News at Smith

Alumni Notes

Nov 18, 2013



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.

William Conger ’73 joined the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center's Board of Trustees.

Steve Dubin ’74 was appointed to the Board of Directors of Alcresta.

Alan Einhorn ’76 received the 2012 Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award from The American Institute of CPAs.

John Hill ’76 was elected to the Board of Directors for CoStar Group, Inc.

Gail Markham ’74 joined the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame.

Michael Middlelton, MBA ’78, was named 2012-13 chairman of the Maryland Bankers Association Board of Directors.

Thomas Mitchell ’79 was named chief financial officer of Harbor Retirement Associates.

Ron Paul ’78 was named one of Washington Business Journal’s Power 100.

Marc Rubin ’75 was recognized as Howard County Chamber of Commerce’s “Business Person of the Year.”

Gary Tabach ’77 was named one of Washington Business Journal’s Power 100.

Jim Ulam ’79 was named senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Innovolt.


Hank Chao ’89 was appointed to the State Board for Community Colleges in Virginia.

Stewart Curley ’82 was named chief financial officer of Modus.

Cindy Davis, MBA ’87, was elected to the Kennametal Board of Directors.

Joseph Esparraguera ’87 was appointed chief financial officer of Resolvit, LLC.

Alan Friedman '82 has taken on a new role as senior managing director with ABS Real Estate Partners, LLC, in New York City. ABS is one of New York City’s foremost real estate services firms.

Robert Giraldi, MBA ’89, ’83, was named senior vice president and market executive of Cardinal Bank.

Jay Herratti ’89 was elected to the Board of Directors at Constant Contact and joined the Board of Directors of Nutrisystem.

Michael Hoberman ’83 was named senior vice president of business development for Broadspire.

Robert Isaman ’85 joined TechPrecision Corporation’s Board of Directors.

Robert Miklovich ’82 joined Lang LaSalle as president of Spaulding & Slye Investments.

Gail Rigler ’80 was named chief marketing officer by Working Solutions.

Kimberly Robertson-Pannell ’85 joined the new State Lottery and Gaming Control Commission.

Daniel Schrider ’87 was named “2013 Influential Marylander” by the Daily Record.

Deborah Slaner Larkin, MBA ’81, received the 2012 Women of Distinction honor sponsored by the New York State Senate.

Mikel Williams ’80 was appointed to the Board of Directors of Tellabs.


Sandeep Beotra, MBA ’99, was appointed executive vice president of mergers and acquisitions of Richardson Electronics Ltd.

Nitin Bhargava, MBA ’96, was named president for Ohio and Kentucky operations of Aetna Inc.

Maria Bible ’94 was named chief financial officer of Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.

Donna Deale, MBA ’90, ’84, was named deputy comptroller for thrift supervision at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Jennifer Felix ’92 was named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Sotera Defense Solutions.

Neal Gantert ’96 was named the director of finance at Charlestown.

Charles Hicks ’92 was promoted to senior vice president of finance and business operations for ASRC Federal.

Paul Hunt, MBA ’91, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce.

Scott Levy ’97 was named executive director of Ernst & Young LLP’s San Francisco office.

Todd McDonald ’90 was appointed managing director for the Mid-Atlantic Technology and Clean Technology Markets at Horizon Technology Finance.

Daniel Myung ’96 was named CEO of HandySoft Global Corporation.

Brenda Piper, MBA ’91, ’87, joined the Board of Directors at Under Amour, Inc.

Eric Smart, MBA ’91, was named president and CEO of Coldstream Laboratories, Inc.

Nicholas Stuart ’98 was named vice president of KeyBanc Capital Markets, Inc.

Scott Wine, MBA ’95, was named chairman by the Board of Directors at Polaris Industries, Inc.

Adam Zaranski ’95 joined the business development team of Kane is Able, Inc.


Gill Ben-Menachem, MBA ’04, is the chief executive officer of OphthaliX.

Karan Bhalla, MBA ’05, was appointed company director of IQR.

Cory Burd ’02 joined Brown’s Real Estate Services as a newly licensed real estate appraiser.

Orlando Carvalho, EMBA ’06, was promoted to executive vice president of aeronautics at Lockheed Martin. 

Anuj Desai, MBA ’06, was named one of Crain’s New York Business “40 Under 40” for 2013.

Rob Gleen, EMBA ’09, and his wife Adrienne welcomed their daughter Gabriela on April 10, 2013.

Mark Griffith, MBA ’03, was named chief information officer of iJet International.

Rohit Gulati, MBA ’09, was promoted to assistant vice president of medical affairs at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

Kristen Haywood ’02 has been promoted to controller at The Shelter Group.

August Jackson, MBA ’08, was elected 2013 vice chair of Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals.

Zane Kerby, MBA ’04, was named president and CEO of the American Society of Travel Agents.

Gary Lipsky ’01 joined CleanWave Group, LLC as a consultant.

Casey Rodgers ’01 was elected to the Realize Bradenton, Inc. Board of Directors.

Daniel Roitman ’00 received the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Consumer Products Award in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

Jigar Shah ’01 joined the Board of Directors of Empower Energies.

David Wexelblat, EMBA ’05, graduated magna cum laude from American University Washington College of Law, was nominated to the Order of the Coif and received Exceptional Pro Bono Service honors. After sitting for the Virginia bar exam in July, David will pursue a career in public interest law and policy, focusing on LGBT equality.


Maria Bardossy, PhD ’11, received a first-place award from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences for her doctoral dissertation.

Elizabeth Bartheld, EMBA ’12, was named vice president for government affairs of The American Forest and Paper Association.

Chris Harbert, EMBA ’11, and his wife welcomed a baby girl, Samantha Grace, on April 17, 2013.

Ryan Hogan ’13 was named one of the Baltimore Sun’s 2013 People to Watch Under 30.

Charisse LaRocque ’12 is an alumni relations coordinator at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She manages website content and email marketing for the Regional Communities department in JHU’s Office of Alumni Relations: “My two-year internship with the University of Maryland Alumni Association helped me get this job!”

Zoe Pagonis ’10 is the digital content manager at the Democratic National Committee. She accepted her position in Spring 2013 after spending nearly three years serving for Governor O'Malley and the State of Maryland.

Kiati Plooksawasdi, EMBA ’10, and his wife, Dr. Natalie Sukontasup, opened First Sight Vision Care in January 2013 and started seeing patients in February. First Sight Vision Care was founded on the principals of expert eye care, ocular health education and excellence in customer service. An EMBA9 Action Learning Project team, which included of Plooksawasdi, Donna Blackman, EMBA ’10; Pete Plotas, EMBA ’10, ’95; Kim Gifford, EMBA ’10; and Jim Kuhl, EMBA ’10, developed the business plan. Plooksawasdi and his wife put the plan into practice two years after he graduated.

Greg Rea, EMBA ’13, was promoted to director, Division of Mechanical Engineering, Directorate for Laboratory Sciences at the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Kara (Hedges) Sasse, EMBA ’11, and her husband Ryan welcomed Finn Timothy on March 13, 2013.

Jas Singh, EMBA ’12, and his wife welcomed their daughter Ajooni Singh on March 13, 2013.

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