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National Cupid’s Cup

The Cupid’s Cup business competition this year expanded beyond the university to award cash prizes to the most promising entrepreneurs in the country. But the April 5 competition, sponsored by Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank ’96 and hosted by Smith’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, found its top winner close to home.

Smith Alumni: 55,000 strong

Between baseball games, wine tastings, panel discussions and speaker events — all great networking opportunities — being a member of the Smith alumni community provides exciting connections. 

Wherever you are in the world, chances are there’s a Smith alum nearby. Take advantage of this growing network by joining an alumni club today. 

Alumni Notes


David Reznick ’59 received the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers Lifetime Achievement Award.


Donald Linton ’60 was named a master entrepreneur.


Howard Bomstein ’70 was appointed executive marketing director of the Washington Times.

Jon Colin ’78 was appointed interim chief executive officer at EQM Technologies & Energy, Inc.

Board of Advisors

July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015


 Albert Krall ’81, Director, Consulting Methods & Tools, Deloitte Consulting LLP


 Mark J. Manoff ’78, Americas Vice Chair, Ernst & Young


 Susan Pearson ’75, Ph.D. ’84, Former Partner-Human Performance, Accenture


 William N. Apollony ’69, MBA ’76, President, Windsor Healthcare
 Andrew J. Baer ’80, Senior Vice President Global Communications and Media Industry, Salesforce.com
 Sarah Bauder MA ’02, Senior Program Officer, Affordable Post Secondary Success, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
 Bob Billig ’88, Partner, National Practice Lead Tax-Exempt Organizations, McGladrey LLP
 Donna Blackman MBA ’10, Senior Vice President, Finance and Controller, BET Networks
 Anthony T. Calderazzi ’92, Partner, EY, LLP
 Phyllis R. Caldwell ’81, MBA ’87, Director, City First Bank
 Albert P. Carey ’74, CEO, PepsiCo Americas Beverages
Orlando Carvalho Orlando Carvalho MBA ’06, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
 John E. Chickering MBA ’85, Vice President, Fidelity Investments
 Lisa J. Cines ’82, Regional Partner in Charge of Business Development & Marketing, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Cintron Rocky Cintron ’84, Chairman of the Board, Force3 Inc.
 Rose Horan Cohen MBA ’03, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
 Jack A. Faer ’78, Chief Security & Chief Risk Officer, Iron Mountain
 Reese K. Feuerman ’87, Chief Financial Officer, ConnectYourCare
 Chad M. Gillenwater ’73, Vice Chairman, AVI-SPL
 Marc Greenberg ’93, VP, Finance & Strategy, Pixar Animation Studios
 William M. Greenblatt ’79, Founder & CEO, Sterling Infosystems, Inc.
 Robert G. Hisaoka ’79, President, RRR, LLC
 Teresa E. Iannaconi MBA ’78, Partner (Retired), KPMG LLP
 Frank F. Islam, Chairman & CEO, FI Investment Group LLC
 Robert L. Johnson ’80, ­President, Retail Sales & CS & ITO, Sprint
 Michael A. Kahn, Senior Vice President and President, ATK Defense Group
 Alexandra B. Kessler ’85, Partner, Aronson & Co.
 Mark K. Lewis ’87, Managing Partner, Washington DC Office, Bracewell and Giuliani LLP
 William A. Longbrake DBA ’76, Director, Board of Directors: City First Bank of DC, BECU, Hope LoanPort, and Washington State Investment Board
 William P. Loomis ’76, CFO, Centennial
 H. Edward Muendel, Former Chairman and Co-Founder, Stanton Chase International
 Sujal Patel ’96, Former President, Isilon Storage Division, EMC Corporation
Ronald Paul Ronald D. Paul ’78, CEO/Chairman of the Board, EagleBank 
 Kenneth R. Rehmann ’84, Chief Financial Officer and Head of Business Strategy, Asia Pacific Region, Marriott International
 Raina Rose Tagle, Partner, Baker Tilly
 Kapil Sharma, Senior General Manager, North America, Tata Sons
 Edward S. Stein ’81, Principal, Sandler O’Neill & Partners, LLP
 Gary H. Tabach ’77, Vice Chairman & SE Regional Managing Partner, Deloitte and Touche, LLP
 Jose Antonio Tijerino ’88, President and CEO, Hispanic Heritage Foundation
 Wil VandeWiel, Former President/CEO, DORMA Americas


 William E. Mayer ’66, MBA ’67, Senior Partner, Park Avenue Equity Partners
 Gary Williams ’68, Former Men’s Basketball Head Coach, University of Maryland

Welcome Message

Dear Smith School Alumni,

Welcome! Thank you for visiting our website.  This is the first step to becoming more involved with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and making your degree even more valuable than it is today.  Our team is eager to help you connect with one another and provide you with a myriad of ways to continue your relationship with your alma mater.  

With more than 57,000 alumni, Smith’s network spans the globe, and with 30,000 alumni living in the Washington, D.C., metro area, we connect students and graduates to the largest alumni network in the region.  Capitalizing on this community can open many doors for you in your professional career and personal life – jobs, prospective clients, new markets, and new ideas.  SmithConnector is our online alumni community and provides you with instant access to former classmates and fellow Terps.   Please take a moment to make sure your contact information is correct so we can keep you informed of what’s happening here.  Additionally, please consider joining our FaceBook page and check out our Twitter feeds.

Looking for a way to give back?  Check out our ‘Get Involved’ page and consider assisting current students improve their experience at Smith.  You can also attend events either or campus or with your local alumni club.

We hope you’ll continue to stay in touch with your Smith alumni community through the years.  We need our exceptionally talented, diverse alumni to help us move the Smith School forward.


Patty Carocci
Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations



Christina Farias, MBA '14

Christina is one of the recent graduates from our MBA program.  As Executive Director at the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences at the NIH, Christina strives to make the world a better place, one project and one person at a time.  Read more >>


Albertina Ponce Brett, MBA '98, MS '98

Albertina graduated from the Robert H. Smith School of Business in 1998 with her MBA and MS.  Since graduating Albertina has stayed involved in the University of Maryland and Smith School communities, as a founder of the Northern Virgina UMD Alumni Network and as a member of the Smith School Alumni Chapter Board.  Read more >>


Robert Malone, MBA '05

Robert received his MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business in 2005.  Though he started his career in banking, through volunteering, he discovered that his true passion was in non-profits.  In addition to starting his own, Mentoring to Manhood, Robert is now the Chief Development Officer for Volunteers of America Chesapeake. Read more >>

Success Stories


Rick Spadara

Meet Rick.

Meet Rick, a Smith MBA ’12 grad. As co-president of the MBA Finance Association, Rick organized the Smith’s M&A Competition, supported in-part by the Annual Fund, where he worked closely with Smith School staff to make the event a success. Those staff then connected Rick with an alumnus who needed the right person for a banking internship. Rick got the internship… and landed a full-time job at the UBS Leverage Finance Group after graduation.

My advice for future students? Get involved in activities beyond the classroom. These connections are going to get you far.

Rick Spadaro, MBA ’12


Brianna Burnette

Meet Brianna.

Meet Brianna, a Smith School undergraduate. As a scholarship recipient, Brianna understands the importance of philanthropy firsthand. This goes beyond just her scholarship to an appreciation for every corner of Van Munching Hall—our building filled with resources and innovative technology due to gifts from donors and alumni.

As a Smith School student, every day when I walk down the halls of Van Munching, I witness the generosity of many Smith School alumni. Philanthropy within the Smith School community brings a sense of success and inspiration. It sends a constant reminder that as you prosper in your career, always remember the ones who helped you along the way, and more importantly, remember to always help others’ dreams come true, too.

Brianna Burnette, Smith School Undergraduate


Meet our EMBAs.

Meet our EMBAs. Being part of an Executive MBA program means juggling established careers, family time and an intensive executive education program. The Annual Fund helps fund social events open to EMBAs and their families, events which foster networking and community building.

Getting your Smith EMBA is such an intense experience, so I always looked forward to the social events that the Smith School put on for us -- especially the BBQs and holiday parties. These events not only gave us the opportunity to relax and have some fun, but our families could also attend some events. I believe that really helped us build a strong and lasting community.

Alissa Arford, EMBA ‘10


Ritu Agarwal

Meet Ritu.

Meet Ritu and Rebecca. Both Smith School professors, they have many roles to play. In addition to being members of our stellar faculty, these women are also members of the greater academic community. The Annual Fund provides membership dues for Ritu, Rebecca and many other professors and PhD students, for the world’s top professional associations, so they can do what they do best: represent Smith as an intellectual force to be reckoned with. 

Memberships in professional societies are an outstanding way of connecting with new ideas and building relationships with colleagues at other institutions. My long-standing association with INFORMS, a leading professional society for operations research, management science, and information systems, has allowed me to play a variety of leadership roles in the profession, including my current position as Editor-in-Chief of one of the top journals in Information Systems.

Ritu Agarwal, Professor of Information Systems




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