Amit Mehta, MBA ’96
Graduate Commencement Speaker
Amit Mehta is the portfolio manager and managing member of Crestwood Capital Partners, a global long-short hedge fund headquartered in New York. He brings two decades of experience investing across multiple sectors globally as well as managing and mentoring analysts at Crestwood Capital. Previously, Amit was a senior manager at Penta Advisory - Navigant Consulting where he led the New York office of the corporate advisory and equities valuation group.
Mehta started his career as a senior consultant in the Corporate Restructuring Group at C.W. Amos & Co. in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. He earned an MBA from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. A CFA charter holder, Mehta studied for his CFA during his commute on the D.C. Metrorail. He regularly gives guest lectures on the hedge fund industry at both NYU and the University of Maryland.
Mehta is involved with numerous non-profits including serving on the Board of Advisors at the Smith School. He lives in Manhattan with his two sons and his spouse, also a University of Maryland alum.
Bill Boyle ’81
Undergraduate Commencement Speaker
Entrepreneurs can face a multitude of challenges as they take their ideas from concept to startup, and Bill Boyle ’81 understands them all.
Boyle co-founded and operated FiberGate Inc., a Washington, D.C., area provider of dark fiber services. He exited the company in 2012 after 17 years at the helm. These days, he serves as a donor and chairman of the advisory board at Maryland Smith’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship.
Thanks to a generous gift from Boyle, Dingman recently launched the Terp Startup Fellows, the latest addition to the center’s venture programming portfolio, supporting entrepreneurs of all kinds across the university. It’s a continuation of Dingman’s Terp Startup summer accelerator, which provides teams with a competitive stipend up to $5,000, co-working space and a curriculum. And it comes with an added benefit: Boyle himself serves as venture mentor to the Terp Startup cohort and a coach in the Pitch Dingman Competition, the center’s student business competition.
Boyle currently works with several startups, many of which have come through the Dingman Center Angels investor network. Some of his investments include Card Isle, Divvy Cloud, Precise Target, Vitus Vet, Cybrary, ZeroFox, Pendo.io, and Wild Kombucha.
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About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and flex MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, business master’s, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.