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Elizabeth Nakamura, BS ’15/BBA '15, accepted a position as a software engineer for Lyft.

William Fleming, MBA ’15, was named COO of The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer. Fleming is a 24-year veteran of The Doctors Company and had been senior vice president and regional operating officer for the Northeast. Previously, he served in a number of capacities, including claims, underwriting, product development, and as integration leader for AP Capital, Advocate MD, and Intermed as they joined The Doctors Company.

Chase Lee, BBA ’13, made Crain’s Detroit Business list of “Twenty in their 20s.” He founded the simplified note and list-making software company Fetchnotes before graduating from Michigan Ross. Chase sold the company and is now the CTO for Ambassador, a custom referral marketing software company in Royal Oak. Ambassador’s customers include PayPal and Spotify, and last year the company was listed listed by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S.

Consulting Magazine named Ashish Vatsal, MBA ’11, a “rising star” in the leadership category of its “Top 35 Consultants Under 35” issue. He is a senior associate and account leader for the Portland office of Point B, an integrated management consulting, venture investment, and property development firm. Vatsal also volunteers as an advisor to minority- and women-owned small businesses.

Patricia Griffin, B.S.E.I.O. ‘01, MBA '10; Alicia Levine, MBA '11; Patrick Huang, MBA '13; and Professor Rajeev Batra met in Nairobi, Kenya, where the Java House MAP team's supervisory professor met alumni in the Nairobi area.

Yasser Khan, MBA ’08, was presented with the "Elite 40 Under 40 Award" by L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive. He serves as executive in residence at Eastern Michigan University, where he teaches MBA courses in sales management and customer relationship management. Yasser has held a number of sales management roles at IBM, across the United States, Europe, and Asia. He serves on the Board of Directors of the March of Dimes, Founders Junior Council at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Board of Advisors at Eastern Michigan University's College of Business, and the Oakland County Business Roundtable.

 

Danielle (Mastrangle) Brown, MBA ’08, is the new vice president of diversity at Google. She was previously vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer at Intel.

George Rodnikov, BBA'06/MAcc'07; and Reuben Dvoretsky, CFA, BBA'07, founded Blueprint Ventures (www.blueprint-ventures.com), an investment manager focused on real estate tax certificates. Blueprint Ventures seeks to use in-house software and data mining capabilities to provide its limited partners with consistent, non-correlated returns. After successfully launching its first fund in October 2016, Blueprint will be launching its second fund in October 2017.

Winston Wenyan Ma, MBA ’03, was appointed to be a new non-executive board member of Noble Group. Winston and Michigan Ross Dean Scott DeRue were among the speakers at the 2017 Pan-Asian Reunion for the Bicentennial Celebration of the University of Michigan, which more than 400 alumni attended in Shanghai.

 

Chris Quinn, MBA '03, was appointed CEO of Cleveland-based InterDesign. Chris 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.

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.

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