James B. Hughes, Jr. ’76 has been appointed as Interim Dean of the School of Law at Emory University. Professor Hughes is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and has been at Emory since 1992. He has been a proven leader and an outstanding part of the Emory Law community for 26 years.
Melissa Platner ’15 MBA has accepted the role of Vice President, Institutional Business Development, for Pax World Management LLC, investment adviser to Pax World Funds and a pioneer in the field of sustainable investing. In this newly created role, Ms. Planter will focus on strengthening existing relationships and building new partnerships with institutional investors and consultants.
Robert Fowles ’77 is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Opus One Winery in Oakville, California, and was honored as one of the Top 15 CFOs in the Northern Bay Area of California for 2017 by the North Bay Business Journal.
M. Travis Maynard ’07 Ph.D was recently honored by Colorado State University when he became the second recipient of the Sonny Lubick Pinnacle Award. This special honor is in recognition of his outstanding research and teaching, as well as his contributions to the community.
Kenneth R. Labbe ’87 has joined Lyman Real Estate as a sales agent. Mr. Labbe has over 25 years of experience in real estate and his background includes acquisitions and dispositions, mixed-use lifestyle center development, structured finance, international real estate consulting and real estate brokerage, according to a release.
Linda B. Whinfrey ’89 has been promoted to vice president of internal audit and enterprise risk management at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Ms. Whinfrey was most recently the managing director in the department. She will oversee internal audit, enterprise risk management, external audits, and quality monitoring efforts. Prior to joining Blue Cross and Blue Shield in 2003, she worked at Metropolitan Life and Cigna Corporation.
Curtis B. Smith ’90 joined Crown World Mobility as group vice president. Crown World Mobility is the world’s largest privately-held group of logistics and related services companies. Mr. Smith brings a wealth of industry experience with over 20 years of experience and most recently served as vice president, client services at Cartus.
David A. Samuels ’83 was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, in addition to being named Audit Committee Chair. Mr. Samuels also serves as a Board of Governors member and Trustee of the Charles E. Smith Life Communities, one of the nation’s largest eldercare services organization.
David L. Murphy ’96 MBA has been appointed to head of Wealth Advisory at Boston Private, a leading provider of fully integrated wealth management, trust, and private banking services. Mr. Murphy most recently served as the New England and Metro New York regional Investment Director at TD Bank.
Stephen J. LaRosa ’85, CPA has been honored by the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants as a co-recipient of the 2017 “Jack Brooks Leadership Award”. Mr. LaRosa is currently the Senior Director, State and Local Tax with Alexion Pharmaceuticals in Cheshire, CT. The Jack Brooks Leadership Award was created to memorialize the inspiration, dedication, and drive for accomplishment that defined former CTCPA Executive Director, Jack Brooks.