I know I would’ve never gotten here without my Haas background. Our little man, Gerrit Jr., has started kindergarten, and my partner, Aimee, is hoping to find a new yoga teaching position soon. Swing by for some coffee anytime.”


2004


Julie Maas
, of San Diego, Calif., began working on a new software startup focusing on health care information technology interoperability during the summer. She is getting ready to launch the beta program for her secure email product, EMR Direct phiMail. PhiMail assists medical professionals in exchanging protected health information over the Internet. Julie’s company is looking to hire in business development, software engineering, and marketing. She can be contacted at julie@emrdirect.com.

 

portacoloneElena Portacolone, of Berkeley, Calif., graduated with a PhD in sociology from UCSF in September 2011. Her dissertation was about living alone in old age. In March 2012, Elena was appointed assistant adjunct professor at the Institute of Health and Aging at UCSF. She is also affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues at UC Berkeley. Elena is working on projects that will allow older adults to keep living at home. She is particularly interested in issues related to living alone with Alzheimer’s disease. In her free time, she teaches meditation.

 

Pablo Seminario, of Lima, Peru, and his family welcomed a second son, Liam Gabriel, on July 17. Pablo writes, “Pablo Frederick, our other son, is already behaving as a good big brother. Please let us know if you are coming to Lima. We really enjoy hosting our UC Berkeley/Haas family whenever they are in the area.”


2005


Nadeem Sheikh
, of San Francisco, was recently named managing director of Opower’s business in the Asia-Pacific region. Opower is a software company that uses marketing, analytics, and behavioral science to motivate consumers to become more energy efficient.


2006


Gretchen DeKnikker
, of San Francisco, runs a startup called SocialPandas, which transforms the way business-to-business companies leverage social networks. SocialPandas just closed a $1.5 million seed round led by True Ventures.

 

liQing Li, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, “We had a wonderful summer with the family. My younger daughter learned to ride a bicycle without training wheels at the beginning of the summer. Biking immediately became our family’s new hobby. By the time we traveled to the Pacific Northwest in mid-August, we were able to enjoy some of the most beautiful biking trails there, including the Burke-Gilman trail in Seattle and the Seawall trail in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. The kids have also picked up the sales skill. They made over $30 selling homegrown plums this summer. Next year’s revenue target: $60.”

 

Atul Tiwary, of Palo Alto, Calif., has started as a partner and principal at Centaur Partners, a boutique investment banking firm. Centaur Partners focuses on technology mergers and acquisitions and private placement advisory work, in addition to public equity and debt financing transactions.


2007


chowFrancis Chow
, of Santa Clara, Calif., writes, “My daughter, Hannah, was born in April and she just can’t wait to go to Cal! Hannah equates dad with playtime and prefers playing to eating or sleeping. Life’s never been more interesting!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abby Law (Josephs), of Melrose, Mass., and her husband, Jason, welcomed a baby boy, Benjamin, on March 23. Abby writes, “I’m spending some time as a mom before jumping into the Boston health care scene after spending over four years at Stanford Hospital. I miss the Bay Area and would love to see any Haas ‘07ers who come to Beantown!”

 

diegnan_dueingJens Dueing, of London, recently spent time with Sarah Diegnan, MBA 08, who came to London for the Olympic Games.

 

 

 

 

Moriah Lewis and  Ken Wallace, of San Francisco, celebrated the birth of their son, Christian Lewis Wallace, on June 24.

Huzefa Mehta, of San Jose, Calif., writes, “Last year, I rode my bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles (500 miles over four days), raising $600 for the Cupertino Education Endowment Foundation. This year, to complete my West Coast bike tour, I rode from Seattle to San Francisco (1,000-plus miles over nine days), rolling onto the Golden Gate Bridge on its 75th anniversary. It was a great ride with mostly tail wind. I met curious and friendly people and rode some fantastic coastal scenery.”


2009


Rossanna Aranibar Schach
, of Montara, Calif., was recently promoted to head of marketing for Latin America at SCEA, where she manages the PlayStation brand in Latin America. Rossanna and her husband also own two art galleries in San Francisco and recently opened three more: The Art of Dr. Seuss in Yountville, Calif., Dennis Rae Fine Art in St. Helena, Calif., and The Art of Dr. Seuss in Carmel, Calif. In their spare time, she and her husband sponsor a child in Peru, named Roxana. She writes, “She is 6 years old and lives in a very humble community in the highlands of Peru. I am personally tracking her academic development and hopefully I can share pictures when we get to meet her one day.” Rossanna also started studying Japanese this year, and is committed to being fluent by 2014.

 

ecklesMatthew Bernstein, of San Francisco, writes, “I am excited to announce that Morgan Eckles, MBA 09, and I tied the knot in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 29. The wedding was held at Morgan’s mother’s house near the beach. Allene Wong, MS 73, and several Haasies joined in the fun: Jenn Brown, Mariah Byrne, Margaret Sullivan Yang, Norberto Guimaraes, all MBA 09; plus Morgan’s dad, David Eckles, MBA 73.

 

Trey Clark, of Oakland, Calif., and his partner, Nav Athwal (Boalt 2010), started a real estate crowd funding company, realityshares.com. Their goal is to allow everyday investors to invest smaller amounts in real estate assets, as opposed to the typical $25,000 to $50,000 minimums.

 

garriottOmar Garriott, of San Mateo, Calif., and his wife, Beth, welcomed their first child, Amaya Ann Garriott, on May 5. Omar writes, “She is a little bundle of joy and sleeplessness.”

 

 

 

 

 

Serge Hauert, of Geneva, Switzerland, began a new job in industrial management for the luxury group Richemont in May. He and his family welcomed their second son, Trevor, on July 10.

 

Michael Martin, of New Orleans writes, “I recently completed the Leadville 100, a race through the sky. Since graduating from Haas I have had the privilege of participating in and competing in ultra-marathons around the world. These endurance races have afforded me the opportunity to raise over $20,000, which I’ve directed to the Lester Center of Entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business. Many more races are to come, and many more funds are to be raised and directed to the center.”

 

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Ernesto Rodriguez, MBA, of Lima, Peru, writes, “Earlier this year I met a team of Haas students on their IBD trip to Lima, Peru. Monica Wiese, MBA 05, kindly organized this gathering. I had a great time learning from the students’ experiences in Peru and traveling inside the country. We enjoyed talking about how the Haas MBA experience teaches you to deal with real-world problems, build relationships, and go beyond your comfort zone. It was easy and enjoyable to talk to the students about our experiences; as alumni I realized how strong the ‘student always’ trait is. I talked a lot about the learning opportunities as planning analyst for an oil and gas company in a growing economy. Going back to the students, I felt I made a personal connection easily; and that is one of my favorite things about the Haas community.”

 

Aby Galsky Sandelman, of Miami, manages a real estate fund that invests in retail properties throughout the U.S. Aby writes, “Haas played a big part in preparing me for the responsibility.” Aby has two daughters, Arianna (4) and Maia (2).

 

skibbleyAdam Skibley, of Chicago, and his wife, Lindsay, welcomed their first child, Jackson Arthur, on June 9. Adam writes, “He is doing well and recently made his first trip to the Bay Area where he was able to meet many of my Haas classmates.” Adam has worked for ZS Associates since graduating from Haas and was recently promoted to manager.

 

vasconcellosPedro Vasconcellos, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, is the managing director at Bertelsmann Brazil. His responsibilities include business development and investments in education, Internet, and venture capital. He and his wife have a 2-year-old daughter. Pedro writes, “We love the warm weather! My daughter can go to the swimming pool almost every day!”


2010


Glenn Ballard
, of San Jose, Calif., writes, “Investing in the Berkeley MBA was the best career decision I have ever made. The academic experience was exhilarating, the quality of professors was superb, and the network of classmates and alumni is truly remarkable. I am especially passionate about Berkeley’s focus on entrepreneurship. Berkeley’s strong connection with the entrepreneur and investor communities in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and the entire Bay Area is of immeasurable value. My MBA gave me the confidence to start my own firm, and I have never been happier in my career. During orientation weekend, one of the speakers identified the distinguishing characteristic of Berkeley MBAs as ‘confidence, without attitude,’ which resonated with me. In my experience, I have found that to be real. Berkeley MBAs are incredibly competent business professionals, but they also tend to be some of the nicest people you will ever meet. I love that.”

 

Dave Bend, MBA, writes, “I just moved to D.C. with my lovely girlfriend, Erin. Another Aaron was in my life for the previous few months, as Aaron Schwartz, MBA 10, and I were roommates in San Francisco. We had a really nice time, joining a bocce league together, taking cooking classes, and working on our respective businesses.”

 

Gary Coover Jr., of Seoul, South Korea, works with Samsung on the new media/business development team. He previously worked with Samsung in strategy. Gary writes, “The move to Samsung’s global media group has been a breath of fresh air, thanks to some great mentors and huge new challenges. Additionally, thanks to the amazing leadership of Aaron Schwartz, MBA 10, Modify Watches is off and running and has provided a great balance in my professional life, juggling between large conglomerate and startup. In our free time, my girlfriend, Ayelet Konrad (UCB 2006), and I have continued our adventures through Asia, enjoying Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and many parts of Japan.”

 

William Doyle Jr., of San Francisco, left Barker Pacific Group in December 2011 and joined Drawbridge Realty Trust LLC. He is focused on acquisitions and project management of commercial properties targeting large corporate users throughout the western United States.

 

Meredith Hoffmann, and her fiancé, Julian, moved to San Francisco in early 2012. She works in Apple’s Retail Real Estate group, leading the strategy for international retail expansion. Meredith and Julian were married on Oct. 6 on a private ranch in Monterey County, with “many Haasies in attendance!”

Jay Patel, of San Jose, Calif., and his wife, Simi, welcomed their second son, Shane Om Jay Patel, on May 11.


2011


Hamza Khan
, of Dubai, is enjoying traveling across the Middle East as a consultant for McKinsey. He writes, “I finally feel settled in Dubai, and would love to meet up with any Haasies traveling through the area.”

 

Scott Shapiro, of San Francisco, is a product-marketing manager for Facebook, and recently launched Facebook Exchange, a real-time advertising platform. He recently proposed to his girlfriend, Susan, while on a trip to Alaska.


2012


bergstromLeslie-Ann Bergstrom
, of Redwood City, Calif., writes, “My daughter, Stella Grace, was born during the second week of the spring semester. I was happy to finish my last class while on maternity leave and walk her across the stage with me at graduation! Future Bear perhaps?”

 

Adam Boscoe, of Santa Clara, Calif., is enjoying his new role working with the corporate business development unit of Applied Materials. Adam and his wife, Natalie, spent their summer travelling in Turkey. He writes, “Missing Haas, but so grateful for the opportunities and friends that came out of my MBA.”

 

Joshua Harrington, of  St. Helena, Calif., is now the director of research for RBO and Co., an investment manager.

 

Jessica Huard, of Oakland, Calif., recently founded her independent consultancy, J. Huard Consulting LLC, and is working on marketing strategy projects for several leading retail brands. Jessica writes, “I’m also loving my new part-time roles as kindergarten room parent and puppy owner!”

 

Andrea Leewong, writes, “It’s only been a few months since graduation, but I already miss Haas! I recently joined Intuit as a marketing manager and moved to the Mission District in San Francisco. Luckily, there are many fellow Haasies living nearby, and I hope we can stay in touch!”

 

Masha Lisak, of San Francisco, joined the Omidyar Network earlier this summer as an associate in the finance group. Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. They invest in and help scale organizations to catalyze economic, social, and political change.

 

Stephanie Tsai, of San Francisco, manages social media for One Kings Lane, an e-commerce company focused on home decor.


2013


Gaurav Agarwal
, of San Francisco, started Traverie (www.traverie.com) with co-founders from MIT and Harvard. Traverie was a finalist at the 2012 Business Plan Competition and represented Berkeley at the California Dreamin’ Business Plan Competition, where it placed second and beat out 17 other schools. Traverie was also named one of Travel’s Top Innovations of 2012 by PhoCusWright, and Gaurav was selected as one of the Class of 35 under 35 Young Leaders in Travel. Traverie opened up its beta to the public in late August 2012. The business can also be followed at Facebook.com/traverie and Twitter.com/traverie.


2014


Karthik Suryanarayanan
, of San Jose, Calif., continues to lead supplier programs at Stryker Edoscopy. Karthik recently completed a strategy consulting assignment at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Karthik and his partner developed a business plan for switching birth control pills from prescription-only to over-the-counter.

 

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2008


Scott Cole
, of Union City, Calif., writes, “Our newly achieved general building license has allowed us to complete another real estate full remodel and flip in record time and for record profit. We are working with a few more investors now and are always looking for people that want to join and/or know of properties that could be profitable ventures. We are capable of doing 10 properties at a time without losing focus on our painting, flooring, remodels, and other building revenue. I’m looking for a partner who would be responsible for either production or sales and for a part-time real estate broker that can search for, find, purchase, and sell the homes that we work on. Looking forward to seeing you all in the near future!”

 

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1972


Charles Snow
, of State College, Penn., has been a faculty member in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University since 1974. He will retire on Dec. 31. In retirement, he plans to stay active as the co-editor of a new open-access journal, the Journal of Organization Design. He will also be an adjunct professor at the Norwegian Business School and a research affiliate of the Interdisciplinary Center for Organizational Architecture at Aarhus University in Denmark. He and his wife, Barbara, plan to divide their time between homes in State College and Sun Valley, Idaho.


1997


Marc-David Seidel
, of Vancouver, Canada, is now the chair of the Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Division at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.


2004


Jo Ilfeld,
of Berkeley, Calif., is now on her second career post-PhD in marketing. After selling her online retail business in 2010, Jo is now a leadership coach to entrepreneurs and small business owners so that they can up the level of their business without being constantly stressed and overwhelmed. In addition to trying to keep track of the schedules of her three kids (who can do that nowadays?), Jo volunteers her time to  new immigrants starting businesses and incubator-level green businesses. She’s constantly amazed at the wonderful ideas that entrepreneurs (including classmates) are coming up with to change the marketplace and the world.


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