Bruce has been retired for more than 26 years and enjoys his 14 grandchildren. He has enjoyed his season tickets to Northwestern football and women’s basketball for over 57 years, and he was excited for the football game against Nebraska in Dublin, Ireland, this past August.
Neill reports that he is winding down Footprint Ventures, a fund he started in 2006. He started a career in venture capital right after graduation, joining the NU team at Allstate Insurance Company’s VC department. He joined Bessemer in 1970, then founded Bessemer Venture Partners in 1973. Neill thanks Northwestern for the tools and the contacts that sparked his VC career.
After completing a successful career in finance and investments in 2015, Sam recently returned to his boyhood hobby of coin collecting. Over the past year, he completed extensive coursework and multiple exams, including a three-hour, 200-question final exam, thereby earning his Numismatic Scholar Diploma from the American Numismatic Association.
Since retiring from Swedish Covenant Hospital, Mark has been working with Driehaus Private Equity and Scale Healthcare, he reports. In the past year, he was also elected as a trustee for the Village of Bull Valley and the Land Conservancy of McHenry County. “Retirement has been busy!”
John recently concluded the 10th Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute. Held annually in Kansas City, the institute brings together undergraduate students to learn from national and local leaders in a didactic/experiential program. “We have placed over 90 young executives/providers into the field thus far,” says John. “We hope to get Kellogg involved by offering a glide path to graduate school for our scholars.”
Nikhilesh ’75 PhD and Ruby Roy ’76 PhD met and married while in the doctoral program. They have each spent more than four decades teaching, including some time in India and more than three decades at the University of Rhode Island. They have also served as visiting faculty in Norway, Denmark, Finland, Japan and New Zealand. Ruby has conducted research on social marketing and consumer behavior, with a focus on technology in the home and e-shopping. Nikhilesh’s research has focused on globalization, markets and culture linkages from a macro lens. Now professors emeritus, they relocated to Hollister in California’s Central Valley. Their son and his partner live in New York City. Their daughter, her husband and their two sons — 5 and 3 years old — live in Rhode Island. The Dholakias report that their family bonds create a lot of business for the airlines.
Qung attended Kellogg Reunion in April 2022 with Class of 1975 classmates Larry Christian, Ken Eng, Dave Hilliard, Eric Wiedenmann and Pat Downes. Highlights included seeing each other again, meeting Dean Cornelli and being wowed by the Global Hub. Qung says, “Looking forward to the 50th Reunion in 2025!”
David is now retired from a career in management consulting and public company board work. He now chairs the board of a privately held geothermal engineering company in the U.K. that is building a geothermal power plant and extracting newly discovered lithium from its wells. David lives in Santa Rosa, California, where he enjoys flying, racing cars and golfing. He also plays in a local orchestra and symphonic wind ensemble.
Jerry serves on the boards of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality (where he previously served as board chair) and the Christ Cathedral Facilities Corporation in Orange County, California.
Allen ’79, ’81 MBA writes in with an update for his classmates, saying: “I'm sure you have all been waiting to hear from me these 40 plus years. Ahem. Attending Kellogg right out of college with a degree in Spanish Lit, and no business experience, I never felt I quite fit in at Kellogg, but I ended up following what I think is a conventional path for many of us.
“After graduation, I joined W.W. Grainger, Inc., and stayed on for 19 years. I left as the director of corporate identity. It was a great run. During the mid-80’s, an old friend and I began a commercial real estate investment, syndication, and property management company on the side, called The Legend Group, LLC, here in Chicago. I have been self-employed there since leaving Grainger. At this time, we are selling off our portfolio so that I can fully retire.
“From 2000 —2005 I wrote and team-taught a graduate certificate marketing course at The University of Chicago Graham School called Branding Your Corporation.
“In 2015 I wrote and published a novel called The Color of Character under the pseudonym of Glen Shuld. (Buy it on Amazon!).
“For the past 16 years I have been happily partnered with Stephen Wright. We live in Chicago on the Gold Coast, and spend much of the time at our vacation home in South Haven, Michigan. I remain in contact with most of my original study group at Kellogg: Justine Knizeski, Larry Mack, Joe Kohn, and Barbara Goodman Shovers. I’m happy to say they are all well.
“A highlight of the past years was my participation in celebrating the Cubs World Series victory. Through a friend of mine I was able to attend all seven games, and then ride on one of the trollies in the victory parade! It was surreal. I was then allowed to hoist the trophy up standing in front of the venerable scoreboard at Wrigley Field. It was quite a day.
I am on Linked In if anyone wants to say hi.”
Rick says hello from his home in Portland, Oregon. He continues to work in nonprofit major gifts and planned giving fundraising. When not working, he spends time with his wife, Debbie, and their beloved 3-year-old wheaten terrier, Bailee. Recently, Rick and Debbie became proud grandparents of four ducklings who live with Rick’s daughter, Emily, at their “Quackers Compound.”
Lynnette is now the senior marketing director for the Hefty EnergyBag program at Reynolds Consumer Products. This program advances the circular economy through the diversion of plastic waste and conversion into higher-value resources. She is responsible for the market expansion of the program and external brand engagement. Most recently, she served as the senior director of Reynolds Innovation and led the development of new products and sustainable solutions across many of the company’s product categories.
Mary lives outside Detroit, where she is president and CEO of US Health Holdings, a subsidiary of Ascension Insurance. Ascension, with facilities in 26 states, is the largest Catholic health ministry in the world. Mary and her team introduced Ascension Personalized Care, a full ACA plan sponsored by Ascension, with operations growing to six states.
The Pursuit of History, a nonprofit organization Lee founded in 2019, announced the return of History Camp Boston, the largest event of its kind in the country. The August event was sold out and drew 500-plus people from throughout the Northeast and beyond. The organization will also continue to host virtual events that began during the pandemic, including weekly author discussions and the annual online History Camp America conference.
The Kellogg alumni network reaches far and wide, including at this year’s PGA Championship in Tulsa in May. Dee is founder and CEO of Robinson Hill Inc. and a board director for PGA Reach, the charitable foundation of PGA of America. Scott Filstrup ’67 MBA is president and CEO of The Consultants Ltd. Together, they proudly represented Kellogg at the event.
Ron moved back to Scottsdale, Arizona, last year after retiring as CEO of Carbitex, a producer of flexible carbon fiber. Ron believes technology can help solve problems caused by greenhouse gases and other environmental pollutants. Ron is now seeking to apply his resources and his expertise in startup and small-business growth to a startup in the decarbonization or climate-solution area.
Leigh recently retired from Procter & Gamble after 31 years. She most recently held the position of senior vice president and founder of P&G Ventures, an early-stage startup studio within the company. During her career at P&G, Leigh built multiple $1 billion-plus businesses across various geographies and categories. She is currently an active board member of the E.W. Scripps Company; VF Foundry, a startup-venture arm of the VF Corporation; Fast Studios, a media startup company; and Goodwill Industries International.
K-Jo and classmate Kelly (Hotchkiss) Zehfuss ’91 reconnected at Superstition Mountain, Arizona, to enjoy the sunshine and explore the sights. K-Jo now lives in Arizona, and Kelly frequently visits with her husband, Michael, and kids.
Joel and Allan are comfortably settled in Valencia, Spain, enjoying retirement and the European lifestyle. Joel writes, “Let us know if you’re in the area.”
Paul writes that Benjy Robins MBA ’94, a former Association of Tennis Professionals tour executive, has joined Paul’s scale-up iPlayMe2 Tennis. Based in San Martin, California, Benjy runs the tennis program at the CordeValle Luxury Resort and is now advising iPlayMe2 through its dramatic expansion across the tennis club and teaching pro B2B segments. Paul has also connected alums Eric Eichmann ’94 MBA and Chris Jogis ’94 MBA to make this a unicorn-in-the-making! Chris Abate ’94 MBA lends his passion for tennis, too.
Shankar ’96 MEM, MBA writes, “Hope everyone is doing well! Getting through the pandemic has given me a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment. What was expected to be a brief stop in the Detroit area after Kellogg has turned out to be longest place we’ve ever lived, now with the sibling rivalry of our kids continuing at Michigan and Michigan State. The work with Stellex Capital is rewarding, building companies that are enriching, defensible and scalable. If you’re in the Detroit area, we would love to see you!”
Andy ’90, ’97 MBA had a blast reconnecting with classmates at Reunion in May. For the past few years, he has been working as an executive coach and facilitating CEO peer groups. He is currently assembling several peer groups of Kellogg alums who are leading rapidly scaling startups. Reunion was a great reminder that Kellogg alums are very high performers with low egos.
Rachel left Hong Kong at the end of 2021, just before a wave of COVID-19 infections slammed the city. She and her husband, Eli, landed in ... Evanston! The move was motivated by the joint desire to put her sustainability skills to use in the U.S. and to be close to aging parents. Rachel is excited to have joined HowGood, a SAAS sustainability intelligence startup with the power to help revolutionize how we source, use and dispose of products. She encourages classmates to stop by when you’re in town for a great meal, amazing wine and a dose of sustainability ambition!
Derek was recently featured in CORE Magazine’s list of the “2022 CORE 100 Most Influential Blacks Today.” He also was featured on the cover of KIND magazine as the person of the week in the May 23rd, 2022 issue.
Hank’s startup, Rise Gardens, helps people grow their own food year-round, and one of the company’s products was featured in the 2022 Men’s Health Tech Awards. The company, which focuses on indoor, hydroponic gardening, raised its Series A with True Ventures, Listen Ventures and Amazon Alexa joining TELUS Ventures. The company stays close to Kellogg with multiple student projects developing customer segmentations and retail growth strategies.
Jill reports that she and Paul Anfinsen ’94, ’99 MBA recently founded Empathos Group, a consultancy focused on transforming workplace culture through the power of empathy. The firm collaborates with organizational leaders and culture stewards to define and implement a vision for empathy in the workplace. It drives cultural change through empathy skills training workshops, presentations and individual coaching grounded in unique insights from the behavioral sciences.
A group of Kellogg friends recently gathered in Denver to celebrate Brent’s 50th birthday. Celebrating the big day with Brent were Greg Graeber ’89, ’99 MBA; Jim Nollsch ’02 MBA; and Jamie Sabatier ’94 MBA.
Ken enjoyed visiting Evanston for Reunion Weekend and was amazed by the phenomenal building by the lake. Ken spent some time with classmate Darpan Kapadia ’00 MBA and Darpan’s daughter, who is looking at Northwestern for undergrad. Ken is still managing Clayton Financial Group, a boutique wealth management firm in St. Louis that he and his brother founded in 2015.
After leading the insights and innovation function at Zillow for two years during the pandemic, Teaque accepted a strategy role in the consulting arm of Gensler, the world’s largest architecture and design firm. He is excited to apply his experience in strategy, brand and human-centered design to the built environment and digital experiences around us, especially pertaining to the shifting era around the “future of work” and how we live, work and play. He and Amy and their daughter Tierney (14) still live on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Mohammad was recently appointed to the board of directors of UNFI, a Fortune 150 company and the largest distributor of natural and organic foods in the U.S. and Canada. Last year, he was promoted to executive vice president and chief information and technology officer at CarMax. He has been leading the digital transformation journey at CarMax and positioning the company to disrupt its $1 trillion-plus industry. In 2020 Mohammad received a CIO Leadership Award from MIT Sloan, and in 2021 Forbes identified him as a “CIO Next” innovative technology leader.
Bharat opened his second Fitopia fitness studio in two years in Cincinnati. Using fitness principles based on electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), Fitopia strength-trains athletes and novices alike and provides a whole-body workout in just 20 minutes.
Jeff was appointed CFO of Loyalty Ventures. He celebrated the company’s spin-out by opening the trading day at the Nasdaq stock exchange.
Chris is a partner with Crowe, a global advisory and accounting firm, and has more than 25 years of experience assisting clients with regulatory and compliance needs. He is the new national leader of Crowe’s ESG Center of Excellence, a multidisciplinary team that will coordinate across the firm to bring customized solutions to clients facing an unprecedented demand for ESG strategy, data, reporting and transparency.
Matthew ’00, ’06 MBA says he was thrilled to see so many wonderful Class of 2006 classmates at Reunion. “For those who missed out, our 20th awaits!” Matthew says he’s eternally grateful for his classmates’ incredible support of the One Acre Fund.
Will recently crossed the five-year threshold as CEO of The Harris Poll, one of the nation's most-enduring public opinion firms. Since taking over in 2017, Johnson has transformed the company into a widely sourced arbiter of culture and societal trends that provides insights and advice for big businesses such as Amazon, Ford, Mastercard and PwC, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Anisha is CFO at Emids, a digital engineering company serving the healthcare industry. She recently completed the Nashville Healthcare Council’s prestigious Healthcare Fellows program, an immersive experience that further enhanced Anisha’s commitment, passion and innovative ideas for solving healthcare’s problems.
Raghu was recognized with a 2021 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award from the Asian American Business Development Center. Based in New York, Raghu currently serves as a senior vice president of digital marketing and technology at U.S. Bank and as a board member at JobsFirstNYC, a youth development organization.
Erin was elected president and CEO of the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum on June 8. Amico is the first African American CEO to lead the 165-year-old institution. The Nature Museum is Chicago’s oldest museum and a leading scientific institution. Its mission is to be a spark that ignites a sense of wonder about nature, an understanding of science and a desire to protect the natural world. Amico also recently published a children’s book, “Three Fairies,” available on Amazon and at other retailers.
On Nov. 2, 2021, Hannah won election to the Edgewater, Colorado, City Council. She received the most votes in the city and some of the most in recent election history, and her victory was fueled by the support of several Kellogg classmates. She looks forward to serving her community and working toward a more equitable and sustainable future for all. More information on her campaign and service is at hannahforedgewater.com.
Evan ’12 MBA and Tarra ’13 MBA welcomed their first child, daughter Ellis Jean Sharp, in April. Ellis, Tarra and the entire family are happy and healthy and enjoying this new phase of life! In July, Evan was promoted to executive director at search firm Russell Reynolds Associates. In his role, he recruits and advises board directors and C-suite leaders across industries, helping organizations improve the way the world is led.
On May 31, Saurav sold his gig technology company, OkayGo, to HR management platform BetterPlace. Five years ago, Saurav left his job as an investment banker in New York City to move to India and start his entrepreneurial journey. While running his food business, Fifth Avenue Café, he saw firsthand the challenges facing blue-collar workers and got inspired to start a tech company to increase gig workers’ hourly earnings. Over the past two years, OkayGo has increased the earnings of 10,000 workers through an Uber-like marketplace.
Northwestern’s Chemistry of Life Processes Institute recently profiled Ulrich, MD, PhD, chief executive officer of ReAlta Life Sciences and member of CLP’s Executive Advisory Board. The profile details his growing up in Germany and his career journey, first to medicine and then into corporate healthcare. It also highlights the impact of his experience in the Kellogg Executive Education program. “Having the training and background of Germany, Columbia University and Kellogg counts,” says Ulrich. “People couldn’t just dismiss me as a doctor. I learned how much a great education can carry you throughout your career.”
Giuseppe led the successful closing of InvestBev’s third private-equity growth fund, which he and his team are actively deploying into the adult beverage sector. InvestBev, a leader in its industry, acquires barrels full of distilled spirits and invests in growing adult beverage brands and beverage technology. InvestBev now has more than $150 million in assets under management.
Ming’s autobiography, “From Darkness to Sight,” has been adapted into the feature film “Sight.” Led by actor Terry Chen and co-starring Greg Kinnear, the film is slated for a 2022 release. Says Ming, “The movie is based on my life story as a Chinese immigrant who fought to survive during China’s Cultural Revolution and came to America as a poor student with $50, worked hard and stood up against racial discrimination.” The movie follows the story of how Ming invented the amniotic membrane contact lens, which has helped restore sight for millions.
April and her husband, Jerry Stoffl ’19 MBA, welcomed their first child, Charlie Lin-Palacio Stoffl, on April 8. April served as Evening & Weekend KSA president, and Jerry likes to think he served as her campaign manager.
Jon and Carley Leist recently broke ground on their new home in Charleston, South Carolina.
Hunter served on Colorado’s inaugural Independent Redistricting Commission last year. For the first time in Colorado history, the once-a-decade process of redrawing the state’s eight congressional and 100 legislative districts was completed by citizens, not elected politicians. The nonpartisan commission’s work and the resulting maps have earned high praise from national redistricting analysts.
Jacques retired from IBM at the end of August 2021 and promptly joined Revenue Storm as a consultant in sales effectiveness and coaching. He is still living in Paris with his wife, Carol, and is now the proud grandfather of Joséphine, daughter of his daughter Madeleine and her husband, Clément.
Birgitta has spent her retirement actively engaged in municipal volunteerism in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts. Birgitta was recently elected as the first female chair of the Plymouth Planning Board, which is integral in the strategic development and preservation of the 105-square-mile town. Birgitta continues to keep her hand in the development of cardiovascular programs across the country as an independent contractor. (Did she say retired?)
Sara, a managing director with Marsh, was featured in Marsh’s April 2022 Global CEO’s Possibility Newsletter as a result of two deals won in Ireland and Germany by a major manufacturing company based in the U.S. Sara has continued to sell and consult with Marsh for 51 years, transferring from Peru to Chicago in 1974. Sara has received several awards for her work, including the CEO award in 2021. Sara published “Red Rose and Blue Butterfly,” a children’s book, in 2012. Her leadership book will be published in 2023. Every year, Sara hosts a luncheon for business leaders.
After returning to Japan in 2018, Tetsuya (who was previously CEO of NTN Americas) has been promoting transformation toward value creation for the entire NTN Group as CFO of NTN Corporation. Even in a management environment made difficult by the COVID-19 pandemic and a shortage of semiconductors, Tetsuya has been steadily moving forward to revitalize the NTN Group all over the world.
Karl is a registered investment adviser representative with Saunix Investment Management LLC, with offices in Ohio and New York. His website address is SaunixInvestmentManagement.com. He continues to teach martial arts and self-defense, weight training and fitness. He is an assistant football coach for Bishop Rosecrans High School.
Gautam, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Unum, appeared in a Wall Street Journal article in May, speaking on the topic of sustainability. With engagement portals, bots and digital payments, Unum eliminated 4.5 million analog paper transactions, preserving 450 trees annually. The company also reduced its carbon footprint by consolidating data centers, powering on next-gen hyperconverged infrastructure and hybrid cloud strategy to enhance customer service while supporting green initiatives.
Merritt recently joined National Railway Equipment Company as president and CEO. NRE is a global leader in the rail, marine and power industries, with facilities around the world. He and his wife, Jill, are relocating to Mount Vernon, Illinois.
E.J. shares that he has proudly accepted a job as chief experience officer/COO at Black Hills Credit Union in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Kristin ’88, ’06 MBA produced “David Adler: Great House Architect,” a four-part PBS documentary that highlights the life, clients and classical architecture of this “society architect.” Adler (1882-1949) designed more than 45 homes, 12 of which are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Adler’s clients included America’s leading entrepreneurs of a bygone era, when the affluent employed live-in service staff of butlers, chauffeurs and more.
John is enjoying semiretirement in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his wife are serving on a number of charitable boards while taking advantage of all the hiking and nature New Zealand has to offer. John writes, “If you’re ever in this part of the globe, we’d love to see you!”
Steve ’91, ’09 MBA and Steve Oblak ’01 MBA met up recently at the Wayfair Vendor Summit in Boston. The two have been partnering on projects for more than 10 years and enjoy working with fellow Kellogg alumni. According to Greenspon, the collaborative nature, humility and ethical standards of Kellogg graduates make doing business together more productive and enjoyable for all parties.
After more than eight years as head of the Latin American market for Cognizant, João has embarked on an entrepreneurial role by founding his own startup. Beecrowd is a marketplace that empowers students and tech professionals and connects them to the world’s most innovative corporations through a single and easy-to-use platform that enables IT services and recruitment processes to be delivered. With a user base of 600,000-plus software developers distributed in more than 100 countries, Beecrowd is among the largest communities of tech professionals in the world.
In August 2021, Justin and his family moved to eastern Pennsylvania from Chicago. In January they adopted a Doberman pinscher. “I was able to attend the 10-year reunion, and it was a blast to see everyone after 10 years,” he says. “Work has been extremely busy as we’ve doubled revenue in 2021 and are on target for more than doubling revenue for 2022.”
Based in Annapolis, Maryland, Adam has joined California-based PE firm Riviera Capital Partners as a general partner. Prior to Riviera, Adam worked for a Maryland-based private-equity firm focused on acquiring distressed assets, both on the investment and operating sides. As a self-funded searcher, he then acquired one of the largest mid-Atlantic commercial furniture installation companies.
Michelle joined DRG Talent as principal of organizational consulting. In her new role, she will provide talent and leadership consulting to leaders in the nonprofit sector.
Lisa is co-founder and CEO of Social Optics, a digital curriculum equipping autistic teens with a set of lenses for viewing social interactions. The lenses improve perspective-taking, problem-solving and communication skills, resulting in better transition outcomes and employability. The goal: to improve quality of life through informed decision-making, meaningful social connections and increased career opportunities.
After graduation, Enna joined Barclays as the U.S. head of equity derivatives LCM business. Four years later, she’s joining Freedom Capital Markets as managing director to run the company’s expansion of the capital market business in the U.S., managing and executing selling group, syndicate and underwriting transactions for IPOs and M&A advisory. She’s also a leading investor at VTR, an aviation tech company focusing on pilot training that was founded by another Kellogg Executive MBA alum.
Nageswar is happy to report the success of his startup venture Beetexting, a messaging-as-a-platform product that enables team-centric text messaging for small- and medium-sized businesses. Nageswar founded the company while in the Executive MBA Program at Kellogg.
Alpesh is now the vice chair of strategy for Northwestern’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He will help shape the department’s strategic plan to enable people around the world to achieve more through better bone and joint health.
David shares that he is nearing 20 years of experience within the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry in the mainland China market. He has particular expertise in supply chain, value stream, and sales and marketing functions and is familiar with a multicultural working environment and organizational structure.
Lee and Doug Klein ’92 MBA are partners at New Use Energy. The mission of the Tempe, Arizona-based startup is to build a better generator, replacing gas- and diesel-powered generators with mobile, rapidly deployable solar-plus-battery solutions.
Petros works as a business and process architect in data and finance/banking business areas. His major areas of competence are risk management, regulations (e.g., data compliance/GDPR), audits and business process/IT architecture, and engineering and standards. And of course, robotics and automation should not be missing from the list. Petros is a passionate badminton player, and in his free time he enjoys cooking amazing vegan plates for his friends and mates. He lives in Zurich.
Paul joined the startup FDS in 2019 as vice president. FDS focuses on providing an innovative rental solution for specialized tools and equipment for foundation construction. This progressive concept allows more contractors to enter this capital-intensive industry, Paul shares. He is rapidly expanding FDS with more inventory and new locations in Toronto and San Francisco, and more to come soon.