Merwin Kinkade recently retired as president of Viridian Environmental, a N.J.-based environmental firm he founded in 1991. Merwin and wife Catherine reside in Clifton, N.J.
Merwin Kinkade recently retired as president of Viridian Environmental, a N.J.-based environmental firm he founded in 1991. Merwin and wife Catherine reside in Clifton, N.J.
Karen Wetmore, MBA’88, emails, “I have just celebrated the 30th anniversary of my business, Falcon Accounting Services in Needham. My semester with Jeffry Timmons and his ‘Financing the Entrepreneurial Venture’ class, those many years ago, has continued to serve me well. Babson put me in a great spot to own and operate a successful business. We work with clients to help keep their bookkeeping records in order and with seniors, their adult children and/or guardians, and their caregivers when they need household bookkeeping help and payroll assistance for caregivers.”
The Very Rev. Scott Anderson has accepted a call to the position of dean of St. Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral in the diocese of Montana. He emails, “I invite my Babson friends to come out and see a beauty not found in many other places. If you come to Montana, be sure to call.”
Brian Casey (front, right) was among those attending a March networking event for the San Diego Babson Alumni Club at AleSmith Brewing Co. Brian emails, “San Diego has close to 200 microbreweries, and our Babson Alumni Club is trying to research all of them. It’s always a great evening with other Babson grads.” Back, left to right, are Jeff Bosch ’99; Dennis Brewster ’81; Nick Kleidon ’16; Troy Kennedy, MBA’96; Stuart Tucker, Babson major gifts officer; Ndidi Okeke (guest); Chi Obasi ’16; and Don Bynum (guest). Kneeling, next to Brian, is Danelle Devine ’16.
John Mattone presented two workshops in June for the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing. John, a coach and speaker, is also author of, among other works, Intelligent Leadership: What You Need to Know to Unlock Your Full Potential. Visit johnmattone.com.
Frank Tarantino has taken the role of CFO at CLS Holdings USA of Las Vegas, a diversified cannabis company operating as Cannabis Life Sciences. Before joining CLS, Frank was COO and CFO of Wild Things, an outdoor clothing manufacturer.
Ken Paull (back, left) emails, “Boston-based payment-technology firm Cayan was sold to TSYS in January for $1.05 billion. At the time of the sale, five of the company’s senior executives were Babson graduates: (front, from left) Gregg Capone ’93, senior vice president, professional services and customer experience; Rachel Trueblood, MBA’94, senior vice president, marketing; Johanna Perri ’96, director of HR; (back) myself, chief revenue officer; and Chris Menard ’96, CFO. Chris and Rachel have since moved on to BlueSnap, another payments company. I have retired from Cayan after more than 30 years in the payments industry.”
Erica Tank has been appointed president of Garland Technology of Buffalo, N.Y. Garland is a provider of network and test access products. Erica was previously a global account strategist with NetApp, a data storage firm.
David Brault has joined Blue Bell Mattress of East Windsor, Conn., as the company’s first CFO. David previously served as CFO at Pro-Vigil Surveillance Services.
Lisa McCubbin emails, “I’m thrilled to announce the release of my latest book, Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer, published by the Gallery Books group of Simon & Schuster. It’s the inspiring true story of this amazing woman, whose candor and courage sparked national dialogues about breast cancer, women’s rights, sexuality, abortion, and alcohol and drug addiction—all subjects that had previously been taboo. Signed copies are available at my website.”
Stacey Manjos Page (far left) and husband David Page ’83 (far right), shown with their children, Michael and Sara, recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of Hingham Jewelers, their second-generation family business in Hingham, Mass. To thank the community for its support, the Pages ran a contest offering a $1,000 shopping spree to a deserving local person. Stacey emails, “The ‘random act of kindness’ giveaway reinforced the fact that we all have so much to be grateful for.” David adds, “We’re proud to grow a second-generation business and to give back to the local community that has been so supportive of us.”
Susan Chebookjian is director of event management at MFS Investment Management in Boston. Outside of work, Susan is a director and choreographer. She emails, “This summer, I had the pleasure of directing and choreographing The Music Man at Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham, with a cast of over 50, a full orchestra, and incredibly talented professional and aspiring actors. I have the best of both worlds, having both a corporate job and a creative outlet. They complement one another and continue to challenge me, in a good way.”
Maribeth Holland (center, with teammate Donato De Donato, left, and professional triathlete Katie Zaferes) emails, “I’ve been navigating the complex equity markets as a money manager at Sutton Place Capital Management. Over the past few years, I also have finished several triathlons and decided to take on my first international race in Bermuda in April: a one-mile swim in the ocean, 25 miles on the bike, and a 6.2-mile run. Triathlons require three disciplines and the ability to adjust to foul-ups such as lost goggles; it’s been a helpful reset exercise for career challenges. Other alumni who are interested in the sport can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Kevin Baril, MBA’89, has been named national managing principal of innovation for Grant Thornton, a Chicago-based audit, tax, and advisory services firm. Kevin was previously a principal on Grant Thornton’s business consulting and technology team in advisory services. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, he served as vice president of global business services at IBM.
Michael Bayer was among those named “CFO of the Year” by Boston Business Journal. Michael serves as CFO of iZotope, a maker of audio technology based in Cambridge, Mass. He also serves as an adjunct lecturer in finance at Babson.
Thomas Carlson has joined Wipaire, an aircraft supply and repair company based in South St. Paul, Minn., as services and components sales manager. Tom has had a long career in the aviation industry, having held positions at Pratt & Whitney, Alcoa, AeroVIsion, and elsewhere.
Malik Fernando was interviewed by Forbes for a May 31 article, “From Ethical Teas to a Culturally Conscious Luxe Hospitality Brand in Sri Lanka.” Malik’s family tea business, Dilmah, branched out into hospitality with Resplendent Ceylon, a group of three luxury hotel properties in Sri Lanka, as detailed in the Forbes interview.
Matthew Kidd was recognized by Super Lawyers as a 2018 New England Rising Star. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of lawyers who have attained significant peer recognition and professional achievement. Matthew is one of only 2.5 percent of attorneys in Massachusetts who are given the honor of being designated a “Rising Star.” Selection criteria include peer nominations, independent research by the Super Lawyers organization, and evaluations from a highly credentialed panel of attorneys.
Alan Klimpl (second from left) emails, “My wife, Kim Brown ’88 (left), and I were going on an Alaska cruise out of Seattle and got together with locals Jim Craig ’90 (second from right) and Christine Palumbo Craig ’91 (right), whom I’ve kept in touch with but haven’t seen for years. The funny thing is, we lined up in class order without even realizing it.” Alan adds that he and Kim were looking forward to being back on campus in September for Kim’s 30th Reunion.
Susan Jakubowski was appointed to the San Mateo County Superior Court Bench by California governor Jerry Brown, reports the San Mateo Daily Journal. The July 27 article notes that Susan served as a court commissioner since 2006 and previously was a Superior Court research attorney for several years.
Dexter Bachelder has been named vice president, contractor solutions, for Command Alkon, a Birmingham, Ala., supply-chain technology firm. Previously, Dexter served as senior vice president, global business development, at Aconex.
Patrice Thiry is chairman and CEO of ProwebCE, which offers a range of products for works councils in France. Works councils provide social and cultural activities for a company’s employees and are mandated in France for companies with more than 50 employees. Patrice emails, “I just sold my company to Edenred, one of the top 60 French companies, operating in 45 countries.” Edenred specializes in prepaid corporate services.
Seth Rudolph emails, “I’m happy to share the news that I have recently joined The Kirlin Group as CFO. Kirlin is a mid-size privately owned contractor, specializing in large mechanical (HVAC, plumbing), fire protection, and fabrication services. Kirlin has a wonderful history and great culture. I split my time between the corporate office in Rockville, Md., and my hometown of Charlotte, N.C.”
Adam Vengrow has joined Stifel Financial of St. Louis as managing director and head of credit. Previously, Adam worked at Cantor Fitzgerald, most recently as co-head of the credit group.
Chris Menard has joined BlueSnap, an online payments technology company based in Boston, in the role of CFO. Previously, Chris was executive vice president and CFO at Cayan. (See photo, Ken Paull ’82.)
Christopher Nicotra emails, “This summer I had the opportunity to visit classmate Vinod Bakshani in Montreal. I also traveled to Silicon Valley and visited classmates Cassidy Morgan and Sameer Patel. After 20 years working with my family, I recently sold my share in our family firm, Olympia Holdings, and took the opportunity to travel with my son. I’ve started a new venture, Apollo Investment and RE Holdings. I look forward to growing this firm for the next 20 years of my life.”
Kara Clark emails, “I was named senior vice president and chief financial officer of Winchester (Mass.) Co-operative Bank. Winchester Co-operative Bank is a customer-friendly bank just outside of Boston, with over $625 million in assets. The bank has been around for 125 years and strives to serve its customers and the community.”
Lindsay King Wallin emails, “I just recently purchased two additional McDonald’s restaurants on Boston’s North Shore. I’ve been a franchise owner and operator for nine years and own three locations.”
Mike Massaro is CEO of Flywire, a Boston-based fintech company. The firm was the subject of a July 26 Forbes.com article, “Startup Raises $100 Million to Allow College, Hospital, and Business Bills to be Paid in Foreign Currency.” The article reports that Mike joined Flywire as vice president of business development in 2013, becoming CEO later that year.
Franco Estrada was profiled in a July 25 Forbes.com article, “Seeking Success South of the Border.” The article describes how Franco built a roster of clients in Latin America and the U.S. for UBS, where he works as a senior vice president in wealth management. Forbes reports that Franco manages $500 million for 75 high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients.
Abby Fabiaschi penned a piece for The Washington Post over the summer. The July 31 article describes Abby’s experience with a serious illness and the parenting lessons she drew from it. Abby is the co-founder of Empower Her Network, a nonprofit that supports survivors of human trafficking, and is the author of the novel I Liked My Life. Visit abbyfabiaschi.com.
Kathleen Kenealy emails, “I am thrilled and honored to have been recognized as an InvestmentNews 2018 ‘40 Under 40’ honoree. Winners were chosen from a pool of almost 1,000 nominees, based on accomplishments, contribution to the financial advice industry, and leadership. I am also proud to have been named the 2017 Development Volunteer of the Year by the Red Cross of Massachusetts, in recognition of my role as president of the Friends of the Red Cross, the Massachusetts Red Cross young professionals’ volunteer organization.”
Doug Kopcso has been named interim head football coach at Needham High School, reports a July 25 Boston Herald article.
Luke DelVecchio and wife Zemira were recognized by the Wellesley Historical Commission for their historically sensitive renovation of their Wellesley home, described in a July 10 Swellesley Report article. The house, which dates to 1900, was renovated in 2017.
John Saunders was featured in a July 17 New York Times article, “For Manufacturers, a Complex Mix Can Determine Location.” John started a machine shop in New York City before moving back to his hometown of Zanesville, Ohio, where he runs Saunders Machine Works. John documents his machining and entrepreneurial endeavors through the popular YouTube channel “NYC CNC” and has enjoyed becoming a recognized figure in the manufacturing industry.
David Ellis, a longtime commercial real estate professional, has launched a new firm, Ellis Realty Advisors, reports an Aug. 24 New England Real Estate Journal article. The new venture, based in Braintree, Mass., will focus initially on Boston’s south suburban markets. David was previously with Jack Conway’s commercial division.
Caitlin Laman was featured in an Aug. 14 article, “7 Women Shaking Up Chicago’s Cocktail Scene,” on the website Make It Better. Caitlin is the beverage director at Ace Hotel in Chicago.
Amy Choi, MS’07, has been named chief growth officer at T3 Advisors, a corporate real estate advisory firm based in Boston. Previously, Amy led Silicon Valley Bank’s early-stage practice.
Josh Nespoli (left) is deputy director of Community Strategies Group, which helps drive community and economic development projects in his hometown of Berwick, Pa. He also co-founded nonprofit teen leadership center For the Cause. Josh emails, “Corey Golden ’01 (right) and I met up with Darcy Buck ’07 (center) in Hanover, Pa., for a tour of her family’s security-supplies business, A. Rifkin, which recently celebrated its 125th anniversary. We’re planning a September visit to Carbondale, Pa., to tour Corey’s ketchup company, Pittston Ketchup. We agreed we’d like to be more proactive in connecting with alums in our area.”
Dahlia Sattar (left) and Sara Ferrer ’08 (right), best friends from Babson, are the founders of Zoey Koko, a bath-and-body product line for young girls that’s aimed at supporting their empowerment and self-confidence. Sara emails, “The brand’s products are made of all-natural ingredients and are specifically formulated with youth in mind. Zoey Koko products are perfect for a celebration, a sleepover, or just because, and the demand has grown significantly since we founded the company a year and a half ago. You can buy the products online and in many specialty boutiques in and around Boston. Find more information at our website.”
Rebecca Soon has been named deputy director of Honolulu’s Department of Community Services, reports a June 4 Honolulu Star Advertiser article.
Charlie Bogoian and Phil Tepfer founded Kenai Sports while still at Babson. The firm makes clothing from 100 percent post-consumer recycled content. Kenai recently partnered with textile manufacturer Milliken on a multiyear contract with MassCor Industries to recycle fabric waste from its clothing manufacturing facilities, which operate vocational training sites for inmates in Massachusetts. Charlie emails, “We hope to use this contract as a template that will extend to our core uniform and outerwear business.”
Rashida Malcolm Bradley was among the many members of the Babson community who gathered in New York City’s Central Park to celebrate Babson’s 15 years of involvement with Posse, a program that recruits and trains public high school students to become Posse Scholars. Rashida emails, “It has been amazing to witness the Babson-Posse partnership blossom over the past 15 years. My fellow Posse Scholars are leaders, activists, business owners, parents, and more. We have supported one another throughout many stages of life. This is truly a family.” Behind Rashida is trustee Shatiek Gatlin ’16.
Jaime Gaudet has been named director of school improvement planning for the Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Boston. Previously, Jaime served as director of admissions at Marian High School in Framingham, Mass.
Victor Chang was profiled on CNBC.com in a July 17 article, “Amazon Prime Day Helped This Young Couple Bring in Millions Selling Dog Cameras Online.” Victor and Maggie Cheung, his wife and business partner, are the creators of Furbo, a smartphone-controlled dog camera that allows pet owners to view their fur babies (and even dispense treats) remotely.
Karin Dietz (second from right) was part of a group of Detroit-area alumni and friends who attended a Detroit City FC soccer game together. Karin emails, “Babson spirit runs strong in Michigan! We had a great time connecting and taking in an exciting match.” Pictured, from left, are Howard Brown ’88, Keith Bourne, MBA’03, Mo Yang ’13, Mahmoud Mattan, MBA’13, Kimberly Hartrick (guest), Allison Hartrick, MBA’13, Karin, and Brian Donley, MBA’10.
Patrick Baird emails, “I earned my MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, was nominated to the executive committee of the Babson Alumni Association’s board of directors as vice president, and joined the board of trustees of the Webb School of Knoxville (Tenn.) in May 2018.”
Marcus Edwards was profiled in an Aug. 2 East Hampton (N.Y.) Star article, “A Primer for the Resolute.” Marcus, who played basketball at Babson, is the founder of Hoop Hampton, a basketball development program, and serves as assistant varsity basketball coach at East Hampton High School.
Jenny Sargent serves as an associate director at Arabella Advisors in Chicago. She emails, “At Arabella, I work as part of a team to provide fiscal sponsorship and incubation services to a range of charitable initiatives. We partner with donors, grassroots organizers, and other leaders in the nonprofit world to launch and manage initiatives that enable them to focus on their mission while we execute their legal, financial, and operational framework. On a daily basis, I get to help push forward social change in the areas of gun-violence prevention and juvenile justice, among other issues.”
Dinesh Wadhwani was among those named to Worcester Business Journal’s list of the 50 most influential people in the central Massachusetts economy. Dinesh is the founder and CEO of ThinkLite, a maker of energy-saving LED light bulbs.
Ryan Carnevale: See Jack Grover ’14.
Tavishi Kanoria was featured in a July 25 Vogue India post, “Brides, Here’s Your One-Stop Shopping Destination in Kolkata,” profiling her upscale Kolkata fashion boutique, Citrine. Tavishi launched the shop with her mother in 2016.
Tyler Murphy (MS’13), emails, “On Mother’s Day, I hiked up Gunstock Mountain in my hometown of Gilford, N.H., with my sister, mother, and two ‘nephews,’ Arrow and Bruin, who proudly wore Babson bandanas. Brief updates: I am in my manager promotion year at EY in its IT risk practice, and I have wholeheartedly embraced my identity this year, coming out to friends and family in the spring and recently joining Unity, EY’s LGBTQ professional network and community. It was great to come back to Babson in September for our five-year Reunion. Very exciting to see all of my fellow 2013 friends!”
Marissa Almeida was recognized by website Poets & Quants as a 2018 “MBA to Watch.” She completed her MBA this past spring at the University of Florida. Marissa is working as a product marketing advisor at Dell.
Jack Grover and Ryan Carnevale ’13 launched Grove Bags, a Cleveland-based firm that creates storage products for cannabis, in 2016. Jack and Ryan were profiled in an Aug. 24 Cleveland Magazine article, “Grove Bags is Making Green from the Cannabis Industry.” Grove Bags, reports the magazine, makes everything from gram bags to 55-gallon drum liners.
Mike Driscoll has joined Colliers Nashville (Tenn.) as a broker, working on office leasing and sales. Mike played professional minor league hockey for two years after graduation.
Avika Shah and Nilomi Mehta are both “ambassadors” for Sheroes, a women’s community platform that offers support, resources, and opportunities for users. Avika and Nilomi were profiled on the site in August, describing their work and their goals for Sheroes. Avika is a senior financial services consultant at EY, and Nilomi is a senior advisory associate at KPMG, focusing on capital markets.
Jack Barber and Max Barber ’17, the brothers behind Cambridge, Mass., eatery Mainely Burgers, will open a second location at Boston Landing, the Brighton neighborhood currently under development. Mainely Burgers launched as a food truck in 2012 and opened its first bricks-and-mortar location in Central Square in 2016.
Tan Kabra, founder and CEO of LaunchByte, was featured in a July 5 article, “Five Innovative Tech Companies Working with LaunchByte,” on website Built In Boston. LaunchByte is a Boston-based investment firm specializing in early-stage ventures. Among the ventures receiving funding from LaunchByte are dating app BondApp and music booking platform Gigabit Live.
Nick Tasiopoulos organized a hockey fundraiser in August in honor of Weymouth (Mass.) police officer Michael Chesna and bystander Vera Adams, both killed in a July 15 shooting, reports an Aug. 21 article in The Enterprise newspaper of Brockton, Mass. The article notes that tickets to the event, held in Kingston, Mass., sold out in less than a week.
Max Barber: See Jack Barber ’16.
Erica Maesincee emails, “I am director of CODE Program, organized by C asean, a ‘catalyst’ that brings together universities, companies, the government, and young talent in Thailand to co-develop their shared aspirations. The goal is to unlock capability gaps and unleash the potential of young talent. I am also on the working team of Thailand’s Partnership School Initiative, which brings in leading companies to help run schools in rural areas and reduce inefficiencies in our education system. Finally, I am teaching entrepreneurial leadership programs at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi and Bangkok University, and I help organizations with transformation design.”
Robert Quirk: See Grad News, 2009.
Spencer Rivera (left) earned a Fulbright award and is spending 11 months in Malaysia, teaching English in a rural high school. He emails, “Directly following Ramadan is the celebration of Hari Raya, an all-you-can-eat, 30-day event. My school hosted a highly anticipated Hari Raya gathering, where students, teachers, and parents greeted one another with warm welcomes and enjoyed an abundance of traditional foods and delicious treats. In this picture, I am joined by some of my students, and we’re all about to dig into a holiday feast. I’m wearing a traditional baju melayu, complete with the samping (waist) and songkok (hat).”
Kyle Alexander: See Grad News, 2009.
John Floegel and Ryan Arena are both playing professional baseball with the Santa Fe (N.M.) Fuego of the Pecos League. John made his pitching debut in July, striking out six batters over five innings to pick up the win.
Ryan Gouveia will play minor league professional hockey in France in the upcoming season, playing forward for the Neuilly-sur-Marne Bisons, just outside of Paris.
John Moran recently authored Transforming Community Health Through Leadership, published by Routledge, a member of Taylor & Francis Group. John is a senior quality advisor to the Public Health Foundation, a Washington nonprofit.
Robert Goff emails, “Following a 40-year career in health-care administration, I co-authored The Patient, The Doctor and The Bill Collector, which helped launch the charity RIP Medical Debt. The organization acquires and abolishes consumer medical debt. After a featured mention on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver in 2016, we were able to abolish more than $50 million of medical debt over the following 12 months. The charity is now on target to abolish over $80 million in debt in 2018.”
James Masciarelli emails, “My Babson experience helped transform my career from social work to entrepreneurship. After a long march as a retained executive-search consultant, I wrote a nonfiction book, PowerSkills, inspired by my entrepreneurial career. I invested in 17 companies before hanging up my spurs to write a novel. I love maritime history and the wonderful culture here on Cape Ann. I was thrilled to get a publishing contract for my novel, Beyond Beauport, about a Gloucester woman’s quest to uncover her seafaring and pirate ancestry. Visit my website for news about my writing journey.” Visit jamesmasciarelli.com.
Kerry O’Neil and the music publishing company he co-founded, Nashville’s Big Yellow Dog Music, were profiled in an Aug. 31 article in The Tennessean. The article describes how the business has found success by working both inside and outside of country music’s mainstream.
Jack Pini has joined business-consulting firm Exceptional Leaders International, of Boston, in the role of senior advisor. Previously, Jack served as managing director, principal gifts and strategic initiatives, at Bentley University.
Jim Citro has joined PlaneSense, a Portsmouth, N.H., fractional airline company, as chief financial officer and treasurer. In this new role, Jim is responsible for all financial activity for five affiliated airline companies, managing aircraft ownership, regulatory compliance, logistics, crews, maintenance, customer travel activity, asset holdings, and real estate transactions within the overall corporate structure. Previously, Jim served in senior financial roles for Gulf Oil Limited Partnership.
Mark Ahern emails, “After spending the past seven years as head of investor relations at a European equity hedge fund in New York City, I have recently joined friends and former colleagues as a partner at AccessAlpha Worldwide, representing a group of investment firms offering specialized strategies that deliver meaningful alpha to institutional investors. Although the firm is based in Chicago, I have established an office in Massachusetts. My wife, Lana Popkova, and three children leave New York with fond memories but look forward to living year-round in Yarmouth Port.”
Bob Waddick was sworn in as Waltham (Mass.) city clerk in July, reports website Framingham Source in a July 24 article. The story notes that Bob was sworn in by his sister, Framingham city clerk Valerie Mulvey, and that the two are reportedly the only brother-sister city clerks in Massachusetts.
David Macdonald has been appointed president and CEO of First Light Biosciences, a provider of diagnostic tests based in Bedford, Mass. David previously served as CEO at Agendia and as COO and vice president at Quest Diagnostics.
Karen Wetmore: See Undergrad News, 1976.
Andrew Frawley has joined V12 Data as CEO. V12 is an omnichannel data and marketing firm based in Tampa, Fla., and Matawan, N.J. Andrew was previously CEO of Epsilon.
Kevin Baril: See Undergrad News, 1988.
Terry Becker is vice president and financial planning officer for Rockland Trust, a Rockland, Mass., bank. Before joining Rockland Trust, Terry served as estate and financial planning analyst for Fiduciary Trust.
Rebecca Bozadjian has joined Tighe & Bond, an engineering and environmental consulting firm based in Westwood, Mass., in the role of director of marketing and communications. Becky has served as a volunteer in CLTP, Babson’s developmental coaching program for undergraduates, since 2015.
Robert Hilliard is CIO at Academic Partnerships, a Dallas-based higher-education online service provider. Previously, Rob was with Laureate Education.
Chris Mellen emails, “I have co-written the third edition of Valuation for M&A, a 480-page textbook published by Wiley. The book focuses on building and measuring private company value, with chapters on specialty topics such as exit planning, fairness opinions, intangible asset valuations, and valuing startup companies. It concludes with two comprehensive valuation case studies. The second edition of the book was translated into Mandarin Chinese.”
Renaud Maloberti has been named chief commercial officer of Bionik Laboratories, a provider of rehabilitation and assistive technology products based in Toronto and Watertown, Mass. Renaud was previously vice president and general manager of FujiFilm VisualSonics, a division of FujiFilm SonoSite.
Rachel Trueblood: See Ken Paull ’82.
Ash Sawhney has been appointed president of insurance solutions, North America, at Ebix, a supplier of on-demand software and e-commerce services to the insurance, financial, health-care, and e-learning industries. Ash joined Ebix, based in Johns Creek, Ga., in 2012 through the acquisition of PlanetSoft, where he was one of the founding partners. Previously, he served as vice president of international strategy at State Street.
David Bradbury emails, “Upon graduating, I planned to join a tech startup in Boston. But with encouragement from professor Jeffry Timmons, I changed paths, moving back to Vermont to establish Aggregate Capital Partners, which supports new ventures. In 2007, I was asked to lead the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET). Today, VCET offers startups and scale-ups access to three innovation spaces, a 130-person mentoring network, and direct venture-capital investment. Babson prepared me for being tested daily by the diverse, incredibly talented individuals who walk through our door.” David lives in Stowe, Vt., with his wife and two sons.
Jeffery Farley has been appointed vice president of global sales operations for Pegasystems, a customer-engagement software company based in Cambridge, Mass. Previously, Jeff was global business finance leader for worldwide sales and services at Red Hat.
Peter Gottesman participated in a panel discussion on endangered-species conservation at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn. Peter is the founder of Endangered Species Revenge, a wildlife conservation group that uses humor and animation to help bring attention to the fight to save endangered animals.
Katy O’Neil has been named vice president, business development and client relations, Northeast, for national building contractor Suffolk. In this role, Katy will oversee the Boston business development team and will be an integral part of the Boston leadership team. Previously, she served as executive vice president for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, a position she held for more than 16 years. Katy emails, “I’m very excited to take on this key role with Suffolk. It’s a great opportunity to help shape Boston’s future and contribute to Suffolk’s success.”
John Hargrave (left), hosted a Babson Boston showcase of U.S. blockchain technology for a delegation of U.K. fintech leaders. John, who is CEO of Media Shower, emails, “We’re in the early days of blockchain, which is like the early days of the web. Today, our students and alumni are building the most powerful companies of tomorrow, powered by blockchain.” From left are John; Nicholas Emmons, a blockchain developer at John Hancock; the Right Honorable Charles Bowman, lord mayor of London; Frank Makrides, founder of the cryptocurrency Tunnel; Remy Carpinito, CEO of technology platform Esprezzo; and Gayatri Sarkar, a partner at blockchain VC firm SportVEST.
Jason Jacobs, who founded fitness app Runkeeper, has raised $1.25 million for a new startup, reports a July 12 Boston Business Journal article. The story notes that the new business is called Two Way Labs and is focused on live, interactive television.
Andrew Austin (left) and Alex Arata (center), both MBA’06, shown with partner Dave Dombroski (right), have expanded Sidekick, their home-improvement concierge service, to six new markets in Massachusetts. Sidekick provides a single point of contact between homeowners and contractors, handling everything from scoping jobs to payment and issue resolution. In 2019, the partners plan to raise a Series A round, expand to D.C., and develop a technology platform. Andrew and Alex email, “Our goal was to de-stress the home-improvement process by creating a ‘mission control’ for the home. We strive to bring simplicity and convenience to the process.”
Jessica Murphy (left) and Romney Evans (right), both MBA’06, are the founders of True Fit, a data-driven personalization platform for fashion retailers. The business recently relocated to new digs in downtown Boston and earlier this year closed a $55 million Series C financing round. Jessica emails, “Babson was a great place to grow and nurture True Fit. The school is entirely optimized for entrepreneurs—from curriculum to faculty to the students.” Romney adds, “Today, True Fit is integrated on 250-plus retail sites and is used by 70 million-plus consumers. It’s an exciting time, and we’re thankful for the foundation Babson laid for us.”
Jeffrey Brown has been appointed COO for Endologix, an Irvine, Calif., developer and marketer of treatments for aortic disorders. Most recently, Jeffrey served as general manager of a joint venture between Johnson & Johnson and Steris.
Russell Deuell has joined Heatworks of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., as a program manager. Heatworks is a developer and provider of innovative water-heating technologies. Russell previously worked at Intel for more than a decade.
Adam Rudikoff emails, “I have recently moved my financial advisory practice to the Ameriprise Financial platform and successfully merged operations with two other advisors. Leveraging the tools and technology Ameriprise offers, as well as the added efficiencies of the merger, we offer comprehensive advice, risk mitigation, and investment management services to 1,000-plus clients, managing more than $150 million in total assets. We are steadfast, however, in our focus on maintaining individual relationships and our understanding that every client is our most important one. I can be reached at email@example.com.”
Allan Telio has joined Nexamp, a provider of solar energy products based in Boston. Allan will serve as senior vice president of community solar. He has held leadership roles at a number of energy and tech companies.
Marco Valsecchi has been appointed country manager and managing director for the Adecco Group India, the Bangalore outpost of the temp staffing firm. Marco has been with the Adecco Group India since 2017, serving initially as CFO.
Chris Hugill emails, “In January, I launched Victory Tables, which designs and manufactures high-end beer pong tables for today’s more mature enthusiast. For too long this much-enjoyed game has languished in dark basements on soggy plywood and flimsy plastic. I use select hardwoods to craft furniture-quality tables that fold for easy storage and offer a customized look and feel. I am currently a sole proprietor, operating just outside Washington, D.C., and I am pursuing opportunities for expansion.”
Tim Olcott emails, “In 2009, I teamed up with two former colleagues in the genomics space to start a clinical sequencing business. One year ago, we shut that business down, and we used our expertise and resources to found a cannabis science company called Medicinal Genomics. We are among the first companies to sequence the cannabis genome and have built many DNA-based assay applications around it. We support the cannabis-safety testing industry, sell genetic screening tools for cultivators, and sequence cannabis strains for growers.”
Mike Salguero, who launched meat-delivery service ButcherBox in 2015, has started a new endeavor with a few fellow Babson grads. SmoothieBox delivers ready-to-blend frozen smoothie pouches and packets of collagen protein. Available in three flavors, the healthy, protein-packed beverages can be reconstituted in minutes. Mike emails, “Babson grads have been the backbone of this launch. Evadne Cokeh, MBA’17, Felipe Martinez Hamilton, MBA’17, Robert Quirk ’17, and Kyle Alexander ’18 have been working with me to turn a small company into a large frozen-food platform.”
Jeff D’Agostino is founder and CEO of 206 Ortho, a company that’s developing high-strength, biodegradable composites and implants that could mend broken bones and then resorb without leaving a trace. In July, the business received two additional patents for a bio-inspired composite that can be used in place of metal implants and doesn’t require surgical removal. Jeff says Babson played an influential role in 206 Ortho, noting, “The Babson community truly had a significant impact on how we shaped the business.”
Karim El-Gamal was among those named to Worcester Business Journal’s list of the 50 most influential people in the central Massachusetts economy. Karim is a co-founder and co-owner of the Rail Trail Flatbread Company, New City Microcreamery, and modern speakeasy Less Than Greater Than, all in Hudson, Mass.
Giampaolo Marino has joined Thin Film Electronics of Oslo, Norway, as executive vice president of hardware solutions. Previously, Giampaolo held a leadership role at NXP Semiconductors.
Andrew Cole is executive director of 20Fathoms, a tech business incubator in Traverse City, Mich. The goal, reports MyNorth (the online arm of Traverse magazine), is to make the city a magnet for tech talent. Andy, a native of Traverse City, was previously director of operations for TruSelf Organics, a skincare business.
Tyler Murphy ’13, MS’13: See Undergrad News, 2013.
Andrea Kowalski has been appointed vice president of product for Kareo, a provider of cloud-based clinical and business management software based in Irvine, Calif. She was most recently director of product engagement for Athenahealth.
Troy Scarbrough (left) and Nick Morwood (right), both MBA’14, founded Lawn Serv in 2017. Troy emails, “Lawn Serv is giving customers a convenient, science-driven way to get a perfect lawn, with our do-it-yourself lawn-care subscription box. We test the soil first and mail our customers exactly what they need to grow the healthiest lawn. We offer all-natural and traditional options and work with industry-leading manufacturers to give our customers the highest quality products available. We started locally and now cover the U.S. from Maine to California.” The two are pictured at the New England Home Show in Topsfield, Mass.
Janco Damas (center), attended the annual Haiti Tech Summit. Flanking Janco are Wiljeana Glover (left), assistant professor of technology and operations management, and Rebecca Obounou, MBA’17, assistant director of the Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship. Janco emails, “The summit was very exciting and progressive. It was really great to see fellow Babson folks in Haiti. I wasn’t expecting it but immediately felt empowered once I connected with them and started talking about our respective projects in Haiti.” Janco is chairman of his Port-au-Prince family business, Group 42 Haiti S.A., which is parent company to a commercial bakery.
Alex (Balise) McEwen emails, “My husband, Trevor, and I welcomed a baby boy into our family. Connor James McEwen arrived on June 26.”
Katy Palfrey emails, “In my second year at Babson, I wrote a business plan for Conservation Centers for Species Survival. I was hired as the organization’s first executive director and, later, its chief executive officer. C2S2 is creating collaborative solutions that bring together conservation breeding centers, zoos, and landowners to grow populations of endangered species and optimize health and genetic diversity. We also work with partners in the field to return species to their native habitats.” Katy is shown with a Linne’s two-toed sloth at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
Bryanne Leeming, founder and CEO of Boston-based Unruly Studios, was named winner of the Small Biz Salute Pitch Off contest, sponsored by The UPS Store and Inc. magazine. Bryanne received a $25,000 prize and will be featured in Inc. magazine. Unruly Studios’ products for kids blend physical exercise and STEM education.
Esther Yue Townell was named a winner of The M&A Advisor’s Emerging Leader Awards in the Dealmaker category. Esther is an associate at 40|73 Capital, an entrepreneurial private equity firm whose principal is Dileep Saksena, MBA’07. Dileep emails, “Esther has been instrumental in helping launch our investment focus on lower-middle market companies. She has done so by demonstrating entrepreneurial resourcefulness in the face of competition from better-capitalized private equity peers.” Before joining 40|73 Capital, Esther worked in impact investing at Goldman Sachs, where she helped establish the 10,000 Women initiative in China.
Bieke Claes is the managing director of the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce (BelCham). Last year, in partnership with Babson San Francisco, BelCham ran a successful pilot of a summer program for student entrepreneurs called the Summer Catalyst Program. This summer, BelCham ran its own version of the Summer Catalyst, guiding promising European startups through marketing, sales, fundraising, and expansion challenges. Bieke emails, “BelCham has been stimulating global business and entrepreneurship for almost a century. This kind of program helps to bridge the American and European markets.”
Evadne Cokeh and Felipe Martinez Hamilton: See Mike Salguero MBA’09.
Nicole Lakin is the founder and CEO of BarnManager, a cloud-based platform for barn managers and owners to manage their horses, employees, clients, and businesses. BarnManager recently joined forces with three other equine technology companies to support one another and better serve the equestrian industry. Nicole emails, “A huge influence for this collaboration was my experience at Babson and a craving for the entrepreneurial community that I had there.”
Members of the Babson community gathered for a Black Affinity Network brunch in July at the Martha’s Vineyard home of Jane Edmonds, Babson’s vice president for programming and community outreach. Attendees included (front) Karene Alexander Thorne; Larinda Cole, associate director, CCD; Nicole Edmonds, MBA’18; Jane Edmonds and husband Stephen; Monica Moody Moore, Babson’s dean of graduate admissions; Jieun Yoo, MBA’12, and husband Michael Bruny, MBA’19 (with son Emerson); and Georgia Newby, MBA’17; (back) Michele Bernard, of Babson’s HR office, and husband Mike; Leticia Stallworth ’99, MBA’13; and Donalexander Goss, husband of Sadie Burton-Goss, Babson’s chief diversity and inclusion officer.
Burcu Aydin was named a 2018 “MBA to Watch” by the website Poets & Quants. Burcu, who studied dentistry in her native Turkey, is working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, where she interned while at Babson.
Juan Giraldo was interviewed by Boston Voyager about his startup, Waku. Waku is a beverage brewed from herbs and flowers grown in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. The Boston-area business was launched while Juan was at Babson and participated in the 2017 Summer Venture Program.
Ravish Majithia is co-founder of Magnomer, a firm that develops magnetic coatings for plastics, allowing them to be easily sorted in recycling plants. Ravish and Magnomer were profiled on the AmericanInno website in a July 12 article, “Sorting Plastic for Recycling is Key but Tricky. MassChallenge Startup Magnomer Can Help.” Magnomer is a finalist in this year’s MassChallenge, an accelerator and competition for startups.
Andy Mandell ’61 personifies the entrepreneurial spirit of Babson. He co-founded Data-Mail, a direct mail production company in Newington, Connecticut. Mandell built the startup mailing business …
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On a beautiful September weekend, Babson alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends came together to reconnect at Back to Babson. The weekend included traditional highlights such as class parties, fun family activities at the Tent, sporting events, and Cocktails with Coaches. Babson proudly celebrated its extraordinary volunteers and held the annual Alumni Entrepreneur Awards ceremony, in which the Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame inductee and recipients of the Rising Star award were honored. The Babson community saw all the exciting changes on campus, including ongoing work at the Babson Recreation and Athletics Center, the new Centennial Park, which will become the home of the Babson Globe, and the Babson Commons at Horn Library. Bob Weissman ’64, H’94, P’87, ’90, and wife Jan, P’87, ’90, along with their extended family, were on campus as President Kerry Healey honored their generosity and commitment to Babson during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly completed Weissman Foundry. —Jillian Erdos, associate director, advancement communications
As part of the Back to Babson weekend festivities, Lawrence Ward, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, hosted the Babson Black Affinity Network Family Reunion at his home. Outgoing president and founder of the Black Affinity Network, Leticia Stallworth ’99, MBA’13, was honored.
Babson celebrated its many dedicated volunteers at the Leadership Brunch and presented Volunteer Leadership Awards to several deserving members of the community. Pictured here are (back row, from left) Joseph Weintraub, professor of management; Debra Thompson, P’21; Howard Brown ’88; President Kerry Healey; Dustan Bonnin, MBA’08; Patrick Baird ’11; (front row, from left) trustee emeritus Richard Snyder ’60, H’94, P’93, ’01; Babson Board of Trustees chair Marla Capozzi, MBA’96; senior lecturer Dawna Dewire, P’08, ’13, ’17; Felipe Venegas, MBA’03; and Alexandra Piccirilli ’94, president, Babson Alumni Association.
Babson honored Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame inductee (far left) Richelieu Dennis ’91, trustee. He is founder, CEO, and executive chairman of Sundial Brands, as well as founder and chair of Essence Ventures. Babson also recognized Rising Star award winners Chinmoy Mishra (second from left) and Dhairya Gupta (fourth from left), both MBA’08, co-founders of AllizHealth, and (second from right) Dandan Zhu ’09, founder of Dandan Global. Joining them were President Healey (third from left) and Debi Kleiman (far right), executive director of the Blank Center.
In August, Babson welcomed international parents at an early-arrival reception. Enjoying the reception (from left) are Juliana and Carlos Mendes, P’22, along with Mario Mello, P’22, and Graziela Dassoler, P’22.
See more photos from Back to Babson at www.babson.edu/celebrations.
Allauki Janani ’12 married Shashaank Mishra on July 1 at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, N.J. Among those in attendance were (front) Elena Jin ’12, Annam Saminathan ’13, Akash Dave ’13, Sharon Tam ’13, and Anibha Singh ’15; (back) Khanh Ngo ’12, Jana Macickova ’12, Chandni Cataldo, Stanislao Cataldo ’12, Shivani Janani ’14, the bride and groom, Thapasya Vijayaraghavan ’14, Ayush Biyani ’13, and Wei Lin ’11.
Stephen Silver ’07 and Candace Austin ’06 were married on June 2 at Rockwood Lodge in Highlands, N.C.
Jason Kasper ’09, MS’10, married Elizabeth Mainiero on Sept. 23 at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in New York City, with a reception afterward at the Yale Club. Nicholas Olson ’10, MS’10 (far left), was a groomsman. Jason is the head of financial planning and analysis for Pretium Partners, a boutique investment management firm in Midtown Manhattan. The couple lives on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Stacey Han and Matthew Williams, both ’12, celebrated their wedding in New York City on May 26. Many Babson friends joined in the festivities, including (listed by class) Marcial Carrion, Darnell Jeremiah, and Blaise McNamee, all ’10; Jorge Del Pino ’11; Brittany Bishop, Matthew Carruthers, Marco Di Mattino, Izra Izrailov, Emmanuel Martinez, Tazmun Nahar, Tanya Soman, and Geoff Suen, all ’12; Asa Cary, Amanda Chin Yee, and Bessy Tam, all ’13; Kwaku Abankroh, Han Kim, Brittany Mahboobani, and Kiana Vaziri, MS’15, all ’14.
J.P. Prag ’04 and fellow CLTP volunteer Caroline Peterson eloped on June 19. J.P. emails, “We wanted to get married on the seventh anniversary of our first date, so we decided to take over our favorite park, Prospect Terrace, near our home in Providence, R.I. The only people there were our officiant, a photographer, my father, and her mother as witnesses—plus some other random people who happened to be walking through!” The two were engaged a year earlier, after ascending Mount Washington during an anniversary trip.
Shannon Kyne ’15 and Michael MacDonald ’15 were married on June 16 at Saphire Estate in Sharon, Mass. Celebrating with the bride and groom (center) were many Babson friends, including (front) Kirti Nahar ’15, bridesmaid Sarah Christie ’15, Brenna Mulhern ’15, Gabrielle Conroy ’15, best man Dean Oliver ’14, and Aaron Pomeroy ’15; (back) Priya Kanjia ’14, Vica Bugrimenko ’16, Kendall Ford ’15, Josh Blond ’15, Olivia Karow ’15, Purin Waranimman ’15, Thu Tran ’15, Kelly Chewens ’14, Dan Shaffer ’15, Nick Harris ’16, Lauren Shaffer ’14, and Joseph Lorusso ’15.
Frederic Alper of Boston died Aug. 9. He was a lecturer at Babson and served as president and chair of food brokerage firm Morris Alper.
William Lawler of Marlborough, Mass., died June 16. A longtime associate professor at Babson, he also held various other positions, including associate dean of the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. He received the College’s Walter Carpenter prize in 2003.
Elizabeth Tuominen of Easton, Mass., died July 27. She worked in financial services at Babson and was earning her MBA.
Gerald Marion ’47 of Westbrook, Mass., died May 26. He served in the Navy during WWII and later worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance.
Richard Dates ’49 of Murrells Inlet, S.C., died Jan. 16.
Homer Redmond ’49 of Hudson, Ohio, died July 1. He served in the Navy and ran the H.A. Redmond Co. with his brother.
Richard Rogers ’50 of Old Lyme, Conn., died July 14. He served in the Marine Corps and spent his career working on the business side of the fashion industry.
Otis Page ’52 of Santa Clara, Calif., died April 18. He began his career with IBM and later co-founded Shugart Associates.
Lawrence Satell ’52 of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., died Sept. 13, 2017. He was an Army veteran who served in the Korean War.
Jefferson Vander Wolk ’53 of Gulf Stream, Fla., and Osterville, Mass., died on June 14. He served in the Air Force and was the author of The Workplace Where Everyone Wins.
Rodney Boynton ’55 of Exeter, N.H., died June 1. He served in the Air Force and had a long career as a computer analyst.
Joseph Constant ’56 of South Russell, Ohio, died on July 18. He served in the Army during the Korean War and later founded Computer Information Corp.
Edward Karas ’59 of Norwalk, Conn., died June 30. An Army veteran, he owned and operated Floor Covering Warehouse, his family’s business, until he retired.
Tucker Miller ’59 of Brookline, Mass., and Lyndeboro, N.H., died Aug. 1. He was president of his class at Babson and became a certified property manager, working in the family business, Clifford V. Miller.
Leslie Bond ’60 of Ayer, Mass., died July 10. After serving in the Army, he became a golf pro at Wellesley Country Club.
Max Pachl, MBA ’60, of Springfield, Mo., died Sept. 4, 2017. An Army veteran, he served in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He later pursued careers in business, education, and real estate.
John Russell ’63 of Longmeadow, Mass., died Aug. 24. He served in the Navy, worked as a senior buyer in Pratt & Whitney’s purchasing department, and later became a substance abuse counselor.
David Tracht ’63 of Salem, Mass., died July 26. He worked for the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind for 41 years and was chair of the Salem Commission on Disabilities. Survivors include daughter Ashley Tracht McHarrie ’07.
Robert Kane ’65 of Kennebunkport, Maine, died July 12. He ran James F. Kane Insurance in Lowell, Mass., for many years and worked in real estate, among other endeavors.
Kenneth Patrick, MBA’68, of Plymouth, Mass., died July 1. He served in the Navy Reserve and worked in the tech industry.
William Yeo ’68 of Amesbury, Mass., died Aug. 14. Until retiring in 2006, he was owner and president of Yeo Chevrolet Volkswagen. Survivors include daughters Jennifer Yeo ’00 and Sara Parisi ’02, MBA’09.
James Loew, MBA’70, of Salem, N.H., died June 12. He served in the Army Reserve and worked for several firms, including Borden Chemical and Arthur Andersen.
Carl Swanson, MBA’70, of Marstons Mills, Mass., died July 2. He served in the Army during WWII and worked as a certified public accountant for more than 50 years.
Pate Rawak ’71 of Levittown, Pa., died Aug. 10. He worked for Airstream, maker of travel trailers, for more than 30 years.
Anthony Cardillo, MBA’72, of Wayland, Mass., died May 27. An Army veteran, he worked on missile and anti-missile programs at General Dynamics and Sylvania/GTE.
George Cody ’72 of Franklin, Mass., died Aug. 12. A lifelong Franklin resident, he was a member of the town’s fire department for 34 years.
Ira Carlin ’73 of Pompano Beach, Fla., died May 22.
David Fierke ’73 of Tampa, Fla., died May 25. He had a long career in finance, joining the Florida Department of Financial Services in 2006.
Cheryl Fraser ’73 of Mokena, Ill., died June 13. She worked in market development research for McDonald’s and Burger King, and later launched her own market research company.
John Haines ’73 of Dayville, Conn., died April 10. He owned and operated Friendly Spirits in Danielson, Conn., for 45 years.
Charles Monroe, MBA’74, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died May 19.
Paul Bentley ’75 of Kennewick, Wash., died Nov. 21, 2017. He was a former resident of Seward, Alaska, and worked as an auditor for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Stephen Wood ’75 of Green Bay, Wis., died May 29. He was a Navy veteran.
Thomas Gladstone ’78 of Greenwich, Conn., died July 23. He worked in the family business, Arco Publishing, and in real estate.
Stephen Meyers ’83 of Jaffrey, N.H., died July 15. He founded SCM Associates and Granite Lists, a list management company.
Mark Tanny, MBA’86, of Brownsville, Vt., died June 4. He worked at Ivek Corp., which he later purchased.
John Nelson, MBA’87, of Venice, Fla., died Aug. 9. He was a fund accountant for HarbourVest Partners, a Boston private equity firm.
Frank Taubner ’96 of Stamford, Conn., died July 17. He had a law practice in White Plains, N.Y.
Michael Furey ’97 of Long Beach, N.Y., died July 31. He worked as a stockbroker at Goldis Financial Group.
Lesley DeMaio Duffy ’99 of Chicago died July 15. A varsity athlete at Babson, she worked in marketing and media in Boston, London, and Chicago.
Marcello Gentile, MBA’05, of Sandwich, Mass., died July 3. He formerly resided in Newton, Mass.
Patrick Doherty ’12 of Arlington, Mass., and San Diego, Calif., died July 16. He played baseball at Babson and studied finance.
Daniel Gero, MBA’13, of Plainville, Mass., died Aug. 23. He was an Army veteran who served in Iraq, and he worked as a financial analyst for Oracle.
Guy Horgan ’14 of Portsmouth, N.H., died Aug. 6. He worked at Opendoor, a San Francisco real estate startup.