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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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

William Bubniak, BBA '81, was inducted into the Midwest Real Estate News 2018 Hall of Fame, which recognizes commercial real estate professionals for their commitment to the profession, customer service, and leadership in industry, community and civic organizations. He is executive vice president of Farbman Group, where he began his real estate career in 1988.

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

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

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.

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.

Rich Wachter BBA 84, VP Human Resources for the Danaher Product Identification Platform and Videojet reports that Videojet earned 4 “Best and Brightest Company” Awards in 2018 from he National Association of Business Resources (NABR). Videojet was recognized as both an “Elite Winner” and a Chicago’s Best & Brightest Companies to Work® for in the category of “Employee Achievement and Recognition.” Winners were selected based on best practices including engagement, development, workplace flexibility, Diversity & Inclusion. Videojet was also recognized as a 2017 US Best & Brightest Place to Work in the Large Business (301+ employees) category and a top 101 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.

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.

Barbara Carkenord, MBA ’86, was elected to the Board of Directors of the IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis, IIBA.org). 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. 

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

Robert C. Greening, Jr., MBA '86, was appointed president of TJX Canada, based in Toronto, Ontario. TJX Canada, an operating company of The TJX Companies, operates more than 450 stores throughout Canada under the Winners, Marshalls, and HomeSense banners and employs 25,000 associates. Greening is a founding member of the U-M Alumni Club of Ontario and is involved with several Canadian charities.

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

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.

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.

Roshunda Price, BBA '87, JD '93, was elected to the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan board of directors. Presbyterian Villages of Michigan has a 72-year history of providing quality senior living and services to more than 5,000 individuals across Michigan. Price is a partner at Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C. and a member of the firm's corporate, real estate, and emerging and growth practice groups.

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.

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.

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