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Alumni Community: Class Notes

By Peggy Bolstetter | Fall 2015

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Here you are again — on the first page of class notes. Welcome back.

You probably flip to this page as soon as you receive Mendoza Business magazine. You want to see who got a new job, who got married, who had a baby and, in some cases, who needs your prayers for a soul that has departed.

It’s great that you’re reading this, but information flows two ways, you know. Your classmates want to know about your life. So take a minute to SHARE your news. Email us at



Ryan Bull (BBA FIN) was named to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team. Bull, who graduated with a degree in finance with a supplementary degree in computer applications from the Mendoza College of Business, finished his college career with a 3.076 GPA. As a senior, the Eden Prairie, Minnesota, native batted .268 for the Fighting Irish with eight doubles, five homers, a team-high 10 hits by pitch, 27 RBI and 28 runs scored while fielding a perfect 1.000 percent.

Poets & Quants named Elizabeth Owens (MBA) as one of the Best of the MBA Class of 2015. In a survey of 60 of the top-ranked full-time global MBA programs, graduates were selected by administrators, faculty and fellow classmates. More than 100 graduates who “exemplify the best of your school” as evidenced by academic prowess, leadership in extracurricular activities, personal excellence and striking personal narratives were nominated.


Julia Durgee (MBA) received a peer nominated “Bean’s Best” award at L.L. Bean for being a role model, service leader, innovator and expert. Durgee was presented the award, which is given to only 10 people annually, in front of hundreds of co-workers. She was recognized for being highly respected among her peers, senior leaders and industry partners; for inspiring others to do their best, try new things and explore new opportunities; and for her eagerness to tackle complex new tools and systems, learn how to use and optimize them, and then share these learnings with her team. One nominator wrote, “Her enthusiasm is infectious, and we’re lucky to have her as a part of the team.”

Durgee’s commitment to her peers and the community were highlighted, particularly her volunteer efforts at the Boys and Girls Club.


Brennan Investment Group recently announced that Brad O’Halloran (EMBA, BA ’76) has been named a managing principal of the firm. O’Halloran also will continue to serve as executive director of investor relations and in that capacity will maintain primary responsibility for expanding the company’s private client investor base, as well as supporting Brennan’s existing investors. O’Halloran will advise on special acquisition and development projects.

Prior to joining the firm, O’Halloran was the regional director of development for the University of Notre Dame’s Chicago Region. In addition, O’Halloran was previously senior VP and director of corporate development for Duty Free International.


Ashley Martin (BBA MARK) has been promoted to general manager of NIBCO’s Lebanon, Ohio, manufacturing facility. Martin began her career at NIBCO as a trainee in the human resources sales training program, where she won the Sales Trainee of the Year Award. She previously held the position of director of distribution and transportation.


Carl Ashqar (MSA) has joined the firm of Houlihan Lokey as a vice president. Ashqar spent nearly a decade at EY, where he most recently was responsible for the coordination and execution of financial due diligence for corporate and private equity buyers. His experience within the financial services industry includes asset management, mortgage banking, depository institutions and insurance companies, as well as regulatory and bankruptcy-driven advisory engagements. He is a certified public accountant in the state of New York and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Accountants (NYSSCPA).


Forcura LLC announced the expansion of their client experience team with Matt Obringer (MSA, BBA ACCT ‘04) as director. Obringer will manage and streamline all aspects of the Forcura experience for clients of the industry’s enterprise content management software.


In 2012, former University Notre Dame quarterback Patrick Dillingham (BBA FIN) and his business partner started the company Windy Hill Spirits. They created American Born Moonshine, and after 18 months on the market, the brand has taken off, expanding into its 20th state, including Indiana. Produced in Nashville, Tenn., all three flavors of American Born Moonshine can now be found in a number of bars and stores.


John Hancock Advisers LLC announced the addition of Ryan P. Lentell (MBA), CFA, to the portfolio management team for the John Hancock Financial Opportunities Fund.


Judd McNally (MBA) is the chief lending officer for Notre Dame Federal Credit Union (NDFCU) with responsibility for implementing and monitoring
all lending functions. His primary focus will be on growing NDFCU’s commercial loan portfolio, both with local business and nationally.


T.J. Brecht (MSA, BBA ACCT ’01) has been promoted to partner at Crowe Horwath LLP. Brecht works from the Elkhart office in tax services where he provides tax compliance and consulting services to locally held businesses, predominantly those in the manufacturing and distribution industry.


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