Alumni Connections - No. 8 - March 2005

Alumni Connections is a sampling of alumni news. Alumni on the Move, Alumni to Know, CEO Watch: Taking the Lead, and CEO Watch: Making Headlines share news gleaned from media online and in print, including news submitted to Chicago Booth Magazine. Submit information about yourself or fellow alumni to

Alumni on the Move

Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA):
Kyung Yoon, '78
, has been named vice president. The group fosters business ties between Silicon Valley and the Pacific Rim. Yoon is a vice chairman at Heidrick & Struggles, an international leadership search firm.

Blue Nile, Inc.:
W. Eric Carlborg, '89
, has been appointed to the board of directors. Based in Seattle, the company is a leading online retailer of high quality diamonds and fine jewelry.

BRE Bank SA:
Martin Blessing, '88
, has been appointed deputy chairman of the supervisory board. BRE Bank is Poland's leading financial institution in terms of equity, scale of operations, growth rate, diversity products, and cutting-edge banking technologies. Blessing also is a member of the managing board at Commerzbank AG, the owner of Polish BRE.

Cbeyond Communications:
Robert Rothman, '77
, has been named to the board of directors. The firm, based in Atlanta, is a voice and broadband Internet provider that exclusively serves small businesses and offers the first Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) local phone network. Rothman is chairman and CEO of Black Diamond Group, a private investment firm with interests in banking, information technology, pharmaceuticals, real estate, and professional sports.

CBL & Associates Properties Inc.:
Matt Dominski, '78
, was named to the board of directors. Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, CBL is the fourth largest real estate investment trust in North America and the largest owner of malls and shopping centers in the southeastern United States. Dominski is joint owner of Polaris Capital LLC, a real estate investment firm in Winnetka, Illinois.

CDW Corporation:
Anne B. Ireland, '85
, has been promoted to the newly created position of vice president, business development. She joined the firm in 2001 as director of investor relations and corporate development. Based in Vernon Hills, Illinois, CDW offers more than 80,000 computer products including printers, software, accessories, and networking products.

CIGNA Corporation:
Donna F. Zarcone, '87
, has been appointed to the company's board of directors. Zarcone is president and chief operating officer of Harley-Davidson Financial Services Inc., the financial subsidiary of Harley Davidson, Inc. CIGNA, based in Philadelphia, is one of the largest health insurers in the United States.

First American Corporation:
Chris Leavell, '91
, has been named chief operating officer for the company's mortgage information services group. First American, based in Santa Ana, California, is the nation's largest provider of real estate-related financial information. Leavell will work in the firm's Dallas office.

Foote Health System:
Anthony Gardner, '92
, has joined the company as vice president of business development and marketing, Based in Jackson, Michigan, the firm operates a 411-bed health care system as well as providing other health services to residents in a six-county area.

Furniture Brands International, Inc.:
Denise L. Ramos, '79
, has been named senior vice president, treasurer, and CFO. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, the company is the nation's largest home furnishings manufacturer, producing such well-known brands as Broyhill and Drexel Heritage.

Hughes Supply, Inc.:
Neal J. Keating, '88 (XP-57)
, has been named appointed chief operating officer. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, the firm is one of the nation's largest diversified wholesale distributors of construction, repair, and maintenance-related products with more than 500 locations in 40 states.

Invivo Corporation:
Michael Mainelli, '95 (XP-64)
, has been named president. Based in Pleasanton, California, the firm makes patient monitors and other devices, specializing in vital sign monitors that can be used without interrupting magnetic resonance imaging tests. The firm is owned by Intermagnetics.

Metrocities Mortgage, LLC:
Richard D. Powers, '95 (XP-64)
, was appointed president of the western division. Based in Sherman Oaks, California, the firm is a leading nationwide lender based on unique loan programs and successful joint ventures.

Miller Buckfire Ying & Co. LLC:
Jeffrey Finger, '01
, was promoted to principal. The firm is a leading independent investment bank that was formed when the financial restructuring group at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein spun off as an independent entity. Finger joined the restructuring group in 2001. Miller Buckfire Ying is based in New York.

New Horizons Worldwide:
Jeffrey S. Cartwright, '91
, was appointed senior vice president-finance and CFO. The Anaheim, California-based firm owns or franchises more than 250 computer learning centers in 50 countries.

Silicon Laboratories Inc.:
Kurt Hoff, '85
, has joined the firm as vice president of European sales and operations based in the company's Paris office. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the firm is a leading designer of high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed signal integrated circuits for such products as cell phones and computer modems.

Reliable Financial Services:
Gustave V. Barreda, '98 (XP-67)
, was appointed senior vice president of corporate governance and risk management for the firm, a Wells Fargo company. Working out of the San Juan, Puerto Rico, office, he will be heading the organization for Wells Fargo's commercial and consumer lending operations in Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Alumni to Know

Rex Sinquefield, '72, was featured in a story by the St. Louis Business Journal in February about a new nonpartisan, free-market "think tank" he is helping to launch in St. Louis to focus on Missouri issues. A Missouri native and the cofounder of California-based Dimensional Fund Advisors, Inc., Sinquefield met R. Crosby Kemper III, former chairman and CEO of UMB Financial Corp., doing business about three years ago and agreed there was a lack of serious research on public policy in Missouri. Kemper serves as board chairman while Sinquefield is vice chairman of the organization, expected to open September 1 in St. Louis. The think tank, which does not have a name yet, "will be research based and focus on taxation, education policy, and business regulation," the Journal said.

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