Alumni Notes

Undergraduate

1950

Robert (Bob) and Joan (Stainfield) Koenig write, "We celebrated our 90th birthdays (Joan's in June and Bob's in October) with our entire family in attendance: four children, nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren! A wonderful weekend of festivities organized by our children and graciously hosted by our son Peter (School of Environmental Design, Class of 80) and his wife, Kelly, at their home in Alamo, Calif."

1951

Dudley Dinshaw See MBA 53.

1954

Merlin L. "Bud" Henry Jr. writes, "After losing my spouse and living in North Tustin for 37+ years, I moved to Laguna Woods last January. It has been a slow adjustment, but I am making progress. There are many positive aspects of living in Laguna Woods. There are over 200 clubs and organizations, so there is something for everybody. We have a 950-seat performing arts center and have recently seen Pat Boone, a Willie Nelson impersonator, and a great Beatles group and next month will attend a Bruce Springsteen tribute and see Jack Jones.

I was very impressed by the experience of the incoming Dean and hope she will schedule a future visit to the Orange County alums."

1962

Tom Jones, BS 62

Tom Jones, BS 62

Tom Jones, of Dana Point, Calif., after many years as an attorney, including service as the chief deputy commissioner of corporations, has served as an independent life and health insurance agent since 2002. He markets health, life, disability, and long-term care insurance products to seniors, individuals, families, and small groups.

Erich Stratmann, BS 62 (center), on stage for the Sing for America Foundation

Erich Stratmann, BS 62 (center), on stage for the Sing for America Foundation

Erich Stratmann, of San Francisco, writes, "Seven seasons ago I noted here that I had started an activity-based fundraising group–not based on running, walking, or biking but rather on having fun and singing. In those seven seasons we have raised $1,000,000+ for more than 100 charities chosen by our participants and donors. Donations range each year from $100 to over $10,000 to selected groups. We are SingforAmerica.org. From February through April, in San Francisco, we bring together folks of all talent levels and ages (so far 16-94) and mix them with professionals to train them for a professional performance experience. Soloists from this chorus and from professional ranks perform in all performance venues from rock to Broadway to opera. Last year we featured the UC Men's Octet (a group I sang with while in the UC Glee Club).

"Join us in this exercise of having a great time, meeting new friends, and doing good for others. We show you how and provide all the guidance and online tools–simple for even an old guy like me. And check out our YouTube videos through the video box on our home page at SingforAmerica.org."

1966

Howard Toole See MBA 68.

1972

Nelson Estrada, BS 72

Nelson Estrada, BS 72

Nelson Estrada, of San Francisco, updates: "When I finished my MBA at Harvard, I went on to work in banking; after a tough training period that took me to a couple of cities in Brazil and then Mexico. Continued working in finance outside of banking for a decade in Mexico; in 1990 I returned to my birth country, Nicaragua, where I have lived ever since and not a day without excitement of all types, lately of the political nature.

"Currently oversee our real estate but dedicate my life mainly to painting, piano, and some sports. If anyone wants to visit Nicaragua to see its beauty amidst the beasts that govern it, I would enjoy having you over for lunch. We have three children–a daughter, 42, and two sons, 27 and 26. The girl studied at Phoenix University and the boys graduated from Notre Dame in business and from Stanford in engineering. The engineer has a startup with three of his Stanford colleagues, and the younger works for a large concern in Managua. So far only our daughter has given us a granddaughter."

Robert Fenstermacher, of Carmichael, Calif., owner of Fensco, LLC, has been importing U.K. lead sheet and coil for the roofing and hospital/dental industry for the past 10 years. Fensco's newest endeavor is importing roll forming and sheet metal processing equipment from China. This includes escorting his clients to and from China to tour factories and view their equipment to ensure 100 percent customer satisfaction when received on U.S. shores. Bob's 46 years of experience enable him to connect the right factories with his clients' needs. He adds, "It just keeps getting more challenging every year."

1978

Richard Hennum, BS 78

Richard Hennum, BS 78

Richard Hennum, of Pleasanton, Calif., reports, "I'm currently the sales and channel manager for a software publisher. We publish both retail and B2B products. I've spent the past few years on our SaaS project, converting all of our B2B products to web/online subscriptions. In addition, all our retail products can now be downloaded.

"I will be relocating to the Sacramento area by Q1. I'm currently seeking a new opportunity. I am looking forward to meeting the alumni in the area. Confidence Without Attitude."

1981

Ken Cera, BS 81, and his daughter Michelle

Ken Cera, BS 81, and his daughter Michelle

Ken Cera, BS 81, a proud father at the graduation of his daughter Michelle Cera, BA 18 (sociology), who graduated with honors.

1982

Joseph Breen, of San Rafael, Calif., is a partner at the law firm of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani in San Francisco, where he specializes in employment law counseling and general business litigation. GRSM is a national law firm with more than 800 attorneys and 52 offices throughout the country. As a lecturer at UC Berkeley, Joe also teaches employment law to HR professionals seeking certification in their field. His daughter, Kate, BA 13 (English) , is proud to be part of a team within Square, Inc. that provides and develops financing options for businesses to help them accelerate their growth trajectory.

Kendal Rogers, of Novato, Calif., was promoted to CEO of Recognos, Inc., a custom financial software development company.

1985

Thomas Coll, of San Diego, started at Cooley LLP in September 1989 straight out of Berkeley Law (JD '89) and has been there ever since. "My how time flies," he notes.

"Hope you all are doing great. Currently have three children in college (sadly, none at Berkeley). Looking forward to grandchildren soon."

Ruby Zefo, BS 85

Ruby Zefo, BS 85

Ruby Zefo, of Palo Alto, Calif., started a new job in August, as Uber's first chief privacy officer. She is responsible for the development and implementation of privacy standards, procedures, and processes in every market where Uber operates. She is also a board member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and serves as secretary. Previously, Ruby served as vice president, associate general counsel, chief privacy and security counsel, and group counsel for Artificial Intelligence Products Group at Intel.

1989

Elaine Fitch, BS 89

Elaine Fitch, BS 89

Elaine Fitch, of Washington, D.C., managing partner of Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, an employment and labor law firm, is pleased to announce that the fourth edition of Security Clearance Law and Procedure, which she wrote and edited with partner Mary E. Kuntz, has been published by Dewey Publications. The book offers a comprehensive and authoritative analysis of security clearance law and covers governing case law and the recently revised Adjudicative Guidelines.

Dante Robinson, BS 89

Dante Robinson, BS 89

Dante Robinson, of Hercules, Calif., updates, "For the last seven years I have been chief of internal affairs for the State Compensation Insurance Fund, with responsibility for the Internal Audit Department as the chief audit executive for the Governance, Compliance, and Privacy Unit, and the Special Investigation Unit.

"I have three kids: The oldest, Dante, graduated from Holy Names University in Oakland with a BA in marketing and organization management, while on a basketball scholarship. My daughter, Jessenia, is in her fourth and final year at St. John's University in N.Y., where she has been on the Dean's List for two consecutive years; my youngest, son Jaden, is a high school senior at Salesian College Prep in Richmond, Calif."

1990

Amer Moorhead, of Redwood City, Calif., previously in leadership roles at Ariba, SAP, and Couchbase, was named chief legal officer of cloud spend management and fintech provider at Tradeshift, a late-stage private company based in San Francisco. Amer will oversee the global legal and compliance function at Tradeshift, whose investors include Goldman, Santander, HSBC, and other blue-chip firms.

1991

Erin Andrews, BS 91, welcomes
friends of Cal at indi chocolate in Pike Place

Erin Andrews, BS 91, welcomes friends of Cal at indi chocolate in Pike Place

Erin Andrews, of Seattle, is celebrating the one-year anniversary of moving her chocolate factory and cafe into its new location at Pike Place Market. Her company is celebrating its nine- year anniversary this fall. Her business, indi chocolate, is named after her eldest daughter, Indi. "If you are in Seattle, please come on in and say hello. We love catching up with alums and students about what is going on," she writes. Erin celebrated her 20-year wedding anniversary this year with her husband, Peter, whom she met at Lair for Young Alumni Weekend 23 years ago.

Anosha Subasinghe writes, "A hearty hello from Colombo, Sri Lanka. Am still working in the agriculture industry, which is quite challenging, but concentrating more on the legal side of things. Had a wonderful trip to Cal last summer and had reunions with my classmates who live in the Bay Area. Brought back so many nice memories. Those days, the business school was just on one main floor. It was amazing to see the change during my stroll around. How time flies! Anyone visiting Sri Lanka, please feel free to contact me on anosha@opexholdings.com."

1992

Tamara Hull, BS 92

Tamara Hull, BS 92

Tamara Hull, of Novato, Calif., announces, "I became a shareholder (and the firm name changed) at Delahunty Jannisse Hull CPAs. I also am a shareholder in a new business providing assistance with compliance and taxes to California cannabis businesses (CannaBusiness Compliance Specialists)."

Mark Samson

Mark Samson, BS 92, at one of his "not too, too many" offices

Mark Samson, of Palo Alto, Calif., writes, "To my classmates Laura Calloway, Randel, Sandy, Rich Turnquist, Bill Lee, and C. Wallace: Without friends like you, I would not have made it through. Even if I would have, it wouldn't have been much fun! Started and lost a couple of businesses. Earned a JD along the way. Raising two kids, 18 and 16. Trying to hang on to this business in Sacramento, Calif., genesisrentalproperty.com."

1994

Eva I. Chao, BS 94

Eva I. Chao, BS 94

Eva I. Chao, of San Francisco, writes, "I have embarked on a new mission: To get elected as a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) board director for District 8. The district Quocovers all of the northern, southern, and western half of San Francisco. I continue to make annual contributions to Haas to help fund the undergraduate program for the underprivileged, as I myself was once an immigrant who walked 20 blocks to save a nickel in bus fare. I asked myself, 'What more can I do?' BART has received a ton of negative press, and for good reason. BART has mismanaged police oversight, has an unfunded looming billion-dollar pension liability, fare evasions, and a host of other issues. The candidates running for this position in my district are, for the most part, single-issue candidates reliant on special interests like labor unions or developers or part of the greater political establishment–the same ones who led us to the current overall lack of accountability at BART.

"I am running so BART can benefit from someone with a business management background. I have been a strong and independent businesswoman, a CFO, and a service industry executive. I am a candidate with no ties to any political establishment or special interests, a registered nonpartisan and, hence, have the political will to spend BART's $2.3 billion annual budget wisely. Most taxpayers do not realize they are funding approximately 75 percent Backof that, which equals $1.725 billion this fiscal year, from an array of taxes: state and federal income taxes, property, sales, special district, and, of course, the 2016 bond measure we just passed. Only 24 percent of the budget comes from riderships. None of us should be willing to throw more money at the problems to see if they will go away. Let's 'Question the Status Quo' and get someone in charge who is well-rounded and a graduate of Berkeley's Haas School of Business. I am excited by the opportunity to change the culture at BART and get it back on track prioritizing the riders and you, my fellow alumni, and loyal taxpayers. I greatly need and appreciate your support. Learn more about me at EvaforBART2018.org."

Jody Stuart, of San Francisco, reports, "With my patient advocacy and consulting business, Stuart Health Advocacy (www.stuarthealthadvocacy. com), I help people with informed medical decision making and medical appointment preparation. I also guide people in tailoring advance health care directives that provide more nuanced and useful guidance than the generic templates often completed as part of an estate plan."

1997

Viola Sutanto

Viola Sutanto, BS 97, with family: Maika (8), Alistair (3), and Phillip

Viola Sutanto, of Piedmont, Calif., writes, "I am the CCO and co-founder of LimeLoop, a full-circle smart shipper solution for e-commerce goods (www.thelimeloop.com). We are currently in our pilot year with several retail brands and looking to grow our team. We live in Piedmont with our kids, Maika (8) and Alistair (3). Maika and I are excited to be running our first mother-daughter race in November."

1999

Susan Wong

Susan Wong, BS 99, founder of HAN Skin Care Cosmetics

Susan (Kim) Wong, of San Mateo, Calif., updates: "It's not a typical or safe career move, but I left my job at an investment firm to start my own natural and organic cosmetics business, HAN Skin Care Cosmetics. I launched the line three years ago in the Bay Area and currently distribute online and in stores in the U.S. and internationally, including New Zealand, the Philippines, and Saudi Arabia. I have learned a tremendous amount as an entrepreneur and am grateful for my education at Haas, which has given me the knowledge and confidence to take on the challenges of building and running a company."

2000

Joe Lazar See MBA 08.

David Flores Wilson, BS 00

David Flores Wilson, BS 00

David Flores Wilson, of New York City, recently launched Planning to Wealth, a content resource that provides helpful guidance and tips on financial planning and wealth management topics for business owners in New York City.

2001

Will Edmonson, BS 01

Will Edmonson, BS 01

Will Edmonson, of West Hollywood, Calif., writes: "I continue to practice law, primarily handling litigation matters for individuals and small and mid-sized businesses. Before starting my own firm, I was a partner at Doll, Amir & Eley LLP and an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Previously, I served as a law clerk in federal district court and federal appeals court. I offer big law firm experience and talent at affordable rates. Please feel free to contact me at 424-248-9581 or will@whelawfirm.com if I can help you with anything."

2003

Kinman Tong, of Berkeley, Calif., announces: "I was accepted into the partnership of Moss Adams LLP, the largest public accounting and consulting firm headquartered on the West Coast. I will continue to serve our clients in not-for-profit, higher education, health care, and life sciences from our Northern California offices. Currently back in Berkeley, I'm excited to co-chair my 15-year reunion and look forward to catching up with my fellow alumni from the Class of 2003!"

2004

Chris Natividad See MBA 16.

2005

Amy Chou See MBA 16.

David Pordes, of San Francisco, updates, "In July, I started as the CFO at San Francisco Equity Partners–a consumer– focused private equity firm."

2006

Fennie Wang

Fennie Wang, BS 06, visiting South African penguins in Cape TownTold

Fennie Wang, "Global Citizen," writes, "It's been two years since I left the safety of corporate ladders and glass boxes as a capital markets lawyer in New York and London. What a wild ride. Life works in mysterious ways to get you where you need to be–a chance encounter with a famous prisoner led me to South Africa to build a blockchain for social impact–now on to Israel and the Bahamas to run a crypto hedge fund. Working on new legal structures for financing and governing the digital commons and decentralized web."

2009

Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez, co-founders of Back to the Roots, were invited by Amazon to meet with Congress and discuss the future of e-commerce on Prime Day. Both have been selected to join Amazon Launchpad's entrepreneur advisory board. "We're excited about what Amazon and e-commerce can do to democratize access to organic food and gardening–to help us truly bring this movement to every home and classroom in America!" the pair said. Back to the Roots also announced a partnership with Nature's Path, the largest organic breakfast cereal company in the world. The exclusive licensing agreement will allow Back to the Roots to reach every school and kitchen, "with the goal of feeding one in five public school students in America by 2020."

Richard Zen, of Hong Kong, writes, "Still living the dream–hit the five-year anniversary at Phoenix Property Investors, a Hong Kong real estate private equity shop."

2010

Naomi Cheng

Naomi Cheng, BS 10, and her husband, Terence Ng

Naomi (Nie Fan) Cheng, of Mountain View, Calif., updates, "Started a new job as financial reporting manager at Norwest Venture Partners in Palo Alto, Calif. Married in March 2018 and went to Maui on our honeymoon."

Brian Collins, BS 10

Brian Collins, BS 10

Brian Collins, of San Francisco, announces: "I am the CEO and co- founder of PixelTag, an enterprise software consulting agency that specializes in Salesforce.com. We work with the top tech firms in the Bay Area to help scale their customer-facing business processes. PixelTag is a tight-knit team of business analysts and software developers, and we are looking for like-minded technology enablers to help us expand. Sales and business development opportunities are also available. If you are a self-starter who thrives in flexible, team-based environments, we'd love to hear from you. Please reach out to me at brian@getpixeltag.com for more information!"

2012

Eva Lin, BS 12, With Dean Rich Lyons, BS 82: at Berkeley in 2012 (top) and London in 2018

Eva Lin, BS 12, With Dean Rich Lyons, BS 82: at Berkeley in 2012 (top) and London in 2018

Eva Lin, of London, U.K., writes, "I recently got promoted. While the nature of the job is similar, my priority has expanded from developing individuals to teams–and that could be particularly challenging when it's a group of diverse people. In addition to coaching the hard skills, I spend more time driving the balance between business objectives and individual goals. The lessons in Motivation, Incentives and Conflict Management in Professor Holly Schroth's UGBA105 certainly came in handy (even after eight years since I took the class)!

"I am well connected with my fellow Haas community around the world and had the opportunity to see Dean Rich Lyons (sing!) just a few months ago in London! I enjoy spending time in research and mentoring: with faculty at London Business School on research projects to tackle organizational challenges through developing practical business solutions, and supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds in London or mentoring female entrepreneurs based in emerging markets across the world."

Madonna Noche, of Burlingame, Calif., announces, "I recently got engaged to Eric Wong. He proposed on a trip back to UC Berkeley, where we started our relationship. We're excited to start planning for our wedding in 2019!"

2014

Tammie Chen, of Palo Alto, Calif., helped found a $1.2 billion technology growth equity investment fund within KKR.

Clement Kao, BS 14

Clement Kao, BS 14

Clement Kao, of San Francisco, updates: "I'm a product manager at Blend, a fintech startup digitizing the consumer lending ecosystem. We partner with banks and lenders to power frictionless, compliant, and accessible consumer lending. We're motivated by the fact that our product positively impacts the lives of people all over America. I'm really excited about our mission, and I'd love for others to join us! Learn more about open roles at blend.com/careers."

2015

Susan Liu

Susan Liu, BS 15, with husband, Michael, and children, Amy and baby Mark

Susan Liu, of Cupertino, Calif., and her husband, Michael Liebman, welcomed their second child, Mark Ryan Liebman, in May. Big sister Amy and both parents are thrilled with this addition. They look forward to baby Mark sleeping through the night in the near future!

2016

Matej Silecky

Matej Silecky, BS 16 (BASE program), on ITV's 2018 "Dancing On Ice" program in the United Kingdom. He and his partner, Brooke Vincent of ITV's "Coronation Street," finished the season as runners-up.

Matej Silecky (BASE program) was recently a pro on ITV's Dancing On Ice 2018 in the United Kingdom. He and his celebrity partner, Brooke Vincent of ITV's Coronation Street, finished the season as runners-up. He is also the founding director of Kitsune Tale Productions LLC, creator of his first documentary film, Baba Babee Skazala [Grandmother Told Grandmother], which premiered in October at the Fall 2018 New Jersey Film Festival. The film tells the little-known story of Ukrainian children torn from their homes in the crush between the Nazi and Soviet armies in World War II. Spending their childhood as refugees in Europe, these inspiring individuals later immigrated to the United States, creating new homes and communities through their grit, faith, and deep belief in the importance of preserving culture. Matej found the film's story editor through his Berkeley connections too: Karen Everett of New Doc Editing, who taught in the Graduate School of Journalism.

Wilson Wei was featured in Interesting Engineer as one of "the 11 new technology CEOs you need to know about." Wei is the CEO of Lino, the blockchain- based YouTube competitor. The company made waves last February when it raised $20 million in funding. He is dedicated to eliminating what he calls the "middleman" in video content distribution.

2018

Brad Brenner, Lukas Gemeinhardt, and Timothy Berggren, BS 18s, envision summiting Mt. Shasta

Brad Brenner, Lukas Gemeinhardt, and Timothy Berggren, BS 18s, envision summiting Mt. Shasta

Timothy Berggren, of Oakland, Calif., writes, "I started a new job at Green Rush Consulting helping cannabis businesses with pre- and post-license services. My education at Berkeley and Haas prepared me for the complexities of the cannabis industry at a time when most entrepreneurs in the space are in dire need of a business-savvy, cannabis-friendly professional. My team has an excellent track record of winning competitive licenses. As business operations develop, we provide post-licensing support in marketing and advertising, staffing, financing, M&A, and operations. I'm motivated by my dad, who served more than 30 years in the Army and is an advocate for cannabis legalization; what I do supports him in his mission.

"After graduating in May, I went on an epic road trip with three amigos (Lukas Gemeinhardt, Brad Brenner, and Sohil Bammi [electrical engineering and computer science]) to see the Northwest United States. We conquered Crater Lake, encountered black bears and bison in Yellowstone, stood in awe of the mountains in Glacier, met Roosevelt Elk in Olympic, explored fern canyon in Redwood, and captured the spirit of adventure by living every day as it came. We became instant friends at Haas Transfer Orientation and have been the best of buds ever since."

Brad Brenner started a new job in San Francisco as a consultant for Deloitte.

MBA

1953

Dudley Dinshaw, BS 51, MBA 53, and his wife in their local Encinitas paper for their 65th wedding anniversary.

Dudley Dinshaw, BS 51, MBA 53, and his wife in their local Encinitas paper for their 65th wedding anniversary.

Dudley Dinshaw, of Encinitas, Calif., writes: "In July my wife and I celebrated our 65th wedding anniversary. We both turned 93 just recently. I think I am probably the oldest living Haas MBA! Now living in Southern California. My wife used to work in the Cal Music Library and my middle daughter, Dr. Carolyn Dinshaw, taught at Cal in the English Departmeht for 17 years in the '80s and '90s. She is now dean of humanities at NYU.

1968

Howard Toole, San Diego, updates: "After MBA, attended the University of Iowa for PhD in accounting. Then taught accounting and business consulting at San Diego State University from 1972 through 2009. Retired as professor in December 2009. Married to Leslie Ann (Howell) Toole '66, (BA chemistry). We have three children and four grandchildren and enjoy traveling to all seven continents."

1971

Robert Caruso, of San Leandro, Calif., writes: "My company, The John Benjamin Company, specializes in real estate development and improvements in the Bay Area. We successfully managed the first City of San Francisco soft-story seismic upgrade and accessory dwelling unit construction project and have several other similar projects underway. We also manage real estate entitlement projects to increase the value of our clients' real estate holdings. You can see more of what we do at www.johnbenco.com."

1973

William Perttula, MBA 73,
having an Austrian beer on a boat on the Danube

William Perttula, MBA 73, having an Austrian beer on a boat on the Danube

William (Bill Pete) Perttula, of Piedmont, Calif., reports, "I returned for my sixth year to teach a one-week internet marketing course at the Romanian American University in Bucharest in April 2018. Then my wife and I spent Cola week in Vienna. Our number of grandchildren grew with twin girls in August–total will be six."

1976

Jim Cunha, MBA 76

Jim Cunha, MBA 76

Jim Cunha, of Orinda, Calif., updates, "I'm a retired partner from Arthur Andersen after 30 wonderful years in San Francisco, Seattle, and Brussels. I followed that with a number of consulting assignments and serving on boards. Volunteering time was always important, and I was a founding member of the Library Foundation in Lafayette, which raised almost $40 million on my watch. I'm also serving on the Regents at Santa Clara University. But most of my time now is spent with our five kids and their families (nine grandchildren) and traveling the world with my wife. Our bucket list is longer than your arm. The hard work over 40 years is well worth it. Enjoy."

Joe Garrett, of Berkeley, Calif., announces: "Re-elected as a director of Pacific Premier Bank, an $11 billion Southern California commercial bank. Ran with the bulls in Pamplona in July. Quite the low-probability/high-risk adventure. Didn't get gored and no broken bones. After the run, a few of us went to the bar where Hemingway used to drink, and we had the traditional post-run drink of wine mixed 50-50 with Coca Cola. At 9:30 in the morning, no less."

1978

Alan Sopelak, of Simsbury, Conn., writes: "Retired five years ago from a software development career. I am expand- ing my creativity through music composition. Find my songs on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/alansopelak. I like smooth jazz instrumental tunes and some rock songs. Anyone interested in collaboration?"

1980

Jack Duan, MBA 06; Raymond McMurray; Michaela Rodeno, MBA 80; Jack Ivor; Yue Zhang; and Brian King celebrating a milestone for Gliding Eagle on August 23, 2018

Jack Duan, MBA 06; Raymond McMurray; Michaela Rodeno, MBA 80; Jack Ivor; Yue Zhang; and Brian King celebrating a milestone for Gliding Eagle on August 23, 2018

Michaela Rodeno, of Napa, Calif., updates: "I met Jack Duan, MBA 06, at a meeting of the Haas East Bay alumni chapter, where I was giving a presentation about my book, Bubbles to Boardrooms. He was intrigued by my stories about winery startups, doubtless because he was already working on what would become Gliding Eagle. Jack invited me to join Gliding Eagle's advisory board, and it's been an uplifting experience to watch this young company take shape, prove the concept, and expand over the past four years. Another Haas success story!"

1981

Kevin McDermott, of Westchester, Ill., writes: "At this point in my career (and life) I feel extremely lucky to be working on things that really matter. I am the chief technology officer (CTO) for the Cook County Clerk's Office in Chicago. Our primary responsibility (though not the only one) is running elections for suburban Chicago. As CTO, I find myself on the front lines of protecting our elections, which form the machinery of our democracy, from attacks, both foreign and domestic. It's a bit daunting, but it's essential work and I'm happy to engage my energy in such a crucially important area. Still playing in my jazz band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rebf4mA22tY and doing my TV show http://www.publicperspective. tv/. And still fighting off the horde of invading weeds in my garden."

Pauline Chan-Fabries, MBA 84

Pauline Chan-Fabries, MBA 84

Pauline Chan-Fabries, of Castres, France, reports, "I am the CEO and co-founder of a global leading company specializing in animal dermo-cosmetics serving veterinarians and pet parents for more than 15 years with natural solutions under the brand named Dermoscent ®. Based on decades of know-how acquired in the human dermo-cosmetic industry in alliance with leading vet dermatologists, Dermoscent® addresses and redresses skin disorders while bridging with conventional therapies in minimizing side effects (e.g., increasing antibacterial resistance) from using drugs, in order to enhance animal health and public health in general. Formulated with plant-derived essential fatty acids and synergistic essential oils, Dermoscent® is available in vet clinics in 45 countries. Numerous scientific publications are available through peer-reviewed vet journals to sustain product efficacy and safety of use. Alumni seeking high-quality skin care for their beloved pets, either as alternative or complementary treatments to drugs, consult your veterinarians and inquire about Dermoscent®, by vets for vets!"

1985

Marion (Blaum) McGovern, of San Francisco, announces: "I was honored to be named the chair of the board of directors of CPP Inc., The Myers-Briggs Company, in June 2018. CPP is the world leader in providing psychometric assessments to help organizations and individuals be better. Also, I have had great response to my new book, Thriving in the Gig Economy."

1987

Elizete Perez Groenendaal, MBA 87

Elizete Perez Groenendaal, MBA 87

Elizete Perez Groenend- aal, of New York City, after a long career in marketing, completed a Certificate in College Counseling at UCLA and founded UCompass International Cola lege Planning (ucompass.net) to assist students in the application process to colleges in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She also mentors first-generation students in New York. She splits her time between New York and London and takes this opportunity to travel extensively and meet students on both sides of the pond. She has three adult children with her husband, Alain, and looks forward to family vacations while they can still have them!

1988

Ralph Garcia, MBA 88 (far right) with George Medan, Nick Garcia, and James Garcia

Ralph Garcia, MBA 88 (far right) with George Medan, Nick Garcia, and James Garcia

Ralph Garcia, of San Mateo, Calif., writes, "My sons George, Nick, James, and I played in the March 17 Cal Soccer Alumni Annual Tournament at Memorial Stadium. Lots of fun and a great cause."

Marco Salvalaggio, of London, U.K., is head of capital markets for Ebury, a fintech company servicing SMEs with currency risk management and international payments needs, and is interested in connecting with alumni involved in similar businesses. He lives in London but increasingly spends more time in Cambridge, Mass.

1990

Floris van den Broek

Floris van den Broek, MBA 90, speaking at a conference after winning a 'Scale-up of the Year' award

Floris van den Broek, of Amsterdam, Netherlands, writes: "The cybersecurity business (Redsocks Security, for detecting all kinds of threats and viruses) is a lot of fun, and we started expanding in China, Taiwan, and Japan (in Tokyo meeting regularly with Shunsa Hayashi). Also growing in several European countries, and in 2019 we plan to start in the U.S. Our oldest daughter, Alice, left the house to study medicine at Leiden University. My wife, Eva, ventures to China regularly to make ceramics art."

Caroline Winnett

Caroline Winnett, MBA 90, and Ludwig Schoenack, MBA 19, at SkyDeck

Caroline Winnett, of Berkeley, Calif., announces: "Berkeley SkyDeck is expanding. We now occupy two floors in the downtown Berkeley SkyDeck building, plus space in downtown San Francisco. Our fund is investing $100,000 in all the accelerator track startups at SkyDeck, and we have more than 100 startups in our program. Haas students and alums have been a major driving force in SkyDeck's momentum. Reach out if you have a startup and want to learn more about Berkeley SkyDeck!"

1991

Beth Hardej, BA 91 (legal studies), and Adam Hardej, MBA 91

Beth Hardej, BA 91 (legal studies), and Adam Hardej, MBA 91

Adam Hardej, of Carmel, Calif., and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., reports, "Beth, BA 91 (legal studies), and I have been running our real estate appraisal firm (www.BAARValuation.com) for more than 15 years, and it never gets old. We are currently working on a variety of assignments throughout the U.S. and occasionally in other countries for a host of different client types–banks, law firms, investment funds, private investors, and more. All those real estate and finance courses have been put to good use–even accounting!

"Proud to say that my son, Adam, graduated from Princeton last year with a degree in economics and is now scaling a business he started while in school: Roomierentals.com. Formerly known as Tiger Bed Rentals, Roomie Rentals is the largest college furniture rental network in the country. Who knows? Maybe he'll end up at Cal for an MBA one of these days? My daughter, Rachel, a sophomore at Williams College, plays lacrosse.

She's considering majoring in mathematics with a minor in art history. She is also entrepreneurial and working on launching an art- and apparel-related business via www.LOOT.us. Go kids!"

Klaus Körner, of Brussels, Belgium, writes, "After returning from Algeria in 2011, still assessing the economic contribution of education systems to economic growth of European countries in the context of European economic growth strategies. Fascinating to look in particular into the Nordic setup. We are also more often in Vienna."

1992

Laura Lowell, MBA 92, livin' the life on Vida Buena Farm

Laura Lowell, MBA 92, livin' the life on Vida Buena Farm

Laura (Jimenez) Lowell, of Vallecito, Calif., updates: "After 25+ years in high-tech marketing, I'm making a big shift. I'll be using what I learned at Haas to start my own farm-to-table catering and event business at our family farm in Vallecito. We moved from the Bay Area to the Sierra Foothills five years ago and started a wedding venue along with a few other random endeavors (we're partners in a local winery where I direct our marketing efforts, of course). Now, I'm expanding the venue to include locally grown, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. I started culinary school in August and will have the kitchen up and running for the summer 2019 wedding season. Haas gave me the tools to imagine, launch, and run a successful business. This will be my third. Fingers crossed it all goes well."

1993

Perry Gershon became the Democratic nominee for Congress for New York's First Congressional District in June. Representing Long Island, Gershon won his party's primary in June, beating four other candidates. He'll face Republican Lee Zeldin in November.

Koji Asada, MBA 94

Koji Asada, MBA 94

Koji Asada, of Tokyo, announces, "After seven years in North America (New York and Toronto) with MUFG as an executive officer, I have returned to Tokyo to join DIC Corporation, a global leader in printing ink, fine chemicals, and chemical compounds. As an executive member, I will be in charge of enterprise-wide initiatives including ESG, M&A strategy, and global business management. I am very excited about this opportunity to capitalize on my experience as a banker, especially in the M&A area. DIC is aggressively pursuing its non-organic growth strategy and has publicly announced its intent to invest in various global opportunities. In fact, so far during this year, a few deals including a small investment in a biotech venture in Berkeley were closed successfully. I am hoping to follow suit and to expand our global presence."

Bruce Deaner, of Tokyo, reports, "In January, I joined EY as the head of Japan Wealth and Asset Management Advisory and am enjoying my new role and highly collaborative work environment. My wife, Kyoko, and I also hit a personal milestone: Our oldest just started college in the U.S."

1995

Robert Leland, MBA 95, and his family in Jellystone Park

Robert Leland, MBA 95, and his family in Jellystone Park

Robert Leland, of Los Altos Hills, Calif., writes: "After 14 years of planning, we have moved back to the old family house on the hill in Los Altos Hills. It's a trip to live back in my old roots, yet see a bigger change to the community than I would have ever imagined. Two million dollar houses are now teardowns, and the rural nature of the community has been lost. Such is progress. In any case, I am still a financial planner/advisor, running on 14 years! Previously, I had never lived in the same country for more than five years, so that tells you something! (Like getting lazy?) Both kids are now attending the same high school I went to and doing some of the same stuff I did, so that is a thrill. What a long, strange trip it's been!"

1998

Sunnie Lim, Mei-Hsia Tan, Shee-Yee Wu, and Chie Maeda,
all MBA 98s, on Durant Avenue the morning after the reunion

Sunnie Lim, Mei-Hsia Tan, Shee-Yee Wu, and Chie Maeda, all MBA 98s, on Durant Avenue the morning after the reunion

Mei-Hsia Tan, of Palo Alto, Calif., writes: "Reconnected with Shaija Ali, Sueli Chiozzotto, Sunnie Lim, Anke Thiele, and Nancy Zhang over a Pacific Grove girls' trip ahead of the official 20-year reunion. Time flies, but fond memories of Haas days remain. Thank you for a fabulous reunion, Alumni Office!

Joe Gillanders

Joe Gillanders, MBA 99, says, "Haas put me on top of the world!"

Joe Gillanders, of Belmont, Calif., notes, "Looking forward to seeing evening MBA classmates at our 20-year reunion!"

2000

Shazam, the music-identification app co-created Chris Barton and Philip Inghelbrecht, was acquired by Apple for a reported $400 million.

Pascal Hoffmann, of Oakland, Calif., reports that after two years traveling the world for McKinsey to assist clients with digital transformations, he's going back to Wells Fargo, close to home, to focus on strategic planning in wholesale and international banking. "I'll have the privilege to work with two classmates: Jeanne Washington and Jason Mak."

Fred Kohler recently joined GRAIL, a healthcare company focused on early cancer detection, as VP of people. He joined GRAIL from Roche, where he most recently led transformation work globally.

2001

Todd Wehmann and Nik Dehejia,
MBA 01s, at Big League Dreams in Manteca, Calif.

Todd Wehmann and Nik Dehejia, MBA 01s, at Big League Dreams in Manteca, Calif.

Todd Wehmann, of Alameda, Calif., writes, "Enjoying some time off after Hormel bought my company (Columbus Craft Meats). And, more specifically, enjoying running into Nik Dehejia when our boys played each other in a baseball tournament in Manteca over Labor Day Weekend. The weather was hot, but the company made it worthwhile."

2002

Seong Chen reports: "I recently quit my job at Roche after 15+ years and moved to Melbourne, Australia, with my family. My wife is from Melbourne, so it is homecoming for her after almost 12 years in Switzerland. I don't know what I am going to do next and will enjoy the time with my family first. If you are down under, feel free to reach out and we shall have a drink and catch up!"

Michael Golden, of Shanghai, announces: "My Shanghai-based marketing agency–started after graduating from Haas–merged with our Boston partner and was re-named Brandigo. We help mostly U.S. and European multinationals enter and succeed in China with brand strategy, marketing, and communications. I honed my leadership skills as a Girl Scout leader (my daughter is 7). Spent the summer in Santa Barbara and then Barcelona. Caught up with pals Scott Stafford and Perry Deluca while in California.

2003

Jeff Sarafa, MBA 03

Jeff Sarafa, MBA 03

Jeff Sarafa, of Hillsboro, Ore., writes, "I recently started as the chief financial officer at Building Champions, an executive coaching firm located in the Portland area. A small, privately held firm that has been serving clients globally for more than 20 years, the company is looking to grow, as it expands its coaching mission centered on self-leadership and life planning as key to improving organizational effectiveness and leadership development. You can learn more at www.buildingchampions.com.

"Since moving to Oregon six-plus years ago with Hope and the kids, we have enjoyed activities from camping on the Oregon Coast to hiking the trails of the Cascade Mountains and family events in the Portland area. Our daughters are all in elementary school now and keep us moving every season with soccer, gymnastics, and Girl Scouts. I have recently taken a board position on our local school bond committee, as we invest in the infrastructure for our educational system. I look forward to connecting with alumni working in or traveling through the Pacific Northwest."

2005

Bradley Irby forwards the following: "Brad's software outsourcing company currently has two offices and will soon open its third. Focusing on cloud migration in the retail industry has led to many exciting projects; Brad will continue to do so from a new European location when he, his wife, and two boys move to Rome in December. After living in Argentina for the last five years, they are craving a change and to be in Europe, so his wife can continue her art history studies. They are very excited about the move and hope that friends will come to visit."

2006

Gustavo Bottino and Remco Groeneveld, MBA 06s, in Amsterdam

Gustavo Bottino and Remco Groeneveld, MBA 06s, in Amsterdam

Remco Groeneveld, of Amsterdam, Netherlands, announces: "In July 2018, after more than 18 months of preparation, Gustavo Bottino and I opened a fast casual restaurant in Amsterdam. Called Soil of Amsterdam, it features fresh, seasonal bowls. We wanted to create a restaurant where people can eat healthy, delicious, and sustainable food. The plant-centric concept was inspired by our time in Berkeley and the local and seasonal movement that originated there. Feel free to stop by on the Bilderdijkstraat in Amsterdam when you are in town!"

Arun Iyer, MBA 06

Arun Iyer, MBA 06

Arun Iyer, of Hong Kong, recently took on the chief digital officer role for Principal Financial Group (Fortune #210). Managing branding, PR, communications, analytics, and customer experience leveraging digital media for the organization in Hong Kong.

Rafael Palhinha Gomes

Rafael Palhinha Gomes, MBA 06, in Russia for the World Cup with classmates Sung Hu, Christian Urazan, Rodrigo Hetz, and Chris Becherer, MBA 06s

Rafael Palhinha Gomes, of Miami, writes, "Celebrating friendship in Russia with Berkeley Haas mates!"

Ariel Sommer, of London, U.K., reports, "I've been building a portfolio of projects in TV and film through my agency synch2it, specializing in sourcing music and negotiating commercial licenses for use within audiovisual productions. One of my forthcoming projects is the feature film Remember Me, starring Oscar nominee Bruce Dern. Meanwhile, I've just begun working with the U.K.'s leading event live cinema distributor, Trafalgar Releasing, which has worked on projects ranging from the Royal Opera House to Muse, overseeing international sales and marketing."

2007

Rob Kaplan recently launched Circulate Capital, a new impact-focused investment management firm that will invest in companies, innovation, and projects that prevent ocean plastic in South and Southeast Asia and that advance the circular economy.

2008

Stephan Krajcer, of Whitby, Ont., Canada, announces that after 15+ years as a banker, he decided to start a new venture. "Cuore uses cutting-edge technologies including AI and Blockchain to streamline all operational processes of financial markets. Based in the Toronto area, it will initially serve Canada, U.S., and Brazil. My family (Fabi, Catarina, Vitoria, Jade) and I just moved to Canada. We are very thrilled to start a new chapter of our lives."

Joe Lazar updates: "Article Group, the marketing consulting firm I co-founded in 2011, continues to grow. Earlier this year the firm launched a regular newsletter, Article, covering the essentials of brand innovation. Subscribe at articlegroup.com/invite."

Members of the Haas Full-time MBA Class of 08 at a party the Friday night of reunion weekend

Members of the Haas Full-time MBA Class of 08 at a party the Friday night of reunion weekend

Emily Walling, of Menlo Park, Calif., writes, "It was exciting to see so many people back for our 10th reunion (almost 150, I think!). Folks came from Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, England, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Norway, and Spain. See the photo of some of the FT alums at Kurt's Friday night party. Let's not wait 10 years to have more fun!"

Patrick Callery, of Santa Barbara, Calif., recently completed his Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara and is a professor of strategic management at Carleton University's Sprott School of Busness in Ottawa, Ontario. "Immigrating to Canada with my wife and two sons (4 and 1) is daunting yet exciting," he adds.

Omar Garriott, MBA 09, on the rooftop of his previous employer
LinkedIn, with current employer Salesforce's massive tower in the background

Omar Garriott, MBA 09, on the rooftop of his previous employer LinkedIn, with current employer Salesforce's massive tower in the background

Omar Garriott, of Crozet, Va., updates: "My family (6-year-old Amaya and my wife, Beth) and I moved to Charlottesville in mid-August, in an effort to slow down after 2.5 years of health-related and Bay Area pace-of-life-related stress. I'm still working for Salesforce.org as senior director of product marketing for K-12. So grateful for lifelong friendships forged at Haas, and any of you Haasies visiting D.C. or the Southeast better come visit (working remotely is boring)!"

Diana Liu has two boys, Oliver (9) and Hudson (7). She transitioned to management consulting after Haas and developed a new practice at her global firm around enterprise design thinking, which had her traveling all over the world during the past two years. Since then, she's started her own boutique consulting firm, called The SIX. Women-founded and women-run, The SIX is a strategy and innovation experience consultancy. The core business helps people design better businesses faster. Notes Diana, "We use human-centered design approaches grounded by evidence and insight to solve complex business problems. Our expertise ranges from co-creating services and user experiences, to reimagining organization and business strategies, to re-engineering processes and business models and rethinking products and platforms. We help busy teams align on the right problems to solve, ideate, and inspire; build and test prototypes; and define an executable road map in one week or less. The work we do accelerates an investor's ability to enhance portfolio capabilities and enterprises to reimagine their internal and external experiences, processes, and products." The SIX also continues to develop points of view around the future of food, of education, of work, of death, and of humanity. She is looking forward to the process of growing a collective of experts, domain experts, and explorers to bring in new ideas and nonlinear thinking to enhance and shift her clients' mindsets.

Hubert Palan, founder of productboard, recently raised $8 million in Series A funding. Financing was led by Kleiner Perkins with participation from seed investors and strategic angels. Productboard helps product teams at more than 1,200 companies to capture market inputs and user feedback, prioritizing what to build next based on clear objectives.

Jenny Woo, MBA 09, displaying her 52 Essential Conversations game

Jenny Woo, MBA 09, displaying her 52 Essential Conversations game

Jenny (Xu) Woo, of Irvine, Calif., writes: "Inspired by my children, I earned a master's in education at Harvard University with a focus on developmental cognitive neuroscience. Combining my background in executive coaching, I developed 52 Essential Conversations, a social-emotional learning game to help parents and teachers nurture self-motivated, confident, and compassionate children. Within three months of launching, 52 Essential Conversations is being used by parents, teachers, and psychologists in more than 40 states and 20 countries. I also launched an accompanying podcast on iTunes called 52 Essential Conversations to Inspire Children. Learn more at http://mindbrainparenting.org."

2010

Deepak Goel, of Folsom, Calif., reports, "I have been gradually building KarmaCircles over the last couple of years, and I'm proud to say we've put together a very impressive technology team. Now that the heavy lifting of the core KarmaCircles product is pretty much done, the tech team has some bandwidth to take on a couple of projects to build products for other companies. So, I have started a product studio that provides high- quality software development services at a very reasonable price. More details at productstudio.us."

2011

Andrew Chau, co-founder of Boba Guys and Tea People USA, was featured in the New York Times in an article about the new 18,000-square-foot tapioca-pearl plant in Hayward, Calif., that Boba Guys opened.

Hector Preciado, MBA 11, posing in front of his new company's logo

Hector Preciado, MBA 11, posing in front of his new company's logo

Hector Preciado recently left LinkedIn after five years to join an exciting startup called Hired as its first director of global sales development.

Ben Bayat, MBA 14

Ben Bayat, MBA 14

Ben Bayat has joined NextGen Venture Partners as a managing director, opening up its San Francisco office. NextGen is an early-stage venture capital firm with both an enterprise and consumer SaaS focus as well as a sustainable impact investing fund.

Lizzie Hale, MBA 14, with
husband, Christopher Hale, and new daughter, Mackenzie

Lizzie Hale, MBA 14, with husband, Christopher Hale, and new daughter, Mackenzie

Lizzie (Kay) Hale, of San Francisco, was promoted to associate director of marketing in the rheumatology franchise at Genentech. She announces, "My husband and I welcomed our daughter, Mackenzie Kay Hale, to the world on April 29, 2018. She was born in San Francisco."

Shaun Johnson and Cristina Stanley, MBA 14s, post-
ceremony

Shaun Johnson and Cristina Stanley, MBA 14s, post- ceremony

Cristina Stanley and Shaun Johnson married May 28 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Cristina and Shaun met in the program as members of the Blue cohort. After enjoying their beautiful wedding day, Cristina and Shaun celebrated their honeymoon for two weeks in Croatia.

2015

Julien Brain, MBA 15

Julien Brain, MBA 15

Julien Brain, of Palo Alto, Calif., writes, "Coinciding with my third anniversary at Wipro, I joined Wipro Consulting's new digital transformation practice. While oscillating between Silicon Valley and London, U.K., for the major part of 2018, I have honed my digital product management skills and reconnected with my European roots. I also recently completed the Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy MIT executive program. #StudentsAlways."

2016

Jamaur Bronner, of Los Angeles, announces: "I'm trading palm trees for Singapore Slings (for the uninitiated, that's the famous cocktail in Singapore). After a stint in management consulting in BCG's Los Angeles office, I've decided to start my next chapter and explore the vibrant startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia. While I'm currently considering a few potential options, nothing is confirmed yet, so I would greatly appreciate any intros to anyone you know at early-stage companies in the region!"

Amy Chou

Clockwise from far left: Van Jones (CNN & Dream Corps); Amy Chou, BS 05, MBA 16; Tiffany Lorraine Shumate (AI4ALL); Tess Posner (AI4ALL CEO); and Nicole Halmi (AI4ALL)

Amy Chou, of Oakland, Calif., updates, "I recently joined AI4ALL, an early-stage nonprofit based in Oakland whose mission is to increase diversity and representation in AI. I'm honored to be part of this diverse and passionate team and am excited to help them scale!"

Chida Khatua

Haas Lecturer Sam Olesky; Chida Khatua, MBA 16; Art Amador, MBA 16; and Chris Natividad, BS 04, MBA 16, ringing the Bell at the New York Stock Exchange

Chida Khatua, of San Francisco, announces, "Equbot was honored to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on August 27 for the launch of the first AI Powered Equity ETF (AIEQ). Participating in the event were myself; Art Amador; Chris Natividad, BS 04, MBA 16; and Haas Lecturer Sam Olesky."

Kevin Sartori, MBA 16,
Auterion co-founder

Kevin Sartori, MBA 16, Auterion co-founder

Kevin Sartori reports: "Many good things have happened since I finished my MBA and left California a year ago to move back to Zurich, Switzerland. I co-founded Auterion with my longtime friend Lorenz Meier to build an open-source operating system for drones. Less than a year after founding the company, we have 25 employees, are growing quickly, and support customers in the US, Europe, and Asia. In September, we announced our product launch and our seed investment round of $10 million."

2018

Om Chitale, MBA 18

Om Chitale, MBA 18

Om Chitale, of Oakland, Calif., caught the social entrepreneurship bug and started Teachers of Oakland (currently on Facebook and Instagram). His goal is to celebrate and support teachers all around the world one day by using media and social media to connect teachers with their communities in a meaningful and profound way. The test is whether that generated empathy will translate into action: gratitude, letters, gifts, and financial support. Om would love to buy you a coffee and tell you more. In the meantime, follow the platform and spread the love! He hopes you are happy and fulfilled.

Jeff Neblett, MBA 18

Jeff Neblett, MBA 18

Jefferson Neblett, of San Francisco, and his partner, Scott Lauber, have joined with 14 investors and raised a search fund, 20 South Partners. Over the next two years, they will be seeking a medium-sized business in the U.S. to acquire and subsequently operate. "If you or anyone you know is contemplating selling his or her business, please put them in touch! Go Bears!"

George Panagiotakopoulos, MBA 18

George Panagiotakopoulos, MBA 18

George Panagiotakopoulos, who moved to San Francisco from Berkeley, started a new position as director of global innovation at Anheuser-Busch InBev's Innovation Lab in Mountain View.

2005

Cynthia Morrow, of London, U.K., writes, "I am launching a new company, Covett, which will transform the way to access, own, protect, and enjoy luxury jewelry. We are currently looking for early adopters in London who love luxury jewelry and would like to try our model risk-free. Please have anyone you know who fits this description reach out to us at concierge@cove.tt. Find us at www.cove.tt."

2007

Ronald Baldwin, of Alameda Calif., announces: "Acquired another skilled nursing facility this year and all is going well. Still looking for more. In escrow to sell a project in Greenbrae, Marin County, which I plan to roll over into some other health care facilities. Wish all the best to my fellow alums the world over!"

Carmen Palafox was named among 13 women who are making Los Angeles a better place. She's one of three co-founders of Make in LA, an incubator- stage investment firm focused on hardware entrepreneurs. (See profile, p. 20.)

Orion Parrott, EMBA 14, and bride Mizue Horiuchi at their wedding ceremony, which was performed by Orion's brother Matthew Parrott

Orion Parrott, EMBA 14, and bride Mizue Horiuchi at their wedding ceremony, which was performed by Orion's brother Matthew Parrott

Orion Parrott, of Oakland Calif., announces, "On January 28, 2018, Orion Parrott and Mizue Horiuchi held their family-only wedding ceremony at the Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco."

Naushaba Merchant and Muneer Merchant, EMBA 17

Naushaba Merchant and Muneer Merchant, EMBA 17

Muneer Merchant, of Danville, Calif., writes, "If I could only describe how it's been after I graduated. Floodgates of opportunities are open. Ideas are surfacing everywhere, and I feel I have got the tools and a thought process to tackle the challenges of Industrial 4.0 revolution. I can be a leader who can lead with inspiration and vision. My leadership style motivates my team and my peers. What an impact Haas has! Got appointed business unit leader for one of my firm's new acquisitions, with the main task of laying out the strategy, plan, and structure to achieve the firm's long-term objectives. Peter Goodson and Paul Tiffany were a tremendous help as I navigated my way through the integration of the acquisition. Some of the techniques from M&A coursework helped with my investment thesis on future acquisition in potential markets for my firm. Have also been working with our classmates and current Berkeley students on a few startup ideas, which are close to some significant results and traction. More news to share soon!"

MFE

2002

Yu (Ben) Meng, a former adjunct professor in the Berkeley Haas MFE program, has been appointed chief investment officer of CalPERS, the largest U.S. public pension fund.

PhD

1970

Stanley Hamilton, of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, received the Order of British Columbia in December 2017. In March 2018 he received the University of British Columbia President's Award for Distinguished Service, an award given to UBC emeriti who show exceptional leadership or initiative in volunteer community service. After his retirement, Hamilton volunteered his business and project management acumen to help transform the arts landscape, spearheading significant projects. He led a team of staff and volunteers to locate and secure the new BMO Theatre Centre, home of Bard on the Beach and Arts Club Theatre Company. He served as a board member and chair of the BC Arts Council, where he ensured its stabilization and the commitment of unprecedented funding for artists. Hamilton also provided counsel to other arts organizations, a First Nations trust, and local and provincial government agencies. He and his wife founded the Arts Club Silver Commissions Project, which has developed the work of more than 17 local professional playwrights and contributed to the creation of a Western Canadian theatrical canon.

1971

Serge Matulich, of Orlando, Fla., retired from teaching accounting after 18 years at Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College. Previously, he taught at Indiana University and Texas Christian University. In 2018, he established a small family foundation to honor his parents. Starting in 2020, the foundation will grant an annual scholarship award to a Haas student and to a Rollins student in the name of Serge Matulich. Other grants will be awarded by the Matulich Foundation Inc. to students in higher education in the name of Danilo and Josephine Matulich.

1986

Cathy Goodwin, of Philadelphia, reports, "Added new books on Amazon (originally sold from my website): Intuition for Business and Careers, Making the Big Move: Relocation as a Life Transition (third edition), and Grow Your Business One Story At A Time. Updated my website–MidlifeCareerStrategy.com."

2004

Daniel Snow joined Oxford University's Saïd Business School as an associate professor in operations management. His research interests include technological innovation and the impact of IT on service employee productivity.

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