Bruce Burr Dube (BS ’68) writes "NSPS member since 1989, national number 8656, member Park City Mountain Patrol since 1989, senior team leader – alpine rotation, OEC refresher coordinator since 1997 and NSPS certified instructor - OEC and MTR.”
Jeffrey J. Brown (’75) writes: “I just started a new business in remodeling construction and renovation. I am using this company as a vehicle for real estate investing and development. I am recently re-married to Donna Wood, and we have four kids in college. I would love to hear from any old friends traveling to Northern Virginia/DC area.”
Full-Time MBA Class Correspondent: Garry Tyran, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Stewart, of Eugene, Ore., was appointed to the NCAA Leadership Advisory Board. … I encourage all of you to e-mail me your class notes along with any photos so that we can share them with the rest of our classmates. Thanks in advance for taking a moment to send me an update! Best regards.
Full-Time MBA Class Correspondent: Joanne Haase, email@example.com
Mark your calendars. Reunion is scheduled for Oct. 15-17th, 2004. More information to be sent soon. … Bay Area – After 20 years in the Los Angeles area, Jamie Tippett has moved with his family to the Bay Area, taking a position (vice president, West Coast billing operations) with Team Healthcare. … Gordy Matthews is managing his own real estate investment portfolio and enjoying working from home in Los Angeles – After 20 years AWAY from the Los Angeles area, Mike Charlasch and his wife, Helene, are now located in Venice. Mike has landed a position as director of marketing at Princess Cruise Lines. … Beyond California – Toni Belcher has returned to the Phoenix area to be with her fiancée and has taken a position as director of marketing and product development for Market Fare Foods. … Rick and Ellen (Terry) Passov are now in New York with Rick working as treasurer for Pfizer Inc. and Ellen doing consulting work for companies trying to extend their brands into the retail space. … Susan Miller is in Austin, Texas, where she has been running her own financial management business.
EMBA Class Correspondent: John Schilleri, firstname.lastname@example.org
EMBA Class Correspondent: David Potyk, email@example.com
Full-Time Class Correspondent: Peter Cowen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Full-Time MBA Class Correspondent: Robert Simoni, email@example.com
John H. Scott (’86) writes: My wife, Dr. Marya S. Laupa-Scott (DDS, '87), and I are pleased to announce the arrival in our family of Olivia Grace Scott, John William Scott, and Michael Armas Scott. Our triplets were born beautiful and healthy on Feb. 26, 2004, and join big sister Emily Faith Scott at our home in Houston. I continue to serve as deputy chief of the power systems branch at NASA Johnson Space Center and announced this blessed event by e-mailing an official “mission report” on NASA letterhead (as if they were payloads being deployed on-orbit) to friends and colleagues around the world. Several aerospace-oriented recipients pronounced this to be the "geekiest birth announcement ever." They should know! In a more career-oriented vein, I recently presented Oakland University's (Rochester, Mich.) annual Hammerle Lecture on fuel cell technology. I was also a featured speaker at an IEEE-sponsored policy workshop on The Hydrogen Economy in Washington, D.C., this past April, where I discussed NASA's role in the development of fuel cells for electric power generation. Best wishes. Caption: John H. Scott with (left to right) Michael, John and Olivia
Full-Time MBA Class Correspondent: Mary Lor, firstname.lastname@example.org
The updates in this issue come from Europe, Florida and the Bay Area: … David Burk is living a very fulfilling life in Northern California with his wife, Rebekah, and their sons, Ezra, 5, and Emmet, 3. After building his company, Clear Ink, to 150 people, David parted ways with his company partners and started over. Clear Ink, an internet strategy, technology and design firm, is now a much leaner company where David gets to address the client problems himself, something he loves being able to do. … Perry Mizota recently became vice president of products and marketing for Syndera Corporation, an enterprise software company that is developing a solution that enables large corporations to analyze the operational effectiveness of business processes. Perry lives in the Bay Area with his wife, Jill, son Matthew, 5, and daughter Allie, 2. … Mary (Faulkinberry) Helenius recently moved from Dallas to an area of Florida southeast of Tampa. She and husband Carl made the move to seek a better quality of life for themselves and their children, Christian, 5, and Linnea, 3. Mary, who had worked for Frito-Lay in Dallas for 16 years, was able to transfer to the PepsiCo parent company staff. She is working three days a week in a consulting, best practices role. … John P. (J.P.) Laumeyer married Vita Berute in April 2004 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Hollywood, Fla., following a one-year engagement. He met her in Vilnius, Lithuania, (former Soviet Union) while running Deloitte & Touche Lithuania in 1999/2000. Their courtship continued while she was studying in Princeton, N. J., for a year in 2001/2002. JP now works as the finance director of a subsidiary of HIP Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York in Hollywood, Fla. … On one of JP's trips to Lithuania, he was able to stop in Finland to visit Sakari Oka, who writes to say that he has recently changed jobs. After a couple of years serving as a management team member of Scandinavia Online (a popular web portal equivalent to Yahoo), Sakari, along with the rest of management, was swept out the door when the company was acquired. He decided to seek a change and decided to pursue something a bit more predictable and recession proof. He is now a lecturer at Finnish Business College where he teaches marketing and art history. Sakari lives in Helsinki with wife Maria, who is a judge, and their two children, Isabel, 10, and Atte, 9. … Sven Rump writes from Switzerland where he became chief executive officer of Deutsche Asset Management Switzerland in 2003. For more than 10 years, he was head of fixed income at Bank Vontobel and then Scudder Investments, which was then taken over by Deutsche Bank. Sven and his wife, Ruth, live in Zurich with their son Flavio, 18, (He was born during our second year at Anderson – yikes, time flies!) and daughter, Marlene, 15. Caption: Vita and John Laumeyer
EMBA Class Correspondent: Roger Plotkin, email@example.com
Full-Time MBA Class Correspondent: Gigi Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Fellows and Jeff Zucker have found a new role in life! Based on the success of our 15th reunion gift drive (almost three times as much money as we've ever raised from over two and a half times as many classmates!), they have agreed to lead our class' fundraising efforts until our next reunion year (2008). You told us you wanted to know how our money was being spent. So be on the lookout for e-mail updates on both our gift to improve the alumni database, as well as our endowment of the Haskamp Fellowships for students doing non-profit summer internships (with a seat for a class of '88 representative on the Haskamp board to keep us actively involved). … Sandra Cress has accepted a position as Tanzania Country director for the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative and is moving to Dar Es Salaam with her family this summer. … Rick Farber hasn't changed jobs, families or locations, but had a grand adventure: he went to Santiago, Chile, in December to play in the Pan American Maccabiah Games and won a silver medal in Masters Division Basketball representing the United States. … Larry Dressler's Blue Wing Consulting, the organizational-change consulting firm that he founded 10 years ago, recently launched a new division called consensustools.com that publishes tools that help groups of all sizes reach high quality, high-commitment decisions. … Susan Cohan Hoffman's self-published “Procrastinator's Planner” for 2004 was such a hit in stores last year that one of the largest calendar publishers, Andrews McMeel Publishing, has picked it up and will be publishing it for the 2005 season. Look for it online or in the stores when you get around to it! … John Wilbur is starting his ninth year as a partner with Pinecreek Capital, a private equity firm based in Newport Beach, Calif., and lives in Laguna Niguel with his wife, Ellen nee Franco (’89), and kids, Sam (10) and Molly (7). They stay busy with school activities and youth sports. They recently purchased a lake house on Flathead Lake in Montana and will be spending four to six weeks there every summer. … Unova (NYSE: UNA) is relocated to Everett, Wash., (about 20 miles north of Seattle) and taking Mike Keane (EMBA), our alumnus and its chief financial officer with it. Mike's family is relocating to the Seattle area (Woodinville) this summer. … John Cloward is on the East Coast at Pfizer’s global research and development project management office. He has been busy raising four children: one is now working in Idaho and the other three are in college, including his son who has returned from two years as a church missionary in Eastern Europe. John spends his “copious amounts of free time” doing work with his local church, as well as with the Boy Scouts (including winter camping in three feet of snow). You can find information on these people and many, many more at http://www.andersonalumni.org/1988/, where you can still find our face book from the reunion. Fellow classmates can be searched by name – feel free to continue to update your own information for us all to share.
EMBA Class Correspondent: John Davis, email@example.com
Full-Time MBA Class Correspondent: John Burns, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am looking forward to a great reunion Oct. 15-17, 2004. … Don Skeoch is the senior vice president of marketing at Universal Studios. Judging from his photo on the front page of the Los Angeles Times business section in March, he has aged far more gracefully than I have. Don would love to have everyone make Universal Studios part of their alumni weekend. … Joergen Bardenfleth is a general manager with Intel’s optical-networking components division in Copenhagen. He joined Intel after leaving Hewlett-Packard three years ago and reports that he travels 160 days per year, most frequently to San Francisco and Japan. He and his wife, Deanna, have four children, Karinna, Sophia, Thomas and Helena. … Gretchen Humbert is spearheading our reunion this year, in addition to being the chief financial officer for a web development company in LosAngeles called Genex. Gretchen has two awesome boys: Griffin, 6 ½, and Connor, 4. … Candy Clark is a stay-at-home mom with her two girls, Lauren (5th grade) and Kristen (3rd grade). She was an account officer in the real estate group at Wells Fargo Bank until 1995. Since then, Candy works as a part-time self-employed real estate banking consultant, preparing financial reviews at home. This has allowed her the time to volunteer at her kid’s school, act as Girl Scouts treasurer, softball team mom, chauffeur, the list goes on. …Laura Jane Johnston writes: “Moved over to Travelocity, a business unit of Sabre Holdings, as vice president of customer relations. My responsibilities include building and implementing a long-term vision for customer relationship management and personalization throughout the Travelocity experience, as well as customer retention and loyalty building programs and efforts. Still living in Coppell (outside of DFW Airport) with husband David and son Matthew (age 8).”
EMBA Class Correspondent: Don Haselkorn, email@example.com
Full-Time MBA Class Correspondents:
Nicolas Genevay, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Pedersen, email@example.com
Word comes from the North that Sam and Mary (Texido) Folsom had a baby girl, Ella, on March 6. Hockey players would say that they have completed the "Hat Trick", golfers would say that they now have a "sleeve" – either way, the Folsoms are now blessed with three beautiful girls. Congrats! … Your correspondent is feeling a bit lonely down here. Stop by if you are near Hermosa Beach or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know the latest and greatest in your world. Can you believe next year will be 15 years since we wore a gown and goofy hat? It's not too soon to start thinking about attending the reunion!
EMBA Class Correspondent: Chris Campbell, email@example.com
Full-Time MBA Class Correspondents:
Maria Hermanussen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne Fisher Vollen, email@example.com
Greg Leograndis and his family are back in the States after several years in Spain. "Leo," his wife, Claudia, and two sons Alexander and Oliver are living in Marin County (San Francisco) while he decides if he wants to get back into the work force. … He moves back just as John Adams is making the reverse move – to Oxford, England. John maintains his post as chief financial officer at Sygen International as they relocate their headquarters from Northern California to the United Kingdom where they were originally publicly listed. John and his family (wife Kirsten, 2-year-old Summer and 6-month-old Trey) will be living in Oxford for a few years and welcome visits from classmates. … There was quite an Anderson showing in New Orleans for Jazzfest this year as it is had the dual purpose of surprising Anne Fisher Vollen for her 40th birthday. Anne's husband, Gary, invited friends from all points to share in the dining and music extravaganza. Class of '91 alumni that were decked out in feathered Mardi Gras masks for the surprise were Andrew and Debbie (Quigley) Gengos, Bob and Maura (Nicolini) Sverak, Joe Delaney and wife Dana, Grant and Anita (Hamil) Frazier, Holly O'Neill, John Goree, Matt Loera, Maria Hermanussen with husband Brian Marcus, and Ted Russell. Jay Marshall showed up later in the weekend and surprised everyone. … David Martin joined Anne and Gary and their son, Jake Vollen (Anderson 2024?), at SBC Park to witness one of the rare early season San Francisco Giants wins. David was in San Francisco raising money for his firm, Legend Films (www.legendfilms.net), which colorizes old black and white movies and distributes them on DVD. David, his wife, Jane, and two boys (Keenan 3 1/2 and Quinn 1 1/2) live in San Diego where Legend Films is located, and he is chief executive officer. … We rely on you for fresh material! Please send in your updates or tidbits about your classmates so we can include it. Caption: Class of '91 alumni in New Orleans. (not pictured: Ted Russell)
FEMBA Class Correspondent: Jeff Horn, jeffrey.horn.1991nderson.ucla.edu
Full-Time MBA Class Correspondent: Tim Colleran, firstname.lastname@example.org
Moving out to the East Coast, we catch up with record setter Fred Pascopella. Fred holds the record (at least to my knowledge) as the only ‘92 grad working at the same company that he joined right out of UCLA. Fred got married last June to Melissa, and they just bought a house in center-of-the-universe Danbury, Conn. Under the heading of small world, Fred ended up in side-by-side hotel rooms with Mike Fischer in New York City earlier this year. Apparently Mike is moving back to the Los Angeles area and is still with Nissan/Infinity. … Continuing on the West Coast, we catch up with David Hou who has been living in beautiful Manhattan Beach (mmmm – barbecued chicken pizza). David and his wife, Evelyn, have a new baby daughter, Catherine, born March 29,2004. David has been working in Merrill Lynch Private Banking in Century City since 1997, after working with Goldman Sachs after graduation. … Up to the Bay Area, Nikki Maguire started at Cisco Systems as a director in a new consulting practice last November. Her primary focus is on helping the top 150 customers implement Cisco's Advanced Technologies. … L. Jasmine Kim writes: “My husband, Paul, and I were doing our kitchen renovation and who walks in to provide an electrical estimate with our general contractor but Derek Kazacko. Derek has moved up to San Francisco and is now the owner of Corish Electrics. He has remarried and now has a baby daughter in addition to his 4-year-old daughter with ex-wife Irene Fan who has also recently remarried as well. My husband, Paul Banas, and I had a baby boy Hayden in April who joins his 4-year-old sister, Hadley. I am currently on a leave from Yahoo! Inc. We recently had a lovely dinner with David Sherry and his wife, Pam, at their beautiful house in scenic Tiburon, Calif. They recently had a baby daughter, Rebecca, who was born in March, joining her brother Owen who is now 2 years old. Also at the dinner were John Knightly and his wife, Floriana, and their 1- year-old son, Ian. I also recently bumped into Sheila Lee ('93) Dahlgren at our obstetrician's office, and she attended my baby shower. She recently had a baby daughter who joins her older brother Seaver. Sheila and her husband, Dan, live in Mill Valley, Calif. … Got a story to tell, like say if your name is Doug or Chris, send it in.
EMBA Class Correspondent: Jerry Garner, email@example.com
Full-Time Class Correspondent: David Landsberg, firstname.lastname@example.org
FEMBA Class Correspondent: Steven Brennan, email@example.com
Well, I’ve been working real hard at this Class Correspondent thing. Maybe too hard. With the incredible time commitment devoted to keeping track of my fellow FEMBA ’93 classmates, work slacked off at the bank, and after 19 glorious years of working for Fuji Bank and its successor, Mizuho Corporate Bank, they finally had enough of my antics. It was like a Japanese version of “The Apprentice,” as I was sent to the boardroom where I was horrified to have my general manager give me the cobra-snake finger point and exclaim “You Fired!” I pleaded to save face by being allowed to commit seppuku right there on the spot, but management insisted that I must live with my shame and accept the severance package. So now it’s on to find new work. This time I’m looking to sign on with either the French, Brits, or Americans. Hopefully, there will be a happy ending to this saga by the next edition of Anderson Assets … Terence Ngai was kind enough to offer to keep an eye out for me. He’s still working at HP in the software business, where he says that there is “nothing new in particular.” But at least he responded to my e-mail. … Scott Douglas also got the ax from Mizuho, but in a different way. It seems that Scott’s real estate firm owned the building where Mizuho’s Torrance office was located, until they fired all the staff and closed the office. Now “For Lease,” Scott says, “I am still married to Krissie. After she typed our section of the field study project up, I am eternally grateful. Krissie had to take over after (Paul) Lantero's first draft spelled our advisor's name as, "Densi" instead of, ‘Dennis’ on the cover page. We (that's Krissie and I, not Lantero) have three kids, and they are all very active in track, tennis, karate, dancing and making messes. From a professional standpoint, I am still buying office buildings primarily and selling the retail centers that we bought over the last five years.” … Rob Ro says that he’s been through the "in between jobs" situation a couple of times since graduation and has plenty of references and materials to any interested classmates. … Darleen Armour is at Cronkite & Kissell where she continues to specialize in business valuations. … Pasha Moghaddam is investing in distressed companies with his firm, Spring Street Capital, which continues to expand its presence in the Los Angeles market. … Lynn Geller is living in Englewood, Colo., with her husband, Bill, 8-year-old daughter Jessica and 6-year-old daughter Alissa. The Geller family moved away from the Los Angeles area in 1996 and has been very happy in Colorado. Lynn is still working for IBM, about to begin her 21st year with the company. In Denver, Lynn worked on the same commercial contract for seven years until last year, when she decided to reduce her travel hours and stress level, and is now managing various projects for an internal IBM organization. Lynn feels very fortunate that Bill is home with their daughters when they are not in school, which has allowed Lynn to accomplish many goals at IBM. The girl's soccer, dance and music schedules keep Bill and Lynn's weekends busy and very content living in sunny Colorado. … And lastly, Kevin Kraemer was kind enough to offer job placement assistance in Minneapolis, should I “feel OK about 20 below 0 temperatures in the winter, 90 percent humidity in the summer and mosquitoes that are always hungry.” Kevin reports that he and his wife, Sandy Kraemer, were blessed with the birth of their third daughter, Anna Colette, on March 24, 2004. Anna joins sisters, Alison (4) and Kathryn (2). That’s all the responses from our class for this quarter. All the rest of you need to send me an e-mail and/or update your contact info in the Anderson Alumni database.
EMBA Class Correspondent: Judith McCourt, firstname.lastname@example.org
Full-Time Class Correspondents:
Sarah Holliman, email@example.com
Monica Marcone, firstname.lastname@example.org
By the time you receive this column, our 10-year reunion will be right around the corner! Sure hope you’re planning to attend. Mark your calendars for the weekend of Oct. 15-16, 2004, and rally all your closest friends from our class to come as well! … Less news this time, but after the reunion, we expect there to be lots of good fodder! On the baby front, an e-mail sent to Rene (Guardia) Rodman was returned saying she was on maternity leave! With a little legwork we learned that Maxwell Scott was born on April 19. Says Rene, “Mothers weren't kidding when they said that a good day is one that includes a shower and a nap!” … Tom Millhoff wrote in to let us know about his newest love! Ben Thomson Rock made his grand entrance into the world on April 8. Says Dad, “He's a healthy strapping lad, and together with toddling big brother Max, trusty Labrador BlackJack and dear old Dad, the boys rule our Tahoe Roost. I'm taking a few weeks off to chase Max and assist Sue with night feedings, but somehow work just keeps intruding.” On the work front, Tom’s holding company, Sierra Nevada Partners acquired an Arizona car wash equipment distributor in January, and as the partner in charge, Tom spent much of Q1 and will spend much of this summer in Phoenix managing the business through the transition. They’re looking for a solid general manager and salesperson with Capital Equipment Distribution experience, so if you know anyone who fits the bill please make the introduction. Tom also reports that he recently ran into Joanna Walters at a neighbor’s party recently, who is living in Truckee and working as a consultant to reduce corporate waste. Tom reports that “Joanna's looking great; it's nice to have her in the 'hood.” … Joining Tom in becoming a parent again is Mike Kosciusko. He and wife Kathleen had another baby girl, Eva Grace, in January. She joins big sister Isabella (2 ½ at time of writing). Mike and family moved out of New York City last June to Manhasset Long Island, making weekend trips to the Hamptons shorter and easier. Mike is still at BancAmerica Securities in the distressed debt group, which he says “thankfully, has been one of the few bright spots on Wall Street in the past few years.” … We get relatively frequent updates from Steve Huot, who is still entertaining us all with his adventures in Latin America. In a style similar to Tom Robbins, Steve details his latest exploits in the most colorful of language. Steve was last seen rambling through Cartagena, where he has made a home base for a few months. About this place, Steve says, “So Cartagena, to my luck, the best of all choices. It is a combination of some of the greatest cities of my adventure; take the best of the colonial town charm of Antigua or Guanajuato, fully restored stone beauty of walls, gates, castles and narrow streets and mix it with the Latin vibe of Cuba; add a dash of Caribbean Creole to taste; let bake in the year round summer sun and devour when feeling cool. I tried to eat and leave, but couldn’t stop the gluttony.” According to other sources, Cartagena has been the current stopping place because there is a certain someone there who has captured Steve’s eye (heart?). Alas, we’ll wait until the next episode from Steve to learn all about his Latin love. … John Loveland made a recent journey back to the Bay area, where he dined with Kim Cieslak, Monica (Nielebeck) Marcone, and Sarah Holliman. Kim has been busy handling the demands in her new job as the vice president of marketing for the Learning Company. While we were dining with John in San Francisco, his former roommate, John Garner was dining with Lovie’s wife Amanda and baby Josie in Texas! … Debi (Fromer) and Mike Lynch (’93) are potentially going to be on Landscape Smart on HGTV. Their house is scheduled for construction in June, so tune in around the September timeframe to see their great Spanish-style home in the Oakland hills! Mike is still an executive recruiter for SpencerStuart and Debi has been with Wells Fargo marketing in Online Merchant Services for over a year. They just returned from an 11-day boating trip to the United States and British Virgin Islands on Debi’s parents boat. Says Debi, it was a week plus of “lots of sun and rum tonics!” … Speaking of dual 93/94 couples, Leslie (Cutchen) and Phil Davis wrote in to report on their move to Newport Beach, Calif. Says Leslie, “Yep, just when you think you've got it figured out: the baby is sleeping through the night; you can find peanut butter, diapers and goldfish in three different grocery stores; the waitress at your favorite weekend joint places your order on sight; your commute is down to just 40 minutes; and you've managed to slide exercise back into your routine. Then, whamo! Choose: move or layoff. We moved. Phil has the same job; Leslie and the girls are the same – it's just we live in Southern California again. Good news: Phil's commute is now just six minutes! Bad news: still getting lost in the grocery store.” … We were happy to hear from a few people who have been somewhat silent in recent years! Henrik Jensen wrote in that he and wife Letty have been in Sunnyvale, Calif., for a while, both working at Cisco, where Henrik is the manufacturing operations manager for their high-end routing product. They have two kids – son Daniel (now 10) was born during our second year at Anderson. Second son Thomas just turned 8. Both boys play soccer, and Henrik is coaching one of their teams. … Richard Toubia also wrote in with his news. Richard got married in 1999 to wife Nicola who is a tax lawyer. They are currently living in Washington, D.C., where Richard is working as a consultant with Pace Global Energy Services in Fairfax, Va. They moved from Houston where Richard spent many years working for various companies, including Enron, PG&E and a start-up company. They’ve had some visitors in the 1922 home they’re remodeling, including Giuseppe Galata, Alessandro Colombo, and Bettina Kaplan (’95). We also heard from Tammy (Johnson) Steensland. She and husband Christian (’97) live in Mission Viejo, Calif. and have two children, Ava, 4 ½, and Marc, 3. After five years with Pepsi Bottling Group in various human resources, staffing and training roles, Tammy left there in June 2003 to pursue part-time work. Since July 2003, she has been working for MonierLifetile as their staffing manager three days a week, and is enjoying the balance that the part-time schedule offers. … Mike Cervenak wrote in to tell us about his January 2004 nuptials to the former Tiffany Curran, “a great Irish gal (who is a nurse practitioner) with a huge family.” Ruthie Souroujon, George Powlick, and Kevin Hillesland all attended the wedding. Mike and Tiffany are now living just a hop, skip and a jump from Hennessey’s in Manhappenin’ Beach. Requests Mike, “ if anybody knows of a 2,000-square-foot home in the neighborhood on a quarter-acre lot with a nice front and back yard for under a freakin' million dollars – this real estate market is discouraging for those of us on the outside!” … Ken Broad wrote in that the “only cool news from me is that I recently made a $50 million bet on a fellow Anderson alum, Sean Ryan ('96). My fund made the investment in RealNetworks, and Sean runs their music division including Rhapsody, the leading music subscription service. It is TiVo-like in terms its addictiveness for music fans, given $10 per month buys you unlimited access to 600,000 plus songs on demand. Check it out at www.real.com/Rhapsody.” Ken sees Jeff Lipton frequently, who is running his own hedge fund, Shire Capital Management. Jeff and his wife, Anna, have a beautiful little girl, Colette, and have just finished renovating a classic house in Sea Cliff (San Francisco). Ken is also outnumbered in his home by girls – daughter Madelyn is 3 ½ and daughter Alyssa at age 1, has “just started walking and is in the tear-up-the-house phase. We're building a new playroom to try and contain the damage.” … Also reporting in with a hurricane in the household is Gary Willihnganz. Gary and wife Cathy (Culhane) (’95) are living in Singapore now, where Gary is still with Intel. They have three kids, Madi who is finishing up 1st grade and rules the house. Asks Gary, “how do women learn to do this at such a young age?” Zack is in pre-K and doing great with swimming, math and reading. And son, Connor is an adorable handful. Says Gary, “at 2 ½, if he is out of sight for more than two minutes, there will soon be a problem or a large mess soon on our hands.” … Chris Carvalho wrote in with yet another amusing update – not one to let their fans down, Chris Crawlover and Dr. Tim Scamley (aka Tim Stanley) have been busy churning out the 21st and 22nd public access spoof talk shows. Says Chris, “Yeah, I know, get a life. In case you're not living in Marin and don't want to call your local cable company demanding that they pick up the shows, here's what you missed: UnCensored 411: Betting Fools – are all NFL games fixed? What's Rush Limbaugh's connection? and UnCensored 411: Roid Rage – did Barry Bonds take roids or didn't he? Stay tuned.” ,,, In December, Silvia Damen shared some exciting news. After several years importing gorgeous handmade rugs from Turkey with her company, Woven Expressions, Silvia sold the business and accepted a position as the vice president of finance/business development for Storytime Pictures, a 3-D animation studio in Palo Alto. Big change, but we’re looking forward to hearing how Silvia’s move back to the entertainment industry has been. … Dan Druker wrote in that “after three years of construction, our ‘little remodeling project’ in Palo Alto is finally done, and we are getting settled in our house. Our twins, Madeleine and Jackson, are almost 2 years old now and have turned into little people right before our eyes. Wife Alix is doing volunteer work in wind power and also has a small business selling designer jewelry. I am running marketing at a software company called Trigo and am insanely busy.” … Nate Palmer also wrote in with news on his clan. At last count, Nate was in the lead with four kids (all boys) – Mason, 9, Maxwell, 7, Jacob, 5, and Isaac, 3. Needless to say, his Saturdays are consumed with sports galore. When not shuffling kids, Nate stays occupied coaching baseball, playing tennis and softball and occasionally hitting the gym. On the work-front, Nate left consulting in 2001 for a software start-up, RiverOne, a resilient company in the supply chain industry. He is now vice president of professional services, responsible for all their services worldwide. The company is in a growth mode, having signed three of the top ten contract manufacturers in the world. Says Nate, “The last couple of years have been if anything a great learning experience for the company and myself. We have learned how to conserve cash, how to perform miracles with minimal resources, and how to layoff lots of people while maintaining morale and hope. I can't wait for the lesson in how to spend big bonus money.” Nate keeps up with Kathryn Takach and Henrik Jensen. … As we submit this, Monica and John Marcone (’95) are in Italy on a much-deserved vacation, with only one child (baby John, 5 months at writing) in tow. And Sarah Holliman and husband Jimmy are doing their part to keep up with the Palmer family. Stay tuned for more details in November. Until the reunion, be safe! Caption: Tom Millhoff and son, Ben.
Full-Time MBA Class Correspondent: Masami Suzuki, email@example.com
Hello Classmates! It’s an almost exclusively Southern California update on this go-around of the Assets. Rob Kurland emerged from the depths of Big Blue to say he is surprisingly still consulting, now with IBM after they bought PwC. He remains in the media and entertainment practice and is thankfully still working on Los Angeles-based projects (but he spends a little more time reading the Career Center e-mails these days). He recently met up with Leslie Stern ('95) in Las Vegas for Celebrity Poker Showdown, where Leslie earned the title of "Fake Poker Queen," and Rob played cards with Josh Molina (“West Wing”) and some poker pros (after which Rob decided not to quit his job to join the Poker Tour). Stephan Pollack ('95), who was on Leslie's first trip to Vegas with Rob back in b-school, was there in spirit (and by text message). … Melinda Alongi is on the move and reports: “After only a year, I moved back from Santa Monica to Newport Beach last December when I was offered an M&A job for the same chief executive officer I worked for right after Anderson. I am now the director of strategic projects at Medex in Carlsbad. I am really enjoying working with the same management team I worked with for four years, but the commute is killing me! I'll be relocating to the LaCosta area very soon. After moving so many times in the last three years, I plan to stay down there and with this company for a LONG time!” … Steve Green is doing well and reports: “I've been spending my time being a full-time dad – he's the best boss in the world – and waiting for the Leonard Green Foundation to get set up where I will be a director. Meanwhile, I've been elected vice-president of the Alumni Board of Directors, which means I'll be back in all your lives again. (I can already hear the moans.) I still keep in touch with the likes of Scott Brogi, Chip Cushman, John Carmichael, Chris Daniel, Scott Pollack, and occasionally David Weiner, Chuch Hatsis, Rob Kurland, and Stephanie Blum. Finally saw Marty and his son, Preston, at a Dodger game last week. Brogi and I share tickets to UCLA hoops and football, and that's been a little disappointing. (The teams, not Brogi's company.)” … David Berlin and his wife, Tiffany, live in Orange County and just welcomed their second child, Adam, on April 24. According to David, it’s now “double trouble” with two boys, as Adam joins his brother, Michael, who is 2 1/2 years old. David is working as controller for a health care company called Beech Street. … From the other side of the country, Dawna Stone writes: “Last year I left my job as chief marketing officer for a $600 million company headquartered in Clearwater, Fla., to start Her Sports, a national women's sports magazine. Her Sports covers individual, outdoor, primarily non-team sports such as running, hiking, cycling, swimming, mountain biking, kayaking, skiing, surfing, snowboarding, rock climbing and multi-sports like triathlon and adventure racing. Her Sports magazine covers the latest trends in the industry, reviews the newest gear, highlights active vacations and weekend getaways, and uncovers the latest research in sports and daily nutrition. The magazine is currently on newsstands at Barnes & Noble, Borders, B.Dalton, Books-A-Million, Tower, Crown, Hastings and REI. Our newsstand sell-through rates are almost double the industry average! I've been keeping busy doing television interviews across the country to get the word out about Her Sports. Some of the recent interviews include MSNBC, Good Day Tampa Bay (Fox), NBC Morning News in San Francisco, and Fox in the Morning and CBS Sports in San Diego. I've also been doing several motivational talks to encourage women to lead an active lifestyle. Some of the companies that advertised in issue 1 and 2 include L'Oreal, Kraft, Dove, Coca-Cola, Ford, Avia, ConAgra, Timex and TYR. If you know anyone that would be interested in Her Sports, please direct them to www.hersports.com.” … Keith David Morton writes: “Began my own consulting firm, Erimo Consulting, at the end of 2002. We specialize in helping our clients with their growth and strategic marketing issues. My wife, Sami Plotkin, published her first book, 'Speak the Speech; Shakespeares Monologues Illuminated,' in September of 2002. Until recently, she has been making appearances to support the book. I am still waiting for the time when my b-school education can be used to be her full-time business manager. I look forward to hearing from anyone on the East Coast. ... Big changes are afoot for Masami Suzuki: “They say moving and changing jobs are among the most hectic events in life. I’ve decided to do them all at once. After 14 months working with Connection to eBay, an Accenture service on eBay’s campus, I’ll be moving to a related company and strategic partner called Marketworks (formerly Auctionworks), based in Atlanta. Same role – vice president, marketing – in the same space, which I’m hoping will soften the transition as it involves a move to Atlanta. I’ll miss the Bay Area dearly but will celebrate one last hoorah in the wine country at the end of August. It’s all good, and I hope to connect with alums in the southeast. Email me if you’re in Atlanta!” Caption: Steve and his boss, the scruffmonster, go on Pirates of the Caribbean for the third time in a row.
FEMBA Class Correspondents:
Debra Nelson Schonfeld, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Little, email@example.com
Hi everyone, Given that we keep in touch with many of you, we thought we'd try our hand at being Class Correspondents for a while. Here are a few updates to kick us off. Hopefully we'll hear from many more of you over the next year. … Ken Little lives the good life in Santa Monica several blocks from the ocean. As a vice president at Union Bank of California, he is the personal markets web channel manager and online bill pay product manager. … Debra Nelson Schonfeld married Alan Schonfeld last October in Malibu and is now living in San Diego. She's still working for The Capital Group, back from Geneva and now based out of their Los Angeles office (thank goodness for telecommuting!) as a senior business analyst with the institutional business, focusing on global Web and CRM initiatives. … Eric Dingler, is now living in Pennsylvania and working in Princeton, N. J., where he leads the global organizational development function for Bristol-Myers Squibb. Prior to this, he was in Atlanta working for Coca-Cola. Eric has traveled a long way from Arthur Andersen and the entertainment industry. Each career change has brought him progressively north and east. He is worried about the next career move – Iceland? … Brian Shaw moved back to the area last fall and is really happy to be back in Southern California. … From Daphne Brown Willis: “Wow, I have a lot of updating to do! Since I haven't provided an update since we graduated in '95, here's my update for the decade! Time flies. I can't believe that it's been nine years. After business school, Derrick Willis (MBA '95) and I traveled around Europe for a month before we started our "real" jobs. Remember, I purchased a "golf lesson" from him at the "Challenge for Charity." We ventured off to Switzerland, England, France, Italy and Spain. We traveled throughout the continent by train and had an amazing time! The highlight of our trip was when Derrick proposed on a gondola ride in Venice, Italy. My sweetie really surprised me and hasn't stopped since! We married in 1996. After our wonderful ceremony, it was on to Tahiti for our honeymoon where we spent a blissful two weeks split between sailing the South Pacific on a chartered yacht and relaxing on our very own private island. My goal in life is to live on a motu in Tahiti one day! Ahhhhhh!!!!! Fast forward to today: After living in two fantastic cities - Chicago and Seattle, we are now living in Atlanta. We've been here for three and a half years – we moved to get a little closer to my sister and her family. We now have two little guys, Tristan (6) and Tahj (3), who are the focal points of our lives. As you can imagine, they are BUSY, BUSY, BUSY! This summer we are channeling their unbridled energy into activities such as tee ball and soccer. We absolutely love to travel, and Tristan and Tahj probably have just as many frequent flyer miles as we do. Over the past few years, we've traveled to Japan, Fiji, South Africa, Germany, Jamaica, Hawaii and Mexico. I am having a ball at Bank of America in their middle market banking group, and Derrick is in the formative stages of opening a French patisserie in Atlanta. Caption: The Willis Crew - Derrick, Daphne, Tristan and Tahj.
Full-Time MBA Class Correspondent: Steve Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
Greetings class of 1996! Things are rolling right along. Looks like all of you have been very busy, and the babies keep on coming! Thanks for all of you who sent in your class notes; it really has been fun keeping tabs on the goings on. And now, let’s present the news. … Kelly Milligan writes: “Lot's of new news on my end. I'm still working in wealth management at Merrill Lynch for high-net-worth families and corporate executives (and loving it!). Marci is holding down the fort at home, while Grady, my 2 year old, makes sure his Mom is good and tired by the end of every day. Simultaneously, we are doing a giant home remodel, adding about 1300 square feet to our 1200 square foot home. Did you ever see the movie "The Money Pit?" If we can survive this remodel with sanity intact, we'll be unstoppable! As for catching up with classmates, I did have a couple of hurricanes at Pat O'Brien's in the French Quarter of New Orleans with Neeraj Garg last month, and saw Kristen Dickey who was in town for her birthday. Those hurricanes can really sneak up on you!” … Scott Kurzban writes: “Good to hear from you. Still at Countrywide where Andrea Wade becomes the latest Anderson grad to come aboard, joining Alex Corman, Marina Zona, and countless others here. Stacy and I are living in Sherman Oaks. We got a puppy. Mother, father, and puppy (Astro) are all doing well. I am attaching a picture of the little guy. … Todd Stevens writes: “I'll keep it short and sweet. Cole Robert Stevens was born on March 10, and Todd and Mari haven't stopped smiling since. … Bryan Kane writes: “Nothing new on my end lately other than I'm moving to Palo Alto later this month. I'm still in the software industry, this time heading up BD & Channels for a company named Certive Corporation (which I went to with the successful acquisition of Brio by Hyperion). It's pretty much the same position I had at Brio the last couple of years. It's a good position, but I don't know if the upside or work/life balance is there, so I am beginning to look again.” … Kim Moore writes: “Christian Hunter Moore was born on Jan. 6, 2004. He was a big boy, weighing in at 9 pounds 2 ounces and continues to amaze his parents with his ability to down 8 ounces in five minutes or less. Four-year-old brother, Payton Moore, is thrilled with his new sibling, although he was hoping for a sister, whom he wanted to name ‘Neejay-Teejay’." … Mike Solomon writes: “I joined GPS Explorer, an online store selling GPS devices for cars, boats and outdoor enthusiasts in February as general manager. Finally using all of the things Tek Ho taught me in operations! Might have to go back and re-read the goal and find my own version of Herbie. My son, Ian, is now 6 months old, and Beth and I are having the time of our lives as parents.” … Kevin Boeh writes: “Still doing my PhD. My boy, Spencer, turns 3 in June - as well as hockey (as pictured a few issues ago), he is now playing soccer at the national team level (see picture).” … Ashish Gupta writes: “Avani and I had a cute little baby girl named Alisha on April 11. She has totally changed our lives from the time she decided to drop in while we were in a Chinese restaurant to her demands for milk at 3 a.m. If that was not enough, we started the remodel on our house for the next seven months. It should be an interesting 2004. All we can say, it has been incredible so far and we are looking to enjoy the rest of the year even more. Oh yes, work – things are going very well. After our company was acquired one and a half years ago, we launched a product based on the start-ups technology. This product has received the best product ranking in Gartner's Magic Quadrant, beating out 15-year-old incumbents – Innovator's Dilemma still exists.” … Jeremy Strauss writes: “I'm still in Georgia, the one south of Russia. Bloodless coup d'etats, cheesebread.” Caption: Ian, Beth and Mike Solomon
Full-Time Class Correspondents:
Alex Gauna, email@example.com
Anita Turner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey y’all! I hope you guys are all enjoying your summers. I am lapsing back into my Southern accent, as my family is again moving – at least this time, it is in the right direction (i.e. closer to the water and south). My husband is being transferred with the Air Force to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, and I am ever so happily moving with him in June. I will be staying with Jones Lang LaSalle, which should go down on record as the most flexible employer I have ever heard of since this is my fourth employee-initiated move with the firm, and they are still smiling and accommodating me. I can’t wait to get out the double jogger and go running on Bayshore. Yippee! … For old time’s sake, let’s start off with the update I received from world-traveling Reggie Regazzi. Reggie writes: “I took a two-week vacation to Japan earlier this spring with my freshman roommate from college. While there, I was fortunate to spend an evening with Hide Yamaguchi, Chris West and Kay Okamoto. Hide is at Nikko Citigroup doing equity research for the pharmaceuticals industry. As you may recall, we gave Hide a standing ovation on our first day of class in our first year, because that is the day his son was born. Hide has since taken his son to the site of the standing ovation and is getting him filled with Bruin spirit so that he too can join one of the legacy classes twenty some-odd years from now! Chris is in sales at Guidant and was quite energized and spirited. He has been back in Japan for a little over a year. Kay has started his own firm called Real Solutions and took us on a tour of his office where one of his employees was hard at work late on a Friday evening! We had a blast singing karaoke in Kay’s club. Both Hide and Chris did a splendid job on two solos, and all contenders ought to beware when American Idol hits the shores of Japan! Unfortunately, Eisi Usami, who is at Novartis, had a conference call that went late into the night. One of our more famous alums, Mac Nagata, who is now an elected Japanese official, was busy keeping his constituency happy, so I didn’t get to see him either. I also had the pleasure of a surprise meeting of Cesare Pasquale, a 2002 alum who happens to work on the same floor as a friend I was visiting in Tokyo. We kept finding different things we had in common, and it culminated with the fact that we are both Anderson alumni! If you’ve never been to Japan, I highly recommend it, and when you are there, be sure to call our fellow alumni, because they are all fabulous hosts!!!” … Also writing in from abroad, I heard from Rick Leon who, after over three years in Argentina, has accepted a new role with the Disney in Hong Kong where he will be the regional finance director for the Asia Pacific region. I guess that IMF program at Anderson has its benefits. … Rich Torykian writes that he and Dana have moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to North County San Diego (Encinitas) in June as he accepted a job from a former client, Duncan-Hurst Capital Management, to be vice president of marketing. Rich’s job is to raise money from public and corporate pension plans and their consultants to be invested by our portfolio managers (a number of whom are Anderson grads) in both domestic and international growth companies. Dana is living the high life in San Diego playing a lot of tennis and chasing their 1½-year-old daughter, Alexis. “Anyone who is in the San Diego area please stop by!” … Alfonso Jaramillo sends greetings from Miami. He writes: “Flavia and myself are doing absolutely awesome; we are enjoying Miami and all the ocean sports it has to offer, (actually I am in the process of learning Kite Surf) doing lots of traveling around Florida and the Keys. I've been working in commercial real estate for over a year, and I love it as the Florida market is very hot and there are many opportunities in this field. I have seen Jose De La Torre a couple of times; he is now dean of FIU Business School and is doing great.” … Having had his fill of the corporate rat race, Peter Weaver left Exxon after completing a fifth assignment and is thinking of developing a career in boats. So he'll be spending the next 18 months pursuing an unlimited tonnage captain’s license. Half of that time will be at sea, including this summer on the Great Lakes. He says that it's a readjustment being unemployed again, but he’s having a ball. … Mike Grenier recently made a career change, albeit not quite as drastic as Peter’s. Mike left investment banking to accept a new position in the Los Angeles office of Cerberus, a private investment firm with over $13 billion under management. When last we spoke, he was enjoying his time off between jobs, going to the beach, relaxing, reading, etc. … Grace Kurek just celebrated her one-year anniversary of marriage to Paul Boschan. She and her new husband are living in Los Angeles. … Leah Hallert was also recently married to Jeremy Korito on Nov. 15, 2003. … Marriage must be agreeing with Matt Pauley as he and his wife, Joanne, welcomed a son on Dec. 26, 2003. Truman was 9 pounds, 10 ounces and 22 1/2 inches long. Everyone is doing great! … Jody and Burke Fewel have been busy with their 9-month old triplets, Joseph, Jack and Isabella. “Our free time has been somewhat limited, but we are getting more and more mobile now. We are truly blessed to have these three little miracles in our lives, and they bring us new joys and experiences each day. As for the boring stuff (e.g., work), I'm still gainfully employed at Microsoft in Redmond as a product manager for Microsoft Office.” … Dana (Scott) and Erin Mahoney are also now the proud parents of three; however, Dana had to go through three pregnancies to get there. In April, they welcomed their third daughter, Ryan Harper, who joins big sisters Devin and Megan. Thankfully, the Mahoneys completed the expansion of their Mandeville Canyon home approximately three minutes before Ryan’s arrival, so everyone has a bed of their own. … Jennifer Ferrell Edmonds writes: “My husband and I are still mostly enjoying our little girls; watching them interact as sisters has been a lot of fun, and the second one seems easier. But we got the opportunity to head to New Zealand for a break this March and we took it. We had an amazing time: hiking thru a rain forest and then onto a glacier, visiting the International Antarctic Center, exploring the far north beaches and sand tobogganing, taking a boat through Fjords, driving through the ‘Southern Alps’ and seeing some of the most gorgeous lakes, checking out some of the New Zealand’s native animals, touring the active volcanic areas, and finding film sites from “Lord of the Rings” movies. I was happy to catch up with some Kiwi friends that I’d met on my post MBA tour. We also wanted to visit Janet Harlow in Australia, but our flights forced us through Tonga on the way back to Los Angeles. It turned out OK though as we got to stay on a Tongan island resort all by ourselves for three of the five days. It was really nice just to relax, eat, sleep and talk as it seemed like so long since we’d been able to do that.” … Finally, I am going to close with an e-mail I received from Chris Mann. In the interest of preserving every Mann-ism contained in his e-mail, I am printing it verbatim. It will make you just miss his smiling face. “Me, after three years of living with this super lady (Christina Wagner) in Marin riding/racing bikes and loafing on the couch we just got married this weekend. I was blown away by the power of the weekend. Wow. So all systems are in full operation over here. What do we do generally? We ride, recover and work on the house. That's about it. Last year was pretty exciting, not that this year is not. Wagzy (Christina's nickname) earned her women's pro mountain biking license! What an accomplishment. What does that mean? It means she is a stud essentially. For two years she placed top five in about every race she entered and gathered enough points to qualify to race with the Pros. She was racing against the best women in the world at the end of last year. Funny thing, I was like carrying her bike, food and water to the races and not even racing myself. It’s super expensive and quite a pain in the ass to get to these races. There is no $ in it unless you are ... like No. 1 and possibly No. 2. So this year, the bikes are going much slower but still loving Marin living. Oh, this is funny, I don't know how many of you every saw the VW camper that I bought at graduation. Such a cool rig. We'll, I sold it about two years ago. Wagzy went out and bought herself one, because she liked it so much. This isn't fitting in real well, only that I continue to trip off of how well we fit together. Man, it’s about time something went right. Can you believe how long it’s been since we started b-school? I am not ANY older dammit! WHOOP!” Captions: Jeremy Kito and Leah Hallert. Jody and Burke Fewel and family. Jennifer Edmonds on Fox Glacier.
Full-Time Class Correspondents:
Dena Iura, email@example.com
Julie Hammeras, firstname.lastname@example.org
The last three months have been very exciting for Angela and Andy Frye. Over the past two years, Andy has worked in the international marketing group at Abbott Labs, based in Chicago, where he focuses on the European launch of HUMIRA, a biologic product for rheumatoid arthritis. In March, he started a new position as director of specialty pharma, for Abbott's Canadian affiliate, based in Montreal. The family moved up to the Great White North in May, just in time for spring/summer. They are excited about the opportunity to explore Quebec and the European culture. “Hopefully, the kids will be speaking French in the coming months. If anyone gets the urge to travel abroad, give us a call!”
Full-Time MBA Class Correspondent: Mohanjit Jolly, email@example.com
I am barely holding back the tears as I write this farewell edition of the class newsletter. I am very excited, however, to introduce you all to the incoming communications director (the drum roll please), the one and only Ms. Jade Plum Flower, also known as Betsy Tong. … Oddly enough, kids make up majority of this edition. Janice Kary, aka Helen Hunt, and husband Michael are proud parents of a brand new tax deduction. Their beautiful baby, Gabriel Sebastien was born March 24. “We are thrilled of course, and a little tired”, writes Janice. Rumor has it that Gabriel’s first syllable, in keeping with the Canadian tradition, was “eh?” … Steve Kinomoto wasn’t happy with just two kids, so he went back to the drawing board and created yet another. He writes, “I want to announce the birth of my third child. Her name is Brooke Kinomoto, born Feb. 16, 2004. My twins, Jade and Tyler (age 4), are having a blast with the new addition to our family. After my four-year stint in Japan at Merrill Lynch, I finally had an opportunity to move back to Los Angeles in 2002. I'm working at a hedge fund in Century City, co-managing a convertible arbitrage fund. The fund is new and small, so it's been very challenging trying to build a track record and raising capital.” Congratulations, Steve! … Jeff Hawkins hit a couple of milestones recently. He reports, “I left New York last year, and I am now happily working in La Jolla, Calif. … Keeping in line with adding to the Anderson family, our very own J. P. Kelly hit one of the biggest milestones of his life. Betsy Tong, reporting from a Santa Monica bar around 2 a.m. writes, “Dakota Elizabeth Rivoire Kelly was born Tuesday April 27 to JP "The Mayor of Bago Town" Kelly and his wife, Melissa Brooks Kelly. The post partum party was held at O' Briens in Santa Monica. In attendance were Robb Kempken, Curt Colon, Chris Benedict, Joe Cannon, Betsy Tong (Shown very tan and with aforementioned child), Micah Hirschmann and John Gish. At the end of the night, the mayor declared, "I would love to shut this bar down, but I got to get back to the little tyke. I may have missed a poop." (Now the mayor will be up at all hours of the night for a totally different reason. Enjoy every moment, JP. They grow up quickly). From what I hear, Linda Baldwin is already holding a spot for Dakota for the class of 2032. … Tom Pullen brings news from the Jolly old New England. He writes, “"My wife Sally and I are happy to announce a new addition to the Anderson ranks, Eliza Raimy Pullen, born on Jan. 29, 2004. Mom and dad are still adjusting to the new schedule, and Eliza has not quite mastered the "8 Clap" yet, but each and every day bring new learning and great joy." Congratulations, Tom! … Tony Lin and Jennifer Su are now experienced parents. Matthias (aka Bing) turned 4 months in early May. Mom and Dad are loving parenthood. Tony is still commuting to Los Angeles for a real estate job as Jen is getting ready to head back to work at PWC. … Darryl Tishler hit a couple of bit milestones recently. He writes, “We are living in London now (moved last summer) and have been blessed with a THIRD (count 'em, THREE!!!!) boy. Marco Louis Tishler was born on Oct. 1, 2003. Lucas just turned 6, and Eric will turn 4 in June. They are all acquiring proper British accents. Deborah would like to know exactly when/if spring arrives in this part of the world. I am working for Montrose & Company International, which is majority owned by Bank of America, and still trying to buy and sell lease portfolios.” … Dan Falta, one of the few classmates in New England reports, “Camille, the kids and I are doing well – living the life of busy/exhausted parents in suburbia. Camille has logged many miles on back roads driving our two teenagers around with our 2 year old in tow. Fortunately, my driving has been reduced to three miles with my company's move from Greenwich to Wilton, Conn., as a result of on internal merger. I am now with AIG Financial Products, still doing Foreign Exchange but also a generalist selling lots of interesting structured products. Even better, they provide an awesome free lunch every day – something the finance faculty said didn't exist.” … Lisa Miller continues the trend of moves to the West Coast. She reports, “Everything with me is great. After a very hectic fall & winter, I'm now settled in a new city with a new job and new husband! Yep, I got married in November in St. John to Steve DeBiase (big switch from Miller as a last name!). We had a group of 40 come down for the weekend and had a blast. Our honeymoon was washed out by the biggest rainfall they've had in 30 years (nine days nearly non-stop), but it gives us an excuse to go back! The week we came home from the honeymoon, I flew to Phoenix to interview with P&G's Iams division (yes, dog & cat food). I got the job, found a house in Scottsdale and moved in by mid-January. We're loving Arizona (at least until summer!) – I'm very happy to be back out west. Anyone from our class that you know lives here? I'd love to see some familiar faces.” (Wow!). Lisa, don’t worry about the heat in Arizona. The 120 degrees between May and September beats the 90 plus degrees of the East Coast or the Mid-West, because as the Arizonians will tell you, it’s DRY heat. Just kidding. Congrats on all of the above. … Kevin DiCerbo never has a dull moment. Recently off of an entrepreneurial win (selling his company to Verisign some time ago), he is off doing another venture. He reports, “As for me, this year is shaping up as a memorable one for me. In May, I will be launching a new business in Torrance with a plastic surgeon. We are opening a medi-spa that will offer non-invasive, medically based skin care treatments. The treatments consist mostly of laser-based procedures to rid your skin of acne, wrinkles, age spots, leg veins and the like. Got to cater to those aging baby boomers! And, I also moved into a home in El Segundo, and will be having some local Los Angeles alumni over soon for a housewarming party.” (Well, there’s something to be said for taking care of all the major steps (house, business) simultaneously). Good luck with the new venture. … Cassius Conliffe definitely added to my hypothesis that our class has broken all per capita records in terms of having twins. He writes, “Cassius and Angela Conliffe are the proud parents of twin girls. Devin Elizabeth and Sarai Alexandra Conliffe were born on Feb. 17, 2004. Mom, Pop, and girls are all doing well. We must give a special shout out to Julie Cullinane (twin mother extraordinaire) for all of her advice and support. The girls were very happy to get a visit recently from their "Tia Patti" (Lucero) recently. Hotlanta Georgia is suiting the growing Conliffe family well. Look Cassius up at the Towers Perrin Atlanta office if you are ever in town”. That’s awesome, Cassius! … Speaking of twins, Julie Cullinane-Smith chimed in with the update on her twin girls and also the Chris King twin boys. She reports, “I'm STILL at Towers Perrin, after five and a half years, working a "reduced hour" schedule, so I can enjoy my time with our twin daughters, Caitlin and Olivia, who celebrated their first birthday on April 17. As of this writing, they are on the verge of starting to walk, which will take the activity level in our house to a whole new echelon. As it is, the plants, the breakables and the cat are no longer safe! We're having a great time, and we often see our twin buddies, Chris and Holly Erickson-King's twins, Jack and Ryan (hands off, boys!). We also spent time in Tahoe this winter with Dominique and Greg River and their sweet daughter, Saskia, and celebrated Easter at Bethany (Bart) Hollrah's adorable new house in the ’burbs of Burlingame. Life for us has definitely changed from the days of jumping on airplanes for business or pleasure, enjoying evenings out on the town and leisurely Saturdays sleeping in, but seeing these two little faces light up when we enter the room and watching them chase each other up and down the halls giggling has made it all worthwhile! … The always fun and the ultimate Tommy’s fan, Danny King, has some interesting news on multiple fronts. He writes, “I left my post at the L.A. Business Journal to take a reporting gig with Bloomberg News (am training in beautiful Princeton, N.J., as I write this). Will start the job for real in June and will be based out of the San Francisco bureau, which means Rina, who's finishing work on her documentary, and I are going to be house/condo/apartment/hovel hunting in the beautiful Bay Area in the near future. Soiree for the Bay Area/Anderson faithful to be determined, but I'm looking forward to reconnecting with the folks when we get up there.” … Our very own Jay Hartman provides a summary of an incredible episode he recently went through. He writes, “I just ran the Boston Marathon. It was a brutally hot day to run 26 miles. (I'm told it was the second hottest marathon day ever in Boston.) Even though I finished 20 minutes slower than my qualifying time, I still placed a somewhat respectable 1,489th out of 17,000 plus runners. People were dropping like flies during the race; the temp was about 85 degrees in several places. The best part was the unbelievable crowd – about one million people lined the course, and the women of Wellesley, near the halfway mark, comprised the best and loudest crowd I have ever seen at any sporting event, ever. Someone handed me an American flag with about a mile to go, and it was great to hear the crowd reaction to the flag at the end. After the race, every emergency room in Boston was packed with runners (heat stroke, dehydration, etc.), and unfortunately, one of the victims was me. I felt like I had the worst hangover of my life; severe nausea, vomiting, etc. At 2:00 a.m., I was admitted to an emergency room. The docs told me that a few hours earlier, there had been so many runners that stretchers had to be set up in the parking lot. Anyway, I spent the next 12 hours with a needle in my arm, getting a total of about 6,000 milliliters fluids. I had run six marathons before, I thought I knew how to keep hydrated, but I guess not this time. My wife, Holly, stayed right by my side the entire time in the emergency room; she is a good woman in a storm (there were some tense moments, a long story for a different day). Being married to someone with a Ph.D. in immunopathology is especially beneficial in times like that; Holly not only could speak medic-ese with the docs and translate to me, but she is impossible to "gross out." (Convenient when I was spewing vomit in the hotel room.)” Amazing story, Jay. That’s why yours truly never ran the marathon during the nine years that I was in Boston. But I was always at the finish with cool refreshments for those looking to partake.) … Here’s a little update on your humble servant. I am still at Garage Technology Ventures, investing in early stage technology startups. I have achieved the rank of managing director, which, upon trivial inspection one would find is easily achievable if there are only four people at a firm (down from about 70 at the height of the bubble) and three of them have the same title. On a slightly different note, the Jolly family is now proud owner of a Quizno’s sub shop in Santa Clara (yes, we cater). As a hedge, tech bubbles may come and go, but everyone’s gotta eat! (hmmm…toasty!) Well, I think this issue had a bit of everything – new jobs, homes, ventures, weddings and yes, babies. Perhaps we can have a family style reunion and have just the photos of “class of 1998 spin-offs” (I will leave that up to David Schwartz as he leads our class for the next five years). Signing off, The Joll Man. Caption: Patti Lucero with Conliffe twins.
Full-Time MBA Class Correspondents:
Sheri Greenberg, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Milek, email@example.com
Alex Lawrence, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopefully this newsletter arrives at your homestead prior to the class reunion in the fall of 2004. If not, well, I hope all those who did attend had a great time. And special thanks to those last minute submissions to help fill out the rest of the class notes. The ’99 section was “light” up until the deadline, but as always, better late than never. So let’s get to it with one of the best pieces of news I received being that Joe Vitale is happy to report that he successfully completed 6 months of chemotherapy in April. “I was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in October and started chemo treatments in early November. I've been pronounced cancer free, and I'm hopeful that I'll stay in permanent remission forever. Many, many thanks to all of the Anderson folks for their thoughts, messages and support over the past year. It was great to know that I wasn't going through it alone.” Joe, you are definitely not alone – our good thoughts are with you always. Let us know if you need anything! … News from Northern California has Ritch Viola writing: “Still living in San Francisco with Emily and now, new baby girl. Abigail May was born on Jan. 12, 2004. She has been such a joy for both of us, and we are so lucky that her favorite hobby is SLEEPING! I am now working at a small start up called Method - we sell upscale home care products and have had a lot of success at Target. Just returned from Seattle where we saw a bunch of 99 alums at Ann Stanley's wedding. It was such a beautiful wedding and was great to catch up with everyone. Looking forward to our upcoming reunion in October!” … And Laura Kaufman writes: “I hope all is well with you. I actually have lots of news for a change! First of all, my boyfriend Doug and I got married at City Hall in San Francisco last month with a bunch of good friends from Anderson acting as our witnesses. We're having a more formal wedding/reception in San Francisco later on in the year, unfortunately the same weekend as the five-year reunion, so I'm bummed I can't make it down to Los Angeles. I've also made a career change. I'm working for Zephyr real estate in residential sales, and it's going great. If anyone knows anyone buying or selling a home in San Francisco, I'd be happy to help out.” … Beth Burkhart married Carla McKay, her partner of three years, at the San Francisco City Hall on Friday, Feb. 13, 2004. … Lenore Horton writes: “After five years, I finally have something to report. My boyfriend, Jeff Hawkins (’98), already lives down in San Diego, and I’ll be moving down there soon, after having lived in the same place in Manhattan Beach since first year at Anderson! Unfortunately I’ll have to leave my job at National Mobile Television where I get to play with trucks that broadcast sports, but the surfing in San Diego is much better than in Manhattan Beach, so it seems like a fair trade. Yes, Jeff got me on a surfboard and coached me to stand up on my first time! I’m now completely addicted, so between surfing and playing golf, (one of these days I’ll out drive Jeff) I’m not sure how I fit work into my schedule!” … Now, switching to my international correspondents, Jun Hatcho used the kind words of “Great leader of Anderson Class Notes of 1999” when sending this message “Hi Alex, Do you still remember us? Of course you do still exist in OUR mind clearly. Almost five years have passed since our graduation from the Anderson School and our departure from the United States. We miss you and everything in your country sincerely. Today, we watched the VTR of us in United States, which are absolutely our sweet memories forever. Yuika is 7 years old now although she was only 2 when we left the United States. Now we also have Maika in our family and are living a happy life together. I hope you will enjoy the attached picture. Yuika and Maika wore Japanese traditional costume wishing their future health and happiness. I wish I could join the reunion this fall to see all of my friends there. I have a lot to talk about with you guys.” Jun, if we miss you in October, definitely make plans to come for the 10-year reunion – we miss you buddy! … And then my good friend Zuzka Polishook writes: “I am in Slovakia now, having a good time with my family. My news is not so new anymore, I guess, given the timing. But here it is: I had a second daughter last July (July 2, 2003), and her name is Nina (she is now 10 months). Her big sister Mira is 3 and attending preschool. Mira has certainly inherited some business genes: she says "I will have this one treat, and two and three, and it's a deal". Try to argue with that! As for me, I am a happy stay-at-home mom for now at least. I am hoping to get back to business, though, perhaps by joining my husband in the low tech world of office furniture manufacturing. Whoever thought that my next office will be a shop floor in East Los Angeles! I am attaching a picture of me with my daughters, Mira (right) and Nina (left). … I was in search of a panelist to serve at the Riordan Programs entrepreneur table and was lucky enough to get Stephen Elkind. His update: “Most recently, I have been growing my company (Lily McNeal) into a well-known ("well-known" is a very relative term, so for now let's just say it is quickly gaining positive exposure) women's clothing line. I started it about two years ago, and we are now in over 150 stores in about 25 states. It has been a lot of work but a lot of fun as well. I am still in Southern California. In our second year of b-school, I underwent a serious back surgery. Last year, I underwent an ACL reconstructive surgery, and I have recently started playing sports again with a knee brace. It is great working for myself, and hopefully, it will have a reasonable payoff in the end. Risk? Reward? Let's hope they go hand-in-hand. Best to you.” Stay happy and healthy Steve. … Barbara Liang chimes in with: “I am now the Greater China beauty care external relationship manager with Proctor & Gamble.” … And check this out from Liz Edelstein: ”Since I last weighed in, much has happened! First of all, I’ve completely ditched cubicle America to become a “slashie.” An author/adventurer, that is. My most recent adventures would be the two seasons spent working in Antarctica (awesome!), and as far as being an author, I’ve got three books coming out this year. As Liz Maverick, I write women’s fiction comedy AKA “chick lit” for Penguin Putnam and futuristic action romance for Dorchester. “What a Girl Wants” was a Cosmopolitan Magazine Book Club Pick. It's a bit of a send-up of my experience working at a certain dot-com that shall remain unnamed. “The Shadow Runners,” which comes out in June 2004, features a kick-ass heroine trying to save the world. (Aren’t we all?) And “Adventures of an Ice Princess,” out in October 2004, is my Antarctic comedy. Writing is the best job in the world, but it's also a tough business. The ol’ Anderson MBA has definitely come in handy! I don’t really have a normal address anymore (for the next 10 weeks I’ll be working in Los Angeles. on the Amish reality show, if you can believe it), but you can always reach me through my Web site at www.lizmaverick.com. Most recent Andersonite sightings: I’ve eaten crepes in Paris with Jackie Yau, and talked inner peace with Christine Poremski. (If you have found inner peace, please see Christine Poremski or me immediately.) … I saw Laura Spence, Kim Buresh, and Patty Morrisey, and Deb Johnson at a WBC event in March 2004. With some arm-twisting, I did get Deb to write: “Now that our daughter, Julia, is 7 months old [photo attached], I have returned to work at Deloitte. However, I have left client service, and taken on a new role as program manager for the firm's Initiative for the Advancement and Retention of Women as well as for Deloitte's Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives. I am thrilled to be working only three days a week – finally a work/life balance that actually feels balanced!” … And one of my favorites, John Knecht, still is holding the fort down in Chicago. John writes: ”I got to hang out with Georgette Wong in Chicago over the week of May 4. Georgette came to visit me at Club Rhythm, a drumming bar where I work one night a week. We drummed the night away and danced in the circle to the crazy beat of 40 drummers. Other than that, things have been pretty chill in the Windy City. I celebrated one year of gainful self-employment. Come out and visit!” … My Tahoe snowboard buddy, Samantha Wang, has been quite active lately. We don’t get a chance to see each other when she comes to Los Angeles, but that’s ok. Sam did let me know that, “Most recently in May, I ran into Nancy Shultz, Karin Kelly, Stephania Gaspar and Jennifer Samuelson at the 2004 Rebuilding Together Benefit Ball in San Francisco. The ladies were looking very lovely in their formal attire! I've been traveling a lot for work and that also means I get to visit some Andreson alumni! While I was in San Diego in April, I had the chance to grab dinner with Eleanore Chen Dogan. Eleanore is looking good, and in the true Anderson spirit, is still up for hanging out at a bar 'til late hours on a school night! We made a phone call to Jose "Viva Espana" Cerezo to check in and convince him to stay in the USA and NOT move back to Europe! Don't go Jose!” … Jason Kiefer is moving his company, Pictage, in the right direction with some wonderful news. “Jason Kiefer's company, Pictage, recently closed a multi-million dollar investment and marketing deal with WeddingChannel.com – the number one wedding Web site. He and his family are desperately looking forward to getting out of their 800 square foot rental and into their new home in late June.” … Another “Section E” alum, Lyn Laber, is “back in Los Angeles, enrolled in the Personal Financial Planning program through UCLA extension and has a new addition to the family, a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood named Gilbert. He joins a 14-year-old Thoroughbred and a 12-year-old cat.” … Remember that WBC comment from earlier? Again, I twisted Patty Morrissey’s arm to write in with: “I am still in Los Angeles and am spending my time these days at home with two wonderful children – Emily, who will be 3 in June, and Matthew, who will be 1 in late May. I am enjoying the home life very much for now (getting barely more sleep than the investment-banking days and would sure love an uninterrupted shower one of these days, but the "perks" truly can't be beat). Hope everyone out there is well and happy!” … Lori Duperon writes: “Brief news from me (J.D./M.B.A. 1999) Returned from two years working in Brussels, Belgium, learning to speak French (no choice on that one) and starting two health care-related companies. Have taken up residence in Redondo Beach and a position as technology development director of the UCLA School of Medicine, department of pharmacology, where in addition to facilitating patents, licensing, industry collaborations and start-ups, I am working with Roy Doumani to develop a Business of Science program for bio scientists.” … Trisha Pergande is: “Enjoying being a Mom. Ron and I had our second child, Presley Nicole, on Feb. 9, 2004. Ironically, she was born the same day that we had our son, Canyon, two years earlier. I will be going back to work at General Mills in June and was just approved to go back to work part-time. I am excited for the hopefully more balanced lifestyle. Have gotten to Seattle twice this past spring – once for the bachelorette weekend of Ann Stanley and once for her beautiful wedding. We stayed with Dori and Brett Kelleran (’98) and enjoyed catching up with lots of Anderson folks (Ritch Viola, Martha Irwin Searby, Karin Kelly, Isabelle Fymat Goldmacher, Nancy Shultz, Jen Samuelson). We love and miss the West Coast. Hope to see lots of you at the reunion in October!” … Jeff Higher is “still in Minneapolis having a great time working for General Mills. I spent most of 2002 as part of a small team developing a "How We Build Strong Brands at General Mills" class; it rolled out through all of marketing at Mills and is now being shared across all functions within the organization. Developing the training class was one fire drill after another, but it's been really satisfying to see our work actually impacting the organization. After that assignment, I moved to my current role as marketing manager in our snacks division responsible for Wall Mart, Target and Drug & Dollar. … Lin Ng writes that she and Georgette Wong formed their own company, ICG Investment Consulting Group, with a team of core people from Piper Jaffray. “I guess you may know by now that Georgette and I work together. I'm chief operating officer for ICG Investment Consulting Group and Georgette is head of legacy planning. It's been a lot of fun and hard work. We launched ICG on Sept. 15, 2003. We now have offices in Brisbane, Calif.; Fresno, Calif.; Newport Beach, Calif.; and Westport, Conn. Yes, we've been busy and continue to be. We started with approximately 20 people. We're now about 60!” … Audrey (’99) and Bruce Yamamoto (’00) are still living in North Berkeley with their big black lab, Kuma. Audrey is now working as the director of marketing and business development at Zeum – a multimedia arts and technology museum for kids in downtown San Francisco (check out www.zeum.org). Bruce is still working work with Dave Noles (’00) and Keala Dickhens (’00) at their consulting firm North Lawn Ventures. Audrey and Bruce recently enjoyed their annual Anderson trip to Northstar with Alex and Kelly Lawrence and Sandy and Nathan Cook. They had a blast, even though Samantha Wang and Jonathan Weiss couldn't make it. Audrey also got to meet Tony and Jenni's newest addition – the adorable Noah Shen during a visit to Los Angeles. Looking forward to the rest of the class of '99's baby boom!” … And finally, you know I always put in a shameless plug about yours truly. Besides seeing many ’99ers over the past few months, I have been very fortunate in joining the UCLA Anderson community as the new executive director of the Riordan Programs. It is by far, THE best job I have had in my short career. You can bet that I will be contacting each and every one of you to share your experiences with the many young leaders of tomorrow that participate in the programs. So, don’t forget to send in those updates anytime, and let the rest of the community know what you are doing! Cheers! … Chad Barker writes: “After working for Intel since January 1999, I've cut the cord, opting to hit the open road for the rest of the year. I don't have any specific plans, other than to spend a few weeks in Mt. Shasta healing from the ills of fluorescently-lit cubicle life. After that is anybody's guess.” Captions: Jun Hatcho and family. Zuska Polishook with Nina and Mira.
FEMBA Class Correspondents:
Laura Hornung Roy, email@example.com
Ken Stockman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to everyone who sent in an update. Luckily (?), a huge May snowstorm gave me the perfect reason to be inside on the computer collecting class notes. So, without further ado …Big changes for the (Derrick) Hamilton Family. Our second, Kassandra, is now 2 years old. [I hear she’s the spitting image of her dad, poor thing]. But the really big change is that we are Chicagoans! I was asked to move to the Midwest to take a position as vice president of special services for the 5-state SBC Midwest region. My organization handles high-end business services, has 3,000 people and lots of headaches (oh, excuse me, challenges) but the rewards are awesome. If you are ever in the Chicago area, look us up! … Davis Thames and his wife had their second child - Caroline Marilyn, born Dec. 5, 2003. “I'm still at an Enron subsidiary, manning the light switch. Actually, we are going to be spun out of the bankruptcy at some point this year. The bankruptcy itself will probably turn into one of the longest-lived in addition to the most costly. What else do you expect?” … Goldstar Events, co-founded by Rich Webster, Jim McCarthy and UCLA undergrad alum Robert Graff, continues to prosper. With more than 50,000 registered users and 300 venue partners in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Goldstar Events has grown more than eightfold since last year, and it won't stop there! The site is http://www.goldstarevents.com … Jim McCarthy is writing a weekly newspaper column called "Letter from California," which runs in a South Carolina newspaper and has gotten very good reader response. You can read it at www.letterfromcalifornia.com if you don't get the Sumter paper. … Josh St. Vaughn (Powlesson) is still living in Pasadena and working at Rain Bird. … Brad Clark added to his family on May 20, 2004. That is three kids now for Brad and his wife, Nancy. (Evan is 4, Adrian is 2 1/2 and the newborn). They are still in Sierra Madre (up by Pasadena) and can't see living anywhere else with the kids. Brad has built his environmental consulting office up over the last couple of years to 25 people now. "I opened the office 10 minutes from the house, so I get to go home for lunch. I really like the industry. It's a good mix of well-intended people, specialized technical work, bottom-line business decisions and risky entrepreneurial projects that keep me awake at night. I look forward to visiting at the reunion.” … Bella Mokover has been studying and teaching Chinese martial and healing art for several years. She got her black belt and opened a studio in Studio City in May, where she teaches a martial art called Pa Kua, internal healing art, yoga, reflexology and meditation. “Entrepreneurship is definitely fun! (Especially when I am called Master Bella!) In the process of my studies I gave lessons to such FEMBA favorites as DeAnne Steele, Claire Robinson, Molly Taylor, Rich Gripp, Bill Yost and last, but not least - Elizabeth Ballmer.” … Rick Phillips is “Mr. Stability” – same wife, two kids and job as when we graduated. He plans on spending a week at BruinWoods this summer, which is UCLA's family camp at Lake Arrowhead. … David Rodewald’s PR agency, The David James Agency, has passed its 18-month milestone and is going strong. We have six accounts now and are looking to expand. Still working mostly with tech start-ups although I have added a few public companies. The family just got back from a Hawaiian vacation on the island of Kauai. … Ulf Lindqwister started a new job at Caterpillar last year, where I am division manager in the technology commercialization department. Basically, I handle technology spin-outs and spin-ins for Caterpillar, which are fun, interesting and always something different. The basic idea is to extract more value for the research and development dollars already invested by taking these technologies outside of Caterpillar's usual product pipeline and marker spaces and into new arenas (such as automotive, aerospace, utilities, oil & gas, where they may also have value & utility). The family is doing well in Peoria – in fact, we love small town living now. It is safe, pleasant and inexpensive; while if we get the urge, Chicago is not too far away for fancy shopping and entertaining. Nothing in Peoria seems to be more than 15 minutes away, and a bad traffic day means an extra 5-minute wait on the road (a little different from the 405). The winters, however, are indeed cold, but there is a trade-off with most things in life, and we like ours. ... R.F. Chmaytelli’s company, ACRESWorld, Inc., is starting to offer seismic risk management services to the red-hot residential real estate market. We are launching a marketing campaign to introduce a new service we are calling "Seismic I.Q. (SM)" that should help high-end homeowners predict and quantify their house's susceptibility to damage in the event of an earthquake. As if I have not bored you enough, personally, I’m still single and traveling often. I am looking forward to the five-year reunion, so we can look back, laugh, reflect and re-connect. That should be fun. … Big news for Marty Siewert: “after months of planning, my partner of 10 years and I were married in a ceremony in front of 120 friends and family members here in San Francisco on Feb. 15, 2004. In a stroke of serendipity, the Mayor Newsom and the city of San Francisco extended the right for us to legally marry just before our wedding weekend, so we took advantage of the situation by getting hitched at city hall on Feb. 13 (and we have the marriage license to prove it.)” … Janet Ortiz just got her very first filling ever! “Fortunately it was a small cavity that only needed "sandblasting", so I have yet to experience Novocain or the drill. In the work arena, I'm still a full time real estate agent, and I'm in the middle of my first escrow. It's a start! (Feel free to send me referrals if you know anyone interested in Orange County.) I'm looking forward to catching up with classmates at the reunion in October!” … Darin Chambers is living in Denison, Texas, with Dianne (married July 12, 2003 – one-year anniversary coming up). Believe it or not we met via Match.Com over two and a half years ago. We honeymooned in Tahiti and are still longing to go back – it was amazing. Dianne is an OB/GYN – her and her job made me give up the hustle and bustle of Downtown Dallas for the quiet lake community 70 miles north of Dallas – haven't looked back (well except for dining choices). We are both graduates of the University of Oklahoma and live (or it seems like it after seven home games) in Norman, Okla., during the fall football season. When not going to football games, we have been traveling a ton over the last two years – trying to get it all in before we head down the baby track, which could be soon if you can gauge it by family pressure. Working as a business development manager for ICG Commerce, I am still traveling every other week to and from Philadelphia where I direct several East Coast accounts in online procurement and sourcing/consulting services. On non-travel weeks, I work out of my home office. Five years and counting – still traveling is getting old, but when you can pay for an annual international trip with points (hotel and air) and go first class, it isn't all that bad – at least that is what I keep telling Dianne. … Jill Lineberry is building a pool in the little backyard of her South Pasadena home, because she and her husband love it so much, they're planning to stay a few more years rather than move. … Ken Stockman and his wife had a baby boy named Luke on March 7, 2004. Everyone is healthy. “My company has entered a total of eight markets across the nation and has formed a strategic relationship with a major National Title Company.” … Rosemary (Hoffman) Steen is busy with her two daughters, Sydney, who’s now talking up a storm, and Emma, who’s still keeping her up at night. They welcomed their second daughter, Emma into the world on Dec. 19, 2004. They are happy, healthy, and still enjoying Austin. … The only thing of interest in Max deBrouwer’s boring life is that he moved into a house in Malibu with his girlfriend Carmela. Otherwise he’s still working at Digital Insight and still competing in triathlons, marathons and bike races. Oh, yeah, and he ran the Boston Marathon earlier this year, competed in a seven-day race in Colorado in June, and is riding the last week of the Tour de France in July in hopes of watching Lance set a record. (That’s it? That’s all? Thanks for making us all look lazy, Max. J). Caption: Nancy and Brad Clark with Julian Steven.
EMBA Class Correspondents:
Kerri Pelonis Fox, email@example.com
Bob Giargiari, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Backer started his own real estate development business in 2000 called JSB Development. In the past four years, Jim and his partners have been the developers of a total of 21 buildings totaling over 500,000 square feet. Most recently, they poured the foundations for two beautiful new 20,000 square foot office buildings in Valencia across the street from the Valencia Country Club. Most of his projects are local (Valencia), so he is never more than 10 minutes away from any project (and loves working so close to home). Jim has three children: twins Sarah and Andrew (4 years old) and Peter (3 years old). … Eileen Brooks has taken a position with Alcoa as vice president, human resources for their Howmet Castings business. Howmet is engaged primarily in investment castings for the aerospace and industrial gas turbine markets. They are based out of Cleveland, Ohio, with about 8,000 people spread around the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France and Japan and are in the process of moving into Mexico. Eileen is traveling a fair amount with her new job, mostly short trips, and some of the destinations are quite enjoyable. (She just returned from France – where she had fond memories of our class trip to Nice). Eileen says she is working with a great team of leaders, and it is an interesting business. … Daniel Fox and Kerri Pelonis Fox are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary in August. In addition to meeting in the EMBA program, they held their wedding at the Emerald Bay home of fellow EMBA classmate Fred Kamgar just before graduation in August of 1999. Kerri and Dan have two children, Erin (3 ½ years old) and Joe (1 year 10 months). … Chris Reist recently switched jobs to become chief of research and development for the Long Beach VA Healthcare System. In this role, he oversees all basic science, animal and human subjects research. While his work in psychiatry continues, it is primarily related to his own research projects in psychopharmacology. He was also recently appointed assistant dean at the College of Medicine, UC-Irvine. Other activities include working with a medical information technology company (cnsclinicaltrials.com) developing pharmacy management tools and educational products for health professionals.
Full-Time MBA Class Correspondent: Kerri Sonenshine, email@example.com
It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since graduation. A lot has happened since then. Read on… Roger Chen married Eileen Shin in Lexington, Ky. on April 3. David Whelan (’02) was in attendance. After returning from their honeymoon, the newlyweds hosted a festive Chinese wedding banquet dinner in New York on May 8 attended by Gordon Chan (’99), Katie Hustead, and Bebe Hutter. … David Chang is still with Accenture's high tech strategy practice and is based in Los Angeles. He was recently promoted to senior manager and has been working on various client and internal projects in Southern California for the past 18 months. As a result, he happily reports that he has lost all "status" on airline and hotel loyalty programs. ("Yes, I wait with the rest of the passengers with blue-colored Zone 4 tickets to board United flights now.") His wife, May, and son Kevin, who celebrated his third birthday on April 30th, are doing well. The recent photo shows David and his son, Kevin, after an Easter egg hunt. … Hello, everyone, from James Crean (FEMBA ’00). I wanted to let you know I was recently elected to the Executive Board of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County. So if you need any Bush bumper stickers let me know! It is a volunteer position on a board whose purpose is to help find great local and statewide candidates, register voters and get out the vote throughout the county of Los Angeles. I am the countywide co-chair for Get Out the Vote. Send me an e-mail if you would like to help out (JCrean@CreansWorld.com), and don't forget to vote Nov.! I pay the bills working for my own aerospace consulting company. My wife, Jenn, and I have two kids, Brendan, 1, and Kiara, 3. And I ran into FEMBA 2000 man of mystery, Bill Kelley (FEMBA ’00) out of the blue a couple weeks ago at Home Depot, if you can believe that! And I have to say, he looks marvelous! … Hayley Silver has “lots of big news in my corner. Adam and I had a beautiful baby girl on Sept. 30, 2003, Rachel Sophia House. She keeps us on our toes – very smiley and communicative (letting us know exactly what she wants). We also just bought a house in Montclair, N.J., and plan to move in May 2004. Once we are settled, barbecue at our house!” … Shawn Campbell recently joined Hotel Financial Strategies in Beverly Hills. We are a leading source for capital financing in the lodging industry. Other than that – still living in Manhattan Beach with Mark Hicken. … Joe Hornback reports that: “My wife and I spent the Thanksgiving weekend with fellow classmates. Manny Ruiz and his lady friend had us over for a beautiful Thanksgiving feast at their New York City apartment. Only Manny would offer his guests five different dessert choices. Then the next day, we drove down to Philly and hooked up with Steve Smith and his girlfriend to continue the food fest at Morimoto. Who knew Smith was such an adventurous epicurean? Then in December, Steph LaFlamme and Shanie Geddes came to New York City for their traditional pre-Christmas visit and stayed with us. Looking forward to seeing Maryam Aflak this weekend.” … Roeya Badri Vaughn reports that: “Eric and I were married on Aug. 15, 2003, in Santa Barbara at the Bacara Resort. Anderson alums in attendance were: Jon Swire, Vivianne and Yaniv Waisman, Jenni Tucker (with husband Todd), and Malik Ducard (with wife Althea).” … Andy Arends sends us news as usual: got married (I think that was in a previous Assets), bought a house with room for guests (come skiing), bumped into Keala Dickhens at Beaver Creek, and went to New Orleans for Mike Weaver's contemplative, monastic pre-wedding retreat with Alek Orloff and Andrew Bauchman. ... After almost two years in the United Kingdom, Peter Weng has just moved to Shanghai, China. Still with Dell. Drop me a line if you're in town. … Duncan Lord has a quick update. “That is, my family and I are moving to San Diego in June. I will continue in my present role as director of product management for Metapa, Inc. My son, Kiefer, will be 2 years old in June, so he's keeping my wife, Tricia, and me very busy. I'm looking forward to reconnecting with the Anderson alums in the San Diego area. That's it for me! Pretty simple.” … Tom Mercer joined Progressive Insurance in September. As a product manager, Tom has P&L responsibility for about $60 million of auto policies in Nebraska, Idaho and Oklahoma. Tom, Allison, Jake (5), and Ty (2) are settled in and enjoying sunny San Diego. … Nicholas Levenstein is moving back up to San Francisco and would love to hear from his friends there (cell 415 378 1302). … Julia Pence and her husband, Sean, and son Logan (2) celebrated the birth of a little girl, Deven Pence, on Dec. 1, 2003. We are all adjusting to the new addition fairly well - other than the lack of sleep and the fact that four days after she was born my son came downstairs and asked, "Why is SHE still here?" … From Jeff Comisarow: “In April, I joined Goldman, Sachs & Co., where I am working in biotechnology equity research. I resigned from the health care investment banking group at Citigroup in March.” … John Matise reports: "My wife, Ann, and I recently had a home run on a real estate investment we made a little over two years ago. As a result, I decided to leave E*Capital in April and take a sabbatical before deciding what to do next. In addition, I am very pleased to announce that Ann was admitted to Anderson's Executive MBA program and will start this August." … Sergey Nikitin has more travel news to report. “I didn't think this would ever happen, but I left Hollywood and after a quick trip to Australia, moved back to my home town of St. Petersburg for a couple of months! I got a big place in an old building behind one of the main landmarks here, so everyone is welcome to come and visit, if you haven't seen northern Russia yet. It's a lot of fun, as the sun doesn't set here till 10 p.m., and unlike Los Angeles, the clubs are open till 6 a.m. even on Mondays. So far, Adam Campos and Mike Cohan came over, although Mikey was mostly into seeing the museums and did not participate in the local tradition of staying up drinking vodka all night that much. (He did eat all my caviar though.) Steve Wachtel is also coming over to visit soon, but only for two weeks because of work - I don't get people with jobs. I'll be sending more updates later.” … Colin and Michelle Sebastian are very happy report the birth of our son, Alan, on Dec. 9, who was warmly welcomed home by his now 3-year-old brother, Trae. Also, on a professional note, could you include that I recently began work as an equity research analyst covering the interactive entertainment industry at Schwab SoundView Capital Markets. … Adam Campos recently returned from a trip to Russia. Sergey Nikitin hosted my college roommate and me for four days in St. Petersburg, and we met Mikey Cohan in Moscow on the fifth day. Field Study Team 73 dined on smoked tongue, salmon and other Russian delicacies while contemplating the meaning of post-MBA life. In other news, I turned 30 in November and celebrated with friends at a swanky Spanish tapas dinner party. Still single, no kids, no house to report. Peace. … Matt Walker has exciting news: “Emily, Joe and I are thrilled to welcome our second child, William Clark, to our family. Believe it or not, it's been 10 times easier the second time around. We're living in Pacific Palisades, and I am still at Lowe Enterprises working on hotel and resort development. Ironically, for all of the golf course and ski area projects I have, I'm not skiing or playing much golf.” … Mike Crabill and his wife, Beth, are still living in the Northwest in Portland. I am working as a financial manager in the desktop products group at Intel. Biggest news was the addition of our baby daughter five months ago (Corinne Adeline Crabill). Captions: David Chang with Kevin in April. John and Ann Matise. Team 73 in Russia.
FEMBA Class Correspondent: Bill S. Kelley, firstname.lastname@example.org
I was glad to hear from more of you this time around. It’s great to hear from everyone, and you never know when our network will come in handy. There is nothing new for me (Bill Kelley) this time. I am taking a trip to Aruba this July and am really looking forward to that, but I’ll have to fill you in with the fall edition of Assets. … Gary Weinhouse wrote in with some great news about his family. “Recent update for us is the birth of our first child, a daughter, Mikayla. She was born March 3, 2004, (7 pounds, 4 ounces and 19 3/4 inches). A recent photo of her with my wife, Alyssa, and me is attached. We are all doing quite well, and Alyssa and I are greatly enjoying the excitement of being parents.” … Leah Belfiore is still living in Newport Beach with her husband, David, and two boys, Primo (3) and Paolo (1). Leah is still managing the Wal-Mart business for Coca-Cola in the Western United States. David's company, Action Online, a venture-backed Internet casino, is still pursuing international players and keeping them all busy. They're taking a break from it all in June to visit Italy – Capri, Positano and Sardinia! No kids this time! Leah promises to have beautiful photos for the next update. … Kevin Angeles wrote that he and his wife, Katie, are still living in downtown Chicago and enjoying work and life in general. Oscar Plana lives nearby, and they get to catch up often. They're planning a trip to the Olympics in Greece followed by a trip to Turkey later this summer. Other than that, Kevin claims, “not much else new going on.” … David James has taken a new job as an auditor at Smart and Final's corporate headquarters in Commerce, Calif. …Chris Harris writes: “On April 9, 2004, my wife, Susie, and I welcomed our first child, Brady MacArthur Harris, to the world. He was 9 pounds, 6 ounces and 22 1/4 inches long. His photo is attached. We are back in the Washington, D.C., area but sure miss the Southern California weather and long to move back from time to time. I hope to hear from more of you in the future! Caption: Alyssa, Mikayla and Gary Weinhouse.
Full-Time Correspondent: Lisa Lepson, email@example.com
Beth Champ and Dan Konisky, whose romance blossomed during IMs from section C to section E winter quarter 2000, tied the knot on May 15, 2004. Many Anderson folks showed up and rocked the dance floor including myself, Sunny Choi, Carter Covington, Kendra Fumai, Justin Schulman, Ivy Sheibar, Rick Sliter, Randy Tennant, Ziad Toubassy, Gabby Zadra, Mike Jeon (’02), Carrie Wagner (’02), Darren Janger (’02), and Tait Anderson (’02). … Ranon Kent and his family were also in attendance, and he also writes: “Stacy and I are happy to announce the birth of our daughter, Rayna Miri on April 16, 2004, 7 pounds and 11 ounces. I got married on March 20 in Iselin, N.J. to Deborah Marcus. She is a naturopathic physician, and I am a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in Stamford. I graduated 2002 FEMBA. If you need more info, email me. Thanks. … Brad Prutkin sends in “a photo of some Anderson 2001 ladies I ran into on the streets of New York City. Thought it was worthy of sending in for the alumni update.” … Leslie Leach reports: “Evan Cutler Leach was born Sept. 14, 2003. His hobbies include flirting with attractive women and taking off his clothes. Mom and Dad couldn't be prouder.” … Alex Wang contributes: “Peanie and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter Keira on April 7. Both mother and baby are doing well. On an exciting business note, after an exhaustive search, I completed an acquisition for a directory publishing business (www.resourcedirectory.com) late last year. The business has been around for 25 years as the leading publisher of social service directories for Southern California. My days are now spent executing on an aggressive growth plan to expand our product line and geographic reach. A nice break from Ibanking and software!” … Michael Thomas writes: “Veronica Briseno and I were married on Jan. 11, 2004, at Chapman Chapel in Orange County. We had a fantastic honeymoon in Costa Rica where we zipped through the rain forest on a canopy tour and stayed at the base of Arenal Volcano. We bought a new house and made our home in Irvine. Veronica has joined Option One Mortgage in Irvine, and Michael is currently with Full Spectrum Lending, a division of Countrywide Financial Corporation. … Jeff Comisarow, M.D., joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. in April where he is working in biotechnology equity research. He resigned from the health care investment-banking group at Citigroup in March. … Iain Corby reports: “I'm deferring a move to Deloitte's Sydney office in order to extend my current secondment to Rt. Hon. Michael Howard MP, the leader of the Conservative Party until he wins the next United Kingdom general election! This will allow me to take better advantage of my new pied a terre, an artisan loft in Leicester Square to which Anderson visitors remain always welcome!” … Tom and Stacey West had a baby, Carlisle Rose West, born on Oct. 21, 2003. Caption: At Ingrid's in NYC. Leslie and Evan Leach. Veronica and Michael Thomas. Carlisle Rose West and daddy Tom.
EMBA Class Correspondent: Jennifer Dryden, firstname.lastname@example.org
FEMBA Class Correspondent: Grady Smith, email@example.com
Full-Time MBA Class Correspondent: David J. Whelan, firstname.lastname@example.org
It seems like months since you’ve heard from us, so it only makes sense that a few more babies would have appeared on the scene. David Dellea sends word straight from the delivery room that daughter Gabriela was born in April, making newlyweds Marcia and him very happy parents. He writes, “Guys, never mind figuring out Zurich’s time zone – from now on, we’re available 24/7.” … They should take some pointers from Chris “Fleisch” Fleischner, whose wife Dawn just gave birth to their second child and first son, Andrew Conrad. Fleisch left UCLA in January to join a small placement firm that helps private and charter schools find teachers and administrators. … Is there a baby in the future for Section A-mates Cassio Tanikawa and Pete Sather? Not together, of course, but both have at least taken walks down the aisle recently. Cassio and classmate Letty Oseguera were married in a beautiful multi-lingual ceremony in Orange County in March, with too many other classmates in attendance to count, your humble raconteur among them. Pete and Rose Singh tied the knot in May. Pete’s job and life remain top-secret, but we suspect we’ll hear more from him in the near future. … Strange things are afoot in the Los Angeles ‘burbs. It seems that more and more of us are working in the West Valley and beyond. Kerry Edelstein is braving the 30-plus-mile commute to Westlake Village; she’s working with Chris Lang at SmithGeiger, where she imparts her market research wisdom and in return gets to watch TV at work – truly a “proper symbiotic work environment.” Kerry is also co-chairing this fall’s Los Angeles Nontraditional MBA Career Night at Anderson. ... Todd Campopiano works nearby when he’s not relaxing in Malibu. … Sandi Matsumoto has taken this exodus to the extreme. She’s living in Ventura, just steps from the beach, and biking to her new job at the Nature Conservancy. She laughs at our Los Angeles commutes. … Amit Aggarwal just left the Westlake area for San Francisco, where he’s working at Telephia, a wireless market research firm. … Still in San Francisco are Ritu Tandon and Amrit Nagpal. Both are working for hedge funds in the city and house hunting in an out-of-control real estate market. … Tarik Rguem and his wife, Kim, recently landed their own property. They’ve made the leap to the Valley – call it a marital compromise – but at least they are south of the Boulevard. … Back on the employment tip, Elissa Swift is learning to do hair at Bumble and Bumble in New York. Beyond styling her own hair, and that of a few sucker subjects, she is working in sales and marketing for the great coiffeur. … Leena Mehta, who works for Bumble’s parent Estée Lauder, has moved back to Los Angeles from New York. … Yoko Nakao is finally reuniting with husband Mike Lin in the Bay Area; she’s just taken a product marketing manager job with the venerable videogame company Namco. … In other marketing news, Jorge Cisternas was just promoted to product manager at Farmers Insurance. He, his wife and two children live in Santa Clarita. … In showbiz news, Bryant Kong has been having an incredible adventure with his new record label, Stuffed Penguin Music, and its very unusual debut album, “The Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld.” Since NPR broke the story, he’s been featured on CNN twice, in the Los Angeles Times, and all over the media including the BBC and German television. … Mitch Brody is on the other end of the entertainment spectrum, enjoying an extended vacation of “skateboarding, sailing, surfing, snowboarding and scuba diving.” … And finally, on a more sober note, a plethora of classmates recently participated in the 2004 Bay to Breakers in San Francisco, paying tribute to Nick Ng, who passed away participating in the race last year. You are missed but not forgotten, Nick. Want to read more? Write more. Captions: David Dellea with new daughter Gabriela in April. Cassio Tanikawa and Letty Oseguera's March wedding in Orange County.
FEMBA Class Correspondents:
Jeffrey Ryan, email@example.com
Chad Michael Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy spring FEMBA 2002-ers. Since most of you are living comfortably in temperate, jealousy-inspiring Southern California, this may be the only indication you get that there are still four seasons available out there. This edition will be quick and dirty given a deadline that’s looming closer than full-timers at the FEMBA snack table. … We heard from Michelle Kinch this time around. She recently made a well-advised trek out to "the right coast,” transferring with Nissan to Northern Virginia. She commutes to work in Charlotte, N. C., nearly every week to work with dealers in and around the Queen City. Although she admits that the pull of Southern California was hard to resist, she’s been told it's the professional steppingstone before launching to her next position. As best as I can tell, that next position is racecar driver. … Josh Passman is back on the East Coast after moving to New York from Portland last February. He got married in March and honeymooned in Aruba. He’s currently earning a paycheck at Merrill Lynch in Stamford as one of a team of four financial advisors. This guy definitely takes balancing a checkbook to the next level! Good hanging out with you, Josh. Sorry Timna and I felt our age a little too early that evening. … Dave Bonrouhi and his wife, Tina, have been busy with their son Alex, a 15-month-old stud muffin (gotta see this lady-killer). Dave, a vice president at Hunter Chase & Company, reports Alex has adopted some of his father’s finer personality traits – crankiness, restlessness, and the occasional and unfortunate gassy episode. … Finally, Timna Tanner and I met the Spruce clan, John, Jana, and the adorable Emma and Evan for a ski retreat in outstanding Taos, N. M. The Sprice braved a mini-Smith family get together and managed to survive with minimal scarring. It was a great that they managed to make it up from their home in Albuquerque and was fantastic to see them. Jana was the queen of the bunny slope, and John carved more cold stuff than a Zamboni. Check out the pick – I can’t swear I was sober. … That about does it. It’s well known that you’re knocking the cover off the ball of success and familial bliss, so share the details, and please keep the submissions coming. This following section really seems to work – Tom Fink checked in after being called out in the first installment. He mostly said things were fine so ‘back off,’ but I never said I was a smart guy. So, Anyone Heard From: Tami Luckie? Oh, and Tom is actually doing consulting work at Boeing (with Yuri Nakagawa) in Long Beach and has traveled to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerta Vallarta. Hasta Luega! Caption: The Spruces and Tanner-Smiths.
Full-Time MBA Class Correspondent: Nick Neisler, email@example.com
Christine Marick says her husband, Greg, and she had a baby on Nov. 14, 2003. She is also back at work as an analyst at Payden & Rygel in Los Angeles, Calif. … Patrick Wasser is living and working in Chicago with Madison Capital Funding, and invites anyone coming to town to give him a shout. … Tej and Priya (Vasudev) Desai were married last July, just three weeks after graduation. Tej says: "We were lucky to share this special day with many of our Anderson friends." Priya is an ophthalmology resident at UCLA, and Tej works in home video at 20th Century Fox. … Benjamin Castro reports all is going well at McKinsey. He sends a picture in from an Anderson get-together at Mexico with alumni from Mexico, Chile and Peru. Caption: Benjamin Castro and an Anderson get-together in Mexico.
Full-Time Class Correspondent: Ari Blank, firstname.lastname@example.org
FEMBA Class Correspondent: Chris Downing, email@example.com