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Chicago Booth Alumni Club

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About Us

The Chicago Booth Alumni Club in Chicago is the largest alumni club of Chicago Booth. It is an alumni-run, volunteer organization that was founded in 1990. It advocates the interests of its members and Chicago Booth, provides continuing educational opportunities for members, promotes the exchange of ideas between club members and the business community, and encourages the development of a strong and diverse association of Chicago-area alumni.


2018–2019 Chicago Booth Alumni Club Board Members

 Borislava Karageorgieva

Borislava Karageorgieva, ’04
Co-President

Borislava Karageorgieva has a diverse professional experience in corporate finance. She has worked for organizations in the public and private sectors, and in the healthcare and the financial services industries in the USA and Europe. Areas of expertise include financial regulatory analysis and financial compliance, mergers and acquisitions, board governance, and entrepreneurship. Borislava is currently the Co- President of the Chicago Booth Alumni Club and she has served on the board as a Director since January 2011. She is also the liaison between the Chicago Booth Alumni Club and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Borislava is the co-founder of a company in the beverage industry. Borislava received her MBA from Chicago Booth with concentrations in Analytic Finance, Economics and Strategic Management, and she is a CFA charterholder.

 Nicole Yelsey Nicole Yelsey, ’12
Co-President
 Bill Roule Bill Roule, ’81
Treasurer
  Joe Cortese

Joe Cortese, ’10   
Secretary

Joe Cortese is a Senior Consultant and OCIO – Financial Institutions Practice Leader for DiMeo Schneider & Associates, LLC.  Joe joined DiMeo Schneider in 2008.  He provides investment consulting services to family offices, nonprofit organizations, high net worth investors, and other financial institutions as part of the firm’s Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO – Financial Institutions) practice.  Joe gives advice and expertise on all facts of effective investment program design including establishing investment objectives, asset allocation and portfolio design, investment research and due diligence, and overall practice management. Joe is also a member of the firm’s Private Markets Research Team.  Prior to joining the firm, Joe worked for Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management Office and as a Managing Director for an investment management firm implementing a value-focused, long/short equity strategy based on University of Chicago Booth research.  Joe earned his MBA with concentrations in Analytic Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BBA with a Certification in Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Iowa. Joe is a member of UNICEF’s NextGen Junior Board and The University of Iowa’s J.P.E.C. Alumni Board, as well as Co-Founder of the Hawkeye Business Development Group of Chicago. Joe is also currently servicing as Director-at-Large and Secretary of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Alumni Club.

  Sharon Alexander Sharon Alexander, ’17
Director
  Liz Bleakley

Elizabeth Bleakley, ’02
Director

Elizabeth Bleakley is the founding principal of Bleakley Law LLC, a Chicago loop law firm that focuses on helping small and middle market businesses and business owners meet their legal needs. Practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, corporate governance, business operations, and estate planning and probate.   

Elizabeth started her career with Chrysler Credit before becoming Branch President and Qualification Center Manager for a subsidiary of Fleet National Bank. She also served as  Regional Manager of Credit and Funding for a growth stage business venture, which ultimately was acquired by KeyBank. While there, Elizabeth was instrumental in the launch of five new regional centers before building a new department with independent risk management oversight for eight regional processing centers with a total outstanding portfolio in excess of $4.5 billion nationwide.

Elizabeth went on to earn an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago with concentrations in finance, strategy, and entrepreneurship and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, then transitioned to the practice of law. She is a frequent speaker and author for both the American Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association and has chaired a number of committees for both organizations. Elizabeth is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a former ABA Business Law Fellow. She is a past President of the Chicago Association for Business Economics and of the Chicago Booth Alumni Club. She was an adjunct professor for DePaul University for four years where she taught a course on analyzing leadership. Elizabeth works as a volunteer attorney with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and with Access Living on matters related to disabled adults. She is admitted to practice law in Illinois and before the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Cosmin Lucaci, ’16
Director

Cosmin is a member of BRF Advisors’s Real Estate, Private Equity, Public Markets, Knowledge Management, Impact Investing, and Investment Strategy Committees. As a member of the research department, Cosmin helps in designing and implementing the company’s investment strategies as well as identifying investment managers.

Prior to joining BRF, Cosmin was at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. In his time there he worked on several projects, including co-authoring a study with senior economists that was presented at the Federal Reserve’s annual Bank Structure Conference and subsequently published in the Journal of Financial Services Research.

Cosmin received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his BA in Economics and Political Science from Northwestern University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Cosmin is a Board member for the UL Boys and Girls Club, where he served on the executive committee and was the President of the Associate Board. He is also a Board member for the Chicago Engineers’ Foundation and the CFA Society of Chicago. Cosmin has also served on various committees for The Logos School of Music, Northwestern University, and the Union League Club of Chicago.

  Sean Frey

K. Sean Frey, ’10
Director

K. Sean Frey is the Head of Equity and ETF Operations at ABN AMRO Clearing Chicago. At AACC, Sean oversees the operational aspects for AACC’s fastest growing asset class, Equities and ETF creation and redemptions. Sean previously was the Head of Treasury and Securities Finance for AACC. At AACC, Sean is the Chair of the Advisory Committee for the ABN AMRO Clearing Ambassador Program, which is a global initiative to further cultural transformation in ABN AMRO Clearing.  

Sean started his career at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington DC in the Office of Compliance, Investigations, and Examinations. He moved to Chicago for a role in the Market Regulation Department of the CBOE. Sean entered the proprietary trading industry as the Chief Accounting Officer at Market Liquidity Network. He then joined Ronin Capital, LLC and built the Accounting, Fixed Income Operations, and Treasury departments. 

Sean is a 2010 graduate “With Honors” from the Chicago Booth Evening MBA program with concentrations in Finance and Economics. He is a 1998 graduate from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree in Finance. Sean also is on the Advisory Board of the Notre Dame Executive Business Council and Chairs the Mentoring Committee. He and his wife are the proud parents of two fun and energetic daughters and live in Lakeview where he is an active coach for his daughters’ softball and soccer teams

 Anjoo Rai-Marchant Anjoo Rai-Marchant, ’08
Director
  Matt Kroll

Matt Kroll, ’09
Director

Matt Kroll is the founder and president of Chalmers St. Consulting. Chalmers St.’s purpose is to deliver best in class business results through the growth and development of people. Matt was previously the Director of Continuous Improvement at HERE Technologies - a global corporation building the next generation location cloud. He spent 11 years at Motorola leading continuous improvement activities and is a certified Master Black Belt. As a Master Black Belt, Matt has been responsible for developing improvement programs that deliver millions of dollars in operation efficiencies and revenue enhancement. In addition to delivering direct business improvements, he has been responsible for training and coaching teams in improvement methods and applications.

Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Northern Illinois University in 1999. He joined Motorola directly after completing college where he earned both his Black Belt and Master Black Certification. In 2009, he earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the Chicago Booth School of Business. Matt serves on the Chicago Booth Alumni Club board and is responsible for developing and growing the Northern Illinois University’s Lean Six Sigma Program.

Matt resides in the far west suburbs of Chicago, USA with his wife and two children. He is President of the Fox Valley Children's Choir and spends most of his free time with his family.

 Photo coming soon Greg Thomas, ’93
Director
 Carolyn Brewer Carolyn Brewer, ’15
Director
 Veronica Gustafson

Victoria Gustafson, ’01
Director

Victoria Gustafson is the Senior Partner at Verde Associates, a boutique growth consultancy specializing in organizational evolution and growth acceleration.  As Senior Partner, Victoria helps clients to build better, stronger businesses that produce exceptional results. Victoria specializes in helping companies and individuals bridge the gaps created by rapid growth, entering new markets, undergoing significant operational changes, encountering new competition, being in start-up phase, and many other critical business life cycle events. Victoria is also currently holding a position of a Lecturer in the Digital Marketing and Integrated Communications and Data Analytics programs at the University of Chicago Graham School of Professional Development.

Prior to joining Verde Associates, Victoria spent over 10 years at IRI, a Chicago-based Big Data technology company, holding various positions in product management, client insights and corporate strategy.  Before joining IRI Victoria spent 8 years at Philips Electronics, N.V., a global health technology company, working in finance, sales operations, and market research.

Victoria holds a BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley (1997) and an MBA in Marketing and Strategic Management (with Honors) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (2001).

 David Lewis

David Lewis, ’13
Director

David Lewis is the Director of operations and business development for Rubicon Technology, a manufacturer of synthetic sapphire crystal located in Bensenville, Illinois. Since joining Rubicon, he has been responsible for the successful execution of Rubicon’s corporate consolidation and turnaround strategy. David currently oversees day to day operations, personnel development, staffing, business development and deal origination efforts. In addition to these responsibilities, David advises the CEO on various matters of strategy, contract negotiation and capital allocation.

David previously worked in private equity at Darrell & Bailee (self-sponsored investment fund) and Loop Capital Markets, public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC and governmental law for the jurisdiction of Northwest Indiana. David is interested in deep value investing, chess and auto repair. David is on the Board of Trustee for Chicago Hope Academy and lives in Oak Park with wife and three sons.

Education

MBA (Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship) – University of Chicago Booth School of Business

JD – Indiana University Maurer School of Law

BS (Accounting) – Hampton University

Event Calendar
Sep
27

SMPIG: Is Recycling's Fascinating Data Affecting your Business Strategy?

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Sep
27

Game Night Out! - Student & Alumni Mixer

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Sep
29

Coopers Hawk Wine Tasting and Presentation - with Speaker: Tim McEnery, Founder & CEO

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Oct
10

Chicago Harper Lecture: How to Save a Constitutional Democracy

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Oct
16

Booth Women's Network: Fall Exchange 2019 - Chicago

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