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Alumni Connections - No. 68 - March 2010

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 editor@chicagobooth.edu.

Alumni on the Move

Arrowhead Research Corporation
Ken Myszkowski, ’99,
has joined as CFO. Based in Pasadena, California, the nanotechnology company commercializes new technologies in life sciences, electronics, and energy.

Avant Capital Partners
Thomas Miller, ’98,
has joined as principal. The real estate investment bank is based in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Bally Total Fitness
Steven Barnhart, AB ’84, MBA ’88,
has been appointed senior vice president and CFO. The holding company for the national chain of fitness centers is headquartered in Chicago.

Central Garden & Pet Company
Eileen Van Ess, ’93,
has joined as vice president of investor relations. Based in Walnut Creek, California, the company makes pet and lawn and garden products.

Clearity Foundation
John Crawford, ’79,
has been appointed CFO and has joined the board of directors. Based in La Jolla, California, the nonprofit foundation aims to improve treatment options for ovarian cancer patients.

Century Mining Corp.
Fran Scola, MBA ’95, AM ’95,
has been appointed to the board of directors. Headquartered in Blaine, Washington, the company mines for gold in the United States, Canada, and Peru. Scola was a partner, portfolio manager, and consultant for the Shipston Group.

DLA Piper
Gregory Hayes, ’02,
has rejoined as partner in the corporate and finance practice in Chicago. One of the world’s largest law firms, the company is headquartered in Baltimore.

Gemini Solar Development Company
Kristina Peterson, ’90,
has been named president. A joint venture between Suntech Power and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, the San Francisco–based firm develops, finances, and operates photovoltaic projects 10 megawatts and larger.

General Atlantic LLC
Scott Miller, ’78,
has become special advisor. The private equity firm is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. Miller is CEO of SSA and Company.

Grubb & Ellis Company
Shawn Mobley, ’97,
has been promoted to the newly created position of president, brokerage services, from head of Midwest region. Mobley will run Chicago offices and oversee the central and northeast regions. The real estate and investment firm is headquartered in Santa Ana, California.

Ingenix
Todd Maxwell, MBA ’05, AM ’05,
has been named vice president, market strategy and development. Based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, the health care information and technology company offers database and database management, electronic medical record systems, and a variety of consulting services to the health care, insurance, and pharmaceutical industries.

Integral Systems, Inc.
Bonnie Wachtel, AB ’77, MBA ’78,
has been elected to the board of directors. Based in Lanham, Maryland, the company provides satellite ground systems and support. Wachtel is a principal of Wachtel & Co., Inc.

LBC Credit Partners
John Capperella, ’88,
has joined as portfolio manager. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the company offers middle-market financing.

MasterCard Worldwide
Hai Ling, ’98,
has been appointed general manager, greater China. The credit card giant is headquartered in Purchase, New York.

McDonald Hopkins LL
Charles MacKelvie, ’99 (XP-68),
has joined the law firm’s Chicago office as a member in the national health care and health care restructuring practice groups.

Mid-Wisconsin Bank
Robert Taubenheim, ’72,
has been appointed chief credit officer. The bank is headquartered in Medford, Wisconsin.

Niteo Partners
Jignesh Jain, ’02,
has been promoted to vice president of operations. He had served in various roles for delivery and operations since 2001. Based in Edison, New Jersey, the consulting and systems integration firm is a subsidiary of NEC Corporation of America.

Northern Trust
Lyle Logan, ’89,
an executive vice president, has been named head of a new global financial institutions group. The investment bank is headquartered in Chicago.

Pearl Meyer & Partners
Steven Van Putten, ’94,
has joined as managing director in the firm’s Boston office. Headquartered in New York, the firm serves as an independent advisor to corporate boards and their senior management on compensation.

Perella Weinberg Partners
William Johnson, ’88,
has joined as partner and deputy head of asset management business. Headquartered in London, the financial firm provides corporate advisory and asset management services to clients around the world.

Standard Silver Corporation
Anthony Marchese, ’80,
has been appointed director on the firm’s newly expanded board. Headquartered in Rockport, Texas, the company is mining for beryllium and uranium. Marchese is president and chief operating officer of Monarch Capital Group LLC. 

Sutor Technology Group Limited
Gerry Pascale, ’98,
has been appointed independent member of the board of directors. Based in Dongbang Town, China, the company makes finished steel products for appliance and automobile manufacturers, construction steel suppliers, and shipbuilders. Pascale is founder and head of SC Financial Group, LLC.

Texas Adoption Review Committee
Matthew Kouri, MBA ’98, MPP ’98,
has been appointed as one of five members. The committee will review the Texas foster care system to identify ways to address obstacles impeding permanent placement of children. Kouri is executive director of Greenlights for Nonprofit Success. He also is founder, leader, and conference coordinator of the Bridges of Grace Adoption and Orphan Ministry through Grace Covenant Church.

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
Richard Moran, ’71,
has joined the new board of directors. The theater group performs in the No Exit Café in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Moran is a public accountant.

University of Chicago Medical  Center Office of Development
Stacy Waters, ’09 (XP-78), has joined as associate vice president, after having worked at her own consulting firm for more than 17 years.

Winona Capital Management
Jason Starr, ’07,
has been promoted to vice president. He serves as director of Winona portfolio company Boloco restaurants. The private equity firm is based in Chicago


Alumni to Know

Meeting the needs of Muslim investors is paying off for Nicholas Kaiser, ’68, who has created three mutual funds called Amana, which means “trust” in Arabic. His investments adhere to Islamic principles shunning alcohol, tobacco, gambling, pork, and pornography. Debt financing is “another taboo of Islam,” the article said. According to a January 21 article on Forbes.com, the three funds have amassed $2.6 billion in assets and fared well over the past decade. A $5 million fund Kaiser started in October, Amana Developing World Fund, invests in companies with little debt. “When you put on an Islamic screen, a very high proportion of developing world stocks are highly leveraged,” Kaiser told Forbes.


Alfred Moreno, '82, was appointed foreign minister of Chile by president-elect Sebastian PiƱera, whose "cabinet of unity" was featured in a February 10 Financial Times article.


When Elizabeth Pitt, ’02, left a consulting firm to start CaregiverNeeded.com, a San Diego–based company that connects the elderly who need care with qualified caregivers, she wanted to make sure her idea would stick. She turned to an author of a book about the subject and also bounced ideas off her sister. Pitt tried to identify common customer problems in the elder caregiver business. “I wanted to pursue something that matters personally to me and that I could see myself being dedicated to,” Pitt said in a January 10 Wall Street Journal article. “But at the same time, you have to think about what the market needs.”


Chicago-based Boeing’s chief investment officer Andrew Ward, ’97, discusses his company’s pension investment strategy in a Q and A published January 11 in Pensions & Investments. Ward likes to literally see who he is investing in, he said. “I think it’s important to look into people’s eyes across the table, to interact with them on a personal level to determine whether that’s someone you think you would entrust the assets of the Boeing pension plan with…I think there’s no substitute for spending time with our investment partners personally.” Latest trends in pension investing include zeroing in on risk management. “On the heels of what the industry went through over the last 18 to 24 months, I think a laser-like focus on risk management—the identification and understanding of all the different risks as well as the management of those risks—is going to be an area where not only resources are dedicated, but certainly management time significantly increased,” Ward said in the article.


How does one go from being a top executive at Goldman Sachs to being a cowboy? The answer is told in a profile of Jon Winkelried, AB ’81, MBA ’82, published January 26 in Fortune. The piece details his career at the investment firm, working along such fellow heavyweights as former CEO Henry Paulson, who went on to become U.S. Treasury Secretary, and Byron Trott, AB ’81, MBA ’82, a former Goldman Sachs banker and frequent financial advisor to Warren Buffett. Trott and Winkelried were fraternity brothers and baseball teammates at University of Chicago, the article said.

There came a point when Winkelried knew he wanted to spend more time on ranching than banking. “I was about to turn 50,” he told Fortune. “I was running around all over the place. This whole notion of ‘Was I in the slipstream to become the CEO?’—I imagine I was one of two candidates, and I don’t know whether or not I would have gotten it. But here’s the important thing: It was no longer important to me. It just wasn’t…It changed for me somewhere. I don’t know where.”


CEO Watch: Taking the Lead

Matthew Janopaul, ’99
CEO
Pasta Pomodoro Inc.

Janopaul and Girish Satya, ’08, have bought the 16-year-old Italian restaurant chain that has 29 locations, many in San Francisco. Satya is CFO.

Michael Klingensmith, AB ’75, MBA ’76,
Publisher and CEO
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Klingensmith, a Twin Cities native, was named to the top spot on January 7. He is past president of Sports Illustrated, founding publisher of Entertainment Weekly, and past executive vice president of Time Inc. Most recently he was managing director of AdMedia Partners.


CEO Watch: Making Headlines

Sean Harper, AB ’03, MBA ’09
Cofounder and CEO
Transparent Financial Services
Harper founded the Chicago-based firm two years ago while still a Booth student, said a January 11 column in the Chicago Sun-Times. The company ranks credit-card processing companies, most recently launching an online directory of 835 providers. The site asks business owners to review and rank processors. “Everything is completely unregulated, which makes for a crooked industry,” Harper told the newspaper. “The process is never accurately explained to business owners.”

Ron Huberman, MBA ’00, AM ’00
CEO
Chicago Public Schools
Huberman is drawing national attention with his work on an antiviolence campaign to bring a “culture of calm” to the school system, according to a February 1 article in the Chicago Sun-Times. One year after he was named to the top spot, Huberman faces a myriad of challenges, the article said, with 500 Chicago Public School students having been shot over five years. The $60 million, two-year antiviolence plan “will bring advocates, mentors, and jobs to the most at-risk kids, school-written ‘culture of calm’ plans to 38 violence-prone high schools, and citizen safety patrols to dangerous streets,” the article said.


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