Two Alumni Make SF Business Times “40 Under 40” List
Kevin Chou, BS 02, and Sheldon Kimber, MBA 07, were named to the San Francisco Business Times “40 Under 40” list of young professionals who “hit home runs.”
Chou, 32, is co-founder and CEO of Kabam, a free-to-play video game maker that now boasts more than 500 employees, more than 4 million players a month in 100 countries, and $180 million in annual revenue.
Kimber, 35, is chief operating officer of Recurrent Energy. Kimber has led the expansion of Recurrent Energy’s strategy from a small-scale rooftop developer with less than 100 megawatts in the project pipeline to a leading utility-scale solar developer with hundreds of megawatts of contracted projects.
Alum’s Money Code Reaches Best Seller Lists
The Money Code, a 129-page financial advice book by Joe Duran, BCEMBA 04, hit the USA Today and New York Times best seller lists earlier this year. While other financial advice books are often laden with business jargon, Duran sought to write The Money Code in a way that is easy for anyone to understand, providing insight into why people make financial mistakes and repeat them throughout their lives. Duran is CEO of United Capital, a partnership of 41 private wealth counseling offices around the country.
Financial Engineering Alum Wins Investment Award
Dave Klein, MFE 06, is the 2013 first-place winner of the $10,000 Wagner Award for Advances in Active Management for his paper “Equity Sector Rotation via Credit Relative Value.” The award was designed by the National Association of Active Investment Managers to raise awareness of active investment management techniques. Klein’s paper lays out a novel investment strategy that uses information from the credit market to make equity sector investment decisions and tactical asset allocations among equities and bonds. Klein is a partner and co-founder of Capital Context, a market strategy consultancy.
Alumni at Facebook Garner Awards
Facebook Chief Information Officer Tim Campos, BCEMBA 10, received a Lifetime Achievement Award in June at the Bay Area CIO Awards sponsored by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times. Before joining Facebook in 2010 Campos became the youngest CIO of any Fortune 500 company at semiconductor equipment supplier KLA-Tencor.
Libby Leffler, BS 06, was named one of the 30 most important women under 30 in technology by the online publication Business Insider. She also received the UC Berkeley Foundation’s Young Bear Award for her volunteer efforts at Cal. Leffler served as chief of staff to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg for three years before becoming the social network’s strategic partner manager.
San Francisco Business Times Honors Four Haas Women
Four members of the Haas community were among 140 women honored in June by the San Francisco Business Times as the most influential women in Bay Area business.
Joy Chen, BS 87, CEO of Yes To Inc., told the Business Times her proudest accomplishment was supporting Second Wind, an urban ministry concept led by two talented ministers who took on the challenge to fulfill a need within San Francisco.
Carrie Dolan, BS 87, MBA 97, CFO of the Lending Club, advised women seeking to advance their careers. “I encourage women to work on knowing themselves, being clear about what they want, and understanding how others perceive them.”
Mary Francis, MBA 06, chief corporate counsel, Chevron, said her female role model was former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor: “She was expert at mediating consensus, taking a long view, and choosing only battles that mattered to her.”
Maria Nondorf, executive director of the Haas School’s Center for Financial Reporting and Management, was asked how she uses her influence and replied, “I preach the importance of financial literacy.”