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Alan Gelband, BBA '65, the founder of Gelband & Company, was honored with the prestigious Peter J. Hilton Founder’s Award for his contribution to ACG New York, ACG Global, and to the middle-market community at large over the course of his career.

C. John Bauer III, BBA ’65/MBA ’66, completed nine years as a trustee of the Samba Financial Group’s U.K. Pension Scheme. In addition, John spent 38 years with international commercial and investment banks, of which 32 years were based abroad in Germany, Kuwait, Bahrain, the U.K., and Qatar. He was honored for his work as chairman of Republicans Abroad in Kuwait and Bahrain and has been active as a speaker at international conferences.

Dave Tornga, MBA ’72, served as the Trump Campaign DuPage County, Ill., chair and as the Trump/Pence 2016 Dupage County, Ill. coordinator. DuPage County is located in the Chicago area and is the largest Republican county in Illinois.

Steve Wasserman, BBA ’78, joined the full-time faculty at Bentley University as a lecturer in the Finance Department. In addition, he continues to work part-time as a consulting CFO for venture-backed companies.

Lony Ruhmann, AB ’77/MBA ’79, wrote and produced Psychophonia, which played at the Sitges Fantastic Film Festival in Spain; The Girl, which was named Best Horror Movie at the Burbank Film Festival; She Rises, which received the Best Actress award at the Macabre Film Festival in New York; and The Night Visitor Chronicles, which was released on DVD in November 2016. 

Marcy S. Klevorn, BBA ’81, was named chief information officer and group vice president of information technology for Ford Motor Company. 

G. Scott Haislet, BBA '82, of Orinda, Calif., was named Outstanding Conference Speaker for 2015-16 by the California CPA Education Foundation. CalCPA is the largest CPA society in the nation. Scott is a CPA and tax attorney in Lafayette, Calif., and is a leading practitioner involved with 1031 property exchanges. Scott has lectured with CalCPA for many years, with courses in 1031 exchange and real estate taxation. His clients have saved millions in taxes by implementing 1031 exchanges and other strategies involving real estate.

Barbara Carkenord, MBA ’86, was elected to the Board of Directors of the IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis, In addition, she published her third book, PMI-PBA® Exam Prep, Premier Edition, an exam preparation guide for business analysis professionals. Barbara is the director of business analysis for RMC Learning Solutions in Minnetonka, Minn. She lives on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina with her husband of five years, Lou Thomas. 

Saad A. Khan, MBA ’87, published It’s Business, It’s Personal: From Setting a Vision to Delivering it Through Organizational Excellence in hardcover and paperback (Westbow Publishing); the book is available on Amazon. As the founder of Alamut Consulting (sustainability/governance of NGO's) and VanGuard Matrix (e-commerce solutions), he was previously CEO of Gillette Pakistan.

Hadas Bernard, BBA ’88, was named executive director of the Michigan Israel Business Bridge, a nonprofit organization focused on expanding manufacturing, technology, R&D, distribution and investment between Michigan and Israel.

Craig Schmatz, BSE ’86/ MBA ’89, was the super duty chief program engineer at Ford Motor Company when the Ford Super Duty pickup won 2017 Motor Trend Award for Truck of the Year. Craig is now the F-150 chief program engineer.

Benjamin Taub, MBA ’89, is working to commercialize (, a cloud-based service that monitors business processes and alerts managers via text message and email in real time when important events occur or key thresholds are met. It has applications in virtually any industry for things like fraud detection, inventory level monitoring, and rapid response to sales prospect inquiries. 

Sérgio Belisário Andrade, MBA '92 was awarded "Best Supply Chain Director - Agribusiness," promoted by the Brazilian Institute of Supply Chain (INBRASC). He was also chosen by supply chain professionals and INBRASC as Professional of the Year - Top Three. After working for Cargill and Syngenta, Sérgio is currently the director of operations and supply chain for Latin America for Arysta LifeScience, a leading agrochemicals global company.

Andrew Masterman, MBA ’93/AM ’93/MS ’93, was recently promoted to CEO of landscape architectural company BrightView in Philadelphia.

Diana (Clark) Hancock, BSE ’86/MBA ’93, is co-founder and COO of SPEAK MODalities LLC, a company that develops patented, research-based mobile applications to facilitate speech and language development in children with autism and speech development delays. The company recently received the 2016 R&D 100 Award in the software category, the 2015 Best of Tech in Indiana MIRA award, and was awarded National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research funding. Along with this venture, she innovates as Commercialization Director at Purdue University and was previously a Marketing Manager at Johnson Controls.

David Ohlrich, BSE ’87/MBA ’93, was named senior vice president of property management operations for Washington, D.C.-based real estate development and property management firm Kettler.

Marc J. Carmel, MAcc '94 is an accomplished bankruptcy attorney from Kirkland & Ellis and Paul Hastings. He recently joined Longford Capital as a director. He will lead Longford Capital’s involvement in the bankruptcy and restructuring sector, and assist with investment sourcing, due diligence, and monitoring of portfolio investments.

Jason Dubinsky, BBA '95, was appointed chief financial officer of Morningstar, Inc. He most recently served as senior vice president and CFO of planning and central operations for Walgreens Boots Alliance. Dubinsky has more than 12 years of finance, accounting, and investment experience. He spent the last three years at Goldman Sachs, where he led merger and acquisition transactions and managed strategic advisory and financing assignments for corporate clients in the retail and consumer sectors.

Kristen J. (Barczyk) Duca, BBA ’96, published her book Ultimate Nanny – How to Find, Interview, and Manage the Most Important Person You Will Ever Hire – Your Child’s Nanny, which can be found on Amazon. Kristen has worked in the financial services industry for over two decades. Additionally, she served as a contributing writer for New York Family, New York Family Brooklyn, and Long Island Special Child magazines. Kristen and her husband, Ken, live in Manhattan with their two daughters but always make it back to Ann Arbor for a football game each year.

Norbert Nusterer, MBA ’96, was named president of Power Systems at Cummins, a Fortune 150 company.

Michael Brandstaedter, MBA ’97, has been promoted to the position of chief executive officer at The Topps Company Inc., a leading creator of confectionery, sports cards, and entertainment products. In the new position, Brandstaedter also retains the title of president and focuses on advancing the evolution of Topps' iconic consumer products portfolio. He joined the company in 2009 as general manager of the global confectionery business, which includes brands such as Ring Pop and Bazooka gum. He most recently served as Topps' president and COO, where he has been instrumental in strengthening partnerships with premier properties such as Major League Baseball and Star Wars, as well as overseeing the development of global soccer and new partnerships including UEFA Champions League. Brandstaedter also has been integral in fueling significant growth with the recent creation of the Topps Digital Apps business, which has helped redefine trading cards and collecting in the digital space. Topps is owned by Michael Eisner's The Tornante Company and private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners.

Jared Stadlin, BBA ’98, was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the International Warehouse Logistics Association. Jared is the vice president of client services and associate corporate counsel for Linden Warehouse & Distribution Co., based in Linden, N.J. 

James Paterson, MBA '99, joined PNC Bank, N.A.'s senior secured financing team as senior vice president and business development officer. He is responsible for business development with private equity firms and middle-market companies, originating asset-based and cash flow loans in southern California. Paterson joins PNC Business Credit from the CIT Group, where he served as a vice president and business development officer.

Michael Cuoco, BBA '00, returned to the U.S. after nine-plus years in England. He and his wife Heather Kent, BA '00, and twin 4-year-old sons live in Charlotte, N.C. Michael is head of metals for Wells Fargo, growing the global exchange traded services platform and assisting to expand the commodities business across other sectors as well. He is happy to hear from fellow alumni at

Anand Christopher, BBA ’01, was featured in Business Leader magazine’s December 2016 cover story discussing expected changes to financial regulation in 2017. Anand is managing partner at Claremont Hudson and a board member of the Ross Alumni Club of Chicago.