Winter 2006

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1941 Harold E. KrenHarold E. Kren, BS, writes, "Seeing David Arminzadeh making his post-Haas sky dive leap (page 27) in the summer 2005 Cal Business inspires me to attach this picture of me making a leap Sept.10 of 2005 in celebration of my 85th birthday. I'm now living in Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula, where I've been since 1956, fully retired, of course, chairing the local chapter of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), pro bono consultants to small business; serving on a couple of nonprofit boards; and enjoying great-grandfatherhood. En route, I did acquire an MBA, though not from Cal."

1948 Woodrow Mayfield, BS,of Citrus Heights, Calif., writes, "In the summer 2005 issue of Cal Business, I was happily surprised to see two friends featured in alumni notes. The 1947 notes featured Jackson Eaves, with whom I enjoyed many meals when he worked in publicity for Wells Fargo Bank and I had a position of treasurer and finance director of an East Bay city. I continued studies and received an LLB in law and CPA by examination. The 1948 notes featured author Milan E. Wight, with whom I spent many happy days and miles traveling with our Airstream Trailer group. With the many thousands of graduates in 1947 and 1948, it was remarkable to see two friends."

Robert W. Moore, BA, writes, "In the almost 60 years since I graduated from Cal, I have been engaged in farming rice in California's Central Valley, and operating an aerial spraying and fertilizing/seeding company with my two brothers. We have also operated large fire-fighting aircraft throughout the United States. I am the very proud father of six wonderful children, five daughters and one son. My wife, Bobbi, and I also have thirteen grandkids and two beautiful great-granddaughters. Bobbi and I have been able to travel extensively and have been deeply involved in our community's activities. We are both in good health and hope to continue our travel and community activities for years to come."

1950 Fred Hawkins, BA, enjoyed the Haas alumni reunion in October. He writes, "The Bears won handily and my godson, Acting Dean Rich Lyons, did a wonderful, pre-kickoff lecture on the why's of our current US dollar's international status. I'm a retired US Navy captain who is currently the commanding general of the Naval Order of the United States, the military's oldest (1890) fraternal organization. Our mission is to preserve and promote our US Naval traditions. Married to Pat Christensen, BA 52, for 53 years, and living in Belmont, on the San Francisco Peninsula for the past 45 years."

Paul McKnight, BS, of Orinda, Calif., a vice president of Saylor & Hill Co., is in retirement transition after starting in the employee benefit insurance business in 1950. Saylor & Hill Co. has provided consulting and insurance brokerage services to the University of California and other universities, cities, the state of California, and employers in many industries. Paul has had a rewarding and very interesting career partnering with clients. He is married to Joan Kiessig, BA 53. Daughter Carol Mc Knight Warren, BS 80, is married and has a son (14) and a daughter (11) and lives in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., with husband, Ben. Joan and Paul are supporters of the Bear Backers, particularly rugby, football, women's golf, and men's golf. 1951 Hugh T. Gordon, BS, retired in paradise and operates a bedand- breakfast inn at Ruby Bay on the shores of Tasman Bay at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Some family live nearby, while others are far away in the USA. He has three greatgrandchildren to keep the line going. See or look at Barking Fish at www. Contact for old friends: 1954 Merlin "Budd" Henry Jr., BS, of North Tustin, Calif., writes, "I retired in 1999 after a 29-year rewarding career as a professor of marketing at Santa Ana College, the last 11 years as chair of the Marketing and Management Department. My wife, Mary Ann, and I celebrated our 25th anniversary last July after a wonderful Eastern Europe trip with stays in Berlin, Prague, Krakow, and Warsaw. I have two sons, two daughters, and three stepsons. Retirement consists of tennis, traveling, volunteering on three boards, tutoring fifth graders, and a rewarding and challenging year serving on the Orange County Grand Jury."

1962 Thomas M. Jones, BS,of Corona Del Mar, Calif., is president and owner of TMJ Insurance Services, marketing life, health, disability, long-term care, annuities, and other estate planning products. He has two children, Felicia (31) and Tyler (21). He served as chief deputy commissioner of the Department of Corporations and assistant appointments secretary to Gov. Ronald Reagan, was formerly president of the board of governors of the California Community Colleges, Irvine Chamber of Commerce, Irvine Children's Fund; and vice chairman of Irvine Junior Games. He has also served on boards and committees of many other business, alumni, local government, and community organizations. Carlo Americo Odella, BS, president of Europamerican Inc., reports that his most recent article on ceramic tile, "Backsplashes: The Earrings of the House," has been selected for publication in the February 2006 issue of Kitchen and Bath Design magazine. Carlo has also published articles on grout, large-body tiles, and tile on countertops. He is the owner of a tile retailer/contractor in Dayton, Ohio. 1964 Charles Leo, BS, MBA 66,see Ph.D. 1973 notes. Andy Simmonds, BS,accepted a position with T-Mobile in Bellevue, Wash., as the property tax manager for the Western US. He is returning to the Northwest after working for Sprint Nextel in Overland Park, Kan. 1965 Kyle Ballard, BS, of Carson, Calif., was named West Coast regional manager for Final Expense Plus, the latest work site benefit product of Homesteaders Life Co. of Des Moines, Iowa. Vijay Kumar, BS, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, "After my BS from UC Berkeley from Haas School, I passed Society of Actuaries Mathematics and Statistics exams. I worked for IBM, BMC, Memorex and am now an advisor to Internet Speech,, an Internet startup company working with audio Internet technology. In personal news, I am divorced and have two children. My son is a civil engineer in San Juan Bautista working for Willis Construction. My daughter is working for Coldwell Banker, trying to become a real estate tycoon. She has properties in the coastal towns of Santa Cruz, Eureka, and Ferndale. Both my kids are California surfers. My son, Jay, swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco without a wet suit. My daughter swims in organized triathlons such as the Sentinel Triathlon. I am a member of San Jose Cactii and Succulents Club, TiE, an entrepreneurial organization heavily involved in hi-tech, and local political clubs."

1966 Richard Vortmann, BS,see MBA 1968 notes. 1967 Darrell A. Smith, BS, of Stockton, Calif., writes, "Kitsy, BA 69, and I are very pleased to be an all-Cal family with our son, Todd Smith, entering Haas for his MBA in 2007. Our daughter, Kerri Smith, received her BA in English from Cal in 1988. Go Bears!" 1969 Daniel D. AseraDaniel D. Asera, BS, president of the class of 1969 at UC Berkeley, is a professor of business at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and director of the Management Institute at Nevada State College. Dan is organizing the first Cal Alumni Club in Las Vegas which will be named, "Cal Spirit of Las Vegas."

He volunteers as faculty adviser to Kappa Sigma Fraternity and to the UNLV Hockey Team. In the community, he is serving a two-year term as a member of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada Advisory Committee. He looks forward to his trips to Berkeley to visit his family and friends in the Bay Area. 1970 Larry Fredlund, BS, of San Jose writes, "I recently retired from Hewlett-Packard after a 30- year career that took me from the warehouse to the keyboard. After more than 20 years in procurement and supply-chain management, I followed my technical interest into IT, where I found a home as a software support engineer, implementing and supporting SAP for controlling worldwide distribution of software to HP's customers. I'm maintaining my interest in music by playing trombone in two South Bay jazz bands and a couple of brass quintets, as well as the Cal Alumni Band. I anticipate rejoining the tech world over the next few months, as I don't feel old enough to really retire."

1972 Glenn CarlsonGlenn E. Carlson, BS, of Las Vegas writes, "I have less than five years until the end of my career as an international airline captain. My son is in his last year at SJSU and wants a career in aviation. My publishing company, is proceeding steadily. I wish the Internet was around when I graduated so I could keep up with my cellmates at Erhman Hall. I have remarried and have been happy for 16 years. We enjoy ballroom dancing, golf, and flying my little amphibious airplane. The last two years, I have flown all over the world. Europe and Asia will open one's eyes, and the 'flat earth' theory is not far off. It is time for Berkeley to once again educate our country of trouble ahead. Good luck to you all."

1975 Karen Greenberg McConnell, BS, see MBA 1978 notes. 1978 John R. Mitchell III, BS,of Vancouver, Wash., writes, "I just celebrated my 16th year at Ingersoll-Rand. I am currently the western region residential sales manager for Schlage Lock. I am still very proud of my graduation from Cal and have a Haas School of Business license plate frame on my car (probably not good during football season with so many Oregon and Oregon State alumni in the area). Looking forward to spending New Year's watching the Bears in a bowl game."

1980 Louis F. Koo, BS, writes, "It's nice to see Cal's business school evolve into what it is today. I keep running into people who are graduates of Cal's business school even here in Hong Kong."

1983 Jeanne Castro Schmidt, BS, see MBA 1987 notes. Dave R. Garr, BS, of Sunnyvale, Calif., writes, "I just proposed to my girlfriend using the Web: (See the Mercury News for one writeup: http://www. 13079185.htm.) Thank you, Cal for teaching me computer and marketing skills."

1984 Paul, Donna, and William ArmstrongPaul W. Armstrong, BS,of San Francisco is self-employed at Earthwhile Endeavors Inc., doing product development and marketing in the pet industry. The company's brand, Earthbath, is a full line of biodegradable grooming products including shampoos, grooming wipes, spritzes, and shampoo bars. He writes, "We've grown from regional distribution in the Bay Area to national and international distribution. On a Cal note, we were a case study for two awesome Haas MBAs for a semester, and they helped us strategize the development and introduction of our two best-selling products. On a personal note, I'm married to Donna Armstrong (duh!) and have an 18-month-old boy nicknamed William, but technically Paul Jr. We are expecting a little girl in January. Hobbies include strolling with my boy, real estate development, playing 'roots' music with two bands, The Mobile Home Boys (.com) and The Big Twang Theory (.com), snow skiing, and scuba diving."

Deborah Choate, BS,writes, "I have just begun a new job in Zurich as CFO of Esmertec AG, a provider of software solutions and technologies for mobile phones and embedded devices, which has recently gone public on the Swiss stock exchange. I will be keeping my home in Paris and living between the two cities."

1985 Brian Burns, BS, see MBA 1993 notes. 1986 Gary Lentz, BS, writes, "My family and I recently relocated to a brand new home in Santa Rosa (my hometown) from San Rafael to be closer to InfoStor, the offsite commercial records management company that I have been running for the past 2.5 years. Nicole and I have five children, four still at home: Courtney (17), Nick (16), Avery (7), and Katie (5). We are Golden Bear football season ticket holders. We are landscaping our backyard, including a pool! In addition to hard-copy records management, InfoStor is the North Bay leader in data vaulting (both electronic and tape), document shredding, and scanning. Go Bears!" Bruce Robinson, BS,writes, "I recently relocated from South Orange, N.J., to Shanghai, China, to open Avenue Capital Group's Shanghai office. We are making direct investments in Chinese companies, primarily related to the financial services sector. I have been happily married to Teresa Robinson for 13 years and have three sons (9), (7), and (5). After spending almost nine years in investment banking (Salomon Brothers, Bancboston, Robertson Stephens, and Banc of America Securities), I am now enjoying life on the investment side of finance. If you find yourself in Shanghai, do not hesitate to contact me,"

1988 Raymond D. Marshall, BS, of Piedmont, Calif., writes, "I started a company called NuMedia Concepts LLC a few years back, and I'm currently developing an online classified web site at The site will target the Southland, which comprises Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties. The web site is operating in the Dot-LA domain space, the official domain for the Los Angeles metropolitan area (visit for additional information). About 200 Dot-LA city domains will be connected to the site. The site will include classified features such as announcements/ events, personals, carpools, and dating, which, when combined with the various Dot- LA city domains, will create the potential for real online communities within the Southland. Feel free to send me your feedback at"

Kevin Murray, BS, of Walnut Creek, Calif., writes, "Since Cal, I have followed a varied path from pubic accounting at Arthur Young (Ernst) to CFO in a manufacturing company, to an MBA at Notre Dame in 1993, then back home to begin an entrepreneurial career in real estate. My business is as a traditional realtor and mortgage broker serving Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, and I purchase and remodel homes for rental and resale. The former is an outgrowth of the latter, but is now my main business. I work in association with Kevin Clay, BS, 87, he in the West Bay and I in the East Bay. All this began when I bought a fixer-upper house during my undergrad years at Cal. I'm now involved in the leadership of the Berkeley Yacht Club, enjoy sailing and golf, and still get involved in some of the construction projects from time to time. You can contact me at"

Alan D. Seigrist, BS, see MBA 1996 notes. 1989 Timothy S. Wong and familyTimothy S. Wong, BS,writes, "Our family recently moved to Vail, Colo., to serve the Rocky Mountain community through a pre-kindergarten through eighthgrade school, The Vail Academy. Although this is a slight departure from working as a principal for a junior and senior high school, my position as executive administrator provides many new challenges and opportunities to have an impact on our future generation! My wife, Lynne, and children, Rachel (9), Micaiah (7), and Caleb (5), are all loving the exciting life in the Rockies and marveling at the beauty of God's creation. We hike, bike, and will soon be skiing and snowboarding together!" Marci B. Zaroff, BS, is the founder and CEO of Under the Canopy, a leading brand of modern organic fashion and home products, now available from major specialty stores and catalogs to Whole Foods Market. She lives in Boca Raton, Fla., and is the proud mother of daughter, Jade (9), and son, Mason (7). 1990 Kirk Crenshaw, BS, of San Francisco joined Next Stage Consulting in January as vice president of business development. He writes, "After feeling the pain of optimizing lead-generation operations at a variety of startups, I decided to join Next Stage to help companies with the issues that I faced in the past. I hope to save companies pain, specifically around vendor selection and management, program mix, spend, and achievement of revenue goals. Specifically focused in the complex sell/B2B space, Next Stage provides dedicated demand generation resources to help companies develop, plan, and implement a high-quality, lead-generated operation. (www." Dennis De Andre, BS,writes, "Somehow I ended up in Palo Alto -- enemy territory. Let me know if anyone wants to grab a beer in Palo Alto and make people take off their red shirts. I am married now with three little ones. I am the chairman of a company called LoopNet that I started 10 years ago. It's a commercial real estate exchange. For the past year, I have also been running a company called BizBuySell that I acquired in partnership with LoopNet. BizBuySell is a 9-year-old exchange for businesses for sale."

1992 Kristin O'Leary and husbandKristin O'Leary, BS, of Los Gatos, Calif., writes, "My husband, Rich, and I just celebrated our anniversary at Kapalua Bay in Maui, where we were married. I left HP earlier in 2005 after many years there in corporate financial planning and reporting. I am pursuing my CFP to become a personal financial planner and am also volunteering for various charitable organizations. I'm continuing to play the banjo with my 40-person banjo band! My husband, Rich (Cal class of 1988), works as an anesthesiologist at several local hospitals and serves as the director at a surgery center. We enjoy biking and traveling together."

Patrick Poon, BS, writes, "I recently started the MBA program at Hitotsubashi University's Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy in Tokyo, Japan. I am learning from two illustrious Cal alums, Hirotaka Takeuchi, MBA 71, PhD 77, and Ikujiro Nonaka, MBA 68, PhD 72, authors of The Knowledge Creating Company."

1995 Paul P. Huang, BS, of San Francisco co-founded his third company, Pendulum Software, which provides leading-edge technology solutions for the life sciences industry. Previously, he successfully exited a healthcare software company and raised over $5 million. 1996 Jasprit Sandhu, BS, writes, "I am working as an assistant controller for a Santa Clara hightech company. I have been married for the last five years, and we are expecting our first kid in March. We are living in Newark, Calif. Go Bears!" Cindy Y. Wong, BS, of New York and Brian Zarahn were married Labor Day weekend at Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards in Woodside, Calif. 1997 Julie D. Bell, BS, of San Francisco writes, "Career wise things are going great. After many years with Bain & Company, I recently left to join JH Partners, a private-equity fund specializing in the consumer and retail spaces. Life wise, things are also well. Chris and I are wrapping up a significant remodel of our house in Rockridge, and enjoying settling into a life without dust and power tools everywhere."

Sanjog Sikand, BS, writes, "Since graduating from Haas, I worked for a couple of years with Ernst and Young with the information systems advisory group, followed by a four-year tenure as an international product manager with Ariba. I currently reside in Fremont, Calif., and work in international product marketing at eBay. Personally life has changed much as well. I was married in 2002 and was blessed with a beautiful baby four months ago. Still do reminisce about my days at Haas and the International House. Good times, good times."

1998 Alice G. Chen, BS, became engaged to Alan Lee April 8. She works as a senior marketing manager at American Express. She is also a 2004 graduate of the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. Alan is a vice president of business development at Citigroup Asset Management. The two met in New York where they currently live. Travis Darrow, BA 98 (political science), writes, "After spending my first week in Asia on a resort, I'm now working in Hong Kong full time. A boat cruise for National Day here and a great time at a friend's wedding in Singapore last weekend. Work? Good. IPOs, ADR, and 144A market heating up."

Dan T. Hua, BS, writes, "I am now happily married to the love of my life, Cora Lee (also a Berkeley Alum). We met after Cal in 2000 and got married last year in 2004. Currently finishing up my MBA at UCLA and looking for a new position in private-equity/venture capital funds. Go Bears!" Pratima Sethi, BS, writes, "I joined the family business in diamonds and fine jewelry to bring fresh ideas and take a successful business to the next level. I'm responsible for the branding of our fine jewelry line, Manak Couture Collection. The collection consists of earrings, rings, necklaces, and pendants in natural color diamonds. Celebrities such as Nicole Richie, Samantha Harris, and Traci Bingham have been photographed wearing these pieces at the recent Emmy's. Along with a career shift from IT consulting to the jewelry industry, I recently purchased a home in Redwood City. It's been a busy but fun year!" 1999 Chuck Gatchell, BS, writes, "I hope all is well with everyone. Melissa (BA, biology, 99) and I were married on Sept. 1, 2000. We had our son, Nate, Aug. 1, 2005 (visit for pictures). After spending over four years at Ernst & Young (corporate finance, Los Angeles), and after a couple of graduate degrees (accounting, Virginia; public policy, UCLA), I've landed at Nike Inc., where I work on social/ environmental reporting and strategic planning in the corporate responsibility group. Melissa is working on her doctorate in public health at UCLA. E-mail me at anytime, and Go Bears!" After receiving his MBA from the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, Yan Gelman, BS, is back in the Bay Area. He accepted a controller position at Jumpstart Automotive Media, a local automotive marketing firm. He recently purchased a condo in San Francisco's Diamond Heights neighborhood, so he is here to stay. Lee A. Thysell, BS, of Fremont, Calif., has been with IBM for six years and is still enjoying it. He left finance in March 2004 and is in business controls. 2000 Akiva Balfour, BS, writes, "After five years, I'm still trading index options for the same firm. In addition to work, I'm completing an evening MBA program at the University of Chicago. I enjoy my work, school, friends, and, in general, all the city has to offer."

Sara L. Cherlin, BS, writes, "I have just begun my new career in consumer goods marketing at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati. I love my job branding hair care products! I moved to Cincinnati shortly after graduating from Haas in June and then taking a five-week vacation in China, Tibet, Nepal, and Japan (traveling with and running into Cal friends Jennie Tung, Charlotte Lee, and Michael Chiu). I look forward to moving into my new condo soon and continue to explore Cincy and the greater Midwest."

Will Edmonson, BS, of Alexandria, La., writes, "After graduating from New York University School of Law in May, I am currently working as a law clerk for Judge F.A. Little Jr. of the US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. I am also on a quest to see each major league baseball team play at home -- 18 down, 12 to go."

Daniel Phung, BS, is in the second year of his MBA at MIT Sloan. Highlights from his first year include organizing a leadership expedition up Mt. Kilimanjaro and an entrepreneurship conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE. 2001 Joe Spector, BS, writes, "After several years at JPMorgan's New York office, I decided to head to Wharton for my MBA. Although there are plenty of Cal and Stanford alumni out here to remind me of home, I still miss California and hope to be back in the Bay Area soon pursuing a career in real estate."

2002 Sidharth R Anand, BS,writes, "I am finishing my second year in the MD/MBA program at the USC School of Medicine. I am a Cal fan at heart, but these Trojans keep tempting me, so if there are any Cal fans in LA, contact me at As for my other activities, I recently organized a celebrity poker tournament fundraiser with Johnny Chan, raising over $10,000 for the Hurricane Katrina Victims. I am also just about to launch a healthcare technology consulting group, HealthTech Medical Management Solutions, so if there are any interested entrepreneurs out there, let me know!" Jacqueline Le„o, BS, of San Francisco writes, "Oi Haas Community from Brasil! I am unemployed at the moment, and looking for opportunities in the biotech sector in the area of business development and operations. My e-mail is jacqueline_ leao@haasalum.berkeley. edu and you can see my profile at I wish you all success! Felicidades!" Joanne Liu, BS, of San Francisco writes, "I've started JiveSF, a local nonprofit involving young professionals. Please check out! We'd love to see Cal alumni at our events and activities!" Dane Suenaga, BS, writes, "Ohisashiburi! That means 'Long time no see' in Japanese. After graduating I immediately went to Japan to teach English for three years. I lived in a town of about 5,000 people. I spent my free time planting and harvesting rice and learning tea ceremony. My friends consisted of 70- to 80- year-old grandmas and grandpas, and I knew every kid in the supermarket. The experience taught me a lot about life and myself. I was able to travel through Japan in my $83 car and spend endless weekends surfing deserted beaches and camping under the stars. I returned to 'civilization' (aka the states) about two months ago and now am getting ready to work for KPMG in Los Angeles. I learned to cherish time. Time is a gift, that is why we call it 'present.'" 2003 Sara Araghi and fiancéSara Araghi, BS, and Reza Afkhami, MBA 03, write, "We are pleased to announce our engagement this past summer. We did indeed meet at Haas! As it turned out, we had a lot more in common than a choice of school! We always enjoy hearing from old friends, so please drop us a line if we have not had a chance to catch up in a long time. We both live in San Francisco's Noe Valley and work on the peninsula. Cheers!"

Brian Cason, BS, writes, "I am spending my days in Manhattan working for a real estate investment firm named DRA Advisors where I get to play with OPM (other people's money). On the side I take dancing lessons, perfect my table manners, and long for greenery. I remember a simpler time when I was a wideeyed puppy of sorts, shaping my soul at Haas. While the days are hurried and the nights long and oozing with enthusiasm, I mostly find myself a spectator in this foreign land of decadence. A quote comes to mind, first spoken by Jack Kerouac, which once inspired an invaluable personal revelation, 'If you own a rug, you own too much.'" Romita Jerath, BS, has been working at the Boeing Co. as a business analyst for the past year-and-a-half. Kyoko (Kinoshita) Bischof, BS, and Otto Bischof, BA 87 (physics), had a beautiful son, Alexander Sky Bischof, Sept. 1 in Kaiser Hospital, Oakland. She writes, "This great news was announced to parents' relatives and best friends who live in Japan, Germany, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Minnesota, and so on. Alexander Sky is the star who shines on all of us!" After working in consulting at Deloitte for two years, David A. Miskie, BS, of San Francisco recently took the position as the senior financial analyst at Peet's Coffee & Tea at its corporate headquarters in Emeryville, Calif. 2005 Varun Paul, BS, of San Francisco writes, "Hello all, hope life is going well. I am working on two startups, one for an online rental service and another in Hollywood for the movie industry. Both projects are getting attention and I'd like to hear from fellow grads who'd like to get in on the action. When not running around and seeking capital, I'm interviewing and currently posted at the University of California, Office of the President. Take Care!". [Back to top] MBA

1948 Peter A. Firmin, MBA, is in his third career at the University of Denver as director of development, School of Accountancy. He will retire in 2006. He earned his Ph.D. in 1957 from the University of Michigan and has served as dean of the Tulane University Graduate School of Business, vice president of Corporate Finance Associates in Denver, president of M & A International in Denver, and in several positions at the University of Denver, including interim director of the School of Accountancy and dean of the College of Commerce and Business Administration. 1962 Donald Fraser and Robert LutzRobert A. Lutz, MBA, and Donald R. Fraser, MBA,were both flying with VMA l33, a Marine Reserve Jet Attack Squadron at Alameda NAS when they graduated. They write, "We were flying the A4 Skyhawk during this time."

Bob went off to Europe in the automobile business where he stayed his entire career, working for General Motors, BMW, Ford, Chrysler, and most recently back to General Motors as vice chairman, product development. Soon after graduation Don founded two companies, Aviva Enterprises and Inetics Inc. Both of these companies were involved in the licensing and merchandising of products around the world associated with the Peanuts characters. Don is now working with the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif., and has created an oral history department for the museum. In May 2005, at the invitation of Bob, Don flew back to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a flying reunion. It had been 43 years since we had flown together and the total of our ages now comes to l44 years! We spent a long weekend flying Bob's two military jet trainers, one a Russian L-39 and the other a European Alpha Jet."

1963 Peter Green, MBA, and Rosemary Green, BA 59,celebrated their family reunion at Cape Cod this August. Twelve grandchildren and 12 parents spent the week at the beach in Chatham. The Greens are enjoying retirement in Waterford, Conn. 1964 Harley Smith, MBA,was one of two people inducted into the Oregon State University's College of Business Hall of Fame for 2005. This award honors Oregon State alums who have made sustained and meritorious business contributions throughout their careers. Harley received his undergraduate degree from Oregon State in 1959. Harley has been an investor since he received his MBA degree from Berkeley and is a past chair of OSU's College of Business Advisory Council. He is a trustee of the OSU Foundation, member of the Council of Regents, and chair of the class of 1959's Golden Jubilee Fund. Harley and his wife, Brigitte, have funded an annual Lifetime Financial Planning Contest at OSU, which is now going into its eighth year."

1966 Charles Leo, BS 64, MBA 66, see Ph.D. 1973 notes. 1968 Richard Vortmann, MBA, is stepping down after 22 years as president of National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. in San Diego, a $1 billion revenue subsidiary of General Dynamics since 1998. He will continue to serve as chairman of the board but will relinquish day-to-day management responsibilities. Dick also serves as vice chair of Scripps Health a fivecampus, 1,300-bed hospital group in San Diego, is a member of the National Academies of Science Marine Board and of various civic boards in San Diego. After a 30- year career with National Steel and Shipbuilding, which included a management LBO and 10 years of operation as an independent, employee-owned company, Dick is now looking forward to consulting activities, and assisting other companies at the board level. 1969 Wallace Lowry, MBA, is a CPA who has worked as a business manager in private industry and was a professor emeritus at Sonoma State University. A retired US Navy captain, he served many years in the US Navy Reserves. He was elected to Santa Rosa Schools Board of Education in 2002 and has served as an officer or board member of many community organizations, including Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Sonoma County Family YMCA, Sonoma County Navy League, city of Santa Rosa Housing Authority, city of Santa Rosa Redevelopment Agency, and Empire Breakfast Club. He and his wife recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have two daughters. One is a CPA, and the other is a doctor. 1970 William Halal, MBA, see Ph.D. 1971 notes. Bob Klein, MBA, writes, "Yes, there is life after 29 years with AT&T! With the help of a few equally dedicated dreamers, I own and operate a private railroad car for charter out of Oakland to any destination on the AMTRAK system. (We took a group of alums to the Cal-Utah game in Salt Lake City two seasons ago). Come visit at for the whole story."

Gary W. Matkin, MBA, has been reappointed as dean of continuing education at the University of California, Irvine. He is responsible for all aspects of UC Irvine's continuing education initiatives, including UCI Extension, the Distance Learning Center (DLC) and Summer Session. He is a certified public accountant and the author of Effective Budgeting in Continuing Education (1985), Technology Transfer and the University (1990), and Using Financial Information in Continuing Education: Accepted Methods and New Approaches (1997). He resides in Irvine, Calif., with his wife, Maya, and their son, Ethan. 1971 Kenneth Golden, MBA, of Northborough, Mass, writes that his oldest daughter, Kelley, recently graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BS in retail management and received the dean's award for most outstanding student leader. He's now college-shopping for his younger daughter, Dana. Ken is president of QBS Consulting, Inc., a software management consulting firm specializing in assessment, business process and project management work for the manufacturing, procurement, and supply chain industry. Cooling Springs Farm, the ancestral home of Pete Michael, MBA, was recently featured in a segment of Home and Garden Television's "If Walls Could Talk" program. The farm was founded by his family in 1768, and has been listed on the Maryland Inventory of Historic Places and two national registers and named a Frederick County, Md., landmark. Cooling Springs also will be featured soon in Southern Living, the South's equivalent of Sunset magazine. Since Pete and his wife, Vicki, made Cooling Springs Farm open to the public for tours and study, nearly 400 people have toured the farm, including the descendants of Underground Railroad freedom seekers who were sheltered at the farm in 1855. Haas alumni visiting the area, which is 45 miles west of Washington, DC, are welcome to drop by. Call 301.874.0235 or visit Max Oliva, MBA, is a Jesuit priest from California working in the business community in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in a ministry called, "Spirituality at Work."

An article about the ministry, including its "Commuter Retreat" for busy business people, can be found at Bonnie ParksBonnie L. Parks, MBA, of Sacramento was named director of government relations and public affairs for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. She has served as a management consultant and senior executive in both the private and public sectors for over 25 years, and most recently served as the executive director of the Senior Worker Advocate Office of the California Employment Development Department. She has previously held such diverse positions as chief deputy director of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, senior consultant for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and senior consultant for the California Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee. She served on the board of the UC Berkeley Alumni Association for three years and on the board of the Cal Sacramento Alumni Association for 10 years. 1972 Knute "Mike" Miller, MBA, was recently appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun. The board licenses and oversees the operations of the San Francisco Bay Pilots, master mariners who guide ocean-going ships and other vessels into, out of, and around San Francisco Bay, and as far inland as Sacramento and Stockton. Commissioner Miller's term is for four years and is subject to confirmation by the California State Senate. Mike lives in San Francisco with his wife, Ginna Dean, and is affiliated with Government Strategies Inc., a Sacramento-based advocacy and government-affairs consulting firm. Bill Sherman, MBA, writes, "After graduation, with what I think was the first JD/MBA at Berkeley, I began law practice with then- Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco and then moved 'across the street' to Morrison & Foerster in Palo Alto in 87. I have been a securities lawyer doing over 250 public offerings. My Berkeley MBA has always put me in good stead in the practice of law because, unlike a lot of lawyers, I am not 'afraid' of financial statements or financial analyses. For over 25 years I have been trying to give back by lecturing in the Haas MBA program on legal issues business people face in their careers. " 1973 Peter Liebowitz, MBA, of Castro Valley, Calif., writes, "After 30 years playing in high-tech, taking one firm public, helping sell a second, shutting down a third, and generally being ready for a change, I have accepted positions as a professor in the business schools at the University of San Francisco and Holy Names University. Great adult and undergraduate students, and it is quite rewarding getting to use actual experiences as the class case studies. I am also helping run a boutique auto dealership to supply family, friends, and business associates with wholesale vehicles. Cal is my No.1 client, in fact! I'm teaching 'Leading Change in Organizations,' 'Survey of Global Business,' and 'Fundamentals of Marketing.' Three great kids, four spectacular grandchildren, a marriage of 39 years (got hitched very young!) and I traded in the 'Silicon Valley Ride' for an old Volvo Cross- Country. The unexpected changes life throws at each of us can be good. Mine have been. See you in the classroom."

1974 Jay GladieuxJay Gladieux, MBA, of Cary, N.C., joined Smith Breeden Associates in 2003 as a principal after 15 years at Morgan Stanley, including three years in Tokyo, and six years at J.P. Morgan Investment Management. He writes, "Smith Breeden is a private, employee-owned, research-driven, academically rooted, institutional investment management firm headquartered in Chapel Hill, N.C. founded by Doug Breeden, currently the dean of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Part of my responsibilities include oversight of our business in Japan, which represents a significant share of our assets. Many thanks to Mark Rubinstein, who helped me build my base in finance. It has been an interesting road since Finance 101 in 1972! And to the whole Haas team ? the value trade of a lifetime! My wife, Marlyn, daughter, Amanda (18), and son, Clayton (15), are now converted Southerners, greatly enjoying our life in North Carolina after 15 years of living in New Canaan, Conn. I'd be interested in hearing from Haas alumni with the combination of strong finance and client/marketing backgrounds, particularly Japanese nationals or those with deep Japan experience."

1977 Stewart E. Chang, MBA,of Richmond, Calif., serves on the board of directors and is the chairman of the Development Committee of the Wesley Foundation at the University of California at Berkeley. Located on the corner of Bancroft and Dana, the Wesley Center provides a ministry outreach to the Cal campus and plans to build faithbased student housing to house more than 40 students. He writes, "We are always looking for board members and contributors." Dennis Covington, MBA,of San Rafael, Calif., continues to manage Ohana Advisors, the multi-family wealth management practice he founded in 1993. The practice handles all aspects of investment, estate, and tax planning. With an emphasis on private investing, he is also chairman of iMedica Corp., an electronic medical records company and PartsRiver, a fleet management software company, and an advisor to KRh Thermal, an automated hot food company, and Wireless Generation, the leader in putting technology into the hands of teachers. Gordon Gregory, MBA, chairman and managing director of Mosaic Capital LLC and Mosaic Capital Securities LLC - member NASD/SIPC, is pleased to announce the expansion of its M&A and corporate finance business. The expansion includes the opening of a second office, and the addition of three senior managing directors and two vice presidents. Mosaic Capital is headquartered in Los Angeles and is a member of IMAP, the leading international network of independent merger and acquisition partners, with 60 partner firms operating in 98 cities and 24 countries. IMAP partners complete in excess of 200 middlemarket transactions per year. 1978 Jerry Butzer, MBA, writes, "Just returned to California and 'home' to the San Francisco Bay Area weeks ago. I acquire largescale land, projects-in-progress, and financially distressed projects on behalf of developers and private- equity partnerships for further development or turnaround for sale. A private-investor fund is being organized for acquisitions of major projects. May go to China, on behalf of large Hong Kong home builders, by the summer of 2006, to help fill the demand for 400 million single-family units over the next 10 years. " Karen Greenberg McConnell, MBA, writes, "After exiting the world of investment banking (Morgan Stanley), having three children (in 18 months!) and becoming a full-time mother, I have now (since 1994) started a real estate business. Aside from running my own portfolio, I seek investors for a number of developments in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. My husband, kids, and I lived in London until 1998 when we moved to Frankfurt. We threw the kids into the German school system, which was quite a shock as none of them spoke German. However, they are now all bilingual. We have returned to London now so as to complete my children's education in English. I try to keep up with old friends at Cal. I also sit on the International House Board (I lived there during grad school), which allows me to go back to Cal to visit."

Azmat Malik, MBA, of Lahore, Pakistan, writes, "I have been teaching in the MBA program at the Lahore University of Management Sciences for about a year now. A very interesting change for the high-tech, semiconductor world where I spent the last 32 years of my life. I am enjoying connecting with some past professors and some current faculty at Haas, exchanging teaching and research ideas. The earthquake in northern Pakistan-Kashmir Oct. 8 has allowed the citizens to demonstrate their true compassion and heroism. There is now an excess of volunteers and donated goods that may have to be directed toward other needs."

1980 David B. Katague, MBA, formerly chemistry team leader for the Food and Drug Administration, writes, "My wife and I retired in Fair Oaks, Calif., a suburb of Sacramento, to be near our grandchildren. We are currently involved with Medical Missions to the Philippines through our organization, Marinduque International Inc. Our next mission ? No. 4 -- is scheduled for Feb. 5 to 11. We are looking for volunteers, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and support personnel. MI Inc. will provide food and lodging and transportation in Marinduque, but you will have to purchase your own round-trip ticket to Manila. There is a $200 registration fee to help purchase drugs, medical supplies, and other incidental expenses. If you are interested, send me an e-mail at Details about the mission could be found in our Web site,"

John-Paul Leonard, MBA, of Joshua Tree, Calif. writes, "Since 2001 I have been a book publisher, with a niche exposing 9/11 as a false-flag psy-op (jargon for a conspiracy inside our own government to fabricate a war pretext). My latest project is"

1982 Jose Serra-Vega, MBA, of Huaraz, Peru, began working in November for Antamina, the biggest copper mine in Peru. He writes, "I am in charge of the development projects for the urban and rural communities in the mine's area of influence. The mine is at an altitude of 16,000 feet and its area of influence goes over 16 districts for 150 miles along a sludge ore pipeline, all the way to the Pacific Ocean to a private port. Typical projects are drinking water, sanitation, agricultural development, education, and training. Conflicts between mining companies and the surrounding communities are increasing in Peru, sometimes becoming violent, as the awareness about the potential negative impacts of huge mining developments on the environment and the social fabric is rising."

1983 Enrico Hernandez, MBA, of San Francisco serves as the director of finance at Immaculate Conception Academy, an all-women's Catholic high school in San Francisco. He is also a member of the board of directors at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, Calif., and an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco's School of Education. He writes, "I enjoy applying the skills I acquired at Haas in my daily work; even after 22 years!" David R. Posegate, MBA, who is also a Boalt Hall graduate (1980), writes, "My career has spanned four years as a lawyer, nine as general counsel and eight as a C-level executive, with more than 20 years (with major overlap) as an internal consultant to businesses public and private. I became an independent consultant a little over two years ago. I recently completed the Consultancy Business Development Program offered by the Institute for Independent Business ( to select business executives, typically CEOs and successful entrepreneurs. Upon successful completion of the IIB five-day 'boot camp,' I was accredited as an Executive Associate by the IIB. My wife and I live in the Phoenix, Ariz., metropolitan area. I welcome contact from classmates and all Haas Alums at, personal email:"

1984 Peggy Bush, MBA, has an active elder abuse and generalbusiness law practice, arbitrates and mediates business disputes, does some personal coaching, and is executive director of a nonprofit providing direct services to critically ill people. She writes, "I'm raising $2 million to keep alive an Oakland nonprofit. We care for the most vulnerable people in our community. We are the last, and sometimes the best, stop in the road. Our clients are from every walk of life. They bring a range of cultures, classes, beliefs. We hope that the community will help our agency survive. We need to find new space in Oakland/Berkeley. Looking for someone who wants a legacy. One year of food for someone who is dying and hungry is less than the cost of one day in a hospital. 510.325-1493 (cell)" Kenneth L. Myers, MBA, of San Ramon, Calif., was married in 1997 to a wonderful woman with a passion for fine wine, Kathleen Ann Brice. He adopted her interest in wine, and has recently combined his love for wine with his passion for small business. Ken is now the CFO and controller at Crushpad Inc., a boutique winery in San Francisco. Crushpad helps wine lovers produce their own small-lot, premium wines in the style they choose and with their own unique branding. The company contracts with dedicated, obsessive growers to provide their customers with a wide choice of varietals from premium California vineyards. Crushpad winemakers then support the customers in every step of the winemaking process. Ken encourages old friends and Cal Alums with an interest in wine to contact him at 1985 Mike Gallivan, MBA, is an associate professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he teaches courses in e-commerce strategy and the management of information technology. He received tenure earlier this year, after six years on the faculty at Georgia State, and three prior years at New York University. He received his Ph.D. in 1997 from MIT Sloan School of Management. Although content in Atlanta, he misses California and both he and partner, Doug Rice, dream of retiring in the Golden State."

Stephen P. Miller, MBA, of Palos Verdes, Calif., writes, "I recently joined Citizen Watch Company of America as the vice president, finance and systems. The company is the subsidiary of Citizen Watch Co. Ltd., of Japan. Citizen of America also has responsibility for Canada and the United Kingdom."

1986 | REUNION Paul R. De Muro, MBA,partner at Latham & Watkins in San Francisco and Los Angeles, has been elected chair-elect of the American Bar Association Health Law Section where he also serves on the Finance Committee of the Sections Officers Conference and on the SOC Working Group on International Outreach. Michael J. Smith, MBA, of New York writes, "I'm still working at the Food Network and was recently promoted to senior vice president, marketing and creative services, responsible for brand strategy and creative direction of all marketing and promotions for the channel."

Pascale M. Weber, MBA,is a sell-side analyst at KBC Securities in Brussels, Belgium. He is single and enjoying friendships around the world. He writes, "Would love to get in touch with other MBA 86 my e-mail address is". 1987 Ken Bozzini, MBA, of Lafayette, Calif., recently celebrated his one-year anniversary as CFO of WildPackets Inc. As the first CFO for this self-funded private software company with 15 years of customer success and over 100 employees, Ken is excited to be a partner to the founders and motivated stakeholder base. On a personal front, he and his wife, Kit, are enjoying the trials and tribulations of raising and carpooling their eight kids. Eric H. Larson, MBA, is serving in a government appointment as chief risk officer for the federal electric utility, Bonneville Power. He and his family have made their home in the Denver area after several years in Texas and Louisiana. Bill Martello, MBA, writes, "After working in Silicon Valley for several years, I decided to get a Ph.D. Why? Quite simply, to try to be in a position to help business practitioners, current and future, to think about issues with a broad liberal- arts perspective before acting upon them. Received my Ph.D. in business from the University of Pittsburgh (my birth town) and have subsequently taught in Calgary, Canada; Los Angeles (at two schools and in several functions); and am currently in Austin at St. Edward's University, the city's primary liberal-arts institution. My wife, Dolores, and I just celebrated our 20th anniversary and we have one child in college (daughter at Swarthmore) and one high school senior preparing to go (our son, to who-knowswhere). Feel free to contact me at"

Jeanne Castro Schmidt, MBA, of Pleasanton, Calif., writes, "After graduating from Berkeley, I worked in commercial and corporate lending and then as the assistant treasurer for a San Francisco-based company. In 1995 I started a treasury/corporate finance consulting firm, Treasury Management Solutions, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We continue to grow and celebrated our 10th anniversary this year. My two daughters, (14) and (16), are starting to talk about joining the family tradition and attending college at Cal (my husband of 23 years, Robert A. Schmidt, Jr., father, Manuel Castro, and sisters-in-law Barbara Schmidt and Jennifer Youstra are also Cal alumni.) Our family enjoys exciting white-water rafting adventures. We own our own boats and equipment and recently returned from a summer trip on the Selway River in Idaho. The best part of a rafting vacation is that the cell phones don't usually work on the river!" 1988 Ross T. Ellis and wifeRoss T. Ellis, MBA, writes, "I am still working at SEI Investments in a suburb of Philadelphia, in charge of about 20 folks involved in providing back-office fund administration services to money manager clients, typically those with hedge, private-equity and mutual-fund offerings. Previously my travels took me overseas once a quarter, but my wanderlust apparently is being satisfied by trips to New York or Washington, DC! My sports activities have taken a break, as I have been recovering from rotator cuff surgery on left shoulder. Coming a few years after torn discs in my lower back, my early 40s have not been kind to me from a sports perspective! My wife, Johanna, continues to work at Valley Forge Elementary School and configured her hours to fit in between our son's leaving for school and his arrival back home. She continues to be an avid runner. Our son, Duncan (7) is in second grade. Active in soccer and karate, he is also an avid artist, drawing/ building anything at any time, sometimes unfortunately on walls, tabletops, or other places adults generally frown upon! Pretty soon he will be as tall as his mother, and life will change dramatically."

Renee A. Hardy, MBA, of Alameda, Calif., writes, Since graduate school, I gained 10 years marketing management experience in the high-tech, retail, and nonprofit arenas. Six years ago, I leveraged my alumni and professional network and started an executive search firm, Armstrong Joiner LLC. We help clients recruit and retain top finance talent quickly and cost effectively. Up to 10 percent of our profits are donated to charity. My husband of 20 years is of great support to me in life and business. I'd love to stay in touch. Visit our web site or write me at"

Betty Kaufman, MBA, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, "After nearly 20 years in high-tech marketing, I started my own business as an independent wine consultant with WineShop at Home and am now leading in-home and in-office wine tastings. As a longtime wine enthusiast, I'm excited to share my interest in wine with others and to work in an industry that truly brings enjoyment to people. Cheers and Go Bears!"

Kevin Renner, MBA, of Portland, Ore., joined FEI Co. as global marketing manager for its nanoelectronics division. FEI is a market-leading developer of transmission electron microscopes and scanning electron microscopes used in the production of semiconductors, data storage devices, and biotechnology, among other applications. Based near Portland, Ore., the company has major operations in Holland, as well as sales and service offices in 40 countries. In his spare time, Kevin ponders how an estimated total cost of $1.2 trillion for the Iraq war could have been used to fight: 1. hunger 2. global warming 3. the spiraling of the US into 22nd globally in public K-12 education 4. the crisis of 48 million Americans who are medically uninsured and 5. even the real war on terror."

1990 Gary Frings, Michael Bloch, and Greg HerreraMerador LLC, a business intelligence consulting firm founded by Greg Herrera, MBA 90; Gary Frings, MBA 90; and Michael Bloch, MBA 90;along with Harvard MBA John Peterson was recently named the 16th fastest growing company in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times. Haas MBAs Ken O'Boyle, MBA 90, and Joe del Callar, MBA 01, are also key members of the talented team. Stephen Chan, MBA,of Sunnyvale and Ajit Patankar, another UC Berkeley alum, launched a software startup company, Biztro, Inc. (, to provide cost-effective Sarbanes-Oxley automation solutions. Mario Rosati, a member of the UC Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustee, has joined the company's board of directors. The company has released v1.0 of its product to customers. Andrea Scheiber and familyAndrea Scheiber, MBA,a nine-year resident of Cincinnati, has three girls, (13), (11), and (8), and is happily married to Michael Scheiber, a physician. She is marketing manager for Tremor, a Procter & Gamble social network marketing company. Andrea is also on the marketing committee for the local Jewish Federation. She and her family love to travel, mainly spending time snow skiing, on a beach somewhere, or water skiing. Haas School Alumnus Michael Ho, MBA, passed away on August 14 in his home in Sherman Oaks. Ho, 43, was the Southern California Regional Manager of Wells Fargo's HSBC Trade Bank. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Vargas. Born in Canada, Michael grew up in Long Beach and graduated from Cal in 1984 with highest honors in architecture. He worked for various architecture firms in the Bay Area and Los Angeles and became a licensed architect in 1987. Michael returned to Cal in 1988 for a Haas MBA with an emphasis in real estate finance. In the 15 years since completing his MBA in 1990, Michael worked tirelessly for Wells Fargo Bank in commercial banking, loan adjustment and international trade finance in Southern California and Seattle. Michael ultimately became the Southern California Regional Manager of the Wells Fargo HSBC Trade Bank, and successfully established a mentoring program for the International Group. He was an active member and director of many civic organizations in Southern California. Michael loved to travel and was an avid golfer. He will be missed. 1991 | REUNION Sindri Anderson, MBA, of Berkeley, writes, "After a year-long career sabbatical spent in Greece with my family, I've launched a consulting partnership with a colleague, Enact Global Consulting. We are in the organizational devel-opment space, and have the enviable problem of starting with lots of work! I am loving the creativity and freedom of being in business for myself, and I only wonder why I waited this long to venture out."

Jerome (Jerry) Lerman, MBA, of Foster City, Calif., writes, "I continue my employment at Wells Fargo (24 years this month), now working in small-business lending as a risk-management consultant. I finished fourth in the top division of the 2005 National Scrabble Championship held in Reno, and will be one of 15 US players competing this November in the World Scrabble Championship in London."

Susan Persin, MBA, writes, "I am a partner at Foresight Analytics, an Oakland-based economic and real estate consulting firm that Matt Anderson, MBA, 90, and I founded in early 2005. Starting a new business is challenging, fun, and rewarding and keeps me very busy. Check out our web site at I live with my husband, Ben, and two sons, Eli (5) and Spencer (2), in the Oakland (Montclair) hills."

Having contributed to developing a new bank in Tokyo, Tsuguru Saito, MBA,moved in September to Softbank, a telecom/internet giant, as a director of IPTV business. The founder/CEO of Softbank is a Masayoshi Son, a Cal alum [a Haas alum?] whose personal assets once exceeded Bill Gates. Tsuguru writes, "I am glad I work directly with one of the most successful alumni. These two Cals have a chance to change the way of watching TV and advertising on TV. I feel very lucky also because after working for Kraft, Coca-Cola, Fidelity, and ToysrUs as a marketing executive, developing a medium myself makes me knowledgeable about both sides."

Atul Sharan, MBA, writes, "Teamed up with a few extremely smart Ph.D.s from the dark side (Stanford) to start Clear Shape Technologies, a semiconductor technology design and manufacturing company. Raised our Series-A in April 2004 and our Series-B was led by Intel.". Otis L, Spencer, MBA, of Warsaw, Poland, was promoted to senior vice president and director of portfolio management for Heitman International LLC. He writes, "In this role I will be responsible for all European portfolio and asset management activities in addition to running Heitman Europena Property Partners III, a private real estate equity fund focused on Central and Eastern Europe."

1992 Zenda Kuo, MBA, "Just moved back to Hong Kong after three years of mommy hiatus in Beijing. I am director of corporate finance at CLP Power Asia, financing independent power plants throughout Asia-Pacific."

David Shiver, MBA, reports that he is now a dad, living with his adopted son, Roberto Eduardo Roberts Shiver, at his Berkeley home. David is a partner and principal of Bay Area Economics, a real estate and urban economics firm based in Emeryville, Calif. Roberto is 14 months old and was born in Antigua, Guatemala; he is now quite busy teaching his dad baby Spanish! 1993 Brian Burns, MBA, of San Francisco, writes, "I am the vice president of Asia Pacific for a quickly growing company focusing on video processing chips for the home networking market."

Steinar Paulsrud, MBA, of Oslo, Norway, writes, "There are so many Cal friends I have not kept in touch with over the years. But if you should read this, I am proud to announce that Thomas and I became parents to two wonderful baby girls this year. I spoke about it quite a bit while attending Haas, and now, after 12 years, it finally happened. We are very proud of our two baby Americans. This will be a very special Christmas!" After graduating with his MBA, Jorge Spichiger, MBA, returned to his former employer, Citibank (Chile), as FX trader head. In 1996, he moved to the Corporate Bank, as financial institutions head. In 1999 he was recruited by Bank of America in Santiago, where until 2001, he was head trader and vice president at the bank's treasury. He was then called by the Spanish Bank BBVA, where he was promoted in 2004 as CIO/CFO of the bank in Chile. Jorge is married since 1995 to Patricia, and has three wonderful daughters, Sofia (8), Catalina (6), and Antonia (2). The family lives in Santiago. He plays the electric guitar in a classic-rock band, and practices tennis, golf, and swimming. 1994 Art Altman, MBA, has been promoted to program manager in charge of product development and research in energy market forecasting, risk management, and asset valuation for the Electric Power Research Institute of Palo Alto, Calif. Koji Asada, MBA, writes, "I'm responsible for M&A advisory activities for SME (small-mid cap enterprises) and cross-border M&A transactions, as a deputy general manager at Corporate Advisory Division, Mitsubishi Securities Co. Ltd. in Tokyo."

Tamar and Thomas Lowell, MBA, announce the birth of their daughter, Mia Victoria Lowell. Tamar writes, "She was born Feb. 7 and is an absolute love. Thomas is enjoying his new job with Visage Mobile as director of marketing. My role as head of Lonely Planet's web group was recently moved to Australia, giving me time to get to know my daughter before beginning a new job search. We still live in Oakland near many of our friends from Haas."

Margaret Meenaghan, MBA, of Beverly Hills writes, "I gave birth to our second child, daughter Devon, this past January. Big brother, Charlie (4), has been great with her. I am still with Eastdil Realty (check out www. and enjoying the real estate bubble. Our family continues to enjoy Southern California although there are way too many USC and UCLA folks here! Go Bears."

Poul-Erik Olsen, MBA, of Oakland writes, "Two happy years married to my wife, Christine, two-plus happy years as senior portfolio manager at Rochdale Investment Management, passed first two levels of CFA exam (don't do this in your late 30s!), completed two Death Rides with fellow alums Thomsen and Schwab, and after 11 years still socializing with many of the great 94 class! No baby pictures to show -- I must be the only one."

Walter Scheiber, MBA, writes, "After leaving my job in April, we packed up our two little kids and embarked on an around-the-world journey. Our three-months-long travels lead us through China, Thailand, and Turkey until we came to rest in Central Europe for a month. We enjoyed peace on the beaches of remote islands in Thailand and the chaos of the super-fast growing metropolitan cities of modern China. Traveling with little children in Asia opened many hearts and doors for us and made the trip a wonderful experience. Can't wait to do it again but now it's time to get settled. Very likely we'll stay in Europe. Drop me an email when you pass through Vienna" Yves Speeckaert, MBA,writes, "Hi everybody, I am living in Paris, with my Brazilian wife, Clelia, and son, Joao Pedro. After a couple of years with KPMG and then investment banking, I am now fully immersed in the growing sector of social and economic development (in emerging market principally). I am heading MENAA Finance, a consultancy specializing in privatization, public sector reform, pension funds, and project finance/investments in Africa, North Africa, and Brazil. A growing field of interest of mine is that of alternative energies and biodiesel in particular. Anybody involved in that field? Cheers from Paris."

Paul Weiskopf, MBA,of Belmont Calif., joined Adobe Systems where he is now leading M&A and alliances for the company. 1995 Terry Goode, MBA, and his wife, Latondra Goode, welcomed Leiah Therese Goode to the world June 21. Lauren (2), is so excited to be a big sister and is looking forward to having a new playmate. On a work-related note, Terry was promoted to head of tax exempt research for Wells Capital Management in early 2005. Takeshi Sasaki, MBA,of Tokyo joined Credit Pricing Corporation Inc., which specializes in credit-risk management for any businesses who care for Japanese corporate credit. Takeshi writes, "We have a financial database of over 85,000 Japanese companies and give default probability and credit rating to each one of them every month. If you have an interest in this area, please contact me at takeshi_sasaki@creditpricing. com."

Jacqueline Schroeders (Ramirez), MBA, and her family moved back to New Jersey in 2002. She is vice president, finance/controller for GAIN Capital, an online foreign exchange trading and asset management company. GAIN Capital was recently named Deloitte's No. 1 fastest growing technology company in New Jersey, and ranked in the top 100 in terms of growth in the Deloitte National 500 Fastest Growing Companies. Jackie, her husband, Curt, and their two children are enjoying being back with family in New Jersey, since she was raised in the state. She credits her MBA and prior work experience in helping to prepare her to manage the rapid growth at GAIN Capital. 1996 | REUNION Clarence Chen, MBA,of Menlo Park, Calif., sold the company he started in 2001 to Manhattan Associates (nasdaq: manh), where he is now working. He writes, "It's true what they say about cost of VC money. Found time to get married in Colombia where I'm thinking of retiring to someday, bought a house in the Bay Area. Happy with life."

Paul Findlay and husbandPaul Findlay, MBA, married his longtime partner, Doug Ward, Aug. 27 in Dana Point, Calif. The ceremony was held in an outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and was witnessed by 75 friends and family. Paul is a product manager with Panasonic Avionics Corporation in Lake Forest, Calif., and is very involved with Men Alive - The Orange County Gay Men's Chorus as marketing director. Paul and Doug make their home only a few miles from Laguna Beach. For more on Paul & Doug, visit their web site at Alan D. Seigrist, MBA, of Hong Kong writes, "My company, The Executive Centre, has continued its expansion in Asia with new facilities opening in Beijing, Taipei, and Hong Kong, which has meant I have been doing a lot of traveling lately! We have been most excited about opening in TAIPEI 101, the world's tallest building (for now). TAIPEI 101 is a great project for us and response for our product has been great from the business community. If anyone from Haas ever makes it through Hong Kong, please be sure to give me a call!" Alex Sutton, MBA, was married this past spring on the beach in Hawaii to Karen Easterbrook. Alex and Karen met at Microsoft when their groups were reorganized together. Karen went to Stanford, but Alex doesn't hold that against her. Alex can't believe he's still at Microsoft, but the work remains interesting. Alex and Karen live in Kirkland, Wash., where they enjoy spending time cruising the sound on their boat. 1997 Damien Dallemagne, MBA, of Brussels, Belgium, left UCB to join Arthur D. Little, where he is consulting for the pharma and chemical industries. He writes, "I also intend to grow our activities in the field of corporate sustainable development."

Klaus Fabian, MBA, and his wife, Mei, announce the birth of their daughter, Karina Jolie Yun- Yun Fabian, Jan. 30, 2005. The family lives in Castro Valley, Calif. Charles M Haynor, MBA,of San Rafael, Calif., is pleased to announce the renaming of his business to Rayner & Haynor. (The firm was formerly named Rayner Associates Inc.) Rayner & Haynor is an independently owned investment management firm that offers asset management and related planning services to individual and institutional clients. Founded in 1977 by Arno Rayner, MBA 54, and located in Mill Valley, Calif., Rayner & Haynor has over $250 million in client assets under management. Paul Hoff, MBA, writes, "After an extended downward ride on the startup rollercoaster, my wife (who is originally from Australia) and I decided to move our family from Denver, Colo., to Sydney for five years so that our three children could experience their Australian heritage. Ironically, immediately after moving, the company I cofounded, BrightPath Wireless, signed a deal with a major telecommunications provider in the Southeast US that may breathe new life into the venture. So I have one foot in each world at the moment. I would love to catch up with any Haas alums who are in or are coming through Sydney. We can be reached at"

Laura Keresty, MBA, of San Francisco is the associate publisher at Wilderness Press, a Berkeley-based outdoor guidebook company. Hiroyuki Kobayashi, MBA, of Tokyo, Japan, writes, "After 18 years at Mizuho Financial Group (formerly The Industrial Bank of Japan), I have determined to join a fresh innovative company, which my colleague started five years ago. Sofia Inc., my new office, is targeting the area of corporate value creation, which includes CSR advisory, corporate communications, M&A advisory, and net research. Also, we are starting a podcasting business in Japan, about which I am so much excited. I sincerely thank all education and circumstances at Berkeley, which developed my venture spirit."

Carlos Kokron, MBA, writes, "We just moved back to the US after a seven-year stint in Brazil. I'm still at Intel, now Intel Capital's 'man on the ground' in the Southwest US, based in beautiful Austin, Texas."

Raymond Leung and wifeRaymond Y. Leung, MBA,of Hong Kong writes, "From Janice and Raymond: We got married on Oct. 8 in the beautiful Chung Chi Chapel of CUHK. After spending a good 10 days at Maldives and Bangkok, we are now back to our usual busy life in marketing and investment banking. Looking forward to visiting California on next vacation."

Alan Norquist, MBA, of Los Altos, Calif., writes, "Lisa and I were blessed with the birth of our second child, Stephen Norquist, in March."

Rukmani P Ramdharry, MBA, reports that her husband, Robert Spears, MBA 98s completed the Nautica Malibu Triathlon this past September, his first triathlon. As a volunteer with Team in Training, Robert raised money on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Neal Rayner, MBA, of Marin County writes, "I swam the English Channel from Dover, England, to Cap Gris Nez, France, Aug. 10 in 13 hours and 50 minutes. It was a fantastic swim, delightful even with the wicked currents, jellyfish, and starting in the dark at 1 a.m. For photos and story check out"

Jacqueline Sofer, MBA,and her husband, Mike, are happy to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Aiden Quebec Sofer, May 26. Nicholas joins older sister Madeline (2). They live in Westford, Mass., where Jackie is working at Deloitte Consulting. 1998 Victor Adint and familyVictor Adint, MBA, writes, "Laura and I are excited to announce the birth of Michael Victor Adint. He was born Aug. 22 and weighed in at a whopping 9 pounds. My wife is my hero. A friend told me that life would become 100 times more difficult and 1 million times better with children. He was right on both accounts. Gabriel and Michael are an incredible blessing. I left Intuit as a finance manager to join Morgan Stanley as a financial advisor, and I am really enjoying my new career."

Mark French, MBA, Lauren French and big sister Audrey welcomed Lindsay Ann French to the world Feb. 16. The whole family has been living the suburban life just over the hill from Cal in Orinda since late 2003. Mark continues to enjoy his work at Greyrock Capital Group, which invests debt and equity in private middlemarket buyout transactions. Dan Geiger, MBA, joined Act Now Production LLC as vice president of strategy and client services. Act Now Productions is a progressive media company providing communications consulting, production, and distribution services, and is currently launching a new DVD subscription film club, Ironweed Films ( Dan writes that he's "very excited to join the ActNow Productions team. I'm deeply impressed with the vision, smarts, and accomplishments of the founders, and believe that ActNow Productions has great potential to reshape the political landscape of our country. Building a progressive media company with these folks is going to be politically important, personally fulfilling, and fun!" Dan will play a major role in developing the company's strategies moving forward, and managing anticipated growth. He'll also be overseeing various company projects. Maryam Ghazi, MBA,writes, "My life has been busy with a full-time consulting job and my two sons, Touss (2 1/2) and Kia (1). Life is also exponentially more sweet than it ever has been because of them. We have moved from Mill Valley to San Rafael, which allows us to have a flat yard, which is not only good for the kids but for the kids inside the adults who still love to play, barbecue, and dance by the pool. I continue to work at FTI Consulting as a managing director in the Corporate Finance and Restructuring Division. So if you ever need a company restructured or need to have some financial due diligence performed on your deals give me a buzz. Actually I would love to hear from any of you socially, perhaps for a lunch in the city. Though I manage to keep in touch with some of my Haas friends, I don't get to see any of you nearly as much as I would like to."

Benjamin Goodman, MBA, of Boston, Mass., co-produced "Conquering the Real Estate Cycle," a seminar on the state of the market for the Haas Alumni Network of New England in conjunction with MIT Sloan. With 120 attendees it was a very successful event, spreading the Haas brand to metro Boston. He is working in real estate as an agent/developer when not busy rearing the boys, Harrison (4) and Leonid (2). Nancy Hazlewood, MBA,of San Francisco writes, "My financial and management consulting practice in healthcare and biopharmaceuticals continues to keep me busy, but I still find time to take my tenor sax out and enjoy playing music in the local clubs. Fortunately, my husband still plays bass, and sometimes we are both on the same gig, or else we wouldn't see each other much on weekend nights! We had a great spring vacation this year, cycling in Tuscany (you can never train too much for those Tuscan hills)."

Valerie Houts, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "On July 8, my husband, Tim, and I welcomed Adriana Cruz Houts, our second daughter, into the world. I'm now back full-time at Merrill Lynch, where my partners and I lead the venture-services group and advise private-equity firms on public stock market exits. Though juggling two children and career keeps me on my toes, I feel truly blessed!" Rajiv Jain, MBA, reports that his 3-year-old offshore engineering company, OutworX Corporation (, becomes the right partner for funded and prefunded startup companies racing to catch the second coming of dot-com wave. JT Klepp, MBA, writes, "I finally got tired of the cold and snow so I said goodbye to Oslo and hello to Sydney. While I am trying not to feel guilty that the beaches have wifi access, I am still working for Mobile Media and now focusing on starting up made-for-mobile production of video content in Los Angeles (yes, the commute is somewhat of a pain), while also heavily being involved in acquiring a number of companies in our space. The reason I moved has nothing to do with career or work, but the 'I move or she moves' decision was deducted using a simple Black Scholes replacing the stock prices with average temperatures and days with sun."

Jeff Marshall, MBA,and Jeanette Gurmendi, MBA, welcomed Jeffrey Lucas Gurmendi Marshall into the world on March 23. Mom, Dad, Jeff Jr. and big sister Olivia are all doing great. Srivats Srinivasan, MBA,of Redmond, Wash., writes, "Our second daughter, Anushka, arrived in September 2004. To add to the excitement and work, I just embarked on another adventure. I quit Microsoft in June and have started a little venture of my own. We're in the content (written, graphical) development business and promise unbelievable quality at unbeatable prices. After many years in corporate America, it's fun to be on my own. And now I truly understand what Andy Grove meant when he said, 'Only the paranoid survive!' Check out and tell us how we can help you."

Philipp von Heydebreck and familyPhilipp von Heydebreck, MBA, writes, "Caroline and I are happy to announce the birth of our fourth child. Valentin Claus Tessen was born April 5. Valentin is an extremely happy baby, smiling the whole day despite the fact that he has to share his parents with three siblings. We are now two years in Munich and have adapted very well to the Bavarian lifestyle. After five years of Sao Paulo, Brazil, we are enjoying the quiet and safety of the Bavarian countryside. In my job as director of global sourcing at Mannesmann Plastics Machinery no day is like the other. I am working in a young team of ex-consultants and traveling a lot to Eastern Europe and China. There is still so much to learn! If anyone from Haas family is visiting Munich, please let us know, you are always welcome!" 1999 Joao Adao, MBA, and Maco's second daughter, Alexia, was born Aug. 15. All are healthy and happy, especially Joao, with the house full of pink clothes. The family lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Michael Barcellos, MBA,of El Cerrito, Calif., recently joined Bio-Rad Laboratories in Hercules, Calif., as global head of marketing and business development for the BioPlex Division of Bio-Rad, a $1 billion life-science and clinical diagnostics company based in the Bay Area. Seth Brenzel, MBA, of San Francisco, writes, "I'm still working at the startup software company I've been with for nearly six years, which was acquired by WebSideStory in May 2005. I'm director of customer marketing, working 50 percent of my time there. The other 50 percent is spent as the executive director of The Walden School, the music school I have been working with for 10 years. I am also currently serving as the president of the Swarthmore College Alumni Council, as well as two-year term on the college's Board of Managers."

Alan Knitowski, MBA,of Newport Coast, Calif., and Kelly Knitowski welcomed their fourth child, their first son, into the world Oct. 29. Kane Pierce Knitowski weighed in at 7 pounds and was 19.5 inches long. Mother and son are doing fantastic and are comfortably back home with daughters Kaylan Paige (6), Skylar Payton (4), and Sage Parker (3). On the business front, Alan serves as chairman for Caneum Inc., in the business process and information technology outsourcing space (, chairman for Trycera Financial Inc., in the prepaid stored value and Visa/ MasterCard debit space (www., managing director of Ecewa Capital Group LLC and co-manager of Trymetris Capital Management LLC, and the Trymetris Capital Fund I LLC ( Life is hectic, but remains exciting. Most recently Alan has been working to help re-energize the Haas Alumni Chapter for Orange County, Calif., ( com/group/oc-haas-alumni) and encourages all Haas alums in the greater Orange County area to sign up via Yahoo Groups. Adrien Lanusse, MBA,was made partner at Cheskin Research and Consulting and manages Cheskin's New York office. He is also engaged and planning a wedding in Berkeley for next May. Adam Leader, MBA, writes, "It's been an eventful year. Since March, I went on my annual ski vacation, got engaged, quit Microsoft, moved to New York, found a new job, started working at Google NYC, got married and had a fun honeymoon to Italy and Switzerland. Robin is really great: I'm very, very lucky. Nancy Riess, MBA 99, set us up on a blind date -- thanks, Nancy! I'm a product manager at Google, based in our Times Square office -- no, Google doesn't limit the fun to the Bay Area. It's really a lot of fun and I like the people a lot. Let me know when you are in the New York area!" Dana K. Meade, MBA, and husband Patrick had twins Jan. 22 at 6:01 and 6:02 a.m. Nicholas Raymond weighed 5 pounds 11 1/2 ounces and was 19 inches long, and Josephine Kay was 5 pounds 5 ounce and 18 inches long. Big sister Katie (2.5 yrs) loves her new siblings! John G. Millar, MBA,writes, "Starting in February, I took over as the CEO of Budda Amplification, a San Francisco based startup company that makes guitar amplifiers. Probably the strangest mix of old and new technology that you can imagine; all our products are based on vacuum tubes and wired by hand. We've been lucky enough to have some success with several well-known bands including Foo Fighters, Good Charlotte, and Matchbox 20. And the Scott Stapp band will be using our gear on their upcoming tour. Meanwhile, I'm getting married in November so I've been planning my wedding for the past several months. Looking forward to some time off to honeymoon in Australia."

Ron Rossetti, MBA, of Boston, Mass., writes, "My wife, Elizabeth, is pregnant with our second baby (we think it is a girl). Due date is late March. Still doing healthcare real estate development/ investing."

2000 Hemendra Aran, MBA, of London, England, writes, "I started ARANCA alone in February 2003. Today we have a team of 70 analysts with offices in London, New York, and Mumbai. We provide financial and business research to advisory firms such as investment banks, PE/VC houses, management consulting firms, corporate finance boutiques, and independent research providers. For the customer intensive corporates such as telecom, insurance, credit card, and airlines, we have specific offerings in the field of data analytics where we provide customer insights by in-depth analysis. Our list of 50 clients include reputed firms like Bain & Co, Amadeus Capital Partners, Reuters, and Nasdaq. Entrepreneurship lectures at Haas were of great help to me. They not only helped in building the organization and managing the growth but also getting the funding."

Kirk Edwards with family and friends in ThailandKirk Edwards, MBA, writes, "All is well in Southern California with me and my wife, Sheba. Our two children are healthy and growing, and our career life is moving along. I wanted to share a photo taken when my family and I took a trip to Thailand this summer. We had an opportunity to stay with Raihan Zamil (BBA, 88) and his wife Naheed Islam (Ph.D., Sociology, 02) who have been working there for the last two years. As it turns out, Raihan and a Haas classmate of mine, Sunsanee (Aey) Karanasuta, MBA 00, worked together at the Bank of Thailand. Naheed and Sheba (Ph. D., Sociology, 01) are good friends from Berkeley as well. We live in very much a small world, and Berkeley has a growing alumni community -- not a bad combination. Sunsanee came to visit for dinner and we took this group photo. Aey is expecting her first child in this photo and would have delivered it by the time you read this. Wishing you all well."

Flavio Feferman, MBA,and Deborah Zimmerman welcomed baby daughter, Tania Elena Feferman, Oct. 22 at CPMC hospital in San Francisco (a favorite maternity for Haas grads, it seems). Tania is already wearing her Haas Gear baby bib. Flavio works in consulting and is directing a feasibility study for the development of a trade park near BogotŠ, Colombia. Dave Marron, MBA,of Lafayette, Calif., launched SphereBuilder LLC, a marketing and technology company catering to residential real estate professionals. The company is operational and expanding. After tuning up the business plan, Dave is actively seeking first-round funding. On a personal note, he and his wife, Dana, welcomed their second son to the Marron family Dec. 22, 2004. Jack Marron and his big brother, David, have been enjoying attending Cal football games this fall. Cheryl Proctor, MBA,writes, "I had a busy year. In the spring I moved home to Calgary and then finished the two-year project of becoming a registered dietitian. I'm now working at the Cardiac Wellness Institute of Calgary, where I get to take heart attack survivors on healthy grocery store tours, and facilitate classes for them on things like restaurant survival and weight loss. So much fun! I hope everyone else is doing well, and I miss you guys in the Bay Area!" Atsushi Sakahara, MBA,writes, "I directed my first short film, 'Destined,' this spring. I am editing it now. I started writing my first novel in Japanese. I started developing my first feature film screenplay, 'Kyoko the matchmaker.' I started my small company: That's the update for now. Cheers."

2001 | REUNION Gabriela Baum-D'Ambra, MBA, and Lorenzo D'Ambra, MBA 02,of Neuss, Germany, proudly announce the arrival of their first son, Victor-Maximilian, in May. In his first five months Victor was a real globetrotter. He twice visited his grandparents in Italy and went to other countries, such as Sweden, Belgium, and The Netherlands. Naard Broeckaert, MBA,writes, "Last July, our daughter Fien was born in good health. Evy and I are delighted with our third child. I am still working with Goldman Sachs in London building out a private wealth management business with a focus on Belgian, Dutch, and international (e.g. clients in California) families and entrepreneurs. We look forward to attending our class reunion next April!" Michael Ehrlich, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "After three years as a partner on a high networth money management team at Merrill Lynch's Private Banking and Investment Group, where I focused on hedge-fund portfolios, I have joined the Access Fund, a San Francisco-based fund of hedge funds, as principal and co-director of investments, due diligence, and marketing. The fund is entering its 18th year, and First Republic Bank has a minority ownership position. This is a very exciting opportunity, and I'd be interested in talking with fellow Haas colleagues who work at hedge funds."

Miguel A. Flores, MBA,writes, "Everything is going well here in Southern California. Still working with the same company since graduation, Capstone Turbine Corporation. We manufacture and sell products for clean distributed power generation. It has been quite an interesting experience, as the company has grown rapidly and is in constant change. I bought a condo last year in a nice area in northwest San Fernando Valley. There is a guest room for anyone visiting the area. Cheers!" Raj Manghani, MBA, of Pleasant Hill, Calif., writes, "Ruja and I welcomed a baby girl, Sonam Prem Manghani, June 6 at 3:06 a.m. Sonam (pronounced Sonum) entered the world weighing 6 pounds 8 ounces and 21 inches tall. Our son, Om, (3 1/2) has warmed up well to his little sister. On a professional note, I am still at Barra as the business manager for Enterprise Risk. In the spirit of the Haas connection, I am glad to report that Dean Lyons will be the keynote speaker at our annual client conference. Ruja has taken a well-deserved break from her medical practice to attend to her full-time duties as a mom of two."

Leonid Pinski, MBA, writes, "On Oct. 26 my wife, Anna, and I welcomed our baby son, Mark David Pinski. All three of us are enjoying life in the city. I am still heading Vega Capital Group, a San Francisco-based investment advisory company I co-founded right after graduating from Haas in 2001."

Vivek Sanghi, MBA, of Santa Clara, Calif., writes, "We were blessed with a baby, Vidur, Oct. 27. The baby and mom, Rashi, are doing great! Also, I recently moved jobs within Intel to Intel Capital, managing worldwide business development for our current portfolio companies through Intel's global distributor, reseller, retailer, and service-provider channels."

Nick H. Turner, MBA, writes, "I was recently married to Kelly Lunsford, and we're settling into a South of Market condo. I'm still working at Investor's Business Daily's technology bureau, so everyone should feel free to send tech-related gossip my way and I'll put it in print (just kidding...sort of). Hope everyone is doing well."

Rob Weinberg, MBA, of New York recently left a four-year career in institutional sales as a vice president at Goldman Sachs to make a career change. 2002 Seong Chen and fiancéeSeong Chen, MBA, writes, "I proposed to Sue Chen on my birthday this year in New York, and now I am happily engaged. The wedding date will be late 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. Sue and I are very excited about the coming big event! Work wise, I am still with Roche Molecular Systems at Pleasanton, responsible for pricing and special projects in finance."

Emilie Cortes, MBA, of San Francisco travelled to Tanzania alone to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. She made it to the top. Stephen Coughlin, MBA,of Falls Church, Va., writes, "On Oct. 30 we welcomed our second child and first daughter, Claire Murphy Coughlin, into the family. Claire was in a hurry and was born only an hour after we arrived at the hospital. Everyone is at home now and doing well. Nolan is very excited to finally meet 'his new baby.'" Robyne Eldridge, MBA,writes, "Simon and I live in Kensington (Berkeley Hills) with our two fat cats, Freddy and Tiger. Although the decision to leave bathroom cleaners at Clorox was a hard one (chuckle), I am now working in the wine industry for Diageo (Sterling Vineyards, Beaulieu Vineyards, Acacia, etc.) and enjoy calling what I do work, when it really is having the time of my life!" 2003 Gregory A. Brown, MBA,writes, "Erika and I recently welcomed a baby girl, Madeline, into the family. She was 8 pounds, 19 inches, and joined us Oct. 16, in time to enjoy Cal's victory over Washington State. I am a privateequity investor with The Sienna Group, a Seattle-based buyer and builder of middle-market companies in the Western US and the UK. Erika, Madeline, and I live in Mercer Island, Wash."

James Eron, MBA, writes, "China is hot! Kay and I moved to Shanghai from Tokyo in June and are having a great time. I'm a manager in the financial services practice for BearingPoint consulting. Business is good. With an expected GDP of $1.85 trillion USD in 2005, the economy is growing by $480 million USD per day."

Becky Frank, MBA, writes, "The last few weeks have brought several changes, including getting engaged to my boyfriend of four years, Justin Pallari, at Lake Tahoe. We have also made the decision to relocate to Salt Lake City where he has started a job with Intermountain Healthcare. I will continue working for the corporate strategy group at McKesson in San Francisco, traveling as necessary. We will miss the Bay Area immensely, but hope to welcome many of our classmates on future trips to Utah!" Christopher Phenner, MBA, writes, "In September I joined a mobile media startup called Thumbplay, which provides subscription services to consumers who can download ringtones, games, and wallpaper to their phones. I joined the Berkeley- Columbia Executive MBA class of 2006 for dinner during their first block in New York, and had a great time seeing them in their (social) element. They are coming together as a spirited, close-knit and really fun class. It was glorious."

Karl Pisor, MBA, writes, "My wife Manami, big sister Leia (5), and I welcomed little Charlotte Pisor to the family June 14. She's a big one --14 pounds already at just four months and growing like a weed! I am keeping busy in Tokyo at my IT consultancy, Joho Technology, applying lessons from my Haas courses, and helping to grow and strengthen the business. While my title is business development manager, I spend at least half my day doing HR, marketing, systems development, and more. Never a dull day in a small business! If business or pleasure brings you to Tokyo, please drop us a line!" Larry Roadcap, MBA 03,of Melbourne, Australia, joined KPMG's performance and compliance group as a director in its financial risk management and capital markets practice. He is living beachside with his two dogs, Penny and Tracy, who are delighted to have tons of room to roam. 2004 Clay Akiwenzie, MBA,writes, "Paloma Evangeline Akiwenzie was born Oct. 27, weighing 7 pounds and 7 ounces. The labor itself was extremely difficult. After observing firsthand the 52 hours of work and pain it took to bring Paloma into the world, I can safely say that were that responsibility mine there would be no more children from this limb of the Akiwenzie family tree! Ricki was unbelievably strong and we are happier than we have ever been."

Christian A. Bennett, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "Genevieve and I welcomed our son, Ronan, on March 27. I hope you all get to meet our new addition -- he's a rock star."

Jason Berkin, MBA, writes, "I must say I miss the days of hanging with my fellow MBAs, so jotting a few words down for CalBiz I am wondering how all of my friends out there are doing as well. Recently I have been doing some technology management consulting in Canada and working on a new startup here in Los Angeles. My wife is busy with producing TV and film. She just sold a show to MTV and is working on a book. Our dog, Newman, keeps us laughing and not taking ourselves too seriously. To put the startup into context, I have been working out two to four times a week for years. I often felt that some of my most productive workouts were with trainers, but it was simply too expensive to do regularly. I always work out with my iPod, earbuds in place, and music blasting. So my partner and I figured, Why not combine the two and create a cheap and fun alternative to professional training? We looked around and found that no one was doing it right yet; most similar products focus on in-home DVD training, which can't come with you to the gym or outdoors. So we started GYMp3 Inc. which produces and distributes downloadable audio fitness routines for use on iPods and popular mp3 players. GYMp3's are a totally new workout experience: For women and men, inside the gym or outdoors, GYMp3 workouts put a celebrity trainer in your head, coaching you through your routine, telling you what to do, pushing you, while great music inspires you. For more information, visit http://"

Linh DoLinh K. Do, MBA, writes, "It's been wonderful to live and work in Hanoi, Vietnam. I just wrapped up my one year contract on a USAID project with Development Alternatives Inc., on SME development, primarily in home furnishings, software, and tourism. In addition to consulting in the public and private sectors, I'm taking advantage of the good fall weather to explore Southeast Asia by motorcycle. I just returned from riding 2000 kilometers from Hanoi through the mountains of Laos on a rebuilt Minsk, a Russian motorcycle with technology from 30 years ago. Arturo Morosoff, MBA 04, Julie Earne, MBA 04, and Lori Chelius, MBA 04, have joined me for some Vietnam adventures: kitesurfing in Mui Ne and ultimate frisbee and touch rugby in Hanoi. Drop by if you're in the region. Harish Gaur, MBA, writes, "The last six months brought multiple changes in my life. I moved from sales to product management strategy within Oracle. Now I have the responsibility of managing the worldwide strategic customer program for our middleware product. Secondly, we bought a house in Fremont. Finally, Swati and I were blessed with a cute baby boy May 8. His name is Agastya (named after revered Hindu sage). Agastya was born 21 inches long and weighed 7 pounds and 12 ounces. He is growing fast!" Rodrigo Moreira, MBA,of Sunnyvale, Calif., writes, "Alessandra and I proudly announce our wedding on Jan. 7, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Check it at We'll post a wedding picture in the next issue. Look forward to seeing you in our beloved Brazil! We miss you!" Brian Solon, MBA, and Ashley Bryan, MBA 2003, moved to Southern California. Ashley started a new job with women's luxury fashion company St. John Knits, where she runs their in-house nonprofit foundation with new company spokesmodel Angelina Jolie. Brian continues writing and consulting while working in business and legal affairs with an entertainment company. Michael Zahm, MBA, relocated to the Bay Area from Seattle and is working as a senior director of business development at SAP America Inc. in Palo Alto, Calif. 2005 Benjamin (Ben) Allen, MBA, writes, "I am working for Parnassus Investments, a San Francisco-based socially responsible mutual fund company, as an equity analyst. My wife, Cortney, and I are expecting our first child in March 2006. We're really excited about that!" Kelli Nardis and wedding guestsHaving survived both business school, and a two-year engagement, Kelli (Chester) Nardis, MBA, was married to Mike Nardis on June 11. Seven Haas classmates made the trip to Atwood Lake, Ohio, to celebrate the occasion: Eric Poretsky, MBA 03, Lorenzo Canlas, MBA 05, Jody Plotkin, MBA 05, Dina Koss, MBA 05, Scott Winder, MBA 05, Cynthia Fong, MBA 05, Marc Panzer, MBA 05, Paul Bieber, MBA 05, and Danie Pretorius, MBA 05. The newlyweds have settled in on the Peninsula, where Kelli works for Yahoo!. Joel Drescher, MBA,writes, "After traveling to Israel for the Maccabiah Games, I am now living in New York and working for XL Capital Investment Partners, an alternative investments group. I found a great apartment in Gramercy Park, and I see Colonel Alex Jeffers, Frenchie le Freak, Wildcat Willie and Jess, and Rodney with regularity. Although it is difficult to be so far away from Mother Berkeley, I have found the city to be welcoming. I look forward to catching up with everyone at Big Game!" Brad Irby, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "After graduation, I took a position with Embarcadero Technologies managing their development tools line of software products. The position is exactly what I was looking for so I'm having a great time! Marcela and I are also expecting our first child, Maxwell Allen Irby, Jan. 10. If anyone knows any secrets to good parenting, please let me know!" Mark Martel, MBA, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, "Anita Yuen, MBA 04, and I got married in May. After a wonderful honeymoon in Spain, we enjoyed a spectacular summer in Kirkland, Wash. Since September, I returned to the Bay Area to start work at Google."

Kelemen J. Papp, MBA, is an associate working with Rutberg & Co., a research-centric boutique investment bank focused specifically on the wireless and digital media industries.

[Back to top] Ph.D. 1970 Peter Pellatt, Ph.D., of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, writes, "After graduation with my MBA, I taught in the business school at the University of Manitoba until 1973, taking two years off in the middle to complete my Ph.D. course work. Increased consulting to businesses and I had some great assignments in New York and Philadelphia. Since 1978, I have owned a number of small companies and have enjoyed the diversity of activities. I was significant owner and CFO of a regional airline, have been active in a management role in real estate development and currently have two businesses -- one that manages the fuel supply contracts for approximately 220 rural municipalities across the Canadian prairies and the second that is in the industrial and commercial lighting retrofit business. The University of Alberta School of Business recruited me to teach business ethics and small-business management 1984 to 1990 and again from 2002 to date. I love the interaction with the students and have lots of fun with them. My style is to stimulate as much interaction and a case atmosphere wherever possible. I am giving back to the system, as I believe students need both exposure to excellent instructors with the academic credentials and exposure to qualified instructors with many years of practical business experience. I have no plans to retire, as I am enjoying what I am doing too much to quit!" 1971 William Halal, Ph.D., of Washington, DC, launched a web site that pools the knowledge of experts working online to forecast breakthroughs in all fields of science and technology. The site can be seen at Marc Lenoir, Ph.D, writes, "Still running my real estate agency in Ch‚teau-d'Oex, 15 minutes from the well-known ski resort of Gstaad in Switzerland."


Charles P. Leo, Ph.D., of Huntington Beach, Calif., writes, "In addition to having 25 years in several executive-level management capacities for various industries, I have also served for over 20 years, and still continue to serve, as an adjunct professor at the Pepperdine University School of Business and Management, teaching in both undergraduate and graduate programs. I have also written several articles for business publications, with the most recent co-authored article for the Pepperdine University Business Journal entitled, 'A New Imperative for Management: Sexual Harassment Training.' A partial listing of consulting clients include Bank of America, Zenith Insurance Company, Paramount Picture Corporation, Warner Bros, Studios, city of Orange, city of Santa Barbara, TRW, Boeing Aircraft, UCLA, California Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Social Security Administration."

[Back to top] MFE 2003 Patrick L. Beatty, MFE,writes, "I am a Ph.D. student at Wharton. While in Wharton, I picked up choral singing in my first year (though have dropped it this year due to upcoming qualifying exams) and sang for Martin Sheen, Jeb Bush Jr., and others while touring through South America."

Jong Won Park, MFE, moved to New Jersey and started working at Standard & Poor's, New York. He manages quantitative risk management products. 2004 Larson Shih, MFE, of New York writes, "For career highlight and my sample research achievement, please go to my personal web site,"

Tao Wang, MFE, of Washington, DC, is working in the World Bank, focused on financial credit reporting system development research analysis and operational support.

[Back to top] Executive Development 1996 James Seay, Executive Development, writes, "Hello, Haas friends. This is my first attempt to update my life to all of you, as I actually had to think about what I've accomplished since studying at Haas. I live in the East Bay and have for my entire life. Pretty rare feat nowadays. However, I work for Siemens managing a global business unit, and as a result, I travel all over the world meeting with customers, employees, and suppliers. There are two key points and areas of satisfaction that I would like to personally convey. One is that the Bay Area is such a rich and talented environment that offers so much in terms of knowledge, social views, intellect, and learning. We are fortunate to live and work where we do, and this is only confirmed by the many people that I meet who are envious in not being able to live here. Second is that the Haas experience opened my eyes and thinking to a much broader world of opportunity. Our class had 26 students, of which all but 14 lived in the US. We came from all walks of life, brought with us so much energy and ideas, and as a result, the classroom learning experience was outstanding. It's great to have stellar professors and instructors, which Haas has, but the real value that Haas offered me was its ability to attract a student body that in itself represented the true essence of lifelong learning. My son is now applying to attend UC Berkeley in the fall. We both hope to continue to benefit from the great education that our local university has to offer."

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