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Class Notes: Winter 2008

Julian Hillery (BBA '59) is CEO of World Ship Supply in New Orleans. The company, founded by Hillery in 1971, is the largest ship supplier in America, with offices and warehouses in New Orleans; Mobile, Ala.; Houston; and Corpus Christi, Texas.

Bill Goldring (BBA '65) received the 2008 Dermot McGlinchey Lifetime Achievement Award from Tulane University. The award was presented on April 27 at a reception and luncheon at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans.

Robert BohRobert Boh (MBA '81), president of Boh Bros., received the non-member award for Outstanding Achievement in Construction by the Moles for his company's work on the Interstate 10 twin-span bridges over Lake Pontchartrain, which were damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The Moles is an association of individuals engaged in heavy construction.

Richard M. Lerner (MBA '83) has been named vice chairman of the board of the Hospice of the Chesapeake Foundation. Lerner, chairman and CEO of BankAnnapolis, also serves as chairman of the board of the Foundation for Community Partnerships. He resides in Annapolis, Md.

Thomas J. Marshella (MBA '83) was promoted to co-head of corporate finance, Americas, and group managing director with Moody's Investors Services in New York.

Kevin A. Carroll (BSM '84) was recently promoted to manage global online services at Western Union Co., which provides money transfer services to more than 200 countries from Carroll resides in Centennial, Colo.

David Ronn (MBA '85) recently joined the law firm of Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder in the Corporate section of its Houston office. In addition, David, his wife, Ann, and the couple's three daughters recently built a new home that is the first in Texas to be certified under the new LEED-H program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) after being the pilot home for the Southwest for that program. The home was certified Gold and is one of only approximately 20 homes in the United States to be certified either Gold or Platinum so far.

Thomas J. Kern (A&S '84, MBA '86) and his wife, Jennifer Lea Coleman Kern, recently relocated from New Orleans to the Nashville, Tenn., area. Kern is vice president and relationship manager with Civic Bank & Trust. The couple resides in Mt. Juliet, Tenn.

Scott J. BrookScott J. Brook (A&S '85, MBA '87), mayor of Coral Springs, Fla., was recognized by the National League of Cities for reaching the Diamond level in its Certificate of Achievement in Leadership program. The award is sponsored by the NLC Leadership Training Institute. Brook is the principal of Scott J. Brook PA, a law firm specializing in workers' compensation and family law with offices in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, and he serves as CEO of Premier Networking Alliance, a business referral and community service organization dedicated to helping market businesses and serve communities raising money for various charitable organizations.

Jeff Theiler (BSM '87) has been named payment services director at Hancock Bank. Theiler, a company senior vice president, is responsible for the overall execution of payment services functions, including ATMs, direct banking and check processing.

Lawrence Boudreaux III (MBA '88) has been named treasurer of the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

Bris Campbell (MBA '88) is executive director of Magnolia School in Jefferson, La.

Paul Fine (MBA '88) has been named chairman of the board of directors of Catholic Charities.

John Hastings (MBA '88) has been appointed as vice president of communications at Furniture Brands International. Hastings joins Furniture Brands from Fleishman-Hillard, where he was a senior vice president and led the investor relations practice area for the agency's St. Louis world headquarters. In his new role, Hastings will serve as primary liaison with the investment community and will provide strategic support for the company's human resources and marketing functions. Furniture Brands International is a vertically integrated operating company that is one of the nation's leading designers, manufacturers and retailers of home furnishings. It markets through a wide range of retail channels, from mass merchant stores to single-brand and independent dealers to specialized interior designers. Furniture Brands serves its customers through some of the best known and most respected brands in the furniture industry, including Broyhill, Lane, Thomasville, Drexel Heritage, Henredon, Pearson, Hickory Chair, Laneventure and Maitland-Smith.

Mason Evan MasliaDarryl S. Maslia (BSM '90) and his wife, Missy, are proud to announce the birth of a son, Mason Evan Maslia, on April 10, 2008. Maslia is a vice president with Ignition Inc. in Atlanta.

Regina Benjamin (MBA '91) was recently named a 2008 recipient of a "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation. The grants are designed to reward exceptional creativity, the promise of future accomplishment and the recipient's potential to use the fellowship to underwrite such work. Benjamin founded the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic in 1990 to serve the impoverished residents of that Alabama fishing community.

Drew GreenblattDrew Greenblatt (MBA '91) is president of Marlin Steel Wire Products in Baltimore. The company, which designs and manufactures custom wire baskets, hooks, racks and shelves, was recently profiled in both the Washington Post and Newsweek magazine as one of a growing number of manufacturers that have benefited from a boom in exports fueled by the weak dollar. The company has seen its sales grow from $800,000 in 1998 to $3 million in 2007, largely through increased demand abroad. Greenblatt said company sales have grown 18 percent since the first quarter of 2007 and he expects similar growth through 2008.

Jimmy Joinson (BSM '91) and his wife, Sharon, announce the birth of a daughter, Emily Mercedes, on April 15, 2008. Joinson is tax director with Seacor Holdings Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

George MilesGeorge Miles (MBA '91) spoke to the Delta Grassroots Caucus in Washington, D.C., on "Best Practices in Community Development Finance" in June 2008. Later that month he also addressed the National Conference of Black Mayors on "Building Sustainable Communities" at its meeting in New Orleans. Miles serves as the executive director of Mid South Delta Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), headquartered in Greenville, Miss., dedicated to helping nonprofit community development organizations transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity.

Aaron Miscenich (MBA '91) is executive director of the New Orleans BioInnovation Center. The center, a business incubator designed to help researchers at New Orleans area universities commercialize their discoveries, had its groundbreaking in August 2008. The $65 million facility-which will house meeting rooms, wet labs and offices for up to 50 startup companies-is scheduled to open in December 2009.

Kevin Barron (BSM '92) has been named vice president of physician services at West Tennessee Healthcare. Barron has been with the company since 1995, first serving as director of managed care and then as executive director of physician services and managed care.

Keith R. Conklin (MBA '92) is manager/partner in St. Bernard Open MRI & Imaging Center. The company, doing business as Parish Imaging, is located in Chalmette, La.

Omid Yazdi (BSM '92) has been promoted to managing director at KPMG. Yazdi, who joined KPMG in 1992, provides advisory services to healthcare and middle market clients in the Los Angeles area. Yazdi is a CPA, a certified fraud examiner, and a certified information privacy professional/government.

Luis C. Zervigon (MBA '92) has been elected to the board of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana. Zervigon was also named vice president of membership for the New Orleans Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and treasurer of Unity of Greater New Orleans, a nonprofit working to end homelessness in the city.

John Nicholson (MBA '93) has joined RSM McGladrey Inc. as manager in the firm's Florida Risk Management Practice. Nicholson's focus will be on providing internal audit services to the South Florida marketplace.

Chad Ventola (BSM '94, MBA '02) and his wife, Olivia, are proud to announce the birth of Amelie Marie Ventola on June 5, 2007. Amelie is the couple's first child.

Ray Carpenter (BSM '95) is a director in the Corporate Finance Group of Southwest Securities Inc. and head of the electronic supply chain investment banking group. Carpenter specializes in providing financial and strategic advice to corporate executives and boards of directors within the electronics supply chain.

Keith Hitchens (MBA '95) has been elected vice chairman of fund development with Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans.

Viviana Gershanik Denechaud (MBA '96) and her husband, David, are proud to announce the birth of Jonathan Byrne Denechaud on April 17, 2006. Jonathan was born on the couple's two-year wedding anniversary.

Sami Miettinen (MBA '96) is the author of Negotiation Power, a book on negotiations that has become a Finnish language non-fiction best seller since its publication in March 2008. Miettinen is an investment banker with SEB Enskilda in London. Miettinen's blog, Negotiate with Sami Miettinen, is located at

J. Darren Rodgers (MBA '96) was recently promoted to president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. Rodgers resides in Dallas.

James Bremner Jr., John Bremner and James BremnerJames Bremner (MBA '97) and his wife, Daninka, are proud to announce the birth of James Nestor Walton Bremner on June 5, 2008. James is the brother of John Sebastian Bremner.

Vincent Clifton (MBA '97) has commanded the Virginia-based Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 1 since September 2004. The battalion was recently dispatched to the South Pole to provide life-sustaining cargo for National Science Foundation scientists working at McMurdo Station.

John WatermanJohn Waterman (MBA '97) is president of Pathway Entertainment, a full-service production company handling a variety of needs on film projects, from pre-production through post-production. With a focus on writing and production, Waterman specializes in creating high-quality content with minimal financing complying with tight deadlines. Notable projects Waterman has been involved with include a feature film, Boston Girls, currently in post-production, which was directed by Gabriel Bologna; No Loose Ends, starring Robert Miano; and a documentary filmed during a one-year road trip across America featuring more than 100 talented glass artists. Prior to joining Pathway, Waterman served as president of Odd Man Out Productions, a production company catering to the film, broadcast and cable markets.

Jaime Haro (BSM '98) is director of asset management and trading with AmerenUE in St. Louis.

Jean-Guy Celestin (BSM '99) has been promoted to vice president at Omni Bank in New Orleans.

George J. Fowler IV (BSM '99) and Jennifer Walker were married in New Orleans in October 2008. Fowler is the owner of Smart Buy Kitchens and Baths in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

David P. FranceDavid P. France (MBA/JD '99) is the artistic director for the newly created David P. France Dance Company. From 2001-2007, France performed with the Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company based in New York. He has also served as an adviser to several non-profit and arts organizations. In addition, France serves as the managing partner for New Marigny Properties LLC in New Orleans, as a volunteer for the University of Pennsylvania and as an Ailey Ambassador for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. France resides in Basel, Switzerland, and New York.

Angelica Ospina (MBA '99) is head of the trading division of CIAMSA in Colombia. The company manages all of Colombia's sugar exporting.

Henry Shurlds (MBA '99) has been named vice president and partner with One Source Professional Search.


Piper Camille GuilbertAlexis Richardson Guilbert (MBA '00) and her husband, Shelby, announce the birth of their daughter, Piper Camille Guilbert, on July 9, 2008. The family resides in Atlanta.

Gonzalo PalacioGonzalo Palacio (MBA '00) and Alyson Brokenshire were married in August 2008 in Bath, England. Palacio is a senior financial analyst with Capital One Services Inc. The couple resides in Arlington, Va.

Eleni Roumel (MBA/JD '00) has been promoted to of counsel in the Charleston office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. She practices commercial litigation, securities, white-collar defense and intellectual property.

Marshall Carver (MBA '01) is an equity research analyst with Capital One Southcoast in New Orleans.

Barbara Krupicka (BSM '01) and Toby Guidry were married in New Orleans in June 2008. The couple resides in Los Angeles.

Paul McGoldrick (BSM '01) is a senior consultant with Next Tier Concepts in Vienna, Va.

David Novak (MBA '01) was appointed senior vice president of the West Coast Property Practice at Mercator Risk Services in September 2006. Mercator is a wholesale insurance broker with offices in Atlanta, Chicago and New York. Novak will be based in San Francisco.

Anne Kelligrew St. Clair (MBA '01) and her husband, David, are proud to announce the birth of Susan Margaret St. Clair on March 19, 2008. St. Clair is a senior vice president at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management in New York.

Tom Spiers (MBA '01) (below, center) is chief administrative officer with Gulf South Eye Associates in Metairie, La. The practice offers a full range of eye care to the adult population of the East Bank of Jefferson Parish and its surrounding communities.

Tom Spiers

Oscar Garcia (MBA '02) is a management and financial consultant.

Chris LudwigChris Ludwig (MBA '02) and his wife, Kyong Bok, are proud to announce the birth of a son, Han-gi, on May 8, 2008. Han-gi is the couple's third child. Ludwig recently became CFO of Delta Express, an intermodal trucking company based in West Memphis, Ark. The family resides in Memphis, Tenn.

Scott Himmel (BSM '04) is the co-developer of My Restaurants, an application that solicits restaurants reviews and ratings from members of the social networking site Facebook. The application currently has more than 2,500 active users.

Robert J. Alexander (MBA '05) has been appointed associate provost for enrollment at University of the Pacific. Alexander will oversee the offices of admission and financial aid. As the university's chief enrollment officer, Alexander will provide leadership, strategic direction and coordination for a comprehensive enrollment strategy consistent with the goals, mission and resources of the university. Prior to joining University of the Pacific, Alexander served as assistant vice president for enrollment management at Tulane University.

Shelley McClean (BSM '05) is community manager with Inland American Communities in Philadelphia.

Jeff Moore (MBA '05) is a senior consultant with Scientific Applications International Corp. in McLean, Va.

Sarah R. Wallace (MBA '05) is an account manager with Spark Networks in Beverly Hills, Calif. Spark Networks is the parent company of

Natalie Barranco (MBA '06) has been promoted to senior accountant in the audit department of Bourgeois Bennett. The firm is one of the largest locally owned, regional accounting firms in Louisiana.

Wade L. Heyl (MBA '06) has joined Oceaneering, a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry. Heyl is based in the company's Morgan City, La., office.

Kenneth HoganKenneth Hogan (MBA '06) has been appointed vice president of the MBA Council of Houston. The council is an alliance of Houston-area alumni clubs from leading business schools nationally and internationally. The member clubs of the MBA Council of Houston work together to offer their members opportunities to network and learn about and discuss leading-edge business thinking and practices. Hogan is vice president of corporate foreign exchange at Amegy Bank and an expert in global treasury risk management, global economic analysis, and corporate strategy.

David Silver (BSM '06) is a research analyst with Wall Street Strategies in New York.

Theo Spencer (MBA '06) was recently appointed to the Camden, N.J., school board by Camden Mayor Gwendolyn Faison.

Blake Walker (MFIN '06) has joined Liquid Realty Partners as an analyst in the company's acquisition group. Prior to joining the company, Walker was a member of the acquisition team at Jackson Square Properties, and a software analyst with Fannie Mae. Liquid Realty Partners is the global leader in acquiring interests in private real estate funds, partnerships and trusts on a secondary basis.

Joseph Crowel (BSM '07) is a financial consultant with AXA Advisors in Dallas.

Sanford B. Kaynor Jr. (MBA '07) has joined the law firm of Jones Walker as special counsel in the Corporate & Securities Practice Group. He will practice from the firm's New Orleans office. Prior to joining Jones Walker, Kaynor worked at international law firms in New York for more than 20 years, most recently as a partner at Ropes & Gray LLP.

Wenxin "Wendy" LiWenxin "Wendy" Li (MBA '07) was recently honored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants with a 2007 Elijah Watt Sells Award. The award is presented annually to the 10 candidates earning the highest cumulative scores on the four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination. More than 76,000 candidates took the Uniform CPA Examination in 2007, putting Li in the top .01 percent of examinees. Li is a senior tax accountant with Energy Future Holdings in Dallas.

Mark Lieberwitz (BSM '07) and A.J. Yeakley (BSM '07) are cofounders of the Ballerhouse Network, a collection of affiliated websites that showcase luxury products aimed at the 18-to-34 demographic.


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