Alumni Notes




Hugh Gordon, a resident of New Zealand for 40 years, writes, "Greetings and best wishes from the South Pacific. I most appreciate the opportunity to keep in touch with Cal and the Haas School through the magazines and the Internet contacts. Always proud to tell people that I was privileged to attend and graduate from our great university. The outlook on the American scene and how New Zealand perceives America is an ongoing revelation. Though now a Kiwi by choice, I am still a Yank and Cal Bear at heart. Boy, I had to field a lot of questions about the US electoral college this year. At 85, I am enjoying the rewards of retirement overlooking Tasman Bay in the small village of Mapua at the top end of the South Island. Come to this beautiful country for a holiday. You won't regret it. Kind regards to all who read this."


Bud Henry writes from Orange County, "Can't believe it has been 15 ½ years since I retired from Santa Ana College after a rewarding career as a professor of marketing. Time sure flies when you are having fun. Life is enjoyable spending time traveling, playing tennis, and volunteering in the community. In the past year, my wife and I went on three cruises and my volunteer activities include feeding the homeless at Mary's Kitchen, conducting tours for high school students at the Civic Center courthouse, volunteering at a convalescent home, and various ministries at my church."


Ronald "Bud" Figel, of Denver, writes, "I just wrote my biography after I celebrated my 80th birthday. My three stores were sold and are now Sports Authority stores. I am now retired from a final career in real estate. Most important, I have four married sons (all professionals) and nine grandchildren."


Gordon Greenlee, of Walnut Creek, Calif., writes, "Enjoying retired life with my wife and our five children, who all live within easy driving distance. I regularly attend functions at Cal, especially basketball, football, and rugby games. My youngest son just spent the last year and a half working for Webcor Builders as a project manager on Memorial Stadium, so I was able to watch the progress and completion of our beautiful renovated stadium. I enjoyed a recent trip, with alumni friends, to Columbus, Ohio, to watch our teams participate in exciting rugby and football contests. Most recently I enjoyed the Old Blues lunch at Berkeley Haas and had the pleasure of sitting with Tenny Frost, executive director of Alumni Relations and Development."

Gary Rinehart writes, "I was in business administration in order to study accounting--my father was a CPA and I'd need a job after the GI Bill ran out. I was lucky to have excellent professors like Alan Cerf. My ambition to be a lawyer became possible with the 'scholarship' I obtained by marrying Sharon, who worked to put me through Boalt. After 40 years specializing in eminent domain I closed my law office. I now take a few cases, and I've gone back to my piano. My first novel will be published this year. Please visit my website for news about that, about my career in the law and about my I thank Haas for including me among the 'Old Blues.'"


Paiboon Bencharit, of Bangkok, Thailand, owned a fiberglass boat building business in Pattaya and a rice importing business in Hong Kong. The boat building business has been transferred to two daughters for continuity, and the rice business sold to staff members. 1964 Grant Wong, see MBA 1976 notes.


Daniel Asera presented the Berkeley Haas Las Vegas Chapter's first Alumnus of the Year Award to Theodore B. Lee, MBA 66, JD 59, president of the Urban Land Co., a privately held real estate investment and development firm in San Francisco and Las Vegas, and chairman of the Eureka Casinos of Las Vegas and Mesquite, Nev. In 2011, Ted and Doris Lee donated $15 million to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Business, which has since been renamed Lee Business School. Most of the donation will endow 10 professorship chairs. At Cal they have endowed professorship chairs at the Boalt Hall School of Law and the Haas School of Business. The award was presented during a private ceremony Nov. 17. Also attending were Leslie Kanberg, Haas alumni relations director, and David Nakayama, development director of the graduate division at UC Berkeley. David presented Ted with a first edition Mark Twain publication on behalf of the graduate division's Dean Andrew Szeri. The Las Vegas Chapter was officially chartered May 19, 2012, at the LVH Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Please visit the chapter website,

Steven B. Turover, see MBA 1978 notes.


Michael Marini writes, "Like you I spent my formative years at Cal and the business school. I would like to briefly introduce you to Seaward and its parent organization/foundation "Call of the Sea." It is a unique educational foundation that inspires over 5,000 school-age children each year from around the greater Bay Area to realize their full potential. If you have an interest in learning more or exploring what you might do to add value to our program please contact me for further information. Someone important once said, '...what truly moves the world are small groups of inspired and impassioned people with a vision. Large groups rarely achieve real results.' Please contact me to learn more ( Come join the fun!"


Brad Elledge writes, "Gave up on migrating back to California in 2004. Settled in Frisco, Texas, in 2006 after stops in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Phoenix, Tucson, and Knoxville, Tenn. Seems like a fortuitous choice given the state of affairs in California. Happily married to my wife of 28 years. Kids: two domestics (biological, out of college and in careers in social work and McKinsey Consulting) and two imports (adopted from Vietnam as infants; both in college). Grandparents for the first time this September. Continuing my 20-year run as a manufacturing executive in the packaging printing industry. In excellent health and doing better than I deserve: God's been kind to my irascible self."


David Glanz writes, "Commercial real estate development has picked up dramatically in New York --my law partners and I are very busy on a number of projects, representing lenders, developers, investors, and major tenants. Some of the projects are new condominium developments in Tribeca and other hot Manhattan neighborhoods. Worked around the clock December through January representing the developer and a major public institution in a new multi-use development in Harlem, based on a long-term ground lease from the city and state as land owner (and economic booster). My wife's fine jewelry business grows and has been doing very well selling at the high end (and not the relative middle, which is interesting). Certain prestigious retailers around the United States (including San Francisco and Palo Alto) have a market of retail customers that have the ability to spend very substantial sums on family gifts. The economy may be quirky, but some parts are certainly doing very nicely. (And happily so.) All the best and Happy New Year!"

Kathleen (Schimandle) Wright, of Santa Clara, Calif., writes, "Embarked on an 'encore' career as an estate and philanthropy planning attorney on October 1, after 12 years as a fundraiser at American Red Cross. Practicing law again is somewhat like riding a bicycle, especially in the estate and gift tax area as I am learning with all my colleagues about the new exclusion limits. An important insight I discovered in my Red Cross work is people are much more comfortable in their own environment, whether home or office. Taking a page from the Old West, my motto is 'Have laptop, will travel,' and I set up appointments in homes, offices, and via Skype. Older son, Curtis, graduated UC Santa Barbara in June after nine months at University of Leeds, England. Younger son, Logan, is third year at Sac State. Still waiting for first trip to Rose Bowl. My father (BSME '53) saw the Bears last appearance in 1959."


Brian Purcell, see 1986 MBA notes.


Gordon Brown writes, "After 32 years in technology, including 20 years in Asia and Europe, my wife, Jennifer, and I have happily returned to San Francisco. We attend as many Cal football and basketball games as we can and look forward to what should be an interesting offensive display next year in Strawberry Canyon. I have just joined SoFi, in the Presidio, where we are doing our part to correct the broken student loan market by connecting alumni investors with students and recent grads of their alma maters. Students get lower loan rates, and alumni investors receive a financial as well as a social return. It's good to be back. Go Bears!"


Lori Quitiquit-Hoffman completed her Executive Coaching Certification training with Envision Global Leadership in 2012. She will become certified as a coach with International Coaches Federation early this year. Lori has been practicing in the HROD field for over 30 years since graduating from Haas. She continues to pursue her passion for helping leaders to realize their full potential on pursuit of positive ends. She lives in Northern California with her family.


Steven Addis writes, "Since leaving Haas and spending four years in brand management at Clorox, I've run the branding firm Addis Creson in Berkeley. We focus on brands that create positive change in the world--like Kashi, Environmental Defense Fund, Revolution Foods, and Sungevity. I ended an exciting 2012 that included doing a Ted Talk, seeing our 'Thanks to Berkeley' campaign idea get closer to reaching its $3 billion goal, helping the BAM/PFA (as a trustee) to get closer to the groundbreaking of a new museum in downtown Berkeley, and enjoying my family (daughter 16, son 12). I'm looking forward to a great 2013."

Bret Lawson, of Phoenix, is president of the Financial Executives International Arizona chapter. He is a licensed CPA and has held various CFO roles.

Mitch Rosenberg was recently recognized in the Pacific Coast Business Times' "Who's Who of Insurance and Health Care," and his firm, MDR Insurance & Financial Services was recognized as one of the "50 Fastest Growing Firms" in the tri-county area. Mitch became a CPA at Price Waterhouse after leaving Cal, and then entered the financial services industry 27 years ago. He works with professionals, business owners, and high net-worth families with their protection, accumulation, business exit, estate, and legacy planning needs. Mitch lives and works in Thousand Oaks, Calif., with his wife, Melanie, 17-year-old twins Andy and Paige, and oldest, Ashley, who is in pre-med at UCLA. (He writes, "It is not Cal, but, hey, at least it isn't USC or Stanford.") Mitch would love to catch up with fellow alums at or by phone, 805-494-4525.

Andrew Shapiro, president and portfolio manager of Lawndale Capital Management, has been named to the 2012 National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship 100. The NACD Directorship 100 recognizes the most influential leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community. Lawndale is a San Francisco Bay Area-based investment advisor that has managed activist hedge funds focused on creating and unlocking shareholder value in small- and micro-cap companies for more than 19 years. Outside of work, Shapiro also recently joined the board of the Mill Valley Library Foundation.


Bill Koefoed, see MBA 1994 notes.


Jennifer (Farrell) Guttman, of Mercer Island, Wash., continues to run the tax practice she opened in 1993. She travels to the Bay Area to meet with California clients about four times a year. She is also raising three children and volunteers on local boards sharing her accounting skills. She writes, "Coached soccer for the past nine years and thinking about retiring from that soon. Still have fond memories of playing soccer in pick-up games outside of Barrows Hall."


Mark Coker, of Los Gatos, Calif., writes, "Smashwords, the ebook publishing and distribution startup I founded in 2008, closed out 2012 with another record year. Our 50,000 authors released nearly 100,000 self-published ebooks in 2012. We ended the year with 19 employees, up from 12 in 2011 and three in 2010. The business is profitable and was bootstrapped without VC funding. We're pleased to play a role in helping to democratize book publishing so that any writer, anywhere in the world, has the freedom to publish and distribute an ebook at no cost. Every day I thank my lucky stars for the great education I received in the undergrad business program at Cal (back before it was called Haas). "

Scott Sachs, of Los Angeles, writes, "Effective Oct. 1, J.H. Cohn LLP and The Reznick Group combined to form CohnReznick LLP. We are now the 11th largest public accounting firm in the country. Our combined firm has more than $450 million in revenues, 280 partners, and 2,000 employees practicing in 25 offices throughout the United States. I am excited to continue my role in CohnReznick as managing partner, Southern California."


emael (Ernesto Arellano) is a San Francisco-based curator, performer, and writer. Since completing his MFA degree at the San Francisco Art Institute, he has shown work at Bay Area arts organizations such as Artists' Television Access, Galería de la Raza, Southern Exposure, The Lab, Luggage Store Gallery, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, MACLA, SomArts, Queen's Nails Annex, Triton Museum of Art and the Oakland Museum of California. His forthcoming project is "ArtStar," a first Thursday of the month art event in San Francisco. To learn more, visit


Shu Kurosaki, of San Jose, Calif., is back in the life sciences industry as vice president of finance at Reset Therapeutics. He and his wife, Vera, and daughter, Arisa, have welcomed a new family member--Alex.


Eleen (Hsu) Agustin writes, "2012 was a big year for us--my husband Jimmy Agustin, BS 98, and I welcomed our first baby to the family! Zoe's now four months old and makes us so happy, loss of sleep notwithstanding. We're delighted and amazed to watch her grow and discover new things on a daily basis, and we finally understand why parents post so much about their kids on Facebook. Modern Mouse, my shop in Alameda, also had a big year. We celebrated its three-year anniversary in November, and it won two "best of" awards in our local Alameda Magazine: Best Gift Shop, and Best T-Shirts. Here's to more to be grateful for in 2013! Go Bears!"


Olivia Chen, of Palo Alto, Calif., is director of marketing at My Blue Dots, a nonprofit that fuses art and science to pay tribute to cancer warriors, supports cancer research, and is committed to finding a cure for cancer. She writes, "We moved back to the Bay Area two years ago and love the sunny and wholesome lifestyle here. We spent 3 ½ years in Shanghai, China, where I was senior product marketing manager at Clinique. The Haas community is quite strong in Shanghai. We definitely miss our Haas get-togethers with Ann Hsu, Laurie Yan, Justin Lam, James Eron, and Louisa Shen. It was good times." Before relocating to Shanghai, Olivia was based in New York as a presidential management associate in global marketing with Origins Natural Resources and Donna Karan Cosmetics. Olivia has a son in kindergarten and enjoys yoga, biking, and baking in her spare time.

Monica Ramani writes, "Happy New Year Golden Bear family! I transferred from MSCI New York to our San Francisco office in mid-2011. I had an amazing 2012 and many of the memories were celebrated with fellow Haas alumni friends, including wine tasting in Napa, skiing in Tahoe, and indulging in several new restaurants and wine bars. To counter it all, I also completed two half marathons, which were fun challenges and a beautiful way to take in all the Bay Area has to offer. Haas and the connections I made here are both key reasons I returned to San Francisco from my hometown, New York, and I look forward to the adventures and memories that 2013 has for us together. I just wish the two coasts were closer so visiting family didn't take as long!"


Anthony Chang, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, "I recently launched Kitchen Table Advisors (, a nonprofit that helps sustainable small farms become sustainable businesses. Over the last 10-plus years, I have been working for social change and helping small businesses via microfinance at Opportunity Fund and supporting sustainable agriculture with California FarmLink, two nationally recognized community development nonprofits. I'm very excited to launch Kitchen Table Advisors and follow in the footsteps of other Haas alumni who have dedicated themselves to a career of social change."

Lily Dawis writes, "An eventful year 2012 has been! My family recently welcomed another bundle of joy, so I am now a very blessed mother of three. In May 2012, I finally released 'Bubbles of Love,' an album and book for lovely children and families! The album (consisting of 14 original songs with music and lyrics composed and written by me) made history already as the first and only album (all 14 songs at once!) by an Indonesian citizen to be successfully copyrighted in the U.S. Copyright Office. Am so glad to have made the decision to publish 'Bubbles of Love' beyond the realm of my own little family, because almost daily I now hear from touched parents and children whose family times together have been made richer and their bond tighter by 'Bubbles of Love.' Additionally, to date, approximately 5,500 children in numerous preschools have made 'Bubbles of Love' part of their school day. And to think that I almost did not publish any of the songs I wrote because they were born so privately and organically during the times I spend with my children. I do not know what next year will bring but for now, I just hope that my and many more families will be blessed with boundless 'Bubbles of Love,' and our children may grow smart, courteous, and happy."


Will Edmonson writes, "I recently joined Doll Amir & Eley LLP, a westside Los Angeles boutique law firm focusing on commercial, intellectual property, and entertainment litigation. Please feel free to contact me at or at 310-557-9100."

Josh Gustin, see MBA 2006 notes.


Aaron McDaniel, of San Francisco, wrote The Young Professional's Guide to the Working World, published by Career Press, foreword by New York Times bestselling author Marshall Goldsmith. The book offers valuable advice for millennials on how to build the foundation for a successful career.


Karan Singh writes, "I moved back to San Francisco this fall, and helped open up the West Coast office for Happy to report we just announced our Series A financing--$6.5 million from Vinod Khosla and the team at Khosla Ventures, along with participation from our seed investors, True Ventures. We're excited to bring on board partners focused on true mentorship and equally committed to build a movement to change health care. Best part-- we're actively hiring for engineering and business development roles in both Boston and San Francisco (more here: Thanks to all for the Cal love--from our early employees to our new customers, Berkeley has been critical to our growth.


Tony Lam writes, "I recently moved back to Hong Kong to start a career in real estate consulting. There is still much to learn about the APAC real estate market. If anyone is planning a visit to Hong Kong, please don't hesitate to contact me via LinkedIn."


Gricelda Gomez writes, "After graduation from Haas in 2009, I was fortunate to move back to Southern California, live with my family, and work at Loma Linda University School of Public Health. I spent a wonderful three years there working for the school's administration and on public health re search. Now I have moved across the country to the other coast to study medicine at Harvard Medical School. I am happy to share this news with you and would love to connect with my fellow Haas alum in the Northeast!"


Peter Hurtubise is working toward a master of science degree at Oxford University. He writes, "If you are ever in the Oxford area, please free to contact me so that we can reconnect."

Tala Beigi writes, "After arriving from my marketing internship in Singapore for Rocket-Internet GmbH, I began working for GameChanger Products as a marketing associate. This Alameda-based company uses entrepreneurial techniques to help companies find, build, and test breakthrough innovations. I am now living in Chicago until mid-March 2013 to test a new product in the market. This experience has been unreal and I have had an incredible time so far."

Nanxi Liu, of Los Angeles, founded Nanoly Bioscience, a biotech company. Nanoly's main product was named "Top Social Innovation" in the 2012 Intel Global Challenge. Nanxi also founded Enplug Inc. and is currently serving as its CEO. Enplug is building a network of interactive digital billboards.



Jayson Poon of Berkeley, Calif., writes, "I am the designer-founder of Doodels, a social drawing iPhone app that I just launched. Check it out at"

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Don Fraser writes, "My son, Craig Fraser, saw his first Cal football game when we beat Stanford with...THE PLAY! Returning to the new stadium with Craig and his son (our grandson) Hudson and another grandson, Charlie Knight, was a way of keeping the Cal 'Connection' in our family. Both grandsons are already talking about when they go to Cal."




Bruce Bruinsma is CEO of Envoy Financial and serves on numerous boards with Christian leaders around the world helping them with "Business for Mission," a term that describes the effort of mission organizations to integrate ministry goals and business goals to make an impact. He was involved in the Acts Thrift Store in Pasadena, Calif., and celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary. His daughter and son-in-law are The Money Couple, a couple featured on nationwide TV and radio programs focused on helping couples see eye to eye on money decisions. He writes, "Blessed to be active for so long."

Russell Kalmacoff is still active in business and with Cal as president of the Berkeley Club of Canada. Forty alumni gathered in Vancouver in March to meet Chancellor Birgeneau and Professor Nelson Graburn, a renowned circumpolar expert.

Tom Kasten writes, "For the past 12 years, I served on the Hillsborough (Calif.) City Council, holding the position of mayor of the Town of Hillsborough twice, most recently in 2011 and 2012. During my public service tenure, I also chaired the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County, served on the Housing Endowment and Regional Trust Board of San Mateo County, as well as the Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance, and the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services board. Earlier, I served four years on the Hillsborough Schools Foundation, the last year as president of the organization."

APRIL 25-28, 2013

Arnfin Haavik, of Asker, Norway, writes, "I am in good health and enjoy my regular tennis as well as playing the piano in a jazz band. I did spend some time with a student named Horray (maybe misspelled) from Colombia. If he reads this, send me an email to"

Marvin Lamoureux of West Vancouver, British Columbia, writes, "Over the past few years I have reduced my international consulting activities and increased pleasurable travel with my wife, Irma. During 2012, I was in Burma/Myanmar reviewing the country's technical education and vocational training sector for ORT (Washington, DC). Also, the University of Montreal had me conduct a detailed and comprehensive review of South Africa's post-secondary 'Green Paper.'"


Linda Cyrog of Orinda, Calif., writes, "After 25 years of climbing the corporate ladder and becoming the first female vice president at both McKesson and American President Lines, I did what many MBAs do--I became a consultant. It was a great run for 15 years, but I still could not retire. I now am the president of Coaching for Career Success, a company that specializes in supporting clients in the job search and career development process, including graduate admissions applications for the MBA. I have been married for over 40 years to Steve Giacomi, a USC MBA; we have two grown children."

Daniel Hake is working as development engineer at Southwest Microwave in Tempe, Ariz. He writes, "Helping my boss develop a line of very small microwave connectors (needle size) that will handle signals to 60 GHz. I use 3D mechanical computer-aided design to create 3D models and assemblies and from these make engineering drawings for manufacturing. Celebrated my 80th birthday last August, and my 21st wedding anniversary with my wife, Charlotte. Since leaving Berkeley in 1969, moved to Prescott, Ariz., for my first wife, Nancy's, health. Moved back to Los Angeles in 1978 and got into the computer-aided design world. Worked for McDonnell Douglas Automation, General Electric, and Rockwell. Nancy died in early 1989, so I came back to Arizona, went to work for TRW, helping design air bag systems for automotive use. Later worked on a program developing an inflatable seat belt. Met Charlotte through the Boy Scouts. As district commissioner, she was my boss, made sure I was properly trained and got good experience as a unit commissioner, and then allowed me to marry her. We are still going strong. I am active in Freemasonry, have held all three dais leadership positions in York Rite, and am Wise Master of Rose Croix in Scottish Rite. In addition to my Berkeley MBA, I hold a BS in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and an MA in vocational education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. I have been a community college adjunct instructor in both California and Arizona."

APRIL 25-28, 2013


Grant Wong writes, "After 43 years of working at my old firm, Gayner Engineers, I retired in 2008. I am fortunate to have been able to work for one company continuously for that period, and Gayner Engineers has been quite involved with many of the buildings on the Berkeley campus as well as on LBNL and around the Bay Area at Stanford, UCSF, and other institutions and Fortune 500 companies. UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business is one of my projects, which I enjoyed working on during Dean Raymond Miles' time. Dean Miles also happened to be my MBA adviser. Just one year after my retirement, I went into John Muir Hospital for two spinal surgeries. The development of my condition happened quickly over just a period of four weeks. It started with numb fingers on my left hand, which spread to the right hand on the second week. The surgeries were successful, but I have lost much muscle mass, and slight numbness still remains on both hands. But after a period of physical therapy I can do most everything without help and can drive and travel. I share this experience because my neurosurgeon said my condition was congenital and that 10 percent of Asians may have it. After my recovery, I traveled to Japan before the tsunami, attended my high school's 50th anniversary in Hong Kong, cruised through the Panama Canal last year, and finished my first book (actually a translation) on management techniques of a very famous Chinese in the Three Kingdom Period. I keep my mind active by working on my new project on a solar power (nonphotovoltaic) electrical generation system. Maybe I can have LBNL help me on this one."


Joseph Carlson writes, "I took a two-month holiday with my wife, Kathy, and our three youngest children, Michael (9), Andy (7), and Lily (5), in Puerto Rico. This past year has included being elected post commander of VFW Post 7829 in Monument, Colo., and being elected as the treasurer of the District 5 VFW Warriors. After 30-plus years in the private business world as an accountant and business owner, it is a positive experience to adapt the skills learned in the private sector into the volunteer 'Service to Veterans' environment."

Redge Martin, of Oakland, Calif., writes, "Life seems pretty good. Our auction house, Clars, has had a couple of strong years because we were able to attract a real strong staff. My wife works part time with visually impaired infants. My son, Daren, is doing great in Atlanta with a website optimization firm. My daughter, Mariah, is the training director for Playworks, developing fitness programs for school districts nationwide. And lastly, we were lucky this year to buy a fabulous vacation home right on the Russian River (as long as the river doesn't rise too much). The major distressing thing to me is that our country is becoming more divergent in income levels and seems to be failing to help the middle and lower classes with education, health, and other basic needs, which will hurt us all in the long run."

Craig Pynn, of Walnut Creek, Calif., writes, "My book, One Man's Life-Changing Diagnosis: Navigating the Realities of Prostate Cancer (New York, Demos Health, 2012), which chronicles my physical, emotional, and spiritual journey with advanced cancer, as well as the larger societal and economic implications of this all-too-common disease, received a 2012 Book of the Year Award in the Consumer Health Category from the American Journal of Nursing."

APRIL 25-28, 2013

Steven B. Turover, spent 25 years at Fireman's Fund, where he was a vice president of finance in both national accounts and surety, and as regional finance officer in Atlanta. Subsequently, he was CFO of a dot-com startup in Chicago. He retired to Florida for a short while, and then became CFO of OHIC, a medical malpractice insurer in Columbus, Ohio. Following the sale of OHIC, Steve and his wife, Trish, settled in her hometown of La Grange Ky., where he took a management position with a large law firm. Trish and Steve will be traveling in their motor home following retirement this spring.


Michaela K. Rodeno writes, "With Domaine Chandon celebrating its 40th anniversary in mid-2013, I am hurrying to finish a half-written memoir spanning my own 40 years in the wine business. From my first job at startup Domaine Chandon in 1973, to being the CEO in 1988 of startup St. Supéry for 21 years, and now, semi-retired, serving on boards and running our family's micro-winery Villa Ragazzi, it's all been a wonderful ride. I'm hoping that some of the embedded lessons will help others avoid my mistakes, some of which would have gotten me fired in today's less kind world, or maybe be inspired to try different ways of operating and leading. All I need is a title (Fifty Shades of Grape has been proffered), a good editor, and maybe even a publisher; suggestions welcome! Our daughter, Kate (28), earned an MBA from Rutgers and is climbing the corporate ladder in New Jersey. Son John (26) is a budding wine marketer; he's always had an excellent palate. Husband, Gregory, continues to practice real estate, land use, and business law while managing our Oakville vineyard. Harvest 2012 in Napa Valley was spectacular. There won't be long to wait for the first delicious whites and rosés, which will be out early in 2013. We have to wait patiently for the reds, but they'll be worth it."

Ingrid Stange, of Norway, has established a social innovation fund together with Aung San Suu Kyi --The Aung San Suu Kyi World Freedom Fund. The fund aims at helping civil society and entrepreneurs build financially, environmentally, and socially sustainable business in countries in transition. ( She writes, "We are looking for volunteers in the United States both for work within Myanmar and for fundraising activities."


Allen King, of Berkeley, Calif., writes, "I celebrated my 60th birthday this year and my ninth year as co-owner and president of Excellent Packaging, wholesale distributor of bio-based food serve-ware, with a trip to Tuscany and Greece, my first three-week vacation since my 20s. It was fantastic. I am still teaching Israeli folk dance to children and adults, and serve on the board of a local nonprofit. My oldest son, three years out of college, is working at Accenture and just moved from the IT side of the business to management. He's considering Haas when he returns to school for his MBA. My youngest son is the student manager of the University of Michigan NCAA women's volleyball team and just went to Nashville for the final four. It felt good to see them beat Stanford in the Sweet 16 at Haas Pavilion earlier this month, the second year in a row that they kicked Stanford out of contention. My wife of 25 years, also a Cal grad, is an executive at Kaiser in Oakland, working to make health care more customer friendly."

Don Rath recently joined Symantec Corp., a $7 billion security, storage, and systems management solutions company based in Mountain View, Calif., as vice president, global tax. Prior to joining Symantec, Don was vice president, corporate tax, of Synopsys Inc.

Linda (Wong) Verheecke, formerly of Palo Alto, Calif., passed away Dec. 1 after a year-long battle with cancer. She met her husband, Bob, in the MBA program, and they were married after graduating in 1981.


Peter Nielsen writes, "This year I purchased an eight-unit apartment building in Richmond, Calif., and placed it under professional management. With interest rates and prices low, it is possible now to purchase cash-flow properties in the Bay Area, where previously it was necessary to go elsewhere to acquire properties that generate a positive cash flow from day one. There are good income property deals to be had right now, and I would be happy to assist others who would like to acquire profitable income properties in the Bay Area."

APRIL 25-28, 2013

Buzz Pedrotti sends greetings to classmates, whom he hopes to see at the 30th reunion in April. He writes, "Now retired after 35 years as a mechanical engineer and project leader at the Lawrence Livermore Lab, I am well rested and learning to balance industry and indolence, while looking forward to reestablishing contact with old friends. Go Bears!"


Rod Becker, of Berkeley, Calif., made a career transition to health care from financial services in mid-2012 when he joined Children's Hospital Oakland on the electronic medical records implementation team for revenue cycle. He is leveraging his background in software applications training and data analysis as he learns the complexities of health insurance coverage. Children's has a commitment to serving Alameda and Contra Costa counties' under-18 population. Integrated software will help meet the challenge of balancing un- and under-insured claims with managed care/insured reimbursements.


Marion Blaum McGovern retired from her company, M Squared Consulting, but remains a director. She is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Management and a director of CPP Inc., a psychometric publisher and the owners of the Meyers Briggs Type Instrument. She is also the vice chair of ReSurge International, a humanitarian organization that sends reconstructive plastic surgeons to help the poor around the world.

Patrick Gravitt writes, "I run the real estate department at Qualcomm Inc. in San Diego and have been with the company since 1995, after having spent the first 10 years after Haas mostly in real estate development. In the last few years at Qualcomm, I have concentrated mostly on our international portfolio and spend several weeks a year overseas, mostly in China, Singapore, and India, but have visited about 40 countries overall. My wife, Sandra (since 1986), and kids (twins, 22) have gone with me on a few trips. My kids have caught the adventure bug; daughter just moved to China for some reason, and my son is making plans to move to Japan. For fun, I'm part owner of a bar in Solana Beach and play guitar in a punk band called Godspeed McQueen. Check us out on YouTube or Facebook. Turn your speakers to 11."


Paul DeMuro writes, "Having received my master's in biomedical informatics from the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology in March 2012, I am now a National Library of Medicine post-doctoral fellow in the PhD program at OHSU, and special counsel with the Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt law firm in Portland, Ore."

Brian Purcell writes, "I live in Sebastopol, Calif., with my wife, Jan, and two children, Luke (19) and Rita (17). I was recently promoted to senior vice president for wealth management at Merrill Lynch. I am a financial adviser at ML and love working with families for their retirement planning. If you are in the wine country please give me a call at 707-888-6278. I continue to run ultra-marathons and have added cycling as I get older. Last summer I rode 1,000 miles in the French Alps."


Steve Lear, of New York, has been working at JPMorgan since 2008. He writes, "I find myself at the last of five companies since graduation. With ups and downs over 25 years, there have been challenges we only dreamed of in school. But it's been a good ride, and I hope I enjoy it for a few years more. Investing for clients through everything from Black Monday in 1987 to two burst bubbles to the post-Lehman world has been the best teacher a person could hope for. I'm trying to find a way to move to a new phase, where I can share what I've learned with the next generation of investors. It was fun to speak at the FAME IV conference at San Francisco State last month. With one child at school in Los Angeles and a high school senior looking around the country, it will be interesting to see how life evolves over the next few years: Working in New York City? Retirement? Teaching at a school near a new home? I'm excited to see what will unfold."

Michael Webster writes, "Hard to believe that over 25 years have passed since my days at business school. Just as hard to believe that I have been in Orinda for over 17 years and that I started my commercial real estate consulting firm (Webster & Company) 14 years ago. Values for well-located commercial real estate have generally been improving since mid-2011, so we have been quite busy. Grazyna (Michalska) and I have now been married 10 years. She obtained her PhD in agricultural and resource economics from Berkeley in 2000. In 2010 she received tenure, teaching economics at Los Positas College in Livermore. Our daughter, Anna, turned seven on December 31. She continues to be the apple of my eye and a very sweet young lady. My part-time farming endeavors continue on our 60-acre Chardonnay vineyard. We purchased the vineyard in 2005 and against all odds the current wine grape shortage has led to a quicker than expected return to profitability. Life is good here in Orinda. Looking forward to more community involvement in 2013 and beyond."

APRIL 25-28, 2013

Kathryn Peyton has relocated with her family back to the Bay Area, this time to Penngrove in Sonoma County. After many years of teaching economics and business to high schoolers, she is looking forward to putting her business skills back to work as a member of the Berkeley Angel Network and helping friends launch a new software business. She is also enjoying the lack of snow.


Floris Vandenbroek writes, "Family is growing up (kids are 8, 11, and 13) and Eva is very active as a ceramics artist." The family moved back from Paris to Amsterdam for Floris to join the board of Software Improvement Group, a fast-growing spin-off from University of Amsterdam in software consulting. The firm is mostly solving common large-scale IT problems. The business is expanding to the rest of Europe and the United States.


Adam Hardej, of Hingham, Mass., writes, "2012 was a great year on the commercial real estate valuation and due diligence business front for our company, BAAR Realty Advisors, with plenty of non-performing assets/collateral to value for needy clients around the country. California continues to be our biggest market (but we offer nationwide coverage), and the Cal MBA network is proving to be as useful as ever for sourcing business and researching markets. My wife, Beth, Cal '91, and I have been successfully running the business together for eight years, and we are bracing ourselves for a productive 2013. AH3 (my son Adam J. Hardej, III) is graduating from the Groton School this spring and will be heading off to Princeton next fall as a big-time scholar/athlete lacrosse recruit. Happy to say he turned down football opportunities at our dreaded cross-bay rival Stanford, as well as Northwestern. Lacrosse is easier on the brain as well. Daughter, Rachel, is a sophomore at the Groton School and is following in her big bro's footsteps as a strong student/athlete playing varsity soccer, basketball, and lacrosse as a sophomore. Yes, I am a proud Papa Bear! Stay in touch with Cal MBA buddies John Rosen, Will Wilfong, Joe Brand, Lou Pelosi, and Otis Spencer, and they are all doing great."

CJ (Liu) Rosenblatt, of Seattle, writes, "I'm starting at a new CBS radio station with my show, Fire it UP with CJ,, and just did a Ted Talk, which you can see at"

Mayer Riff writes, "Moved to Los Angeles this past summer and am adjusting well to the Southland. I am now the CFO at the Center for Early Education in West Hollywood, a nice little city nestled between Beverly Hills and the City of L.A.; there really are no Bay Area equivalents to West Hollywood or Beverly Hills, much less L.A., but interesting places all! I miss Berkeley, but the fact that it's sunny, warm, and friendly here is making the adjustment much easier than I would have expected. I would recommend it to any Haas alumni looking to emigrate (it does happen, look at me) from the Bay Area!"

Bruce Strong, of Belmont, Calif., writes, "I was married three years ago to architect Christina Long (we are Long & Strong) and now have a 2-year-old daughter named Severn. The last 10 years I've been working as an independent consultant in the areas of strategy, knowledge management, organizational learning, talent management, and organizational design. (I'm finding that they are actually all very related.) I've published a couple of articles in the Wall Street Journal on the these subjects and am currently writing a book for Cambridge University Press called Strategic Conversations (to be published at the end of 2013), which will show how leading organizations are increasingly involving employees in strategy development and business model innovation (my co-author is J.C. Spender). All in all, I'm blessed in being able to stay in the frothy zone between business theory and practice, which if I reflect on it, feels just about right for a Haas grad."

APRIL 25-28, 2013

Greg Wolfson writes, "Sandra, Madeline, and I relocated to Laguna Beach, Calif., almost three years ago and are enjoying living the classic California beach lifestyle. I helped start a new solar energy development company, PsomasFMG, and now hold the role of CTO. PsomasFMG designs, constructs, and operates large commercial solar energy systems for public agencies via power purchase agreement financing. We just completed our third portfolio of projects, bringing our total systems in commercial operation to over 50 sites and 28 MWs of power production --quite a change from my high-tech ventures in Silicon Valley. I am looking forward to reconnecting with my classmates at our MBA 93 reunion in April!"

Hilary Weber, of San Francisco, founded her startup, Opportu Professional Coaching, in 2012. The focus of Opportu is coaching business leaders and their teams in both big companies and startups, with a special interest in mission-based organizations. Hilary writes that she finds coaching "extremely rewarding. There is nothing like seeing a client have a breakthrough!" This year she is slated to publish her first book, The Disconnection Connection: Discover Your Power to Lead, Succeed and Exceed in the Modern World.


Koji Asada writes, "I have been appointed as the general manager of the Investment Banking Division for the Americas in New York, for The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, to spearhead the bank's initiative to provide solutions and services to our customers active across the Americas, including Canada and Latin America. My responsibilities will include product areas such as structured/project finance, syndications, securitization, trade finance, and leasing. I am excited about this opportunity, as the bank is fully prepared to capture the growth potential of the market we are in."

Richard Hart writes, "I've joined a terrific consulting team that helps energy utilities plan and improve their energy efficiency programs. Next time you buy a subsidized CFL or get an energy audit, think of me. Meanwhile, my daughter is now driving, which makes business school seem like a very long time ago!"

Bill Koefoed was appointed chief financial officer for Skype, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2011. Previously, Bill was general manager of investor relations for Microsoft. He lives in Bellevue, Wash., with his wife and two sons.

Margaret (Chang) Meenaghan writes, "After spending 14 years in the Bay Area (including my time at Haas), I moved to Los Angeles in 1998 with my husband, Jim. Now it's been another 14 years, and we're still fully entrenched in So Cal life. Jim recently produced his first feature film, 'Chasing Mavericks,' which released this past October. I am a concierge, counselor, chauffeur, and chef to three (non-paying) clients: Charlie (12), Devon (8), and Brooke (7). We live a stone's throw from UCLA, but I still adorn the kids in Cal wear! Also, we spent this past July 4th in Tahoe with Katie McDivitt, MBA 94, whom I'm still close to."

Adina Safer writes, "So it's been 18 years since we graduated (well maybe 17, since I did a dual degree with the School of Public Health) and I have never written in to the alumni magazine. Yes, I read it, and I always mutter under my breath 'I really should write some kind of note,' as I do enjoy hearing the updates. So here goes. I have moved on from four mergers and acquisitions ­­--startup to corporate (ADVP) to another corporate (CMX) to another corporate (CVS)--to start a new firm in the life sciences area ( Amazingly interesting work in this field, and I enjoy the challenge. My husband and two kids and I have moved into a newly renovated home in San Francisco, and my daughter just finished another season of nutcracker shows with the San Francisco Ballet. Wishes to all for a joyful and prosperous 2013."

Yves Speeckaert writes, "After earning my MBA, I spent 15 years in management consulting, with KPMG, World Bank projects, and then five years with Banca Intesa San Paolo, in Brazil, UK, and Paris. In the course of these many years I developed a passion for emerging markets, and Latin America and Africa in particular, with missions in 15 sub-Saharan African countries, among others. I have now translated this passion into a job in the Investment Fund industry of Luxembourg, where I help create and manage, as fund director, alternative investment funds (AIFs), specialized in investing in the agro-business, timber, mining, real estate, and infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa and Brazil. Should you have an interest in investing in Africa and Brazil, don't hesitate to call me or come and visit me in Luxembourg. There is always a good Belgian beer available for visitors from Cal."


Anya Axelrod, of Berkeley, Calif., writes, "We welcomed our baby girl, Katrina 'Katya,' to our family in September 2012."

Jill Holup of Austin, Texas, writes, "2012 marked the first year for my startup investment business, Callegro Investments LLC, formed in partnership with another Cal alum (Christopher Melton, BA in political economy of industrial societies, 1995). We formed our first fund, May River Partners LP, to invest in residential land in the southeastern United States. If anyone is interested in more information, please feel free to contact me."


Paulo Penteado is a senior director at the London office of the Huron Consulting Group, where he provides management consulting to corporate legal departments and law firms. Wife, Ana (Boalt LL.M. 1997) is head of the compliance network at Winmark, which specializes in professional networks. Sons Marcos (14) and Luis (11) are both doing well in school and playing a lot of rugby (Paulo is a club assistant coach).


Vijay Bobba moved from Silicon Valley to India in 2003, where he started a loyalty marketing-services company with venture funding and launched a new consumer loyalty brand (imint) in 2006. Vijay sold the business to Payback, a German company in 2010. He writes, "Today, I continue to run Payback in India as the founding CEO & MD. Payback has become India's largest consumer loyalty program with millions of members across India. My wife, Padmaja, and I have two boys: Nihar (18) and Nikit (15). Nihar joined Northwestern to study economics while Nikit is in 10th grade at an international school in Bangalore. I look forward to keeping in touch with other Haas graduates!"

Cheryl (Weiss) Hayes writes, "2012 was a busy year helping my husband start his new private lending business and spending a lot of my time with five Oakland high school girls to start their new business called So Aphrodite. My husband and I feel very blessed to provide short-term funding for rehabbers who are taking distressed properties, fixing them up, and then reselling them to homeowners. This provides much needed financing, generates jobs for the crews who fix up the homes, facilitates the transition of distressed properties into homes for families, and provides us with a great income stream. A real win/win/win situation. I am also very excited to work with an organization called BUILD, a four-year program for at-risk high school students. I am in my second year mentoring kids from Skyline High in Oakland. We have launched our business and were the top revenue generating company at the recent BUILD Holiday Sales Bazaar. If you are looking for a great way to make an impact, I would love to get some Haas talent involved in this program. You can check it out at"

APRIL 25-28, 2013

After moving back to Mexico in 2011, Gonzalo Deustua focused Dresden Partners ( into a competitive near-shore software outsourcing company serving U.S. clients. In 2012, Gonzalo raised an initial round of funding for Apptizzy ( a mobile app startup that combines mobile technologies with compelling value- added services for clients in Latin America. He lives with his wife, Julie, and sons Sebastian and Andres, in Mexico City."

Ravi Shankar, of Cupertino, Calif., was promoted to vice president of product marketing at Informatica. Ravi is responsible for product and technical marketing activities for master data management.

Daniel Tellalian's firm, Emerging Markets Inc., is leading pipeline development efforts for the California FreshWorks Fund, a $270 million loan fund designed to help food retailers, distributors, and innovators bring greater healthy food access to underserved communities. He welcomes inquiries from Haas alumni who are pursuing responsible food projects in California.


Michael Dennis writes, "All's well in Portland! In August my wife, Allison, and I welcomed a son into our lives: Leif Winningstad Dennis. Work for The Nature Conservancy has been great; we just completed a major land protection deal in southern Oregon, and recent work travel has led me to the Peruvian Amazon and the Arctic Wildlife Refuge."

Samir Goradia is providing litigation financing to plaintiff's attorneys and their clients and is working in estate planning for high net worth individuals. Samir writes, "Enjoyed seeing some alums at the Big Game this year, but disappointed with the results on the field. Planning to move to San Rafael in the next year; if you are in Marin drop me a line sometime."

Alan S. Knitowski writes, "My company, Phunware (, just purchased TapIt Media Group for $23 million. All is well and we continue to grow--up to 115 employees with six offices, a headquarters in Austin, four offices in Southern California, from San Diego in the south to Sherman Oaks in the north, and one office in Rockville, Md."

Steve Peletz of San Francisco and his family spent four weeks traveling in Scotland, England, and Turkey over the holiday while visiting his daughter at the University of St. Andrews.


KarenBeth Peiler writes, "I've made quite a change since graduation. I'm teaching fifth grade in Alameda Unified School District. The details of product management and financial accounting are less relevant, but I still use my Haas connections. Emilie Cortes, MBA 02, gave a fantastic talk about mountain climbing and perseverance in my classroom in October. I appreciated her ability to know her audience and make it exciting for the 32 10-year-olds."


Mat Fogarty, of Orinda, Calif., writes, "I recently sold my startup, Crowdcast, and am now working at the acquiring company, Spigit. It was a good run and a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to starting another venture, so ping me if you have any great ideas."


Seong Chen writes, "We are excited to welcome our second child, Ryan Ling-Han Chen, on Dec. 20, 2012. Ruth is happy to become a big sister now. We have been living in Switzerland for the past five years. It looks like our kids will spend at least a few years of their childhood here as we enjoy living and working here."

Emilie Cortes has left the investment consulting business and will be running Call of the Wild Adventures Inc. Call of the Wild specializes in adventure travel for women and has been in business since 1978. Feel free to peruse the trips or add yourself to the mailing list at Emilie has also relocated to Bend, Ore., an outdoor activity mecca, but she will still frequent the Bay Area.

Sara (Smolek) Filipek writes, "After a year in Menlo Park, we've adjusted to life in the 'burbs. We've finished our list of home improvements and gotten our labradoodle puppy (Edison) and now are hoping to find some peace and sanity in 2013. Of course our kids, Calem (7) and Evie (4), will lead the charge there. Looking forward to a few weekends in Tahoe with the Underwoods and Graces in between the workweeks (in my 10th year at Analysis Group and going strong). Still actively participating in Haas events and activities. Hope to see everyone at an event soon!"

Coco Kee writes, "Still happily living in Manhattan and building KGA, a corporate development advisory firm helping companies with cross-border expansion between China and the United states, and helping US financial technology firms with restructuring, turnaround, and market entry in the alternative investment space. One of our most exciting projects is to identify capital to fund the growth of a Chinese company that is creating farms on the desert in Inner Mongolia. The encroaching desert causes farmers to lose land, and environmental damages often result. We hope this project will be successful and can be replicated in other desert areas. One of the plants growing on the farms is from the United States. Please let me know when you are in town. Look forward to catching up."

Chris Nuttall, of Short Hills, N.J., writes, "I'm excited to be serving as co-president of the recently re-launched Berkeley Haas alumni chapter in the tri-state New York City area. Our chapter board is focused this year on connecting our community in the region and building a sustainable chapter based around the Defining Leadership Principles. If you're a Berkeley Haas alum in the region, please reach out via LinkedIn or @cal--it would be great to have you involved."

Marcelo Vasquez and Mauricio Quiroga, MBA 00, founded Canvas Group, a human-centered growth and transformation-consulting studio in Santiago, Chile, to help companies create new value through innovation. Mauricio and Marcelo are applying all their Berkeley Haas experience to challenge the status quo throughout the Americas and are already working with companies in Chile, Colombia, Peru and Argentina. You can contact Canvas Group at: mauricio and

APRIL 25-28, 2013

Jay Atkinson writes, "I would like to introduce the latest arrival to our family--Jasmine Olivia, who was born on Sept. 17. Everyone is healthy, happy, and enjoying our move back to the East Bay (Lafayette)."

Jay Jung writes, "After working for 6 1/2 years at Samsung Global Strategy Group, I am transitioning back to the overseas business team at Samsung Life Insurance for my next career step."


Clay Akiwenzie writes, "2012 was a big year of change in the Akiwenzie household. We welcomed a new addition, Celeste Analise Akiwenzie (try saying that 10 times fast), joined a new firm, Berkadia, after seven years on the stagecoach, and finally finished the never-ending rehab of our house in Kensington. Looking forward to 2013 and connecting with more Haas folks."

Chris Plasser, of San Francisco, writes, "After a stint at PayPal, I moved over to the eBay side of the house a year and a half ago and have been running a startup-like team of 19 to develop cutting-edge mobile shopping experiences. My team shipped over 20 releases in 2012 and earned several nice media accolades, and it was nice to be recognized and rewarded for all our great work by being named a Silicon Valley rising star under 40 by Silicon Valley Business Journal this year. Whenever I can, I love meeting up with classmates on my travels, and I have been lucky to have had the chance to do so in Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Dubai, China, and Singapore. I look forward to many more such reunions, and if you are in town, please drop me a line!"


Darryl Eaton writes, "It has been a whirlwind 2012. Isa and I bought and renovated a house in Santa Barbara, Isa wrote a book, and I left my head of product management post at RightScale to start my own company in the consumer credit space. Our youngest started preschool, and her two older brothers are making strides of their own. It seems we subscribe to the 'punctuated equilibrium' theory of living life! Hoping everyone else had a productive 2012 and best of luck in 2013."

Monica Wiese, of Lima, Peru, writes, "In July we were blessed with our second son, Liam Gabriel. His giggles have brought us even more joy. Pablo Frederick (2 1/2 years) welcomed baby Liam with a warmth that is truly beyond his years. Pablo Seminario, MBA 04, continues to enjoy the retail industry and will be venturing to a new corporation next year. For the time being, I have finally come to relish my time with the boys at home."


While many people were going off to their startup internships between first and second years, Josh Gustin decided to teach himself how to make the perfect pair of jeans. He started off making premium SF-made salvage denim, and selling it in boutiques across the country. He writes, "Last year, we realized there was a better way than the normal retail model. We launched this new model on Kickstarter in January (check out our video at, and it's been received well by that community. We've raised over $57,000 so far, setting lots of Kickstarter records in the process (biggest first Fashion day, biggest denim campaign). We're pleased to have been picked up by Cool We're redefining premium menswear. We might also be looking for interns soon."

Qing Li, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, "What a great way to spend the Christmas holiday and bid farewell to 2012--on board Sapphire Princess to the Mexican Riviera with family and friends. No emails and phone calls, only sun and fun, sweeping ocean view, and endless yummy food. And good time to reflect on 2012 and look forward to 2013. May many new things happen in our lives in the new year!"

Atul Tiwary, of Palo Alto, Calif., writes, "Starting year two of our investment banking initiative. Our daughter, Aanika, is settled in her new school in Redwood Shores. Looking forward to a great 2013."


Jed Clevenger was promoted from vice president, marketing and merchandising, at the social commerce startup, Yardsellr, to COO. On the personal front, he was thrilled to welcome with his wife, Kristy, their first child, a daughter born in June, Madison Margaret.

Amy Omand, of Oakland, Calif., writes, "I am celebrating my one-year anniversary at Tipping Point Community as the director of finance. Tipping Point is a grant-making agency dedicated to finding and funding the most effective poverty-fighting organizations in the Bay Area. It's been inspiring and challenging work! I have also taken on another part-time job as Girl Scout troop leader with my 6-year old daughter, Audrey. We've been enjoying participating in service events together, and I'm looking forward to my second daughter, Cara, joining in a few years!"

APRIL 25-28, 2013

Jemma Israyelyan and Rick Rasmussen, BCEMBA 05, have been working together to create entrepreneurship programs in Armenia. Ms. Israyelyan is the executive director of the Center of Entrepreneurship and Executive Development and Mr. Rasmussen is working with USAID to place entrepreneurship curricula into Armenian universities.



Mickey Kim, of San Francisco, writes, "My book is published in Korea. The book is about my career trek from Korea to Silicon Valley (Google) as well as the strengths and culture of Silicon Valley. I am extremely honored that Google Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra, LG Electronics President Havis Kwon, and legendary Omid Kordestani wrote commentaries for my book. The book is on a bestsellers' shelf in Korea."


Theresa (Finn) Talany and Bryan Talany welcomed their first child, Kathryn Anabelle, into the world on Sept. 19. They live in Greenbrae, Calif. Theresa continues to work at Wells Fargo as the credit officer overseeing the bank's investments in renewable energy.

Dane Zehrung of Napa, Calif., writes, "Some great changes have entered my life recently: I've married the woman of my dreams; I'm now working for Chevron's venture capital team, looking for innovative companies to change the energy industry; I've also partnered with Brandon Peele from Columbia to launch, a company focused on reconnecting humanity with human excellence, purpose, and wonder. It's not our lives that matter, it's the way we live them."


Matthew Blair writes, "I work in equity research for Macquarie Capital covering the independent refiners and natural gas vehicle companies. My wife and I live in Denver, and we just welcomed baby Henry in October."

After spending a couple of years as a management consultant and as a part-time lecturer at a university in Japan, Takeshi Haeno accepted a position in global marketing at Novo Nordisk. He and his wife, Maki, moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, in October. They are excited about the opportunity both professionally and personally, and they look forward to seeing their friends in Europe again."

Renu Motwani, of Newark, Calif., writes, "Warm greetings on a cold winter day on which I am writing this note! Reflecting back on 2012, one thing is clear --it kept a part of me engaged with the academic community in multiple ways. Earlier during the year, I presented a paper at the INTED (International Technology Education and Development) Conference in Valencia, Spain, on 'Innovating the Rural Economies with Mobile Innovation.' I was also honored to chair the session on 'The Internet and the Digital Divide.' It was a great experience interacting with over 700 delegates from across the globe! Later during the year, I served on the advisory board for ICERI (International Conference of Education, Research, and Innovation) held in Madrid, Spain. And as I was ending the year, heard that one of my other research papers was accepted for INTED 2013. Other than these associations with the academic world, life is good--driving Java ME strategy at Oracle Corp., and enjoying the magic that my daughter adds to my days!"

Elisabeth Warren and Dr. Katherine Brown (PhD, UC Berkeley, 2009) joyfully celebrated their wedding in August, at Lis' family's Lazy J Ranch in St. Helena, Calif. Also attending from Haas were Sherwood Yuen and family, Jennifer Elliot, Bethany Nelson and family, and Lili Palomo-Pujol and family. Kate is a scientist at the Cord Blood Registry, and Lis was recently promoted to associate director of strategic pricing and contracting at Genentech."

Will Wright writes, "Big news: I got married to a great girl named Whitney. She and I are happily married and hanging on for dear life in New York. I have also relaunched the alumni chapter of New York along with a broad and really great group of alumni here. We are looking for any support, donations, and folks who are interested in building a vibrant and connected community in the tri-state area to join us. Next big event: Professor and former Dean Laura Tyson to speak to the wider community this spring in Manhattan."


Glenn Ballard, CPA, is the founder of Marpé Finance & Accounting, a professional services practice focused on providing services in a few specific areas of need for early-stage companies, including: outsourced CFO, finance support, accounting, bookkeeping and tax services for startups before they have a CFO in place (typically seed/angel stage through Series B/C); private company stock and stock option valuation (409A valuation); audit preparation and support for later-stage private companies; IPO readiness and support; and merger and acquisition preparation and support for companies who choose a merger as their exit strategy. In addition to Marpé's early-stage company services, Glenn also offers a full range of tax planning and compliance services to individuals and businesses. For information, email Glenn at or visit

Jenny Hsieh and Andrea Siciliano were married on Sept. 8. The wedding took place just outside of Torino, Italy, at Castello di San Sebastiano da Po, with several fellow Haasies in attendance. After their honeymoon in Rome, they returned to San Francisco where Jenny works at Citigroup in affordable housing and Andrea works at Google."


Tom Kraikit, of San Francisco, writes, "After two years at Adobe I switched back to the small company environment and joined Evernote in its quest to help people remember everything. On the home front, our daughter is rapidly growing up in front of our eyes, and she is looking forward to meeting all of our classmates' new additions soon."

Saket Misra, of Seattle, and his wife, Jaya, have had an eventful 2012 welcoming Aadya, their beautiful daughter. He also joined T-Mobile as a customer retention manager. Saket writes, "The move to T-Mobile with its challenges and great leaders is an exciting and welcome change. This along with the birth of my daughter has brought joy and excitement to our lives."


Thomas Chalberg, of Redwood City, Calif., is enjoying his role as a life sciences entrepreneur at Avalanche Biotechnologies. The company has been expanding R&D operations at its San Francisco headquarters and has five employees. Meanwhile Tom and Stefanie have been keeping busy with their two key customers at home, Annika (4) and Alexander (1).

Doy Charnsupharindr is a lecturer at Haas, teaching leadership communication courses for the Evening and Weekend Berkeley MBA Program. He writes, "In August, I had the opportunity to go teach a leadership communications class at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership in Berlin, Germany. While I was there, I ran into Emily Olman, MBA 08, a graduate of the evening and weekend MBA program. Emily is the admissions director at the school now."

Laurie Peterson, of Oakland, Calif., writes, "Since graduation, I've been leading marketing for Sifteo, a San Francisco-based startup making a new gaming system called Sifteo Cubes. I became aware of the company when True Ventures, one of its investors, spoke in Randy's New Venture Finance class. I am enjoying the growing pains of raising product awareness and building new retail channels from scratch. If you are in Barnes & Noble, stop by the 'Tech Toy' section to check Sifteo Cubes out. We launched there just in time for the holidays and are getting great PR coverage. My daughter, Avery, is 2 1/2 now. Watching her grow is a good reminder of the time that has passed since my days at Haas. I miss the people and the focus I had on self-improvement. I hope to audit a class or two in coming years."

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APRIL 25-28, 2013

Paolo Ferro, of San Jose, Calif., writes, "Life is great in the South Bay, and work is exciting. With the beginning of 2013 I am taking on new responsibilities in the iTunes Content organization, as well as starting some innovation projects of my own. My New Year's resolution is to renew my commitment to stay connected to the Haas community. Go Haasies! Go Bears!"

Sridhar Krishnamurthy writes, "To me the Haas MBA has been and will always be a memorable experience. The fun-filled finance lectures by Professor La Blanc, the practical aspects of launching and running a startup shared by Professor Zafar, and the enriching guest speaker series from CEOs organized by Professor Haykin have provided me the framework to take business decisions with confidence. I transitioned from applications engineering to a strategic business development role after completing my first year, and the Haas brand was an important factor in this transition. Importantly, the insights and high energy from my peers had a significant impact to my experience at Haas. When I met a few first-year evening and weekend MBA students during a recent reunion, some of them asked me how I spend my free time away from Haas these days. My response was 'baby sitting.'"

Belinda Lyons-Newman, her husband, Dan, and 4-year-old daughter, Ella, welcomed Lilia Lyons Newman, born in Berkeley, Calif., on Sept. 8.

Allan Riska, of San Francisco, joined Regenerate Power, a startup utility-scale solar developer, as a senior business development and finance associate. In December, the company signed its first power purchase agreement, in which it will provide 20 MW of solar energy to San Diego Gas and Electric. This is an exceptional achievement, considering solar is an increasingly competitive market where major corporations traditionally dominate. Allan is additionally proud to be working with minority-owned businesses to provide clean, affordable energy to California residents. He credits his Haas coursework and network for the opportunity to realize his post-MBA goals.


Oscia Wilson founded Boiled Architecture while enrolled in the Evening & Weekend MBA Program. She also founded the annual Women Entrepreneurship Retreat, a weekend retreat for women starting and running companies. The next one will be May 24-26 at the seaside resort Asilomar, in Pacific Grove, Calif. The retreat is packed with keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, and dedicated mentoring time, all in a supportive environment that an all-women's event provides. This year's keynote speakers are Debbie Lewis, founder of GoldiBlox; Maren Kate, founder of Zirtual; and Hannah Davis, founder of Bangs. For more information, go to or contact Oscia Wilson directly at

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APRIL 25-28, 2013


Alice Hansen (Margaret Alice Quinn), of Oakland, Calif., writes, "Patti Birbiglia and I (BCEMBA inaugural class!) started Adesso Strategy, a marketing consultancy. We focus on the intersection of strategy, brand, culture, and organization to create new value that drives growth and change. We partner with leaders to develop internal capabilities (big data analytics and customer insights are big this year), tell distinct and resonant stories that sway audiences, and increase market relevance. We're perfect for augmenting strategic thinking or when an initiative doesn't fit clearly into any organizational or agency area. Our clients are CEOs, CMOs, and business leaders of companies amid market disruptions. Adesso is Italian for now. It cues our intention to drive near-term results and lasting change by questioning the status quo."

Chris Phenner writes, "Erika and I moved to Chicago in October, where I accepted a role to head the Midwest for Unified. Unified helps agencies and brands deploy social media budgets across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and lots of additional social networks. Never hesitate to reach out if you have social media questions. Our boys, Will (3) and Harrison (1), are psyched to be in the Windy City. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you are in town."


Rick Rasmussen, see MBA 2008 notes.

APRIL 25-28, 2013


Jason Teller relocated from Denver to the Seattle area to start a new job with Intellectual Ventures as a licensing executive.


Prosenjit Chatterjee, of San Francisco, was promoted to director of GPU ASIC Engineering at NVIDIA.

Carter Reue, of San Jose, Calif., climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Sept. 2012. Since he did this during the BCEMBA Gala, he organized a gala of one at the summit.

Rupam Shrivastava, of Cupertino, Calif., writes, "Happy New Year to all! As part of ePlanet Capital, we made an investment in a Virgin company, Virgin Mobile Central and Eastern Europe. They have launched in Poland with thousands of users acquired rapidly. I am also working on a series of mobile applications and looking for iOS developers willing to work for equity and cash. Personally, my plans are to visit three new countries in 2013."

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Cathy Goodwin just got connected with the Haas Alumni Network. After 20-plus years as a college professor, she runs a consulting business through the Internet, working with clients and buyers all over the world. Her website is She lives in Philadelphia's Old City with two cats and a dog, all mixed-breed rescues. She recently wrote and published an ebook, 10 Things To Do If You Really REALLY Hate Your Job.The ebook is available on Amazon.

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