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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 part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty 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.

Oct 14, 2015



Arnie Applebaum ’79 is the new general manager of Maryland Media.

Robert Bedingfield ’70 joined the Board of Directors at GeoPark Limited.

Donald Denkaus, MBA ’70, joined the Board of Directors of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals.

Steven Jones ’73 was awarded the Thomas H. Kean Arts Advocacy Award by the New Brunswick’s George Street Playhouse. This award pays tribute to an individual, corporation or foundation whose dedication to the arts enhances the cultural life of the citizens of New Jersey.

Ronald Paul ’78 will be inducted in the 2015 class of the Montgomery County Business Hall of Fame.  

Barry Regenstein ’78 was named interim chief financial officer at Tumbleweed Holdings.

Marc Schneebaum ’78 was appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer of Synta Pharmaceuticals.


Phyllis Caldwell ’81, MBA ’87, was named vice chair of community preservation and development corporation on the Board of Directors of Ocwen Financial.

Seung-Ho Choe ’88 was added to the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, to expand its Korea practice.

David Collier ’87, MBA ’92, was named CFO and senior vice president of operations of SynapticAP.

Cindy Davis, MBA ’87, joined the Board of Directors of Buffalo Wild Wings.

Joseph Geier ’82 started Winpoint Financial, an affiliate of Geier Financial Group, to help professional athletes manage their finances.

Debi Heims ’87 and her company, H & S Environmental, were honored as the 2015 Massachusetts Woman-Owned Business of Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Massachusetts District Office.

Dave Kasper ’87 agreed to a new contract with D.C. United to keep him on as General Manager through the 2017 season. He has also been appointed vice president of soccer operations.

Alexandra “Lexy” Kessler ’85 was profiled on the Huffington Post in a Women in Business forum.

James MacDougall ’86 joined Digitus Biometrics as their executive vice president of global sales and marketing.

Harvey Metro ’86 was honored by the Washington Business Journal as a 2015 CFO of the Year.

John Myers ’84 joined Avison Young as a principal. In this role, he will focus on landlord and tenant representation and expanding the company’s presence in Suburban Maryland markets.

Lorrie Norrington ’81 joined LivingSocial as board observer and senior adviser to the president and CEO. She was also named to Eventbrite’s Board of Directors.

Connie Oliver ’89 was named vice president of marketing and client relations at Solis Mammography.

Lynn Payne ’89 joined CNB, a member of Shore Bancshares, as chief financial officer.

Carissa Rodeheaver ’88 was recognized as one of 16 CPA “Women to Watch” by the Maryland Association of CPAs.

David Rosato ’83, MBA ’85, was named chief financial officer at People’s United Financial, Inc.

Rick Rudman ’84 was named an independent director on Web.Com’s Board of Directors.

Josefina Padlan Simpson ’84 was named director of membership services for the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, headquartered in Rockville, Md.

Alan Spurgin, MBA ’87, was named to the Board of Directors of the Florida Venture Forum.

David Wajsgras ’82 was appointed president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. He was also recognized in the annual Wash100 list of the most influential leaders in the world of government contracting.


Kenneth Bedingfield ’94 was named corporate vice president and chief financial officer at Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Michael Berger ’99 was ranked in the On Wall Street’s annual ranking of the top-10 regional advisors under 40.

Kyle Cerminara ’99 was appointed to the Board of Directors of Ballantyne Strong, Inc.

Michael Fellerman ’97 joined Shulman Rogers as a shareholder and member of the business and financial services and real estate practices.

Elana Fine ’97 was named a 2015 Washingtonian Tech Titan.

Mark Flaherty ’95 was promoted to Hyatt Regency Louisville’s newly promoted leadership committee, taking over as director of operations.

Martin Friedman '92 was elected vice chairman of the Board of Directors of Access National Corporation, the parent company for Access National Bank.

Keith Goldan ’93 was appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer at Fibrocell Science, Inc., an autologous cell therapy company focused on developing treatments for rare and serious skin and connective tissue diseases.

Dan Kowalewski, MBA ’90, was promoted to partner at Oliver Wyman’s transportation practice.

Elissa Kravetz ’99 created The Farley Project, an anti-bullying nonprofit.

Tara Long, MBA ’97, vice president of strategy and corporate development at Seagate Technology, a maker of data storage solutions, was a speaker at Startup Grind.

Natalia Luis ’92, ’95, and her sister Cidalia Luis-Akbar UMD ’90 participated in the 2015 Washington Post Forum: Women in Small Business, representing, M. Luis Construction Co.

Kevin Lynch ’92 joined Cantor Fitzgerald Wealth Partners in the newly established Credit Union Asset Strategy Group based in Michigan.

Dan Martin ’90 was hired at Walker & Dunlop as senior vice president in its Capital Markets group.

Peter Ney, MBA ’94, CFO at EA Engineering, Science and Technology, Inc. was one of eight professionals selected as honorees for the 2015 Baltimore Business Journal’s Best in Finance: CFO Awards.

Mitchell Paige ’90 was honored by the Washington Business Journal as a 2015 CFO of the Year.

Karen Pallotta, MBA ’90, joined the Board of Directors of Redwood Trust.

Craig Scanlon ’97 was promoted to vice president of Slingshot for Polaris. Polaris Industries is an American manufacturer of snowmobiles, ATV and neighborhood electric vehicles.

Joe Valeri ’91 was promoted to president and chief executive officer at Lucernex Technologies.

Doug Wolford, MBA ’92, was promoted to chief executive officer at Convergent Wealth Advisors.

Lakisha Woods ’97 was promoted to chief marketing officer at the National Association of Home Builders.


George Ashton, MBA ’06, was named in the Washington Business Journal’s 40 Under 40.

Dean Bakeris, MBA ’01, was appointed vice president of cybersecurity at ICF International. In this role, he will manage federal business development efforts for cybersecurity and help to enhance ICF’s cybersecurity consulting and advisory solutions capabilities.

Bambo Bamgbose, MBA ’09, was honored by the Washington Business Journal as a 2015 CFO of the Year.

Raj Basavaraju, MBA ’09, was named the 2015 president of American Society of Indian Engineers and Architects.

Amalie Brandenburg, MBA ’05, was appointed as the education adviser to Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh.

Heather Crofford, MBA ’06, was appointed vice president and chief financial officer for Northrop Grumman’s Enterprise Shared Services organization.

Steve Eigenbrot ’05, the assistant athletics director at the University of South Carolina, was profiled in The State Newspaper’s 20 Under 40 list.

Junius Gonzales, MBA ’05, was named senior vice president for academic affairs of the University of North Carolina.

Ted Hopper, MBA ’02, joined Remote-Learner as the chief revenue officer. Remote-Learner provides technology-enhanced learning solutions.

Jason Madhosingh, MBA ’06, joined 1stdibs, the world’s leading curated marketplace of beautiful objects. 

Patrick Maggitti, PhD ’06, was named the first provost at Villanova University.

Petra Martin ’03 was named head swimming and diving coach at Rutgers University.

Nishil Patel ’06 was promoted to vice president and treasurer of Chesapeake Lodging Trust.

Jason Rupp, MBA ’02, joined the Southeastern Medical Device Association as its first full-time executive director.

Tarun Varma, MS ’08, MBA ’08, was promoted to assistant vice president, economic capital management, corporate division at Pacific Life.

Allen Wolff, MBA ’01, was named chief financial officer at NTN Buzztime, Inc.

Jeffrey Wolinsky ’00 was promoted to director of federal and national sales for WTOP and Federal News Radio.


Mike Geppi, MBA ’12, was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to serve as deputy secretary for operations at the state health department.

LaKisha Greenwade, MBA ’11, was honored by Baltimore City Council on June 1, 2015, for her volunteer efforts during the Baltimore uprising. She received a special commendation from Baltimore City Council President and Councilman Nick Mosby for her efforts to keep the city open, providing resources and pharmacy benefits to seniors, counseling services to children, extracurricular activities for city youth, and securing volunteers for the clean up efforts.

Suyan Hu, MBA ’10, joined Clutch Group as a director in its Washington, D.C., headquarters. She will oversee and monitor projects from the planning stages through implementation and reporting. She will also build and manage key global relationships with major global financial services clients.

Chase Kaczmarek

Chase Kaczmarek ’14 won the Baylor New Venture Competition for his company, Wheel Shields.

Kevin Rezzetano ’13 won the 2014 Elijah Watt Sells Award, which is bestowed by the American Institute of CPAs upon candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, passed all four sections of the examination on their first attempt and completed testing in 2014. Only 60 candidates out of 91,384 individuals met the criteria.

Mark Segal

Mark Segal, EMBA ’15, was one of the recipients of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in the Health category.

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