SMITH BUSINESS Magazine
Volume 11 No. 1 SPRING 2010

Alumni Notes

’60s

David C. Cooke ’68 joined the board of directors of LML Payment Systems Inc. He works part time as a consultant and teaches graduate level finance.

Paul Emery, MBA ’64, was appointed as partner in the San Francisco Bay Area office of TechCFO, leading provider of outsourced CFO-level financial management services for emerging growth companies.

Jay H. Nussbaum ’66 is a member of the board of directors of Triplecrown Acquisition Corp.

Robert S. Roath ’66 has been elected to serve as non-executive chairman of Board of Directors at Standard Parking Corporation, one of the nation's leading providers of parking management, ground transportation and other ancillary services.

Sheldon B. Saidman ’64 is director of SHENGDATECH, INC. He currently has his own business management consulting practice and serves on another board of directors at Roscoe Inc., a medical equipment and supplies company owned by a private equity group.

’70s

Drew Bernstein ’78 was recently appointed as director of Orient Paper, Inc. Bernstein is co-founder and managing partner of Bernstein & Pinchuk LLP, an accounting firm headquartered in New York, a position he has held since 1983. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts (AICPA), The New York State Society of Certified Public Accounts (NYSSCPA) and The National Society of Accountants (NSA). Bernstein currently serves as a director of China Wind Systems, Inc.

Dominic Bruno, MA ’75, serves as senior vice president of MD Sass Investor Services. Prior to joining MD Sass, Bruno was a futures and options analyst for Merrill Lynch.

John Colin ’78 has joined the board of directors of Beacon Energy Holdings, Inc., a producer of Biodiesel from animal fats and secondary oils. Colin is currently president and chief executive officer of LifeStar Response, Inc., a healthcare transportation and logistics company. He is also a member of the boards of directors of Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc., a publicly traded company, and Environmental Quality Management, Inc., a private equity-backed company.

George D’Angelo Jr. ’78 married Laura St. Clair, a senior consultant on community development and investments for Colliers Arnold, a commercial real estate firm in Clearwater, Fla. D’Angelo is an adjunct professor of advanced investments at the St. Petersburg campus of the University of South Florida.

Robert Levin ’70 is the president of Statewide Remodeling, which was founded in February 1994 by Levin and Frank Manzare.

Wayne Lowell ’77 was appointed to TriNet’s five-member board of directors. TriNet is a leading provider of payroll, benefits and human resources outsourcing services to small businesses.

Joel Mostrom ’78 is a senior director in New York at Alvarez & Marsal Private Equity Performance Improvement. Prior to joining the firm, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer at Chesapeake Corporation.

Jim Oles ’72 is senior project leader at Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Maj. Gen. David F. Wherley Jr. ’77 and his wife, both 62, were among the nine people killed in the Washington Metro rail collision near Fort Totten Station in June 2009 that sent more than 70 other people to the hospital. Wherley was awarded more than a dozen major medals and honors during his career, including a legion of merit and national defense service medal. He retired from his post at District of Columbia National Guard in June 2008.

’80s

Reena Aggarwal, PhD ’85, was announced as Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business’ Robert E. McDonough Professors. Aggarwal previously served as the Stallkamp Fellow in Finance at the business school and is one of the first two to receive this professorship.

Phyllis Caldwell, MBA ’87, left the Washington Area Women’s Foundation to join the Treasury Department as the chief of homeownership preservation. Prior to joining the Washington Area Women's Foundation in 2007, Caldwell headed community development banking for Bank of America.

Fari Ebrahimi, MS ’86, is senior vice president and chief information officer at Verizon Services Operations. Prior to his VSO appointment, Ebrahimi led the information technology for retail customer management and billing systems organization.

Beverly Eichel ’80 serves as executive vice president- finance and administration, chief financial officer and secretary at Hirsch International Corp.

Cindy Henning ’88 was named Honors Program director at Columbia State University.

Timothy B. Knepp ’81 serves as portfolio manager for Genworth Financial Asset Management. Knepp is chief investment officer of the advisor and leads a team of investment analysts.

Christopher E. Kubasik ’83 was recently appointed to serve as president and chief operating officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation, effective Jan. 01, 2010.

Christian E. Langenstein ’87 is a senior financial advisor and assistant vice president at the Palm Beach office of the financial services firm Merrill Lynch. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, he worked with the high net worth group at Lehman Brothers in Palm Beach, Fla.

Mike Lanman ’80 is president – enterprise and government markets for Verizon Wireless. Prior to assuming his current position in October 2009, he was vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.

Phillip Reyes ’86 has joined The Whitlock Group as director of government sales.

Patrick Richitt, MBA ’84, is the owner of the music entertainment agency and artist development company Entertainment Exchange Inc., which serves the Washington, Maryland and Virginia areas. He also is also a professional singer and performer.

Craig Rosato ’86 is consumer credit risk executive at Bank of America. Prior to his current role, Rosato was the controller for Bank of America’s Global Consumer and Small Business Banking Group (GCSBB).

Pamela Schumann ’88 is appointed president of consumer services division at IntegraMed America, Inc. Prior to that, she served as vice president of consumer services at the company.

Martin T. Stanislav ’86 has been named vice president, finance and business operations for Information Systems & Global Services (IS&GS) Business Area at Lockheed Martin.

A.J. Verdecchia ’89 is resigning from his positions as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Union Drilling Inc. to pursue an opportunity outside the industry.

’90s

Yun Callahan ’97 is controller and interim chief financial officer at Steben & Company, Inc.

Martin Friedman ’92 was appointed to the board of directors at Access National Corporation, holding company for Access National Bank. Friedman was also appointed to the board of Access National Bank and will serve on the Bank’s Loan Committee. Friedman is co-founder and CEO of FJ Capital Management.

John P. Giere, MBA ’98, serves as senior vice president, products and marketing since July 2009 at Openwave Systems Inc. Previously, Giere served as the president of G4G Advisory Services, a private advisory services company. He also serves as a member of the board of directors and the executive committee of the Telecommunications Industry Association.

Stephanie R. Irish ’92 has served as Vanda’s acting chief financial officer and treasurer since January of 2009 and as Vanda’s controller since February of 2005. Prior to joining Vanda, Irish was controller at Avalon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Andrew Jose ’92 is co-founder and COO at FJ Capital Management, an investment fund firm based in Arlington, Va.

Brian King ’99 is managing director of Cobiana Records, and is driving label specializing for Bissau-Guinean (GB) music to make an impact in Guinea-Bissau, Africa, for a new political environment.

Matt Leech, MBA ’94, was appointed as senior vice president and managing director for DP World’s Americas Region, a global marine terminal operator.

Steven H. Rosen ’92 is the managing partner and co-founder of Resilience Capital Partners, a private equity firm.

Marc Russo, MBA ’96, is vice president of Blue Shield of California's Individual, Small Group, and Government Business Unit (ISGBU).

Koichi Takahara, MBA ’94, was appointed as non-executive director of Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) (TTML).

Joseph Valeri, MBA ’99, the original co-founder, is president and member of the board of directors at Lucernex Technologies, an innovative developer of business intelligence software for real estate management and development.

Matthew Wolkofsky ’92 is national account executive at Careerbuilder. Matthew is also the president of MyClothingCalendar, an online clothing journal, and currently sits on the board of directors for the Embrace Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports children with cancer, sickle cell disease and other blood disorders.

’00s

Lacey Brauer ’09 won a total of almost $47,000 on Wheel of Fortune. The show aired on Oct. 26, 2009.

Amanda Buchanan, MBA ’08, was promoted to UK market manager at Mercer Limited Inc. in London.

Christian Dawson, MBA ’05, was promoted as chief operating officer at ServInt, a pioneering provider of high-reliability, managed web hosting for businesses worldwide.

Katherine DeCelles, PhD ’07, is an assistant professor of organizational behavior and human resources management at University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

Rob Franson, MBA ’00, has joined Energy Investors Funds as a vice president in its Needham, Mass., office, where he will be responsible for the management of portfolio investments.

Joshua Louis Levine, MBA ’04, is a vice president in bond sales at the Minneapolis investment bank Piper Jaffray.

Brynne Hayes Moore ’03 is senior director of development and marketing for the Life Crisis Center, the lead agency on domestic emergency assistance on the eastern shore of Maryland.

Nicole Newman, MBA ’00, is operations manager at Premiere Brand Marketing LLC. She created processes and systems to drive Premiere Brand from a small business to a big business. Nicole is also owner, CEO and president of Newman Networks, whose mission is to bring economic empowerment in the minority community.

Andrew Pilsco ’04 is a CFA charterholder with Morgan Joseph & Co.

Ira Rothberg ’02 serves as co-portfolio manager of the FBR Focus Fund for FBR Fund Advisers Inc., mutual funds division at FBR Capital Markets Corporation.

Jason T. Sanford ’02 is senior vice president and chief financial officer at Elmira Savings Bank.

Drew Schiff, MBA ’08, is a new vice president of business development and operations at Zadby Inc., an online marketplace that connects brand marketers with top online video producers for brand integration.

Jaimin Shah, MBA ’08, is an associate attorney at RatnerPrestia P.C. where he previously served as summer associate. He focuses his practice on patent procurement, IP strategy and risk management, and IP transactions.

Cheryl Staab ’02 is the founder of DogCentric, Inc., which provides a dedicated dog walker and personalized service for the clients in Montgomery County and northwest Washington.

Nathan Douglas Tibbits, MBA ’01, accepted a position with the Center's Presidential Personnel as the special assistant to the president. He previously was chief operating officer at the Center for a New American Security.

Joshua W. Welle, MBA ’08, is a Navy surface warfare officer.  


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Alumni Spotlight: Joe Berry ’69

Joe BerryJoe Berry, affectionately referred to as “Crabby Joe” by his high school help, is owner of Pop’s Sea food restaurant on the western side of Maryland’s Chesapeake shore. Berry credits his success in part to a single lesson he learned during business school – the importance of running an ethically sound business.

“Professor Cook instilled values like fair pricing and the importance of treating customers and employees with respect,” said Berry. Berry’s life has been about much more than serving quality seafood. He is also a living example of community service. A man of great faith, he wakes up each morning with the personal mantra, “the more you give away, the more he gives you back.” His days “crabbin” and running a restaurant are behind him. These days you are more likely to find Berry filling up the back of his minivan with food donations to local Whole Foods or Giant Foods grocery stores. His weekly volunteer activities read like a full-time job: three days a week he delivers food to Food Link, an Annapolis based non-profit responsible for delivering more than 1.7 million pounds of food in 2008 to people in need. He offers counseling to newly engaged couples with his wife Fran with whom he shares landscaping and gardening duties around his church. Berry has dedicated his post-restaurant life to service and is driven by his moral values and sense of social responsibility. He enjoys any downtime by doting on his grandchildren with Fran, enjoying sunsets over the Chesapeake Bay and living the belief that “a rich man is one who doesn’t want anything.”

Alumni Spotlight: Lacey Brauer ’09

Lacey BrauerLacey Brauer ’09 caught a lucky break on popular game show “Wheel of Fortune.” Brauer made it to the final round and ended up solving the puzzle, which read “Lucky Break.” She won $46,390 in cash and prizes, including an $8,000 trip to Grenada during her appearance on the Oct. 26, 2009 episode. Brauer gave a shout out to the University of Maryland while she was on the show. “As soon as the letters I’d guessed came up, I knew what the answer was,” says Brauer. “I was so excited, because so often you see the contestant get unlucky with the final puzzle. I hugged Pat Sajak! My dad and my friend ran onto the stage to help me celebrate. Sometimes I still can’t believe it!”

Brauer currently works in the ticket office for the Baltimore Ravens in the processing department. She says her main responsibilities include maintaining accounts, processing season ticket and event payments, and distributing tickets. She bought her parents a new flat screen HD TV with some of her winnings and says she plans on putting a down payment on her first house, which will be somewhere in Baltimore, sometime this spring.

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