Class Notes

By Peggy Bolstetter | Spring 2015

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Roy Bixby (BBA MARK) was recently promoted to director of HR plant operations and labor relations at MillerCoors. In this role, Bixby will deliver HR strategies and services across all MillerCoors plants and breweries, and provides thought leadership in the development of organization- al capability through effective change management, talent management, employee relations and performance management.

Anne Talluto (BBA FIN) has rejoined Mercer’s Chicago office as a partner and senior client manager. Talluto is responsible for growing and strengthening client relationships in the greater Chicago market. 


John Chestnut (BBA ACCT) has been appointed vice president, solutions and services for SPS North America, the business process out- sourcing and digitization solutions provider. Chestnut will be responsible for leading the solutions and services group. In his new role, he will be tasked with the design, implementation and management of cutting-edge and innovative solutions for prospects and clients.

Bob Golic (BBA MGT) has been selected by The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) to be included in its Circle of Champions. The OHSAA Circle of Champions honors individuals who had a prominent role in the history of Ohio interscholastic athletics. Golic was a standout football player and wrestler at Cleveland’s St. Joseph High School, where he won the state championship as a heavyweight wrestler in 1975. He went on to the University of Notre Dame, where he helped the football team win a national championship in 1977 and earned All-American honors in both football and wrestling. Golic spent 14 seasons in the NFL. He owns Bob Golic’s Sports Bar and Grille in downtown Cleveland.


John Veihmeyer (BBA ACCT) has been appointed to the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) Board of Trustees. The FAF is the independent, private-sector organization responsible for the oversight and support of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).


Tim Demarais (BBA) is the vice president of sales and marketing for Abro Industries.What began as a summer job following his graduation from Notre Dame turned into a successful career in international sales for Demarais. He has spent more than 40 years developing the Abro private label into a $200 million international sales organization that does business in 184 countries.


Bernie Van Etten (BS Commerce) and his wife, Sharon, recently attended a brunch in Marco Island with Ara Parsegian and his wife, Katie. Van Etten’s company, Galloy & Van Etten, furnished the granite for the statue of Ara Parsegian being carried off the field by his players, which is located on the west side of the football stadium. Van Etten’s stone company also supplied the granite for the Leahy, Krause, Devine and Holtz statues. Galloy & Van Etten is a family owned business that was established in 1899. 

Future Domers

Beth Barrett Lai (MNA ‘13)husband Clarence and big brother Holden welcome Wolff Ching Lai, 02/12/15. 

In Memoriam

Denis Berry (BS Commerce) passed away at home on January 21, 2015, in Glendora, Calif. Berry, who was born in Chicago, graduated from Corpus Christi High School, in Galesburg, Ill., and received a BS in Commerce from the University of Notre Dame in 1956. In 1957, Berry married Carol Lea (Timberlake), who survives.

Following two years in the United States Army, Berry began his career in sales and marketing. He and his family moved to Glendora, Calif., in 1969, where he worked at Rain Bird Sprinklers Manufacturing Corp. until his retirement in 1989.

In retirement, Berry volunteered as an ombudsman for long-term care pa- tients and an AARP tax preparer for senior citizens. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, traveling, playing cards, and grilling the best Fourth of July ribs in Los Angeles County.

Rumor has it that he also occasionally paced in the front yard during the final minutes of Notre Dame football games.

In addition to his wife, Berry is survived by two sisters, four children, fourteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass will be celebrated at Notre Dame for Berry by the Holy Cross priests from his ND56 Classmates.

Joseph Kortan (BS Commerce), 83, passed away Dec. 6, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Diane, five children, nine grandchildren and two siblings. He was preceded in death by a son.

When Kortan wasn’t driving Ferraris and Lamborghinis in Northeast Ohio, he was putting around the world on a 125cc motorcycle for months at a time. Kortan, owner of the exotic car rental firm Motor Cars Masculine, and his wife took more than 20 international cycle trips, encountering more than their fair share of adventures. Along the way, they were attacked by hundreds of bees in India, took underground shelter from 120-degree heat and blinding sandstorms in Tunisia and survived an overnight kidnapping and robbery in Bolivia. 


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