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Bob Walters, MBA ’00, was named Quicken Loans’ chief economist, in addition to serving as president and chief operating officer.

Rob Pelinka, BBA ’93/JD ’96, was named general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers. Pelinka has spent nearly 20 years as an agent for basketball’s top talent, and was named one of the Top 10 Sports Agents in the World by Forbes for managing more than $500 million in contracts. As general manager for the Lakers, he will work closely with the Lakers’ President of Basketball Operations Earvin “Magic” Johnson. While at Michigan, he played basketball for the Wolverines, winning a 1989 National Championship and taking part in three NCAA Final Fours (1989, 1992, and 1993).

Erik Goldman, MBA '91, is now CEO of sfara, a startup that provides 4D situational awareness to smart phones using mobile sensors, artificial intelligence, and advanced data science. Erik came to sfara most recently from Verizon, which acquired his company, Hughes Telematics, in 2012. He is a leader in innovative safety technology at a variety of scale, from satellites and major transportation systems, to telematics and personal vehicles, and now sfara, which is unconstrained by geography, hardware, or infrastructure. He is responsible for life-saving technology used by brands and companies including Mercedes and State Farm.

Gary P. Shuman, MBA ’86, was named executive vice president of business development for PrizeLogic, America’s largest independent promotions company.

Lisa Fort, BBA ’84, was named to the board of directors of Accounting Aid Society of Detroit. Lisa is a CPA and a senior tax manager of Plante Moran PLLC.

Daniel Hennessy, MBA ‘81, and his associates raised $256MM for Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp III and rang opening bell on NYSE.

Mark D. Mishler, MBA ’82, wrote a paper published in the March 2017 Journal of Accountancy about foreign currency risk management. His CFO experience includes a General Electric healthcare division and managing finance and accounting for 40 plants in 30 countries.

Ryan Wilson, BBA ’80, retired from the U.S. Navy, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, after serving 31 years. He was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal by the Secretary of Defense for exceptionally meritorious service to the Armed Forces in a position of significant responsibility. He most recently joined the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services in the Office of the General Counsel.

Jeffrey R. Smith, AB ’78/MBA ’80, was appointed CEO of the American division of Arago, an artificial intelligence company.

Valerie Woerner, AB ’73/MBA ’76, currently chief operating officer of Farwest Fabricators Inc. in Moxee, Wash., has spearheaded a successful company sale designed to continue the company’s trajectory of profitable growth, continued innovation, and world-class customer service. Valerie is also completing her fifth year on Larson Fruit’s Advisory Board. She has served as CEO of Snokist, president of Artichoke Industries, and president of The Wornick Company. Valerie and her husband, Bruce Lyman, have closed on a condo in Kerrytown, planning many future visits to Ann Arbor.

Justin Golden, BBA 2002, and Roger Ahn, BBA 2002, with teammate Marco Zanetti, rode their bikes 310 miles over 3 days while helping raise $2.4 million for the Make-a-Wish foundation. Photo was taken at mile 309 at Michigan International Speedway.

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.

Eunice Ahn, BBA '06, is the Creative Producer at Netflix. Previously she was Senior Creative Director for Genius Brands International.

Cheri Lantz, MBA '04, will have a key role in driving Meritor's long-term revenue growth. She will work closely with the company's business leaders to identify and assess long-term growth strategies for business units and the overall corporation. Lantz is also responsible for ongoing strategic analyses of Meritor's business landscape, opportunities, and product portfolio, as well as the long-term economic outlooks and trends associated with Meritor's global markets.

Lilly Epstein Stotland, MBA '04, has been named president of Vesco Oil Corporation of Southfield, a distributor of branded automotive and industrial lubricants. Stotland was previously general manager. She is co-owner and serves on the company’s board of directors. Stotland joined the company in 2004. She also serves as president of Visible Solutions Midwest, LLC, an affiliated company that licenses patented washer solvent products.

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.

Edward Wong, BBA '04, was promoted to Principal at TSG Consumer Partners (TSG), a leading private equity firm focused exclusively on the branded consumer sector. Since joining TSG in 2011, he has been involved in originating, structuring and the due diligence of new investment opportunities. He has also worked with partner companies such as Planet Fitness and Canyon Bicycles. Before joining TSG, he was with Falconhead Capital, as well as Citigroup, where he was an investment banker focused on the consumer and retail industries.

Andrew Schwartz, BBA '15, was promoted to Senior Analyst for Federal Capital Partners' Residential and Structured Investments team. He has been responsible for underwriting and closing FCP’s residential and structured investments throughout Florida and the Washington, DC area since joining the firm in June 2015.

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.

Wan Chew Wong, BBA '07, spoke at the Singapore Business Review’s 20 Hottest Startups Panel Briefing 2017. In March, she was recognized as a Women Icon at the Inaugural Women Icons Summit & Awards. She received the award for her entrepreneurial spirit and efforts to add value to the local HDB market.

Colin Pulte, MBA '16, founded private investment firm LeGrande Partners LLC (www.LeGrandePartners.com) to acquire successful lower middle market businesses and assume operational roles to accelerate growth. LeGrande pursues companies generating at least $5M in revenue across business services, healthcare, software, and specialty manufacturing. The firm targets established private companies with significant growth potential and aims to provide a meaningful exit alternative for business owners who care about the legacy of the business they have created.

Trish Leung, MBA '15, joined Pantheon Platform as the Senior Manager of Business Operations & Strategy. She previously served as Head of Strategies for Finance & Operations at Pixlee in San Francisco.

Dr. Darryl Elmouchi, MBA '16, previously the chief medical officer of Spectrum Health Hospital Group, has accepted the position of president. He has served as chief of cardiovascular medicine for Spectrum Health Medical Group and chairman of the department of cardiovascular medicine for Spectrum Health Hospitals. Elmouchi also serves as an assistant professor of medicine at Michigan State University.

Cleveland-based InterDesign and founder Bob Immerman announce the appointment of Chris Quinn, MBA '03 as CEO. Chris Quinn is an executive with 28 years of experience developing high performing organizations, businesses and brands that exceed shareholder as well as consumer expectations. Chris most recently served as the President and CEO of Streetsboro LLC.

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.

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