Big Island Ironman Beckons Berkeley-Columbia Grads


A program that consolidates MBA studies into 25 three-day blocks is likely to attract some intense types. So it should come as no surprise that when studies ended in December for the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program’s class of 2009, the group devised the ultimate class reunion: Hawaii’s Ironman 70.3 on May 30.

Twelve class members competed, and numerous others saw cheering them on with mai tai in hand as a fitting culmination to 19 rigorous months of studies.

“We are doing this again!” says Patrick Dempsey, MBA 09, who organized the effort with Damon Krtyzer, MBA 09. “I fully expect this to become an annual event organized by the graduating Berkeley-Columbia class.”

Pictured here during training in their Berkeley-Columbia uniforms, from left to right, are Adam Tachner, Caroline Lee, Patrick Dempsey, Kirsten Luehrs, John Davenport, Alex Thatcher, Damon Krytzer, and Sean Casey. Other graduates not pictured who competed in Hawaii are Hoby Darling, Rob Fyfe, John Collins, and Rae Richman, and Mona Patel, the only participant from the class of 2010.

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