Clint Buck (EMBA 2010)
Clint Buck, CPA, has joined the Provost's Office, Abilene Christian University, as director of academic financial operations. Buck will work closely with academic administrators, deans and chairs in developing and analyzing academic budgets to enhance academic effectiveness.
Kurt Knoblauch (MSA, BBA, Accountancy '08 2009)
Kurt Knoblauch received the Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society (ICPAS) Excel Gold Medal for being among the top exam scorers on the 2010 CPA exam.
Derrick Harmon (MBA 2009)
The United Nations Global Impact initiative recently published two case studies written by Derrick Harmon. The case studies focused on Harmon's experiences and research in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of the Mendoza College of Business course, Business on the Frontlines. Harmon is employed in the finance department of The Walt Disney Co., Orlando, Fla.
Michelle Chester (BBA, Marketing 2008)
Michelle Brintnall Chester is employed as a trend and pop culture analyst at Periscope, an advertising agency in Minneapolis.
Brian Chester (BBA, Marketing 2008)
Brian Chester is an account associate at Marketing Architects in Minneapolis.
Chinedum Ndukwe (BBA, Management 2007)
Cincinnati Bengals' safety Chinedum Ndukwe has founded the Ndukwe Foundation, to stress the importance of physical and mental wellness in children, . The mission of the foundation is to "create and support change in nutrition and physical activity within local schools; engage schools, families and communities to promote wellness through healthy eating and active living; and create resources and community partnerships with organizations working toward similar goals."
Drafted by the Bengals in 2007, Ndukwe has spent two off seasons attending the Harvard Business School and the Wharton School as part of the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program.
Mark Hutchinson (EMBA 2007)
Mark C. Hutchinson, CFA joined Credit Suisse in Chicago as a director in their Private Bank.
Diana Fredericks (EMBA 2006)
Diana Fredericks has been named vice president of business development and franchise sales for RE/MAX, LLC, headquartered in Denver, Colo. Fredericks will be responsible for the growth of franchise sales throughout the organization, directly overseeing sales in the United States.
Timothy Metts (MBA 2006)
Timothy Metts has been named vice president and division director of Pace Global's Risk Management Business Unit in Fairfax, Va. Metts joined Pace in 2006.
Kevin Callahan (EMBA 2005)
Kevin R. Callahan and classmate Gary S. Stetz, who co-authored Project Management Accounting, will have a second edition published by John Wiley and Sons in Spring 2011.
Dan Asleson (MBA 2005)
Dan Aselson is the president and CEO of the YMCA of Michiana.
Beth Doyle (BBA, Marketing 2004)
Beth Doyle was recently recognized by the leading industry trade publication, Mediaweek, as the Rising Star for 2010. This award is a part of its prestigious “Media All-Stars” listing, which honors the year’s best and brightest media stars.
It acknowledges her work as associate director of Innovations at VivaKi and the potential she has to drive the advertising and media industries forward in her quest to find optimal ad units across emerging media.
Doyle has been entrenched in advanced, cross-platform media and innovations for the past five years. She currently divides her time between VivaKi and SMG’s Advanced Media Center of Excellence. She handles responsibilities of new media advertising initiatives both in the United States and globally. Previously, she spent her time educating and developing agency standards for media agency Starcom on how to buy online video, video-on-demand, interactive television and mobile video. In 2008, she contributed to Starcom’s receipt of the 2008 Mediaweek Media Plan of the Year in the “Best Use of Non-Traditional” category for their work on LEGO TV.
Doyle, who is passionate about developing the future of media, regularly returns to the University of Notre Dame to teach students about emerging media and technology.
Andrew Schoppe (MBA 2003)
Andrew Schoppe and his wife Paula have recently settled in Atlanta after traveling throughout the southeast United States. Following several years with GE, Schoppe accepted an opportunity to join ScottMadden Consulting as a senior consultant. He has been working with a Fortune 150 energy company on a variety of projects.
In his spare time, Schoppe is juggling continued Triathlon training, hoping for a full Ironman in 2011, honing his Spanish and Portuguese, and studying to take both the CFP and the CFA Level 1 exams.
Benjamin Thomas (BBA, Accountancy 2002)
Benjamin R. Thomas recently was elected to the Charleston Chapter of American Business Clubs (AMBUCS). Thomas is an associate with Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love LLP in Charleston. The mission of the Charleston chapter, which is part of the national organization, is to create independence and mobility for people with disabilities.
Justin Heberle (BBA, Finance 2002)
Justin Heberle writes a national fantasy IDP (Individual Defense Players) football blog at www.numbersandguts.com. His research and analysis has been recognized by ESPN, USA Today and other online fantasy football sites. Heberle's research ranks the top 30 professional football defensive line players, the top thirty defensive linebackers and the top 30 defensive backs in the NFL for fantasy football enthusiasts.
In his day job, Heberle is a computer research consultant with WCI Consulting and lives in the Dallas area.
Jeff O'Connor (MBA 1999)
Jeff O'Connor was recently promoted to commercial relationship manager by SunTrust Banks, following completion of the SunTrust Management Associate Training. SunTrust Banks, provides deposit, credit, trust and investment services to a broad range of retail, business and institutional clients.
Scott Frush (MBA 1999)
Scott Frush was recently named to DBusinss magazine's "30 in their 30s," a listing of regional business leaders in their 30s who are making a mark in Michigan and globally. Frush, who has written several books on various investment strategies, as well as trivia books, is assistant vice president for investments and wealth management at Huntington Investment Co., Birmingham, Mich.
Bill Sheedy (MBA 1999)
Bill Sheedy is group executive for the Americas for Visa, with responsibility for all aspect of Visa's business in North and South America.
Deborah Hammond (MNA 1999)
Deborah Hammond has joined the Golisano Children's Museum of Naples (C'mon) as development director with responsibility for planning, developing and maintaining private and public sector fundraising programs. She has worked in the field of institutional advancement for 15 years, acting both as a consultant and as a professional fundraiser.
Prior to joining the C'mon team, Hammond served as the director of major Gifts and Planning Giving for the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
Christopher O'Connor (BBA Accountancy 1998)
Christopher O'Connor is a corporate, securities and securities litigation attorney at the St. Louis law firm of Moline & Mehan, LLC, where his peers recently named him a 2010 Missouri Super Lawyers' Magazine "Rising Star." Drawing on his accounting degree earned from Mendoza, he often counsels investors, stockbrokers, venture capitalists and investment advisers in the course of his practice as to their dealings with the SEC, FINRA, state securities divisions and arbitration matters.
Ken Klukowski (1998)
Ken Klukowski will serve as the director of the Family Research Council's Center for Religious Liberty. Klukowski, who is an attorney and journalist, is a contributor to several media outlets.
Dyan Rohol (BBA, Accountancy 1996)
Dyan Rohol was recently admitted as a partner with Deloitte LLP, New York City.
William (Bill) Belski (MBA 1996)
Bill Belski was promoted to associate professor of Accounting and Management Information System at the Brock School of Business at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. Belski also was recently awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from the university and completed various research and teaching assignments with Universitas Pelita Harapan in Jakarta, Indonesia, Kyiv Mohyla Business School in the Ukraine, and the Samford University International Program in London.
Helen Murray (EMBA 1995)
Helen Murray has been named interim dean of the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Murray previously served as president and chief operating officer of Indiana Michigan Power. She is a board member of Northeast Indiana Corporate Council, Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Energy Association and the Public Safety Foundation of Northeast Indiana.
Joe Curran (BBA, Finance 1995)
Joe Curran recently joined Macadam Forbes' Portland office as a broker, specializing in office and industrial properties. Previously, Curran worked as a project manager for Specht Development and a workout specialist at Capmark Financial.
Michael Seamon (MBA, BBA '92 1994)
Michael Seamon has been promoted to associate vice president for the University of Notre Dame's new Office of Campus Safety. In this role, Seamon will oversee the University's police, fire and risk management, and safety departments. He previously served as director of the University's game-day operations. In his new position, he also will oversee emergency preparedness processes and continue to lead game-day initiatives.
Hugh McGowen (BBA, Finance 1993)
Hugh M. McGowan was recently named president of McGowan Insurance Group Inc. McGowan is taking over the reins of the family business that was founded in 1930.
Matthew Knott (BBA, Finance 1992)
Matthew M. Knott has been promoted to chief strategy officer of Feeding Amierca, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Its mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
Brian Schaefgen (BBA 1991)
Brian R Schaefgen has joined the board of directors of ForKids, a nonprofit group committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families and children. Schaefgen is currently CFO of Virginia-based Harbor Group International.
Bill Sheedy (MBA 1990)
Bill Sheedy is group executive for The Americas for Visa, with responsibility for all aspects of Visa's business in North and South America
Michael Toups (MBA 1989)
Michael Toups was appointed CFO to Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding, Ltd. Toups has overall leadership responsibility for the company's finance and control functions. Longwei Petroleum is an energy company that engages in oil and gas operations through its subsidiaries in the People's Republic of China.
Michael Passilla (BBA, Management 1989)
Michael K. Passilla was promoted to president and CEO with Elavon. Passilla is responsible for continuing to extend Elavon's global reach through its partnership model, and remain committed to solid organic growth in existing markets.
Maureen McDonnell (BBA, Marketing 1087)
Maureen McDonnell has been hired as vice president of the Office of Health Reform Integration for Amerigroup Corp., Virginia Beach, Va. She leads a newly formed team dedicated to evaluating health-care reform changes and working both externally and internally to ensure Amerigroup is positioned to integrate the new health-care guidelines.
John Anthony (BBA, Accountancy 1986)
John Anthony, president and CEO of Anthony Travel, recently accepted an award on behalf of the company after being voted North America's Leading Travel Agency for the second consecutive year. The award was presented at that World Travel Awards by Manon Han, executive vice president of the World Travel Group. Anthony Travel, a nationally recognized leader in university and sports travel management, has more than 25 offices nationwide, providing professional expertise and travel service for many leading universities across the U. S.
Joseph Macdonell (MBA 1985)
Joe Macdonell has been named vice president of business operations for the United States Hockey League. Macdonell has more than 25 years experience in the sports industry in all aspects of team management functions including ticket sales, operations and financial management.
Jeffrey Nemeth (MBA, BBA '82 1985)
Jeff Nemeth was recently promoted to President and CEO of Ford Southern Africa. His wife Nancy and three boys, Blake, Coleman and Declan, moved to South Africa just in time for the Soccer World Cup. The Nemeths are looking forward to the adventure of living on the African continent and meeting ND alumni in Johannesburg.
Susan Watts (MBA 1985)
Sue Watts has been appointed head of Capgemini's Americas Outsourcing Services business unit. She brings to the position more than 25 years of leadership experience in the IT sector, with the majority of her time spent in global roles. Capgemini provides consulting, technology and outsourcing services.
Hari Nair (MBA 1985)
Hari N. Nair was named to the newly created position of chief operating officer at Tenneco. Nair is responsible for its operations globally. Tenneco designs, manufactures and distributes emission and ride control products and systems for the automotive original equipment market and the aftermarket. The company's vision is to pioneer global ideas for cleaner, quieter, smoother and safer transportation.
John Bowie (BBA, Marketing 1985)
John F. Bowie has joined Church's Chicken as president of U. S. operations for the quick-serve chicken chail. He will be responsible for overseeing all company and franchise restaurants operations.
Paul Stich (MBA 1984)
Paul J. Stich has joined Dasient, as CEO. Stich plans to work closely with co-founders Dr. Neil Daswani, Ameet Ranadive and Shariq Rizvi to significantly grow Dasient's customer base, extend the company's reach into new markets, and accelerate research and product development.
Donald Casey Jr. (MBA, BBA '82 1983)
Donald M. Casey Jr. has been appointed to the board of directors of Biodel, a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative treatments for diabetes.
Martin Coveney (BBA, Finance 1982)
Martin Coveney has joined the Energy Systems Network, an economic initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership focused on the development of the energy technology cleantech sector as its vice president.
James Raaf (BBA, Accountancy 1981)
James (Jim) Raaf has joined WTAS, an independent U. S. tax firm, as managing director of the Chicago office. Raaf's primary focus is on the identification of high value-add strategies for his clients including the analysis of multiple alternatives.
George Scanlon (BBA, Accountancy 1979)
George P. Scanlon recently was appointed chief operating officer of Fidelity National Financial. Scanlon is responsible for the finance, treasury, investor relations and corporate functions, as well as FNF's speciality insurance business.
Charles Kane (BBA, Accountancy 1979)
Charles Kane has joined the board of directors of Demandware, a leader in on-demand e-commerce. Most recently, Kane held several executive positions in One Laptop per Child, a nonprofit organization founded at MIT that provides computing and Internet access for students in the developing world.
Vincent Renz (BBA, Finance 1978)
Vincent W. Renz has been promoted to CEO of NewCardio and elected to the company's board of directors as part of a planned succession designed to facilitate the company's continuing move to a commercial enterprise that will bring the platform technology and related solutions to market and accelerate revenue growth. NewCardio is a cardiac diagnostic and services company developing and marketing proprietary software platform technologies to provide higher accuracy to and increase the value of the standard 12-lead ECG.
Robert Kastenholz (BBA, Finance 1977)
Bob Kastenholz has joined Wells Fargo as senior vice president overseeing a regional commercial banking office in Chicago serving companies with revenues of at least $20 million.
Daniel Bishop (BBA, Finance 1977)
Daniel J. Bishop and his wife, Virginia McGowan (ND '77) received The Family Exemplar Award, presented by the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association in April 2010. The Bishops are active in their parish, have led Boy and Girl Scout activities and coached youth basketball and baseball teams. The Bishop children volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, soup kitchens, nursing homes and a tutoring program for at-risk children. The Bishop family has also opened their home to relatives who were sick or in hospice care.
Charles Brewer (BBA, Management 1977)
Charles Brewer has been named director, North American Sales, for Tecumseh Products. He is responsible for enhancing and driving the performance of the North American sales team.
James Whittington (BBA 1975)
James Whittington is a partner with Nove International LLC, a Chicago-based venture that buys and develops property in South America. Prior to joining Nove, Whittington was managing director of finance and investments with U.S. Equities.
Stephen Kern (BBA, Management 1975)
Stephen Kern was recently ordained into the diaconate by Bishop Paul Bootkoski, Diocese of Metuchen, N. J. and serves at his home parish of St. Magdalen de Pazzi Church in Flemington, N. J.
In 1978, Kern married Rosemary Barnes (SMC '76)on the Notre Dame campus at Sacred Heart Church. He is in his 29th year as an attorney for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a bi-state agency that operates airports, bridges and tunnels, port facilities and the World Trade Center site in the New York/New Jersey area, specializing in federal and state regulatory and compliance law. Kern is a survivor of 9/11, having been in his office on the 62nd floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center when the planes hit the towers.
The oldest of the three Kern children, Stephanie, graduated from Notre Dame in 2007.
Edward O'Connell III (BBA, Accountancy 1974)
Edward J. O'Connell has joined Arnstein & Lehr as its chief operating officer. Arnstein & Lehr is one of the country's oldest law firms. Founded in 1893, it is a full-service firm with attorneys practicing in five main practices areas—Business, Litigation, Local Government, Tax and Estate Planning Services, and Real Estate.
Joseph Doyle (BBA, Accountancy 1970)
Joseph B. Doyle has been named commissioner of the Georgia State Personnel Administration (SPA) by Governor Sonny Perdue. Doyle previously served as the director of the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs. In that role, he led the creation of the Governor's Office of Customer Service, which has received national attention for helping agencies institute a customer-first attitude among employees. To ensure that the initiative continues to reach across the entire span of state government, the office will move to SPA along with Doyle.
Jim Kennedy (BBA 1969)
Jim Kennedy, who is retired after 35 years in the financial services profession, recently shared his insights regarding the Notre Dame Business Summer 2010 cover article, "Should You Be An Entrepreneur?". Kennedy points to the importance of entrepreneurs being comfortable with the all-important, revenue-generating sales aspect of their business.
Gregory Raih (BBA, Accountancy 1969)
Gregory P. Raih has been appointed tot he board of directors of General Moly, a U. S.-based molybdenum mineral development, exploration and mining company. Raih will serve on the audit and governance and nominating committees.
James Ginty (BBA, Accountancy 1964)
Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell recently reappointed James B. Ginty of Philadelphia to serve as a member of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). Ginty was first appointed to the PGCB in 2007.
John Kost (BBA, Accountancy 1962)
John Kost recently retired as a senior partner at the Fredrikson & Byron Law Firm, Minneapolis. Kost chaired the firm's Bank and Finance Group and also served as director of lawyer hiring and assistant treasurer.
Following graduation from Notre Dame, Kost served 13 years in the U.S. Navy with duty including numerous destroyers, Vietnam, ship command and the Pentagon.
John and his wife now live in Islamorada, Fla.
Rev. Joseph Carey, C.S.C. (BBA, Accountancy 1962)
The Rev. Joseph Carey, C.S.C., a campus minister and priest-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed interim director of Campus Ministry.
A member of the Campus Ministry staff since 2005, Father Carey has served as co-director of the Notre Dame Encounter retreat program, director of the senior retreat program, and chaplain to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program, international students, and the Core Council for Gay and Lesbian Students. He is a priest-in-residence in Ryan Hall.
James O'Neill (B.S. Commerce 1957)
James W. O'Neill received The Rev. Louis J. Putz, C.S.C. Award for improving the lives of others. For the last 15 years, O'Neill has helped support Catholic elementary schools in poor areas of Dallas by preparing and executing financial plans and installing accounting systems. The award was presented by the Notre Dame Alumni Association in April 2010.
Donald Walz (BBA, Commerce 1956)
Don Walz notes that he swims every day at the Y and is planning on working until he's 80 years old. Walz is president of Hosiery Mill Sales, Hickory, N. C.
Daniel McNamara (BBA, Marketing 1956)
Daniel McNamara and his wife, the former Mary Bishop, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, renewing their vows and receiving a blessing from the Rev. Edward Balser, the same priest who presided over their wedding.
McNamara and his twin, David ('56) are senior doubles tennis champions.
Claude Zuba (B.S. Commerce 1953)
Claude Zuba was recently named "Father of the Year 2010" by The Ethnic Heritage Museum, Rockford, Ill. Zuba was honored for his many contributions to the city of Rockford including his involvement with the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, Rockford Community Action Program, Christ the Carpenter Day Care Center and the Rockford Catholic Board of Education.
Zuba spent 45 years in the practice of public accounting in Chicago and then Rockford.
Michelle Brintnall and Brian Chester (BBA 2008)
Michelle Brintnall and Brian Chester were married on Aug. 06, 2010 in Minneapolis with nine Domers in the wedding party and many more in attendance.
Nicole Sammartino and Greg Bergamesco (MBA 2007)
On June 6th 2010, Nicole Sammartino and Greg Bergamesco, both MBA '07, were married in the Philadelphia suburbs at the estate of John Pitcairn, founder of the Pittsburgh Plate and Glass (PPG) Corp. Family and friends from all over the country, including a significant contingent from the Notre Dame family, were in attendance. The Rev. Kim Bloom, wife of Management Professor Matt Bloom, performed the ceremony. Participating in the wedding were Gannon Williams (MBA '07), who served as best man and Prof. Bloom, who read scripture and shared his memories of the couple during their time at Notre Dame.
While in the Notre Dame MBA program, both Nicole and Greg took Prof. Bloom's Innovation classes, where they learned much about themselves and one another. Matt introduced a sense of spirituality in his lectures, which Nicole and Greg embraced and have been motivated to incorporate further into their everyday lives. Since Matt's friendship and teachings exemplified Nicole and Greg's Notre Dame experience, they could not think of a more perfect way to unite their love than under the blessings of Matt and Kim.
While on their honeymoon, Greg accepted a position with PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services and the couple recently relocated from Washington, D.C.to the Philadelphia area. Greg continues to provide strategy consulting across various product and service industries, while Nicole continues to work for RGS Associates in a general management consulting role with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.
Andrew Schoppe (MBA. 2003)
Andrew and Paula Schoppe were married - twice! On May 12, 2007, they exchanged vows in St. Paul, Minn. Later that year, they traveled to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Paula's hometown, where they exchanged vows on Sept. 2, 2007.
Timothy Metts (MBA 2006)
Suzanne and Tim Metts welcomed a son, Chase David on April 25, 2010.
Christopher Clark (MBA 2001)
Elizabeth and Chris (MBA) welcomed a son, Thomas Oliver, on May 7, 2010. Thomas joins Hannah (8), Fritz (7) and Charlotte (2) at home in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
Gregory Macke (BBA, Management 2001)
Greg Macke and Melissa welcomed twin daughters, Leah Katherine and Natalie Grace, on June 10, 2010.
Francis Daley (B.S. Commerce 1959)
Francis E. Daley passed away on May 24, 2010.
Daley was an educator on Cape Cod for many years, after which he ran a nautical store at Kingman Marine in Cataument, Mass.
He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.
Clement O'Neill III (B.S. Commerce 1956)
William Lafond (B.S. Commerce 1956)
William E. Lafond passed away on July 6, 2010 following a long battle with complications due to diabetes and cancer. Lafond retired from the Ford Motor Co. in 1990, following a 30-year career as an industrial engineer.
He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.
William Burke (B.S. Commerce 1952)
William J. Burke passed away on April 25, 2010. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a past commander of the American Legion Post #936.
Michael Judge (B.S. Commerce 1952)
Michael E. Judge, a lawyer and longtime trust and commercial loan officer with the former Toledo Trust Co., passed away Oct. 16, 2010.
Harry Ducat (B.S. Commerce 1948)
Harry A. Ducat passed away on April 28, 2010. Ducat was a World War II veteran who served in Europe and was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star and a battlefield commission to second lieutenant. He also served during the Korean War.
Richard Doermer (BBA, Commerce 1944)
Richard T. Doermer, businessman and philanthropist, passed away Oct. 11, 2010.
After graduating with a degree in accounting from Notre Dame, Doermer enlisted in the Navy. Following his discharge, he attended law school. He began his practice of law as an associate with a Fort Wayne, Ind., firm before becoming a general partner with Rothberg, Gallmeyer, Doermer and Fruechtenicht.
Doermer stepped away from his career in law in 1956 to become the director and executive vice president of Dime Trust & Savings Bank. Through acquisitions, mergers and affiliations, it grew to become Summit Bank (Summcorp) and then an affiliate of NBD Bancorp. He remained chairman and CEO of NBD Fort Wayne until he retired in 1992.
In addition to his professional life, Doermer was active in the non-profit and public service arenas. He was a member of the Finance Council and Investment Committee for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, served on the Board of Directors of the Public Employees' Retirement Fund, was a director of the United Way and served on the Board of Trustees at the University of St. Francis. For his work, he received a Sagamore of the Wabash.
Doermer was a member of the Mendoza College of Business Advisory Council and a supporter of his alma mater. He endowed the Doermer Family MBA Career Development Center, which opened in 1992. Doermer also underwrote construction of Mendoza's Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in memory of his late wife, Mary Louise "Weezie."
He is survived by his son, Richard D. Doermer (ND '73), daughter Kathy Callen and five grandchildren.