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Michael Fu, BBA '00, was recently hired as Vice President of Finance at Reali in San Francisco, California. Congratulations! Est. 4.2020

John Haesler, BBA '14, was recently hired as Principal at Aspen Capital. Congratulations! Est. 4.2020

John Gordy, BBA '14, was recently hired as Principal at Aspen Capital. Congratulations! Est. 4.2020

David Parent, MBA '95, was recently promoted to Michigan Managing Partner at Deloitte Consulting, LLP in Detroit, Michigan. Congratulations! Est. 4.2020

Richard Smalling, MBA '93, recently celebrated his retirement from his position as CEO of American Innovations. Congratulations! Est. 4.2020

Mary Kay Haben, MBA '79, was recently named to the Board of Directors for the Grocery Outlet Holding Corp. Congratulations! Est. 4.2020

Nicaila Matthews Okome, MBA '15, was recently listed in The Oprah Magazine as 15 Podcasts Every Woman Should Listen to. Nicaila's podcast is titled "Side Hustle Pro". Congratulations! Est. 4.2020

Amy Weisman, BBA '85, was recently named Wall Street Journal's Pro Private Equity's Women to Watch - Top Female Deal Makers Shaping Private Equity's Present and Future. Congratulations! Est. 4.2020

Erin Guthrie, MBA '13, recently received the 40 under 40 award from Crain's Chicago Business. Erin works as an Acting Director at Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Congratulations! Est. 4.2020

Richard Fusinski, MBA '13, was recently hired as CIO at H.W. Kaufman Group in Farmington Hills, MI. Congratulations! Est. 4.2020

Lynn Kotwicki, BBA '94, recently won the election for Commodore of the prestigious Bayview Yacht Club ( The role is a 3-year term beginning with the 2020 Rear Commodore progressing to 2021 Vice Commodore, and 2022 Commodore. It is a significant step as Lynn is the first woman to have been elected for this position. Lynn is excited to continue her support and volunteerism in the amazing sport of sailboat racing. Congratulations! Est. 4.2020

Benjamin Kozma, MBA '08, passed away in March 2020. The Michigan Ross Family keeps Mr. Kozma and his family in our thoughts. Est. 3.2020

Paul Farah, MBA '82, has been named President and Chairman of the Board for the United Stated Tennis Association Midwest Section for the 2020-21 term. The USTA/Midwest Section is a 125-year-old organization based in Indianapolis. The USTA is the National governing organization for the game of tennis. Farah earned his bachelors and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has been an executive and consultant in the automotive industry for over 35 years. Farah looks forward to bringing his experience and love of tennis to his current role. Congratulations! Est. 3.2020

Sena Kwawu, MBA '93, most recently SVP, Finance and Business Operations for Starbucks, will serve as Frontdoor SVP of operations. in his newly created executive role. Sena will lead Frontdoor’s service operations and oversee contractor relations for the company’s network of 17,000 prequalified contractor firms and 60,000 technicians. He will also be responsible for designing processes, metrics and systems that will help Frontdoor serve its 2.2 million customers and scale its operations for continued growth in the home services market segment. Sena’s passion for operational excellence and improving the customer experience fits perfectly with our obsession to take the hassle out of home ownership. Congratulations! Est. 3.2020

Danielle Shainbrown, BBA '01, was recently promoted as McGuire Development Company's new president and chief business officer. Danielle has grown McGuire’s unique Ownership Representation and Consultation practice over the past nine years, and works closely with the entire McGuire Development team to continuously innovate and improve customer experiences. She is a member of the Leadership Buffalo Class of 2011, a recipient of the 2012 Buffalo Business First “40 Under 40” Award and the 2019 Buffalo Business First Power 125. Congratulations!  Est. 3.2020

Jake Freeman, BBA '13, recently completed the acquisition of the largest brand manufacturer of mochi ice cream in North America, The Mochi Ice Cream Co, from private equity firm Century Park Capital Partners. The Los Angeles-based ice cream company, which mainly manufactures the My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream brand was acquired by Michigan-based investment firm, Lakeview Capital. Freeman currently serves as the director of investments at Lakeview Capital.  Est. 3.2020

Douglas Elvers (Ph.D '69), passed away on February 15, 2020. The Michigan Ross Family keeps Mr. Evers and his family in our thoughts.   Est. 3.2020

Jeffrey E. Jarrett, BBA '62, is now the former Chairperson of the Department of Management Science at the University of Rhode Island. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and New York University where he studied with W. Edwards Deming, among others. He has published extensively in: The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Finance and the Management Science Journal. Further, he presented many research papers at international and national conferences. At the end of this academic year, (2019-2020), he will retire from the faculty at URI/COB after 55 years in academic life, the last 49 at URI. He authored 6 books and about 250 academic publications.  Est. 3.2020

Lou Cushman, MBA '65, was recently inducted into the NAIOP Hall of Fame, recognizing his career-long impact on Houston's commercial real estate community. Lou Cushman serves as the vice chairman of Cushman & Wakefield. Congratulations!  Est 2.2020

Steven Wittwer, MBA '97, was recently promoted to Head of Infrastructure and Utilities Group at Duff & Phelps Investment Management Company. Congratulations!  Est. 2.2020

Peggy Antonakou, MBA '02, was recently promoted as the General Director of Google for the Southeastern European region, based in Athens. Congratulations!  Est 2.2020

Jonathan Halvorson, EMBA '17, was recently inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement and received the Jack Avrett Volunteer Spirit Award. Jonathan serves as Vice President, Global Media, Digital & Data at Mondelez International. Congratulations!   Est. 2.2020

April Boise, BBA' 90, was recently promoted to Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Eaton Corp. Congratulations!  Est. 2.2020

Massimiliano (Max) Riso, MBA '12, was recently promoted to Director, Healthcare Investment Banking at PJT Partners. Congratulations!  Est. 2.2020

Steve Zanella, MBA '14, was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA). Steve is the President & COO of CityCenter. Congratulations!  Est 2.2020