Meet the Mentors

Medo Abdel-Latif ’13

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Medo Abdel-Latif ’13 is a senior Associate on Morgan Stanley’s FX desk. Medo’s primary focus is managing the risk for Gulf & EM currencies and ensuring funding for non-liquid currencies. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he has worked at HSBC’s corporate banking team focusing on the MENA portfolio. During his time at UConn, Medo joined the Student Managed Fund to gain real-life experience in portfolio management. He also tutored Arabic to the ROTC and provided cultural background on the different deployment areas. He joined UConn as an international student from Egypt and currently lives in Manhattan.

“The UConn School of business was my home away from home– every single person has helped shape who I am today, and I find it extremely rewarding to try and help my fellow huskies navigate the challenges of exploring the professional world – just as I was helped when I graduated.”
-Medo Abdel Latif ’13

Robert Amenta ’07

Robert Amenta ’07 has been involved with the NYC Alumni Mentor Program since its inception in 2010. Currently, Rob is a Portfolio Manager at NN Investment Partners in New York, where he has worked since 2012. His day-to-day responsibilities include investment research and recommendations, trading and portfolio management for a multi-billion dollar Global High Yield Bond Fund, with a focus on the North American markets. Prior to NN, Rob worked as a sell-side high yield analyst at Credit Suisse and in the healthcare banking group at Crédit Agricole. Rob graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut in 2007, majoring in finance and minoring in economics. He is also a CFA Charterholder.

The mentor program is important to me for a few reasons: as a way to give back to the University, help students capitalize on opportunities as they transition from college to the workplace and build a stronger Husky Alumni network.
– Robert Amenta ’07

Julia Balakrishnan ’10

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Julia Balakrishnan ’10 received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Delaware in 2010, with a major in marketing and international business and a minor in Spanish. She is currently working towards her MBA from the University of Connecticut, with a concentration in marketing and management. She will be graduating in December 2015. After graduating from UDel, Julia has held various positions within marketing. She started her career in marketing research at Millward Brown, then transitioned into brand marketing at the Sun Products Corporation. Today, she’s a Brand Manager at Nestle Waters North America in Stamford, CT. Outside of work and school, Julia loves traveling, family & friends, running, cheering for the HUSKIES and all things food!

Getting my MBA at UConn has been an amazing experience, both professionally and personally. I have learned so much from professors and fellow students, so being a mentor will allow me to help others achieve this same feeling – and learn them from, too!-Julia Balakrishnan ’10

Angela Balduyck ’10, ’11 MBA

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Angela Balduyck ’10, ’11 MBA is a Marketing Assistant at WÜSTHOF-TRIDENT OF AMERICA. She is responsible for the company’s marketing initiatives including, managing their website, social media and public relations. Prior to working at WÜSTHOF, Angela worked for the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) where she managed volunteer programs for the Stamford Public Schools and coordinated all of the marketing plans. Angela is a proud Husky! She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Connecticut. During her undergraduate program, Angela embarked on a Semester at Sea through the University of Virginia and studied in Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, Turkey, Egypt and Morocco. She has continued her passion for travel and in her spare time, Angela takes as many trips as possible. Angela loves to emerge herself into other cultures and explore the world. Angela is a big believer on giving back to the community. She is a member of Big Brother Big Sister, sits on the Marketing Committee for SPEF and is regularly found running a race for a cause. She also enjoys painting, bikram yoga, hiking, reading fictional books and making a home-cooked meal.

Tiffany Betz ’14

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Tiffany Betz ’14 is Associate Product Manager of Mobile Marketing at priceline.com. She is focused on driving activation and usage of Priceline’s mobile apps, as well as expanding priceline’s mobile presence within the travel industry. Prior to priceline, Tiffany worked as Web Content Specialist for The American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS), where she created web and email campaigns for the company’s cultural exchange programs. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Finance from the University of Delaware, and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Connecticut.

Jason Bomberger ’09

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Jason Bomberger ’09 has over ten years of experience in navigating the intersection of professional services and leadership development. Throughout his career at PwC, Jason has developed expertise in spending seven years delivering solutions to clients at the intersection of IT and Accounting. Jason then expanded on his passion for developing young leaders in tandem with the execution of strategic Leadership Development experiences at the Firm in spending two years as a Manager on the Partner and Leadership Development Team at PwC. Jason is a Certified Career Coach and Career Adviser in PwC’s Learning and Development organization as a member of the US Leadership Coaching Center of Excellence (LC CoE). Outside of his professional life, Jason’s passion is exploring and adventuring around the world in having traveled to over thirty countries and lived abroad in Ireland. Jason stays grounded by making sure he either runs or meditates every day and has completed over six marathons and two ultramarathons. Jason currently resides in Brooklyn, New York and can probably be found exploring the city at either a concert, bookstore, or museum when not at work.

Dave Boudreau ’14

Dave Boudreau ’14 received his Bachelors of Science from the University of Connecticut in 2014, with a major in finance. He currently works at Travelers as a Senior Financial Consultant in the Small Commercial Insurance business. Prior to his current position, David was a member of the Financial Management Leadership Development Program (FMLDP) at Travelers, which is a three year rotational leadership program. During his time in the program, David gained three years of experience in three different business areas at Travelers while taking advantage of the opportunity to create valuable relationships throughout the company. While at UConn, Dave was an actively involved member of the Business Connections Learning Community and served as an Undergraduate Fund Manager with the Student Managed Fund in the School of Business as a senior. In his free time, Dave enjoys music, playing golf, exercising, and watching his beloved UConn Huskies and New York Mets.

The mentor program is one of the best ways for me to give back to UConn. While a student at UConn, I was incredibly lucky to be introduced to some of the most impactful mentors in my own life. It is exciting for me to able to pass down the meaningful lessons I learned to others through this great opportunity.
– Dave Boudreau ’14

Chris Brown ’13

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Chris Brown ’13 is a senior in EY’s Financial Accounting Advisory Services practice, working out of EY’s Boston office, where he assists clients with various technical accounting issues. Chris joined EY in February 2016, and, to date, has primarily assisted clients with accounting change. Prior to working for EY, Chris worked as a Postgraduate Technical Assistant at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) where he performed research on and presented analyses of proposed changes to specific accounting standards and to the FASB’s Conceptual Framework. Chris graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Business in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science, where he majored in Accounting and minored in Anthropology. In 2014, Chris graduated with a Master of Science in Accounting. Chris was born in Norwich, CT, and in his spare time Chris enjoys going to Fenway to watch the Sox, playing softball, going to the beach, and explaining the Ideal Gas Law to Jets fans.

Whether it has been family, teachers, professors, colleagues, or friends, I’ve always had someone to turn to for advice on issues large and small. I’ve learned a lot from the people who have mentored me, and the UConn Mentor Program is a way for me to take what they’ve taught me and use it to help others.
– Chris Brown ’13

Lindsay Bubbico Ciulla ’08

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Lindsay Bubbico Ciulla ’08 is a Vice President in Weber Shandwick’s technology practice. With deep expertise in cybersecurity and enterprise technology communications, she has been responsible for global thought leadership initiatives for some of the world’s tech largest brands, both on the agency side and in-house. Lindsay graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Spanish and a double minor in Communications and International Studies. She grew up in Connecticut and currently lives in White Plains, NY.

Being a mentor is important to me because our alumni network is only as strong as the people who participate, and making connections with alumni in my field was an important step in building my own career.
– Lindsay Bubbico ’09

Patrick Carino ’11

Patrick Carino ’11 currently assists with all aspects of acquisition and development for a commercial real estate investment and development firm based in Stamford, CT. He started his career on CBRE’s New York Institutional Group, where he was involved in the marketing and closing of over $1 billion in investment transactions focused in the Metropolitan New York Tri-State region and second tier cities, primarily in the Eastern United States. Pat graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2011, majoring in Finance with a concentration in Real Estate and Urban Economics and a minor in Environmental Economics and Policy. He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Connecticut and a former certified LEED Green Associate.

Charles Cavanna ’09

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Charles Cavanna ’09 is currently pursuing an MBA at Columbia Business School where he is concentrating on Finance and the energy industry. Before business school, Charlie spent 5 years at The Royal Bank of Scotland. He spent his first two years in Corporate Interest Rate Derivative Sales where he advised clients on the structuring, execution and management of interest rate derivative products. He spent his final three years in Debt Capital Markets, advising on and executing debt capital raises for RBS’ large corporate clients. Through both rotations, Charlie focused on the energy sector, working with oil & gas, utility and project finance clients. Charlie graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Connecticut where he was a member of the men’s rugby team.

For me, being a mentor is about paying it forward. I would not have had the opportunities I was afforded thus far in my career if it wasn’t for the various mentors that have helped me along the way.
– Charles Cavanna ’09

Kyle Cecchini ’08

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Kyle Cecchini ’08 graduated from the UConn School of Business in the Spring of 2008 with a degree in Finance. Prior to graduating he had done internships for C&S Wholesale Grocers, The Hartford, & Goldman Sachs. Kyle accepted a full time position at Goldman Sachs working in Operations on their Structured Credit Derivative team, which he started in July 2008. During his time at Goldman he worked mainly in New York City, but spent 5 months in Hong Kong on an exchange program. In 2012 Kyle left Goldman Sachs and began working at a Hedge Fund in New York City, Saba Capital Management, where he is currently employed.

Networking is a key part of business, having a strong network of UConn alumni to mentor current students is key for the program to have continued success.
– Kyle Cecchini ’08

Max Chanoch ’09

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Max Chanoch ’09 graduated in 2009 with a BS in International Business and a minor in Philosophy. Max held numerous Greek, community and business leadership positions at UConn and spent half of his senior year working at the Innovation Accelerator, a startup incubator for technology firms. After a summer in Maine as a white water raft guide Max interned with a technology entrepreneur in New York City, helping build software and write business plans/ market entry strategies. In 2010 Max accepted a position at comScore as a Client Service Analyst, where he collaborated with telecommunication companies like T-Mobile and Sprint on mobile purchasing behaviors. In July 2011, Max transitioned to a full time product position at Worldnow. While at Worldnow Max helped develop, integrate and roll out enterprise solutions such as direct email, global analytics, mobile responsive technologies and new video architecture. Max transitioned from local media to the brand side in January 2014 at Justin Alexander, Inc. where he helped standardize global and digital operations. Max also incorporated an electronic resource planning system for U.S., EU, and UK offices. In January 2015 Max returned to full time product development at Kargo where he helps lead the company wide effort to move from a service to technology firm. In addition to developing platform and advertising solutions, Max is moving the engineering and product team from waterfall methodology to agile and scrum development.

The mentor program is one of the main reasons I am where I am today. I received tremendous mentorship from several alumni before and after graduating, which was crucial to my workforce integration and greater organizational contribution. I am still guided by the ultimate mentor, Joe Sticca (MBA ‘95) and I look forward to returning the favor for UConn students in years to come.
– Max Chanoch ’09

Kyle G. Cloukey ’07

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Kyle G. Cloukey ’07 is an Associate on the Equity Derivatives Flow Sales desk at JPMorgan, where he works as a coverage salesperson for US hedge funds and other institutional asset managers. Mr. Cloukey is a generalist, covering all industry sectors; his product expertise includes US listed single-stock and index equity options, VIX, variance swaps, volatility swaps, delta-1, and light exotics. Mr. Cloukey has been with JPMorgan since 2009, and has prior experience within the firm in a support capacity for the desk he currently works on. Prior to joining JPMorgan, Mr. Cloukey was part of the pension consulting team at Hewitt Associates in Norwalk, CT from 2007 – 2009. Mr. Cloukey is an MBA candidate at Columbia University, he graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2007 with a BS in Finance, he is a CFA Charterholder, and he holds the Series 7, 55, and 63 licenses.

The mentor program is important to me because of the opportunities that are created for UConn alumni through broader professional networks.
– Kyle Cloukey ’07

Nicholas Colon ’11

Nicholas Colon ’11 is the Compliance Manager at Etsy where he leads the the development, oversight, and enforcement of the Etsy Compliance Program. Prior to joining Etsy, Nick was a manager within the PwC Forensic Services practice where he provided accounting and consulting services to law firms and corporate clients addressing complex regulatory, accounting, and business issues. Nick’s experience includes financial fraud and money laundering investigations; litigation support; international risk assessments; and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations, due diligence, compliance reviews, program assessments and remediation throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Nick is a Certified Fraud Examiner and holds his Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, cooking (and eating), photography, UConn basketball, and the Yankees.

Matt Conway ’11

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Matt Conway ’11 graduated from UConn’s School of Business where he studied Finance. While at UConn, Matt was active in the Finance Society, BUSY Mentor Program, and HuskyTHON. Matt also interned at Aetna during his junior and senior year before moving onto GE Capital’s Financial Management Program.Post-graduation, Matt worked at GE Capital until July 2013 when he left the company and moved back to Hartford, CT to focus on his inner city youth development and mentoring program, The RiseUP Group, Inc). In addition to RiseUP, Matt is currently a Project Manager at CareCentrix, the nation’s leading benefits management company focused on effectively managing home-based care. A job that he fell into because of the relationship he built with a former boss and mentor from Aetna that moved over to CareCentrix.

It is important for me to be engaged in UConn’s Alumni Mentor Program because I am a firm believer in paying it forward. I believe, it is the relationships that you build with the right people that helps to mold a successful future.
– Matt Conway ’11

Jennifer Darkazalli ’15 MBA

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Jennifer Darkazalli ’15 MBA is a Client Manager at Infosys, an India-based global leader in technology services and management consulting, where she works in Business Development managing current clients and building relationships with new clients. Based in the One World Trade building, she has played an instrumental role in consulting and developing strong relationships with several key strategic clients. Prior to Infosys, Jenn worked in Manhattan and Connecticut on the client side in procurement purchasing and technology side in proposal management. Jenn completed her MBA in 2015 and BS in 2009 from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has worked with major clients across all industries and now caters to global Financial Services clients. Outside of work, Jenn spends her spare time hiking, skiing, sailing, or distance running. Also, for ten years she has worked as a Connecticut Soccer Referee and served as a US Coast Guard Reservist.

Delano Davis ’17

Delano Davis ’17 is a New England Patriots fan and Registered Representative with New York Life Insurance Company/NYLIFE Securities LLC, working out of New York Life’s Boston General Office. Delano joined New York Life in May 2017 where he primarily assists clients with organizing their assets. He spends a lot of his time assisting clients with retirement, college, and estate planning. Delano graduated from the University of Connecticut, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2017, where he majored in Economics and minored in Finance. When Delano is not spending his time working in the finance world he enjoys staying active and being outdoors

 Joann DeBlasis’76, ’83

Joann DeBlasis ’76, ’83 is President, Accident & Health, Navigators Re, a division of Navigators Management Company, Inc. which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Navigators Insurance Company.   Joann joined Navigators in October 2010 and is responsible for the overall financial management of the accident & health reinsurance product.  Joann has enjoyed a long career in the reinsurance field starting with Cigna in the early 1990’s.  She started a health reinsurance product line for three separate insurance companies including all facets of administration, underwriting, pricing, marketing and financial management. Prior to her career in reinsurance, Joann worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (then PriceWaterhouse) in New York City and held various financial reporting positions at Aetna and Cigna.  Joann is a member of the AICPA and CSCPA.  Joann earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from UConn in 1976 and was inducted into the School of Business Hall of Fame in 2014.  After completing her CPA, she obtained her MBA from UConn School of Business’ Hartford Branch at night while working full time.  Joann established a scholarship in 2012 to benefit UConn’s Stamford Branch. Joann lives in Ridgefield, CT.  Her oldest son, Christopher earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Accounting from James Madison University and works for PwC in Boston.  Her youngest son, David, is graduating in 2016 with an accounting degree from Drexel.  Joann enjoys golf and has been a member of the EWGA Fairfield County Chapter for a number of years most recently being a board member in charge of monthly golf events.  In addition, in her free time, she enjoys traveling, general fitness, gourmet cooking and walking her dog.

Tom DeVivo ’77

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Tom Devivo ’77 is a controller at Elite Construction Rentals in East Hartford, CT. He received both his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and in 1998 his MBA in Finance from UConn. Tom has spent many years working in the transportation field having worked for four bus companies, a truck leasing company and a car leasing company. He has also worked for three non-profit organizations and for Subway. Although he has mainly held accounting positions over his career, in 2011 he decided to change careers and worked for two years as sales representative for Peter Pan Bus Lines blending his accounting and people skills to cost out and sell bus charters from $250 to $75,000 each.
The joy of Tom’s life is helping others and he has been a volunteer firefighter, Lions Club member, high school and youth sports volunteer and an active member of his church.
Tom is looking forward to new opportunities both professionally and personally that will be made possible through his commitment to life-long learning. An avid reader of non-fiction books and listener to several podcasts a week he is looking forward to sharing with students in the mentoring program the activities and people that have enriched his life. His wife Laurie is also a UConn grad and they enjoy volunteering together, traveling and hiking. Tom’s hobbies include gardening with his tractor, biking and reading.

Recently I’ve thought it would be great to share with students what I’ve learned and experienced about life and business as a way of enriching a student’s life and thanking the many people who have helped me over the years. Howard Thurman said: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and to do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” I believe everyone should have a mentor as I have personally experienced how they can greatly influence and have a positive impact on your life. When I was told there was a need for mentors at UConn I immediately volunteered, believing so strongly in the program. Every business student that wants a mentor should have the opportunity to have one. My goal is to try to have the same positive impact on a student’s life that my mentors have had on mine.
– Tom Devivo ’77

Eric DiFiore ’13

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Eric DiFiore ’13 grew up in Wethersfield, CT attending East Catholic High School in Manchester, CT. For his undergraduate degree he attended Fordham University in the Bronx, NY graduating with a B.A. in Economics (Omicron Delta Epsilon) before heading to UConn to start his graduate studies. Eric has previously worked for Conning Asset Management and The Hartford before taking on his current role at MetLife in their Investment Management Compliance and Legal Affairs group. In Eric’s spare time, he likes to run (currently training for the New York City marathon), play softball and travel. He is a huge New York sports fan (Yankees, Giants & Rangers) and enjoys going to games whenever he gets the chance. One of Eric’s favorite memories from getting his M.B.A. at UConn was being able to travel throughout China while taking two international courses. He is one of many in his family to have attended UConn and takes great pride in being active in the alumni community.

Bestowing valuable wisdom to ensure the same mistakes you might have made along the way aren’t made by someone else again.
– Eric DiFiore ’13

 Nita Drakatos ’14 MBA

Nita Drakatos ’14 MBA is the Compliance Manager at Booking Holdings (BKNG), focuses daily on the implementation and execution of the global corporate compliance program, promoting the code of conduct and policies, standards, training and processes.  Working with her team and the SVP, Global Compliance & Ethics Officer, they oversee and address global compliance risks across all brands and diligently strive to ensure that the employees in a highly innovative tech company, with over 78% millennials, understand and demonstrate how to“Get the Right Results, The Right Way” in the workplace. Nita joined PCLN in April 2014 after earning her MBA degree from UCONN (concentrating in International Business).  Nita has 14 years  of compliance and ethics program management experience from both a practitioner and consultant side at businesses in Connecticut and New York.

Benjamin Duell ’07

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Benjamin Duell ’07 helped kick start the Alumni Mentor Program in 2010. He is currently a vice president in investment banking at Goldman Sachs. Previously, Ben was one of the first employees at Teneo Holdings, an independent advisory firm. He began his career at General Electric in the Financial Management Program, holding various financial planning and restructuring roles within GE Capital. Ben holds a BS in Finance from the University of Connecticut where he served as president of the Tennis Club and was selected as an Outstanding Undergraduate Finance Student, and an MBA with distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where he was Co-Chair of the Auto & Moto Club. Ben is a CFA charterholder and an avid automotive enthusiast.”

The mentor program is important to me because it enhances the career prospects of UConn students by leveraging an incredible resource, dedicated alumni who are eager to give back.
– Benjamin Duell ’07

Kari Carpenter Ebert ’10, ’11 MSA

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Kari Carpenter Ebert ’10, ’11 MSA is a Manager in the Financial Accounting Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young (EY) in Boston. Since joining EY in 2012, Kari has primarily focused on assisting clients with various capital markets transactions, including IPOs, carve-outs, business combinations, and debt offerings. Prior to starting at EY, Kari was nominated by UConn’s Accounting department and selected for a position as a Postgraduate Technical Assistant at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), where she researched technical issues and prepared and presented analyses pertaining to several accounting standards. Kari graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Major in Accounting, and a Master of Science in Accounting. She also holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In her spare time, Kari enjoys travel, photography, and cheering for UConn basketball!

During my time at UConn and in the early stages of my career, I benefited greatly from the advice of professors, managers, and peers who had taken similar paths that I aspired to take. I view the mentor program as a great opportunity to give back to the UConn community and pass on some helpful lessons learned during my career thus far.
– Kari Ebert ’10, ’11 MSA

Erik Edeen ’11

Erik Edeen ’11 is the Director of Tri-State Investment Sales Operations in Avison Young’s New York City office, where he leads and coordinates day-to-day execution. He has been involved in $4.0 billion of real estate transactions during his seven year career. Previous roles included select brokerage responsibilities involved in developing and executing all facets of the investment sales business across all asset types in Manhattan. Before joining Avison Young, Erik was a Financial Analyst on CBRE’s New York Institutional Investment Sales group. His focus was on generating the investment sales business in the Metro New York suburban markets and he was responsible for supporting senior investment sales brokers in the underwriting and valuation of all asset classes. In addition, he prepared all offering materials, presentations, market data and due diligence materials.

Christine Elmore ’09

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Christine Elmore ’09 is a Vice President at TA Realty, LLC, a commercial real estate investment management firm, headquartered in Boston, MA. Christine joined TA Realty in 2010 and works on acquisitions in Texas, Nashville and Denver. Prior to joining the firm, Christine worked at Arbor Commercial Mortgage as an underwriting analyst. Christine earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the UConn School of Business, with a major in Real Estate & Urban Economic Studies and minors in Art History and International Studies. While at UConn, Christine studied abroad in India and Italy and was also active in the Real Estate Society and Boston Student Leadership Council. Christine remains involved with the UConn Center for Real Estate and as a participant in the UConn Mentor Program. Christine is also a Corporate Board Member and Seminar Volunteer for the Massachusetts Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Organization (MA HOBY).

Jude Faella ’07

Jude Faella ’07 is a Senior Account Executive with AT&T AdWorks, the leader in Addressable Advertising, based in NYC.  Prior to joining AT&T, Jude’s Advertising career started at NBC News followed by NBC Sports & Olympics, Univision Deportes, and Univision Multimedia.  His roles have included experience across TV, Digital, OTT, Addressable, Experiential Marketing, IP Rights, Talent Acquisition, and Social Media.  In addition to his love of all things UConn, Jude is a passionate Tottenham Hotspur supporter and hails from the great state of New Jersey.

The Mentor Program allows students the opportunity to capitalize on the incredible connections UCONN provides students and alumni. Use the program to better understand a wider array of careers and challenge yourself to tap into our diverse and experienced alumni.
– Jude Faella ’07

Andrea Farez ’14

Andrea Farez ’14 was born and raised in Ecuador. She moved to the United States when she was 11 years old and has lived in Bristol, CT since then. Andrea is a proud graduate of the University of Connecticut where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. After choosing to take a different career path, she began her career at The Hartford in 2014 and joined the Operations, Technology and Data Leadership Program. Since then, she has completed rotations that have supported finance, operations, digital and technology functions at The Hartford. Currently, she is working as a Digital Specialist in the Shared Digital Capabilities group under the Chief Technology Office Organization.

Nick Field ’07

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Nick Field ’07, vice president, is a client portfolio manager on the International Equity Group at JP Morgan Asset Management in New York City. He is responsible for communicating investment outlook, strategy, and performance to institutional and retail clients throughout North America.

Before joining JP Morgan, Nick was a portfolio strategist at UBS Private Wealth Management in Washington, DC, where he focused on investment strategy, manager due diligence, and portfolio construction for both ultra-high net worth clients and institutions. Prior to that, Nick helped launch a Brazilian e-commerce company based out of Sao Paulo and was a senior equity trader on the proprietary trading desk of a family office in New York City for several years. He obtained a B.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut and holds the Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst (CAIA) designation as well as the Series 7 and 66 licenses.

Mentors are the catalyst which allowed me to successfully transform classroom theory into real-world practice, and I hope to serve in this capacity to many individuals in the future.
– Nick Field ’07

Robin Fowler ’97

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Robin Fowler ’97  is the Assistant Vice President at Wentworth, DeAngelis & Kaufman Insurance in Farmington, CT. She is responsible for navigating the employee benefits world for employers and their employees, and maintains a book of over 200 clients both local and nationwide. She currently serves on an insurance company broker advisory board where she has helped innovate numerous new products and addressed trending market concerns with experienced based strategies. Before her 15 years at WDK, she owned her own advertising agency that specialized in media buying, event planning, and campaign design. She has volunteered for many non-profit organizations, including serving as Chairman of the Board at the Indian Valley Family YMCA. In her tenure as Chair, she was instrumental in opening a new facility and was a trustee on the board of their parent organization, the Greater Hartford YMCA. She has a thriving family, and is highly involved in her two sons’ many sports teams as a volunteer. She graduated from UConn in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing.

Alicia Garcia ’13

Alicia Garcia ’13 works in Marketing at Diageo in NYC specifically on Crown Royal Canadian Whisky. As an undergrad, Alicia majored in International Business Management with a minor in International Studies. She was also President of the International Business Society and Community Outreach Director for Alpha Phi.

While currently expanding her career in marketing, Alicia spent the first 3 years of her career in Human Resources working across global recruitment analysis, on campus recruitment strategy, and global learning and development.

In her current role as Marketing Associate for Crown Royal, she covers a range of brand marketing responsibilities including business insight generation, budget management, trade programming strategy, experiential marketing, charity partnership management and events, custom gifting program, value-added packaging, and internal employee engagement for the brand. She also is a founding member and on the board for Diageo’s Millennial focused Employee Resource Group.

Alicia enjoys yoga, boxing, dancing, and most importantly, a perfectly made cocktail.

Stephanie Garrison ’08

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Stephanie Garrison ’08 has been at Morgan Stanley since March 2010. She began her career in Commodities Operations after finishing the operations analyst program. In 2013 she accepted a mobility opportunity and moved to the Collateral Management Division within Derivatives Operations. She has since been promoted to Director and manages a team of three employees. Stephanie received a .B.A. from the University of Connecticut Business School. She is a volunteer at the Carter Burden Center for the Aging and lives in Manhattan.

Viktoriya Gelfand ’08

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Viktoriya Gelfand ’08

Viktoriya Gelfand is a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s Fixed Income Division.  She began her career at UBS Investment Bank working in their Operations Group. After 5 years, she moved to Ernst and Young working as a consultant in their Financial Services Advisory group. After an additional 5 years, and many months of traveling to her client’s offices, Viktoriya joined her current group at Morgan Stanley. Outside of work, Viktoriya enjoys traveling, cycle classes and spending time with her family and friends.

Andrew Giangrave ’92

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Andrew Giangrave ’92 is currently Managing Director and Head of Problem Loan Management at CIT. Prior to his current role, Andrew led a team overseeing the underwriting and management of a $1.2B portfolio of leveraged loans. Prior to joining CIT, Andrew was Senior Vice President at GE Commercial Finance. As a member of the distressed investment group he was responsible for originating, assessing, and managing distressed debt and equity investments across multiple industries. Prior to that, he was a Vice President in leveraged lending with a focus on the middle market. Andrew holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.S. in finance from the University of Connecticut.

 

Zack Gould ’06

Zack Gould ’06 In 2005 at the University of Connecticut, Zack was pulled into a meeting with his Risk Management Insurance professor and told to pursue sales instead of a career in underwriting. Thankfully, he listened. After graduating, Zack began his career at Liberty Mutual in outside sales, and he was awarded the National Rookie of the Year in 2007. Beyond that, the biggest reward from his tenure was meeting his future business partner, Matt Naimoli. Together, they left Liberty Mutual and opened G&N Insurance in 2010.

Fast forward 8 years and G&N has grown from a team of two with zero carriers to team of 34, writing for over 25 carriers. In 2017, G&N gained national recognition with their weekly vlog, BOBBLE ON, and with three awards: Boston Business Journal Best Place to Work, INC 5000, and PropertyCasualty360 National Insurance Agency of the Year. Zack’s primary role at G&N is Business Development and Marketing. He is passionate about growth through social media, referral relationships, and brand strategy.

When Zack isn’t networking, branding, or implementing strategies, you’ll find him with his kids, Mason and Emma, his wife KG, and their dog Kenzie

Frank Hauser ’86

Frank Hauser ’86 is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC).  Frank works in PwC’s National Office where he transitioned into the Auditing Services Methods and Tools group effective July 2016.  Frank is focused on developing policies, guidance, tools and templates to enhance the Firm’s auditing methodology.  Prior to joining the Auditing Services Methods and Tools group Frank worked in the Inspections group where he was the Regional Team Captain for NY Metro.  Before that he spent four years in the National Office’s Accounting Services Group where he was active in standard setting activities, consultations and thought leadership.  He was also a member of PwC’s Global Accounting Consulting Services Group which focuses on International Financial Reporting Standards.

Prior to working in the National Office Frank worked in PwC’s New York practice office.  Frank has also spent two years working abroad in the London office of PwC.  Frank’s clients and experiences have been varied and include an emphasis in the Entertainment, Media and Technology industry sectors where he was responsible for overseeing all of the firm’s services to the clients that he served.  Services ranged from integrated internal control and financial statement audits to buy-side and sell-side due diligence reviews, joint venture formations/dissolutions, deal structuring, carve-out financial statements, efficiency analyses, SEC filings and the like.

Frank has worked with a variety of the firm’s global clients and also has experience with more domestically focused public and private companies.

Frank has also had a role in PwC’s Chief Auditor Network through which he was actively involved in the PCAOB inspection process as well as the peer review process.

Frank is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is licensed in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.  He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

Sujata Hingorani ’09

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Sujata Hingorani ’09 currently works at BlackRock within the Strategic Partner Program delivering BlackRock’s breadth of capabilities to the firm’s largest global clients. Previously, she was a Vice President within the Financial Institutions Group at Lazard Asset Management responsible for developing and managing client relationships. Prior to Lazard, she was on Van Eck’s sales team and a Wealth Advisory Analyst within Private Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services. She loves to travel, spin, and mentor. Sujata is a Parity Partners Pod Leader.

The Uconn Alumni Mentoring program allows me to provide insight on the professional world, share experiences from when I was sitting in the classroom and assist in any other aspect of college life.
– Sujata Hingorani ’09

Armond Hodge ’16 MBA

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Armond Hodge ’16 MBA is a Financial Management Associate at Gartner, in its MBA Finance Rotational Development Program (FDRP). Prior to Gartner, Mr. Hodge worked for 3 years at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP as a Financial Reporting Analyst. Previous experience also includes Corporate Development Analyst at AboveNet Communications, now Zayo Holdings Group, where he was responsible for strategic M&A initiatives, investor relations and corporate financial planning and analysis.

Mr. Hodge holds an undergraduate degree from Providence College and an MBA from The University of Connecticut’s School of Business. While enrolled in UConn’s MBA Program, Mr. Hodge was inducted into the School of Business Hall of Fame.

Kristine Hodlin ’77

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Kristine Hodlin ’77 is a Vice President of Information Technology at State Street Corporation in Boston, MA. Kristine earned a MS in Mathematics from UCONN and has worked at various companies in Boston MA managing IT professionals to build Financial System Solutions for both Internal and External Business and Client partners. Her current role is focused on servicing State Street’s Performance and Analytics, Compliance and Fund Administration Divisions to collaborate on Business Strategy, Product Development, Client IT Strategy and Sales Support. In addition to her professional role, Kristine is involved in several local community organizations serving as Chair of Milton Library Trustees, Town Finance Committee Member and Town meeting member. Kristine’s daughter is attending UCONN and is a senior in the Speech, Language and Hearing Department.

The UCONN mentor program allows me an opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ while getting to meet and learn from a young and bright group of future professionals.
-Kristine Hodlin ’77

Liz James ’08

Liz James ’08 is now Global Head of YouTube BrandLab, Curriculum where she will bring in large cap companies to partner with the YouTube platform on out of the box ideas. Formerly she lead the multicultural efforts at Google NYC for all movie studios and TV networks, such as Universal Pictures, Hulu and Netflix. Over her course of five years, Liz has grown two sales teams & is co-chair of Google’s Diversity & Inclusion Board. Liz is a native of Connecticut, but has lived and worked in 6 countries, including England and China. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where she received her B.S in Marketing and Sales. After graduation, Liz launched her career at the Nielsen Company in their highly coveted 2 year rotational program. Following the graduation of this program, Liz worked on two summer Olympic events — Beijing and London.  During her time in London, Liz carried the Olympic torch the day prior to the opening ceremonies. Liz is also a Guinness Book of World Record holder for volleyball. In her spare time, Liz enjoys traveling to far flung, remote destinations around the world and hit her 131st country last year during her honeymoon!

Amanda Jordan ’10

Amanda Jordan ’10 currently works in Asset Liability Management at Synchrony in Stamford, CT. She is focused on developing and managing funding and valuation models used for balance sheet management. Prior to Synchrony, Amanda held positions in Financial Planning & Analysis at GE Capital and Product Development at FactSet Research Systems. Amanda graduated from Hamilton College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics and from the University of Connecticut in 2015 with an MBA in Finance and International Business. She is also a CFA charterholder.

Jaimie Kowalsky ’13

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Jaimie Kowalsky ’13 is a Manager at KPMG in the New York City Office, in the Financial Services Real Estate practice. She attended UConn from 2009-2013, obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Accounting in May of 2013, and her Master of Science in Accounting in December of 2013. While at UConn, Jaimie was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity with a focus on professionalism. Jaimie stays connected with the University through her work with the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities program; a program hosted by the UConn School of Business to provide veterans with the education, skills, and contacts that will help make their passion for starting and owning their own businesses a reality. Outside of work, Jaimie spends much of her time with her family, cheering on the Huskies.

Scott Kozak ’88

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Scott Kozak ’88 graduated in 1988 with a BS in Marketing from the UCONN School of Business and earned an MBA in (International) Marketing from Georgia State University’s Kennesaw State University Michael J. Coles School of Business. Scott started his career in the pharmaceutical industry in sales and has held senior positions in marketing, brand management, Business Development, Licensing & Corporate Development in such companies as Forest Labs, Hoffmann La Roche and Solvay over the past 30 years. Scott has also worked for start-up pharmaceutical companies such as EpiCept and RHEI Pharmaceuticals helping those companies to partner, raise funds and even go public.  He also managed the US office of RHEI Pharmaceuticals and sat on the Board of that company’s China subsidiary while acquiring the rights to their product portfolio to be marketed in China. Over the past several years he has embraced his entrepreneurial spirit and co-founded several companies; New Haven Pharmaceuticals, Prevention Pharmaceuticals and Rho Renewables.  As of 2017, Scott has taken on the CEO role at Rho Renewables.  This company is using both classical yeast genetic engineering and modern molecular biology tools to develop powerful fermentation systems for the high-level production of monocyclic aromatic compounds including specialty chemicals, biofuels, and flavors and fragrances. He is also the Chief Business officer for Universal Sequencing Technology (UST), a next-generation DNA Sequencing start-up outside of Boston.  Scott is also happy to be taking on an Adjunct role at the UCONN School of Business Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  He will be teaching the Biomedical Entrepreneurship course, a graduate level course providing insight and guidance into how to create and market a successful solution to a problem in the biomedical industry.

Nick Kretzmer

Nick Kretzmer ’10 was an intern at Prudential Retirement in 2009 and has been at the company since graduation.  Nick is currently a Pricing Analyst and works on Prudential’s retirement plans in order to ensure they are competitively priced in the market.  He also runs investment scenarios for internal business partners in order to analyze profitability/economic impact on their books of business. Prior to joining the Pricing Team, Nick was a member of the Data & Reporting Team where he provided plan demographic and investment reports for Prudential’s client facing teams. Nick holds his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Connecticut.  He was an active member in Delta Sigma Pi (Co-ed Business Fraternity) and held various leadership positions.  In his spare time he enjoys running, landscaping/gardening, cooking, and coaching both football and lacrosse

Joseph LaBrosse ’85

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Joseph LaBrosse ’85 is currently Chief Financial Officer and a founder of Grove Property Fund LLC and its affiliated companies. He started his professional career with Arthur Andersen & Co. in the audit and tax departments where he became a Certified Public Account. Leaving Arthur Andersen in 1988, he began his 30 year role as CFO working in commercial real estate with his current partners.

During his career he has been a managing financial partner in more than 500 diversified private real estate partnerships and two public companies. He has closed more than $1 billion of both public and private equity, debt, and derivative transactions. His current real estate portfolio includes community retail, medical office, a large master planned residential community, land, and industrial properties in southern New England and the coastal Southeast.

Prior to the formation of Grove Property Fund, he was the Chief Financial officer of Grove Property Trust, (AMEX: GVE) a publically traded Real Estate Investment Trust which managed and development a portfolio of 60 apartment communities in Southern New England. Grove Property Trust was merged into Equity Residential, a $25 billion S&P 500 company (NYSE: EQR) in 2000.

His hobbies include traveling, skiing, swimming, biking and playing saxophone in a swing big band. He was member of the UConn Jazz Band, Symphony Band, Marching and Pep Bands.

Philip Lacqua ’99

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Philip Lacqua ’99 is the Director of the Alternative Asset Division at Mission Staffing in NYC. In this capacity we are market leaders in executive recruitment and staffing needs. Prior to Mission, Philip lead the Operations and Securities Finance Departments at Sandell Asset Management, Saba Capital and Satellite Asset Management. I began my career at PwC as a public accountant and then transitioned to Deutsche Bank to build out the Prime Brokerage platform. Philip has a B.S. in Finance and an MBA from Pace University.

Brian Laureano ’13

Brian Laureano ’13 works as an Associate for Apollo Global Management, one of the largest alternative investment firms globally. Previously, Brian was an Analyst in Industrials Investment Banking at Wells Fargo Securities and an Analyst in Corporate Fiance Advisory at RBS. During his time at UConn, he was the President of the UConn Finance Society and a fund manager for the Student Managed Fund. Brian graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Finance and was inducted into the UConn School of Business Hall of Fame in 2013. Brian has passed all three levels of the CFA examination and enjoys traveling, dining, playing sports, reading, and spending time with his friends and family in his free time.

There are so many different decisions students are faced with during college and I always found it useful to receive feedback fro the mentors I had. As a mentor, I hope to be a friendly resource and help fellow Huskies reach their professional goals after graduation. I look forward remaining involved with the University and giving back to the UConn community
– Brian Laureano ’13

Shannon Lovetere ’07

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Shannon Lovetere ’07, Vice President of Investor Relations for Junius Real Estate Partners. Shannon plays a lead role in supporting the marketing, investor relations and communications efforts for the platform. Prior to her role at J.P. Morgan, Shannon was an Associate on the Real Estate Product Specialist team within BlackRock. She was responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with investors and consultants for BlackRock’s private real estate funds and separate accounts. In addition, she was responsible for developing marketing materials and preparing new business proposals. Shannon earned a B.S. in Finance with a concentration in Real Estate from the University of Connecticut.

Developing and maintaining relationships is the key to a successful career and a mentoring team provides the opportunity for all involved to challenge and learn from eachother.
– Shannon Lovetere ’07

Fernando Macaro ’15

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Fernando Macaro ‘15 is an internal auditor at The Hartford and pursuing his MBA from UConn. When he graduated from UConn he joined The Hartford and participated in their Financial Leadership Development Program. While at UConn, Fernando was the president of the Economics Society and a member of the Finance Society. In his free time, Fernando likes to watch the UConn Huskies, hike and travel with his wife.

Briana McGann ’12

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Briana McGann ’12 Briana McGann ’12 received her Bachelors of Arts from the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a major in Communication Studies. Briana also participated in the UConn Study Abroad program in Florence, Italy for one summer semester. While at UConn, Briana was most notably a member of Delta Zeta and the HuskyTHON executive team. After graduation, she moved to Boston and helped develop the Marketing division for New England’s largest used fitness equipment dealer. Soon after, she joined Gordon Brothers, a global financial services, advising and restructuring firm and helped lead the firm through a global wide rebrand as well as day to day focus on digital and event marketing. After four years at Gordon Brothers, she left in 2017 and joined a young company called Moo, Inc. where she focuses on Project Management on the Marketing team, bridging the gap between finance, marketing and creative.

Nicole Miller ’96

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Nicole Miller ’96 is a Senior Manager in the Treasury at United Technologies Corporation where she has worked since 2000. Her Treasury skills include domestic and foreign cash management; treasury systems conception, development and testing; process improvement; and foreign exchange trading. In addition to her Treasury background, Nicole has also held positions at Hamilton Sundstrand as a Compensation Manager and at Pratt & Whitney where she tested and implemented the SAP pricing process. In her current position, Nicole started an intern program for college students within UTC Treasury and was awarded the 2014 Supervisor of the Year for the INROADS New England Region, Inc., She also volunteers her time through the UTC Finance Women’s Forum which supports My Sister’s Place, a shelter for women and children, in Hartford. Outside of work, Nicole is the proud mother of two young sons and spends her time visiting with friends and family, reading, watching movies, taking walks, going to the beach and is learning to crochet.

Mark Misto ’13

Mark Misto ’13 is an Associate at Avant Capital Partners, a commercial real estate lender based in Greenwich, CT. He is responsible for identifying potential investments, analyzing transactions, coordinating due diligence, and asset management. At UConn, Mark was an active member of the Real Estate Society, Business Leadership Council, and was a program coordinator for the Husky Ambassador Program. Mark graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in real estate at New York University.

The mentor program allows students to complement their classroom experience with firsthand career advice and insight. I am proud to work with fellow Huskies as they begin their professional lives.
-Mark Misto ’13

Kellie Morrissey ’12

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Kellie Morrissey ’12 is on a mission to help rid the world of plastic bottles, heading up the Customer Engagement team at S’well Bottle. Prior to joining S’well Bottle, Kellie was a member of the Warby Parker corporate retail team helping implement processes used in retail stores across the country. She is a proud graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in Marketing and International Business. Outside of work, Kellie is a member of the education nonprofit Blue Engine’s Board of Engineers because she believes in the power of education to transform lives and is inspired by the group of people leading Blue Engine. Other passions of hers include living and promoting a healthy lifestyle, skiing, and spending time with a good book.

The UConn School of Business Mentor Program is important to me because of all of the help I received during my time at UConn. I hope to help someone the same way so many members of the UConn School of Business community have helped me.
– Kellie Morrissey ’12

Tess Morrissey ’16

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Tess Morrissey ’16 is a Business Development Manager at Magnet Media Films which is a content studio based in NYC that creates, produces, and distributes digital video across multiple different platforms. She works directly with media and entertainment clients across the entire US. She graduated from UConn in 2016 with a degree in marketing and a minor in Spanish. She has been actively involved in the mentor program, a mentee for 2 years while also working in the business school undergraduate center and a teaching assistant for Kelly Kennedy. This is her first year as a mentor and she is looking forward to giving back to a program that helped her start her career!

Amy Moynihan ’12

Amy Moynihan ’12 is a Human Resources professional and Recruiting Partner at Bioverativ, a Sanofi Company, a biopharmaceutical company in Waltham, MA. Amy graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.  While at UConn, Amy was a Vice President and member of Delta Zeta and Order of Omega, an honors fraternity recognizing strong academic and leadership accomplishments in the community. After graduation, Amy worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. in Boston, MA as an Assurance Associate in the Technology practice through the end of 2013. Recognizing she could utilize her accounting background in a different capacity, Amy looked to change career paths into the Human Resources field. Amy found herself working as a Recruiting Associate at Biogen, a biopharmaceutical company based in Cambridge, MA with a focus on neurodegenerative disorders. After a couple of years, Biogen spun-off their hemophilia practice in February 2017, which later would be called Bioverativ, where Amy now recruits for top talent in order to transform the lives of people with hemophilia, cold agglutinin disease and other rare blood disorders. In Amy’s free time, she enjoys travelling, cooking, indoor cycling and trying out new restaurants.

Ben Napoli ’14

Ben Napoli ’14 joined Brookfield Financial in 2015 as an analyst in the New York office. He provides underwriting and analytical support for the execution of M&A, debt and equity private placements, and investment sales transactions.Prior to joining Brookfield, Ben was an analyst in the Structured Investments group at New York Life Real Estate Investors. Ben holds a BS in Business from the University of Connecticut where he majored in Real Estate and Urban Economics.

Evan O’Brien ’05

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Evan O’Brien ’05 is one of Connecticut’s most productive and recognizable market experts. Since he joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2005, he has participated in some of the market’s largest transactions, representing tenants and some of the region’s largest landlords and developers. Evan is a 2005 graduate of the University of Connecticut. He is actively involved in the Real Estate Finance Association (REFA), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Commercial and Investment Division of New Haven & Middlesex Counties (CID) and supports a host of non-profit organizations, including YMCA-Strong Kids Campaign, Companions in Courage, Montessori School of Edgewood, The House of Bread and American Lung Association.

Michael Pantages ’12

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Michael Pantages ’12 graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. Mike is now a Senior Associate in PwC’s Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services (“CMAAS”) practice in Boston. At PwC, Mike provides diverse accounting advisory services for solving complex accounting and financial reporting issues around deals or other transformational events. Prior to joining PwC’s CMAAS practice, Mike spent three years in PwC’s Assurance practice in Hartford, predominately servicing companies within the Industrial Products sector. Mike is a Certified Public Accountant and spends his free time as a volunteer high school football coach, reading, and being outside.

Hasudin Pehratovic ’15

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Hasudin Pehratovic ’15 is an Audit Assistant at Deloitte & Touche, LLP in Hartford, CT. At Deloitte, Hasudin works with mutual funds in the Financial Service Industry and is involved in Deloitte’s recruiting efforts at UConn. During his time at UConn, Hasudin was a member of the Business Connections Learning Community and participated in various community services activities, such as Big Brother Big Sisters, America Reads, Students Engaged in Academic Leadership (SEAL), and acted as a Student Support Services mentor. Along with mentorship programs, Hasudin participated in 5 Alternative Break trips to various parts of the country helping in activities such as tutoring children, building wheelchair ramps for the elderly, and mentoring high school students. An avid sports fan, Hasudin’s favorite teams are the New England Patriots, Chicago Cubs, and Detroit Pistons. He looks forward to the opportunity to give back to UConn and the School of Business.

I truly believe in “Never taking anything for granted and always giving back”. If you can change one person’s perspective on something or help them out, that is one of the most rewarding feelings anyone can experience. I look forward to being a mentor and giving back to UConn and the School of Business for all they gave me.
– Hasudin Pehratovic ’15

Dave Persaud ’15

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Dave Persaud ’15 is the Brand Manager for Kobrand Corporation, a leading importer and marketer of fine wines in the U.S. Dave currently leads all marketing and supplier relations across 11 wine brands. In his 15+ years of marketing and brand management, Dave has successfully launched and repositioned multiple brands within the consumer packaged goods industry. Prior to Kobrand, Dave created a consulting firm, Incline Point Marketing, focused on food marketing and product development. Before that, Dave served in a number of marketing roles for The Lamb Company, DeMet’s Candy Company, and Philips Consumer Lifestyle. Dave graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Massachusetts with a Certificate of International Business in 2005. He then earned his Masters of Business Administration in Marketing and Management from the University of Connecticut in 2015. Besides his professional endeavors, Dave has also been a committee member for the Family and Children’s Agency, a leading, nonprofit human service organization committed to building better lives by increasing the social and emotional well-being of its clients.

I am excited to be part of the mentorship program! I see it as an opportunity to give back to the school, the faculty, and the students. My goal is to use my years of knowledge and professional experience to help students and enhance their learning experience. Personally, I think I will learn as much from them as they will learn from me.
– Dave Persaud ’15

Leon Peschel ’16

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Leon Peschel ‘16 received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the School of Business. At UConn Leon was captain of the Men’s Crew Team, competed on the Moot Court Team, and was a member of the Special Program in Law. He studied abroad at the National University of Singapore in the Spring of 2014. He has interned with General Electric in their early identification financial management program and at the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office in the Employment Rights division. Leon is currently working towards his JD at the Harvard Law School and will graduate in May 2019. In the summer of 2018 he will be a summer associate at Schulte Roth & Zabel in New York. In his free time, Leon enjoys spending time outdoors, landscape photography, and rowing.

Kyle Pita ’14

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Kyle Pita ’14 is currently an analyst in the Corporate Debt Originations group at BNP Paribas. Prior to working at BNP Paribas, he worked as a Markets Analyst at RBS Securities in Stamford. Kyle has been involved in the NYC Mentorship program since it began in 2010, first as a mentee and now as a mentor. During his time at Uconn, Kyle was the President and an active member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Additionally, Kyle was involved in the Student Government and the Finance Society. He graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in Finance.

Mentors have been instrumental in providing me with real world insight that have shaped my career decisions. I hope I can use this opportunity as a Mentor to assist Uconn’s future talent in navigating their transition to the working world.
– Kyle Pita ’14

Mark Radding ’78

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Mark Radding ’78 is a full time accounting professor and owns a small CPA practice specializing in individual and small business tax compliance and planning. He has partnered with other CPA firms auditing nonprofit organizations and participating in agreed upon procedures for the Massachusetts Film Tax credit. In the past he was employed as a software professional, developer, and project manager within the banking and mutual fund industries. He has also operated a software consulting company specializing in implementing software for the mortgage industry. Mark teaches classes at the undergraduate and graduate level including: Federal Taxation, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, International Accounting, and Accounting Information Systems.Mr. Radding is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in State of Massachusetts and is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) where he serves on the Federal Tax committee and the Academic and Career Development committee Mark earned his undergraduate degree in Finance at the University of South Carolina, his M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut, and an M.S.A. from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Trevor Russo ’05

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Trevor Russo ’05 is a Director at Ironwood Capital, a Connecticut-based private equity firm that provides non-control growth capital to middle market companies. His responsibilities include originating, executing, and managing portfolio investments. Prior to Ironwood, Trevor was an analyst with ING Investment Management (now known as Voya Financial) in the derivatives group providing analysis and support for futures, swaps and options products.

While at UConn, Trevor was a member of the Finance Society and served as an Undergraduate Lead Manager of the Student Managed Fund. He graduated with a BS in Finance, summa cum laude, in 2005 and received the Outstanding Achievement in Finance award. Trevor is a CFA Charterholder and received his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, fitness, and traveling.

Michael Salcito ’15

Michael Salcito ’15 works at KPMG in their New York City office. He is currently a Senior Associate in the firm’s audit practice, primarily working on public real estate clients. He has been with the firm since 2015. Michael attended the University of Connecticut from 2012-2015 and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from the UConn Business School. Prior to attending UConn, he attended the University of Arizona and while at UConn, he studied abroad with Semester at Sea. Outside of work, Michael primarily spends his time golfing and is an avid UConn Huskies and New York Giants fan.

Benjamin Salup ’04

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Benjamin Salup ’04 is a Vice President on the Equity Portfolio Sales Trading desk at Macquarie Capital in New York City, where he works as a salesperson for US and global institutional asset managers. Mr. Salup specializes in portfolio trading with a concentration in international equities and is also involved in index rebalancing, as well as quantitative and ETF trading. Mr. Salup began his career at UBS in 2005 where he held several roles across his tenure there. Prior to work, he graduated from the School of Business in 2004 with a major in Finance as was part of the UConn Real Estate Society while at school. Mr. Salup lives in New York City with his wife and daughter and enjoys playing golf, watching college basketball (especially UConn!) and traveling in his spare time. He holds Series 7, 55 and 63 licenses.

The mentor program is important as it allows current students to get a first-hand look at real world experience in the field they are most interested in. By tapping their most helpful resource, alumni willing to give back, students are able to develop and build out a network which they can leverage throughout their careers.
– Ben Salup ’04

Kristen Sands ’05

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Kristen Sands ’05 graduated from the UCONN School of Business in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Upon graduation, Kristen accepted a job at State Street Bank in Boston working as an Operations Specialist for the bank’s Foreign Exchange desk. In 2009, she received her MBA from Boston University. Over her 9 year career at State Street, Kristen held various Operations, Client Service and Project Management positions. In January of 2015, Kristen accepted a Business Analysis position at Bank of New York Mellon. Kristen currently resides in Boston, where she can be found running, crossfitting or trying out new restaurants.

Matt Schulman ’07

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Matt Schulman ’07 works at Madison Square Garden, where he has worked since 2010. He is currently the Director of Group Sales where he oversees a sales team responsible for selling all Group and Lounge products for the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty and other sports properties including College Basketball, PBR, WWE and more. Prior to MSG, Matt began his career in the sports industry with Mandalay Baseball Properties and the Staten Island Yankees. Matt graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut in 2007, majoring in marketing and minoring in economics.

The mentor program is important to me because it’s a way to engage with current Huskies and help share knowledge and experiences as they transition from students to Alumni.
– Matt Schulman ’07

Tim Shilling ’03

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Tim Shilling ’03 is responsible for the management and oversight of store-level disposition projects for some of the nation’s largest public and private retail companies. As a Team Leader in the Retail Division, Mr. Shilling works with the senior merchandising and operations teams, ensuring the highest return on the assets of Gordon Brothers Group’s retail clients. For more than a decade, Mr. Shilling has served in several financial roles within Gordon Brothers Group’s Retail and Valuation & Advisory Services Divisions. He is on the Board of Directors of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) Northeast Chapter and holds a BS in economics from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT

Robert Simpson ’14, ’14 MSA

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Robert Simpson ’14, ’14 MSA is a Tax Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP located in Hartford, CT. Robert graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Science in Accounting. While at UConn Robert was president of the Business Connections Learning Community and a member of Beta Alpha Psi. Before his senior year, Robert interned at PwC in the Hartford Core Tax practice. Directly after graduation in 2014 Robert began his MSA classes which he completed by November of that year. Robert started his full time employment as a Tax Associate at PwC in January 2015. While at PwC Robert has prepared various federal and state tax returns for different high net worth individuals, partnerships, and corporations. Robert has been engaged on various federal tax provisions and tax consulting projects. Robert is also actively involved in the PwC recruiting process, specifically for UConn.

Tim Snow ’11

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Tim Snow ’11 majored in healthcare management at UConn. While in school he did two summer internships at Massachusetts General Hospital. One summer was spent doing research in the orthopedic trauma unit and the other working on hospital best practices. He was also the President of the Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) for his junior and senior years. After graduation he decided to focus on preventative health. He has worked as a personal trainer, massage therapist, and acupuncture assistant. He currently owns The Fitness Recipe, which is a corporate massage business that works with companies in the Boston area. He also works for Elements massage, which is a national chain specializing in therapeutic massage. His responsibilities include recruiting massage therapists, hiring and training staff, and working with clients to alleviate chronic pain issues.

I enjoy helping students to figure out how to pursue something they find interesting, fun, and impactful.
– Tim Snow ’11

Ben Stewart ’12

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Ben Stewart ’12 graduated with a business management degree in 2012 from the University of Connecticut School of Business. While attending school, Ben played on the basketball team and was a member of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball championship team in 2011. After graduation, he was offered a position with UBS Investment Bank in New York City as a Global Synthetic Equities Analyst. The role focused mainly on derivatives but it did provide training in equities trading, risk mitigation, and the foundations of situational driven modeling. Two years later, as the graduate training program came to an end, he was offered a position to work for The Carlyle Group which is perennially ranked as one of the top private equity firms in the world. He currently works as a Global Market Strategies Analyst in the New York City office. The position focuses on structured credit but he is getting more active with quantitative based Mutual/Hedge Funds, business development companies, and finding value in other products. In his free time, he advises and invests in early stage technology companies focused on disruptive technologies in Mobile, E-commerce, and machine learning. Food and fitness are the last two items to round out his day.

The UConn mentorship program has allowed me to quickly excel to a very high level in Finance and my aim is to give back and help out those who are just as hungry as me to be successful in everything that they do.
– Ben Stewart ’12

Ed Switter ’96

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Ed Switter ’96 graduated from UConn with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and earned a Master of Science in Taxation from Pace University. Ed is currently employed by Crane Co. in Stamford, Connecticut, a diversified manufacturer of industrial products. Ed joined Crane in 2006 and has held a series of positions there, including Director of Tax; Director, Global Tax; Vice President, Taxes and (currently) Vice President, Treasurer and Tax. Prior to Crane, Ed spent approximately ten years in the Stamford office of Deloitte & Touche. While at Deloitte, Ed focused on corporate tax matters, including compliance, planning, and accounting for income taxes, as well as partnership taxation. His clients included both public and private companies in the consumer products, manufacturing, retail, service, technology and telecommunications industries. Ed is a certified public accountant in Connecticut. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Alan C. Tan ’09

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Alan C. Tan ’09 is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The TAN2000 International Regulatory Corporation. In December 2015, the SEC published a report that indicated that they were evaluating multiple paths to reduce the high level of fraudulent activity in the start-up ecosystem. Having already developed a well-articulated and documented process needed for accountability and trust via The TAN2000 International Holdings Corporation (TANHC), Tan and his founding team decided to pivot. They are now working to become the recognized voluntary self-regulatory organization for the private equity markets. The TAN2000 International Regulatory Corporation (TANRC) wants to give the SEC and state securities agencies, consumer protection agencies, attorneys general, and the labor agencies, the tools they need to address cheaters in the marketplaces and give the startup world the ability to regulate itself. The marketplace blueprint they developed is available to any entrepreneurial group who would like to create an opt-in system that promotes trust and accountability. Best practices are developed by the community in the form of standards and enforced by marketplaces. TANRC is working to function as the interface between the markets and the regulators to provide oversight for marketplaces. Thus, the markets can remain confidently focused on innovation, filling the economic pipeline with many start-ups, and allowing existing corporations to develop new revenue streams.

Mentoring is important not just to me, but to many others, because it is a way for us to create and cultivate a stronger community.
– Alan C. Tan ’09

Caitlin Taylor ’14

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Caitlin Taylor ’14 graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut School of Business in 2014 with a degree in Marketing and English. She currently works at IBM in the Performance Marketing division. Her current role involves communication strategy to accelerate the data driven marketing transformation at a corporate level. As an undergrad, Caitlin was actively involved in UConn Connects, Alpha Kappa Psi, and HuskyTHON. She has continued to foster her passion for service by volunteering at a local Brooklyn high school and organizing charity fundraisers for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys exploring New York City’s restaurant scene, travelling abroad, and watching UConn basketball.

When I was an undergrad, the career advice and alumni connections through this mentor program were invaluable. I want to continue to give back to the university and strengthen the alumni community that afforded me so many opportunities.
-Caitlin Taylor ’14

 Alexander Thalassinos ’15

Alexander Thalassinos ’15 is an Associate of M&A and Development at Surgical Care Affiliates (an OptumCare company). Alex is responsible for forming new partnerships across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic with specialty surgical practices and outpatient surgical centers. During his time at UConn, Alex was the lead manager of the Student Managed Fund and President of the Finance Society. Alex graduated magna cum laude from UConn in 2015 with a B.S. in Finance. He looks forward to giving back to UConn and the School of Business.

Tyler Thorson ’06

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Tyler Thorson ’06 is an Equity Analyst at Loews Corporation, a diversified holding company. In this role, he performs fundamental research on securities for inclusion in a value-focused investment portfolio. Prior to Loews, Tyler worked as Vice President of Talcott Realty Investors, a private real estate investment firm. There, he was involved with the acquisitions and asset management of commercial office properties. He holds a BSc in Finance from University of Connecticut (’06) and a MBA from Columbia University (’13). He is also a CFA charterholder.

UConn gave me the training and connections to successfully launch my career after graduation. I view the mentor program as a way for me to help a current student do the same.
– Tyler Thorson ’06

Julian Tirsu ’10

Julian Tirsu ’10 is a Senior Research Analyst at Gartner on the IT Leaders Infrastructure Design team, focusing on enterprise information archiving (EIA) software, file analysis (FA) and e-discovery tools, as well as strategies regarding information life cycle management (ILM) and information governance (IG). In his previous role at Gartner, Mr. Tirsu supported the IT Leaders Infrastructure & Operations group within Research Strategy & Operations. He developed relationships with analysts, vendors, and clients, acting as a primary resource for the fulfillment of complex data center inquiries, published research requests and contract reviews. Prior to working at Gartner, he held various positions within the IT industry, where he provided technical and sales support for several privately held companies. Mr. Tirsu holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Connecticut’s School of Business. In his spare time, Julian enjoys biking in the summer, skiing in the winter, traveling year-round, and a good old-fashioned. charterholder.

When I was an undergrad, the career advice I received at UConn was invaluable and lead to tremendous opportunities. This mentor program allows me to give back to the university and support the growing alumni community.
– Julian Tirsu ’10

Aileen Tobin ’15

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Aileen Tobin ’15 currently works in New York City as an Ad Solutions Specialist at Undertone, acting as a strategic resource for the Sales team. She’s responsible for creating world class custom solutions that tie Undertone’s value proposition and products to an advertiser’s objectives. While at UConn, Aileen was an active member of the Business Connections Learning Community, Running Club, and Irish Dance Club. In her free time, Aileen enjoys comedy, long distance running, and submitting videos to Ellen Degeneres in hopes of making it on her show one day.

Kimberly Tomlinson ’08

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Kim Tomlinson ’08 is a Senior Manager of Customer & Market Insights at Biogen, located in Weston, MA. At Biogen, Kim is responsible for understanding the motivations and dynamics driving decisions within the Multiple Sclerosis space, with a particular focus on Tysabri, Avonex, and Plegridy. Her previous role was as a Director at Ipsos Healthcare, a leading global market research consulting agency. Kim graduated from UConn’s MBA program in 2008 with a double major in Marketing Research and Management Consulting. While at UConn, Kim served as President of the MBA Marketing Association and was a contributing member of the Strategic Marketing Committee and the UConn chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs. Kim also participated in EdgeLab, a UConn-GE collaboration, where she helped create a “go to” market strategy and multi-generational product plan for a new lighting technology. Kim received her BS in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island; while there, she worked part-time for four years in Intervention at the Cancer Prevention Research Center.

Nadav Ullman

Nadav Ullman is the CEO and founder of Dashride, Inc. He has grown the company from a concept to a rapidly growing international organization that provides the leading ground transportation logistics platform to hundreds of the largest fleets around the world. Nadav has been named as Inc. Magazines ’30 Under 30 Most Brilliant Young Entrepreneurs of 2017′. While at UConn, Nadav started a mobile ridesharing app called Sobrio that helped students find safe rides home.

Eric Vaheb ’13

Eric Vaheb ’13 is a Senior Associate at Fitch Ratings, covering both investment grade and lev fin capital markets in a relationship management/business development function.  He most recently was tasked with covering the Aviation and EETC sector.  Prior to joining Fitch in November of 2016, Eric worked at JPMorgan Chase as an Associate in the Securitized Product Group, supporting the mortgage-backed securities traders (specifically agency-backed).  Prior to that, he was a member of the JPMorgan Financial Analyst Development Program, working his first rotation in the Global Real Estate team which deals with firm-wide purchases and sales of real estate.  His second rotation was as a product controller in Investor Services supporting the Futures & Options and Over-the-Counter Clearing sales team. Eric enrolled at the University of Connecticut in fall of 2009 as an honors student in the Business School. Throughout his years at UConn, he became involved in countless extracurricular activities and was extremely active in Greek Life as a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. During his years, he engaged in mentor style roles such as becoming an INTD facilitator, new member educator for Kappa Sigma, and President of the Iranian Student Association. Eric also held roles such as a USG Senator, IFC Executive Board Member, and Order of Omega initiate. Eric graduated from UConn in 2013 with a Bachelors of Finance and a minor in economics. He gained honors distinction through his thesis entitled “The Financial Crisis of 2008: The Greatest Downturn in the U.S. Economy Since the Great Depression.”

Being a mentor is a gift to me because it is a way I can invest in the brand that is UConn and the future legacy of my Husky family.
– Eric Vaheb ’13

Neema Vaheb ’07, ’07 MSA

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Neema Vaheb ’07, ’07 MSA graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Accounting. Neema was nominated by the University and ultimately selected for the post-graduate technical assistant program at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).While at the FASB, he assisted in the research, development, revisions and drafting of various accounting standards under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. In 2009, Neema joined PwC’s Transaction Services practice in New York City. Neema is currently a Manager with PwC and specializes in providing technical accounting advice related to Companies’ environmental liabilities and asset retirement obligations under U.S. GAAP, IFRS and Federal Accounting Standards. He also supports clients that are pursuing capital markets transactions, including IPOs, debt offering, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. He supports global clients across many industries (industrial products, mining, energy, utilities, automotive, pharmaceuticals, etc.). He also works with the PwC Advisory practice to help clients address sustainability issues and impacts to financial reporting. Neema has also authored several PwC thought leadership pieces. In his spare time Neema enjoys, traveling, playing sports and watching the UConn Huskies! Neema is a Certified Public Accountant, member of the AICPA, and volunteers for the UConn School of Business Alumni Mentoring Program.

Graig Vicidomino ’07

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Graig Vicidomino ’07 has over 6 years of directors & officers liability, errors & omissions liability, employment practices liability, and fiduciary liability insurance experience. He manages the brokerage and placement of strategic and cost effective insurance programs for a variety of financial institutions including investment advisers, hedge funds, mutual funds, private equity firms, family offices, trusts, and banks. Graig is also the head of the Crystal & Company Volunteer Committee (“Crystal Cares”) which was started in November of 2013. Prior to joining Crystal & Company he was an Account Executive at FW Serra Inc. where he managed a book of business comprised of small commercial business accounts in Connecticut. Graig is a Graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in Human Resources Management and Business Management.

Taylor Witt ’05, ’15 MBA

Taylor Witt ’05, ’15 MBA received his Bachelors of Science from the University of Connecticut in 2005 majoring in Business & Technology and completed his MBA from the University of Connecticut in 2015 with concentrations in Marketing and Management.  He has extensive experience in mobile and web systems development with a keen interest in the intersection of marketing and technology.  He worked for News America Marketing (a News Corp. company in Wilton, CT) for eight years holding various positions in IT from Business Application Manager, Business Analyst, Project Manager, Director – Mobile Applications, and Vice President – Digital Applications.  He then worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in Stamford, CT (recently acquired by Marriott International) and provided technology leadership for Starwood’s global CRM application, StarGuest.  StarGuest is a guest profile and task management system that shares guest’s wants, needs, and behaviors across all Starwood properties globally, allowing Starwood associates to customize each guest interaction, create unique branded experiences, and build loyalty. Currently, he is an Independent consultant for Related Companies.

Jamison Yaffa ’14

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Jamison Yaffa ’14 is a trader at Balyasny Asset Management, where he focuses on capital markets and equity derivatives. Previously, he was an investment banking analyst at UBS. He graduated from UConn in 2014 with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Real Estate Finance. While at UConn, he was an active member in many student organizations including the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Real Estate Society and intramural sports. He is an avid UConn basketball and Chicago Bears fan. Outside of work, he enjoys golf, Billy Joel concerts and saltwater fishing.

The mentor program provides a unique opportunity for ambitious students to gain experience unobtainable in the classroom.
– Jamison Yaffa ’14

Michael Yudowitch ’09

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Michael Yudowitch ’09 graduated from UConn in 2009 with a degree in Finance. Since 2014, Michael has been a Senior Research Analyst at GLG Silvermine in Stamford CT. His core job responsibilities include new investment recommendations and portfolio management & optimization for a multi-billion dollar CLO portfolio. Michael covers a portfolio of leveraged loans across the Cable, Telecom, Industrial, and Financial Services industries. Prior to Silvermine, Michael was a Credit Analyst at Doral Leveraged Asset Management and an Associate Analyst at Moody’s, where he wrote and published high yield credit research.

The mentoring program is important to me because finding and meeting my mentors has helped me set and achieve my goals. I look forward to doing the same for current and future Huskies.
-Michael Yudowitch ’09

Brian Zibuda ’80

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Brian Zibuda ’80 joined Augeo in 2008 as part of the PerksCard acquisition by Augeo Affinity Marketing. He has 30+ years of experience in sales, marketing and customer service, having worked at 3 of the largest insurance companies in the US, including Aetna, where he started his insurance career. Brian’s primary responsibilities include developing new client relationships with a focus on insurance, benefits and discount programs. In addition, Brian supports more than 50 client partnerships in the association and large employer space including such marquee clients as PepsiCo, State of Alabama, State of Arizona, Boston Children’s Hospital, Texas A&M University and Mass Teachers Association. Among his clients are several alumni associations including; Mass College of Pharmacy, University of NH and his alma mater UCONN. Brian holds a BS in Marketing, from the University of CT, School of Business where he also played varsity basketball. Brian enjoys servicing as a mentor for current business marketing majors.

The mentor program is important to me because it keeps me connected to UCONN, I get to hear about all the wonderful experiences the school makes possible for these enthusiastic students and I’m hopeful that I can have a positive impact towards their goals and aspirations.
– Brian Zibuda ’80