Dhrumil A. Shah ’04, ’11 MBA

Dhrumil A. Shah ’04, ’11 MBA has been named group controller for High Concrete. High Concrete provides financial, marketing, human resource and information services to High Industries and High Real Estate Group. He previously held positions as accounting and finance manager at Hershey Co. Mr. Shah has both a bachelor’s and MBA degrees from the University of Connecticut.

Brandon T. Parrinello ’09 MBA

Brandon T. Parrinello ’09 MBA has been promoted to audit manager at the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General in Denver Colorado. Most recently, Mr. Parrinello held the position of senior analyst in the Tampa, Florida field office. While in Tampa he served as a Team Leader and Auditor-In-Charge on multiple audits and reviews, and has worked on audits of the VA Fiduciary Program, Technology Acquisition Center, Implementation of HSPD12, and Denver Replacement Hospital to name a few. He is a 2016 Graduate of VA’s prestigious Leadership VA program.

Shelly J. (Ouellette) Nicholas ’08 MBA

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Shelly J. (Ouellette) Nicholas ’08 MBA owner of PRETTY KNOTTY, has announced the launch of FIT Ties. This patented hair accessory is the first to be created for athletes and active users. Its low-profile design, innovative manufacturing process, and proprietary material blend, combine to create a durable product that keeps hair securely in place while reducing friction on hair. Ms. Nicholas began developing her idea while studying her MBA at UConn. Her product can be purchased at www.prettyknotty.com.

Christopher T. Calio ’00 MBA, ’00 JD

Christopher T. Calio ’00 MBA, ’00 JD has been appointed as president of Pratt & Whitney’s commercial engines business. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. Mr. Calio joined UTC in 2005 and has served several positions across the company. He has been a business partner in leadership roles at Otis, UTC Aerospace Systems, and chief of staff for the UTC Chairman and CEO.

Erik D. Choisy ’08

Erik D. Choisy ’08 has joined the Atlanta office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP. He is an associate on the Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Team. Previously, Mr. Choisy worked in the New York office DLA Piper, where he advised client on regulatory and transactional issues such as cross-border mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions. He focuses his practice on business and finance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions

Michael J. Zacchea ’12 MBA

Michael J. Zacchea ’12 MBA has been elected as the new chair of the Brookfield Democratic Town Committee. Mr. Zacchea is a retired Marine and a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient. He founded the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans at the University of Connecticut, as has advocated for veterans for many years. He has been featured in several documentaries and his book, “The Ragged Edge: A U.S. Marine’s Account of Leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion” is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Michael P. Jordan ’01, ’02 MSA

Michael P. Jordan ’01, ’02 MSA has over 16 years of experience advising business clients and their owners on a variety of complex tax matters. He has extensive experience working with large multi-state pass-through entities and regularly advises clients on corporate structure/choice of entity, sale and pre-sale planning, business acquisitions, and succession planning. Over the years, Michael has served clients across a broad spectrum of industries, such as real estate, wholesale/distribution, private equity, retail and professional service firms.

Colin A. Mansfield ’09

Colin A. Mansfield ’09 was featured in an article from the CT Post regarding gaming in Connecticut, more specifically the prospects for a third casino in Hartford. Mr. Mansfield provided valuable insight into the pros and cons of the proposal from a financial standpoint. The article mentions that Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods have warned that the opening of the MGM Casino in Springfield, MA could bring significant losses in revenue and jobs. To read more, click here. Mr. Mansfield is currently an associate director at Fitch Ratings in New York.

Matthew DiGeronimo ’06 EMBA

Matthew DiGeronimo ’06 EMBA has co-authored a book titled “Extreme Operational Excellence: Applying the US Nuclear Submarine Culture to Your Organization” The book shares the details of the unique, secretive, and successful culture of the US Navy’s Nuclear Submarine community. The emphasis of the book is how an organization can apply these principles to improve the performance of an organization and the effectiveness of its leaders. The book is available in hard copy and electronic versions on Amazon and other online book retailers.