Class of 1997

1997 was quite a year: Booth's Nobel streak continued. A Chicago sports dynasty rolled on. A titanic film set a course for Oscar gold.

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Celebrate Your 25-Year Reunion in 2022

Memories of '97. Former faculty member Myron Scholes, MBA ’64, PhD ’70, won a Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his role in developing the formula used to value stock options. Across the city, Michael Jordan led the Bulls to their fifth NBA championship of the decade and second straight title. And on the big screen, moviegoers just couldn’t let go of Rose and Jack, helping Titanic break box office records.

Reconnect 2022

Date to be Announced 

Chicago, Illinois

 

To volunteer to be a committee member for your class, please fill out the form on the Volunteer page.


Program Chair
Eric Chernik


Gift Chair
Ram Subramaniam


Committee Members
Arif Ahmed
Chris Baker
Anita Bathija
Gerry Caballero
Calvin Chung
Karen Dillon Rodriguez
Andrew Dinsmore
Mike Elwood
Michael Fertman
Marie Ford
Shobha Frey
Marcia Hunt
David Kinnear
Alexandra Nikitas
Andrew Reichgut
Joe Reifel
Cindy (Lester) Rudman
Marnie Schwartz
Louisa (Woods) Shields
Andrew Sugerman
Michael Weiner
Deborah Weinswig

 

Study Group Social
Eric Chernik, '97


I was looking for something very different from my undergraduate experience when searching for a business school. I was looking for something that was more quantitative from an academic perspective. It was a gap I had in my toolbox that I knew Chicago Booth could fill.


We had a lot of people in our class who wanted to make a difference. We pushed for Booth to create a general management concentration, and I think we filled a thirst or gap that was out there. People jumped in line and raised their hands to get involved, and the Corporate Management and Strategy Group, or CMSG, was born. We started visiting companies like John Deere and McDonald’s, and they loved having us. It was a nice liaison with their recruiting.


I think having the LEAD cohorts really helped create camaraderie among the class. I was in the Gargoyle cohort, and we had a blast. Our classmates really banded together in their cohorts to form close groups. By our second year, people had created what we called the Thursday Night Drink Club, or TNDC. Our class started that event with just a few people saying, “Hey, we’re going to go out on Thursday nights together!” We even had baseball caps that read “TNDC.” It was a good social outlet that helped our class gel together even more.


To this day, I’ve remained close to my Booth network. I talked to one of my classmates the other day that I haven’t seen in 20 years, but when I pick up the phone, it feels like we’re back in class again. We had a strong enough relationship when we were in classes that even though we’re not physically near each other, we can ask each other for opinions and advice on business and bounce ideas off of each other. I can do this with any number of people.


I’m looking forward to reminiscing, and Reconnect is about seeing the evolution of a classmate. We built our foundation together in business school, and now, 20 years later, what have our building blocks turned into? I’m always fascinated by what adventures people have been up to, in their business or personal lives. The world is constantly a learning environment, so I love to surround myself with other sharp people who have diverse experiences—and while we all came together at Booth, bringing our own experiences, what have we done since we left? We have started putting our fingerprints on a bunch of other things, so I’m always curious as to what everyone has built.


Eric Chernik is Vice President at Lennox International in Dallas, Texas, and co-chair of the Class of 1997 reunion committee. His family now has two teenage children, in addition to his wife, Beth.

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