Alumni on the Move
Aastrom Biosciences: James
Cour, ’86, has been appointed president and chief
operating officer, a newly created position. Aastrom is developing
proprietary stem cell–based products for the regenerative
repair of damaged human tissues and other medical disorders.
American Electric Power:
Patterson, ’84, has been named senior vice president,
corporate development. Based in Columbus, Ohio, AEP is the nation’s
largest electricity generator and one of the largest electric
utilities in the United States.
Ariel Capital Management LLC: Charles
Bobrinskoy, ’83, has been appointed vice chairman,
a newly created executive position, at the Chicago asset management
Tarpinian, AB ’84, MBA ’85, has been named
vice president, legal affairs. The Melville, New York–based
company is a major global provider of products, services, and
solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components
and computer products.
Banc of America Securities LLC: David
B. Platt, ’92, has been hired as a principal in
the corporate sale and divestiture (CSD) group.
Williams, ’92, has been appointed president of the
publications group. Banta is a technology and market leader in
printing and supply-chain management.
P. Rogers, ’89, has been named director for U.S.
operations and head of the Chicago office for United Kingdom–based
BPRI. BPRI is part of Kantar Group, the research and consultancy
division of WPP Group plc.
Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.:
X. Tune, ’99, has been named head of the firm’s
Chicago office. Founded in 1818, BBH is the largest and oldest
privately owned bank in the United States.
Chicago Yacht Brokers:
Pierce, ’72, has joined the firm to cover the Chicago
Chicago Mercantile Exchange:
Falsafi, ’97, has been appointed managing director,
Europe and Asia. CME is the largest U.S. futures exchange.
Reinkensmeyer, ’88, has recently joined the Minneapolis,
Minnesota–based firm as vice president of finance and chief
Deloitte & Touche LLP:
A. Leventhal, ’91, has been named national corporate
finance leader of the financial services industry practice.
Emergency Nurses Association:
A. Westman, ’89, has been appointed executive director.
Based in Des Plaines, Illinois, the ENA has more than 24,000
Financial Advisory Service, Inc.:
G. Ciocca, ’98, has been named portfolio manager
of the Weldon Equity & Income Fund, a proprietary mutual
fund that represents the first public offering from FAS. The
fund invests in a combination of equity, convertible, and fixed-income
L. Gessl, ’90, has been named vice president of
finance. A privately held drug design and development company,
Fulcrum is based in Las Vegas.
L. Duddy, ’85, has been named senior vice president.
GATX, based in Chicago, is a specialized finance and leasing
company that specializes in railcar, locomotive, and aircraft
GB Asset Advisors, LLC:
Rosenheck, ’80, has joined the firm as director
of business development. GBAA is the appraisal division of Gordon
Brothers Group, LLC.
GE Commercial Finance:
G. Friedman, ’95, senior vice president, has been
named to lead the firm’s origination efforts for the central
region. Friedman is based in Chicago.
Marshall, ’03, was appointed vice president of sales
and marketing for the firm, a division of Veritrans Specialty
Vehicles, Inc. A leading manufacturer of mid-size commercial
buses, Goshen Coach is located in Elkhart, Indiana.
Home Properties: Thomas
S. Summer, ’82, has been named to the board of directors.
Summer is executive vice president and chief financial officer
of Constellation Brands, a producer and marketer of alcoholic
beverages. Home Properties, a real estate investment trust, is
headquartered in Rochester, New York.
Nissenbaum, ’79, has been appointed CEO of this
Mountainview, California–based company. iMedica’s
flagship product, PhysicianSuite, is a wireless electronic medical
record and coding solution that improves communication between
doctors, health care staff, and insurance providers.
Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation:
M. Essig, MBA ’87, PhD ’92, has renewed his
employment agreement as president and CEO through the end of
2009. Integra develops, manufactures, and markets medical devices
for applications including neurosurgery and plastic surgery.
The firm is headquartered in Plainsboro, New Jersey.
S. Rose, AB ’80, MBA ’81, has been elected to the
board of directors and will join the board’s audit committee.
Lexicon is a biopharmaceutical company based in The Woodlands, Texas.
Nielsen Music Control:
Weinberg, ’96, has been named managing director,
a newly created position overseeing operations, sales, and marketing.
The firm, a radio airplay-monitoring business that operates extensively
throughout Europe, is owned by Nielsen Entertainment, a division
of VNU Media Measurement & Information.
T. Crotty, ’62, was appointed to the board of directors.
Crotty is managing partner of CroBern Management Partnership
LLP, a health care investment firm. Omnicare, a Fortune 500 company
based in Covington, Kentucky, is a leading provider of pharmaceutical
care for the elderly.
San Diego Software Industry Council:
Mutch, ’97 (IXP-2), was appointed to the board of
directors. SDSIC is an organization dedicated to the growth of
the region’s high-technology industry. Mutch is president
and CEO of Peregrine Systems, which develops enterprise software
to help customers manage their information technology.
B. Hopkins, ’92, was appointed to the board of directors.
Hopkins is vice president of finance for Zions Bancorporation.
Quotesmith.com owns and operates a comprehensive online consumer
insurance information service.
SBA Communications Corporation:
L. Hawkins, ’80, was appointed to the board of directors.
Hawkins is president and chief operating officer of CarrAmerica
Realty Corporation, a publicly traded real estate investment
trust. SBA is a leading independent owner and operator of wireless
communications infrastructure in the United States.
G. Roth, ’90, was named senior vice president of
projects. Syntroleum owns a proprietary gas-to-liquids process
for converting natural gas into synthetic liquid hydrocarbons.
The company is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Thomas Weisel Partners:
O’Shaughnessy, ’92, has been named a partner
in the industrial growth team in the firm’s New York office.
TWP is a merchant bank focused on growth sectors of the economy.
Turner Investment Partners:
C. Bacon, ’04, has been named a security analyst/portfolio
manager in the growth equity investing team at Turner Investment
Partners, an investment management firm based in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.
United Systems Integrators Corporation:
Herer Smith, ’86, was named vice president and director
of consulting services for the west region and is based in the
Seattle office. The firm is owned by USI, a leading corporate
real estate alliance services firm.
U.S. Small Business Administration:
Galvan, ’96, was named chief of staff.
Viant Group LLC:
Levitan, ’93, has joined the firm as vice president
in its New York office. Viant Group is an investment bank and
asset management firm.
Alumni to Know
Paul Farmer, ’82, is CFO at
IPIX Corp., a company based in California and Tennessee, that was
named by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge as one of the businesses
that could help make the country more secure. Interviewed in September
by Bay Area paper Contra Costa Times, Farmer explained
that IPIX’s imaging technology, long used on the Internet
to let viewers see items on eBay or go on a 360-degree virtual
tour of a home, has been transformed for digital cameras. Among
the new products is the CommandView360, an outdoor product. The
two cameras face back to back, allowing the device to capture the
entire sphere, Farmer told the paper. IPIX’s technology won
approval from the Secret Service for use at the G8 Summit at Sea
Island, Georgia, last summer. “Our systems were used to monitor
(the international dignitaries) when they arrived at the airport,
when they went in and out of buildings for logistical purposes,
and then also moving them around the island,” he told the Times.
Rob Karwath, ’02, (XP-71),
is associate managing editor for the business section of the Chicago
Tribune. He oversees a department of 63 journalists who produce
the paper’s daily section as well as five weekly sections
on real estate, the automotive industry, and personal finance.
Karwath has served in a number of roles at the Tribune,
including stints on the business side as general manager of suburban
operations and as business development director. He came to the
paper in 1985 after graduating from the University of Kansas. Karwath
has been a reporter, political editor, and Sunday metro editor.
John Keeley, ’65, manager of
the $155 million Keeley Small Cap Value Fund, was featured in a
story on Bloomberg.com for “generating above-average
returns by buying shares of U.S. companies that are emerging from
bankruptcy or being restructured.” Although the fund was
started to allow Keeley’s family and friends to invest even
if they couldn’t afford the $1 million minimum for separate
accounts, it now has over $1.1 billion in assets. His fund is up
8.5 percent this year, ranking it second among 146 small-cap funds
that Bloomberg tracked, bested only by FBR Small Cap Value Fund.
Tim Michels, ’97
(XP-66), won the Wisconsin Republican
U.S. Senate primary on Sept. 14. Michels,
who co-owns Michels Corp., a construction company, defeated three
challengers and will face incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold in November.
Michels served for 12 years in the Army Rangers—experience
that appealed to voters, according to Gail Chimenti, Republican
Party chairman of Brown County, Wisconsin.
Dumas Siméus, ’72,
was appointed by Florida governor Jeb Bush to the newly formed
Advisory Group, established to identify critical short-term and
long-term solutions to the key issues of Haiti’s reconstruction,
including economic development, education, technology, and the
environment. Siméus, chairman and CEO of Siméus Foods
International in Texas, created the Siméus Foundation, a
nonprofit organization that provides health care, food, clothing,
clean water, and educational opportunites to the people of Pont-Sondé,
Haiti, where he was born. More than 230,000 Haitians live in Florida,
according to the U.S. Census Bureau, making the state home to the
largest Haitian population in the country.