Kevin Chan, BS 12
Doreen Bloch, BS 09
Four alumni made Forbes’ 2016 “30 Under 30” list, which celebrates breakout talents and change agents. Kevin Chan, BS 12, the founder of Maderight, was named in the manufacturing category. Maderight simplifies global manufacturing in the fashion industry by handling the entire supply chain for designers: sourcing, manufacturing, and logistics. Doreen Bloch, BS 09, was honored in the retail/e-commerce category for founding Poshly, a consumer intelligence company providing the first real-time insights for brands via incentivized consumer surveys. Eric Liu, BS 13 (not pictured), was named in the social entrepreneurs category for co-founding Bayes Impact, a nonprofit that builds data-science solutions with governments and NGOs worldwide to solve critical social problems, like improving employment opportunities for U.S. veterans. Berkeley Haas student Tai Tran, BS 16 (not pictured), also made the list in the marketing and advertising category. Learn more about him and read his Personal View column.
Tracy Gray, BCEMBA 07/08
Tracy Gray, BCEMBA 07/08, was named one of L.A. Biz’s 2016 Women of Influence, an honor celebrating Los Angeles women who innovate, succeed, and pay it forward via community service and mentoring. Gray is managing director of The 22 Capital Group, an international business investment and advisory firm. She is also the founder of We Are Enough, an organization that encourages women to achieve economic independence through investing and entrepreneurship. Watch her 2015 TEDx talk, “Why It’s Time For Women To Be Sexist With Investment Capital,” at haas.org/gray-tedx.
Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez, BS 09s
Back to the Roots co-founders Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez, BS 09s, won a 2016 Leadership Award from the Specialty Food Association for their vision in pioneering new approaches, innovative products, and business models that have set in motion positive change and progress. The company offers everything from ready-to- grow mushroom and herb kits to breakfast cereal. In January, Back to the Roots’ Stoneground Purple Corn Flakes ranked as one of the Top 5 Food Trends out of 80,000 products at the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show. By the end of 2015, BTTR’s revenues were expected to reach $8 million, up from $4.6 million the year before.
Maya Leibman, MBA 94
Maya Leibman, MBA 94, continues to rise at American Airlines. Her work on the successful merger between American and US Airways led to her being promoted to executive vice president. She was credited by CEO Doug Parker with leading a team that completed the most successful reservation system cutover in aviation history as evidenced by widespread employee readiness and zero customer disruption. Liebman, who is also American’s chief information officer, is now one of three women in top executive positions at the world’s largest airline.
Book by Garrett Sutton, BS 75
Garrett Sutton, BS 75, assists entrepreneurs and business owners in his work as a business attorney in Reno, Nev. His latest book, Finance Your Own Business, co-authored with Gerri Detweiler, helps readers learn how to get funding for a business and build strong business credit ratings. Topics include crowdfunding and how to prepare your own private placement memorandums. This is Sutton’s eighth business book, which include the best sellers, Start Your Own Corporation and Loopholes of Real Estate.
Book by Steve Swatt, BS 66
Steve Swatt, BS 66, is the co-author of Game Changers: Twelve Elections that Transformed California (Heyday). The book, which won the 2014 California Historical Society Book Award, explores a dozen elections (Leland Stanford’s gubernatorial race, the initiative that mandated term limits, and the Los Angeles Aqueduct Bond Measure, to name a few) and reveals the forces behind the choices made at the polls and the consequences that carry over to this day.