Harold "Bud" Moose, BS, reports his family may include alumni spread over five generations. His uncle (1908), daughters (1965), grandson (1995), and now two great-grandsons moved to Orinda for a near commute. The second great-grandson just started to walk, but obviously in the direction of the Cal campus.
John J. Archbold, BS, writes that after he spent 45 years as an insurance broker, a son now runs the business. He has three sons: John Jr., William, and James. He has volunteered as treasurer for his home owners association in Encinitas.
David Rea, BS, retired after 42 years in the savings and loan business in Stockton. He writes, "My wife and I enjoy traveling, golfing and time spent in our second home in Aptos, Calif. We also keep in close touch with our three children and four grandchildren living in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia."
Eric Larson, BS, writes that he spent 50 years as a pilot, with 32 of those years also spent as an air traffic controller with the FAA. "Lola operated a swimming school for 20 years. We have four children and five interesting grandchildren: movie actor, movie make-up artist, cowboy, professional baseball player, and professional hockey player." He adds that he and Lola are both docents at the local museum.
Jackson Eaves, BS, writes, "My wife, Pat Faber Eaves, BA 48, and I are very loyal Old Blues and enjoy the December luncheon in the Wells Fargo Room. (I worked 50 years at Wells Fargo and took only two sick days!) Now I'm retired and enjoy going to Elderhostel programs. Son, James C. Eaves, got a MBA from Haas in 1973. (See your last issue) Trivia: I have been to 70 Big Games, and Pat has attended 59. Could it be a record for a couple? Go Bears!"
Milan E. Wight, BS, is writing a book called the Tipping Guide for Gratuitous Folks, and moving from Truckee to Rossmoor in Walnut Creek. Milan has been contributing to the development of old Highway 37, a historic wagon road, from Donner Lake to Donner Summit and plans a hike in the area in October.
Peter Ley, BS, served on the 2003-2004 Alameda County Grand Jury as the sergeant at arms. Seven of the 19 members were Old Blues and two were from the Haas School. No other university even came close. He is chairman of the finance committee of Oakland Rotary 3. He and his wife, Jeanne, class of 52, reside in Alameda, Calif.
Harlan Nobis, BS, of Elk Grove, Calif., writes, "After driving my 10-year-old Jeep Cherokee and getting poor mileage, I bought a 2005 Toyota Prius. The 60 MPG' is somewhat of an exaggeration, unless you drive on a level surface at 40 MPH over time. However, I find that at normal freeway and around town speeds, I can average about 45 to 50 MPG. I am pleased at performance and comfort. I'm a retired banker, and am not selling cars. Just passing along my experience with a hybrid."
Hugh Gordon, BS, writes, "We are enjoying our life on Tasman Bay at Ruby Bay in the South Island of New Zealand. I am no longer active in business as such, but do some mentoring for the local Nelson Small Business Trust, am treasurer for the Nelson Woodworkers Guild, and enjoy an active association and participation in our local Residents and Ratepayers Association. We have enlarged our house and will continue our accommodation business, 'The Barking Fish,' offering a quality stay with stunning beachfront views. Best wishes to old friends and the Haas Business School."
Patti (Boynton) Bissell, BS, writes, "I am now a retired CPA who had a practice for many years. I had three other CPA's working for me. I am looking forward to taking my youngest daughter, who is a Montgomery County, Md., police commander, her husband and two sons (8 and 10) to California with me. I will be visiting my older sister. There are only two of us left after five children. I read a great deal, and I volunteer to read to some of the residents. I do enjoy that. I am younger than most of the residents here, but it is a nice place and there is a lot to do. I enjoyed my CPA practice for many years and made so very many friends. My small black cat, Cleopatra, is going to board at my vet's while I am in California. I got the financing for my vet when he started his practice, and we have a good friendship. I hope you have a good day."
Morton Beebe, BS, writes, "I am editing a 'Memories Book' for the September class of '55 reunion with pages submitted by classmates. I have given my time and resources to special non-profit projects (but am still a practicing professional photographer)." http://www.mortonbeebe.com/onassign.html
Robert Hearther, BS, of Pioneer, Calif., writes, "My wife and I have recently retired to the Gold Country and are in the process of building a new home. Our two sons, Naval Academy graduates, are living in the Northwest and Southern California areas. We are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren."
Richard (Dick) Gearhart, BS, is serving as the interim human resources director for Mendocino County in Ukiah. He retired four years ago as the Sonoma County human resources director in Santa Rosa and traveled with his wife, Sally (65), and did some volunteering. Now he is ready to re-retire and travel with Sally this spring to China. They continue to reside in Santa Rosa and will be rooting on the Bears again this fall and dreaming of roses.
Schuyler Bailey, BS, see MBA 65 notes.
David Gideon, BS, see MBA 66 notes.
Richard A. Lyon, BS 67, has been a practicing life coach in Sacramento for over two years. Besides pre-retirement planning, he has worked with clients on a variety of challenges, including writing and publishing a book, successful Internet dating, enhancing spiritual awareness, and career changes. For a no-cost, no-obligation consultation, call 916-739-6432, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leland L. Chan, BS, recently received the President's Award for his exceptional legal work for Lockheed Martin Corp. After graduating from Cal, Leland earned his MBA from USC and his law degree from Santa Clara University. He is married to Vicky Owyang Chan, a mathematics professor and educator, who received her BA73 and MA 77 degrees from Cal, an MS from Santa Clara University, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. They have three children: Cheryl (24), BA 03 from Cal, Amanda (20) at UCSD, and Alan (13).
Pamela McNeeley, BS, of Forest Knolls, Calif., writes, "We bought a competing kayak outfitter in Tomales Bay, Calif., and now have two locations to do kayak tours, rentals, classes, and camping on Tomales Bay in the amazing Point Reyes National Seashore. We also do teen camps in the summer. New this year is a marine biology focus for some of the camps! Part of our expanded business includes kayak vacations to Baja, Mexico. We have a base camp on a private island in the Grey Whale Nursery at Bahia Magdalena. Mother grey whales will bring their babies up to our Mexican fishing boats to show us their 1,000-pound babies. Some lucky guests even touch a wild grey whale; however, that is not the only draw – just being in their presence and their intelligence is life changing. We also do expeditions in the Sea of Cortez around Loreto and La Paz. This is all still new. Doing business in Mexico was a shock! The people are wonderful, however, the laws and business customs are...very different. Come out and paddle with us."
Mabel (Chin) Tung, BS, writes, "My family and I had taken up residence in Chicago since the early 80s, and this April marks my 25th anniversary with the Northern Trust Bank. I am a senior vice president in the client servicing area of the corporate trust unit managing large custody and investment relationships in Asia. Our son, Linus P. So, went to Cal and graduated in Dec 2003. He is working for Bain & Co. in their Palo Alto office. I am interested in connecting with my classmates in the class of 1977. Please email me at email@example.com. Have a great day!"
Nancy Leventhal, BS 79, died Feb. 27 in San Francisco. Born in Los Angeles, Nancy majored in business administration at Cal and earned Phi Beta Kappa. After becoming a CPA, she graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law. Nancy practiced law with distinction in Los Angeles, Washington DC, and the last ten years with Bank of America in San Francisco. She enjoyed travel, the arts, and Cal football, and cherished her many friends and large family. Nancy is survived by her parents, sister Joan BS 77 (business), brother Robert BA 84, sister Cathy (UCSD alum), brother-in-law Steve Goldblatt, BS 71, and five nieces and nephews.
Hal Bogotch, BS, and his wife, Laura Lacamara, of Venice, Calif., adopted a baby girl, Annalisa, in September 2004.
Cindy Coughlin, BS, writes, "After graduating from Cal, I spent a year in Europe working. Then I went to law school at UC Davis. After graduating there I spent a year traveling via a one-year, around-the-world plane ticket. I then worked with one law firm for about six years before opening my own practice with one other attorney in 1992 in Sacramento. My practice involves estate planning, personal injury, and workers compensation. I hope a lot of classmates are planning on attending the reunion in May."
John Wondolowski, BS, of Danville, Calif., is the senior vice president, information technology, for CORT Business Services – a Berkshire Hathaway Company. John's wife, Joanne, is the vice president and managing broker for Alain Pinel Realtors in Burlingame. But the recent news is more from John and Joanne's children. Michelle graduates from UC Irvine this spring, Phi Beta Kappa; and Christopher graduates from CSU Chico. Christopher's first post-college job has already become a reality as he was drafted and signed by the San Jose Earthquakes of the MLS (Major League Soccer). Christopher is now a professional soccer player – and a legacy of Haas.
Mitchell Collins, BS, of Bedminster, N.J., recently accepted a position with The Hartford as president of Hartford Customer Service Group in Fort Washington, Penn. Mitchell writes, "We provide the customer contact for the suite of health care products offered by AARP. It's an interesting job with a number of different partners to interact with."
David Enzer, BS, of Los Angeles is a managing director at Roth Capital Partners, leading their technology and media investment banking efforts. He works with companies in the US, Israel, and Asia. He writes, "My wife, Lori, and children, Annabelle and Jacob, think Daddy works and travels way too much."
Bill Koefoed, BS, see MBA 94 notes.
Mark Coker, BS, writes, "After graduating, I joined my father's garage software startup, Coker Electronics, where I served as vice president of marketing for three years. Considering there was no marketing budget, I had to develop a free source of publicity, so I learned how to get computer magazines to write about our products. After I left the company, I joined a PR agency in Palo Alto, and in '93, I founded my own PR firm, Dovetail Public Relations (http://www.dovetailpr.com), where we represent venture-backed technology startups. Seven years ago, while still running Dovetail, I founded a financial Web site called BestCalls.com, where we worked to open up earnings conference calls to individual investors. I sold that company in 2003. Over the last four years, I met my wife, a former reporter for Soap Opera Weekly magazine, and co-wrote a novel with her entitled Boob Tube (still searching for a publisher!) that parodies the daytime television soap opera industry. Lesleyann and I married in 2003 and will celebrate our two-year anniversary in May. We live in beautiful Los Gatos with two cats, 30 homing pigeons, and four chickens. I'm sure other additions to the menagerie are forthcoming. In our spare time, we take every opportunity to travel the US and world."
Zain McKinney, BS, was admitted into the partnership of Deloitte & Touche LLP in August 2003. She serves in the audit and assurance practice and focuses primarily on the healthcare industry. She joined Deloitte in July of 1991 after graduating from Haas. Zain was recently named a national director to the board of the National Association of Black Accountants Inc. She lives in Oakland with her family.
Timothy R. Yee, BS, was appointed director of sales and operations at the top ranked AIG SunAmerica sales office. He is also looking forward to his 13th wedding anniversary. He would like to hear from fellow classmates and welcomes their e-mails at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holman Chin, BS, of Singapore, writes, "This is me: www.sugaratlas.8k.com."
Bradley G. Leimer, BS, of Berkeley writes, "Ever since leaving Haas, I have been wearing the multi-colored marketing hat. Since 2001, I've been vice president of marketing for Kaiperm Federal Credit Union, based in Oakland. We serve the employees and health plan members of Kaiser Permanente, the largest private employer in the Bay Area (www.kaipermfcu.org). Prior to that, I spent nine years at Fortune 500 Cendant, most of it as the director of database marketing at its benefit consultants insurance marketing division, working with clients such as Citibank, Bank of America, and Washington Mutual. My experiences have run the marketing gamut, from direct marketing, brand management, scenario-based planning, creative development, advertising, response modeling, and system development. Outside of work, passion for culture, politics, travel, fine food, and wine have always led me back home to Berkeley, great friends, and the California Golden Bears! Let's go for the roses!"
Paul Barbir, BS, of San Jose, writes, "I've recently taken a new position as vice president, marketing, in a new joint business between GE Consumer Finance and eBay. I also am now married with a 3-year-old son, and we are expecting one more child soon."
James Cooney, BS, has been so busy cheering Cal on to victory that he has been negligent in announcing the birth of his first daughter. Molly Erin Cooney was born May 17, 2004, 7 pounds, 9.2 ounces. Molly appears to not carry a grudge for the oversight. James and his wife, Bridget, are doing well, if a bit tired from chasing now two "baby Bears" around.
Brian Krawez, BS, see MBA 02 notes.
John Harkavy, BS, has moved back to California and taken a position with Novellus Systems in San Jose as its financial planning and analysis manager.
Heidi Jerge, BS, of El Sobrante, Calif., writes, "My husband and I welcomed our first child on Aug. 30, 2004. Baby Zion Keith Jerge is healthy, and we're all very happy. Now my greatest challenge is finding a balance between motherhood and my career. I've decided to make a career change from institutional investment management into commercial real estate and finance. I'm currently making plans to open and manage a mortgage company branch office, and would love to hear about experiences or any advice from other alumni working in the real estate/mortgage industry. My email address is email@example.com."
Jeremy Omholt, BS, writes, "It has been a while since I last updated everyone on my life. In 2004, I left the CPA firm in Eureka, and Tai and I moved to Seattle, Wash., where I accepted a position as project manager for Prudential Northwest Realty. On Dec. 1, 2004, I became a joyous father of a beautiful girl named Annie Belle Omholt. My wife and I are exhausted but thrilled to be parents. In 2005, I accepted an offer to be the new CFO for Prudential Northwest Realty. It is an exciting job, and I am enjoying the various aspects of my duties. I was hoping to make it to the reunion this year to see some of my fellow classmates; however, it looks like I will have to shoot for the next one. If anyone is in the area let me know."
Wansun Song, BS, writes, "My wife, Kathy Lee, and I were blessed with another girl last December. I currently practice law in the Los Angeles office of Pillsbury Winthrop LLP, an international law firm, where I represent banks in commercial loan transactions. Feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Jenny Yang, BS, writes, "I got married in August 2004 and moved to Champaign, Ill., with my spouse. This January I started a new job with the University of Illinois as the new program director of Asian Educational Media Service, a unit of the Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies."
Michelle (Chung) Boifort, BS, writes, "After living and working in London for three years, I moved back with my husband to San Francisco. I started working for Bare Escentuals (cosmetic, skincare, bath and body company) in international sales and marketing. And I just transferred to a new position as assistant brand manager for the bath line. In addition, we just had our first baby girl, Laura Boifort, who melts our hearts and brings meaning to our lives."
Doug Bentz, BS, of San Francisco recently started as the marketing manager for the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion. He will be promoting all sports and entertainment-related events at the San Jose-based arena.
Andrew Farthing, BS, writes, "This summer I'll finish my clerkship at the Delaware Court of Chancery, where I enjoyed watching all three months of the shareholder lawsuit regarding Michael Ovitz's hiring and termination. After surviving a cold and snowy east coast winter, I'll be glad to move back to California in August. Then in September I'll be joining Latham & Watkins, a large international law firm, at its Silicon Valley office, where I will focus on securities litigation. Finally, I want to say Cal Band Great, and Go Bears!"
Joseph Hartzell, BS, writes, "After working in consulting for Monitor, I got my MBA at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2003. I'm in an MBA rotation program with Novartis Pharmaceuticals of Basel Switzerland that has me in a new role in a new country every six months for two years. My current rotation is in Sydney, Australia, as product manager for our highest priority product."
Gary Manalus, BS, writes, "I've been living in New York now for slightly over one year, and was recently promoted to marketing manager at American Express. I've also been volunteering for a nonprofit theater company, Diverse City Theater, alongside fellow Cal alum! Hi to all my Haas friends!"
Eugene Wang, BS, writes, "After some time in consulting, I co-founded an enterprise software company called Nexad Systems (www.nexadsystems.com), which helps marketing organizations realize efficiencies in the media buying process and track real-time ad-spending data all the way down to the local level. We are still a very young company, and our client list includes Hyundai and LG Electronics. Currently, I am focusing most of my efforts on a new company, Creative Co-Op (www.creativecoop.com), which is a wholesale importer and distributor of home décor products. We have offices in the US and Asia, and we sell to independent retailers as well as the entire spectrum of large chain stores, such as Bombay Company, Target, Wal-Mart, and Dollar Tree. On a personal note, I have found my partner-in-life and am marrying Melissa You this summer. She is formerly of Sullivan and Cromwell and currently in-house counsel at UBS in Hong Kong. We will live in Hong Kong for the immediate future before settling in California. Until then, I will continue my semi-monthly 8,000-mile commute! I hope everyone is well. Go Bears!"
Sara Cherlin, BS, writes, "I will be graduating this June with an MBA from Harvard Business School and look forward to some summer travels in China and Peru before embarking on a new career in brand management at Procter & Gamble. If any one is in Cincinnati, I'd love to meet up in the fall. email@example.com"
Christina Hollingsworth, BS, writes, "After living in Roseville, Calif., for over 31/2 years, Jasper and I relocated again, and this time we moved to the wine country in Sonoma County. With this move we brought along with us our new addition, 5-month-old daughter, Sydney Fay. While Jasper continues practicing psychiatry in the North Bay area, I have returned to public accounting and am currently working for a local CPA firm. Look us up when you are in the area and let's go for a couple of wine tasting tours!"
Joe Lazar, BS, writes, "Life has been great post-graduation. I am now the marketing manager for a Grammy award-winning orchestra in New York, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. While it is common perception that it takes practice to make it to Carnegie Hall, I've found that all I needed was a Haas degree!"
Daniel Phung, BS, writes, "I'm an MBA student at MIT Sloan. Would love to catch up with anyone in the Boston area to show our Cal pride! (firstname.lastname@example.org)"
James Wedewer, BS, writes, "My wife, Andrea, and I are expecting our first child, a boy, in late May. I have enjoyed a five-year ride so far in the real estate boom in Las Vegas and look forward to continuing my successes here with my family."
Yi Ding, BS, writes, "I have a new feature film coming out on April 8. Here is the official Web site for the movie: www.smilethemovie.com. This film is based on 80,000 stories and is for a very good cause, the charitable organization, Operation Smile, which sends doctors to third-world countries to correct children with cleft lips. Billions of dollars are spent every year to make films. Let's hope that more films will be made for good causes like Operation Smile and to help those people who truly need our help. Cheers."
Nicole C. Wong, BS, writes, "I started the new year with a new job as the San Jose Mercury News business reporter covering workplace issues. I'm writing about everything from how technology is changing the way we work to how the increasingly diversifying workforce is shifting corporate cultures. If you have a tip or are willing to be interviewed on a particular topic, please shoot me an e-mail at email@example.com. I'd love to hear from you!"
Melissa Wong, BS, writes, "I'm engaged to Andrew Cheng. There are no dates yet, but we plan on getting married in 2006. We bought a house together and live in Santa Clara. We also adopted a very cute brown tabby cat that loves to be chased up and down the stairs! I'm currently looking for a new career and enjoying the time off at the moment."
Yelena A. Bobyor, BS, writes, "The last two years have been a lot of fun! All this time I've been working at Andor Capital Management, including two years in New York. Beginning August 2004 I transferred back to San Francisco. My work and personal interest for international travel have taken me to UK, Germany, Austria, Canada, India, and Denmark. An unfortunate ski accident forced me to cancel a ski trip to Switzerland and Italy. But in a few months I'll be back on the road! Good luck to all the Bears with your life adventures! Look forward to seeing you all at our reunion in a few years! Go Bears!"
Anjali Banthia, BS, of San Francisco writes, "After a wonderful two years of working in brand management at the Clorox Company, I'll be moving to England this fall to pursue a masters in international relations at the London School of Economics. I'll miss Berkeley and the Bay Area dearly, but I'll be sure to bring the Cal spirit with me in my next adventure. Go Bears!"
Jeremy Bliss, BS, a participant in the International Management Program with HSBC Bank, has completed an 18-month rotation in corporate institutional banking and markets in Madrid, Spain. He recently relocated to Hong Kong to work within the personal finance division of the London-based and world's third largest financial institution by market cap. One of the professional highlights for Jeremy while in Spain was his key role in the largest European mergers and acquisition transaction for the transportation sector last year (the purchase of airport operator TBI, plc. by Spanish concessionaire, Abertis, S.A.). His new role will place him in HSBC's Hong Kong headquarters where he will be managing the relationships of expatriates and local, high net-worth clients working abroad.
Victor Pineda, BS, of Bangkok, Thailand, writes, "My foundation is going strong. We are working with UN and the World Bank on post-tsunami redevelopment planning in southern Thailand. I will be here in June and finishing a documentary film in Bosnia and Spain in July, then making presentations on the Disability Treaty in New York in early August. I would love to meet up with Haas brothers and sisters, firstname.lastname@example.org."
Allen C. Chang, BS, writes, "I've now survived four months living in Mexico City while working with HSBC. It's definitely not as scary as 'Man on Fire' makes it seem, and there are lots of things to do and see. I'm working my way down the list of tourist attractions and working through the Chinese restaurants in the city, hoping to find a decent dim sum place."
Adam Ludwin, BS, of New York writes, "I've been at The Boston Consulting Group for six months now and am happy to say that Haas did a fantastic job preparing me for management consulting. Outside of work, I launched a business ethics forum for young professionals which takes place each month at the Ritz-Carlton. The goal of the forum is to have a dialogue about how we can leverage our skills and experience to most effectively make a difference in the world. The forum attracts 30 young professionals from around New York and is facilitated each month by a prominent business or community leaders. In other news, we are officially three days into spring, but the snow and hail is still pounding down! Where is sunny California?"
Amit Sura, BS, writes, "After graduating from Cal, I had two weeks off and traveled the likes of Mexico before heading to Boston to begin a dual MD/MBA degree at Tufts University School of Medicine. The last summer was spent taking MBA classes, and in the fall I began medical school. I will be completing my first year of medical school this coming May, and I will resume taking MBA classes this summer. Highlights of the program include a class called "Law and Ethics in Medicine" as part of the MBA curriculum as well as "Operations Management." My business background from Haas has proven to be so useful as I have been exposed to many of the topics in the MBA curriculum as well as the use of a concrete application of critical thinking obtained at Haas in the medical program. I miss California and the Berkeley campus and can't wait to visit. Go Bears!"
David Aminzadeh, BS, will graduate with a BS in business administration from Haas and a BA in statistics. He was named to the Dean's List, Honors, Golden Key Honor Society, Mortar Board Honor Society, and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. David has worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and started his own non-profit Geoharmonics, which specializes in providing oil exploration and geophysics software to students and researchers alike. David is a nationally ranked tennis player in juniors. He also completed his first marathon in 2003 at the San Francisco Chronicle Marathon, and he has since run two others, with his fourth coming in April at the Big Sur International Marathon. He has accepted an offer with Microsoft in Redmond, WA to join its renowned finance program.
Schuyler Bailey, MBA, writes, "On March 23, Chancellor Birgeneau spoke to our local Berkeley Rotary Club about his vision for Cal during his tenure as chancellor. As you can appreciate, our club has a long and close history with people from Cal. When I met him at the door, I told him that I remembered our first meeting. It was in the Doe Library in October when he walked into our class of 64 cocktail party prior to the All Class Homecoming Dinner and addressed us, 'It is a joy for me to make my first formal address as chancellor to an alumni group. I'll begin by thanking you for raising $655,000 for this year's 40th reunion class gift!' Incidentally, our class gift to Cal back in 1964 was the cannon that goes off at Memorial Stadium after every point Cal scores during a football game! Also, last weekend I had the opportunity to perform in a play at a local women's club (my wife, Susie, is a member). I was Charley's aunt in the play "Charley's Aunt." For those of you who are familiar with that play, the highlight for me was the hysterical laughter from the 4-year old granddaughter of the woman who played Kitty during the scene where I accidentally pour tea into Mr. Spettigue's hat. Of course, upon discovering the error, I add more tea, cream, sugar, stir the entire mixture up, and pass him back his hat. The little girl absolutely got it – the moment we actors all cherish! Retirement sure beats the banking career! Go Bears!"
Richard Knobel, MBA, writes, "After 30 years in medical care in Hawaii and 26 years with Kaiser Permanente, I retired in 1997. In 1999 I joined a large, dynamic church, Central Union Church in Honolulu, began receiving Medicare in 2000, realized a call to ministry in 2001, and began attending Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, from which I received a Master of Divinity degree in May 2004. In April of last year I received and later accepted a call as pastor from St. John United Church of Christ in Houston, Texas, where I began ministry in September 2004. Life is astonishingly good. Cheers and all best wishes to those who knew me in the MBA program 1962 to 1964! Aloha."
David Gideon, MBA, of Boca Raton, Fla., writes, "On Feb. 8, 2005, I was inducted into the Medical Advertising Hall of Fame at its annual awards dinner at the Plaza Hotel in New York. The award recognizes contributions to the medical advertising profession, and was given for development of the first computerized media analysis, selection, and placement systems for the industry, together with publication of industry trade magazines, guides, and Web sites for over 25 years. While retired from these areas, I am actively involved with Gideon-Cardozo Communications, which handles clients in the Caribbean, Europe, and the US."
Victor Pinzon, MBA, writes, "I am president/founder of Americas Global Foundation, a nonprofit, NGO, think-tank, advocate organization, founded in 1991, based in Washington, DC. To achieve our ambitious mission, we have numerous exceptional programs, such as 'Empowering World's Agents of Change' in Washington, DC. We would like to invite motivated, passionate UC Berkeley students to participate in this unique program. Any one interested should contact me. email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org"
Stephen R. Wood, MBA, writes, "I retired in 2004 from Shell Oil Co. after a 36-year career in human resources management. While at Shell, my proudest moment was the implementation in the mid-1990s of a Web-based employee self-service system I designed. This pioneering service enabled all employees to view and change personal information held by the company. My wife, Donna, and I are living in Kingwood, Texas, near Houston. We have three grown children and two grandchildren and enjoy overseas travel and local volunteer work. My favorite volunteer activity is doing a live broadcast once a week on HTBR (Houston Taping for the Blind Radio). This entails reading from the Houston Chronicle newspaper for visually impaired listeners."
Dean Suzuki, MBA, of Danville, Calif., joined the firm, UBS Financial Services, in Walnut Creek as a financial advisor in April 2004. He is president-elect of the East Bay Chapter of the Haas Alumni Network.
George Reitter, MBA, writes, "After living in the Bay Area for most of my career, I accepted an offer to be the CFO for Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. in Boston. SGH is a consulting engineering firm with offices in Boston, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, with specialties in structural and building envelope evaluations and design. As I look out my window the snow is falling. The weather alone is quite an adventure. We love the challenge. Having worked with the Haas Alumni Network in the East Bay, I was happy to find that there is an active chapter in the Northeast. We are having a wine tasting at the end of month ( California wines only)."
Robert Caruso, MBA, of San Leandro is president of the John Benjamin Co. Inc. which specializes in commercial and residential property management in the East Bay. The company offers a broad range of property management and property construction services.
Steve Fabricant, MBA, is easing into retirement on tropical Okinawa, Japan, still doing some consulting in public health financing in the third world, while wife, Keiko, enjoys her work with the prefectural health department. He writes, "I am struggling to learn Japanese, but the Okinawans are very kind and friendly and are tolerant of my attempts. The US bases are in the middle part of the island, and I rarely see any Westerners here in Naha, the capital. It's a good place to raise the latest crop of kids, too: Ayumi (14), Marina (12) and Lia-chan (4)."
G.J. Max Oliva, MBA, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, writes, "In my ministry with business people I publish a monthly, online newsletter, 'Spirituality and Ethics.' As of January 2005 it is available at www.cccm.ca Click on 'Message Board' and scroll down to the newsletter."
William E. "Bill" O'Neal, MBA, writes: "Most notably, I retired from the US Department of Energy as a Contracting Officer after 20 years. I then was recruited to teach mathematics and science in middle school in Oakland Unified School District by Dr. Fred Ellis, where I worked until I retired (again) in 2003. Currently I am working as a substitute teacher in Stockton, Calif. (Stockton Unified). I have a son, William who graduated from San Francisco State University, and a daughter, Caron, who is attending Holy Names College in Oakland."
Kandathil Jacob, MBA, has joined Fair Isaac Corp., the company that invented the FICO credit score, as product marketing director, in the San Diego office. In his new position, he will have global responsibility for marketing predictive analytics-based solutions to manage risk, prevent fraud, and automate transaction- level decisions at major financial services institutions, telecom companies, and utilities around the world. He can be reached at email@example.com. He and his wife, Cora, moved to sunny San Diego from Silicon Valley 21/2 years ago when he joined HSBC Auto Finance. They are enjoying their Mediterranean style home in Rancho Santa Fe. A few months ago, they took up raising chickens as a new hobby - 12 hens and a rooster. They are also excited that their son Suresh will be completing his MD degree in June.
John Anderson, MBA, and Barbara Fortini Medwadowski, MBA 82, owner of Draper & Esquin Wine & Spirits, have combined their wine expertise with a Native American majority-owned company to sell wine with a Native American theme to several of the Indian casinos in California, Oregon, and elsewhere. The new company is called Indigenous Wines LLC. Draper & Esquin, located in Pt. Richmond, produces Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, and Pinot Noir in the very traditional, classical négociant way that characterized much of the California wine industry before Prohibition. The company is the only wine business in the US to enjoy Women Business Enterprise status. In addition to that, being the minority shareholder of a Native American majority-owned company makes Indigenous Wines an especially attractive partner for businesses wanting to support Native American and minority enterprise, both on and off the reservation. Go Bears! For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 510/236-8000.
Gary H. Todd, MBA, of San Mateo, Calif., writes, "My son, Matt, will graduate in June. He joins his mother, Marty (Hall), BS '73, his sister, Laura, BS 03, three grandparents, and a great grandmother in the Cal tradition. In answer to the obvious question, the Cal Alumni Association, particularly annual trips to the Lair, has been unduly influencing impressionable young children for at least two generations."
Judith Lacina, MBA, of Pleasanton, Calif., accepted a position beginning fall semester 2005 as the house director for Sigma Delta Tau at the University of Michigan.
Dan J. Jordan, MBA, of Mill Valley, Calif., recently earned a DBA degree in finance from Golden Gate University, where he has been an accounting professor since 2001. He is also a partner in the accounting firm of Jordan & Decker LLP, which he started in 1985.
After graduating from the evening MBA program, Raymond J. Fry, MBA, of Oakland worked as a paint chemist in Detroit and then moved to San Francisco and became a product development chemist at Clorox. He then moved to Levi Strauss and worked for 23 years in finance and planning before retiring in 1999. Now he is working as a specialist in reverse mortgages for Bay Area Reverse Mortgage.
Chris Gray-Smith, MBA, of Belmont, Calif., is CFO and executive vice president at CoTherix Inc., a South San Francisco biotech company. Chris writes, "After living in the Bay Area since my Berkeley days, I just spent three years in San Diego and returned to the Bay Area in April 2004 to join CoTherix. Since that time, we have gone public and gotten our first product approved for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. It has been a wild and busy time, and I look forward to reconnecting with my Berkeley friends!"
John-Paul Leonard, MBA, writes, "I'm still publishing books and bringing out my second exposé of 9/11 this month, 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA. The author is Webster Tarpley, author of George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography back in 1992."
Deborah Miller, MBA, of Saratoga, Calif., was elected to a second term as co-managing partner at GCA Law Partners LLP in Mountain View. Her law practice focuses on software licensing and product sales and distribution. She and husband, John Barnes, live in Saratoga. Their daughter, Sarah (born while Deborah was in the MBA program), just graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law and son, Eric, is a senior in economics at UC Davis.
Michaela Rodeno, MBA, who attended the evening program, enters her 17th year as CEO of St. Supery Winery in Rutherford, Napa Valley. She writes, "It takes a long time to develop vineyards, build and populate a winery, and create an enthusiastic customer base for the wines. But it sure is fun!" That may explain why she's had only two jobs in 33 years in the wine business, the first at then-nascent Domaine Chandon. If the wine business ever goes south, the Rodeno family is in real trouble, as Gregory is a wine and land-use attorney, and the family owns two vineyards and produces a tiny amount of delicious Sangiovese under their Villa Ragazzi label. The good news is that more Americans than ever are developing a taste for fine wine.
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After 20 years in various capacities with Fireman's Fund American Life, Amex Life Assurance Co., GE Capital Assurance, and GE Financial Assurance in San Rafael, David Dorfman, MBA, was relocated to Richmond, Va., to what became the IPO Genworth Financial in September 2003, three days before Hurricane Isabel. He has taken up motorcycling and writes, "What a ride!"
Peter R. Nielsen, MBA, writes, "After a 30-year career in software development and management, capped by a two-year stint as program manager and vice president of engineering at WebWare Corp., I've changed careers. I have partnered with Loretta Ferraro, a veteran luxury home specialist at RE/MAX of southern Marin. As a Realtor, I'm enjoying building my clientele of both residential and income property buyers and sellers. If you or anyone you know is thinking of buying or selling property in the North Bay, please get in touch with me at 415-299-0487, or visit our Web site at www.MarinRealtyExperts.com. Having the freedom to be out and about and not tied to a desk has also had the side benefit of giving me more occasion to ride my Harley!"
John Bernard, MBA, has been working in affordable housing in California for several years, but last year he took six months off to live in Europe. His wife is from Munich, so they rented a furnished apartment close to downtown Munich and used that as a base to travel around Europe. He can speak "restaurant German," but panics if someone says more than a sentence or two back to him. They're back in Laguna Beach, Calif., getting readjusted to the working world.
Gordon L. Rogers, MBA, of Walnut Creek, Calif., a graduate of the evening program, writes, "I accepted the position of executive vice president for Fukuda Denshi USA in December. In this capacity, I am responsible for Fukuda Denshi's operations throughout the Americas, from Canada to South America. Fukuda Denshi is one of the worlds largest medical device companies with $700 million in annual sales. Based in Tokyo, we are undertaking a number of initiatives to increase our sales throughout the world."
Starting in July, William Zarit, MBA, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will be the regional director for East Asia and the Pacific for the US Department of Commerce's Commercial Service, based in Washington, DC.
Alan L Donald, MBA, writes, "Heidi, Kai (13), Eric (8), and I recently relocated to Charleston, S.C., after spending six great years in Vancouver, BC While we miss the gorgeous BC mountains, we are thrilled to live in a warm coastal area with a pro-business attitude, Southern friendliness, and excellent economic development potential. I joined Keller Williams Realty and specialize in residential and investment property sales. Since this was our fourth international move since leaving the Bay Area, I have now learned what it takes to relocate successfully! I'd be very glad to help anyone relocating, selling, or buying a home anywhere in North America. We have a great professional network of 35,000 consultants!"
Susan Hill, MBA, has moved from Mt. Diablo Habitat for Humanity in Concord to the First Place Fund for Youth in Oakland. This agency supports former foster youth in their transition from foster care to successful independent living. The program provides affordable housing, supportive services, and counseling. Foster kids are put out on the street when they turn 18. The First Place Fund for Youth is working to end homelessness and assist former foster youth to become self-supporting adults.
Steve Tirado, MBA, was recently promoted to CEO and director from president at Silicon Image in Sunnyvale, Calif. Silicon Image is a $170 million fabless semiconductor company with over 250 employees.
Virginia L. Williams, MBA, a graduate of the evening program, writes, "Since 2002, following a long international career as a senior executive, I launched my own firm, Ventures Worldwide Ltd. (www.ventures-worldwide.com) based on Lake Geneva, Switzerland. I am fully engaged as an executive coach and leadership trainer. Other volunteer and leadership responsibilities include head of International Coach Federation (www.coachfederation.com) for Suisse Romande (French-speaking region of Switzerland) and the Geneva representative of the European Professional Women's Network (www.epwn.net). Among my clients are leaders in executive roles, entrepreneurs, and other business professionals. I enjoy working with leaders in transition – a new job or promotion, entering a new field, taking on a new challenge, or seeking greater life-work balance. Ventures Worldwide's flagship leadership programs include 100-day fast track for executives, breakthrough coaching, and Catalyze your Dreams, a women's enterprise group. Following my passion for making a positive difference in the corporate world, I wrote a paper entitled 'Peaceful Productivity - A corporate strategy for peace of mind and extraordinary results.' I would love to hear from anyone who has other ideas how to implement this strategy."
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Will Alameida, MBA, writes, "I am senior vice president at Science & Technology International, a Hawaii-based research and development firm specializing in the development of technologies for the military, medical, and environmental markets. Last year I sold our military business to BAE Systems, and I am focused on building our medical device company, where we are using advanced imaging technologies to diagnose cancer at the cellular level. Living in Hawaii has its advantages, including sun, surf, and sea, but I do miss the Bay Area and my old friends at Cal. Aloha!
Mark Coopersmith, MBA, writes, "I have recently joined the Addis Group, a marketing and branding consultancy as president of the strategy practice. I have also maintained my involvement at Haas, teaching entrepreneurship in the MBA program for the past several years (and I don't miss the basement of Barrows!). I haven't strayed far from Berkeley since our college days, living in Tiburon with my college sweetheart, Lori (Berkeley BA 83, Hasting JD 86), and children, Ali (11) and Matt (7).
Daniel R. Engel, MBA, of San Diego recently joined the Board of Trustees of the John Wayne Cancer Institute (www.JWCI.org). The JWCI has received worldwide acclaim for advances in melanoma (skin cancer), breast, and colon cancer as well as immune therapy of cancer. Dan will focus on corporate sponsorships to assist JWCI in rapidly turning scientific breakthroughs into innovative approaches to treatment and early detection of these and other cancers.
Satish Rishi, MBA, writes, "I am the CFO of DuPont Photomasks Inc., based in Austin, Texas. I worked at Intel from 1986 to1999 (U.S., Japan, and Hong Kong), joined Dell in 1999, and then joined DuPont Photomasks in 2001."
Tom Zengel, MBA, of Pleasanton, Calif., writes, "After Haas, I worked as a Bay Area business lawyer, then spent time in Washington, D.C., and Houston working in international tax consulting. Then I got a little smarter and worked my way back to the Bay Area. After 4 1/2 interesting years in Silicon Valley as a tax director, first for a dot-com that bombed and then for an explosive-growth NASDAQ 100 company, I recently joined my brother's real estate valuation firm to help expand the business and launch a complementary practice area, business valuations. We work with lenders, CPAs, lawyers, businesses, and government throughout Northern and Central California. My wife, Karen, and our beautiful, curly-haired daughters, Katja (6) and Keara (4), are great at keeping me balanced and energized outside of work. Go Bears! email@example.com"
Dale Weideman, MBA, of Pacifica, Calif., writes, "In the true spirit of an economics undergrad with a Haas MBA, I'm working to maximize utility while making a solid profit! These days I'm a solutions consultant at CustomerSat, one of the leading companies specializing in measuring and helping companies maximize customer satisfaction and loyalty. I'm really enjoying helping companies like Charles Schwab, Canon, HP, Digital Insight, and WebEx understand the key drivers of customer satisfaction and how they can move the dial to increase retention, referenceability, and related product sales. If you're interested in some of the latest research and best practices in satisfaction and loyalty research, I'd be glad to answer any questions. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Renee Hardy, MBA, of Alameda, Calif., writes, "Since graduate school, I gained 10 years marketing management experience in the high-tech, retail, and nonprofit arenas. Six years ago, I leveraged my alumni and professional network and started an executive search firm, Armstrong Joiner LLC. We help clients recruit and retain top finance talent quickly and cost-effectively. Up to 10 percent of our profits are donated to charity. My husband of 20 years is of great support to me in life and business.I'd love to stay in touch. Visit our Web site, or write me at email@example.com."
Daniel Maljanian, MBA, his wife, Patrice, and children, Adriana, Aram, and Avedis, have moved to South Pasadena's Marengo District, and are enjoying life in one of Los Angeles' premier "small towns." He encourages classmates to look him up and join the family for ice-cream at the Fair Oaks Soda Fountain. firstname.lastname@example.org
Adrienne Eng, MBA, of Newark, Calif., recently left Yahoo! and joined Network Appliance as a compensation manager.
Carlos Gaviola, MBA, writes, "After three years with Business Objects, I recently joined Vecta Software Corp. as vice president, international. My role will be to develop in Europe and North America, this pre-IPO software publisher, based in Oxford, UK. Vecta is the market leader in the domain of sales intelligence (at the intersection of business intelligence, CRM, and ERP systems). I will be traveling quite often to the Bay Area as I build up the staff and the partnerships to establish our presence in the US market. However, for the time being I will remain based in Paris with my family."
Eric Prothero, MBA, writes, "Greetings from the airplane! I continue to work with IDC, running its Latin America operations based out of Miami. We hung in through the tough tech recession over the past few years, and are now up to over 100 employees in seven countries in the region. I am blessed with two great boys, Richard (5) and Nicolas (2), who keep Suely busy when I am on the road."
Maria Vickroy-Peralta, MBA, of San Francisco, an evening program graduate, writes, "My 15-year career in banking had been very fulfilling, but I was ready for new challenges. In September 2004 I resigned from my position as managing director at ABN AMRO Bank to pursue my Master of Arts degree in theology full-time at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley. I will spend this spring of 2005 in Rome, studying at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (also known as the Angelicum), then returning to the DSPT in the fall of 2005 to complete my degree. Upon graduation, my objective is to work for a Catholic educational institution, religious order, or service organization in a finance or development capacity."
Javier Canas, MBA, of Madrid, Spain, writes, "Following a major restructuring of Adeslas, the largest private health care insurer in Spain with sales over $1 billion, I have been promoted to the position of organization manager, with responsibilities in process reengineering, development of human resources, maintenance of facilities, and purchasing. I am very excited with this opportunity and the challenges I will have to face."
Diane S. Fong, MBA, writes, "Spencer and I welcomed twin girls into our family on Sept. 12, 2004. Born at 36 weeks, Britney Grace was 5 pounds and Kaitlyn Patrice was 6 pounds 1 ounce. They are both doing well but keeping us very busy; fortunately they sleep at night! Our 4-year-old daughter, Alyssa, attends pre-kindergarten in Redwood Shores. We recently had to purchase our first minivan so we have room for everyone. Professionally, I have a new job as senior VP/project manager in the Securities Investment Group at Wells Fargo in San Francisco. I still work three days a week, so I can spend time at home with our three girls."
Scott Hansen, MBA, was recently named senior manager of business development at Adobe Systems in San Jose, Calif. He'll be responsible for emerging businesses associated with Adobe's Creative Suite offering. Adobe's Creative Suite includes Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design, Go-Live, and Acrobat applications.
Lynda Mansson, MBA, of St-Prex, Switzerland, was appointed director of global operations at Worldwide Fund for Nature International, based in Switzerland. She has been with WWF for eight years, first as business process manager, then director of learning and development. She looks forward to this new challenge.
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Joe H. Brand, MBA, of San Francisco, writes, "The last few years have been especially exciting. My fiancée (now wife, Andrea) and I took a trip around the world from October 2001 to September 2002 visiting about 30 different countries, visiting with classmates Pete Baltaxe (Prague) and Louisa Wu (Singapore). Andrea and I got married in May 2003; Bruce Kirton was a groomsman, his daughter, Sydney, was our flower girl, and fellow MBAs Shaw Taylor, Lou Pelosi, and Frank Hundley, attended our wine country (Sonoma) wedding. However, the highlight has been the arrival of our son, Joseph Miguel Brand, on March 13, 2004. We're now looking forward to the arrival of our daughter, Aryana, in June 2005. On the career side, I decided to take the plunge once again and joined a San Francisco startup, SenSage, as a regional sales manager in the emerging security risk management space."
Kumiko Iwashita, MBA, of Oakland writes, "During the past 14 years since graduation, I have worked in finance and accounting jobs in the Bay Area and now work for Nextel Communications. I am happily married to Rod with two beautiful daughters, Miya (4) and Yuka (2)."
Yasunori Nakagami, MBA, of Tokyo, Japan, writes, "After working as partner for the largest independent strategy consulting firm; Corporate Directions Inc., for 13 years since my graduation, I finally changed my career. I raised a new fund with a hedge fund, established a new investment advisory company, and became CEO this April. The new fund will act as a friendly activist fund investing to Japanese listed companies who have room for management improvement. I am very excited about the marriage of advanced financial technology and management consulting expertise. Family-wise, I am living a happy life with my wife, Coco, and 7-year-old daughter, Kyoko."
Victor Casalino, MBA, writes, "In November 2004 we moved to Sydney, Australia. I accepted a director of finance role for Australia and New Zealand with Microsoft. Sydney is a great place to live and has great cultural life. Monica and I are thrilled to have this experience. Daniela (7) is attending a very nice school in our neighbourhood, and Mateo (2) attends a small preschool also in the area. We expect to be here for two to three years."
Rich Jones, MBA, writes, "I've finally left bachelordom. I know most of you won't believe it, so I thought I'd include a photo. Cynthia and I were married in September in Galveston, Texas. Luckily there was a cold spell so it was only 90 degrees with 90 percent humidity."
Jorge Mercado, MBA, writes, "I hope all the MBA class is well. I'm living in Miami with my wife, Sofia, and our three kids, Sofia, Axel, and Mateo. We are enjoying very much living in Florida. I have kept as busy in the professional side. I'm employed by Citigroup as VP of Global Consumer Group Latin America, helping a very strong management team relaunch this region. In addition, three years ago I started a company to do mobile car washing services in malls, office centers, and large parking lots. We have been very successful. We are leaders in Mexico, starting operations in Central America, and have sister operations in Chile and the Philippines. Hope to hear from you all."
Marshall Platt, MBA, is a freelance marketing consultant living in Berkeley and working throughout the Bay Area and in Europe. Clients are a mix of multinational corporations and nonprofit organizations. The little Platt toddler who waddled up and down the halls of Barrows when class of '92 attended school is now a 6-foot-3 high school freshman in San Francisco; he was joined by two sisters shortly after B-school. Life is good.
Art Altman, MBA, of San Carlos, Calif., a graduate of the evening program, manages the energy derivative valuation and risk management practice of the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, Calif.
Hilary Feier, MBA, of Seattle, Wash., writes, "Frank and I welcomed our second daughter, Sofia, on Dec. 9, 2004. I just started back at work this spring at Hitachi Consulting."
Marrying her passion for technology, communication, and the arts, Suzanne Lamar, MBA, founded PageSage, producing the award-winning instructional DVDs for the hobby and craft industry. PageSage set the standard for videos and DVDs in the $29 billion craft market. She resides in Pacifica, Calif., with her husband, Charlie, and their son, Colton.
Emma Rosen, MBA, of Albany, Calif., writes, "We moved to the East Bay from San Francisco last June to get more space and just had kid No. 2 on Jan. 5, 2005 – five weeks early. Catherine (Cate) Caley Menotti is thriving and loves wearing blue and gold like her older bro, Luca (2 1/2). I'm working with Activa Public Relations, particularly with startup companies and sales-focused marketing teams. Please look us up, 510-527-5498."
Guy Wilnai, MBA, of San Jose, Calif., writes, "Ilanit and I are proud to announce the birth of our son, Shemayah Gilad Wilnai, on Feb. 8, 2005. Here he is at 9 days old, with his three older siblings."
Gaitri Chandra, MBA, writes, "In November I celebrated my marriage to Richard Vermeij at a wedding ceremony in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was truly a Haas affair starting with our initial introduction through a fellow Haas alumnus, Arno Hesse, and culminating in the Mexican celebrations with nine other former Haas classmates. It was truly an international event. Now I'm enjoying my new job at PRTM, a departure from my years in industry.
Kassim Chaudry, MBA, is the director of packaging and e-commerce software at BrandWizard Technologies, where he has been since 2002. He resides in a quaint New Jersey suburb of New York with his lovely wife and three wonderful children. Kevaan, who was born in Berkeley, will be 10, Kiren is 7 and Kamryn is 4. He writes, "Please call or stop by and visit if your travels ever take you to the Big Apple or its vicinity."
Joerg Dreisow, MBA, of Starnberg, Germany, was promoted to managing director of the Presentation and Media Technology Division of TA Triumph-Adler AG.
Terry J. Goode, MBA, of Richmond, Calif., writes, "My wife, Latondra, and I are expecting a new addition to the family in June 2005. Lauren (2) is extremely excited about becoming a big sister. I continue to work in San Francisco at Wells Capital Management as a senior credit analyst."
Rob Leland, MBA, left his job at a technology hedge fund in San Francisco in early 2004, re-wrote an old screenplay about a teacher in China, had a baby girl, then started work as a financial planner at American Express on the peninsula in Redwood Shores. He lives in San Carlos with his wife, Annie, and two children. Send him a note at email@example.com.
Ross Van Woert, MBA, writes, "In mid-2003, Tracy and I moved to Loveland, Colo., to be closer to her family. At the end of 2003 I had an amicable split from my Seattle-based employer and launched my own company, Consynia Marketing LLC (www.consynia.com). We focus on marketing, consulting, and communications for high-tech companies. So far, so good: The business is growing, we're getting repeat engagements, and things are going well."
Michael Yang, MBA, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, "I recently launched my latest venture startup, Become.com, which is an online shopping search engine that helps consumers find product review and buying guides for all kinds of products on the Web. We raised $4.5 million in venture capital so far and are now going out to raise $12 million in the next round. We will be competing with Google and Yahoo for the hearts and minds of Internet shoppers."
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Linda Behnke, MBA, writes, "The Behnke family has finally officially settled back in the Bay Area. We moved into our new home in the Oakland hills with a wonderful view and plenty of space for Vincent (at least compared with our Munich apartment) in January. Golding Capital Partners officially opened its San Francisco office, which I am heading up. In fact, we may be recruiting our first summer MBA from Haas soon! Also, please contact me if you are interested in helping form a venture capital/private equity alumni interest group, an idea I am currently developing with faculty and current students. (415) 515-6736"
Andre Marquis, MBA, of Palo Alto, along with Nina, Camille, and Zeno, are happy to announce the arrival of Hugo Emmanuel Marquis on Feb. 17, 2005. He's the first native Californian in the family.
Paulo Penteado, MBA, of Sydney, NSW, Australia, has changed roles within the Beacon Group to become director of strategy and alliances of Xylogy Research (www.xylogy.com), a project governance software startup in which the group invested. The first alliance formed is with Business Engine, a leading US project portfolio management software provider.
Alan Seigrist, MBA, is pleased to announce the arrival of Christina Rose Seigrist, born January 3, 2005, 8lbs & 13 oz, at Alta Bates in Berkeley. "By February 13th, little baby, daddy & mommy (Barbora Seigrist) were on the plane back to Hong Kong which is our current home. Little Christina is in good health and following in the international footsteps of her parents!"
Hope Jarvis, MBA, of Summit, NJ, was promoted to manager and vice president of corporate development at Chubb & Son Insurance.
Patrick, MBA, and Shireen Moeckli, of Zurich, Switzerland, write, "After the birth of our son, Quentin, in February 2004, we are preparing for a new step in our little family as we are expecting the birth of our daughter in June this year. I joined HP in Switzerland as CRM manager responsible for a strategic project impacting whole EMEA. All this kept us so busy that we've been seeing our Euro-Haas friends a little bit less in the past few months. This is a call to the Keudels, Zambianchis, Gabrielsens, and Tubylewiczs of this world to rally and meet soon again! Greetings to you all."
Alan Norquist, MBA, of Silicon Valley writes, "Stephan Elliot Norquist joined the Cal family on March 12, 2005. He was born over a week early but entered the world at a respectable 8 pounds and 20.25 inches. So far he has a full head of dark hair and eyes of an indeterminate color. His sister eagerly cares for her baby brother, often reassuring him 'It's OK, baby brother' whenever he cries."
Lubos Parobek, MBA, writes, "Elli and I are living with our two sons, Kory (4) and Tyler (1), in Montclair, Calif. I am managing several handheld products at iAnywhere Solutions."
Gonzalo Argüello, MBA, writes, "I'm working in Buenos Aires as marketing director at Netactica, a company I founded with two friends three years ago. We do software and IT consulting for the travel industry in Latin America. The interesting part is that, fortunately, we are always strongly in touch with a group of Haas classmates and get together once a year. For work purposes only, of course!
Ellen Galvin, MBA, writes, "My husband, Patrick, and I moved ourselves and our business from the Bay Area to Portland, Ore., this past October. Everyone warned us about the rain, but the weather has been great so far and we love it up here! I've just assumed the role of alumni representative for Portland, and am looking forward to meeting more Haas alums in the Pacific Northwest."
Peter Laudat, MBA, of Oak Park, Mich., writes, "Reon and I are happy to report Christian Laudat's birth Dec. 20. Otherwise, same old stuff in Detroit and Ford."
Inese Lowenstein, MBA, moved to Natick, Mass., two years ago and continues her career in marketing for biotechnology and bioscience companies. She is a group product manager in the biopharmaceutical division of Millipore Corp. Inese and Andrew have two children, Anna (6) and Thomas (3).
Mei-Hsia Tan, MBA, and Raymond Lin, MBA/MA 93, of Belmont, Calif., are thrilled to report that they started the year off by welcoming a baby girl into the family. Anya Hsiang Lin was born a few days ahead of schedule in January. Mei-Hsia is taking a four-month vacation from her corporate marketing gig at Actuate to ease into her new role. She fully expects to put nothing she learned at Haas to use during those four months but believes negotiations and conflict resolution could come in handy in a couple of years.
Mitchel Harad, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "I recently sold my business, Bay Area Surplus, to my largest client and started a turn-around management position as head of finance at a marketing services firm where previous management committed significant financial improprieties. More importantly, though, Daniel Gabe Harad was born on Nov. 2, 2004. Mom, Dad, and Danny are all doing great and I'm very much enjoying fatherhood!"
John G. Millar, MBA, writes, "I recently began a new job as the chief executive officer of Budda Amplification, a small company in San Francisco that makes guitar amplifiers and musical accessories. The company had been a client of my consulting business for several years and ultimately asked if I would take over the company on a full-time basis. So far, it's been a ton of work, but in many ways the opportunity to take more of a hands-on approach has been very rewarding. (Check out the April issue of Guitar Player magazine!) We're based in downtown San Francisco, just a few blocks south of Market. Kind Regards."
Tammy Plotkin-Oren, MBA, of El Cerrito, Calif., writes, "Have two young, wonderful daughters. Working in personal financial planning with New York Life. Husband is chef at Cafe Cacao. Would love to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org"
Ena Singh, MBA, of London, UK, writes, "After spending 13 years in the software industry, I have finally decided to end that career, and pursue my passion for the arts and supporting the artisans. I am back to being a student again, and have also started a new little venture in fusion fashion called Enamour by Ena. Please do visit my Web site, http://www. enamour-by-ena.com/. I would love to hear from you and get your feedback. My e-mail is email@example.com."
Tanya Steinhofer, MBA, writes, "I have been back in San Francisco for one year now and have been working at an independent wealth management firm, Wetherby Asset Management, for the past seven months. Fellow classmate, Amy Clifford Jones, also works there. I'm studying for the CFP exam in November. Eric and I live in Russian Hill and love the neighborhood and convenience to our jobs downtown. We saw a bunch of our classmates at the brunch at Steve Peletz's house in March. I continue to be involved with the Haas SF chapter and the MBA 99 Class Gift Committee for the Annual Fund."
Andrea Bates, MBA, writes, "My husband, Jeff Bates, MBA 98, started a new job at Fermat Capital in Westport, Conn., so he and I and our 19-month-old daughter, Sarah, left San Mateo and are now living in Wilton, Conn. I continued working for TiVo remotely until Christmas but am now working as a full-time mom :-)."
Raj Ayala, MBA, and his wife, Lakshmi, and their 12-year-old daughter, Gaayatri, became actors, with roles in an upcoming Hollywood film, "Bee Season," starring Richard Gere and Juliet Binoche. Gaayatri, who has been learning classical Indian music from Maestro Ali Akbar Khan since she was 4 years old, performed at the San Francisco World Music Festival last year. She also recently gave a vocal recital, accompanied by violin and tabla, at a tsunami relief event, which raised $11,000 for the relief effort.
Melissa Cardenas, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "2004 was a busy year for me, both personally and professionally. I not only changed jobs for the first time since graduation, but shifted from investment banking to private mortgage insurance. It was a good move that resulted in a promotion within six months. Also, I now have time to get even more involved with the things that matter most to me – my daughter, Kayla (who is a high school freshman this year), Buddhism, and social activism. So I'm visiting the East Coast more often, I've taken the lay Buddhist vows, and I was elected an officer of the board of the San Francisco chapter of the ACLU. Looking forward to seeing all of the class of 2000 at the reunion this year!"
Patrick Feely, MBA, and Carla (van Loben Sels) Feely, MBA 00, BS 94, are living in Boyle, Ireland, with their 1-year-old son, Christopher. Patrick is CEO of Feelystone, a natural stone manufacturing company which specializes in Irish Blue Limestone (www.feelystone.com). Carla is consulting with Gap Inc. on a project basis and spending a lot of time with Christopher.
Sajid Hakim, MBA, a graduate of the evening program, moved from the Bay Area to Detroit, Mich., had twins, and bought a house.
Kaoru Kano, MBA, of Kobe, Japan, writes, "My husband, Steve, and I are delighted to announce the birth of our son, Ray Zayne Kano, on Feb. 7, 2005. I am on maternity leave now from my job as e-business coordinator at Eli Lilly Japan."
Yeun Kyung Kim, MBA, writes, "After spending two fabulous years in Boston, I am now a mother of a baby boy! Our little Ethan was born on Dec. 4 last year, and has been such a joy to us ever since. I am currently running a small MBA interview service here in Boston, and otherwise spending time having fun with my baby. My husband's post-MBA job will take us to Indiana soon, and then back to the Bay area (yes!) this December, so hope to see some old faces then! Hope everyone's doing well."
Laurie Teichman, MBA, writes, "I live in New York with my husband, Jason, my 9-month-old son, Brady, and my dog, Lucy. Until Brady's birth, I was working as a brand manager in the consumer packaged goods industry. After Brady was born, I left my job at Dannon to spend some time with my son. Last month I started a new job with American Express. I am working in its corporate services division where I am doing business development. So far, I am enjoying what I am doing, and the company is wonderful as it allows me to balance work life with motherhood."
2001 | Reunion
Michael Ellis, MBA, writes, "I recently took the plunge and bought a home in San Francisco. We moved in last fall. Besides the joys of home ownership, I am still working in equity research at Thomas Weisel."
Oluwatosin Iyasele, MBA, of Amarillo, Texas, writes, "We were blessed and delighted with the arrival of another little Texan, a daughter, Joelle Osemenmen Oluwadamilare Iyasele, on Monday the 11th of October, 2004. The other 'Jo's, Jo-Baby (4) and Baby-Jo (2), and their father absolutely love Joelle (L'il-Jo or Cuddly-Jo – we haven't decided) She's the most cheerful and snuggly baby we've ever come across!"
Thomas McVey, MBA, a graduate of the evening program, recently took a job at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. In other news, he reports his 14-month-old son is running him ragged.
Sara Olsen, MBA, writes, "Upon graduation, I started Social Venture Technology & Consulting to help investors and entrepreneurs measure the environmental and social returns, or SROI, of their private equity investments and ventures. These investors use our analyses to determine the nature of the correlation between SROI and financial risk/return and thus improve performance; to address fiduciary responsibilities, which increasingly include attention to externalities like environmental impacts that ultimately affect shareholders; or to achieve an explicit social mission. Most recently I have been working with the Environmental Investment Advisor to CalPERS' $200 million environmental initiative in private equity, and with groups like the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs to develop workshops to train people in how to measure and monitor their non-financial returns. I had fun seeing some faces I hadn't seen in a while at the recent Menlo Circus Club alumni event, and have loved meeting amazing students from successive classes at Haas through the Global Social Venture Competition!"
Radhika Shah, MBA, of Palo Alto, Calif., an evening program graduate, writes, "I founded VirtualSynaptics last year, a company in the search and analytics space along with Wayne Gray. We raised our Series A financing from Menlo Ventures and WorldView ventures in December 2004 and are now in the process of growing out team and building our product. We are interested in connecting with Berkeley alumni with extensive experience in the search space."
Ed Stone, MBA, left Capital One in January to start his own business, ES Group LLC (firstname.lastname@example.org). The business leverages historic tax credits and works with VHDA to develop affordable housing projects in re-emerging historic districts of Richmond, Va.
Peggy Wu, MBA, writes, "My new job as assistant equity product manager at Wellington Management has been keeping me very busy and highly challenged. I am enjoying life in New England tremendously, really looking forward to summer now after a long winter! John and I are also thrilled to be moving to our new house (our first home) in Natick, Mass., in the end of May. I'd love to get together with Haas alums passing through Boston. Call me on my cell (617) 894-4569 or e-mail at email@example.com. P.S. My company is actively looking for good talent, so if you know anyone with experience in fund management, please contact me."
Ingrid Yang, MBA, writes, "I am getting married on May 6 in Taiwan! I have been working with ABN Amro as a research analyst covering IC design for the past year and a half, since I returned from the US."
Krisila Benson, MBA, is still fighting AIDS and promoting family planning and child survival with Population Services International. She will leave Conakry, Guinea, in the next few months to become a program director with PSI in Delhi, India.
Claude Drugan, MBA, of Walnut Creek, Calif., writes, "My wife, my 5-year-old son, and I just completed a nine-week sailing trip to Mexico on our own boat, 'Neverland.' The trip started in San Francisco, down the California coast, and then into Mexico to Cabo San Lucas and to Loreto. The trip was spectacular and full of adventures. My son's best memorable moment was when I caught a tuna fish and as I was bringing it in, a shark attacked it and ate it. No National Geographic channel could have topped the pictures that we saw and took."
Michael Golden, MBA, writes, "I was on Phuket when the tsunami hit. Fortunately I had just left the beach to catch some breakfast, and our hotel was just cheap enough that we were safely ensconced several blocks away, munching on omelettes, when the floods devastated the beach.This good luck has continued with a business I have started in Shanghai, a boutique advertising and brand research company called Adsmith. We have put together a great group of people to help SMEs crack the China market. Check out www.adsmithchina.com. A ton of Haaslings have rolled through Shanghai on business and visits. Drop me a line if you are in town!"
Diego Groiso, MBA, writes, "I moved to London a year ago, and I am working for British Telecom as a portfolio strategy manager in the wholesale division. My wife and I are very much enjoying London except for the weather. Some other people and I are trying to build the London HAN Chapter, so if you are in London and want to participate, please get in touch with me."
Seth Halpern, MBA 02, writes, "On October 30th, Seth and Lauren Halpern welcomed a daughter, Carly Alexandra, who weighed in at 8lbs, 9oz with auburn hair. Carly has been lots of fun and is finally starting to sleep through most of the night. Shortly after Carly arrived, we moved down to Austin, TX which is a more affordable, higher pickup trucks per capita alternative to the Bay Area. We were sad to leave SF, but look forward to buying a house in Austin. I'm still working for Siebel, I've just transferred offices. Please let us know if you are coming through town!"
Honggeun Jeong, MBA, writes, "After 11/2-year service in the headquarters of my Ministry, I moved into the Permanent Delegation of Korea to the OECD as a first secretary last year. It has been really exciting to deal with many multilateral economic issues as a diplomat in Paris. My second baby, Jae Heon, was born last year, and finally my family reached an ideal balance: one man, one woman, one girl, and one boy!"
Brian Krawez, MBA, reports that Kimberly Krawez now runs all over the house and can say a handful of words with her favorite being Gato (Spanish for cat). Sleep is still at a premium, but Brian and Karen have (almost) fully adjusted to their lifestyle as parents. In addition to futilely trying to keep up with an active toddler, Brian recently started a new position as a partner/head of research for Belden and Associates. Belden offers investment advice, personal service, and client counsel mainly to individuals. This new position represents an exciting challenge because it offers a whole new set of responsibilities, from operations and staff management to new client development and research. Brian and Karen are still living in the Oakland Hills.
Karen Martell, MBA, was named vice president of business development at Anacor Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company in Palo Alto, Calif., engaged in the discovery and development of novel pharmaceuticals. She brought 12 years of academic, financial, and pharmaceutical industry experience in molecular biology, pharmacology, genetics, and toxicology from serving in previous roles as principal at A. M. Pappas & Associates, a venture capital firm, along with working at Axxima Pharmaceuticals, helping to orchestrate the initial company strategy and spinout from the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry.
Eric Meyerson, MBA, writes, "The lovely new wife and I moved to the inner Sunset district last summer, and I recently started a new position in my same department at Wells Fargo, where I'm building a team to develop new small-business strategies and products."
Phil O'Neill, MBA, writes, "I recently started a new business called The Business Advocacy Group www.bizadvocacygroup. com, which gives business a voice in judicial decisions via the amicus brief. I started the company with a college friend who is an attorney with extensive experience in appellate courts. Our goals is to track activity in California courts, educate business leaders about potentially adverse outcomes, and build coalitions of businesses to file amicus briefs that help the court understand the practical secondary consequences of their legal decisions."
Chris Sklarin, MBA, and his wife announce the birth of their son, Wyatt Samuel on Nov. 25, 2004 (Happy Thanksgiving!). He writes, "Everyone is doing well and we will be in California for a Berkeley engineer's wedding in July 2005. Hope to see many alums then."
Joseph Tambornino, MBA, a graduate of the evening program, writes, "Last year, I landed the vice presidency at a fabulous new sister company in the Marcus & Millichap Companies, Meridian Property Company. We are on a roll to control all of outdoors in the next five years."
Greg Amrofell, MBA, and wife, Meghan, welcomed Amelia Brooks on Oct. 31, 2004. The weather in Seattle has been unseasonably warm ever since – coincidence?
Sean Besser, MBA, writes, "I recently moved to Los Angeles to take on the role of director of business development for MovieLink. MovieLink (www.movielink.com) is an online movie download service. It's available to anyone in the US with a broadband connection. Basically, you can browse the site and view trailers of available movie titles without charge and once you are ready to rent a title, you pay for the rental via a one-time credit card payment. You can begin watching titles within two to 10 minutes, or store them for up to 30 days for viewing. (The file self-destructs after the earlier of 30 days or 24 to 48 hours after commencing download). My role there is to develop relationships and close deals in new markets (with particular focus on content producers who may want to license our platform as well as with broadband carriers and international markets)."
Charles Creighton, MBA, writes, "After starting both a video game and a fuel cell development company in Victoria, BC, I am excited to say that I am taking on a product manager role at NGRAIN, a software start-up in Vancouver. Also, for those of you who don't know, my wife, Michelle, gave birth to our beautiful daughter, Kiera, in July of 2003."
Alfredo Finch, MBA, writes, "Our 2003 class was famous for its incredibly fun and long lasting Latin American Consumption Functions. Those that where lucky enough to enjoy them can surely remember the dancing, the eating, and the beer drinking that characterized those encounters. Now, two years out of school and tons of water under the bridge, we (the 2003 Latin Americans) couldn't stand waiting for years for the next get-together. Hence, we created the next generation of LACFs. In January 2005, while some of us were in Lima, Peru, attending
Luis Ferreira and Raechel Groom's wedding ceremony (congratulations!), we got the Peruvian version of the First ILACF (the 'I' stands for International). Many of the pictures are banned for obvious reasons, but here is a little sample. Where is the next one going to be? Maybe Santiago, Chile, or Buenos Aires, Argentina. We'll let you know soon."
Larry Roadcap, MBA, is teaching finance at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, while conducting research on financial risk management as part of his candidacy for his Ph.D.
Siddharth Sanghvi, MBA, writes, "World of Good (worldofgood.com), the fair-trade gift company Priya Haji, MBA 04, and I started, has just completed one year and is growing quickly. We feel like we never really left Haas as we are right across the street in the Berkeley Business Incubator."
Dhaval Shah, MBA, of San Jose, Calif., an evening program graduate, transitioned from engineering to position product manager in the Broadband Edge and Mid-Range Routing Business Unit at Cisco.
Jacqueline Singh, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "I am excited to announce that I am launching the Bay Area Chapter of Adopt-A-Classroom, a nonprofit organization that harnesses the resources of the community and the Internet to enrich the classroom experience and increase both teachers' and students' chances for success. You can find out more about the organization by visiting www.adoptaclassroom.com."
Sarah Takesh, MBA, writes, "Almost two years after graduation, some shred of hope has emerged that I can stop living like a gypsy. Since May of 2003, I hit the road to start my fantasy business in Afghanistan and have literally not had a single place to call home since then! The annual schedule revolved around production in Kabul, sourcing in India, and sales in New York and California. Some of my classmates will remember that since the first day of school, I couldn't be quiet about my obsession with Afghanistan and wanting to create a for-profit social enterprise having to do with designer womenswear and destitute Afghan women. I rarely went to Bar of the Week, spending my nights in obsessive business-plan writing mode, and was considered an eccentric at best in that post-9/11 world. Miraculously, two years later, it's all become very real, both in terms of the social impact and the lovely products we've created. And it means that we are finally moving into our own dedicated factory space in Kabul, where we can more easily handle the overflowing quantity of embroiderers and seamstresses that stop by to get work from us. And it's also where we can have a truly lovely Tarsian & Blinkley shop for the clothing-hungry expat community that lives here. Please check us out in the February 28th issue of People magazine – it was a great article labeling your fellow classmate as the 'Tailor of Kabul.' And check out Tarsian & Blinkley's Web site at www.tarsian.com– it should be updated by late March with entirely new collections. Best regards."
Michael Walsh, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "The company that I founded while in school, Leverage Software, has received funding and is doing very well. We're growing quickly and closing business. We're hiring! On a personal note, Luann is due with a boy in August. Zack's looking forward to hanging out with his little brother. I hope that everyone is doing well."
Steve Welch, MBA, writes, "My wife, Genene, and I are having fun with our son, Thomas Stephen (18 months old). We are also beginning the planting of our new vineyard, Rancho Las Juntas, named after my great-great-great grandfather's land grant here in Contra Costa County."
Rafael Alenda, MBA, of San Ramon, Calif., writes, "The Alenda family welcomed the new arrival of boy No. 2, Declan Graham Alenda, Jan. 14, 2005.
Anne Kao, MBA, of Pleasant Hill, Calif., a graduate of the evening program, writes, "My husband, Kyle, and I are happy to announce the arrival of our daughter, Sofia Vienne Trombetta, on Dec. 3, 2004. She was four weeks early, but I was able to come home with her the next day. We're all doing great."
Rodrigo Moreira, MBA, writes, "We took a last-minute turn right after graduation. I'm no longer in Miami with Lehman, but in San Jose with Fairchild Semiconductor as senior pricing manager. Alessandra is well, and we plan our marriage on Jan. 7, 2006. Details to come. All the best!"
Christopher Mucha, MBA, of Seattle, Wash., writes, "Laurie and I welcomed our baby daughter, Sophia, on Jan. 11, 2005. She's happy and healthy, and a huge Berkeley fan!"
Brian Solon, MBA, and Ashley Bryan, MBA 03, were recently in Shenzhen, China, where they met with fellow Haas alum Jeff Zhang, MBA 04. Jeff is busy working at Phillips and enjoying the delights of living in ultra-modern Shenzhen, with its beautiful parks, brand new skyscrapers, and some of the best shopping deals ever, if you mastered the art of negotiations with Haas Professor Holly Scroth. Let this meeting be known as the official birth of the Haas Shenzhen Chapter. Brian's first book, Think Big Act Small, by Jason Jennings, was released in May 2005, and he's currently working on two other books. The first book, A Life Built to Last, is co-authored with Jerry Porras, the Stanford GSB professor who co-wrote the business bestseller Built to Last, with Mark Thompson of the Stanford GSB, and with Stewart Emery, former CEO of est. The second book, about the role of industrial design, is being written with Haas Professor Sara Beckman, so we expect it will soon become required reading for all Haas first-years!"
Jim McDaniel, MBA, of Richmond, Va., just started a new job as operations director for Hewlett-Packard's Specialty Printing Division. This fast-growing business extends inkjet technology to a variety of industrial printing applications. This new position will be based in San Diego, Calif., and Jim and his wife, Jan, will be relocating there in the fall.
William Ziemba, MBA 65, Ph.D., is visiting professor of finance at MIT's Sloan School of Management, teaching quantitative investments. He is alumni professor of financial modeling and stochastic optimization at the University of British Columbia. Besides many articles, he likes to write books. Recent titles include The Stochastic Programming Approach to Asset Liability and Wealth Management, (AIMR 2003), Applied Stochastic Programming, (SIAM Mathematical Programming Society, 2005) and the Handbook of Asset Liability Management, in two volumes in the Handbooks in Finance series, for which Bill is the series editor for North Holland.
Gonzalo A. Obregon, MFE 2003, writes, "My family and I are now living in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Since graduation I have been working in the New Business and Development group focused in Latin America at MBIA Insurance Corp. Recently I was promoted to assistant vice president. Vamos Bears!"
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