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Rob Spencer, EMBA '17, was appointed General Counsel of Henniges Automotive, a global Tier 1 automotive supplier. Est. 12.2019

Rachel Levy Lesser, MBA '03, new book," Life's Accessories: A Memoir (And Fashion Guide)" was released from She Writes Press in November 2019. The book was selected as one of "11 Memoirs You Need to Be Reading Now" by Parade Magazine. There is even a chapter in the book on my time in Michigan called "Fleece Socks Will Keep You Warm at The University of Insomnia at Ann Arbor".  Est. 12.2019

Jennifer Nash, MBA '10, presented her recent empirical executive coaching research in October 2019 at Harvard University. She also attended the global ICF coaching conference in Prague, Czech Republic to bring the latest thinking in coaching back to her clients. She will attend the Thinkers50 conference with Marshall Goldsmith and Dorie Clark in London in November 2019. Check her website for updates!  Est. 12.2019

Srikanth (Srik) Gopal, MBA '03, will be joining the Humanity United’s Board of Trustees as the new Managing Partner. Srik comes to Humanity United from Democracy Fund, where he has served for the past three years as Vice President of Strategy and Program. 
 Est. 12.2019

Mike Mahaffey, MBA '02, Nationwide's Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, will report to new CEO Kirt Walker. Mahaffey will oversee the company’s strategy in addition to mergers & acquisitions. Mike joined Nationwide in 2005 as Associate Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management. Prior to Nationwide, Mike’s career included roles at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher law firm, Deloitte Consulting and as an adjunct finance professor at The Ohio State University. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Pepperdine University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.  Est. 12.2019

Robert Brabo, EMBA '19, Former Presidential Communications Officer, Robert "Bo" Brabo, has signed a publishing deal and will release "From the Battlefield, to the White House, to the Boardroom...leading organizations to values based results" in February 2020.  Est. 12.2019

Waleed Nassar, BBA ’04, partner at Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC, has been recognized as a 2019 “Equality Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal in its inaugural list of top lawyers who serve as “agents of change.” As a trailblazing litigator, Mr. Nassar has stood up for the rights of Muslims and other marginalized groups throughout his career, including representing detainees Guantanamo and Bagram and serving as defense counsel in one of the highest profile international terrorism cases ever to have been brought in U.S. Federal Court. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Waleed attended New York University School of Law.
Est. 12.2019

Doug Greenwold, MBA '69, passed away on June 23, 2019. He was a member of the 1960-1964 University of Michigan basketball team. Est. 12.2019

Roberto Gutierrez, MBA '10, was named Director of Finance of 3M Brazil in January 2019. His family will be living in Brazil for this 2-year assignment. Est. 12.2019

Jonathan Alloy, MBA '03, was promoted to Vice President - Digital Manager at Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco. He also recently celebrated two years of volunteer service as Deputy Marriage Commissioner for the City and County of San Francisco. Est. 11.2019

Richard Lee Hassell, MBA '68, passed away on April 6, 2019 in Dallas, TX.  Est. 11.2019

Benedict Buhain, MBA ‘93, was appointed the Country Manager in the Philippines of XSEED Education Pte. Ltd. (www.xseededucation.com). He & his wife Susan are both working in the education field. Their daughters Emma & Audrey are attending Barnard College & Brown University, respectively. 
Est. 11.2019

Tom Kessel, MBA '85, has joined Integrated Fiduciary Advisory Services as Managing Director. Integrated is a boutique wealth management firm based in Birmingham Michigan focusing on supporting the wealth creation and preservation of owners of privately-held businesses, family offices, as well as trustees of foundations, endowments and retirement plans.  Est. 11.2019

Mark Lezotte, BBA '78, received the 2019 United Cerebral Palsy National Chair’s Award in March at UCP’s national conference in Chicago, for volunteer leadership to UCP. Lezotte has long served UCP in various roles, including as chair of UCP’s national public policy committee, member of the National Board of Trustees, and board member and president of the UCP/Detroit affiliate. In addition, in 2017 he received the Richard L. Beer Volunteer Award from UCP/Detroit for his longstanding commitment to UCP/Detroit and the disability community. Lezotte, a shareholder with the Detroit law firm Butzel Long, has also served in leadership roles on many other civic and nonprofit boards.  Est. 11.2019

Kendall Justiniano, MBA '01, has joined W.R. Grace & Co in Columbia, MD as Vice President of Marketing, Specialty Catalysts.   Est. 11.2019

Tom Finan MBA '89, celebrated another 20 years with Trammel Crow Company during his second tour of duty at the country’s #1 Commercial Real Estate developer. Tom is located in the Washington, DC office and serves as the firm’s head of Federal Development, Investment and Leasing efforts nationally.  Est. 11.2019

Gary Slaughter, BBA '61, published his memoir, The Journey of an Inquiring Mind, in May 2019. Gary records the careers, hobbies, jobs, and sports he mastered during the eight decades of his life. Using his narrative story-telling ability, he recounts his varied and numerous jobs from a six-year-old merchandiser of eggs at his grandparents’ farm to a bait-supplier, netting college tuition for 1½ years of college. Odd jobs throughout high school added to the fund. After honing his business acumen at the University of Michigan, Gary describes his Naval career, his highly successful IT businesses, and his 20 years as an award-winning novelist.  Est. 11.2019

Michael Bobelian, BBA ’95, published “Battle for the Marble Palace: Abe Fortas, Earl Warren, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and the Forging of the Modern Supreme Court,” a narrative account of the politicization of the Supreme Court during the 1960s and the revolution it sparked in the confirmation process. Written in a compelling narrative—what the Dean of UC Davis Law School described as “an absolute ‘must read’ for Supreme Court watchers as well as political junkies, history buffs, and mystery book readers”—“Battle for the Marble Palace” uncovers the true and surprising origins of the messy confirmation fights the nation has endured in recent years.  Est. 11.2019

Thomas Kelly, MBA '93, serves as CEO and Executive Director of Automation Alley, the team-oriented organization since 2016 which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019. As technology continues to change the way we live and work, our organization has responded strategically and aggressively; our crowning achievement is Automation Alley’s reinvention from a highly effective networking business accelerator into Michigan's Industry 4.0 Knowledge Center. At the same time, we have expanded our long-popular trade missions, with 2018 marking $1 billion in export sales for Michigan companies as a result of trade mission and export activities.  Est. 11.2019

Marnee Mulvoy, BBA ‘70, was included in the 2019 “CEO’s Who Get It” list compiled by Health and Safety Magazine. Mulvoy serves as CEO of Mr. Chain, a plastic safety chain manufacturer.

John Ivascu, BBA ‘99, was appointed as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Forum Energy Technologies. He has served as the company’s Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Secretary since February 2018. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary from August 2015 to February 2018, and Assistant General Counsel from June 2011 to August 2015. From 2006 to June 2011, John practiced corporate law at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., representing public and private companies and investment banking firms in capital markets offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and bankruptcy matters.

Richard (Dick) Kempthorn, BBA ‘51, died at the age of 92 on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. At the University of Michigan he was on the 1947 and 1948 National Championship football teams and an All American. His fame on the football field led him to be nicknamed "Killer Kempthorn." Dick followed his father, James O. Kempthorn, as the President of Kempthorn Motors. He was a former trustee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and also served on the Akron Canton Regional Airport board of Directors.

Joshua Bernard, BBA ‘15, joined Southfield-based Bernard Financial Group as a member of the senior management team. Bernard Financial says it closed $1.274 billion in commercial real estate mortgages in 2018, with $750 million-plus of that in the city. Most recently, Bernard worked as an associate with New York City-based TPG Capital in the company's national real estate lending group.

Vivek Sankaran, MBA ‘93, will become CEO of Frito-Lay North America starting in March after the retirement of current PepsiCo CEO Albert Carey. Prior to the CEO role, Vivek was serving as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the company, responsible for PepsiCo’s $15 billion snack and convenient foods business.

Kirsten Calvert Brady, MBA ‘91, was named Senior Vice President of Trinity Partners leading the firm’s marketing and business development initiatives.

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