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Freeman Magazine - Spring 2008


Class Notes: Summer 2007


Sarah (Mandy) Pilgrim Garrett (BBA ’66) is director of sales support with H&H Industries in Elmwood, Ill.

John E. Koerner (A&S ’66, L ’69, MBA ’70) has joined the board of directors of FineTooth, an Austin, Texas, firm that enables companies to effectively manage both buy-side and sell-side contracts via an on-demand, Web-based solution. Koerner, who serves on the Board of Tulane and the Business School Council, is president of Koerner Capital Corp. in New Orleans.


Michael E. Geringer (MBA ’73) is an insurance and investment consultant with Guardian Life & National Planning Corp. in Boca Raton, Fla.

David Rousmaniere (MBA ’78) retired from the staff of Louisiana State University in 2006. He is currently director of the Student Health Center at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


Mike Kahn (BSM ’81) has been promoted to senior manager of recruiting for human resources professionals at Hunter & Sage, a Houston-based executive search firm specializing in accounting/finance and human resources.

Maureen “Mo” Dunne (MBA ’82), senior vice president of commercial real estate with National City Bank, served as the honorary chair of the eighth annual National City Lynn Stern Memorial Ladies Golf and Tennis Classic, a benefit to support the Wellness Community of Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. Dunne serves on the Wellness Community’s board of directors.

Philip E. Baxter (MBA ’85) was recently appointed executive vice president of development at ILX Resorts Inc. in Phoenix. Baxter previously spent 14 years with Tishman Hotel Corp., where he most recently served as first vice president responsible for development, acquisitions, hotel management and advisory services for the West Coast.

Richard K. Blum (MBA ’85), president of the Kingsley Group in New Orleans, was a presenter at “Cash Management After the Storm: Near-Term Planning for Long-Term Business Success,” a workshop sponsored by the Turnaround Management Association and the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Foundation. The workshop was presented in December 2006 to help business owners and their advisors better manage cash in the post-Katrina environment.

John C. Miotke (BSM ’86) continues to practice as a partner with Gorman Miotke & Associates exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law. The firm has offices in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Orlando, Fla.

Troy W. Baker (BSM ’87) is a vice president in the private banking division of U.S. Bank in North Little Rock, Ark. Baker provides specialized banking, investment and insurance services to high net worth individuals. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, Baker was employed by Stephens Inc. as an OTC market maker.

John Ragan (MBA ’88) has been appointed executive vice president and regional president, Northeast, of NRG Energy Inc. Ragan joins the Princeton, N.J., wholesale power generation company from FPL Energy, where he served as vice president of trading, transmission and operations. Prior to that, Ragan served as vice president of business management for FPLE’s Northeast Region.

Blake Hendrix (MBA ’89) published his second book, Accounting, Finance and Presentation for Small Business: Commerce Is King, in May 2007. The book is available online at


Darryl S. Maslia (BSM ’90) and Melissa (Missy) Jacobs were married in October 2006 in New Orleans. Maslia is senior channel marketing manager with the Coca-Cola Co. in Atlanta.

Sagar Bhimavarapu (MBA ’92) has joined JP Morgan Chase & Co. in New York as an executive director on their exotic derivatives trading desk.

Jairo Perez (BSM ’94, MBA ’00) has been named finance director of Emerson Process Management in Mexico City.

Jason L. Cook (MBA ’95) has been promoted to managing director at Gramercy Advisors in Greenwich, Conn. Cook was also recently appointed to the management board of Prista Oil, a leading supplier of petroleum lubricants and starter batteries to Southeast Europe.

Elisa Uribe Handler (MBA ’95) and Eric Handler (MBA ’95) are proud to announce the birth of twins. Sydney Nicole and Samantha Grace were born on Jan. 16, 2007. Eric is a vice president with Lehman Brothers in New York.

Amy Saulsberry Kinard (BSM ’95) and her husband, John, are proud to announce the birth of a son, Davis James, on Jan. 12, 2007. Davis joins an older sister, Vivian, who is 2 years old.

Neal Morris (MBA ’95) is principal of Redmellon, a New Orleans restoration and development company. The company is currently developing 54 units of affordable housing in New Orleans that it expects to have ready for tenants by the end of 2007.

Craig Donahue (MBA ’97) is a consultant with Systemlink Enterprise Solutions, which works with enterprise organizations to optimize employee performance through learning strategies tailored to business goals, organizational training needs and technology environments. He and his wife, Ashley, reside in Clemmons, N.C., with their son, William.

John Waterman (MBA ’97) is working on a documentary about glass artists in the United States. For more information about the film, visit his blog at

Dan Furstenberg (BSM ’98) and his wife, Lauren, are proud to announce the birth of their first son, Gabriel Simon, on Sept. 7, 2006. Furstenberg is senior vice president with Morgan Keegan in New York.

Sean C. McCrae (MBA ’98) has been named senior vice president at PharmaForce International, a global marketing and strategy consulting firm serving the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. McCrae oversees all consulting projects and client relations at the company, which is based in Reading, Penn.

Marta Lazovitz (BSM ’99) is a strategy consultant with Seniors Management North. Lazovitz resides in Philadelphia.


Andrew Fones (MBA ’00) and his wife, Heather, announce the birth of their first child, John Andrew, in November 2006. Fones is an analyst with UBS Investment Research in New York.

Geoffrey C. Stanford (MBA ’00) has been named an officer of Albemarle Corp., a global leader in the specialty chemicals market. Stanford, who joined the company in 2005, serves as corporate controller of Albemarle Corp., responsible for all accounting and financial reporting functions for the company globally. Prior to joining Albemarle, Stanford served as corporate controller for Global Industries, a leading offshore construction company.


Brianne Broeker (BSM ’01) is a product manager with Philips Electronics in St. Louis Park, Minn.

Qing Huang (MBA ’01) was recently named head of China purchasing at Google. Huang is based in Beijing.


Brandon Key (MBA ’04) is vice president of operations with Kencoil Inc. in Belle Chasse, La.

Albert A. Mensah (MBA ’04) is general manager of Johnnic Communication in Nigeria, where he oversees the South Africa-based conglomerate’s retail operations in Abuja.


Christopher Andoh (MBA ’05) is CEO of S.E.A. Enterprises in Exton, Pa.

Adam Fulk (MBA ’05) is operations manager with Vault Partners in New York.

Robin Lebovitz (BSM ’05) is office assistant at the Vanderbilt University Career Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Rob Tatum (MBA ’05) is developing the Tracage, a $60-million luxury condominium project in the Warehouse District of New Orleans. The 126-unit development is expected to be completed by mid-2009.

Sarah R. Wallace (BSM ’05) is assistant brand manager at Spark Networks, the parent company of and Wallace resides in Studio City, Calif.

2006 Brett P. Allen (BSM ’06) is an associate with Midland Steel Warehouse Corp. in New York.

Kevin Foster (BSM ’06) is project manager-quantitative with Market Dynamics Research Group in New Orleans.

Scott Hecker (MBA ’06) is an HR specialist with Ochsner Health System in New Orleans.

Kurt Maddern (BSM ’06) is a fund accountant with Brown Brothers Harriman in Boston.

Marie Scantlebury (MBA ’06) is community development director with United Way of St. Charles in Luling, La.

Ben Sullivan (BSM ’06) is a client service associate with Palisades Hudson Financial Group, a tax, financial planning and investment advisory firm located in Scarsdale, N.Y. Prior to joining Palisades Hudson, Sullivan worked as an accounting analyst with AIG. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Sullivan was instrumental in reestablishing the Freeman School’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, which provides low- and moderate-income families with assistance in filing for Earned Income Tax Credits.


Ian Watt (MBA ’07) has joined Royall & Co. in Richmond, Va., as a strategic team leader. The marketing and consulting firm assists more than 200 colleges and universities in meeting their enrollment management and admission goals.

In Memoriam

Joseph V. Bres (BBA ’40)

Maurice K. Handelman (BBA ’42)

Benjamin Perkowski Jr. (BBA ’43, L ’47)

Shirley Sewell (BBA ’43)

Alvin T. Stolen Jr. (BBA ’45)

St. Marc J. Flotte (BBA ’46)

Jesse B. Morgan Jr. (BBA ’46)

Russell E. Withrow (BBA ’46)

David W. Beatty Sr. (BBA ’47)

William C. Clement St. (MBA ’47)

Richard J. Pommrehn (BBA ’47)

John W. Pope (BBA ’47)

Nicholas Gordon (BBA ’48, MBA ’49)

Edward G. Smith Jr. (BBA ’48)

Philip E. Albrecht (BBA ’49)

John W. Dussouy (BBA ’49)

Henry F. Yoder (BBA ’49, L ’51)

Henry C. Angulo (BBA ’50)

James I. Black Jr. (MBA ’50)

David C. Hamilton (BBA ’50)

Clarence C. Clifton Jr. (BBA ’51)

Roger B. Jacobs (BBA ’51, L ’56)

T. Peter Breslin Sr. (BBA ’53)

Jay V. Richmond (BBA ’55)

Clifford A. Shanfeld (BBA ’55)

James W. Wilson Jr. (BBA ’57)

Robert R. Krandel (BBA ’58)

Carl R. Miller (BBA ’59)

Joseph E. Redmond Jr. (BBA ’60)

Robert R. Johnson (BBA ’61)

Carl W. Cleveland (BBA ’64, L ’66)

Ellsworth A. Besemer (MBA ’67)

Kenard N. Turpin III (MBA ’71)

Jay A. Grable (MBA ’76)

Jonathan Kurjan (BSM ’82)

Joseph C. Storey (MBA ’91)

Flora Hardie Fenner (Freeman School friend)

Louise Levy (Freeman School friend)

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