Sophia Ononye ’13 Ph.D., ’15 MBA has launched The Sophia Consulting Firm, an integrated marketing and communications consultancy headquartered in Brooklyn, NY. She was recently honored with the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Spark Award and a Congressional Letter of Recognition for receiving the Face2Face Leadership Award. Also, she joined the boards of two growth-stage life science companies: BioSortia Pharmaceuticals and BlueCloud by HealthCarePoint.
Byron Bunda ’14 has been promoted to Team Lead for the North America West Region at Cloudbeds, a SaaS company for independent hosts and hoteliers. Mr. Bunda is grateful for UConn’s Program for Sales Leadership, led by Professor Bill Ryan, which gave him the tools to succeed in Cloudbeds’ sales organization.
Michael Fedele ’10 MBA has been selected as an award recipient by the Sports Business Journal to its 40 Under 40 Class. The 40 Under 40 awards is an annual celebration of the best young talent in sports business and celebrates the hard work, accomplishments and aspirations of talented young professionals. Forty winners are chosen annually from nearly 500 submissions.
Josephine Baah ’01, ’11 MBA has joined the Board of Directors with Journey Home, a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide innovative solutions to homelessness. Ms. Baah is the Chief Executive Officer of Blissful Royal Creations, an event planning and design boutique based in Windsor, CT.
Ilona Gooley ’11 has been named one of “Women to Watch” by CTCPA Women, an award program celebrating Connecticut’s exceptional CPAs. The award was presented at the CTCPA Women’s Awards Breakfast. Ms. Gooley is an accountant with the Blum Shapiro Foundation, Inc.
Mary S. Connolly ’11 has been named one of “Women to Watch” by CTCPA Women, an award program celebrating Connecticut’s exceptional CPAs. The award was presented at the CTCPA Women’s Awards Breakfast. Ms. Connolly is an auditor at Deloitte, LLP.
Robert L. Truitt ’11 MBA has been appointed Chief Financial Officer for Amerifirst Home Mortgage, a division of AmeriFirst Financial Corporation. Mr. Truitt is based at the company’s headquarters in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He most recently served as CFO of Flagstar Bank’s Mortgage Division and held senior roles at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley.
Andrew C. Cottiero ’13 has joined the Siegfried Group, LLC in its Greenwich Market as an Associate Manager. Mr. Cottiero, who started his career at RSM, was most recently a Senior Analyst at PetVet Care Centers.
Jieqiong (Cheryl) Gao ‘19 Ph.D. has successfully defended her dissertation titled, “Three Essays of Corporate Finance.” She has accepted a tenure track, Assistant Professor of Finance position, at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).
Gregory Kirber ’13 MBA, JD and Erik B. St. Pierre ’12 MBA, JD have created PartsTech, an automotive eCommerce platform that revolutionizes the parts-ordering and procurement processes for professional technicians and auto-shop owners. PartsTech’s Director of Data Management, Eric Lough, has also studied at the UConn School of Business.