Alumni Notes



Hugh Gordon, of Mapua, Nelson, New Zealand, announces, “Celebrating my 90th birthday surrounded by children, grand- and great-grandchildren, and many friends. Counting my blessings: Thankful for good health and the loving support from my wife, Shona. Warm greetings and best wishes to old friends and classmates from our New Zealand home on beautiful Tasman Bay.”


Merlin L. “Bud” Henry Jr., of North Tustin, Calif., writes, “2016 was both a bad and good year for me. In October, I lost my wife, Mary Ann, after 37-plus years. Twelve days later it was a good year as Donald forced Hillary into permanent retirement. & ldquo;Am back to all my old haunts: playing tennis, going to the gym, and feeding the homeless at Mary’s Kitchen. Am still active in the local community serving on committees and being a longtime lector at my parish church. Would like to compliment the editors and staff of BerkeleyHaas magazine; it is an excellent publication. When Dean Lyons’ schedule permits, I hope he will be able to speak to the Orange County alums. Go Bears!”


Schuyler Bailey, of Berkeley, Calif. See MBA 1965.

John Dearborn, of Davis, Calif., has patented a digital marketplace technology that offers improved search functionality. He’s looking to commercialize his invention (U.S. Patent 8,250,056), which can be used for e-commerce, B2B, marketplace, procurement, college selection, health insurance, and general data mining—anywhere the money is in search. The patent addresses “compare,” “contrast,” or “difference between” an otherwise unresolved domain in search results. In a single comparison and selection screen, the patent returns continuing interplay between user-initiated changes to decision parameters and outcomes in the course of narrowing a choice. He writes, “I am hopeful there would be an attractive fit for one with market knowledge and commercial know-how. I am open as to transaction type, whether venture arrangement, license, or sale.” See the functionality at and contact John at



Book by Dean Meyer, BS 74

Dean Meyer has published a new book, Principle-based Organizational Structure: A handbook to help you engineer entrepreneurial thinking and teamwork into organizations of any size. In the book, Meyer treats structure as an engineering science. He lays out clear principles and frameworks and gives executives practical guidance on how to design their own organizations. The book, which offers 35 stories and case studies to illustrate its principles, is a unique combination of vision, science, and pragmatic guidelines and processes. This is Meyer’s eighth book, the culmination of over 30 years of study and practical experiences leading restructuring projects in dozens of companies, nonprofits, and government organizations.


Roger Siboni has been named to the board of directors of San Jose-based MapR Technologies, developer of a converged data platform. Siboni previously served as the deputy chairman and COO of KPMG Peat Marwick and chairman, president, and CEO of E.piphany.


Kent Halkett reports, “I moved to Brentwood, Tennessee, this spring after practicing law in Los Angeles for 35 years. A Bear forever!”

Eric Rayner, of Novato, Calif., announces that for the second year in a row Rayner Landscaping Inc. won Best Landscape Design Company in Marin County as awarded by the local weekly Pacific Sun. Lead designer Michael Alvarado keeps on designing creative, water-wise landscapes that people love. Eric’s background as a magician keeps the designs fun and exciting! He adds, “Go Bears!”


Daniel Diaz, of Orange, Calif., writes, “Side passion project: trying to procure $950M for a new boutique stadium for the Oakland Raiders, so that they could enjoy many more autumn winds in Oakland. Otherwise, I am entertaining offers in corporate finance for startups or sports franchises while maintaining my website:”



Daniel Abram, BS 97

Daniel Abram is now senior advisor at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP in Los Angeles where he provides real estate advisory and legal services. Prior to joining Manatt, Daniel was an in-house attorney for a startup and practiced real estate and corporate law for two top law firms in New York. He was also a real estate investment banker at Goldman Sachs.

Jane (Liou) Li, of Boston, reports, “I have been with Monarch Partners Investment Management, an institutional investment manager, since 2010. We invest in public equities and I cover our investments in the consumer sector. My husband, George, and I have a 6-year-old son who loves playing with Legos and pretending he is a ninja. We recently came back from a one-week vacation at Disney World. It was a blast for my son and husband and tiring for me.”


Marie (Cavanaugh) Walti, BS 97 (left), connecting with friends Natalie Flowers and Shelley Williamson after sharing her story at a local business event

Marie (Cavanaugh) Walti, of Newport Beach, Calif., announces, “I left corporate America to inspire and lead a team of entrepreneurs looking to leverage e-commerce to live meaningful lives. My family was forever changed by cancer twice in a short period of time, and I decided I wanted to use our story to inspire people to find their passion and purpose to live abundantly today. My vision is to inspire people to put first things first and discover and live out a legacy life. I created a platform on social media called the MW Lifestyle as a platform to share bits of wisdom and stories as daily inspiration and hope. We have partnered with the McKenna Claire Foundation to help find a cure for pediatric brain cancer and are exploring other ways to impact the cancer community.”


On May 6, members of the Class of 1997 gathered in San Francisco to celebrate their 20-year reunion. Haas faculty member Steve Etter and his wife, Anne, were special guests. Shown, the organizing committee: Chris Bell, BS 97; Neil Doshi, BS 97, MBA 09; Nelson Shing, Julie Litvak Bell, and Rich Wong, all BS 97; Steve Etter, BS 83, MBA 89; Jerilyn Castillo McAniff and Peter Lee, both BS 97.


Will Edmonson, of West Hollywood, Calif., writes, “I am excited to announce that I have started my own law firm, primarily handling business litigation and appeals. 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 the federal district court and then the federal appeals court. I am able to offer big law firm experience and talent at affordable rates. Please feel free to contact me at 424-248-9581 or if I can help you with anything.”



Jose Cobangbang, BS 09 (far right), with Matthew Clagett, BS 18; Cameron Toy, BS 18; Vivian Natalia, BS 18; and Luke Wilkinson, BS 09

Jose Cobangbang, of Walnut Creek, Calif., reports, “Wanting to support the public educational system beyond Cal, I reached out to and worked with Diablo Valley College (DVC) transfer services to host a student panel for aspiring community college transfers. With other DVC-to-Haas transfers Matthew Clagett, Cameron Toy, and Vivian Natalia, all BS 18s, and Luke Wilkinson, BS 09, we shared personal stories and addressed prevailing myths about Haas and the transfer experience. Following an hour of candid discussion, informal conversations continued as enthusiastic students engaged panelists after the event. I was very encouraged by the outcome. The ‘Beyond Yourself’ attitude Haas instills transcends graduation years, and I hope to see more collaborations between Haas alumni and community colleges.”



Marissa (Sitka) Bowman, BS 10

Marissa (Sitka) Bowman, of Santa Clara, Calif., announces, “Married my best friend and started a new job at a startup in San Francisco.”


Grace (Sophie) Chang, BS 10

Grace (Sophie) Chang, of Los Angeles, Calif., is graduating with an MBA from UCLA this summer, planning to move to Asia after graduation, and started a company at



Anjali Menon, BS 11

Anjali Menon, of San Francisco, reports, “I had the incredible privilege of being featured on Times Square through Nasdaq for my work in tech. Surreal to say the least!”



Nanxi Liu, BS 12

Nanxi Liu, of Los Angeles, writes, “As CEO of Enplug, I’m excited to share that we’ve expanded internationally. Our digital display software company launched our Sao Paulo, Brazil, office in 2016. This year we launched our Tokyo, Japan, office. I was also a co-producer of The Bay, a TV show available on Amazon, which was nominated for 10 Daytime Emmy Awards this year.”


Brandon Curran, of Los Angeles, reports, “Since November 2015, I’ve been the director of business development and player recruiting at Catalyst Sports & Media in Santa Monica, Calif. Our two main focuses right now are NBA player representation and e-sports advisory. For basketball, I focus on client sponsorship opportunities and player recruiting (we recently signed De’Aaron Fox from Kentucky). I work on building financial models as part of our financial advisory and capital raising services for professional e-sports teams.

“Most important, I was able to take a week off from work to go to Chicago last November and see my beloved Chicago Cubs finally win the World Series! I wasn’t able to go to any games ($3,000 just to stand!) but being next to Wrigley Field and in the environment was an unforgettable life experience.”

Andrew Yassa, of Los Angeles, continues his career at Stifel, focusing on investment banking services for government entities and nonprofit organizations nationwide. In April 2017, he was promoted to assistant vice president, becoming the youngest to hold that position in the department’s history. He writes, “I am excited for the responsibilities of being a strong pillar of support for our clients and a good leader to my team’s analysts and associates. It would be great to have more Haas alumni explore this interesting and extremely fulfilling sector of investment banking. I hope to inspire others to ‘Question the Status Quo’ in their career paths, and I look forward to continue making Haas proud!”



Pedro Espinoza, BS 17, CEO & Founder of SmileyGo, sharing his insights regarding how to get angel funding at San Jose City Hall

Pedro Espinoza, of Berkeley, Calif., founded SmileyGo, a real-time data analytics platform that uses AI to help corporations take control of their public policy risk and understand the community. A few months ago, SmileyGo received a Berkeley Haas Dean’s Fund award, the Jack Larson Entrepreneurship Award, and got into SkyDeck’s Hot Desk Program. Incubated at Manos Accelerator and funded by Frank Baxter, BA 61 (economics), a UC Berkeley Foundation Trustee and CEO of Jefferies, SmileyGo is disrupting the corporate funding industry.

Pedro has been featured at Univision’s Hispanic Shark Tank, included at Under 30 Change Makers, and joined the CEO Airport Task Force of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. For more info please contact or visit and

Also, he just returned from the Annual DC Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO trip, where he met Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, and Kevin McCarthy to discuss tax reform, immigration reform, and cybersecurity. Along with 40 other CEOs, Pedro advocated for federal funding for STEM, earnings repatriation, and more H1Bs so CEOs can hire the best talent to keep moving the U.S. economy forward.



Gaetano “Michael” Yovino-Young, of Berkeley, Calif., announces, “Happy to say that in my soon-to-be 80th year, as I slowly retire from the appraisal career I started in 1960, the company incorporated in 1986 as Yovino-Young Inc. continues and prospers under the leadership of my wife, Alison Teeman, daughter Diana Yovino-Young, BA 08 (social sciences), and Tamara Spokane, BA 99 (human biodynamics). The business has been located on Telegraph Avenue, just beyond teargas range since the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s.”


Schuyler Bailey, of Berkeley, Calif., reports, “Last November 12, my father celebrated his 100th birthday in Morro Bay with 38 family and friends in attendance; he still lives there in a nice assisted-living facility. We take care of our two granddaughters (7 and 3) several days a week. Last week, the 7-year-old learned how to use her jump rope, going from zero to 14 continuous jumps without missing, overnight! We enjoy being on campus frequently, having season tickets to men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball. Go Bears! Go Haas!”

William T. Ziemba, See note under PhD 1969.


Peter Michael, of Adamstown, Md., gave a C-SPAN address on his prize-winning book, Remembering John Hanson: A Biography of the First President of the Original United States Government, to celebrate the opening of the Hall of Presidents Before Washington exhibit. The permanent display, located at the Westin in the Presidents Hill section of Annapolis, explores the lives of the 14 men who led the United States from 1774 until 1789, before the nation’s second government was installed under the Constitution. Peter is president of both the John Hanson Memorial Association—a national body honoring John Hanson’s life and nation-saving deeds and sponsor of the John Hanson National Memorial erected in 2011 in Frederick, Md.—and Michael Strategic Analysis, an award-winning strategic planning, market research, and litigation support firm. He is also publisher of Underground Railroad Free Press, the top-circulation Underground Railroad news publication.


David Southern, of San Francisco, announces, “After 33 years of working in finance for various biotechnology companies and watching the industry grow from its infancy to a major industrial group, I’ve decided to retire. I’m taking time this year to reconnect with old friends, travel, and rebrand myself as a writer, starting with a memoir. Looking forward to having more time to read, write, and explore the many subjects I have a long-term interest in.”


Pierre Parent, of Irvine, Calif., reports, “After starting as president of MiTAC Digital Corporation (dba MagellanGPS) in January 2016, I commenced a reorganization of the company to reverse its decline (due to a general decline in aftermarket GPS). We consolidated our two U.S. offices into our southern California office to facilitate better communication among our team. Then I reorganized the company into four smaller business teams that leverage our common navigation software but focus on different customer segments (autoOEM, fleet, off-road, and car owners). This increased accountability and authority as well as helped drive the acquisition of new business.

“Last summer, we won the award for best aftermarket product at TU Detroit for the Magellan TRX. In December, we released our first autoOEM navigation software as standard equipment on Subaru vehicles. In April, we launched a fleet navigation and HOS software solution with Samsung. Other deals are in the pipeline, which should enable Magellan to show a year-over-year increase in revenue for the first time in eight years. This has all happened because the people in our company have been able to take ownership and responsibility for their work and are empowered to learn and try new things.”



Sheri Simmons, MBA 89

Sheri Simmons, of Menlo Park, Calif., announces, “I recently joined Philips Healthcare as senior global product marketing manager in the enterprise imaging informatics business, based in Foster City, Calif. I was hired to launch an exciting new product that uses adaptive intelligence to aid physicians in diagnostic imaging patient care. Taking this role was the culmination of a focused search to advance my career in health care IT.

“I want to thank Haas career services for the excellent resources and support I received. Lara Klein was particularly helpful and brings a wealth of experience to her role. Many Haas friends and alumni supported my career search; I am grateful to be a Haas alumna!

“I’m also looking forward to my oldest son’s upcoming graduation from Boston University with a master’s degree in computer science. We’re thrilled that he’s already found a job in Seattle. My husband and I also have twin teens still in high school, so more fun parenting ahead.”



Cam Pollock, MBA 90, in a recent family photo with wife, Dawn; son, Corey; daughter, Diana; and princess Sophie

Cam Pollock, of Kirkland, Wash., writes, “I am now working as executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Physio-Control, Inc. in Redmond, Wash. Physio-Control is now part of Stryker, acquired one year ago. We recently moved from 24 years in suburbia to downtown Kirkland, where we can walk to more than 30 eating/drinking establishments and to Lake Washington.”

Floris Vandenbroek, of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, reports, “Having real fun heading a cybersecurity company in the Netherlands with offices in the U.S., Japan, and China. More reasons to travel—hopefully even more to the Bay Area. I now also own a fiber optic telecom business, which provides fast internet to homes and offices.

“I’ve been welcoming several classmates to Amsterdam lately, including Archie Comas, Klaus Hammer, and Shunsa Hayashi. Eva and I still have our three kids at home, but the oldest will leave the house this fall to start medical school.”


Scott Bechtler-Levin, of Encinitas, Calif., announces, “In October 2016, I joined BCG Digital Ventures at our headquarters in Manhattan Beach, Calif., to grow the global health care practice of this three-year-old innovation, product development, commercialization, and corporate/venture firm. With seven innovation centers around the world, we are dedicated to inventing, building, investing in, and launching category-changing businesses at startup speed for the world’s most influential companies.”



Kristin Nicholson, MBA 93 (far right) with Paula Kehoe, Vuochnear Ly, and Cynthia Harris, MBA 93

Kristin Nicholson, of San Francisco, writes, “Last year (along with Cynthia Harris Sze, MBA 93) I began mentoring a young woman from Cambodia through the nonprofit SHE-CAN (Supporting Her Education Changes A Nation). Our mentee Vuochnear is completing her freshman year at Gettysburg College. She’ll be returning to Phnom Penh for a summer internship and will be back here in August to continue her studies. SHE-CAN’s mission is to empower women from post-conflict countries to become leaders and change makers in their nations.”


Leslie Smith, MBA 93, at her first open studio at SF Art Explosion with her oil painting, “Jade: What Do We Do Now?”

Leslie Smith, of Oakland, Calif., who retired as associate vice-chancellor of governmental relations to become a full-time artist, writes, “Picasso painted Guernica to call attention to the horrors of tribal hatred and the obligation of being human. When we walk into a room, we first check the faces to see if it’s safe. I am painting large-scale portraits focusing on emotion—broad strokes, emotions, across all cultures. I want my choice under defining leadership principles, which should be Berkeley’s mantra: ‘Demand Better!’”


Marcus Stock, MBA 93, with Darth at LucasFilm San Francisco

Marcus Stock, of San Anselmo, Calif., announces, “After a successful career in corporate consulting with leading firms including KPMG and Oracle, I’ve been able to realize a goal I’ve had since high school and move into a creative field. I joined Bay Area Sound, the leader in audio services for the interactive industry, as an executive producer in January 2016 and was recently named CEO as well.

“After graduating from NYU in 2015, Connor, my oldest son, became a principal at Bay Area Sound, running delivery. My second son, Brendan, is now a junior at UCLA studying economics, and my daughter, Nicole, is a freshman at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.”


Mark Breitbard was named president and CEO of Banana Republic. In his role, he serves on the senior leadership team for Gap Inc. Most recently, Breitbard served as CEO at The Gymboree Corporation from 2013 until early 2017. From 2010 to 2013, he held leadership positions across Gap North America, where he was instrumental in delivering the product-led resurgence of Gap’s North America business. He also served as chief merchandising and creative officer of Old Navy from 2009 to early 2010. Previously, Breitbard served in leadership roles at Levi Strauss & Co. and Abercrombie & Fitch.

Jill Rapier, of Pleasant Hill, Calif., reports, “Financial Strategies Consulting Group (FSCG) was acquired by Armanino’s CFO Advisory Services consulting practice as of January 1, 2017. After 17 years it is exciting to continue to meet our clients’ valuation needs related to stock option pricing and purchase price allocations and continue to build strategic relationships. We are now able to provide a wide variety of assistance to CFO organizations such as transaction support/due diligence, audit and IPO readiness, as well as technical accounting support. I love the idea of freeing up my clients’ time for leadership and strategy functions by taking care of any technical headaches. It also has been great to pivot at this time in my career to a larger, more varied firm as my kids are preparing to leave the nest.”


Pablo Valencia, of Madrid, shares this account of how the Haas family works: “We were sponsoring our former nanny, an undocumented youth with the now famous DACA status, to complete her high school and later her college degree. She was smart enough to complete community college with straight A’s and get admitted to UC Berkeley. Sadly, we realized that being undocumented she had to pay the full tuition as an out-of-state person. We then turned for help to our dear Haas friends, including the dean’s office. Many friends offered valuable advice and their contacts. After a couple of weeks, Dean Lyons sent a brief email reading, ‘Pablo, we are looking into this.’ Nothing else. Two months later, we heard that the policy of the entire UC Berkeley had been amended to welcome and help DACA students. Bravo Haas, bravo Dean Lyons! (By the way, she graduated with honors last December.)”


Patrick Awuah, founder of Ghana’s Ashesi University, was profiled in PBS Newshour as an agent of change. According to Awuah, “a lot of jobs need to be created. We need to be educating the next bench in a way that they’re going to go create those jobs and create those opportunities for people.”

Samir Goradia, of Bakersfield, Calif., reports, “Recently became VP of business development for fintech startup Paygevity. We allow large companies to delay payments to their suppliers while the suppliers are paid promptly at a slight discount. I would welcome inquiries from large company CFOs. Also, planning to get married.”



MBA 00 Haasmates (from left to right): Philip Inghelbrecht, Sinead Phelan, Andras Szirtes, Pascal Hoffmann, Tegan Hoffmann, Karina Iniguez-Patterson, Greg Patterson, Patrick Feely, Carla Feely, Greg Funk, and Victor Liao.

Pascal Hoffmann, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “Andras Szirtes paid a visit to San Francisco Haasmates in March (see photo).”


Jonathan Hudacko, of Berkeley, Calif., updates as follows, “Happy to announce to the Haas community that I, along with Alan Cummings, MFE 05, and Sherwood Yuen, MBA 08, have launched Just Invest. The firm is a hybrid technology firm and investment advisory service focused on delivering personalized investment portfolios. Most of our clients are pursuing environment, social, and governance tailorings, such as low-carbon output firms, board diversity, and equitable pay practices. This is all made possible by a combination of big data, quantitative finance, and technology. It has been great fun getting the business off the ground and helping investors express their values.” He adds, “Outside of work, I am enjoying another season of coaching my youngest son’s baseball team. Nothing like a group of 7- and 8-year-olds to sharpen your management skills.”



Steve Schuman, MBA 02

Steve Schuman, of Lafayette, Calif., announces, “After 15 years of investing at other people’s investment firms, I recently left my previous hedge fund. I’ve started my own venture capital firm, primarily focusing on startups that support the cannabis industry.” Editor’s note: watch Steve talk about economic opportunities in the emerging cannabis industry:

David (Klingle) Bowman writes, “Moved back to the Bay Area in 2016 to join Jackson Family Wines as the company’s EVP of its Classics & Estates portfolio of wineries, located in California and Oregon. Now living in Healdsburg with my wife, Megan, and our two sons, Jack and Max.”



Darren Reinke, MBA 03, with his two sons, Madden and Kai

Darren Reinke, of Encinitas, Calif., recently expanded Group Sixty, a growth acceleration company based in San Diego, to include executive coaching in addition to strategic consulting services. To support this expansion, Darren became certified by the International Coach Federation and is now coaching CEOs and other executives in San Diego and throughout the country. This summer, Group Sixty is launching CEO Growth Connection, a peer-to-peer group coaching experience that enables fellow CEOs to connect, learn, and grow in a safe and supportive environment. The first one will be located in San Diego, but Darren plans to launch a virtual group later this year to connect CEOs in smaller markets. To learn more, please visit



Adam Goldman, MBA 04

Adam Goldman, of Houston, reports, “Building upon a seven-year career as a Houston area master franchisor for Vanguard Cleaning, a national office cleaning company, I have joined Franchoice, the premier network of franchise consultants in America, as a consultant. We help people find the right franchise fit.”



Sharon Chen, Sarah Brewer, Ben Martin, Janine O’Neill, David Slater, Yan Chow, Mandy Nelson, Howard Chen, Ravi Anaparti, Andrea Tarble, Anthony Kong, and Matt Fisher, all MBA 05s

Yan Chow, of Orinda, Calif., writes, “On a beautiful sunny spring day at the end of March, a dozen of us EWMBA 05 classmates got together for a fun mini-reunion lunch catching up with each other at Barcha in downtown S.F. Janine O’Neill was the organizer, and it was way overdue.”



Jack Duan, MBA 06 (center), with the Gliding Eagle team and board, three of whom are also Haas alumni: Dean Suzuki, MBA 69, Ali Aydar, MBA 06, and advisor Michaela Rodeno, MBA 80

Jack Duan, of American Canyon, Calif., updates as follows, “I started Gliding Eagle in 2010 with the intention to balance the trade between the U.S. and China and to better facilitate global trade with transparency. We now have three teams spanning California, China, and Greece. Our cloud-based system built with Blockchain tracks each individual product from the producer to the end consumer anywhere in the world to ensure authenticity. As a starter, we now serve 70 premium Napa wine brands to China.”


Michael Berolzheimer, founder and managing partner of Bee Partners, announced that in addition to providing capital support for the Hansoo Lee Fellowship, in memory of Magoosh co-founder Hansoo Lee, MBA 10, Bee Partners is also offering mentorship and office space during the summer to the recipient of the fellowship. This summer, that honor falls to Leon Rodriguez, MBA 18, of NecesitoDoc. The Fellowship is an opportunity for Berkeley Haas MBA students to pursue their passion, as did Hansoo Lee. The fellowship application opens again in the fall; any support is welcome.

Jennifer Quan, of San Mateo, Calif., is questioning the status quo by inspiring kids and families to LOL (Love Out Loud) at rec room creative, her indoor play and community space—where she also supports other women entrepreneurs.

Joe Lazar, of Corte Madera, Calif., writes, “My company is growing! We’re a creative marketing agency in N.Y. and S.F. and we work with some great brands like Amazon, Google, and GE. It’s been a whirlwind, and I think it’s only going to get more intense. Haas has been an amazing foundation for growth. Go Bears!”


Justin Amirault, of San Francisco, recently founded Glasswing Capital Management to bring investment access for family offices and individuals with passive income (as defined by the IRS) to the tax equity market for solar projects across the U.S. This is a unique opportunity for certain investors to make a meaningful contribution to our renewable energy future and still earn a favorable return on investment.

Dinesh Moorjani, of Belmont, Calif., announces, “Last year I co-founded a boutique investment banking firm, Telegraph Hill Advisors, which focuses on M&A and private financing advisory for emerging growth technology companies. On the personal front, my wife and I had our first child last year, our baby daughter, Harleen, who just turned 9 months. With the new business, though, I feel that I’ve got two babies to raise!”

John Pavolotsky, of San Mateo, Calif., reports, “Last fall, I joined the Privacy and Security Legal Team at Intel, after supporting the Technology and Manufacturing Group for the past 3.5 years. It’s amazing how privacy and security have evolved over the past 10 years, when I first started work in this space.”


Jordan Lindsey recently took a position as executive director of The Arc of California, the state’s oldest and largest organization representing people with developmental disabilities and their families. He lives in Sacramento with his wife and three young children.


Satish Mandalika, MBA 11

Satish Mandalika, of San Ramon, Calif., reports that he and Ankit Jain, MFE 13, started an AI company ( in the home decor/home improvement domain. He notes, “A few months back we got picked by Nvidia’s inception program, a select group of companies applying AI to solve interesting problems in different domains. We launched our AWS-based platform at the beginning of the year. We are excited about what the future holds for young AI startup companies such as ours.”


Fabio Mantovani, MBA 11

Fabio Mantovani reports, “I recently took on a new challenge. I am now heading up the technology development team at Centrica Distributed Energy & Power based in Seattle. We are working with early, mid, and late-stage energy startups to in-source cleantech to develop new products and services for renewable energy customers worldwide.

“My wife, Sarah, and I are excited about this new chapter, but we’ll miss sunny California and our friends, including many Haas alumni."



Christine Lin, MBA 12

Christine Lin, of San Francisco, announces, “After more than 10 years in tech, I quit to pursue my passion of architecture and interior design full time. My design firm, Form + Field (, works on both residential and commercial projects. Combining my project/product management skills with my creative chops, I’m looking to revolutionize the client experience for interior design to create a truly smooth and seamless one. Happy to chat about your residential or commercial project or connect with others in the industry!

“My partner, Ankur, and I are developing a single-family home in Potrero Hill into two condos to do our part in increasing the housing density of San Francisco. We’re looking forward to moving to the Potrero Hill neighborhood sometime next year!”


Editor’s Note: Our sincere apologies to Benny Du for an erroneous alumni note posted under his name in the Spring 2017 issue.



Matt Heling, MBA 15

Matt Heling, of Bangkok, Thailand, started a new job in September 2016, noting, “I’m currently head of energy consulting for Poyry Energy Ltd, a Finnish global engineering and consulting firm. I lead market assessments and price projections for electricity markets and financial modeling for power plant projects across Southeast Asia.”



Victor Pucci, MBA 16, with his son, Jeronimo, at the summit of Manquehuito, in Santiago

Victor Pucci, of Santiago, moved back to Chile. He founded Kapin Capital, the first private equity company based on the circular economy and artificial intelligence.


At the Haas Chicago Alumni Chapter social in December 2016: Sandeep Srinivasan, MBA 17; Brigitte Ozello, MBA 98; Lindsay Brown, MBA 10; and Roshan Mental, MBA 08



Nick Triantos, of Woodside, Calif., announces, “I’m now working as a partner at Ignition Partners, a 17-year-old venture capital firm focused on enterprise software. Ignition started life in the Seattle area but expanded to Silicon Valley back in 2013 when my partner and fellow Haas alum, Nick Sturiale, MBA 00, joined. I’m happy to meet any entrepreneurs who are looking for help or who are raising money for young enterprise software-focused companies.”



Joshua Posamentier, BCEMBA 07

Joshua Posamentier, of Piedmont, Calif., reports, “At the beginning of the year, I co-founded a new sustainable technology firm called Prelude Ventures and closed the first fund. We focus on early stage startups addressing diverse challenges in energy, sustainable technologies, food, and agriculture.”



Sean Luangrath, BCEMBA 08, and family

Sean Luangrath, of Highland, Utah, left Aerohive Networks and joined Inergy Solar, a cleantech startup, as the CEO. He adds, “Moved from Silicon Valley to ‘Silicon Slopes’ (Salt Lake City area).”



Daniel Kimble, BCEMBA 10

Daniel Kimble, of Orinda, Calif., reports, “Happy to announce my forthcoming book, Unstoppable Influence: 7 C-Suite Leadership Imperatives for Making Your Dent in the Universe, which will be published later this year.”


Peter Holst, of Oakland, Calif., has joined Arup, an innovative multinational engineering consulting company, to help build the acoustics group in San Francisco and explore growth in digital buildings, especially in health care, education, and commercial/workplace. Meanwhile, as VP of the board of directors for Meals on Wheels of Alameda County, Peter is chair of a large fundraising cycling event in October and leads several development initiatives to improve care for seniors. Contact him on LinkedIn to help.



Ankit Jain, See note for Satish Mandalika, MBA 2011.




New book by William Ziemba, PhD 69

William T. Ziemba published a new book titled Stock Market Crashes: Predictable and Unpredictable and What to Do About Them (World Scientific), which presents studies of big and small crashes that occur from bubbles bursting or other reasons. The focus is on determining if a bubble actually exists, on models to predict stock market declines in bubble-like markets, and on exit strategies from these bubble-like markets.



Dr. Chuck Leo, PhD 73

Charles Leo, of Huntington Beach, Calif., was recently awarded the Annual Distinguished Professor Outstanding Teaching Award for 2016 from Pepperdine University. Dr. Leo is a frequent speaker and seminar leader at both professional and academic conferences throughout the country. Most recently, he spoke on “The Relevance of Mindfulness for Business Leaders” at an event sponsored by the New York Conference Board. He teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership, change management, and organizational development.


Cathy Goodwin, of Philadelphia, writes, “Still working online, after many years as a college professor and researcher. My websites are and My marketing site focuses on copywriting and using storytelling to communicate your message and make marketing easier and more productive. Recently, I developed a program for small businesses interested in pivoting and planning to work that into a book and/or course.

“I’ve been living in Philadelphia for six years now—too many developers taking over! Thinking of finding a way to semi-retire overseas, perhaps in Spain. No children but adopted a cat who’s maybe 10 or 15. My other cat is at least 17 and the dog turned 13 in October. So at times I feel I’m running an old folks’ home.”



Marc-David L. Seidel, PhD 97, at UBC

Marc-David Seidel announces, “I’ve been promoted to be the RBC Financial Group Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. I now also serve as the director of the W. Maurice Young Centre for Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Research at Sauder. Additionally, I’m now associate editor of Administrative Science Quarterly.”

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Mohammed Ashfaque Hussain, of Bangalore, India, founded, a diversified business group, and seeks investors interested in seven social and economic uplift business drivers. “I believe in building talents for projects [with] the best developers in Bangalore and across the world to join my startup seven projects, taking off at very high speed,” he writes. He also formed a group called RPC, Rights and Powers to Citizens, which seeks to keep hatred and division away from the lives of each citizen by focusing on economic growth and power sharing, a “fresh ideology catching up in every corner—Kashmir, Gujarat, West Bengal, Assam, UP, and more than 14 states,” he adds.

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