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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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hadas Bernard, BBA ’88, was named executive director of the Michigan Israel Business Bridge, a nonprofit organization focused on expanding manufacturing, technology, R&D, distribution and investment between Michigan and Israel.

Craig Schmatz, BSE ’86/ MBA ’89, was the super duty chief program engineer at Ford Motor Company when the Ford Super Duty pickup won 2017 Motor Trend Award for Truck of the Year. Craig is now the F-150 chief program engineer.

Benjamin Taub, MBA ’89, is working to commercialize Alert.ly (http://alert.ly), a cloud-based service that monitors business processes and alerts managers via text message and email in real time when important events occur or key thresholds are met. It has applications in virtually any industry for things like fraud detection, inventory level monitoring, and rapid response to sales prospect inquiries. 

Paul Selvin, BBA ’89, was named one of America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors by Barron’s magazine for 2017.

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.

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.

Andrew Masterman, MBA ’93/AM ’93/MS ’93, was recently promoted to CEO of landscape architectural company BrightView in Philadelphia.

Diana (Clark) Hancock, BSE ’86/MBA ’93, is co-founder and COO of SPEAK MODalities LLC, a company that develops patented, research-based mobile applications to facilitate speech and language development in children with autism and speech development delays. The company recently received the 2016 R&D 100 Award in the software category, the 2015 Best of Tech in Indiana MIRA award, and was awarded National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research funding. Along with this venture, she innovates as Commercialization Director at Purdue University and was previously a Marketing Manager at Johnson Controls.

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).

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