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Rich Lesperance, MBA '99, was appointed CMO of Vivid Seats, one of the largest online ticket marketplaces in North America. Previously, he was vice president of digital marketing and CRM for GrubHub.

Dr. Michael Ost, BS ’93/MBA '17, was named surgeon-in-chief at West Virginia University Medicine Children's. He is a pediatric urologist and professor of surgery in the WVU School of Medicine.

Todd Ernst, MBA '97, was named vice president of investor relations for GE. Ernst joined GE from Raytheon, where he served most recently as vice president of corporate development.

Mark Brugger, MBA '91, received the 2018 Harrison Sylvester Award from Learning Disabilities of America (LDAamerica.org). He developed “Spotlight on Dyslexia,” an online conference that draws a national audience. He has also designed “Dyslexia: Making It Personal,” a simulation presented to hundreds annually, as well as an online literacy training program on dyslexia for educators. Brugger volunteers with ProjectSearch.us, a high school internship program for students with disabilities; and he co-founded SKIT – Special Kind of Improvisational Theater (skitprograms.com) for students and young adults with social skills, communication, and learning disabilities.

Patrice Gopo, MPP/MBA '07, published her first book, “All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way,” released in August 2018 with an imprint of HarperCollins. Gopo writes from the perspective of being the black daughter of Jamaican immigrants who was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. In this poetic and often courageous collection of essays, she examines the complexities of race relations, immigration questions, and identity formation in our turbulent yet hopeful time of intersecting heritages. With an eloquence born of pain and longing, Gopo's reflections challenge us to wonder if the very differences dividing us might bring us together after all.

Warren Shieh, MBA '06, celebrated his wedding to Carrie Xu of Shanghai, China on May 12, 2018. Warren executes acquisitions for Deloitte & Touche in the U.S., and Carrie works in the sports industry, most recently serving as the senior manager of international business development for the Pac-12 conference. More than a dozen fellow Ross alumni from the classes of 2004-2006 were in attendance.

Scott Curtis, MBA '88, was named head of Raymond James' private client group, putting him in charge of all the firm's domestic retail businesses. He was previously president of Raymond James' independent broker unit.

Justin DeWitte, MBA '03, was named CEO of Graham Healthcare Group Hospice.

Beau Cummins, MBA '89, was elected to a two-year term as chair of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta. He is the co-chief operating officer at SunTrust Banks Inc.

Kristen Adamowski, BBA '14, was promoted to senior central operations manager, virtual restaurants at Uber.

Julie Lange, MBA '96, was named pricing and analytics manager at Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP.

Sherwin Prior, MBA '02, formed his own transportation-focused venture firm called Blue Victor Capital. From 2010 to April 2018, he was the managing director of GM Ventures, where he helped the OEM invest in Turo, Lyft, and Cruise.

Bryan Hickman, MBA '18, was hired as senior vice president of investments at Invesque Inc. Most recently, he was a vice president of investments at Welltower Inc., where he was responsible for underwriting new investment opportunities and the asset management of a portfolio valued at approximately $4.5 billion.

Ted Hunting, BBA '85, was appointed senior vice president of marketing of Bright Pattern, which provides cloud contact center software that simplifies omnichannel customer service for customers, agents, and contact center managers.

Melissa Vernon, MS/MBA '01, joined Natural Capital Partners as director of client engagement.

David Curtis, MBA '97, was appointed CEO of Graham Healthcare Group Home Health.

Elif Sagsen-Ercel, MBA '05, joined R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company as chief strategy and transformation officer.

Sarita Nayyar, MBA '87, was appointed to the Managing Board of The World Economic Forum. The international organization for public-private cooperation is best known for its annual meeting of financial executives and world political leaders held in Davos, Switzerland. Nayyar has worked for the WEF since 2007 and is also its chief operating officer.

Joe DiMauro, AB ’86/MBA '15, a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in metropolitan Detroit, was recently named an adjunct professor of finance at the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University.

Grant Grigorian, BSE ’84/MBA '87, was named COO and CFO of CarSaver.

Dave Weinerth, MBA '00, was named president of smart buildings with global responsibility for Universal mCloud Corp., a leading provider of artificial intelligence and analytics and IoT connected asset care technology.

Christian Hartigan, MBA '00, joined Quadient as president and general manager of the Americas.

Brian Hermelin, BBA '87, received the Dream Maker Award at the Hillel Day School's 60th anniversary celebration. He is managing partner and co-founder of Rockbridge Growth Equity, LLC, a Detroit-based private equity firm.

Spencer Preis, BBA '99, was appointed ethics and compliance officer and chief litigation counsel of Southwire. Southwire is the largest manufacturer of wire and cable products in North America. In this new role, Preis' primary responsibilities will be growing and managing the company's global ethics and compliance program and managing the company's litigation portfolio. Preis also was appointed to serve on the executive committee of Camp Twin Lakes' board of directors. For 25 years, Camp Twin Lakes has delivered fully adaptive, medically supportive, and inspiring camp experiences to more than 10,000 of Georgia's children and young adults.

Amanda Lombard, AB ’05/MAcc '06, was promoted to chief accounting officer of Gramercy Property Trust.

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