William L. Bush, BS, of Lakewood, Wash., and his wife, Jane (Pierson), celebrated their 65th anniversary April 18. They have two children, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He worked for Standard Oil Co. of California (now Chevron Texaco) from 1939 to 1961 and as director of transportation for Weyerhaeuser Co. in Tacoma until his retirement in 1979. He served in the US Army from 1943 to 1945 in England, France, and Germany, and completed the Executive Development Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1953. He has also been active in the community, serving as national president of the Interstate Commerce Commission Practitioners Association, president of the Tacoma Art Museum for three terms, a member of Pierce County Arts Commission, a volunteer for the Clover Park School District, and a docent for Lakewood Gardens. He also taught at the University of Puget Sound and Green River Community College.
Robert Cline, BS, (see 1961 MBA notes.)
Joanie Misrack, BS, of San Rafael writes, "Since 1983 I have been working with Pathways To Peace, an international, non-governmental consulting organization affiliated with the U.N. In September we are hosting a workshop at the annual NGO Conference at the U.N. in New York, on 'Biodiversity and Climate Change: Minimizing Extinction.' Please see www.pathwaystopeace.org and www.cultureofpeace.org, and celebrate the International Day of Peace Sept. 21."
Wayne Label, BS, writes, "After leaving Berkeley I went on to UCLA to get my MBA and Ph.D. in accounting. From there I went into university teaching, and have now taught at 17 universities in the United States and Latin America. I currently teach for the University of Maryland University College, online, and thus am able to live part of the year in San Diego and the other part in Puerto Vallarta. I have finished my newest book on Accounting for Non-Accountants. Let me know what happened to you by contacting me at email@example.com."
Vijay Kumar Pandit, BS, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, "After graduating, I did actuarial work and passed three Society of Actuaries exams. After that I joined IBM and then Memorex, finally working at BMC for six years until 2005. I am a member of the Board of Advisors of InternetSpeech, a startup in voice Internet field offering a connection to the Internet by any phone using just the voice. I am also a consultant to IBM, working in its Silicon Valley Labs in San Jose. I do work in the mainframe programming of a product called Source Level Debugger. Both my children were great swimmers. My son, Jay, was the MVP of water polo in Mountain View High School. He is now a structural engineer working for Willis Construction, San Juan Bautista, Calif. He lives one block from the beach in Santa Cruz. His favorite entertainment is to do 'night surfing' off the coast. That scares me, but he does it in a well-lit environment. He also does mountain climbing. My daughter, Amba, was doing swimming and synchronized swimming while attending high school. Her coach wanted Amba to train for Olympics trials for synchronized swimming. Unfortunately, she broke her knee while skiing in deep powder in Utah. She had two operations of the knee. She was able to swim ably a few years later. She participated in a triathlon off Santa Cruz in 2005. The triathlon involves 1500 meters of swimming in the ocean past sea lions and other creatures. That is followed by 50 kilometers of bicycling and 10 kilometers of running. She has recovered enough to be able to do that. She just got married on Mar. 28, 2007, to Marc DesJardins. She is an honors graduate of UC Davis. She worked for Cisco in Silicon Valley but switched to a career in real estate. She owns a home, a four-plex, a five-plex and sells properties. I took time off from my work at IBM to attend the annual convention of National Federation of Blind from June 30 to July 4, 2007, for InternetSpeech. While I was there I participated in NFB's March of Freedom for the Blind of America, on July 3, 2007. I wore the yellow scarf that the blind people wore during the March."
Nick Van Valkenburgh, BS, writes, "I was commissioned out of ROTC and served 21 years as an Air Force transportation officer and retired as a lieutenant colonel. After retirement, I joined Apple Computer as a national account rep and later as a senior systems engineer based in Birmingham, Ala. After Apple, there was a series of computer support-related positions with Boeing and NASA in Huntsville, Ala., supporting the International Space Station Project and Marshall Space Flight Center. I am currently a program analyst with the US Army Cargo Helicopter program at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. My wife, Betty, and I just celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary with our two daughters and two grandchildren."
Richard Lyon, BS, writes, "I hope this finds you happy, healthy, and enjoying life! I am working on creating a fun and very cool membership social club and restaurant just for baby boomers. BOOMERZ-ONLY! will be like Cheers meets PBS for boomers, a very friendly, inviting place to eat and drink, have fun and do community service! I plan to open my pilot unit here in Sacramento in the very near future. Clubs will be full-service restaurant and bar establishments. We will feature an on-site micro-brewery, espresso bar, and sushi bar. Membership focus will be on those born before 1965. Employees must also be members. Clubs will serve as community service hubs as well as commercial hospitality units. With our full-time activities and community service director, we will maintain ongoing teams for groups such as Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, and Race for the Cure. If this sounds interesting to you, please get in touch! 916.739.6432 firstname.lastname@example.org"
Daniel Asera, BS, senior class president of the class of 1969 at Cal, is the founder and president of Cal Spirit of Las Vegas, the local alumni chapter in southern Nevada. More than 2,000 Cal alumni live in the Las Vegas area. The group has been very active since its founding in 2005 and is planning several Cal football events for the fall, including a joint Big Game viewing event with the local Stanford alumni chapter and a road trip to the UCLA game. This year the group also plans to raise additional Cal Alumni scholarship funds for local high school students accepted to Cal and to attend high school college fairs in the area. Asera teaches accounting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and this fall he is establishing the UNLV Government Affairs Program, which will provide paid Washington, D.C., internships to Nevada college students, similar to the Cal-in-the-Capital program. In addition, he continues to support his community as a member-at-large of the Regional Transportation Commission Advisory Committee and the Community Development Advisory Committee.
Gisela Franken-Ohlemutz, BS, MBA, see MBA 1972 notes.
Ron Jung, BS, of San Francisco writes, "In November, it will be three years since I retired. After 32 years in the accounting profession, I was fortunate to sell my accounting practice and retire at the age of 56. During these past few years, I have worked on my golf game (a neverending task), taken a number of fun educational and physical classes, traveled a bit, and just plain relaxed after having survived a number of tax seasons. Most recently, my wife and daughter and I spent 11 days on Kauai playing golf, snorkeling, sightseeing, and just having fun. My daughter is a sophomore at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory and has her sights set on attending college in the UC system -- hopefully at Berkeley."
Bart Young, BS, MBA, see MBA 1975 notes.
Eric Rayner, BS, of Novato, writes, "Originally I went to Berkeley to be a landscape architect, but the long night hours of school work led me over to the business school. Later I got my MBA at Arizona State University. After a decade in the solar industry, and then some time in the finance field, I returned to the landscaping field. I started Rayner Landscaping Inc. five years ago. We have been fortunate and have been awarded by independent judges in the landscape industry as a company that produces exceptional work. We are the only company in the north coast of California to win an award in the under-$30,000 price range for the past three years. Being a licensed landscape contractor is very exciting and rewarding. To all those picking a career, sometimes waiting 30 years before getting on track is possible."
The Cal campus is featured in a controversial new screenplay by Kendall Callas, BS, of San Francisco. A consultant in the Bay Area law office computing arena, he is looking for an agent for his new endeavor. www.Neanderthal.TV
Steven Gomberg, BS, MBA, see MBA 1981 notes.
Robert Finley, BS, MBA, see MBA 1987 notes.
Greg Frank, BS, writes, "I live in New York with my wife, Christine, UCLA, BA 1987, and two beautiful girls, Jessica and Jennifer. After spending nearly 15 years at Citigroup where I covered banks and finance companies, I now work at Moody's where I'm a senior analyst on the US banks team. On weekends we like to escape to our lake house on Greenwood Lake, where we enjoy boating, fishing, and jet-skiing. I'm a proficient barbecuer, and with glass of red wine in hand, I don't let rain or snow get in the way."
Lawrence Pon, BS, of Redwood City, Calif., writes, "I am pleased to report that I have passed the US Tax Court bar examination, which means I can add USTCP (United States Tax Court Practitioner) behind my name. I am now admitted to practice before the US Tax Court to help clients in their disputes with the IRS. The difficult exam has a very low pass rate (5 to 16 percent) and only 241 people have passed this test since 1942. I can thank Professor Cerf for his tax research class that I took in 1985 in helping me pass this test. You never forget the stuff you learn at Cal! Go Bears!"
Chris Carvalho, BS, of San Rafael writes, "This has been a busy year for me at home and at work. In February my wife gave birth to our third son, and in May Lucasfilm celebrated Star Wars' 30th anniversary. Now in my ninth year at Lucas as the head of business development I also recently became the interim head of our Internet division, which includes www.StarWars.com."
Tom Furtney, BS, of Larkspur, Calif., writes, "I am enjoying life with my wife, Erin, and our two children, Fiona (2 1/2) and Ford (10 months). I have been in sales since graduating from Cal, and I recently accepted the position of sales director with Jobscience, a San Francico-based software developer. In the process of building my sales team, I have been fortunate enough to hire two recent Cal graduates as salespeople. I'm looking forward to seeing the Bears play in the Rose Bowl this January. Go Bears!"
Timothy Wong, BS, writes, "I'm moving back to California from Vail, Colo., to serve in my 12th year in education as principal for Calvary Christian High School in Pacific Grove, Calif. I love working with others to prepare young hearts and minds to serve and lead their communities in an ever-changing world."
A.T. Kippes, BS, of San Francisco, writes, "I have just finished assisting nationally recognized attorney J. Gary Gwilliam with writing his autobiography, Getting A Winning Verdict In My Personal Life: A Trial Lawyer Finds His Soul. This powerful story details Gary's transformation from of a drug-using gang member and alcoholic to a leader of his profession and someone who knows his life's purpose. Now that the book has been published, I will be focusing on the marketing of the book. If anyone would like to purchase a copy, it is available on www.amazon.com."
Messai Gessesse, BS, of Washington, D.C., writes, "I recently joined TV One's Legal Department as in-house counsel. I continue to travel the world as my main hobby, and have been fortunate enough to travel to Ethiopia, Thailand, and Dubai this year."
Bobby Grant, BS, of New York writes, "The true highlight of my life is that I've maintained health and happiness throughout the years. Professionally I call the leveraged finance capital markets home, having worked in the energy, power, transportation, and aerospace/defense sectors. I am focused on cash flow and asset-based lending in the middle markets. I started my career after Haas living in Japan, and ultimately London. I spent roughly seven years living and working abroad, primarily as a credit trader. I've managed to stay active in every community I've called home, resulting in some quite interesting social and cultural outcomes. I don't have enough time to provide the myriad details. I wish you all a most prosperous life. I do miss the good old Berkeley days. Go Bears!"
Daniel Ball, BS, of Los Angeles graduated in June from the Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA) program at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. As part of the three-year FEMBA program, he completed a consulting engagement for a Spanish technology company, in which he built a business plan and product development strategy that resulted in $1 million in venture capital for the startup. During the program, he worked as a forecasting and market research manager for Amgen, a biotechnology company in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and has enjoyed spending his limited free time discovering new vacation spots in Colombia, Japan, and Europe."
Daniel Phung, BS, and Carolyn Pan returned to their Cal roots by having their April 14 wedding ceremony in Tilden Park. Pictures are at danielcarolyn.com. He writes, "We rented an apartment from another Golden Bear and are moving to Irvine, Calif., this summer."
Patrick Merrill, BS, of Merced, Calif., recently moved to Central California after earning his MBA at Oregon and working in San Francisco at PR agencies Weber Shandwick and Hill & Knowlton. Patrick took a new marketing manager position with County Bank in June at its Merced headquarters, where his fiancé is a business banker/AVP, and is looking forward to an April 2008 wedding.
Joe Spector, BS, writes, "After completing my Wharton MBA this May, I have decided to take the entrepreneurial plunge. I have partnered with a Penn Law grad to start QuieroLatino.com, which will be an online dating community targeting professional Latinos. Before graduation, we had made it far in several business-plan competitions and incubator programs. After lining up an amazing team of community leaders, marketing professionals, and financiers for our advisory board, we decided to roll up our sleeves and pass up lucrative full-time opportunities to pursue our promising business venture. QuieroLatino.com will differentiate itself by taking a local grassroots approach by establishing relationships with local organizations and having local events to promote the brand. QuieroLatino.com plans to launch in September 2007 with a focus on the Northeast before finally making out West by early 2008."
Peggy Hsieh, BS, married Jun Xu, also a Berkeley alum, on June 2 in Southern California. Peggy and Jun are now in Charlotte, N.C., and will both begin working for Banc of America Securities in private equity and leverage finance, respectively. Go bears!"
Kristine Fernando Pompeo, BS, married David Pompeo May 5 in Diamond Bar, Calif. The couple met in New York and are living in Upland, Calif. She writes, "We just got back from our honeymoon in Italy where we ate gelato three times a day and pasta for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! I am still working for the Walt Disney Co. in Burbank within the Home Entertainment Division, and will be pursuing my part-time MBA degree beginning this fall. Go Bears!"
Deborah (Hoang) Wong, BS, writes, "My husband, David, and I just celebrated our son, Tyler's, first birthday on May 26. I am also excited to start my new job as a financial analyst in the comptroller's department at Chevron Corporation. We just recently purchased a new home in San Ramon and are extremely happy to start moving in."
Romita Jerath, BS, who will finish her MBA in 2008, writes, "I have been in a finance rotation program at the Boeing Company for the past 3 1/2 years. Through my experiences, I have learned about cost analysis and scheduling, business operations, contracts administration, and rate management."
Kinman Tong, BS, of San Francisco moved on from the world of auditing, and is currently a senior consultant with Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, in the Forensic Investigation & Dispute Consulting Group. He would love to reconnect with fellow classmates to start planning for the five-year reunion in the upcoming year. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Amy Wong, BS, of San Jose writes, "I am still working at Deloitte Tax LLP, and recently got promoted to Manager."
Yong-Jin Oh, BS, of Seoul, South Korea, writes, "It's been three years since I left Cal, but even now I miss Cal, especially Haas School of Business. I am planning to fly over to Haas for MBA. Now I work for Korea Export Insurance Corporation, which is a governmental institution. I look forward to going back to Haas and seeing all of you. I love Haas so much!"
Daniel O'Leary, BS, writes, "After graduating my wife and I moved down to San Diego where I accepted a job as a manufacturing manager at a contract engineering and manufacturing firm, D&K Engineering. I've been fortunate enough to be part of the development of the manufacturing side of the business, essentially from the ground up, and am now responsible for all of its manufacturing operations. It's an extremely challenging and dynamic environment requiring many of the industrial engineering and business skills I sought out at Cal. We engineer and manufacture anything from card shufflers and inkjet refill systems to large industrial three-dimensional printers. My wife and I now have a baby girl turning 1 next month."
Allen Vartazarian, BS, of Los Angeles writes, "In July 2006 I decided to quit my full-time job to pursue my dream of starting an Internet company. With the recent success of television shows like American Idol, America's Got Talent, and America's Next Top Model, I was convinced that the Internet needed a free community where aspiring artists could share their talent and connect with fans and industry professionals. The concept for FameSource.com was born that summer, and after months of development, successfully launched in March 2007. This has been the most challenging endeavor and biggest accomplishment of my life. I am confident that the negotiation, marketing, and entrepreneurial coursework I took while at Haas prepared me for the challenges I faced as CEO and co-founder of Famesource.com. Go big or go home!"
Gao Chen, BS, writes, "I am attending the M.D. program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. The surprisingly many lectures on team building and communication make me believe I'm back in UGBA100 or 155 lecture. Although the switch from business to medicine is a drastic one, I hope my interest in international medicine will allow me to one day return the business arena."
Fay Blair, BS, of Santa Rosa writes, "I am enthused about TAAP (The Academic Achievement Program), a scholarship program for students who have qualified for Cal and overcome significant obstacle' along the way. I am reading applications, interviewing applicants, contributing funds -- and meeting these super stars."
Steve Schneider, MBA, writes, "Before there was Haas, even before there was Barrows, there was a graduate School of Business. I recall that during my 12 months in the school we (in the classes I took) set eyes on only one businessperson from outside the university! My recent visits to the Haas School and various special events have shown a remarkable contrast with the old days. Perhaps the best example of progress and openness is the opportunity we alums have been given to audit one class a year. If you live anywhere near Berkeley this is a gift to be accepted ASAP. My class last fall was taught at the Goldman School on the subject of housing and public policy – a brilliant professor and 20 or so brilliant classmates, plus one with experience but no brilliance. I urge you all to come back to the campus if you can. Since 1957 I've served in the US Foreign Service, taught in community college for 27 years, and have been involved for 30 years in Marvin Gardens Real Estate in Berkeley. Cheers."
Robert Cline, MBA, of Sacramento has been a lobbyist for 27 years representing a variety of clients in business and local government, including Duraflame, Whirlpool Corp., National Cement of California, Autoland, Option One Mortgage Corp., and California Association of Auto Brokers. He is a former member of the California State Assembly having served 10 years, elected from a district covering northwest Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County. After receiving an MBA, he joined Litton Industries as a financial analyst, ran unsuccessfully for the US House of Representatives losing by less than one percentage point. Cline is married to the former Jeannette Wilhoit, has two children by his first marriage, one stepson, and eight grandchildren.
Ronald Savitt, MBA, of Portland, Ore., retired from the University of Vermont in 2003 where he held the John L. Beckley Chair of American Business. He writes, "In the years since leaving Berkeley I received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to teach at Boston University, the University of Alberta, Canada, Michigan State University and then Vermont. I had senior Fulbright lectureships in Turkey in 1971-72 and Hungary in 1991-92. My wife, Ann, and I were married in 1981 and have one daughter, Sarah, who is working in London. During the past five years I have turned my interests in management to polar exploration and have begun to evaluate polar explorers as managers. Two articles have been recently published in the Polar Record and several more are under review. My free time is spent deep in the darkroom developing and printing in the old ways and white-water rafting and fishing. I volunteer with Oregon Trout in an environmental program called Salmon Watch, in which we take middle and high schools to the rivers to teach them about their importance for the salmon and our own health."
Philip (Andy) Bewley, MBA, writes, "Since 1973 I have run my own tax and financial planning business in Aptos, Calif. My wife, Pat, and I have made it a practice to do extensive international travel when tax season is completed. Several of these trips have been through Bear treks, including a trip down the Dalmation Coast led by Dean Cheit and his wife, June, in 2004. This year we were staying in Greenwich when the Cutty Sark caught fire. Pat slept through the fire truck sirens and the helicopters flying overhead at 5 a.m. We are waiting for football season to begin."
Knut Dale, MBA, of Arcadia, Calif., writes, "After graduating and spending the summer traveling in Europe, I was drafted and spent two years in the US Army. Then I went back to Cal to get my MBA degree, during which I got married to Nina in Denmark. After graduation I joined Bank of America's International Division at its San Francisco headquarters. I retired about five years ago after a 35-year career working in California, England, and Denmark in a variety of marketing, administration, and management assignments working primarily with major corporate and government clients. Before and after retirement I've enjoyed participating in a number of running events, including the San Francisco and Los Angeles marathons. Last July I had my toughest exercise opportunity, hiking to Mt. Whitney's summit and back in one day over 15 long hours. I've self-published a book on our family's history and am completing a book on US public policy and business reforms, Greater Nation, which I hope to have published. Nina and I have two children and two grandchildren."
Robert McDermott, MBA, writes, "I finally retired at the end of July after nearly 46 years doing engineering, project controls, and business development with Bechtel working in San Francisco, Edmonton, Canada, Fos-sur-mer, France, Arun and Balikpappan, Indonesia, Abu Dhabi, and London for the past 20 years. Most notable projects were a large iron and steel complex in France, an LNG plant and a refinery in Indonesia, the channel tunnel between UK and France, and the channel tunnel rail link in the UK -- Britain's first high speed railway, two-thirds of which opened in September 2003 and will be fully operational on Nov. 14. Now I'm settled back in our home in Tiburon with wife, Randi, while sons Erik and Martin live and work in Kyoto, Japan, and Paris, respectively."
Laurence Berger, MBA, writes, "I am well into my 10th year at McKinsey & Co., serving as a financial institutions practice specialist for our clients in the Asia Pacific Region. It is an exciting dynamic area of the world with double-digit rates of growth in several of our core markets. The US sub-prime mortgage/debt market issues are unlikely to have a serious impact on East Asian financial markets, and we anticipate continued robust demand from our clients and relationships throughout 2007 and into 2008. My wife and I maintain our home in Orinda and often miss the relative peace and tranquility of the East Bay."
Herman (Buzz) Boschken, MBA, and his wife, Irene Boschken, BS 66, visited Beijing and Shanghai in May and June on a faculty research trip focusing on such issues as Chinese American entrepreneurship, global-city economic development, and global warming. They had visited China in 2000 and were amazed by the changes in almost every respect, such as the replacement of cars by bicycles. Last year they were in South Africa at the international sociological meetings presenting a research paper on global cities. The contrast between these two parts of the world could not have been greater with respect to culture, economic development, and environmental issues. In August, Buzz presented a paper at the American Political Science Association in Chicago on global cities, which will be published in Urban Studies in early 2008. He is professor of management and policy at San Jose State University. He is also a commissioner of the Davis Natural Resources Commission. Irene is a retired senior administrator of the San Juan Unified School District in Sacramento, but continues her consulting career in organization development. They have six grandchildren and another one on the way.
Arnfin Haavik, MBA, of Oslo, Norway, writes, "For the last five years I have been working on my own in real estate. Prior to that I was in the oil exploration business. I am now reducing business activities, and I spend much time on music, playing the piano. I have my own band, For Swingende, and we play at birthday parties and other events. Tennis is another of my favorite activities. I am experiencing, as many others do having passed 60, how much time it takes to do nothing."
Gisela Franken-Ohlemutz, MBA, writes, "About a year ago I retired as CFO from a wonderful job at Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, closely associated with UCB, where I spent my final nine years of employment. I still reside in the Oakland Hills with my husband and two adorable cats, spending my time playing tennis, performing volunteer work, and traveling. My UC education provided the platform for an interesting career highlighted with five-year terms each as CPA at Deloitte & Touche and Kaiser Cement. The next 10 years were spent as controller/treasurer of the San Francisco Opera, making a big change from cement production to art. The last career move was into mathematics, a field I originally wanted to pursue as an undergraduate, but then switched to business administration. What a privilege to be able to watch the major tennis tournaments now during the day in my retirement!"
Robert Benditt, MBA, of New York writes, "After graduating Cal, I went to San Francisco State and did a second BA, in Japanese. In retrospect, that was the single most important thing influencing my career, more even than the MBA. After the BA I came to Columbia for a year to study advanced Japanese and then went to live in Tokyo for three years, during which time I gained fluency. By the time I came back to the United States I had been out of MBA school for five years with no MBA-like experience. The first real job I got was with Mitsubishi International and stayed there for five years, after which my family and I moved back to Japan for BOC as an expatriate for three years. On returning to the United States I began to work for US companies in the securities information business for five years (during which time I completed the CFA program), Thomson's First Call for five years, Multex and then Reuters (who bought Multex) for eight years. At these companies I was variously a salesman in Tokyo for US financial data, a content developer of Japanese financial data, and manager of the relationships with the Japanese brokerage houses who sent data to us. Very recently my role at Reuters has changed to focus on other things. By far, being able to do business in Japanese has been the glue that held my career together over the last 25 years."
Bart Young, MBA, reopened his creative marketing communications agency, Young Company, in 2006, after having sold his firm to The Phelps Group of Santa Monica in 2003. Located in downtown Laguna Beach puts Young Company in the heart of Orange County's creative arts community and adjacent to the most dynamic economy in the country. Bart has been very active in the Haas Alumni Network having served as president of the LA Chapter in 2005 and is now president of the Orange County chapter. Happily married to wife, Cindi, for 25 years, Bart and Cindi are now proud grandparents to Rowan DeTorres, whose mother, Robyn, is their daughter and runs interactive media at Young Company. He writes, "Rownan goes to school directly across the street, so I see him almost every day. Life couldn't be sweeter, and the Haas Network is now more important to me than ever as I meet new Haas Alumni in OC. Go Bears!"
Lori Gibson Banducci, MBA, has lived in Boise, Idaho since 1979. She writes, "In 1979, people thought we were crazy for moving to Boise. Now it consistently shows up on the lists of best places to live and do business!" She has three children, the oldest graduated from University of Puget Sound this spring, the middle one is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her youngest will be attending UPS as a freshman this fall. After a diverse career in traditional marketing (Ore-Ida, Hewlett Packard, Alberston College of Idaho), she has started her own business, For Each Other LLC, working with women artisans and cooperatives in developing countries to sell and market their products in the United States. For Each Other pays a fair price for these products, shares the story of these women and the critical role they play in providing for their families and communities, and gives a percentage of the proceeds back to the cooperatives and communities."
David Katague, MBA, writes, "After retirement as chemistry team leader at US FDA, Center of Drugs, Division of Anti-Infective Drug Products in Rockville, Md., my wife and I started constructing our winter residence, beach resort, and conference center in Boac, Marinduque, Philippines. Chateau Du Mer, is now fully operational. I am inviting all Haas alumni, their family and friends to visit my website, www.chateaudumer.com. If you are looking for a perfect and affordable vacation basking in the sun or a romantic getaway, then Chateau Du Mer is waiting for you. Hope to see you soon."
John-Paul Leonard, MBA, of Joshua Tree, Calif., publishes 9/11 Truth books under the Progressive Press imprint. His new titles for 2007 are Truth Jihad: My Epic Struggle against the 9/11 Big Lie, a humorous autobiography about academic and religious freedom, and The Nazi Hydra in America: Suppressed History of a Century, 660 pages of piquant details on the unceasing efforts by the plutocracy to install a fascist New World Order. He recently learned to use Photoshop and created the cover of the book Truth Jihad.
Ted Gutierrez, MBA, is running a volatility management fund in partnership with FTN Midwest.
Steven Gomberg, MBA, writes, "I moved to Thailand in June 2006 to become the finance director for asiaBIOGAS Co. Ltd., Southeast Asia's largest biogas project developer and operator. We are headquartered in Bangkok and have operations in The Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. It's quite an adventure both in terms of lifestyle and industry. Focusing on renewable waste to energy generation, we design, build, and operate power plants that convert organic industrial waste into methane and electricity. We are in the middle of the whole alternative energy/global warming/carbon credit milieu. When I went to Berkeley I was never a green, save the world person, but it does feel good to work at something that has real environmental benefits, like reducing the need for traditional fossil fuels, reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases, and improving the quality of industrial wastewater. On top of that, we sell the energy at below-market prices and make money without government subsidies. Two weeks ago I went to a Cal Alumni Association Thailand chapter event and there were at least 40 Bears. I have a Slingbox on my laptop so I can watch Cal football live wherever I am at ungodly hours of the morning."
Joani Mitchell Krieger, MBA, is busy working as a freelance management consultant for both Clarity (www.get-clarity.com) and Oliver Wayman (www.oliverwyman.com), formerly known as Mercer Management Consulting, while trying to start a travel business in her free time, and traveling to India, Israel, and China this year. Her son, Dan, a senior at Pitzer (Claremont), is actively involved in politics. Her daughter, Rachel, a junior at Scripps (Claremont), is enjoying psychology, and her youngest, Shoshana, is a junior in high school involved in softball. Her husband, Larry, still owns Larry's Baby Safety Services, a childproofing service in the Bay Area that he has run for over 21 years.
Kevin McDermott, MBA, of Chicago writes, "I am working on a consulting engagement with the director of elections for Cook County, Ill., one of the largest voting jurisdictions in the nation. Given my interests in both politics and information technology, this is a dream assignment. We have been able to introduce a couple of significant improvements in security to further ensure that computerized voting equipment accurately and completely records the voters' true intentions. Given the turmoil and public suspicions surrounding recent presidential elections, and the likely contentiousness of the upcoming one, I can't imagine a more worthwhile use of my skills and experience than in helping to ensure the integrity of the vote, the foundation of democracy."
John Allen, MBA, of Auckland, New Zealand, writes, "I'm still surfing after all these years. But Melissa and I are very busy with our three daughters, including two teenagers. We've been back in New Zealand for 16 years. I have had a career of investment banking, strategy consulting, and helping tech startups. It's been fun, but now I'm able to focus my experience on something I'm passionate about – I've co-founded Aliveworld, launching in fourth quarter 2007, to help people make change in their lives. In my experience there are many people wanting to make better of their lives in all sorts of areas, but it's hard to make change. Aliveworld, a Web application, features online communities that interact with change leaders for guidance. We are bringing on a number of US partners, so I'm looking forward to spending more time in the Bay Area again."
Frederic Klaske, MBA, has filed to run as a Democrat and an environmental entrepreneur for the open State Assembly seat being vacated by Guy Houston, R-San Ramon, in 2008. Prior to this, Fred had founded and was the president and CEO of a successful and rapidly growing solar power company, Sky Power Systems (www.skypowersystems.com). Fred came in first in the amount of money raised through the first reporting deadline of June 30, out of eight candidates who had filed on the Democratic side of this very hotly contested swing seat. More information about Fred, his background, and his campaign, can be found at www.fredklaske.com, the campaign's Web site.
Enrico Hernandez, MBA, writes, "I serve as director of finance and business services at Notre Dame High School in Belmont. Notre Dame is an all-women, Catholic high school. I am in charge of finances, facilities, and human resources. I keep busy! I also am a visiting adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco's School of Education. I teach school finance in the Organization and Leadership and Catholic Education Leadership departments."
Steve Blechman, MBA, writes, "For the past year I have been settling into my new job as director of HR services and systems at Princeton University. After celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary last December, we'll have two freshmen this fall, one in college (Arcadia University) and one in high school. We live just outside Philadelphia and would love to reconnect with former classmates. If you pass through Philly, the cheese-steaks are on me! firstname.lastname@example.org"
Titus Brenninkmeijer, MBA, writes, "After having worked in apparel retailing for over 20 years, I made a drastic career switch four years ago. I founded the investment company Solgenix to invest in solar-energy companies in the United States as well as in emerging markets. The investment portfolio includes Standard Solar, a company based in the Washington, D.C., area, that installs residential solar systems. These systems generate electricity to lower the owner's utility bills. The portfolio also includes United Villages, a US company that installs communication kiosks and commercializes pre-paid credit cards in rural villages in emerging markets. The kiosks are owned by local entrepreneurs, and some are solar powered. Presently, kiosks are being operated in four countries -- Cambodia, India, Ruanda, and Paraguay. With two partners, we founded the Energy Access Foundation in 2006, a US nonprofit that supports rural energy delivery companies in the emerging world. I am a board member of Accion International, a nonprofit supporting Micro Finance Institutions in 23 emerging countries and a member of TechnoServe, a nonprofit working with rural entrepreneurs in 15 countries in Africa and Latin America. I have been living in Pasadena, Calif., with my wife and three children for the past six years."
James Frolich, MBA, writes, "I transferred to Vancouver, B.C., from Honolulu in June 2006 where I was managing director at ERM, an environmental consultancy. My mission in Vancouver was to grow the business there. This winter, however, I was recruited by my biggest competitor and am now a senior consultant at Golder Associates Ltd., Canada's largest environmental consulting firm. Enjoying it very much but still finding time to travel and to get to know the local area. If you had asked me last winter why I left Hawaii, however, I would have been at a loss to say. Still hoping to meet some fellow Haas alumni."
Timothy Byrd, MBA, writes, "I have been practicing law since receiving my MBA from Haas and my JD from Boalt in 1987, first with Bingham McCutchen in the Bay Area and the last 16 years with E. & J. Gallo Winery in my hometown of Modesto, Calif. I am currently associate general counsel. My practice focuses on real estate, land use, and environmental law, and I have served on several advisory boards to environmental agencies at the federal, state, and regional levels. I have also served on a local school board and planning commission, and currently am president of the board of a nonprofit regional agricultural land trust, the Central Valley Farmland Trust. My wife, Suzanne (BA, Berkeley, 1983), and I farm almonds on our home ranch. We have six children, with only one left at home (a sophomore in high school). Two of our children have attended Berkeley, and our other three children attended the 'Berkeley of the East,' Harvard. I try to make as many Cal sporting events as I can. Go Bears!"
Robert Finley, MBA, writes, "Since May 2007, I have been CFO of Telekenex (www.telekenex.com), a Voice Over IP company located in San Francisco. It is great to be back in the city! I would love to hear from any alumni from the class of 1980 or the evening program MBAs who graduated between 1985 and 1987. Has anyone heard from Kristy Kardel?"
John Ma, MBA, of Hong Kong is writing a book on starting and selling a consulting engineering business and intends to publish it for free on the Web for anyone beginning a career. |He expects to complete it in another year.
JoAnn Garcia Hahn, MBA, writes, "I am working at the new AT&T in San Ramon, Calif., as an IT project manager. I am also a senior independent beauty consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics. I look forward to our 20-year class reunion next year. I hope to hear from my carpool buddies in the Evening MBA Program. It wasn't easy to drive more than an hour each way to take classes but we did it anyway!"
Dan Maljanian, MBA, his wife, Patrice, and Adriana (8), Aram (6), and Avedis (3) have moved to a 1930 Italian Revival home in Altadena, Calif. Dan is working in nonprofit development while Patrice home-schools the kids.
Shashi Shekhar, MBA, of Minneapolis, Minn., writes, "After three years, the Encyclopedia of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) with over 200 entries, is nearing completion. We hope that this work will bring GIS concepts to broader audience completing contributions of Mapquest, Google Earth, and Microsoft Virtual Earth. Love to hear from Haas alumni, including ones participating in GIS activities."
Andreas Hendel, MBA, of Cologne, Germany, writes, "Since March 2007, I have been working for German Investment - and Development Co. in its Portfolio Management Department as a senior investment manager (vice president) responsible for Asia. DEG is one of the largest European development finance institutions dedicated to promoting private investments in the less developed countries. The main goal is to improve the economic and social conditions of the people living in those countries. The investment projects funded by DEG should thus make a contribution to sustainable economic growth. The funds available are not limited to German companies partnering with local companies, but open to all qualified parties in the LDC. If you have a project idea that may fit our business charter, please let me know at HEN@deginvest.de."
For her work in organizing relief through the afghans for Afghans project (in partnership with the American Friends Service Committee), Ann Rubin, MBA, recently received the Jefferson Award for Public Service in the Bay Area and was named the 2006 Knitter of the Year by Knitter magazine.
Adam Hardej, MBA, writes, "We moved back to Hingham, Mass., a few years ago after spending three incredible years living in France (Annecy-Haute Savoie, Alps region). We maintain a home in Annecy, so let me know if any Cal alums need a great place to stay (www.vrbo.com/20053). I've been spending a lot of time running my own real estate valuation and due diligence firm (BAAR Realty Advisors) providing appraisal services to a wide variety of institutional clients with my primary markets being California, Florida, and New England. When not working on real estate related ventures, I find time to coach my son and daughter in lacrosse in Hingham and on some select teams. I also am proud to say that I'm still running around myself in some Grand Master (over 45 years old) lacrosse tournaments with a Bowdoin alumni team. Life is good!"
Ivar Spydevold, MBA, writes, "I left consulting after a number of years. The last year I was director of marketing and communication for Capgemini in Norway. I just started as vice president of business development at Scatec in Oslo, Norway. The company works with the full value chain of solar renewable energies, from making solar cells to building solar power plants. In particular I am working with developing solar power plants in Europe, especially in Germany and Spain. My son was born in October 2006. He looks great in his Berzerkely tie-dye T-shirt. My wife is enjoying the remainder of her one-year maternity leave from her position as director of communication for Canon Norway."
Scott Bechtler-Levin, MBA, of Encinitas, Calif., writes, "Fiona and I celebrated opening day of Pacific Ridge School (www.pacificridge.org), a non-denominational independent school for grades 7 to 12 in North Coastal San Diego. Our mission is, 'In a community that fosters academic excellence, ethical responsibility and global engagement, Pacific Ridge School prepares students for college and a purposeful life.' In the first year, PRS will serve over 100 students from diverse geographic and economic backgrounds, with plans to grow to nearly 500 within four years. As co-founders and trustees, this celebration begins the next phase of the dream becoming reality. It is the result of the daily labor of love over more than five years by a wonderful and dedicated team of parents and educators."
Cathy Ferron, MBA, writes, "I was the one who was pregnant during the first year, but no one knew until I gave birth during finals! I am living in San Rafael with my husband, Paul, and two children, Cole (16) and Paige (12). I have my own consulting firm that works with counties, public agencies, and private nonprofits that provide health and human services for children age prenatal to 12 and their families. I work mainly in rural counties, so I do a lot of driving. My main focus is providing planning and evaluation services. I also have a business partner, who lives in Mendocino County and specializes in providing organizational development services. Anyone interested in hearing more about my work, or in getting together with a Haas grad, can contact me at email@example.com."
Laura Jimenez Lowell, MBA, of Los Gatos, Calif., writes, "Since graduating from Haas, I've been busy with my family (husband, Rick, and daughters, Taylor and Riley) as well as my career. However, in 2005 I decided to leave the corporate world and launched my own marketing consulting practice, Impact Marketing Group. In September 2007, my first book The 42 Rules of Marketing launched and started a whole new chapter in my life and career. Check it out at www.42rules.com and let me know what you think. Go Bears!"
Jorge Mercado-Perez, MBA, of Mexico City writes, "I got married 10 years ago, and have a great (and big) family of four kids: Sofia (9), Axel (7), Mateo (3), and Aitana (2). It's quite a challenge, and I have to recognize my beautiful and wonderful wife, Sofia. Work is also great. I went from banking and finance to sales operation, as I run distribution for the Pepsi Bottling Group in Mexico. Please do call if ever in Mexico or if you plan to come."
Art Altman, MBA, manages research, sales, and product development in energy market forecasting and energy risk management for the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, Calif. He welcomes communications from others in energy risk or derivative trading at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelly L. Brown, MBA, was recently hired as the director of programs and evaluation at the Marguerite Casey Foundation in Seattle. The foundation invests $30 million annually in organizations engaged in advocacy and organizing on behalf of low-income and working families. She is also enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago where her research is focused on the intersection between leadership, organizational structure, and contemporary social movements.
Nicholas Guerrero, MBA, writes, "Since graduating from Haas with a joint MBA/MPH, Celeste (my wife of 18 years) and I have added three children to our family for a complete five-piece set. Their names are Nico (11), Andreas (9), and Mariana (7). We have lived in Santa Cruz, Calif., since 1999, and in 2005 I left the healthcare consulting industry to pursue my dream of owning and operating a winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It's true what they say about how to make a small fortune in the wine business. If you don't know the tag line please ask a friend or give me a call at the winery and I will explain. Our winery, Vine Hill, is located in the historical Vine Hill Wine District of Santa Cruz. Our site began as a vineyard in 1863 and later became a winery in 1877. Our brands, Gatos Locos of Vine Hill and Cumbre of Vine Hill (not yet released), focus on the Pinot Noir varietal and the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. We are located at 2300 Jarvis Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95065. Our number is 831-427-0436. Please come and visit us at the winery or on the Web, www.gatoslocoswine.com."
Heidi Hofer, MBA, writes, "My husband, Mark, and I just became the proud foster-adopt parents of three siblings in June -- Isabella (11), Miciah (10), and Gabrianna (8). Parenthood is a whole new adventure -- tremendously rewarding, fun, hectic, exhilarating, intense, silly, and so much more. They have adapted amazingly quickly and seem to love San Francisco as much as we do. Our weeks and weekends are full of bike rides, swimming, dog walks, hikes, basketball down the street, reading together, and cooking lessons. We are so excited about the many new adventures and holidays together! On a professional level, I have been with Wells Fargo almost five years, and am now vice president and product manager for the Visa Gift Card product. Can't believe it has been that long, after my prior dot-com career of four dot-coms in three years."
Julie Perigo, MBA, writes, "I loved my time as an exchange student on the Haas MBA program, so I was delighted to be able to spend the last year back here working in San Francisco after a number of years in Australia. However, I've just moved back to England and am starting up a new global business targeted at the enormous, growing market of people 55 and over. It is focused on media, personal and leadership development, and a range of associated products. I have a book coming out next year with Wiley on the theme. We are raising funds, and also keen to develop partnerships and business links in key centers across North and South America, Europe, and Asia. There's a name change coming shortly, but in the meantime if you are interested in any form of involvement, please contact me at email@example.com."
Jonathan Becker, MBA, writes, "Life is very good! My wife and I just bought a home in Piedmont, so hopefully we'll be in the East Bay for a long time to come. We have a one-year old son, William. We often see William's 'first friend forever,' Young Lee's son Alexander, who was born just a few hours before at the same hospital. I am a principal with The Trium Group in San Francisco, a boutique consulting firm."
Lawrence Pilch, MBA, and his wife, Rhonda, celebrated the birth of their son, Isaac Solomon Pilch, last November. Lawrence lives in Toronto where he is vice president of business development for PollStream.
Lee Chaden, MBA, writes, "I'm enjoying life as chairman of Hanesbrands Inc., maker/ marketer of Hanes, Champion, and other well-known apparel brands, which spun off from Sara Lee Corp. last September. Wife, Shelby, and I are also happy living in Winston-Salem, after spending last 38 years moving around world."
Paulo Penteado, MBA, of Sydney, Australia, was promoted to CSO of strategy and professional services of Beacon IT Australia, a company that specializes in performance management software. Wife, Ana, a Boalt L.L.M., is finishing her Ph.D. in law at Macquarie University. Sons Marcos and Luis are both very well.
Alan Seigrist, MBA, writes, "My business partner and I just completed our second management-led buyout in six years of our company, The Executive Centre. Our advisor in the deal was Lehman Brothers and our new majority shareholder is Marathon Asset Management, a multibillion-dollar structured finance and real estate investment fund based in New York. As anyone who has gone through this process, I've had no life over the last six months and am happy to focus on my family and the business again! Come to Hong Kong and give me a call, anytime."
Vijay Bobba, MBA, of Bangalore, India, writes, "After spending 15-plus years in Silicon Valley, I relocated to India for what was thought to be a two-year break from an intense pace of life in the valley. Lo and behold, one thing led to another, and I along with a few other Haas MBA alumni (Layton Han, Noah Doyle and Dan Kihanya) started a loyalty management firm with a focus on emerging markets. With India as a focal point, we partnered with some of the biggest consumer brands in India and launched India's largest consumer rewards program (www.imintpoints.com). In less than a year, a new brand, i-mint, garnered close to 2 million members in the program! Now time will tell where this will go next."
Edward Musgrave, MBA, writes, "This fall I will be teaching a class in power and energy at Humboldt State University. The class is offered by the Department of Applied Technology, operated by the School of Business Administration."
Dan Geiger, MBA, of San Francisco joined the U.S. Green Building Council June 1 as the executive director of USGBC - Northern California Chapter. The council is an association of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. More than 10,000 member organizations and a network of 75 regional chapters are united to advance the mission of transforming the building industry to sustainability. USGBC is the developer and steward of LEED, the de facto standard for green buildings. Between 30 and 40 percent of greenhouse emissions are generated by the construction and operation of buildings -- twice that of transportation. Dan is very excited about his new role as a leader in this rapidly growing field and organization. You can find him at www.usgbc-ncc.org.
Karin Hunsicker, MBA, writes, "I can't believe it has been almost 10 years since we left school! Although I've enjoyed the journey so far, I really love what I'm doing now. I'm the COO for one of the best established ecological consulting firms in California, H. T. Harvey & Associates. Apart from the overall industry (on both the public and private sides) our staff is simply fun and interesting to listen to and be around. I can't think of anywhere else one could hear firsthand about the South Bay Salt Pond restoration project along with side stories about bats, frogs, getting stuck in poison oak, etc. It is really fantastic! Anyway, on the personal side, I am now living with Roberto in Mission Bay (near Caltrain and the Ball Park) and enjoying not being on the road as much anymore."
Daniel Silver, MBA, writes, "In a strange turn of events, I now own a radio station. My sister (a longtime radio station manager) and I took over management of a small AM station in Florida two years ago and turned it around financially, and early this year we exercised an option to buy it. Nevertheless, I don't yet consider myself a media mogul. As for my day job, after I-don't-know-how-many little companies, I decided to go to work for my first big company, PayPal, where I'm now senior marketing manager. Despite my job in San Jose, I still live in Berkeley. I guess I just like Cheeseboard Pizza that much."
Srivats Srinivasan, MBA, writes, "Two years into my startup (www.nayamode.com), and I'm still enjoying being an entrepreneur. On the personal front, our two kids keep Rupal and me enjoyably occupied and suitably challenged. We're still living in Redmond, Wash., and with the global warming trend, fear that we may actually have better weather than California pretty soon! Give us a shout if you're in the Seattle area and let me know if you have any content development needs. firstname.lastname@example.org"
Ales Zajc, MBA, writes, "We have lived in Ljubljana, Slovenia, since we got back from Berkeley. Metka and I got married in 2002 and have two wonderful children, Zan (4 1/2) and Ana (2). Every day with my family is a holiday for me. For the last five years I have been working for a CEE banking group Volksbank International as an executive board member for Slovenia. The local market is not as exciting as international markets but still challenging. Privately, Metka and I are founding a charity fund to help children in need. I have also been involved with international contemporary art for the last couple of years, which has become my first hobby. We look forward to seeing you all at the reunion next year!"
Nancy Zhang, MBA, of Castro Valley, Calif., writes, "I have been staying at home since May of 2006 and am exploring opportunities in socially responsible businesses. Recently I started a blog (http://jobdesperado.blogspot.com/) focusing on the challenges of pursuing a meaningful career while trying to do a good job raising children. It would be great to see you there and read your thoughts about this issue. In the coming fall I will be auditing an evening course at Berkeley (social enterprise). Hope to see some of you at school!"
Harold Cornwall, MBA, writes, "I started a new job as a vice president in the structured credit solutions desk at Societe Generale. It is quite a change from my previous job at the Monoline, but it is interesting work and so far (knock on wood), I am enjoying the investment banking lifestyle. My particular team structures collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) and hopefully we will expand into CLOs and CRE CDOs. Otherwise summer in New York is hot and humid! Can't wait for fall and some time off for a short vacation in Italy."
Steve Peletz, MBA, writes, "I have accepted the role of vice chair of the Haas Development Council for fiscal years ending June 2008 and June 2009 and enjoyed hosting the annual MBA '99 brunch again this year. My annual scuba adventure for 2007 took place on a small island in Fiji. We enjoyed really beautiful scenery underwater with black tip, white tip, and grey reef sharks, sea snakes, and many beautiful species of sea life. I look forward to a dive trip to Curacao in the Caribbean in January. Kyra and I will be watching enthusiastically as our teen-age daughter applies to high school in San Francisco this fall. We are now enjoying time while are two children are away at summer camp! The real estate business in San Francisco remains strong, though I am enjoying more time for travel and vacation when I can get away."
Tanya (Shaw) Steinhofer, MBA, writes, "The biggest change in the past year for the Steinhofer family is that I gave birth to a baby boy (our first) in November 2006. As they say, life changes but for the better. Other than that, I'm back at work at Wetherby Asset Management, researching alternative investments for our wealth management clients, but am only working four days a week to be able to spend more time with baby Brendan. In order to accommodate our expanding family, we moved last August from Russian Hill to Pacific Heights and still enjoy the convenience of living in the city. As a result of the new priority in my life, I have reduced my extracurricular activities, but am still able to find time to shake pennies out of my classmates' pockets for the Haas Annual Fund."
Vinie Zhang Miller, MBA, of Atherton, Calif., writes, "I got married Oct. 1, 2005, to J. Sanford (Sandy) Miller, a fellow venture capitalist with Institutional Venture Partners. We are enjoying our wonderful married life together and started a Chinese art (traditional painting and calligraphy) collection effort. I have been making good progress with my competitive Pro/Am ballroom dancing. With my professional partner, Francesco Flumiani, I recently placed fifth in the Manhattan Classic Dancesport competition in June and placed third in the International Grand Ball in July in the Open Pro/Am International Standard Scholarship Division."
Andy Han, MBA, writes, "My family moved from the Bay Area back to the Seattle area, where I'm from in 2004 as I began to attend law school here. In May I obtained a JD degree, and in July I took the Washington state bar exam. I am joining the Seattle office of an international law firm to practice intellectual property law, with emphasis in patent law. I am very excited about this new career, especially since my technical background and all those years of experience gained in Silicon Valley will be put to good use. Equally exciting at home, my 6-year-old daughter is starting elementary school this fall, and my 3-year-old daughter is starting preschool at the same time."
Osmar Santos Junior, MBA, of Paulo, Brazil, writes, "Many good things happened in my personal and professional life over the last four years. First I got married with Ana Laura in June 2004. We prepared a nice party to commemorate this event. Fabio Ohara, MBA 1999, Nelson Watanabe, MBA 2000, Ricardo Pansa, MBA 2001, and Andre Hoffman, MBA 2001, joined the party. It was a very beautiful celebration. Second, Nelson Watanabe invited Ana Laura and I to be his godfather. We were surprised with that and very excited with his invitation and, obviously, we accepted. He got married in 2005. Can you guys imagine Nelson Watanabe married? In the beginning of 2006, I moved from BankBoston to Citibank, and I joined the private bank team in Brazil. I am the head of the onshore investment products, and I am enjoying my new job. The purpose of my job is to develop the onshore products platform, and we are doing a great job. Last year I moved to a new apartment. It is beautiful, in a very good neighborhood, and bigger than the previous one. We are having a good time there. My little baby, Luisa Cezare de Carvalho Santos, was born on June 17. She was 2,570 kilograms and 46 centimeters. I am learning a lot with her. My wife was a little bit nervous in the beginning, but she is handling well the new situation. Two weeks ago I finished law school. It was a five-year course and I made a lot of new friends. I was almost the oldest student in my class."
Nick Sturiale, MBA, writes, "After seven years in venture capital, I took the family (wife, Michelle, two daughters, Sophia and Bella) on a month-long vacation in Hawaii. I literally took a time out to smell the (Kona) coffee. My only regret is that we did not stay longer. Life goes by so fast, it's one of the best decisions I've ever made."
Hugues de Meulemeester, MBA, writes, "After six years at Cisco in the United States and Europe, I decided to start a new company with two friends, CLIMACT, proposing consulting and carbon offsetting services to address global warming. We serve both organizations and individuals mainly in Belgium, France, and Netherlands. Since this is a global issue, you can also participate around the world by visiting CLIMACT.org. I'm thrilled by the opportunity to help the environment while building a new venture using experience and MBA skills. In the meantime, family is growing fast. Our last son, Paul, is now 1 1/2. Louis, Zoe, and Simon are also doing great and enjoying their little brother a lot. My wife, Francoise, changed jobs recently, too, and we moved to a new house near Brussels, Belgium, that can accommodate this whole crew. There have been a lot of changes for us recently that make life quite exciting. Hope to hear from you soon."
Paul Kim, MBA, of Oakland writes, "I've been working for Mozilla Corp. since 2005 and have recently been promoted to vice president of marketing. It's been a terrific experience applying the frameworks learned at Haas to the growth of Firefox, the most successful consumer open-source software product on the market."
Ed Stone, MBA, writes, "Now 2 years old, ES Group placed its sixth vacant, early 20th-century home back into service in historic Richmond, Va. Check out our Web site and slideshow photos at http://home.comcast.net/~esgroup/esgroup.html."
Anne Brocchini, MBA, and Dave Sundin of San Mateo, Calif., welcomed their son, Axel Sundin, into the world. His older sister, Lena, is thrilled to have someone to play with. Anne is still working at ZS Associates in San Mateo, and Dave is in the pricing group at Genentech. She writes, "We missed the reunion, but look forward to the next one."
Seong Chen, MBA, writes, "In April this year, I moved to Switzerland via an internal transfer with Roche Diagnostics. I am working now in a different business area but still in finance. Sue has joined me here from Shanghai, and she has since found a job with a software house. We are now living in Zug, a small town 30 kilometers south of Zurich. Our apartment has a spare room, so do let us know if you are visiting Switzerland. See you soon!"
Michael Ellis, MBA, writes, "I have been back on the buy side for a year now following global equities as a generalist. The work is rewarding and I appreciate making investment decisions once again. Our firm was recently acquired and now we are the in-house global manager for Security Global Investors, part of Security Benefit. My partner and I continue to fix up our house in Bernal Heights in San Francisco. We recently got our first dog!"
Teresa Hegdahl, MBA, of San Francisco married Ben Stigler Sept. 2 in Seattle. Many fellow MBA 2002 alums attended. A honeymoon to Venice and several cities in Croatia followed. She's embarking on her fourth year in the Strategic Investments Group at Bank of America, closing on new and managing existing strategic private equity deals spanning many different bank divisions.
Alyson Huey-Weaver, MBA, of Woodside, Calif., gave birth June 20 to James Marshall Weaver, who is doing well, growing rapidly, and keeping his parents busy.
Chris Mills, MBA, and Debbie Dias got married at the Resort at Squaw Creek at Lake Tahoe June 23. A big group of Haas alumni were up in Squaw to help celebrate. Afterwards, Chris and Deb spent three weeks in Tanzania on safari for their honeymoon. Chris is working at Sterling Commerce as a product-line manager for order and e-commerce applications. Deb is an ICU nurse at San Francisco General and does independent work as a legal nurse consultant."
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Han Feung, MBA, writes, "I'm living in Seoul, Korea, and am working for Samsung Electronics. On July 21 my girlfriend, Juyoung Kim, and I got married. We were blessed to be able to share our special day with Haas alumni from all over the world from classes 2003 to 2005 (Richard Ann, Seong Cho, Nori Fujii, Hiro Ikeda, Jay Jung, James Kang, Toshi Kawano, Heeman Lee, Vincent Lu, James Man, Zeph Stuart, Joon Tae, Dina Lee, Ray Wong, and YangKyu Kim). Go Bears!"
Adam Goldworm, MBA, of Los Angeles works at Industry Entertainment as a manager and production executive. Goldworm co-produced this summer's "Masters of Science Fiction" mini-series for ABC. This science fiction anthology adapts famous works by Harlan Ellison and other science fiction giants, stars Anne Heche, Malcolm McDowell, Terry O' Quinn, Sam Waterston, Sean Astin, James Cromwell, and Judy Davis, and is hosted by Professor Stephen Hawking. Goldworm is also executive producing a remake of the David Cronenberg film "The Brood" for Spyglass Entertainment. Goldworm also produced two seasons of the Emmy Award-winning "Masters of Horror" anthology for Showtime, which offered hour-long horror films directed by genre luminaries, including John Carpenter, John Landis, Tobe Hooper, Brad Anderson, and Dario Argento.
Masae Otsuka, MBA, writes, "Andrew Yee, MBA, and I got married on Kauai in fall 2006. The wedding was a blast. Trevor Daughney, MBA '03, officiated the ceremony, Shin and Yumiko Hamanaka, MBA '04, MC-ed at the reception, and Eleanor Wang, MBA '03, was my bridesmaid. Hiro Ikeda, Toshi Konomi, Toshi Koide, Alex Salazar, Miriam Tai, MBA 03, Masa Okada and Sandy Lii, MBA 05, flew in all the way from both sides of the Pacific with their partners and family (thank you so much!). We live in Mountain View, so please let us know when you are around!"
Jeff Peck, MBA, writes, "I'm excited to tell you Trish Alvarado, MBA '05, and I got married last summer. We honeymooned in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bali and are living in San Francisco. Among work, play, and family life, we are enjoying exploring the globe, cooking, and attending Cal football games together. It's wonderful to be married to a fellow double Bear – Cal BA and MBA. Go Bears! email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org."
Elizabeth Van Benschoten, MBA, of Washington, D.C., writes, "My husband, Chris, and I just got back from a wonderful trip to Montenegro (yes the supposed location of the last James Bond film). We had a great time exploring and highly recommend it. I'm now a senior vice president and manager of national programs and products for Bank of America's Community Development Bank (think Nancy Wallace's real estate finance class meets understanding government subsidies). I'd love to hear from any friends if in the D.C. area."
Bradley Irby's, MBA, software development consultancy is growing rapidly with offices in Burlingame and Argentina. He has also become the South American distributor for a software tools company based in the East Bay, helping his partners expand into the South American markets. On a personal note, Brad, his wife, Marcela, and their son, Max, left Oakland to spend a fun two years in San Francisco, and eventually landed in Burlingame. Marcela is very busy with her immigration law practice, and Max spends his days playing with dinosaurs.
Ray Kuate, BCEMBA, writes, "Since I finished the MBA, I launched and have been presiding over Gourmandia.com, an exiting high-end video recipe site that helps gourmet enthusiasts cook like the Michelin Guide chefs who run the video shows on gourmandia.com. The site is very exciting, and its number of viewers has grown exponentially since launched in May. We crossed the 1 million unique visitors threshold in July, and it is very exciting to receive calls from major industry players wanting to acquire our company. To all my classmates: If your whole family (and your wicked mother-in-law) are coming for dinner, try inviting a Michelin-starred chef over for a few suggestions -- www.gourmandia.com makes this happen. Gourmandia will bring Burgundy's three-star Chef Georges Blanc into your kitchen to make his world-famous chicken fricassee with cream sauce. (His hint: There's never too much pepper.) Gourmandia even has Paris's two-star Chef Heiene Darroze walk you through her recipe for roasted peaches. On Gourmandia's site, the chef can be seen in action and recipes can be printed for your use. Gourmandia also presents the lifestyle arts that go with these mouthwatering dishes. Learn how to fold napkins into the elegant shapes seen in the fanciest hotels of Europe. Watch videos about the top resorts around the world and even recommend your favorite restaurants in your neighborhood."
David Quiec, MBA, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, "I've been working on a couple of Web site projects. Rrove (http://www.rrove.com) is a social book-marking site for places. Zinju (http://www.zinju.com), is still under development. Watch out for it!"
Wesley Kong, MBA, of San Francisco has been at Credit Suisse Group for seven years selling Asian equities to institutional investors. He recently invested life savings in Bulldog Gin Co., a new brazen brand of gin ready to revolutionize the alcohol market. Bulldog Gin will do to Gin today, what Grey Goose did to Vodka in the late '90s -- make Gin rock. (http://youtube.com/watch?v=fdPlzsRGNBg). Hope to hear from everyone, and get their support!"
Mark Osterhaus, BCEMBA, writes, "I have just relocated to the Omaha/Council Bluffs area, as vice president and assistant general manager of the Harrah's and Horseshoe casinos here. Any alum should reach out to say hello!"
Jason Schaeffer, MBA, recently moved from San Francisco, where he was working for Dow Jones, to New York, where he is vice president of business development for CNNMoney.com.
Arvind Ambo, MBA, of New Delhi, India, writes, "I have launched a new mobile gaming business for one of India's leading media houses. We provide a huge variety of high-quality mobile games and made more mobile video content (mobisodes). Traditionally these have been sold at an average price of $1 per game. We have adopted another model on basis of the long tail theory. Here we offer the content and games absolutely free, which is based on an advertiser supported model."
Jennifer Quan, MBA, of Foster City, Calif., writes, "At 7:39 p.m. on July 6, my husband, Eric, and I welcomed our first child, Jordan Evelyn Quan."
Vanessa DellaPasqua, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "After graduating in May with my MBA I joined Helium Report, a startup Internet media company focused on luxury travel, where I lead the editorial team. I'm tasked with increasing page views and monetization for our lead-generation business. It's true what people say -- things in a startup are a whirlwind -- and I recently I took on the additional position of business development manager of a sister site for luxury travel deals called 14trips.com. At this new venture I have been charged with creating a monetization strategy, developing lead operations, and generating traffic and revenues by year end -- quite a challenge! I am excited about the opportunity of proving myself in an entrepreneurial environment and pioneering new growth fields for a young and dynamic company, founded by a Haas graduate and committed to employ Cal alumni!"
Daniel Fitzhugh, BCEMBA, of New York writes, "Post grad, I had a nice few months off -- Vegas, skiing, and a road trip from San Francisco to New York. Back to work now with an employee startup in the entertainment/online video space, Metacafe.com. Very exciting opportunity, and growing with offices in Tel Aviv, New York, and Palo Alto. Hope you are all well and hope to see you at the Gayla!"
Thomas Nisslmueller, Ph.D., writes, "I enjoy my new work as an educational consultant in Germany. Also I work as privatdozent (associate professor) at Dortmund University. Berkeley has been a fascinating experience, and I fondly remember my time there."
Marc-David Seidel, Ph.D., of Vancouver, BC, writes, "I was promoted to associate professor (with tenure) at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. I just wrapped up a three-year executive position with the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, which culminated in chairing the Organizational Theory Division for the 2006-2007 year. I am in the middle of serving an elected three-year term as the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management representative-at-large. I just completed teaching two summer courses for the Sauder School. The first was a Doctor of Business Administration course in Hong Kong, and the second was an international MBA course in Shanghai. I got to see some former students from when I taught at Haas that are working in Shanghai. It was a pleasure to hear of their adventures! On the personal front, I am happy to have become a landed immigrant of Canada (the equivalent of the US greencard)."