Edward Martins, of Danville, Calif., and his wife, Donna, recently funded the Hayward Museum to provide three years of free admission to all. The museum has a current exhibit on the local disruptions caused by the detention of Japanese American citizens during World War II.
Mimi (Mary Renard) Knox, of Walnut Creek, Calif., announces, "A good time was had by 120 classmates at the Grand Finale Reunion of the Class of 1950 on May 23. Oski joined the group at the University Club at the Stadium singing ‘All Hail.' Thanks to everybody who made it such a special affair!"
Edward Scholtz See MBA 1963.
Ken Nomiyama See MBA 1965.
Ned Leiba See MBA 1983.
Kent Halkett, of Brentwood, Tenn., reports, "In 2017, I became a member of the Tennessee Bar and joined the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services as an attorney providing advice and guidance to seniors throughout all of Tennessee and those across the country with issues involving Tennessee law or procedures."
Linda Schermer, of Beverly Hills, Calif., is a real estate broker and attorney.
Hal Bogotch, of Venice, Calif., writes, "Recently celebrated my first anniversary on the job, as an adult literacy coordinator with the Los Angeles Public Library. I match volunteer tutors with low-literate adult learners. It's very rewarding work! I also organized two conversation classes for ESL students."
Kenneth Cera, BS 81
Kenneth Cera, of Brooklyn, N.Y., recently attended the graduation of his daughter Michelle Cera, Class of 2018.
Laura Bertolli, BS 84
Laura Bertolli, of San Rafael, Calif., after a 30-year career owning and operating her small business, Bertolli's Auto Body, sold the business in August. She is currently seeking new business opportunities and "would like to work for someone else for a change!" Change was in the air and Laura was forced to move, involuntarily. Luckily, she found an affordable condo and was able to buy her own place. Although she still has a teen son in high school, she travels as often as possible to see her adult daughters. Laura is happily single but holds hope in finding a man with whom to share her life.
Doug Barry, of Tiburon, Calif., reports, "I have become a partner in a new, all-inclusive, Cal Weekend Music Festival at the Lair of the Bear Camp in the Sierras. The Sept. 7–Sept. 9 music festival is an awesome way to reunite with your fellow Haas grads and discover some amazing artists in a unique summer camp setting. Tickets can be ordered at bearmusicfest.com. Hope to see you there! Go Bears!"
Bill Koefoed See MBA 1994.
Beth (Corman) Lee, BS 85, doing what she loves best: food marketing.
Beth (Corman) Lee, of San Jose, Calif., is the kitchen-table storyteller you wish lived next door. Formally a Silicon Valley high-tech marketing professional, Beth realized in 2010 that she'd rather talk about pita chips than memory chips and started her food blog OMG! Yummy. Since then, Beth has transformed her career by combining her marketing and culinary skills to build her own food brand and create content and marketing strategy for growing and established food and food tech companies. Beth is also a freelance food writer, teaches cooking classes, and co-leads Tasting Jerusalem, a virtual cooking community that explores Middle Eastern cuisine and was featured in the New York Times food section.
When not cooking, writing, photographing, or strategizing, Beth is an avid golfer, wannabe world traveler, and grocery store geek. You can find Beth talking about food on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and her OMG! Yummy and Tasting Jerusalem Facebook pages. Two recent highlights of her travel were an awe-inspiring trip through Israel exploring the region's history, food, and wine, and golf at Bandon Dunes on the southern Oregon coast with seven guys, most of whom she met at Cal.
Gary Lentz, BS 86
Gary Lentz, of Santa Rosa, Calif., who is licensed to write residential mortgages all over California, manages the Windsor, Calif., office for Pinnacle Capital Mortgage. His fifth (and final) child graduated from high school. He hears college is sort of expensive these days, so feel free to reach out to him for all your purchase or refi mortgage needs. "Cheers!"
Gary Hornbeek, of Palo Alto, Calif., is now vice president of finance at Quicken Inc. in Menlo Park. He volunteers as treasurer of the Palo Alto Little League.
Lawrence Fox, of Richmond, Calif., is still going strong at Kaiser Permanente in human resources making a difference in the lives of its employees and protecting its plans. He writes, "Currently have two teenagers and a third who is nearly a teenager. Hopefully, one of them will be looking to continue the Cal tradition. Celebrating 20 years of matrimony with my wife, Heather, this summer. Still an active member at TBH, serving on the board of directors, head of two committees, and teaching on the weekends."
Back: Gregg Walti and Marie Walti, BS 97. Front: Kaily Walti, Conner Walti
Marie (Cavanaugh) Walti, of Newport Beach, Calif., announces, "I opened a family restaurant in downtown Santa Ana, Calif., and am building a thriving e-commerce skincare business. My husband and I celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary on May 10. Together with our two kids (Kaily, 8, and Conner, 7) we invest our time and resources in empowering struggling families in Watts, Calif., and feeding the homeless in Santa Ana."
In May, Richard Wong became the first CFO of Houzz Inc., a platform for home remodeling and opportunidesign. Wong joined Houzz after nearly eight years at LinkedIn, where he served as the company's vice president of finance and played an instrumental part in building out and running the financial planning and analysis, treasury, investor relations, procurement, and sales compensations teams. He was also deeply involved in the company's IPO, earnings announcements, and M&A activities.
Will Edmonson, of West Hollywood, Calif., writes, "I continue to practice law, primarily handling business litigation for individuals and small businesses in Southern California. I offer big law firm experience and talent at affordable rates. Please feel free to contact me at 424-248-9581 or firstname.lastname@example.org if I can help you with anything."
Judy Huang, BS 01
Judy Huang, of Berkeley, Calif., announces, "After getting my MBA in marketing from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, I returned to the Bay Area. Now, I work at UC Berkeley performing marketing and operations for an energy research program. In 2016, I launched an award-winning professional Indian dance company, Chalo Let's Dance (chaloletsdance.wix.com/dance). The company performs Bollywood and Bhangra dance monthly for private and public events. We recently partnered with the East Bay chapter of the BerkeleyHaas alumni network to offer a unique meet-and-greet Bollywood dance performance and workshop in Berkeley. I feel blessed to be giving back to Berkeley Haas, as the company will be donating its services while I do what I love. Forever, Go Bears!"
Divyesh Patel, BS 08, with 2-month-old Anaya Patel
Divyesh Patel, of Houston, took on a commercial manager role for The Dow Chemical Company–and on January 25 welcomed Anaya Patel into this world. "We are very excited to start this new journey of our lives."
Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez, Back to the Roots co-founders, partnered with actress and celebrity cook Ayesha Curry (who's also married to Warriors point guard Steph Curry). In addition to investing in Back to the Roots, Curry hosted a gardening and cooking workshop at the Oakland Whole Foods Market that was broadcast on Amazon and Instagram. Arora and Velez delivered the undergraduate commencement address in May and were also honored this spring with a "Marketers That Matter" award presented by the Sage Group and the Wall Street Journal for "creating an indoor gardening category to help millions of new families grow their own food."
James Dong and David Chang, both BS 10, at Dong's Last Minute Gear store during the opening reception of Chang's photography exhibit
James Dong, of San Francisco, reports, "My outdoor gear shop, Last Minute Gear, has been growing steadily as one of the best places to get camping and backpacking gear, and skiing or snowboarding clothes. In addition to retail sales of new gear, we also have a 24/7 smartphone self-service rental program and just added a free-to-borrow community gear lending library to get even more folks outside. We also host local artists–currently we're showing photography by fellow alumnus David Chang in the store. Check us out and reach out if I can help! At email@example.com."
Rachelle Kresch, BS 12
Rachelle Kresch, of San Francisco, graduated this May with her masters of engineering from UC Berkeley. Rachelle completed her degree while working full time at Ernst & Young where she started as an intern while attending Haas and is now an advanced analytics manager.
Kapil Gururangan, of Stanford, Calif., matched at Kaiser Santa Clara for an internship in internal medicine and at Mount Sinai Hospital for a residency in neurology.
Laura Hertz, BS 13, CEO of Gifts for Good
Laura Hertz, of Los Angeles, writes, "I am the CEO and co-founder of a startup social enterprise called Gifts for Good (giftsforgood.com), which I started after business school at USC Marshall last year. Gifts for Good is the first business gifting company focused solely on social impact. We curate and customize premium gifts for employees, clients, and events by supporting the work of more than 40 nonprofits and cause-based enterprises in 19 states and 65 countries. Be it for client holiday gifts, custom apparel, conference giveaways, or first-day-on-the-job branded swag, we have all corporate gifting needs covered. We are already working with several big-name brands–including Red Bull, Madison Square Garden, and Lionsgate–to add social impact into their corporate gifting programs. My team members consist of Jenise Steverding (the second member of TOMS Shoes' global giving program) and Missy Halperin (Fox Broadcasting EVP of talent for nearly 30 years). In September, I married my high school sweetheart of over a decade–within a month of Gifts for Good's official e-commerce launch. It's been a busy year!"
Clement Kao, BS 14
Clement Kao, of San Francisco, updates as follows: "I recently started working as a product manager at Blend, a fintech startup digitizing the consumer lending ecosystem. We partner with banks and lenders to power frictionless, compliant, and more accessible lending–starting with mortgages. We're motivated by the fact that our product positively impacts the lives of people all over America. Founded in 2012 by a group of former Palantir engineers, Blend raised $100M from Greylock and Emergence Capital in 2017. Blend's people-centric culture focuses on impact, ownership, collaboration, humility, drive, and transparency. Blend is currently hiring experienced professionals in business development, operations, design, engineering, finance, information security, marketing, product, sales, and services. If you're interested in Blend, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!"
Jin Kim, BS 15
Jin Kim, of San Francisco, who joined global health care giant Abbott Laboratories after graduation, writes, "I've been leveraging what I learned in the classroom and still follow the four defining principles of Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. As a young professional, having them as a personal mission is very important, because you tend to lose sight of what you are really aiming for in your life. So, I appreciate Haas for teaching me valuable skill sets as well as giving me a lifetime mission."
Sadaf Safari, of San Jose, Calif., celebrated his one-year anniversary working at Applied Materials. He writes, "Each of my projects and activities at work reminds me what I learned at Cal and Haas. After working less than a year at the corporation, I was listed as an Employee of the Quarter, and I truly owe it to my Cal community. I have used every career and recruiting opportunity to visit the campus and give back to the community, which makes me proud of myself."
Isabella Brandes, of Cuenca, Ecuador, announces, "After finishing my Haas undergraduate degree I joined the Peace Corps as a community health volunteer. Here in Cuenca, I have been able to put my business background to use by helping a new local nonprofit organization, Hogar de Esperanza, to streamline its business practices, thereby improving services for our high-need HIV patients."
Jacqueline Rouse, BS 17
Jacqueline Rouse, of Fairfield, Calif., reports, "After taking a huge leap of faith and leaving my role as a category specialist at Walmart eCommerce in San Bruno in September, I'm embarking on my eighth month at Gump's in San Francisco on the inventory planning team. In another bold move I dyed my hair red! (It was previously dark brown.) I'm a firm believer in being able to be myself and in bringing my whole self to work. For years, I was fearful of making this move because I was so into corporate America. But I did it, and I have no regrets–because it looks great."
Luke Walquist, BS 17, and his sister in Costa Rica
Luke Walquist, of Long Beach, N.Y., announces, "I landed a dream job in a health care company's finance rotational program and am moving from Costa Rica to Singapore in July. After helping friends with interviews, applications, and salary negotiations, I wanted to enable more people to find opportunities and advance their careers. I built The Edge (getyouredge.net), an online guide to help people stand out. Through it, I've interviewed Alec Brownstein, VP of creative at Dollar Shave Club, serial entrepreneur Jack Smith, and more. Haas taught me to think differently and gave me an edge. I want to share that with others."
Edward Scholtz, of Redondo Beach, Calif., is a labor arbitrator.
Russell Kalmacoff, of Calgary, Canada, joined the advisory board of The Clausen Center, where macroeconomists and central bankers connect. Created by Tom Clausen, former president of the Bank of America and the World Bank, the Center pursues groundbreaking research in monetary policy and was founded by a joint endowment to Haas and Berkeley/ Economics. It is led by Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, professor of management and economics at Berkeley.
Ken Nomiyama, of Newport, R.I., reports, "After graduating, I spent 35 years on Wall Street working for JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, and UBS in commercial and investment banking. I retired in 2007 and moved with my wife to Newport, R.I. I developed a late interest in learning about the history and implications of my birthplace, Tule Lake, Calif., a site established by the U.S. government to incarcerate Japanese Americans during World War II." Ken was interviewed about his experiences by a local newspaper, The Mercury of Newport, R.I.: read more at haas.org/2Kt0hHu.
William Ziemba See PhD 1969.
Takejiro Hama, of Tokyo, Japan, has retired.
Grant Wong, of Oakland, Calif., writes, "Time flies; it's now 10 years after my retirement from 43 years as an engineer (BSME 64) and working on many projects at Berkeley, including Haas. I wrote my first book, Band of Brothers, Saga at the Water's Edge, in 2015 at age 73, followed by Stilwell, America's Experience in China 1911–1945 Reexamined in 2016, Zhuge Liang's Management Techniques in 2017, and my fourth book, Easy Chinese in 10 Lessons, to be finished later this year. Anyone interested, please email me at nblgylwo@gmail. com and I will email you any of my books at no charge. Go Bears!"
Hidefumi Yamagami, of Tokyo, Japan, took a new position in April as a lecturer of corporate and international finance at the Institute of Business and Accounting, Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan, after a 14-year professorship at Kindai University. "I also start teaching at Koma- zawa University near my current home after moving from Osaka to Tokyo in March. Now, I can stay with my family here."
Christine (Cordi) Volker, MBA 78
Christine (Cordi) Volker, of Richmond, Calif., writes, "I'm excited to announce the release of my audiobook. Gabrielle de Cuir, the award-winning narrator, breathes life into the characters of Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City, my international mystery published last year. In addition, I'll be flying to Austin, Texas, in July to accept the Sarton Women's Book Award in Contemporary Fiction. Writing is a labor of love, but thrilling when you share your words."
Mark Coles, of McLean, Va., reports, "I was very pleased and proud to travel to Stockholm last December to participate in the celebration of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics won by Barry Barish (also a Cal alum), Kip Thorne, and Rai Weiss for the direct detection of gravitational radiation using the National Science Foundation's Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO). I headed facility construction when the two LIGO observatories were built–near Richland, Wash., and Livingston, La.–and then headed the LIGO Livingston Observatory. I now work at the National Science Foundation and oversee the LIGO Program."
Suzanne Perkins, MBA 80, with her painting "Phosphene," 48" x 48," acrylic on canvas, from 1972
Suzanne Perkins, of Berkeley, Calif., announces, "The UC Berkeley Art Museum recently purchased Phosphene, an acrylic spray painting on canvas (48" x 48"), one in a series of spray paintings I created in my Berkeley studio in the 1970s. I invite all to view it in the museum's current exhibition, Way Bay, through September 2. I am currently working on a book, Radiant Circles, about these paintings, which were influenced by Josef Albers and the avant-garde filmmaker Jordan Belson. In my paintings, interactions of colors give a hint of immaterial phenomena."
Marcelo Trivelli, MBA 80
Marcelo Trivelli, of Santiago, Chile, writes, "As president of Fundación Semilla, an NGO, I'm glad to share that we developed and launched WAYNA, a pedagogical tool for nonviolence (better living together) based on a gaming methodology. We are working with UNESCO to expand its use in educational systems throughout Spanish- speaking countries and territories (www. fundacionsemilla.cl)."
Tim Kingsbury, of Livermore, Calif., announces, "Excited to have started a new position in April as VP of finance for C3Nano. I'll be taking over finance, accounting, and other admin responsibilities from another Haas MBA, Paul Larose, MBA 74, who retired in May. C3Nano–the leader in transparent conductive films, components used to make touchscreen sensors and other high-tech products– also has facilities in China and Korea; its markets are international."
John Pollner, MBA 82
John Pollner, of Washington, D.C., is lead financial sector economist at the World Bank. Besides recently working with new EU members, Eastern Europe, and Russia, he is now on to Latin America developing credit enhancement instruments for infrastructure finance bonds in Argentina (within a new challenging environment, given Argentina's recent currency devaluation and its approach to the IMF). He maintains his musical hobbies and has his extended family all in the Washington, D.C., area, and despite not being in California, he is an avid avocado fan.
Jose Serra-Vega, MBA 82, with friend Ryskul Kyzart in a yurt, in the summer pasture of Song Köl Lake, Kyrgyzstan
Jose Serra-Vega, of Lima, Peru, writes, "I had been analyzing the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of several hydroelectric projects in the Marañon river, one of the two rivers that form the Amazon, but now because of the much lower cost of solar energy these projects will not be built in the short term. So, I am working on the EIA of a navigation channel planned for the Amazon. It will require constant dredging, as the sediment load is quite big. It is expected to lower shipping transportation costs but will affect fish breeding grounds. Fish is the main protein source for populations living along the river. My advice: visit the Amazon now as ‘development' and big-scale destruction is altering it forever.
"Last year, I traveled to Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan, [home to] nomadic and ancient urban peoples of the Silk Road, on the route of conquerors like Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, and Babur. Subdued by Tsarist Russia after revolution and civil war, they became Soviet Republics. With the collapse of the Soviet Union they were caught in economic depression and social chaos. Now, still under dictatorships, with the exception of Kyrgyzstan, they have recovered, restored their monuments, and a little prosperity and a lot of hospitality is the norm. To travel there, polish your Russian skills."
Ned Leiba, of Stockton, Calif., a practicing California CPA for over 40 years, successfully sued the California Board of Accountancy (CBA) when it tried to impose requirements for retroactive duplicative fingerprinting for CPAs. "As part of the proceedings," he informs, "the Superior Court judge found the position of the CBA unreasonable, the CBA seemed to lack basic records expected of a regulatory agency, and its actions were so preposterous that the court twice questioned if that agency was genuinely interested in protecting the public." Read more in an article published in Accounting Today at haas. org/2L1JqMW. "I urge my Cal classmates and colleagues, especially CPAs, not to capitulate to bureaucratic and regulatory irrationality," adds Ned. "Fiat Lux."
Phil Mitchell, MBA 84
Phil Mitchell, of Oakland, Calif., writes, "Left IBM in 2010 after various roles, including environmental management, product marketing, business dev/ partnerships, and advanced technology software development. Since, I've been enjoying working for startups. Currently leading Vision Science Labs, which just completed UC's LAUNCH program (formerly the Business Plan Competition), where we made the finals of the pitch competition. We are excited to be helping those with impaired 3D vision, which affects 56 percent of the population. Enjoy living in Oakland. For fun, playing tennis, learning ukulele, and traveling to visit my family, including my grandchildren (2 and 5), whenever possible."
Martha (Garriga) Stoneburner, of Scottsdale, Ariz., manages Stoneburner Associates, a real estate broker specializing in real estate financing since 1991. She is looking for colleagues to connect with in the Phoenix Metro area.
Bryan Bloom, MBA 85, founder of Inbound Passion, LLC
Bryan Bloom, of San Diego, Calif., updates as follows: "After many years doing search engine optimization (SEO) for my own companies I founded Inbound Passion, LLC. We serve clients across the U.S. and work to help them grow their client base through online domination. That includes organic as well as paid search. Our experience is that most SEO companies provide lukewarm results. We have a different approach and put together a team just as we used to do at Haas. Everyone is the best in a particular role, and together we focus on one goal–online domination for our clients (inboundpassion. com)."
Mauri Schwartz, MBA 85
Mauri Schwartz, of San Francisco, continues to expand the reach of her woman-owned career management firm Career Insiders, which offers recruitment, outplacement, executive branding, and individual job search coaching services to clients worldwide. She also thrives as VP, Berkeley Haas Alumni Network's SF Chapter, where she and her co-board members plan social, professional, and career events for Bay Area alumni. She's especially focused on expanding the scope of the group's outreach by building collaborative relationships with local alumni from all the top business schools, including those in Europe and elsewhere outside the U.S.
Catherine Chiu, of Saratoga, Calif., has left Opero Partners and restarted her previous consulting practice, under Falcon Associates. She provides strategic finance, business model, and growth strategy advice to CEOs and growth- stage companies. Cathy and her partners are actively engaged in M&A advisory services, tuned for post-deal integration success. She continues her engagement with the Berkeley Angel Network (BAN) as co-president. In operation since late 2011, BAN has invested in over 35 percent of companies that have pitched to the group. She finds the vibrant startup scene, impassioned entrepreneurs, and engaged and intellectually curious angel investors in her network to be invigorating. They keep her on her toes! She adds, "We trained, then cycled with the Tour de France, in 2015. Toured Greece in 2017 and this year dived in Palau–saw sharks by the scores and manta rays in the blue. Loved all of these incredible experiences. Would do every one again in a heartbeat."
Mark Coopersmith, MBA 86
Mark Coopersmith is celebrating 15 years since he returned to Haas to teach entrepreneurship. Speaking, writing, serving on boards, and executive education programs now take him around the world to spread insights on innovation and entrepreneurship. And he often includes topics from his book (co-written with John Danner), The Other ‘F' Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work (Wiley, 2015). He reports, "I'm having so much fun, challenge, and adventure with amazing people and organizations. I just returned from a week in the Middle East where I'm working with UC Berkeley colleagues on programs to help drive positive change and economic diversification there. Some new firsts for me: a sandstorm delay at the airport and spit-roasted goat around a blazing fire in the desert. Earlier this year I was in Southeast Asia for a series of talks to business and government leaders. And some great boards, including one out of Finland.
"Teaching entrepreneurship keeps me so engaged with our students, and also with developments in technology, healthcare, cryptocurrency, and more. And it's rewarding to see our student teams go on to launch successful ventures.
"Finally, Lori, BA 83 (sociology), and I are thrilled our daughter Alison is now a Golden Bear, studying microbial biology and global health at Cal."
Dan Engel, MBA 86
Dan Engel, of San Diego, announces, "I recently launched PatientTrueTalk. com to solve one of the pressing issues patients and their caregivers face in the cancer world–a means to connect to other patients, especially when considering and deliberating over treatment options. PatientTrueTalk.com is the only pure patient- to-patient registry where patients and/or their caregivers can search for others with their same diagnosis or who have followed treatment protocols being recommended to them. While there are other matching services and caregiver networks available, none provides patients the opportunity to send secure messages directly to those who are willing to speak with them and share their experiences." Dan also published Thriving through Cancer, which chronicles his journey in sometimes excruciating detail, providing the reader with lessons he learned while navigating the intersection of medical, personal, and professional lives. "At the end, it's an uplifting book about the power one has to change the world, a must-read for patients and caregivers alike, whether battling cancer or any other chronic illness."
Ross Ellis, MBA 88, and his son Duncan at the 2017 Cal vs Stanford football game
Ross Ellis, of Valley Forge, Pa., reports, "I am going on 20 years at the suburban Philadelphia- based financial services firm SEI–in the company's 50th anniversary of its founding. Arguably one of the first, if not the first, fintech company, it's doing quite well for itself, and it has been good to me as well. I remain the head of marketing and thought leadership for the division that services asset managers –mutual funds, private equity, hedge, etc. Fun times to be in this industry–technological innovation is really affecting us, and it's actually quite exciting to see nonfinancial firms making a difference. No major news on the personal front: My wife and I celebrated 27 years of marriage last year, our son is finishing his sophomore year at Cal (but out-of-state fees unfortunately), and we just got a cockapoo who celebrates his first birthday in July."
Linda Carlton, MBA 89, and Scott Wynn
Linda Carlton, of Oakland, Calif., and Scott Wynn were married in Riverside Park, Manhattan, on July 25, 2017. They will continue to split their time between Oakland, Calif., where Linda's recruiting business is located, and New York City, where Scott's photography business is based. Linda was previously married to Douglas Larson, MBA 84, who passed away in April 2001.
Klaus Hammer, of Switzerland, writes, "Dear Bears: You want a better company and happier and better-performing employees? My company, HammerResults, offers a new and free Culture and Organizational Improvement app, which brings you to diagnostic results and actions within minutes. It's usable for any organization larger than 20 people, I'd say. Has tons of best practice improvement content, too. Enter the free app via hammerresults.com, try it out, and provide feedback if you like. Cheers, Klaus."
Yasunori Nakagami, MBA 91
Yasunori Nakagami, of Tokyo, Japan, reports, "Surprisingly enough, my new asset management company, Misaki Capital, became a Harvard Business School case. I was invited to an HBS class as a protagonist and gave a speech last year. It was tough to discuss, with 90 students each, two classes for 30 minutes in English, but was fun. I felt honored to speak there– especially because I was refused as an MBA candidate 27 years ago!"
Richard Jones II, MBA 92, in second place
Richard Jones, of Oakland, Calif., announces, "I've been retired for two years now after 18 years at Intel as a venture capitalist and in business development and product line management. Would love to work with a tech nonprofit for kids in the Oakland area. Anyone with leads, please reach out. I'm still racing bicycles, which rewards me with wine and keeps me off the cholesterol drugs– email@example.com."
Eleni Kounalakis, former U.S. ambassador to Hungary, is running for lieutenant governor of California.
Leslie Smith, MBA 93, standing with her art installation "Who Are We?" as part of the European Cultural Centre's "TIME - SPACE - EXISTENCE" exhibition at Palazzo Mora, 2018 Architettura Biennale, Venice, Italy
Leslie Smith, of Oakland, Calif., writes, "My art installation Who Are We? has been installed at the Palazzo Mora (www. palazzomora.org) as part of the European Cultural Centre's TIME-SPACE- EXISTENCE exhibition at the 2018 Venice Architettura Biennale, May 26–November 25."
Bill Koefoed was recently appointed CFO of Blue Nile, the Seattle-based e-commerce jewelry retailer recently taken private by Bain Capital and Bow Street Capital.
Tamar Lowell, MBA 94 (far right), with Thomas Lowell and Mia Lowell
Tamar (Zukerman) Lowell is CEO of Access Culinary Trips. Based in Bainbridge Island, Wash., her award-winning culinary tour company operates small-group, experiential tours in 10 countries. She adds, "Thomas Lowell, MBA 94, and I recently celebrated the bat mitzvah of our first child, Mia Victoria, with several lifelong Haas friends in attendance. She lived up to her Haas pedigree with a sermon that analyzed the repetition of a certain phrase in the Torah and concluded that it was part of G-d's marketing plan. It was clever, insightful, and very funny. We are so very proud of her."
Yves Speeckaert, MBA 94
Yves Speeckaert announces, "After over 20 years in consultancy (KPMG) and structured finance (Banca Intesa) in Brazil and London, I am now managing director of Emergy Capital Markets, an advisory firm working on structuring, funding, and directing investment funds in Luxembourg, with oversight of nine regulated funds so far. I also do development economics consulting for the likes of the World Bank and EuropeAid, mostly in Africa and Latin America. I recently landed a really interesting medium-term project with the European Investment Bank–one of the world's largest, based in Luxembourg– called Boost, which is about access to finance for SMEs and PE/VC funds in the Caribbean region and Africa. As team leader, I have interviewed about 90 funds, asset management firms and incubators in the region and identified a short list of target investees. I am writing a concept note about how to create an enabling environment for VC funds and business angels in Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, and Haiti. I would enjoy resuming contact with Haas entrepreneurs, faculty, and other leaders for advice on how best to build capacity for VC funds and incubators and how to improve the relevant regulatory framework. Alumni who have worked in VC industry segment, I am open to inputs (my email is registered with Cal Alumni).
"Also, I am happily living with my Brazilian wife, Clelia, and have three wonderful children who are all at university (in the U.K., Holland, and Belgium). I continue practicing piano jazz (I've recorded two CDs) and creative writing, mostly poetry and short novels."
The Haas Greater Sacramento Summer BBQ in August 2017, with Haas alumni and their families in attendance. Alumni included: Mark Beckford, MBA 96; Brent Haapenan, MBA 13; Craig Mitchell, BS 92; Mike Cappelluti, MBA 00; Rebecca Delmar, MBA 17; Gurjeet Dosanjh, BS 04; Brian Miller, MBA 07; Ben Brasher, EMBA 17; and Melodie Puffer, EMBA 17
Mark Beckford, of Folsom, Calif., writes, "Still helping tech companies do business in China while learning about cool new innovations like ‘smart agriculture' and farm automation via IoT at a local startup called eze System. Very excited about the growth and development of the Haas Alumni Network in greater Sacramento, which has given me a platform to energize the region's innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem."
Paulo Penteado, MBA 96 (center), with Ana Penteado, LLM 97 (law), president of the Berkeley Alumni Club of Sydney; and Harry Chiam, Cornell alumnus and president of the Cornell Alumni Chapter in Sydney
Paulo Penteado, of Sydney, Australia, donated his valuable time, volunteering for the Berkeley Alumni Club in Sydney, helping out at the Study in the USA Information Evening. Plenty of questions about applying to Haas from parents and students.
Jim Slipe, of Woodland Hills, Calif., and Elaine Slipe are proud to announce the graduation of their son Luke from the Haas undergrad business program this year. Luke was born during last semester at Haas and was carried across the stage at commencement, perhaps making a Haas degree his destiny. Congratulations, Luke!
Trevor Traina, was officially installed as U.S. ambassador to Austria. His maternal grandfather, Wiley T. Buchanan, had served in the same post under President Gerald Ford.
According to Vienna international news source Vindobona, in his first statement Traina underscored the close bilateral relations between the two countries: "Austria was one of America's first friends and we are here to remind everyone how important that relationship still is today–over 180 years later."
James Gray, MBA 97
James Gray, of Austin, Texas, updates as follows: "In January 2017, I graduated from the School of Information with a master's of information and data science. It was a challenging and fulfilling experience earning a second degree from Berkeley 19 years after my MBA. I continue to lead the big data team at Austin startup Phunware, founded by Berkeley Haas alum Alan Knitowski, MBA 99. My focus is driving a product strategy using data science to deliver intelligent mobile experiences and monetization at scale. Our announcement to go public and enter the cryptocurrency market will make for an interesting ride ahead."
MBA Class of 1998 classmates Maryam Ghazi, Luca Magnoni, Ann Scott, Elizabeth Herrick, Julia Violich, Gonzalo Arguello, and Geoffrey Leland
Gonzalo Arguello, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, writes, "It was beautiful and emotional to be reunited at Haas with classmates. After 20 years, we are not so changed. We have grown a little. As well, the love we have for each other has grown. Thanks to all the MBA 98 alumni who came to Berkeley this April. We all loved to see each other."
Greg Greeley, the former VP of Amazon Prime and delivery experience, joined Airbnb as its president of homes, one of the company's four business units. Greeley spent 18 years at Amazon.
Srivats Srinivasan, of Clyde Hill, Wash., reports, "Excited to share that Bluewave (a visual storytelling and design firm in Oakland) is now part of Nayamode! This is particularly sweet because I now have a base so close to Berkeley Haas, where it all began. Hit me up for any marketing or design needs–would love to work with Haas alums. And happy that this acquisition will bring me to Berkeley more often now."
Deborah (Korcheck) Baldini, of Napa, Calif., announces, "Familia Biordi to Familia Savio to Familia Baldini–Biordi Art Imports lives on to preserve and perpetuate Italian culture in the heart of San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood. After 42 years at the helm of Biordi, the present owner, Gianfranco Savio, is retiring, though not before securing the future of Biordi and placing it in the hands of the Familia Baldini, ensuring the Biordi legacy continues. The 72-year-old business, founded by Mr. Biordi in 1946 and purchased in 1977, has become a landmark in North Beach offering the finest of Italian handcrafted majolica ceramics. Michael and Deborah Baldini are the next Italian generation to take ownership of this iconic San Francisco retailer."
Kim Niquette, MBA 99, skating on the canals in Amsterdam with (clockwise): Winston, Alienor (11), and Jasper (9)
Kim Niquette, of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, writes, "Last August our family of four sold most of our belongings and moved to Amsterdam with only six check-in bags, four wheelie bins, and backpacks. We also expanded our cyber security company, Kivu, opening international offices in Europe and Toronto. Our family has been traveling extensively ever since, as we have adopted the ‘we can work anywhere' ethos: London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Lillehammer, Munich, The Ardennes, and all over the Netherlands. We thoroughly enjoy our new home and encourage anyone with the interest in taking your family overseas to do it!"
Esina Alic was named president and CEO of Boeing subsidiary Insitu in Bingen, Washington. She rejoined Insitu from Adidas in Germany where she served as senior vice president of global operations, strategy, and programs. Prior to Adidas, she held a number of senior executive positions in business, finance, and engineering at organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 50 companies. Those positions included a series of roles at Boeing, where she was in charge of strategy for the global services market and global sales for unmanned systems; Insitu, where she was responsible for corporate strategy, global operations, and international growth and partnerships; and Visa, where she was a vice president of finance.
Nalini Murdter, MBA 01
Nalini Murdter, of Sunnyvale, Calif., was promoted to president and CEO of MBL International (MBLI) effective January 2018. Prior to assuming the role of CEO, Nalini served as vice president of commercial operations and business development at MBLI and managing director of the Diagnostics and Research Products Division at JSR. She has more than 25 years of experience in the life sciences and clinical diagnostics sectors. She adds, "I am excited to lead the organization into the next growth phase. Over the last year, MBLI has grown its business in the pharma and biotech industry and gained significant adoption of its products with leading researchers in the immuno-oncology field. Together with the greater JSR family of companies, I look forward to expanding our product and services business especially in immuno-oncology, autoimmune, and metabolic disease areas."
Jorge Viera, MBA 01, wth Maria Fernanda, Clara Elisa, and Luisa Teresa Viera
Jorge Viera, of Madrid, Spain, announces, "After moving to Madrid, I formed a joint venture with a large Spanish asset manager to sponsor what will become the first private equity fund of funds for the Spanish market. Last year, I moved here with my family from Caracas, and we are now settled in a wonderful neighborhood in this captivating city. Our 10-year-old twins are doing great at their new school, and life in general has been good, especially when you compare a modern, vibrant, civilized city with what has become of Caracas. I still travel between Spain and Venezuela, as I keep many interests in my home country. Please reach out if you find yourself in Madrid."
Seong Chen reports, "After working and living in Switzerland for more than 11 years, we are moving (back) to Melbourne, Australia, for family reasons. If you are down under, please drop me a note and let's meet up!"
Eric Meyerson and Mahiro Ochi, MBA 02s, among the cherry blossoms in Tokyo in March 2017
Eric Meyerson, of San Francisco, writes, "After decades in big-to- medium companies, I'm finally doing the real startup thing, leading marketing for a new AI startup called Sensai. Also, we took our kids for their first international trip, a week of sakura in Japan. And we had the delight of drinking beer and sampling many types of beef with my classmate Mahiro Ochi and meeting his lovely family."
Haas friendships live forever! Edgard Capdeville, MBA 00, enjoying a nice city view of Rio de Janeiro with local Paulo Mannheimer, MBA 03
Paulo Mannheimer, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, reminds, "Students Always!"
Matthew Owings was appointed CFO of Rombauer Vineyards in Napa Valley. Owings joins Rombauer after nearly 10 years with Jackson Family Wines, where he served most recently as vice president of finance. Earlier, he worked for Bain & Company, based in San Francisco and Sydney, and at Agilent Technologies, in product management, strategic planning, and manufacturing roles.
Ilyse Pender is excited to announce that she is now the program success manager of Coding Dojo's San Jose campus. Coding Dojo is one of the highest rated coding bootcamps in the industry. In her new role, Ilyse gets the opportunity to help individuals from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels transform into professional software developers. Prior to joining Coding Dojo, she worked in marketing, sales, and business operations for several wineries in the Santa Cruz mountains and was a software development manager.
Kristin Groos Richmond and Kirsten Saenz Tobey, Revolution Foods co- founders and both MBA 06, were featured in the spring Diablo magazine in an article about game-changing women of the East Bay. Revolution Foods now provides more than 2.5 million freshly prepared meals each week to children– mostly from low-income families–in more than 30 cities across the country. Read more at haas.org/2Ioekx8. Tobey also published the article "School Lunch in the Trump Era: What Parents Need to Know" on SheKnows.com. The piece, which details how the USDA has rolled back earlier rules that limited the amount of sodium and sugar in school lunches, is available at haas.org/school-lunches.
Delphine Sherman began serving as Berkeley Haas' new CFO in April.
Cory and Amy Omand, MBA 07, hiking in the Emigrant Wilderness near Lair of the Bear
Amy Omand, of Oakland, Calif., writes, "I am the senior director of finance and operations at NewSchools Venture Fund, a national nonprofit venture philanthropy working to reimagine public education. We invest in teams of educators who are launching schools with new approaches to ensure students' learning experiences are more personalized–tailored to their individual needs, skill levels, and interests. And, they are designed to provide the combination of a foundation and the important habits, skills, and mindsets today's students need to be successful. In addition to my work at NewSchools, I also serve as a founding board member of Educate78, a nonprofit whose mission is to ensure every student in Oakland has access to a world-class education.
"Also, we just celebrated our fifth year as Lair of the Bear campers! My husband, Cory, and two daughters Audrey (12) and Cara (8) absolutely love it. We love playing Disco Bingo, singing along at the Hootenanny, and booing at anyone who dares to wear red. We know we'll be making many more memories for years to come!"
April Underwood was promoted to CPO of product at Slack. As its first-ever chief product officer, her expanded responsibilities include overseeing the company's design team and its Search, Learning, and Intelligence group, a New York-based division tasked with rolling out artificial intelligence- powered features on Slack. Underwood initially joined Slack as head of platform. Prior to that, the longtime techie worked at Twitter and Google. Read more about her: haas.org/2EA17ic.
Anita Balaraman, MBA 08
Anita Balaraman, of Fremont, Calif., writes, "After leading product teams at @WalmartLabs and Customer Experience Enterprise Solutions at Cisco, I decided to immerse myself in building products at the intersection of technology and education at Epixego and teaching technology product management and marketing at UCB-X, Product Studio and Community College."
Jessica Kennedy See PhD 12.
Ariel Rak, MBA 09, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama; daughter, Keren; son, Hillel; and wife, Iris
Ariel Rak, of Bloomfield, N.J., announces, "On April 2, our daughter's tenth birthday, her wish to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama came true. His Holiness sat with her patiently, answering the questions she asked him with her eye gaze communication device. He shared with her the birthday cake we brought and offered to feed her himself (!). He also gave her and her brother a blessing. If all world leaders had such humility and respect toward people who are differently able–I am thankful to the Dalai Lama for finding the time and having the compassion for making such a huge difference in our daughter's life and the lives of so many others who are dealing with disabilities. As my daughter was born and diagnosed during my MBA studies, and Berkeley is the birthplace of the disability rights moment, it is important for us all as business leaders to look beyond the unique challenges that people with disabilities present and instead embrace the diversity and added value that we all bring."
Deepak Goel, of Folsom, Calif., writes, "I have been gradually building KarmaCircles over the last couple of years, and I'm proud to say we've put together a very impressive technology team. Now that the heavy lifting of the core KarmaCircles product is pretty much done, the tech team has some bandwidth to take on a couple of projects to build products for other companies. So, I have started a product studio that provides high-quality software development services at a very reasonable price (www. productstudio.us)."
Marissa (Drouillard) Dean, MBA 11, with new baby Paige Emily
Marissa (Drouillard) Dean, of Incline Village, Nev., and Cape Town, South Africa, along with her husband, Jayson, welcomed their first child, Paige Emily, January 24, 2018.
Badri Raghunathan, MBA 11, and family during a recent trip to Hawaii
Badri Raghunathan, of San Jose, Calif., recently went full time on his first entrepreneurial venture in the tech space.
Rao Surapaneni, of San Jose, Calif., updates as follows: "After four years of leading the developer program and app store at ServiceNow, I changed roles to head engineering for ITSM. Enjoying being responsible for delivery of a product that drives 1.5B of ServiceNow revenue. On a separate note, I am very pleased to mention that ZebiData, a startup that I advise, has launched a successful ICO. ZebiData provides blockchain-based solutions to governments and enterprises. My Haas experience played a big role in steering the startup in its journey."
Vannie Shu, MBA 2012
Vannie Shu, of San Francisco, notes, "I hit the first anniversary of starting Unvannish Inc.–my marketing consulting business that specializes in consumer product, brand, and digital marketing. It has been an exciting year helping companies small and large, young and old, launch new products and grow their businesses. Reflecting back and realizing I've had a 100 percent client repeat rate so far was a delightful surprise! I can't wait to see what new challenges and opportunities are in store next. If you need a little extra help, advice, or just want to say hello, I'd love to hear from you. Learn more at unvannish. com or email me at vannie@ unvannish.com."
Aarti Shetty, made her debut as a restaurateur with her chef husband at Birdsong, their new fine-dining establishment in a stunning SoMa location in San Francisco. Read more at haas.org/2IqyEfd.
Brian Block, of Saratoga, Calif., develops and drives large-scale technology transformations that integrate and apply cutting-edge technology solutions throughout his career at Adobe. He is thrilled that the latest strategic vision and analytic product team he created in 2016 will be recognized with a CIO 100 Award for business results at the upcoming CIO 100 Symposium in August.
Always embracing the term "trusted advisor" from his early consulting days, he enjoys seeding and executing strategic initiatives and is excited to deliver results for organizations by using technology to unleash the value of their strategic assets. He also serves on the board of Cupertino Educational Endowment Foundation, a nonprofit supporting students K-8 and their teachers since 1984. Brian, his wife, and two daughters just celebrated the second birthday of their eldest, who was only 12 days old at graduation from Haas.
Chris Fong was featured on CNBC.com as founder of Xoogler. co, a 4,000-member- strong entrepreneurial community that helps ex-Googlers launch successful startups and Googlers/Xooglers to invest in them (angel.co/ xooglers/syndicate). The article featured Xoogler.co's exclusive demo day where entrepreneurs pitched their startups. Read more at: haas.org/2rNDgHg.
Rupam Shrivastava, BCEMBA 11
Rupam Shrivastava, of San Jose, Calif., reports, "My partners and I are launching a new asset management company. We have an 18-year pedigree in venture investing with successful investments like Baidu and Skype. Our newly launched public equity fund focuses on factor-based investing for technology stocks. The plan is to use VC- style investing in public stocks–focusing on strong teams, scalable business models, capital efficiency, and sustainable growth among others. Our research is based on the original Fama French 3 factor model as enhanced subsequently by Carhart. We have refined and adapted this model for U.S. technology stocks with a focus on factors that we consider relevant (from a VC perspective). I would love to share further details and connect with like-minded alumni. Hoping to connect with you all. Also, we went to Chile for winter 2017. A beautiful country with so much to do."
Sonal Sinha, BCEMBA 11
Sonal Sinha, of Cupertino, Calif., started a new role as partner at PwC. The job will be to drive the GRC (Governance Risk and Compliance) Technology Solutions Practice nationally for PwC.
Ron Snitker, BCEMBA 13
Ron Snitker, of Nashville, Tenn., has been elected president of the board for the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Foundation for 2018. The 300+-member organization celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Arcadia Little League board members Tony Giancana; Jennifer Steen, PhD 00 (political science); Dave Dieterich, EMBA 15; and Cade Dieterich
David Dieterich, of Phoenix, Ariz., writes, "I've joined the board of my local Little League organization to start an equipment recycling program. When I was a kid, I loved baseball. But I grew up very poor and my parents could not afford all the gear, so I never got to play organized baseball. Football got you all the stuff each year at low cost. So guess what sport I played? Yep, the head injury one. Fast forward to this year, when I had enough free time on my hands (thanks Haas!) to coach Beau's baseball team. I had the time of my life. I finally got to play youth baseball–with my kids. I lived Little League, all season long, four days a week. When the season ended, my kids had outgrown three mitts and four bats. Every day I pulled into my garage, I could see this little pile of proud, but worn, gear sitting in the corner. After a long day at the office, the gear seemed to call out, ‘Let's go play!' In an era of mobile devices and video games, there is such a thing as neglected sports equipment. And kids who won't get a chance to play the game they love. And parents sick to their stomachs with bills they can't pay, opportunities they can't provide their children. There are certainly places more deserving of assistance than my very affluent Little League. But I challenged our league to be the first we know of where no little boy or girl who wants to play baseball or softball will be turned away. We will cover their registration fees, find them equipment, and reach out to welcome them and their parents.
"We are starting very small, but the opportunity is huge. This season we were able to outfit five boys and two girls, as well as provide registration fee ‘scholarships.' Next season promises a chance at scaling up, with a bigger supply capability and better outreach to prospective participants. I'm so excited about the amount of work there is to do. Wish me luck."
Devadutta Ghat, of Campbell, Calif., co-founded and raised $50M for VideoCoin– a decentralized video infrastructure network that will power the next generation of video applications on the blockchain enabled internet.
Editor's note: learn more about Ghat's work in our blockchain feature story, pp. 12-15.
Tariq Dennison, MFE 04, with his boys aged 6 and 10 riding camels near the China-Tajik border
Tariq Dennison, of Hong Kong, writes, "Two main principles I learned at Cal that I regularly apply are Question the Status Quo and start with the obvious. As smart Berkeley graduates, we easily get tempted into working on the most complex and cutting- edge challenges, though I've learned the greatest impact I have is in solving simple problems that seem to get less glamour and attention. Specifically, I have been increasingly focused on simply helping U.S. taxpayers, especially those living in Asia, better invest and take care of their 401(k) plans. I am always happy to meet and speak with alumni at +852 9476 2868 or via email at TDennison@gfmgrp.com.
"Last summer I did another ‘boys only' trip with my 10-year-old and 6-year-old to the far western frontiers where China borders Tajikistan and Pakistan and few people speak Mandarin. I still have many other parts of China to show them.
Book by William T. Ziemba, MBA 65, PhD 69
William Ziemba forwards the following: "Prolific author William Ziemba, MBA 65, recently published The Adventures of a Modern Renaissance Academic in Investing and Gambling (World Scientific Publishing Company, 2017). The book tells the story of how financial markets have evolved over time and became increasingly complex. Ziemba, a successful and experienced trader who, among other things, won the 2015 battle of the quants futures contest held in New York, shares how one can navigate today's dangerous financial markets and be successful."
Serge Matulich, PhD 71
Serge Matulich, of Orlando, Fla., created Matulich Foundation Inc. (matulichfoundation.org/ video), a charitable family foundation to honor his parents in appreciation for saving the family from World War II and coming to America. They abandoned everything they had and endured dangers and hardships, ending up in a refugee camp in the Sinai desert for three years before coming to California. The foundation is very small now, but it is hoped it will grow. It will offer scholarships to deserving students in higher education. Serge retired from teaching in 2001 after 18 years at Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College. He also taught at Indiana University and Texas Christian University. He was a founding director and officer of the Mid-Florida Chapter Fulbright Association.
Charles Snow reports, "Since retiring from Penn State's business school in 2012, I have been a visiting professor in Norway, Denmark, Slovenia, Australia, and New Zealand. Last June, I received an honorary doctorate from BI Norwegian Business School. I live in Eugene, Oregon, with my wife, Barbara, and our daughter Vanessa lives and works in San Francisco."
Cathy Goodwin, of Philadelphia, writes, "I'm continuing to serve clients worldwide as an online marketing strategist. My new website is storycenteredmarketing. com, reflecting my emphasis on storytelling for small business marketing. My Kindle book Grow Your Business One Story At A Time suggests that small business storytelling should be strategic and purpose-driven, with seven story types identified. I've presented webinars on related topics and have free reports and recordings on my website. I continue to maintain my first website, MidlifeCareerStrategy.com, and have some Amazon books related to careers and moving. I love doing talks and webinars and currently am looking to do more, as well as publish more Kindle books via Amazon. I took an amazing vacation to Egypt a couple of years ago. My personal life is focused on working out at the gym and making ceramic sculpture."
Jessica Kennedy, an assistant professor of management at Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management, was named one of the 2018 best 40 under 40 professors by Poets & Quants. Among her Berkeley Haas influences, she counts Professors Laura Tyson, Jennifer Chatman, Laura Kray, and Cameron Anderson and Professor Emeritus Barry M. Staw. Read more at haas. org/2ImgayJ.
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