CLASS NOTES

1940's

Sydney Josepher (BBA ’47), a retired vice president for Merrill Lynch in Miami, is now an arbitrator for the Financial Aid Regulatory Authority, a member of the UM-City of Coral Gables Community Relations Board and a director for the Boys & Girls Club of Miami. 


1950's

Norman Lasko (BBA ’59), a prosecutor for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations, received the Distinguished Service Award from Chicago’s John Marshall Law School.

Richard H. Plager (AB ’51, BBA ’52) has retired after serving as police captain for the Miami-Dade Police Department, and as chief of police for the Sanibel, Fla., Police Department. 


1960's

Cary M. Rodin (BBA ’64), a shareholder at Bennett Thrasher, was elected chair of the tax committee of DFK International, a top 10 international association of independent accounting firms and business advisors. 

Thomas F. Segalla (BBA ’65), a founding partner at the law firm Goldberg Segalla, was named inaugural chair of the Defense Research Institute’s Publications Board. 

Robert H. Strickland (BBA ’64) is currently working with the United Resources Solutions website. 


1970's

Arthur B. Barzilay (BBA ’73), a wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch, was recognized as one of “America’s Top 1,000 Advisors: State-by-State” for Florida in Barron’s magazine. 

Richard L. Clarke (MBA ’71), president and CEO of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a member of the School’s Advisory Board to Programs in Health Sector Management and Policy, was ranked one of Modern Healthcare’s 2011 “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.” 

C. Robert Drake (BBA ’72) operates The Gold Bug, which markets precious metals, antique estate and custom-made jewelry in the Monterey, Calif., area.  

Joseph J. Echevarria Jr. (BBA ’78), chairman of the School’s Board of Overseers, was recently named CEO of Deloitte LLP. 

Glenn Garvin (BBA ’70) is a motivational speaker for college students, corporations and hospitals. 

Steven D. Ginsburg (BBA ’73, JD ’76) joined Duane Morris’s Atlanta trial practice group as a partner. 

William A. Koenigsberg (BBA ’77), a UM trustee and president, CEO and founder of Horizon Media, was elected to the board of directors of The Partnership at Drugfree.org,
in addition to his chairmanship of the board’s Media Exposure Committee.

David Parris (BBA ’73) retired after 37 years with Deloitte LLP, most recently as a field operations employee and proofreader. 

Richard A. Pollack (BBA ’75) was named a certified insolvency and restructuring advisor.  He is director in charge of forensic and business valuation services at Miami’s Berkowitz Dick Pollack & Brant.

Stephen K. Troy (BBA ’75) published Business Biographies: Shaken Not Stirred … With a Twist


1980's

Amy S. Brennan (BBA ’89) of MetLife office Cypress Financial Group was inducted into MetLife’s Hall of Fame for her work in sales and service. 

Daniel L. Gardner (MBA ’89) was named CEO of Ocean World Lines. 

Rich Harper (MBA ’82) has been the business manager at Berkley Hall School, a private school in Los Angeles, for more than two years. 

Alina T. Hudak (BBA ’82, MPA ’84) was appointed Miami-Dade County manager, the first woman to hold the position. 

Noelia E. Moreno (BBA ’86, JD ’88), president of the Latin Builders Association, joined the law firm Infante Zumpano as legal counsel.  

Jill Morton (BBA ’82), a kidney transplant recipient, competed in the World Transplant Games in Sweden, where she won gold medals in tennis and cycling, silver medals in the 800-meter run and the Team USA relay 4x400 events, as well as a bronze medal in the 3K run. 

Paul Novack (BBA ’80) will be inducted into Miami Beach Senior High School’s Hall of Fame for his work as an attorney and as mayor of the town of Surfside, Fla. 

Cesar Ortiz (MBA ’86), market manager for the Dade and East Florida divisions of HCA Physician Services, wrote “What Tax Provisions in the Health Care Reform Act Mean to Your Practice,” the feature article in CONNEXION, the journal of the Medical Groups Management Association. 

Janice Peroni Raddatz (BBA ’85), owner of RAD Enterprises, authored Riding the Coast: Not a Walk in the Park about her solo horse ride from Mexico to Canada.

Julio E. Rojas (MBA ’84) is Standard Charter’s new CEO for the Americas. 

Gary S. Salzman (BBA ’85, JD ’88) was recognized this year as one of Florida Trend’s Legal Elites, and has been elected president of the George C. Young First Central Florida American Inns of Court.

Scott Spages (BBA ’84) is an account manager for Hamilton Medical in Florida. 

Elena del Valle (MBA ’84, JD ’91) is the editor and podcast host of Cambridge, Mass.-based WebsiteGrader.com. 

Robin D. Wittenstein (MBA ’83) was named director and chief operating officer of Penn State Hershey Health System.


1990's

Carlos D. Arcelay (BBA ’94) is the head manager of women’s shoes and handbags at David Isaac in New York. 

Christine M. Bettencourt (BBA ‘93) is a senior project manager-systems integration and program manager for Motorola Solutions in New York. 

Cybele Chamas (BBA ’98) opened her own yoga studio, CORPO Yoga, in Miami. 

Christopher M. Coleman (BBA ’96, MPRA ’97) was named assistant controller at Railworks in New York. 

Patrick J. Dwyer (MBA ’93), vice president and managing partner in the private wealth services division of Merrill Lynch in Miami, was selected as the No. 1 private wealth advisor in Florida by Barron’s magazine.

James B. Fatzinger (BBA ’99, MBA ’01) was named an ACE Fellow by the American Council on Education. He lives in South Carolina.  

Alfredo Hernandez (MBA ’99) returned from a 16-month assignment in India for Agilent Technologies and is now working in the company’s Miami supply chain management team.  

Michael Landis (BBA ’92), CFO of Ideal Image Development, was named 2011 CFO of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Aurelio Leyva (BBA ’91) is CEO of CE North America. 

David D. Libenson (MBA ’93) is CEO of Hospital CIMA Guanacaste in Costa Rica.

Jose Mas (BBA ’92, MBA ’93), CEO of Miami-based MasTec, was among the recipients of this year’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Florida award. 

Rudolph Moise (MBA ’94, JD ’97), a member of the School’s Health Sector Management and Policy advisory board, recently received the William R. Butler Community Service Award from the University’s Alumni Association. 

Daniel Quezada (BBA ’97, MBA ’01) is vice president of finance at CareCloud in Miami.

Daniel Rosenberg (MBA ’91) works at Rosenberg Financial Services and wrote Return of the Uchi-Deshi.

David W. Schropfer Jr. (MBA ‘96) authored the book SmartPhone Wallet, and is a partner at The Luciano Group. 

Damian E. Thomas (BBA ’96) has been reappointed by the Florida Supreme Court to serve his second three-year term on the board of the Florida Bar Foundation. 

Patricia Cadena Vargas (BBA ’90), owner of a party-planning company, published two cookbooks, Alimentando Sueños: Un Menú Internacional and Alimentando Sueños: Un Año de Sonrisas

Jorge Vasseur (MBA ’97) was named general manager for 12 countries in northern Latin America for Baxter Export Corp. 

Jill A. Weitz (MBA ‘96) is the vice president of global human resources at NCR Services. 


2000's

Jose Armario (MS ’03) was named executive vice president of global supply chain, real estate development and franchising, at McDonald’s. 

Vijay G. Brijbasi (BBA ’02) joined the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., law firm Roetzel & Andress as an associate attorney. 

Matt Byrd (BBA ’08), co-founder of Select Foam, marked the company’s fifth anniversary by opening its first brick-and-mortar store, Brickell Mattress. 

Ileana Christianson (BBA ’00), an attorney at GrayRobinson’s Miami office, was honored with the Dade County Bar Association’s Pro Se Clinic Award for her pro bono work with Legal Aid. 

Matt Custage (BBA ’08) recently launched the advertising company Wrap Media Group. 

Spencer Duke (BBA ’04, MBA ’06) is director of financial land information technology consulting for Sunera Business Consultants in Miramar, Fla. 

Cassandra L. Elmore (BBA ’04) took command as an Army captain in Iraq with the Bravo Company, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion. 

Alonso Gomez (BBA ’09) is a chief building engineer for Hawaiian Building Maintenance.  

Christina Gomez-Piña (MBA ’03) is corporate manager of Hispanic marketing and social media for Baptist Health South Florida. 

James Jones (BBA ’03), a Miami Heat forward, won this year’s three-point competition at the NBA All-Star Game festivities.

Bryan Lewis (MBA ’04) is the chief administrative officer at the North Carolina Department of the State Treasurer. 

Scott R. Long (MBA ’06) was recently hired as vice president of sales for Samsung Mobile, managing the Sprint account.  

Marveasha M.  Morgan (BBA ’03) has written The Ultimate Guide to British Pop Culture

Christopher R. Nelson (BBA ’09), co-founder of Select Foam, marked the company’s fifth anniversary by opening its first brick-and-mortar store, Brickell Mattress. 

A. O’Brien (BBA ’04), founder of the advertising agency Conversation, was recently named a member of the board of directors for the New York Better Business Bureau. 

Tony (Xinyu) Peng (MBA ’04) was named chief financial officer of U.S. China Mining. 

Sylvia Perez (BBA ’02) is a Realtor for Southern California Coastal Luxury Real Estate in Newport Beach, Calif. 

Jennifer Phillips (BBA ’06) was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumnus award at the University’s Alumni Association awards ceremony. 

Matthew Pluznick (MBA ’06) is a partner in and chief operating officer of the websites Houses.com and Condos.com 

Gabrielle Rapke (BBA ’06, AB ’06) will be working with Citi’s office in São Paulo, Brazil.  

Marshall H. Reiss (BBA ’06) recently graduated from Bainbridge Graduate Institute with an MBA in Sustainable Business.  

Dionne Renee Richards (BBA ’05), a former UM cheerleader, is currently dancing on a world tour with Shakira. 

Bianca Smith (BBA ’06) joined the labor practice of the Bohm Law Group in Sacramento, Calif.  

Lawrence Soto (BBA ’00) is a managing partner at Global Group Consulting Services, a firm specializing in waste-to-energy projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Joseph Steier III (MBA ’06), president and CEO of Signature HealthCARE LLC and a member of the School’s Advisory Board to Programs in Health Sector Management and Policy, was named one the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcarein 2011.

Ramon G. Vega (BBA ’02, LLMP ’10) joined Auto Vega Group as corporate counsel. 


2010'S

Aubrey Swanson (BBA ’10) received the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Helping Young Professionals Engage (HYPE) award. 


IN MEMORIUM

Mort Guilford died in September. A longtime supporter of the University and the School, he was a member of the School’s Board of Overseers. He was also a member of Iron Arrow and the President’s Council, and had served as a UM trustee and as president of the UM Alumni Association. Guilford also served as a member of the UM Citizens Board for 17 years.

David Hertz, professor emeritus at UM, died in June in Miami at the age of 92. Hertz was Distinguished Professor of Artificial Intelligence, director of the UM Intelligent Computer Systems Research Institute and a professor of management science and law. 

Charles Omohundro (BBA ’68) died in July in San Diego, at the age of 68. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and later went on to earn his MBA. He was professor emeritus at San Diego City College and during his tenure was honored with the college’s first Golden Apple Award (professor of the year).  



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