Alumni Notes


Schuyler Bailey, of Berkeley, Calif., see MBA 1965 notes.


Timothy (Tim) Ryan, of Miami, Fla., earned a BS in Business Administration from Berkeley and in 1976 an MPA from California State University, Hayward. He updates as follows: “Upon retiring from the Alameda County Sheriff’s office in 1998, after serving 10 years as commander of the jails, I served for four years as a chief of the Santa Clara County Department of Corrections from 1998 to 2002. I left in 2002 to become chief of corrections for the Orange County, Orlando, Florida, correctional system, which is in the area of Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studios. In late 2006, I assumed the directorship of the Corrections and Rehabilitation Department for the Miami-Dade County system, the eighth largest in the United States and also the largest jail system in Florida. It has a budget of more than $300 million, 2,800 employees, 7,000 inmates and 2,500 in community programs.

“In Florida, Bears football is probably non-existent, but I always have hope. I retired from public service on January 17, 2014, after 43 years in law enforcement and criminal justice operations. I always speak highly of my days at UCB during the late 60s and its turbulent times. I thank Haas for giving me a solid foundation that guided me through the public business world and for giving me the opportunity for success.”


Victor Young, of Laverock, Pa., writes,“My wife and I are happily babysitting our second grandchild, Victor, III.”


Julie (Julie Ann Zoellin) Crame, of San Diego, Calif., announces she received a PhD in Leadership Studies specializing in K-12 public/private education from the University of San Diego.

Ed Fineman, of Burlingame, Calif., writes, “Ed and Nancy Fineman, AB 81/JD 86 are thrilled that son Grant Fineman is among the new crop of students in the Haas undergraduate program for the fall of 2014. When Grant said he was studying the ‘pre-Haas’ curriculum, Ed would reply, ‘I was pre-Haas,’ meaning before it was Haas and when it was in Barrows Hall, too!”



Jeff Myers, BS 86, and daughter Hope (middle) help rebuild in New Orleans during spring break, almost 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.

Jeff Myers, of Washington, D.C., notes, “Am enjoying work as a principal with REI Systems, where we focus on making government info open and transparent. We developed and operate,,, and

“Celebrating the big 50 with my wife and two kids over spring break in the Big Easy and summer in the Amazon and Machu Picchu.”



Linnet Kwok, BS 88, with family on a bike trip to Hong Cun, Anhui Province, China.

Linnet Kwok, of Shanghai, China, is the China general manager for Alexander Mann Solutions, a U.K. talent management company.

“Entered our 11th year in Shanghai. Our oldest child will be leaving for university back to the U.S. this coming August. In April we took a family bike trip to Hong-cun, Anhui province. Also in April, I ran the London Marathon.”



Timothy Yee, BS 90, and his new office, “Our retirement.”

Timothy Yee, of Berkeley, Calif., announces, “Once a Bear, always a Bear. And that being where my heart is, I am happy to let fellow Bears know that our company, Green Retirement, Inc., is moving offices closer to the campus. You will find us berthed at the Berkeley Marina, enjoying the bay breeze while talking about all things retirement. Stop by and join the conversation! Go Bears!”


Arvinder Singh, of New Delhi, India, reports, “Just moved into our new office with a view from the fourth floor. Beautiful view of the New Delhi skyline. Published a new poetry book, our 500th book, on the Fukushima nuclear accident. It was awarded the ‘Best Poetry’ book by the Japanese Literary Society. [We are] publishing books by writers and authors from all over the world.

“Had an amazing vacation to Singapore with my wife and two sons visiting Universal Studios and Sentosa Island.”



Jeff Cohen, BS 96

Jeff Cohen, of Beverly Hills, Calif., updates, “Jeff, an entertainment attorney and partner at Cohen Gardner LLP, was named by Variety to its ‘Dealmakers Impact Report 2013.’ “


Will Edmonson, of Los Angeles, Calif., writes, “After clerking in federal court for two years and spending several years at a large firm, I am now practicing with Doll Amir & Eley LLP, a boutique law firm in Century City, focusing on commercial, intellectual property, and entertainment litigation. You can reach me at 310-557-9100 or”


Leila Khoury, BS 01

Leila Khoury, of Los Angeles, Calif., reports, “I started with BoxCast, a company that has developed a proprietary end-to-end HD video streaming solution, last September. We have tripled our client base in six months and have signed exciting partnerships such as ESPN Cleveland and PBS.

“My second daughter just turned 1 and this summer I am celebrating my sixth wedding anniversary to Matthew Laycock.”



Alex Abelin, BS 05, celebrates his 30th birthday in San Diego with girlfriend Suzie Baleson.

Alex Abelin, of New York, N.Y., announces, “After seven-plus years working for Google, I have officially started my own company! The entrepreneurial call has always been there, and I studied at Haas to prepare myself for this very moment. The company I’m building is called LiquidTalent, and our mission is to create an independent lifestyle marketplace where talented professionals can achieve career autonomy and financial independence. LiquidTalent presents its users with real-time, income-earning opportunities based on skills, experience, and geographic location. Forbes has named 2014 the year where most corporate Americans will leave their job. Today, the country has 40 million independent workers; that number will reach 80 million by 2020. Our goal is to capture this momentum and create a real-time marketplace that facilitates professional connection and project execution. I wake up every day thrilled to see this vision coming to life. For more, please visit us at or follow us @LiquidTalent. Also, moved to New York in April to spend time with my business partner and early seed investors.”


Prakash and Anita Bhat, BS 05, pose in Cal gear at the Wagah border between India and Pakistan.

Anita Bhat and Prakash Gopinath, of Bengaluru, India, write, “We got married in Los Angeles at the end of 2012 and moved to India soon after. We’ve had an incredible first year in Bengaluru exploring social enterprise opportunities, spending time with our extended family, and learning from friends we make in our travels across the country. Look us up in the alumni directory so we can take you around next time you’re in India!”


Brian Raney, BS 05, at the groundbreaking of UC Berkeley’s Hellman Tennis Complex upgrade project in January.

Brian Raney, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “I have been working in the Cal Athletics development office for three years, helping with fundraising and alumni relations efforts for nine of our 30 varsity sport programs. The Cal Tennis Campaign is one of the projects that I have been involved with on campus, and we have raised about $3.5 million for the project in a two-year period! Construction is under way and there will be new locker rooms, new restrooms, additional seating along all six courts, and a team meeting/academic room! The project should be completed by sometime in September. GO BEARS! And, I married my fiancée, Megan, in Williamsburg, Va., in June!”

Monique So completed her MBA at Kellogg in 2013 and joined Project Frog as a program manager in the San Francisco office. Project Frog is an industry leader in energy-efficient buildings.

Joey Tuan, of Las Vegas, Nev., reports, “I’m a co-founder of, a startup aiming to be ‘Yelp’ for chronically ill patients. You can read more at

I’m passionate about community building by empowering epatient leaders. I also co-founded Reservation Light, an online reservation software company, and built a web app for young adult patients, which won the Wellsphere Health Impact Award. Previously, I was a consultant for Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“I am a patient with myalgic encephalomyelitis, a disease with no FDA-approved treatment. Due to this illness I had to leave Berkeley’s MPP/MPH graduate program. My experience as a patient is the driving force behind HealClick.”



Steven Chu, BS 06, sports Cal pride on a sailing expedition in the British Virgin Islands in March.

Steven Chu, of New York, N.Y., informs, “I’ve taken the entrepreneurial plunge and founded! It’s a face-to-face tech concierge currently rolling out in N.Y.C. After six years of advising and developing visual and creative strategy for small businesses, the number one area I saw they had trouble getting support was in how to use technology and which to pick.

I’ve also been donating my time to support two great humanitarian organizations as a digital strategist: Arts Olympus (an international arts mobile village that sails around the world) and Dr. Neil Shulman of Emory University’s Global Health & Humanitarian Summit. HAAS alums, I’d love to connect minds and resources with you. Please reach out!”

Angela (Yu) Tam, of San Jose, Calif., reports, “I work for Google in its international accounting group within finance. Let me know if you’d like to meet up if you’re ever around the Mountain View campus! Last year, I moved back from Orange County and have permanently settled in the Bay Area. My husband and I are also blessed with a happy and beautiful baby girl.”


Deng-Kai Chen’s Distill Inc. was acquired by Yahoo! this spring. He will stay on at Yahoo! as director of product management.

In 2009, Corey Reese co-founded Ness Computing, which was acquired by OpenTable in 2014. A serial entrepreneur, Corey continues working with the Ness team as a director of product management at OpenTable.


Serena Cao, of London, England, is enjoying MBA life at the London Business School.


Divyesh Patel, BS 08, just earned his MBA at the Tepper School of Business.

Divyesh Patel, of Pitts-burgh, Pa., has just completed his MBA at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. He is set to re-enter the workforce as an associate finance manager at Dow Chemical.


Alison Sanders, BS 08

Alison Sanders, of New York, N.Y., writes, “Joined Turnspire Capital, a new private equity firm, after working at Castle Harlan, a middle-market private equity firm. Formed a film investment company, Frame Switch, to invest in independent films ( Started to play guitar as a hobby.

“And have been volunteering since 2010 with Minds Matter, a mentorship program for high-achieving high school students from significantly disadvantaged backgrounds, many below the poverty line. Recently joined Youth I.N.C. as a member of the Young Professionals Board, which connects funds and professionals to the boards of charities serving children.”



James Dong, BS 10

James Dong, of San Francisco, updates, “After three years consulting at Bain, I recently left to pursue entrepreneurship for social impact. I’m working on a project now to help people borrow occasional-use items (e.g., camping equipment, household tools). Check out the prototype:”


Reeta Banerjee, of San Jose, Calif., reports, “Currently working on mobile apps related to self-expression and personal problem solving: Horse Sense—a horse helps you think through problems you’re facing (project sprouted from Stanford Learning, Design, and Tech program) and Animoves—freely animate a penguin to dance to songs on your playlist Would love any feedback!”


Daniel Chun, BS 11, with the 10th generation Lassie on the red carpet at the premiere of DreamWork’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

Daniel Chun, of Los Angeles, writes, “In November, I moved from film production to join the public relations team at DreamWorks Animation supporting our expansion and diversification in the areas of television, digital media, consumer products, technology, location-based entertainment, and publishing, as well as our new franchise and brand initiatives.”


Nicole Yuan Wang (third from r.), BS 11, in Norway with the other Alarga scholars from 2013.

Nicole Yuan Wang, of Bergen, Norway, writes, “It’s been three years since graduation! After working in the broadcast media in Shanghai for two years, I started my master’s study in Norway and won the prestigious Alarga scholarship as the only international student. Thanks to the two valuable years at Haas for opening up my mind, inspiring me with impressive peers and professors, building up lifelong connections, opening doors for many opportunities, and encouraging me to pursue the dreams in my life! I’m proud to be a Haaski and will spread the Haas spirit wherever I go.”



Wint Mather, of Walnut Creek, Calif., reports, “I moved from Orinda in 2008 and am enjoying the many events of Rossmoor, a 9,500-person senior community. Since there are some IBMers here, I started the IBM club, which meets monthly, to enjoy the different styles and activities of the IBM group. A few of us will go to Kenya this fall, to say hello to the ‘migration’ where several million wildebeests and giraffes, cross the Maasai Mara.”



Georgina (Faslu-Pesante) Falu (third from l.), MBA 64, is honored in East Harlem, New York, as a “Distinguished Leader and Trailblazer of New Jobs and Educational Opportunities” in March.

Dr. Georgina (Faslu-Pesante) Falu, of New York, N.Y., forwards the following: “Dr. Falu started the Job Creation Through New Enterprises: Businesses or Non-Profits within her Falu Foundation in ‘Silicon Barrio’—East Harlem. This project is mobilizing community people with a longtime dream of starting their own enterprise, to take the first steps. Dr. Falu’s model will monitor the growth of each corporation for three years—giving consulting in the organization of a corporation/its systems, financial control, fundraising/crowdfunding, marketing and so on. Dr Falu solicits volunteer mentors for each of these new entrepreneurs. Contact: Cell 646 246 8302;

“Dr. Falu was honored by a group of Yaucanos/Puerto Ricans in East Harlem as a ‘Distinguished Leader and Trailblazer of New Jobs and Educational Opportunities,’ on March 15. They said, ‘Due to your dedication and great effort with the Afro-descendants and Hispanic, low-income communities in New York, who had not had opportunities, they can now enjoy education, employment, a cybernetic educational program (Silicon Barrio) that you created, and they even are entrepreneurs, making you an example of the changes that a progressive person with focus, energy, determination, and compassion can achieve.’ ”


Schuyler Bailey BS 64, of Berkeley, Calif., reports, “In my 11th year of retirement! My wife, Susie, and I have two beautiful granddaughters now, whom we take care of three to five days a week: Eliana (4 years) and Meira (5 months).”

Andy (Philip A.) Bewley, of Capitola, Calif., announces, “After being in my Aptos office for more than 32 years, I have set up my office in my home. We have been in our Depot Hill home for 32 years. We will celebrate our 53rd anniversary in September. Our twin sons will be 53 years old. I have cut back on my business. Hope you are all happy in your lives. ”


Lodovico Gandini, of Milan, Italy, writes, “I started a new investment management company in Lugano (Switzerland). My eldest son (27 years old) starts a new job with Ferrari.”



Ray Fry, MBA 78

Ray Fry, of Oakland, Calif., reports, “Now a branch manager for Security One Lending, specializing in reverse mortgages. Retired from my radio show on baby boomers after two years. My wife and I went to Dubai and visited the top of the tallest building in the world, called Burj Khalifa. We also saw the beautiful Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, which has white marble floors inlaid with brilliantly colored flowers.”


Michaela Rodena, MBA 80, with her book, From Bubbles to Boardrooms.

Michaela Rodeno, of Napa Valley, Calif., writes, “I love being involved with Haas. In March I was invited to present my recently published business memoir, From Bubbles to Boardrooms, to an enthusiastic group of Haas alumni from the East Bay chapter. The lively discussion seems to have inspired others to write and publish their own stories! Or maybe it was the wine tasting featuring Chandon, St. Supery, and our own Villa Ragazzi, all of which bear my fingerprints. A fine time.

“In April, my former colleague at St. Supery, Lesley K. Russell, MBA 02, and I carpooled to the annual Women in Leadership dinner in San Francisco. We particularly wanted to be there to honor one of the featured speakers, fellow Napa Valley vintner Kathryn Hall, BCEMBA 08, former ambassador to Austria.”


Ron Boehm, of Santa Barbara, Calif., announces, “After spending more than 25 years running a family publishing company, ABC-CLIO, and other information and education companies, I have jumped in with both feet into the social venture space, as both a founder and investor. Started (and failed) a business in Haiti and still in play in an Indian company, distributing income-producing and cost-saving products to smallholder farmers. In addition, I am involved in about 30 companies as an investor. Social investing is more interesting to me than grant-oriented philanthropy. One of the discoveries I and other social investors have made over the past few years is how many social investor wannabes there are, but they don’t know how to get started, don’t want to search for the deal flow, and/or don’t want to do the due diligence. Additionally, they shift radically away from social impact being the driver (as when they give a grant) to evaluating the risk of getting their money back.

“In effect, they go from guaranteed 100 percent loss (a grant) to possibility of getting most if not more than 100 percent of their money back to use again (through a social investment). Anyway, we are setting up a Giftvest Club, where donations are invested in socially oriented organizations, but the donation is immediately deductible as they are made to a 501c3 in the U.S. or to a Swiss foundation. I’m on the U.S. board and the investment committee.”

Joani (Joan Krieger) Mitchell, of Santa Cruz, Calif., writes, “Working as a part-time ‘consultant’ for five different consulting firms, out of my ocean view home on a beach in Santa Cruz. Life is tough! When not working, I can be found watching dolphins/whales, partying, dancing, and traveling the world.

“My youngest daughter is a PhD candidate in economics at Davis, my other daughter is an MSW (social work) in San Diego, and my son is an MBA student at UCLA- Anderson. Life is FANTASTIC!!!”



Robert Farnsworth, MBA 82

Robert Farnsworth, of Irvine, Calif., reports, “Robert has been elected as chairman of the board of the Irvine Barclay Theatre. A unique collaborative venture among the City of Irvine, the University of California, Irvine, and the private sector, the theatre has a reputation for wide-ranging programming in the fields of contemporary dance, music, and theater arts. Since opening its doors in 1990, Irvine Barclay Theatre has emerged as one of California’s most imaginative performing arts showcases.”


Dana (Baughman-Cable) Chapman, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is pleased to announce that she joined Willis in April as senior vice president/client advocate in the Chicago human capital practice. Her new work email address is


Michael Cooke, MBA 83, with international students in his Business in the Greater Mekong Sub-region class at Khon Kaen University.

Michael Cooke, of Khon Kaen, Thailand, announces, “As I begin the third year of teaching business subjects at Khon Kaen University in Thailand, the International College anticipates the 2015 establishment of a Southeast Asian economic zone in which English is likely to be the common language of business. The International College welcomes talented students from around the region and around the world with English as the medium of instruction. Haas alumni or graduate students with business experience and an interest in sharing that experience in a classroom of international students located in Thailand are welcome to contact me to explore the possibilities.”

Doug Crook, of Moraga, Calif., reports, “Just audited Dr. Christine Parlour’s spring 2014 Investment Analysis class. Wow. What a privilege, as well as a luxury, to sit in the classroom all semester long 30 years after having left Berkeley. Wonderfully energizing experience; learned quite a bit, too!”



Bryan Bloom, MBA 84, demonstrates Kenpo Karate.

Bryan Bloom, of San Diego, Calif., reports, “New company formed! Bloom Squared LLC is a private equity company with a focus in the horse racing industry. I have teamed up with my brother Jeff Bloom and investor Andrew Yaffe. My brother is a previous race horse jockey who also owns Bloom Racing—a diversified horse racing and ownership company: Reach out to me at Also, am getting ready to take my black belt test in Kenpo Karate this year.”

Joan Spiegel, of Pleasant Hill, Calif., reports, “Working as a risk management consultant for Bickmore and having a great time. I live in Pleasant Hill and spend my free time cycling.”



Debra Eagle, MBA 86

Debra Eagle, of Sonoma, Calif., writes, “Earlier this year I completed the construction of a gorgeous wine tasting salon in downtown Yountville, Napa Valley, to showcase the wines of Hestan Vineyards, where I am the general manager. I’d love to have everyone come up to taste our wines, which over-deliver, and see the stunning, modern architecture of our new building. We are located at 6548 Washington St., Yountville, Calif., 707-945-1002. Hestan Vineyards is a boutique winery producing about 5,000 cases per year with a fantastic winemaking team that includes some of the industry’s best: Thomas Rivers Brown, Jeff Gaffner, and Mark Herold.”

James Frolich, of Vancouver Canada, writes, “I have just completed seven years at Golder Associates, an international engineering and environmental/social consultant. To take a more significant role in the changing world energy scene, last year I was appointed Global Leader, LNG. In this position I am traveling the world positioning the firm to take a role in major LNG projects. We are now active in North America, Asia, Australia, and Africa. This keeps me on airplanes a lot—I have been around the world twice in the last nine months in addition to multiple trips to Asia and Europe. It is pretty fun though and I am meeting a lot of interesting people.”


Ralph Garcia Jr., of San Mateo, Calif., reports, “Jean and I had our second child (Nicholas) graduate from the University of Idaho. He is interested in pursuing a career in human resources in the Bay Area. He is an active SAE. I was a volunteer track coach this spring at Aragon High School. Our youngest son (James) auditioned and made the UCSB Jazz Ensemble as a freshman. He plays tenor saxophone and piano.”



Carlos Gaviola, MBA 89, in Normandy

Carlos Gaviola, of Saint Germain-en-Laye, France, informs, “Since April, I have been a partner at Vinaya in France, a partnership that supports a portfolio of small innovative technology firms to help them grow and penetrate the so-called ‘large accounts’ (banks, telcos, retailers).

“For the past three years, I have been a member of the Ashoka Support Network (ASN). Ashoka is a nonprofit organization that supports 3,000 fellows (social entrepreneurs), around the world. I currently advise a number of fellows in various countries and lead a global project to build and deploy a knowledge management system. Both activities are very rewarding and keep me quite busy. I was glad to read the recent Haas magazine articles on ‘Business and Social Impact.’ Paraphrasing Ashoka, we can all become changemakers.”


Steven Terusaki, MBA 89

Steven Terusaki, of Albany, Calif., writes, “I enjoyed the 25th Alumni Reunion weekend and was exhilarated by all the great happenings at Haas and with Haas alumni. Career-wise, I am surcharging my business coaching practice, SEIDO Consulting LLC by building a private advisory board, or peer forum, under the Vistage International banner. Vistage is the largest organization dedicated to CEO’s and business owners who seek to become better leaders, make better decisions, and see better results. Check out my LinkedIn profile for more information.

“A significant personal milestone is that both of my sons are graduating this semester. Alan: MS in BioSci from Fresno State; Kevin: BA in Computer Science from Swarthmore College. I’ve also been giving back to my communities through my many volunteer activities: as community representative for the city of Oakland on the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s Project Advisory Committee for improvements to the I-880 corridor in downtown Oakland; chair of the Fundraising Committee for the Buddhist Churches of America Endowment Foundation Board; and recently co-president of the East Bay HAN chapter.”


“Haas is #1,” says Nikhil Goel (left), a recent Cal admit and son of Manoj Goel (right), MBA 90, with Dean Rich Lyons (center).

Manoj Goel, of San Jose, writes, “I hosted South Bay Haas alums for a special Haas Leadership Society breakfast with Dean Rich Lyons at PRYSM, makers of large-format immersive displays in our own giant 250” display theater. The event had alumni representation from many South Bay companies such as Cisco, HP, Visa, Sandisk, Brocade, and NetApp and gave them a chance to interact with Dean Lyons in a small private classroom setting.”


Adam Hardej, of Hingham, Mass., writes, “All is well in the world of commercial real estate appraisal and due diligence at BAAR Realty Advisors! Continue to expand our base bank/lender business on a nationwide basis and also working with a wide variety of nonlender clients on the nonperforming and performing loan acquisition due diligence side of the biz. Demographic trends are also creating a boom period for our trust and estate support practice. Cell 203-606-4620 or email

“Prep school plus college tuitions are also a great motivator to grow the business! Proud to say my son is nearing the end of a very successful freshman year at Princeton—doing well with the grind that is Princeton academics and also getting some playing time on the lacrosse team. Daughter Rachel, a junior at The Groton School, not to be over-shadowed by her big bro, committed to play lacrosse at Stanford. Wife Beth is awesome and we have been splitting time these days between offices/homes in CA, FL, and MA. Never a dull moment. Also very happy to hear that John Rosen, MBA 91, and family are all doing well. Never hear from Otis Spencer, MBA 91, even though I email him and am looking to re-connect with any and all alums in real estate. Maybe at Cal-Stanford Challenge—we won it the first year. Looking forward to some R&R time on Nantucket again this summer.”

Gerard van Steyn, of Lafayette, Calif., informs, “In most of Afghanistan, outside of Kabul and the major cities, villages do not have electricity, Internet, and the basic infrastructure we often take for granted. It is also very difficult to find qualified teachers for remote village schools. I am now volunteering my time leading an initiative, through Trust in Education, to translate Khan Academy math and other lessons into Dari and Pashto. These lessons, along with Wikipedia and other educational content, will be structured to be available offline on tablets and other computers. This is an exciting project that will allow the next generation of children in Afghanistan to gain knowledge that will change their future!”


Michael Blanchette, of Palo Alto, reports, “I left PRTM/PwC in 2012 after 19 years. Having taken a nice hiatus, I’m getting busy again doing independent management consulting projects. I’m still saving time for hiking, golf, and spending time with my family.”

Tor Fyksen, of Luxembourg, writes, “During the last 14 years I have co-founded two banks. The first was sold to Santander in 2005 after being ranked the third most profitable bank in Europe based on ROE. The second bank is the one of the fastest growing issuers of Mastercard in Europe, and the bank has produced more than 30 percent average net profitability for the last five years and ROE for 2013 is 34 percent. Now, I am looking for my next project, and I am open for any exiting new venture.

“This Easter our family, seven persons all together, traveled to the Caribbean, and we saw how the people of the Caribbean islands are striving to get out of the iron grip of poverty, in spite of being situated in the backyard of rich Uncle Sam. Definitely, we will be back to explore more of this exciting area of the world.”


Brian Kaplan, MBA 93

Brian Kaplan, of Palo Alto, Calif., writes, “I recently started as the executive director of an amazing nonprofit that secures meaningful summer fellowships for Bay Area STEM teachers at companies such as Google, Applied Materials, Varian, Genentech, and Agilent. IISME has been around 30 years and is well loved by those that know about it. The teachers (about 150) complete projects for their host company and build relevant skills that make their curriculum more engaging to their students. Learn more at Drop me an email at – always happy to connect with fellow Haas alums.”

Hilary Weber, of San Francisco, writes, “I’m loving running my own business and working with startups—it’s always new and exciting!”


Steve Markowitz, MBA 96; Seth Norman, BA 03 (Letters & Sci.); Jack Duane, MBA 06; Gabe Burke, MBA 08; and George Willman, MBA 93, at a pitch meeting of the Berkeley Angel Network at the UC Berkeley SkyDeck accelerator.

George Willman, of Los Altos, Calif., has joined the law firm Reed Smith LLP as a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. He represents clients in intellectual property and technology transactions. George continues to interact with many Berkeley Haas alumni as one of the leaders of the Berkeley Angel Network.


David Wilbur, of Los Altos, Calif., writes, “Living and working in the Silicon Valley, focused on redevelopment and repositioning of commercial properties.

“First of three children is a freshman at the University of Michigan. Go Blue (in an odd sort of way)!”


Paulo Penteado, of Sydney, Australia, reports, “The Penteados have moved back to Australia, after five and a half years in the U.K. After a brief visit to native Brazil, we arrived in Sydney in January. Paulo joins mobile advertising company LeadBolt as COO responsible for APAC operations. Ana, who earned her master’s of law from Boalt in 1997, is a lawyer at KWS specializing in IP, trademarks, and privacy. Marcos (16) and Luis (13) have adapted well to the new school and are relishing the start of the new rugby season.

If you come to soak up some sun down-under, let’s have a beer.”



Cheryl (Weiss) Hayes, MBA 97

Cheryl (Weiss) Hayes, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “Cheryl Hayes joined the SBA originations team of Bank of the West in March 2014. Cheryl has been an SBA lender for 12 years and is very excited to be part of this dynamic team that was the No. 1 SBA 504 lender in California last year. She helps small/medium-sized businesses grow by providing the financing they need to acquire a home for their business (owner occupied commercial real estate), equipment, working capital, and even to buy another business. She uses her expertise to consult with clients to ensure they get the best possible solution that meets their needs.”


Stuart Kaplan, MBA 97

Stuart Kaplan, of Davis, Calif., announces, “I am very excited to share that I recently became the president USA for Knightsbridge human capital, after six years as COO for Korn Ferry’s Leadership and Talent Consulting business. Knightsbridge is one of North America’s largest leadership consultancies, specializing in executive search, leadership development, and talent optimization. We excel at helping organizations build the leadership capacity needed to drive their strategic priorities. My Haas MBA is serving me well!”

Robb Thompson, of Folsom, Calif., reports, “I started a consulting company a few years ago to do IT work with the state, and it has been growing of late. Really enjoy enterprise architecture and software development lifecycle work, but simple project management has been our bread and butter.

“My oldest kid (of four) is about to graduate from high school. All are doing well, and we are looking forward to some fun activities during our final summer with everybody at home.”


JT Klepp, of Burlingame, Calif., updates as follows: “After 17 years away, 8.5 of which was in Australia, I am now back in the Bay Area, this time with my wife and two little girls. Moving with a family was certainly a whole different cup of tea than moving alone, but we have now finally settled in Burlingame and have started to get used to life here again. Already been in contact with several of my classmates and look forward to catching up with more in the coming months!”

Per Lund is managing director at Ayanda GmbH and traveling extensively between Oslo and Berlin!

Matthieu Malan, of Casablanca, Morocco, announces, “Second round of financing achieved!, the online bookstore my wife, Caroline, and I co-founded five years ago in Casablanca, raised funds from investments in 2012. Morocco’s e-commerce industry is a closed ecosystem, as online payment is limited to Moroccan companies. E-commerce is new here, and we got really early into it. The second round will allow us to further grow our online customer base and expand our offer to other products, such as books in English, to provide 3 million-plus references. This second round taught us a lot about legal issues, which can be extremely technical, to the point that I feel I took a high-end law class. Student always.”

John Wehrli, JD/MBA 98, of San Diego, Calif., reports, “While still a global life science partner at the law firm of Latham & Watkins, Mr. Wehrli is completing a PhD in computational neuroscience and concurrent master’s and certification programs in systems biology, electrical engineering, and neuroengineering at various institutions including Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and Columbia University in New York.”


Marc Caltabiano, of Burlingame, Calif., reports, “Joined TripAdvisor in February 2013 to lead product strategy and the product team for the B2B side of TripAdvisor (part that interacts with hotels, restaurants, attractions, etc.).”

Lisa Greene, of San Francisco, Calif., announces, “Celebrated taking my company, Model N, public in March 2013 by helping to ring the bell on the NYSE platform.”


Natalie and Scott Kucirek, MBA 99, in Berkeley

Scott Kucirek, of Piedmont, Calif., reports the following news: “At OCHO Candy we are approaching our one-year anniversary of making candy bars in our own factory in Oakland, Calif. We are lucky that our business continues to grow and that we have lots of support from our partners and customers. This fall should be a big year for us as we have expanded sales to the East Coast, the South, and Texas. If you are in town and looking for a tour and some free candy, please contact me.

“Our oldest daughter, Natalie, just finished a very successful first year at Berkeley. She is studying molecular cell biology and hopes to be a doctor. The rest of us (my wife, Mirjana, and 13-year-old daughter, Juliet) just got back from a weeklong vacation to Hawaii (the Big Island). The hiking, snorkeling, beaches, fresh fish, and local fruit cannot be beat. Unfortunately, we were the passengers on the plane in Maui that had the stowaway on it, so we got an extra few hours in the airport as the security investigated where he came from and whether or not the plane was safe.”

John Liu, of Portland, Ore., announces, “Our asset management firm has changed its name to Montibus Capital Management. We remain in Portland and focused on small cap growth stocks. Speaking of growth, my daughter, who was 2 years old when I started at Haas, will go off to college this fall. Time flies!”

Juan Mini writes, “Hey, excited to see everyone again in April after so many years. I am living in Guatemala, married to Francine, and have two boys, Gianmarco, 13, and Juanito, 1. I work in my family business, third generation, doing exciting projects and having fun in this beautiful country.”

Drew (Andrew Parker) Parker-Rose, of San Francisco, Calif., reports, “As of May 1, 2014, Drew Parker-Rose was promoted to vice president, Global Technical Support for Guidewire Software, where he has worked in a number of management roles since 2004. Guidewire Software builds software products for the global property/casualty insurance industry. Guidewire had its IPO in 2012, the first tech IPO of that year, and was among the top-performing IPOs that year.

“Coincidentally, Drew and his husband, Flavio Epstein, celebrated the four-year anniversary of their wedding ceremony on the same date (May 1). They were later legally married in Brazil in 2013. Their daughter Carina turned 2 on April 19, and son Elias (born in MBA 99 class graduation year) turned 15 on March 5. They continue to live in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood.”

Colleen Reilly, JD/MBA 99, of Durham, N.C., writes, “After 20-plus years in the Bay Area and 10-plus years working in technology product management and marketing, I moved to North Carolina in 2012 and began a graduate degree in social work at UNC-Chapel Hill last year. Come 2016, I hope to be in clinical work with people with severe and persistent mental illness and substance use disorders. I miss San Francisco and my community there, but it’s been nice to be back on the East Coast and closer to family. Best wishes to everyone! Be in touch if you’re ever in this neck of the woods.” Greg Patterson, of San Francisco, Calif., announces, “The Advisory Group is growing and seeking additional advisors in both areas: personal wealth and 401k. We’re also working on a triple-bottom-line idea serving smaller and up-and-comer savers/investors. Would love to hear your ideas. My bike and running mileage is up, while training for a triathlon mid-summer. And, last, but most important, family is well. I am grateful.”

Charlene (Son) Rigby, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “I am back in the health care world, now VP of products at Omicia, a genetic analysis software startup based in Oakland. I am also celebrating my daughter Juno’s first year, in June. Her big brother Luca is very proud.”

Sonja (Winckler) Velez, of Myanmar, reports, “This spring I started a new job in Myanmar as CFO of DVB Multimedia, aka, The Democratic Voice of Burma. We’re in transition from being a donor-funded NGO to a financially independent broadcast news agency. I plan to hold the job on an interim basis as I build the capacity for local finance staff to take over eventually. Myanmar is an exciting place to be right now as it gradually opens up and introduces economic and political reforms, although there is still much progress to be made toward democracy and press freedom. If you plan to visit Myanmar and have questions, feel free to contact me through the alumni website.”


Rodrigo Prudencio, Steve Kretchman, Patrick Feely, and Pascal Hoffmann, all MBA 00

Pascal Hoffmann, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “Rodrigo Prudencio, Steve Kretchman, Patrick Feely, and Pascal Hoffmann, all MBA 00, started rehearsing for the 2015 class reunion. It’s coming up fast…”


Leah Fine, of San Carlos, Calif., announces, “Celebrating my one-year anniversary with Genentech. Alex is now a freshman in high school at Lick Wilmerding in San Francisco. Sam is in the sixth grade at our local charter school. And my husband, Ken, is at Medallia, where Kai Xu, MBA 01, works!”

Jennifer Freas, of Mill Valley, Calif., writes, “Back in the Bay Area. Moved to Mill Valley with David and our four children.”



Emilie Cortes (second from r.), MBA 02, speaks at the 2014 MUSE Conference in Bend, Ore.

Emilie Cortes, of Bend, Ore., announces, “Emilie Cortes has been receiving lots of exposure with her new endeavor, Call of the Wild Adventures, for women. In January, Emilie and Call of the Wild were covered by the local Bend lifestyle TV show, myWindow. In February, Emilie was interviewed for the new online Stanford class ‘Your Body in the World’ for her experience climbing at high altitude. In March, Emilie was nominated by the community as a ‘Local MUSE’ for the 2014 MUSE Conference in Bend.”


Geoffrey Crouse, of Portola Valley, Calif., reports, “I moved back to the Bay Area from Atlanta in September 2012 to take on the role of president and CEO at Cord Blood Registry. I am back with my wife, Sarah, and our three children and living in Portola Valley. Finally, we are interested in recruiting interns and Haas alums to join us.”

Karl Pisor, of Tokyo, Japan, reports, “It’s an exciting time in the summer camp business! Two years into the development of English Adventure, we’re expecting 1,500 campers to join us this summer. We’re now one of the largest camp operations outside of the U.S.! It’s a great ride with a great team, and I feel really blessed to have such an awesome opportunity.”



Erik Johnson and Linh Do, MBA 04, with baby Do-Johnson

Linh Do, of Newport Beach, Calif., writes, “Erik and I welcome our first child, born in the new year of the Horse. We were hoping for an April Fool’s baby but she didn’t want to be labeled a Fool, and squeezed out just in time. We are all healthy and in love.”

Martin Huffmann, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, writes, “My wife, Natalia, and I are very happy to announce the birth of our daughter, Maia, on April 5th…. Unfortunately, too close to the 10-year reunion to get away! But as we didn´t miss the 5-year, the three of us, plus her older sister, Thais, are already looking forward for the 15-year get-together!”


Adam Wolf and Caroline Lew-Wolf, both MBA 04, with Eloise and Evan

Caroline Lew-Wolf and Adam Wolf, MBA 04, returned to their U.S. home base of Portland, Ore., with their two young children: Evan, 3, and Eloise, 6 months. The Wolfs were stationed in Shanghai, China for the past two years working for Nike China. Caroline was the general Manager for the women’s fitness business while Adam was the business director for digital sports in China. Caroline writes, “It was an exciting two years, but the family looks forward to new adventures state side!”



Qing Li, MBA 06, shows off TribeCode, his DNA ancestry product.

Qing Li, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, “By the time this issue is published, hopefully my DNA ancestry product, TribeCode, based on the most cutting-edge sequencing technologies, has been launched. With a little spit, you can find out who you are, where your ancestors were from, when they met, how you are related to others and much more.”

Putri Pascualy, of Newport Coast, Calif., reports, “I was invited to join the partnership at PAAMCO, an institutional asset manager. I have also recently published Investing in Credit Hedge Funds (McGraw-Hill), a primer on various investment strategies employed by hedge funds to capture opportunities and manage risk in the credit space. Sending my warmest regards to Haas classmates and their families. We are thrilled to welcome our first child this spring!”

Darren (Steve Long) Streiler, of San Francisco, Calif., informs, “Started DGTS (short for digits), an iPhone application that is a better address book for your phone. This application is perfect for serial networkers as it allows you to sort your contacts by when or where you met them, what city they live in, employer, etc. Please download for free.”

Peter Zarand, of New York, N.Y., became vice president of pricing, yield management, and sales operations at WebMD, responsible for the driving strategy and operations of WebMD’s advertising business.



Colin Campbell, MBA 07

Colin Campbell, of Washington, D.C., updates as follows: “In April, CDR Colin Campbell, MBA 2007, was awarded the 2013 Coast Guard Chief Financial Officer Award for Excellence. As the Audit Remediation Division chief, Colin was the driving force behind the Coast Guard’s financial process change management machine and the face and voice of the remediation effort. His work earned the Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security their first-ever clean financial audit opinion, an historic first for any military service.”

Alex Canasi, of Mexico City, announces, “I’m happy to share that Sebastian Canasi was born April 21. It’s been a joy taking care of him, and we are looking forward to taking him with us to the next alumni reunion.”

Jed Clevenger, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “I recently landed at Facebook as head of Channel Marketing for the SMB team. I’m building out a team of world-class marketers and currently looking for associate-level analytical marketers. Feel free to send any qualified candidates to”

Patricia Hwong, of Los Angeles, announces, “Started Farm to Table Family and Farm to Table Baby Mama, two cooking channels on YouTube with PBS.”

Marc Lefkowitz writes, “Moved to Tokyo, working for Google Japan.”


Mark Schelbert, MBA 07, with bride Katherine Dral at their wedding in Santa Barbara.

Mark Schelbert, of Los Angeles, Calif., announces, “In the fall, Katherine Dral and Mark Schelbert were married in Santa Barbara, Calif. Many Haas alumni and friends made the journey from around the world to attend the wedding at Mt. Carmel Church and reception at Bacara Resort. Katherine works at PMK*BNC, supervising public relations for clients, and Mark is the founder and managing partner at Shackleton Equity Partners.”

Beth (Seidelhuber) Sordi, of Lafayette, Calif., reports, “I’ve been director, products, at BabyCenter in San Francisco for more than two years. I oversee our community and international sites. I’m currently involved in a project to set up local operations in China, which has been really interesting. The knowledge I gained in school has been really helpful.

“In July, I will serve as board president for Pi Beta Phi Foundation for the next two years. The nonprofit classes and seminars at Haas have really helped me feel ready for this volunteer opportunity! I am honored to serve my fraternity in this capacity.”

Tim Stucka, of San Francisco, recently returned from overseas to the Bay Area to start as director, corporate strategy, at Workday.


Jeff Lipton, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “The Haas EWMBA program was a catalyst for a career shift from digital media to sustainability. Since graduating from Haas I worked with an off-grid solar-powered distributed generation startup, a large public energy management firm (ENOC), and most recently for an early-stage water conservation technology company (WaterSmart Software). Particularly given the severe drought conditions in the Western United States, to find myself at the intersection of technology, public policy, and sustainability in a job and role that I absolutely love, I can’t be more satisfied with my decision to attend Haas. The network has been highly supportive and great for business development and recruiting, and I do my best to make it to campus for speaking and other educational opportunities.”


Huzefa Mehta (far r.), MBA 08, and Reena Huzefa (second from r.), PhD 04 (Enviro. Design), with their sons’ high school running team at the 200-mile Golden Gate Relay. Their sons are Anav, holding the #223 sign, and Amal, directly behind him.

Huzefa Mehta, of San Jose, Calif., reports, “My son Amal Mehta and his high school run team and shepherding adult runners (team Pathetic Peripatetics) ran the 200-mile Golden Gate Relay from Calistoga to Davenport, raising close to $6,000 for Grameen Pragati ( to solar-light a village in India.”

Emily Olman, of Berlin, Germany, announces, “My husband, Jason Levis PhD 12 (Music), and I welcomed our second child, son Bennett, on February 25, 2014. All are well!”


Shylaja and Bhaven Shah, MBA 08, with daughter Neha

Bhaven Shah, of Hyderabad, India, reports, “In September 2013, I joined, a technology-driven transportation marketplace, as co-founder and COO. We also have, which is a similar marketplace for the warehousing industry.

“In December 2013, my wife and I were blessed to have Neha, beautiful little girl, join our family through adoption. Also, in April 2014, I took over as a chair of Young Indians (Hyderabad Chapter). Young Indians (YI) is a nationwide nonprofit organization consisting of more than 1,500 entrepreneurs and professionals from a progressive cross-section of the society.”

Michael Thomas, Oakland, Calif., forwards the following news: “Attorney with more than 13 years of both individual and class labor and employment law matters. Mr. Thomas has effectively represented employers in collective bargaining, union grievances, and unfair labor practice charges. As important, Mr. Thomas has defended employers in civil rights actions and employment discrimination matters. [His] practice also involves employment law counseling including hiring and termination issues, wage and hour requirements, employee classification issues, civil rights/discrimination issues, employment contracts, employee handbooks and policies, leaves of absence issues, and employment audits. He is also a certified yoga instructor and trained in meditation practices for reducing stress and increasing focus.”



Christina Nickolova and Michael Martin, MBA 09, at their 2013 wedding in Bulgaria.

Michael Martin married Christina Nickolova-Martin on July 6, 2013, in Bansko, Bulgaria. Fellow Haas alumni in attendance included Eliot Bencuya, Ben Biddle, Ian Ford, and Justin Parker, all MBA 09. Many others joined for Michael and Christina’s engagement party that took place in New Orleans in late 2012. In September, Michael and Christina made the move to Singapore, where Michael is working for Chevron and Christina for RV Capital.

Tushar Patel, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “Just started a new gig as VP of marketing for Innotas! I was connected to the CEO through a Haas alum—Go Haas!”

Rachel Wolan, of San Francisco, Calif., announces, “I started a company called YadaZing in 2013. YadaZing is an app for English learners to practice conversational and situational English. We adapt short, entertaining videos ranging from movie clips to TED Talks into bite-sized English lessons.

“I got married to Jennifer Hersom on August 17, 2013, at Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin Headlands, just north of San Francisco.”

Rey Fernande sends this update: “After 14 years of Bay Area living, heading back to my hometown of NYC in July to head up day-to-day operations of Manhattan Prep.”


Pedro Kudrnac (bottom far r.), MBA 10, with the Berkeley Haas Chilean Chapter during an MBA soccer tournament, where they won the bronze cup.

Pedro Kudrnac, of Santiago, Chile, reports, “On March 30, the Berkeley Haas Chilean Chapter gathered to play in an MBA soccer tournament, having a great day together and obtaining the Bronze Cup.”

JD Margulici, of Oakland, Calif., updates as follows: “After setting up his own consultancy Novavia Solutions in 2010, JD has embarked on a new venture by co-founding Vehicle Data Science in June 2013, where he is chief technology officer.

“Not that life at home is particularly quiet either, with sons Anthony (4 years old) and Mateo (born August 2013).

Last but not least, JD started publishing his guitar songs this year:”


Navinjai Mittal, MBA 10, and his 9-year-old son pose with a 250-year-old cactus in the Mexican desert.

Navinjai Mittal, of Fremont, Calif., sends this report: “After spending three years leading the product management organization at Cisco Services, Navin has taken on a new role as a senior manager, product and solutions marketing, for the data center and cloud networking group at Cisco Systems. In his new role, Navin will be working closely with all aspects of Cisco’s data center and cloud networking portfolio including application centric infrastructure (ACI), Cisco Nexus, and MDS switching, virtualization, and L4-7 network services. He will lead the team that is responsible for developing marketing content, messaging for areas of data center networking, virtualization, cloud computing, and open networking, interacting with customers, sales, channel partners, industry analysts, and media, and crafting audience-specific messages. He will also be responsible for portfolio positioning across Cisco and the competitive landscape. Navin and his family also just returned from an amazing vacation at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.”

Adam Rahman, of South San Francisco, Calif., writes, “Late on a night not too long ago, a family tragedy changed my life forever. The gravity of the situation was so immense that it was not until I stumbled upon an incredibly inspirational story that I was able to recover. I was so transformed by learning about the incredible triumphs and tribulations of the leader in this story, that it motivated me to write and recently publish a captivating, exciting non fiction book, Jesus and the Last Messenger. It is a fun read and hope you will have a chance to check it out. The book is now available in paperback and ebook on Amazon (all proceeds go to charity):”


Angel Lopez Samartino, MBA 10, and Javier Canas Aparicio, MBA 90, at the Startup University Ventures official kickoff event in Madrid.

Angel Lopez Samartino, of Madrid, Spain, informs, “Startup University Ventures has been officially launched in 18, Calle Alcala, right next to the Puerta del Sol, the most popular spot in Madrid Downtown. Startup University aims to become the reference in mentoring, education, investment, and acceleration of early-stage startups for the young and vibrant Spanish entrepreneurial ecosystem.

“Founded and directed by Angel L. Samartino, Startup University Ventures also stands up as a European pole for spreading the Berkeley culture within Spain. Conferences, courses, and speaker series featuring European Berkeley Haas alumni are organized at its facilities. Earlier this year, the Haas Alumni Network Madrid Chapter established its headquarters and events-preferred-venue at Startup University. All Berkeley alumni are welcome to visit us at 18, Calle Alcala, Madrid, Spain. For any inquiries and/or collaboration opportunities, do not hesitate contact to me directly at angel.samartino@”

Ashish Shah, of San Francisco, Calif., has a new job as director of marketing at Avi Networks.


An Yan, MBA 10, and Haas visiting scholar Ling Hu with son Chenyi Yan at his 100-day celebration.

An Yan, of Beijing, China, announces, “Ling Hu, Haas Visiting Scholar 2010, and I welcomed our first child, Chenyi Yan, early in the morning, in Beijing, on December 12, 2013. He arrived at a healthy 3.6kg and 51cm. He is growing well and was 8.5kg and 68cm at 4.5 months. He has received a lot of Haas baby gear and loves the Bears. Ling’s new book Comparative Study of Sino-U.S. Executive Compensation was published in July 2013. Haas econ professor Steve Tadelis gave Ling the most valuable advice while writing the book.”



Raul Cardoso, MBA 11, with wife Paula Silva and twins Amanda and Lucas

Raul Cardoso, of San Jose, Calif., writes, “My wife (Paula Silva) and I welcomed our twins Lucas and Amanda on March 4, 2014.”

Simon Ru, of San Francisco, writes, “Launched LessThan6Percent and UpNest, the fastest-growing online marketplace where top local agents compete to represent home sellers and buyers. We offer convenience, selection, transparency, and savings all in one place. Four Haas classmates have hired a top real estate agents through LessThan6Percent and saved tens of thousands of dollars. If you are looking to sell or buy a home, come give us a try. Please read our reviews and testimonials on Yelp and Youtube.”


Belinda Lyons-Newman, of Berkeley, writes, “I launched my consulting practice, Lyons Newman-Consulting, providing strategy and organizational development services for nonprofit organizations.”



Neelam Chakrabarty, MBA 13

Neelam Chakrabarty, of Fremont, Calif., reports, “Right after graduating from the EWMBA program in 2013, I launched my own startup, Yoyochimp. Yoyochimp provides parents with a private and safe collaboration platform to communicate and share information as well as an online marketplace that brings all children-related services such as after-school classes and camps, child transportation, tutors, etc. under one roof and helps parents find, book, and pay for all these services in one place. Yoyochimp is a result of my own pain and frustration with finding these services for my kids. I used Yoyochimp as my project for my New Venture Finance class in my final year at Haas. Thrilled to be a struggling and liberated entrepreneur! My story was also featured on The Story Exchange website for its 1,000 stories campaign supporting women-led businesses.”


Oscia Wilson, MBA 13

Oscia Wilson, of San Francisco, Calif., announces, “Oscia Wilson has been asked to speak at the national Lean Design Forum in Chicago, about how Boiled Architecture is translating lean techniques to small construction projects like office tenant improvements and accessibility renovations.”


Adam Chopko, of Berkeley, Calif., is currently helping to launch a sensing technology for at-home consumer blood testing and is interested in entrepreneurship and health care.



Irene (Chen) Poston, of Redwood City, Calif., writes, “I am excited to start my new job! Even though I am working for, ahem, the ‘enemy’ down in Palo Alto, my blood still runs Blue and Gold!”


Manu Rekhi, of Redwood City, Calif., updates, “Joined Inventus as a full-time investor in summer 2011 after four years as venture partner. Investor and advisor to Farfaria, Credit Sesame, Vivu, Genwi, Dhingana, and more. Entrepreneurial and industry background at Google, Lolapps, NewsCorp, Wineglobe, and others.”


Mike Raghavan, CEO of Sky Solar & Power India, writes, “I have been in Hyderabad, India, for the past 3+ years and have several ventures in renewable energy, health care and other high-tech areas. I am currently working on an M&A of my diesel/industrial fuel emulsion venture started just 18 months ago with two partners by a large industrial group based in the UK and India. Once completed, I will share with you the interesting details of how I was able to combine the experience of a Silicon Valley startup, equity valuation (with BCEMBA knowledge/confidence) and Indian style of acquisition based on my status as an NRI (non-resident Indian) entrepreneur with Indian IIT-B.Tech. and U.S. MBA background, using PWC and KPMG as negotiators for the deal for maximizing the documentation and valuation. We are hoping to complete the buyout between $80 million to $100 million in the next few weeks.”


Juergen Schmidt, of Munich, Germany, reports, “Am working with SFDC in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in enterprise area. Global accounts and verticals. ”


Gabe Burke, of Palo Alto, Calif., announces, “After 15 years at Colliers International, I’ve made a decision to join DTZ. I will continue focusing on commercial real estate solutions; however, at DTZ I’ll be doing it from a stronger platform.”



Jay Mehta, MBA 13, with family

Jay Mehta, of San Ramon, Calif., writes, “Pleased to announce the launch of Quest Equity Partners. In January, we closed the first round of capital for our search fund. On January 30, we placed our first deal under LOI. As of today, we continue to search for a great target to acquire and operate. Go to

“Our oldest son, Shaan, turned 7 and our youngest son, Dhilan, turned 4; Shivani and I celebrated our 11-year anniversary.”




Tariq Dennison, MFE 04, approaches the finish line of the 2014 Pyongyang Marathon.

Tariq Dennison, of Hong Kong, China, updates as follows: “I recently started the GFM Training financial education brand of the consulting firm GFM Group that I run with my partner and former colleague from Bear Stearns, in response to our belief that there is a large and growing need for higher standards of financial understanding and sophistication among the growing numbers of wealthy Asians and the financial institutions that serve them.

“And I am very proud to have just completed the Pyongyang Marathon in DPRK (North Korea) on April 13, to a packed crowd of more than 40,000 in Kim Il Sung Stadium, and to have done it in just under four hours, when they were about to close the gates! The cheering and energy of the streets of Pyongyang are certainly very different from New York or London, but exchanging dozens of high-fives and encouragement from hundreds of locals between the Army Circus and Friendship Tower is hard to compare with any other marathon. This was my second trip to North Korea, and this time I got to spend more time appreciating retro buildings and interiors, while also noticing the dozens of new buildings and renovations that have been taking place in just the past two years.”




Donald Watne, PhD 77

Donald Watne, of Portland, Ore., updates, “After 20 years working for banks currently part of the U.S. National Bank system, Weyerhaeuser, IBM, two CPA firms, and as director of information systems for the city/county government in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, I entered the Haas PhD program. Upon completion, I joined the faculty of Portland State University, Oregon, where my focus for 25 years was on auditing and international accounting. During that time I was the lead author of the text Auditing EDP Systems, which has been used in colleges and universities in 16 countries, including Berkeley. On sabbaticals I taught in Australia, China, Lithuania, and New Zealand. I enjoy golfing and have traveled to more than 30 countries. My Haas PhD has enabled me to have an extremely rich and rewarding life!”


Rick (Richard) Boettger, of Key West, Fla., writes, “Retired to a house on a canal with a boat in Key West in 1996 at age 48 after the book and national talk radio show. Recently gave up spear fishing and tennis for, ohmygod, Zumba, but the occasional tax and financial advising for my wealthy eccentrics (probably common to places like Key West, Nantucket, etc.) keeps getting more interesting. New thing is discovering a local ingénue vocal talent, working to take her national. Challenges all my micro OB skills, especially social psych, to handle the exotic artistic personalities, which is what makes it fun.

“Raja Ampat free diving adventure on authentic Indonesian boat in 2007 completed my bucket list.”

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Bart (Bartosz) Tkazyk, a graduate of the 2012 Berkeley Haas Executive Coaching Institute, is awarded a Global HRD Awards Certificate of Merit for Research Excellence in Leadership at the International Federation of Training and Development Organizations World Conference in Dubai.

Bart (Bartosz) Tkaczyk, of London, England, was awarded a Global Human Resource Development Awards Certificate of Merit for Research Excellence in Leadership, honored at the 43rd International Federation of Training and Development Organisations (IFTDO) 2014 World Conference in Dubai, presided by the Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. IFTDO, founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1972, is the most multinational, multicultural training and development organization in the world, United Nations-affiliated. To learn more about Tkaczyk’s leadership model, internationally recognized for efficiency and awarded for research excellence, visit”

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