Class of 1967
John Heberle, BBA, is happily retired and back living in Texas.
Class of 1970
David Boldrick, BBA, enjoyed spending three weeks in Alaska, where he spent cool days fishing halibut.
Class of 1971
Frank Dunlevy, BBA, returned to Cowen & Co. as vice chairman after serving as chief banking officer and senior advisor at the State Department. He is based in Washington, D.C., and NYC.
Class of 1976
Christopher Casner, BBS, is five years retired after a 40-plus-year career in corporate accounting, FP&A and valuation analysis for merger and acquisitions. He lives in Dallas with Pam, his wife of 40 years. He enjoys pickleball, fishing, birding and spoiling his two grandchildren.
Robert “Bob” Hirth, BBA, has been appointed to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Standards & Emerging Issues Advisory Group, which protects investors’ interests and furthers public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate and independent audit reports.
Class of 1979
Debra Stewart, BBA, said goodbye to Dallas and headed south on I-35 to the beautiful Hill Country for an active 55+ Del Webb community in Georgetown. She has the SMU pony flag flying on her red golf cart as she plays on the three resort courses. She’s looking for more SMU ponies to join her down in the Sun City — where there is too much orange and maroon!
Class of 1981
Patricia Williams, née Barrett, MBA, acclaimed author of “E-vengeance” and “The Two Weddings of Zhao Ping,” has released her dramatic third novel, “The Garret on Boulevard Voltaire.” This tense and wonderfully nuanced romance set in Paris contrasts the allure of a whirlwind relationship with the expectations placed on young women in a changing world.
John Duncan, MBA, and Melanie Swanson Duncan, ’84, are proud grandparents of a new baby girl, Rosemary Pearl Smeltser, born April 8 in Memphis. They have lived in Collierville, Tennessee, since 1994, where John is now working in economic development and Melanie in senior adult ministry.
Len Musgrove, BBA, proudly celebrated the 10th anniversary of Musgrove Law Firm P.C. The Dallas-based boutique law firm focuses on corporate, tax, IP and real estate law and proudly represents business owners, entrepreneurs and high-wealth individuals.
Class of 1982
Laurence Rubel, BBA, retired this year.
Charlie Sullivan, BBA, recently launched Sullivan Development Company, which focuses on single-family rental communities along with traditional multifamily projects in the Midwest.
Class of 1983
Anna Patterson, BBA, changed careers several years ago to become a licensed mental health counselor in Florida and opened a private practice, Trinity River Counseling LLC.
Craig Premo, BBA, was recently promoted to senior brand manager for AMN Healthcare, a workforce solutions and staffing company listed on the NYSE under AMN, to manage their brand and managed services positioning and marketing.
Class of 1984
Michael Montonen, MBA, started a new leadership position at IBM Consulting as associate partner for data, analytics, AI, blockchain and IoT.
Erich Schlegel, BBA, is a freelance photographer in Austin working for Texas Highways, Austin Opera, USA Today Sports, RGV Reef Foundation, Texas Water Foundation, Colorado River Land Trust and National Geographic.
Class of 1985
Elena Andro, née Rohweder, BBA, joined the house corporation board of the Alpha Xi chapter of Gamma Phi Beta.
Janine Gulliot, MBA, is special advisor to the chair of the International Sustainability Standards Board.
Andy Miller, BBA, enjoyed a 33-year career with Dallas-based ClubCorp (now Invited, originally a Dedman family-owned business) in sales, operations and acquisitions, ending as EVP, Membership on Executive Committee. After retiring in 2018 and enjoying a sabbatical until 2020, he joined the former president of ClubCorp as his first “partner/employee” in a startup acquisition. They acquired Heritage Golf Group with KSL Capital, a 30-plus-year hospitality-centric equity group. For the past two and a half years, they’ve been fortunate to attract talented hospitality-industry individuals and grow from a six-club company with 350 employees to 23 owned and operated private country clubs and daily fee resorts with almost 2,500 employees. He will always be thankful for his SMU education and time working for the Dedman family — legendary supporters of SMU.
Class of 1986
H. Sterling Burnett, BBA, was designated director of the Arthur B. Robinson Center on Climate and Environmental Policy.
Class of 1987
George Martin, BBA and BA, retired this year.
Vibhu Sharma, BBA, joined Pacific Life as EVP and CFO in April. Pacific Life is headquartered in Newport Beach, California.
Scott Sussman, MBA, served six years as CFO of a privately held luxury goods company that completed a successful exit at an attractive valuation last fall.
Class of 1988
Bill McLeod, BBA, became CFO of Novome Biotechnologies following a 25-plus-year investment banking career.
Class of 1991
Lloyd Denman, MBA, retired from the City of Dallas Engineering and Development Services Department after 22 years of service. He is now consulting and managing real estate.
Class of 1992
Jim Contardi, MBA, is now CEO at Revalize, the global leader in sector-specific software that helps manufacturers optimize revenue operations.
Class of 1994
Dr. Bryan Lowery, MBA and founder of Frisco Concierge Medicine, was honored with a Living Magazine Readers Choice Award two years in a row as Best Family Practice Doctor/Group in Frisco and Plano.
Class of 1995
Chris Bradshaw, FTMBA, was named to the newly created City of Dallas Economic Development Corporation’s board of directors.
Class of 1996
Emil Peters, BBA, was appointed CEO of Tunstall Healthcare Group, a UK-based global provider of health technology and services to the health and social care sectors.
Class of 1997
Pete Chilian, BBA, runs J.P. Morgan’s Dallas-region private banking. He has worked there for 20 years. He and Brandi Phillips Chilian, SMU BBA ’98, MSA ’99, recently celebrated their 21st wedding anniversay.
Class of 1998
Benjamin Lavine, BBA, is owner and president of Stone Acorn Builders, a family- owned custom home-building company and a member of Southern Living’s prestigious custom builder program. He led his company’s expansion to Austin in 2019, while his business partner remained in Houston to run the operation in its 22nd year. Benjamin moved his family to Austin in 2021 to lay down roots and solidify their successful expansion into Central Texas. In the midst of this change, the father of three lost his wife to a rare disease called amyloidosis in December 2021. He reminds his fellow alums that we are not promised tomorrow.
Class of 1999
Pat Pefley, EMBA, has a new position: Deputy Asia Pacific Regional Center, Strategy and Integration, Department of Defense, Defense Intelligence Agency.
Jim Stanislaus, MBA, founded Petros PACE Finance in 2015. The firm became the national leader in C-PACE financing for commercial real estate and was acquired by Apollo on Jan. 1.
Class of 2000
Anthony Licata, EMBA, retired this year.
Clint Hughes, EMBA, is seeing the results of 20-plus years of work with the business plan he wrote for Jerry White coming into reality. Help Or Motivate Everybody Inc. is a 501c3 raising self-esteem for kids with special needs or disabilities and teaching other children compassion and inclusion with the children’s book series “Doctor Owlkin and The H.O.M.E. Team: Celebrating Our Differences and Diversity With Inclusion.”
Class of 2001
Carlo Malana, BBA, was appointed president and CEO of ST Telemedia Global Data Centres Philippines. Formerly CIO of Globe Telecom, he now leads the newly created data center joint venture of Globe (the Philippines’ largest mobile provider), STT GDC (global operator of data centers) and Ayala Corporation (the Philippines’ largest conglomerate). The new company will lead the Philippines’ evolution to a regional IT infrastructure hub supporting increased demand for cloud and digital services, locally and within the Southeast Asian market. Several publications also recognized him as one of the top CIOs in the region.
Daniel Taylor, BBA, is investment director and managing principal of Taylor Morgan Capital, a systematic macro hedge fund manager launched in 2017. After five years’ strong track record of annual profits, they began marketing to outside investors beginning in 2022. They invest globally in every major asset class and over 60 subclasses via stocks, bonds, commodities, options and quantitative futures and offices in the Rosewood Court in Uptown Dallas.
Marsha Wulff, EMBA, cofounded LoftyInc Capital, which manages venture capital funds for African tech startups with African founders and lofty goals. It is now ranked as one of Africa’s most active investors.
Class of 2004
Ali Gowani, BBA, is leading a next-gen automation program at Amazon Robotics that will automate outbound shipments with autonomous drive units, advanced manipulation systems and autonomy-compatible chutes. This multiyear program will revolutionize its entire fulfillment center network in the North America, Europe and Asia.
Melissa Jennings, BBA, was ranked in the top 125 real estate agents for the entire state of Texas by sales volume for 2021.
Mikhail Orlov, PMBA, launched GRITR Garage in July, a new division of his company Weby Corp.
Class of 2005
James Loomstein, MBA, spoke at DFW Startup Week 2022 on behalf of the SMU Caruth Institute faculty about leveraging marketing as a business growth driver. In his eighth year on the SMU Cox faculty, he currently teaches MBA Digital Strategy and Entrepreneurship and is managing partner of Rogue Marketing.
Class of 2007
Rafael Guevara Jr., BBA ’02, MBA ’07, is VP of merchant services analytics and visualization at JPMorgan Chase.
Christopher Haug, BBA, was appointed to the California Judicial Council Probate & Mental Health Advisory Committee and the California Judicial Council Tribal Court’s State Court Forum Advisory Committee in 2021. He is currently employed as Probate Attorney for Los Angeles Superior Court.
Michael Rahmn, BBA, was promoted to equity partner at Foley & Lardner LLP.
Class of 2009
Scott Blount, MBA, launched his new company VIUM Capital in 2020 with five partners. He has two children: Emerie, a daughter born Oct. 29, 2020, and Porter, a son born Feb. 14, 2022.
Parveen Kumar, EMBA, spent 10 years growing PKMK Investments LLC to be America’s largest equity management platform. It has become responsible for 15% of all trading volumes for small business. Now, he and co-founder Mona Kumar are disrupting the asset management industry.
Shamaail Noorali, BBA, started a new job at Real Time Electronic Payments (REPAY) as director of product management in June.
Adrian Rodriguez, PMBA, worked with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a consumer safety officer for four years, specializing in food, drug, dietary supplement and cosmetic regulatory investigations. In 2013, he left for the private sector, for various executive-level roles focused on developing quality management systems, training personnel within GMP-regulated industries and increasing business profits by promoting quality values. He established his own consulting business in 2018, assisting FDA-regulated facilities nationwide and in Canada. His current position as VP of Quality and Safety for Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company based in Dallas reflects his passion and personal values for patient care and safety. He works to bring safe, affordable drugs to those that need them most. He considers himself to be an experienced executive with a demonstrated history of problem-solving and leadership skills that all began at SMU Cox School of Business. Go Mustangs!
Class of 2011
Leslie Reynoso, BBA, became a partner at Beacon Pointe Advisors, one of the fastest-growing independent registered investment advisory firms in the nation.
Frank Sciuto, MSE ’10, MBA ’11, is a general partner at Nucleus Trinity West, a special-purpose investment vehicle. Along with Morgan Johnson and Bailey McGuire, BBA ’07, the company acquired shares of Outpost Brands, a contract manufacturer in Florida, founded by Woody Mooers, BBA ’17; Tyler Kowalske, BBA ’18; Tom Beckham, BBA ’18; and Matt Schwarmann, in a transaction valued at over $50 million.
Class of 2012
Suresh Narayanan, PMBA, has had a busy summer focused on acquiring aviation and aerospace businesses to grow. His new focus has capital partners and a unique strategy focused on aerospace and aviation businesses acquisitions. His SMU network has been a primary driver of both capital and businesses to evaluate.
Class of 2013
Chibundu Nnake, MBA, welcomed the birth of his first child, a son named Chibundu Achebe Nnake II, in March 2021. He also started a new job at NetApp as manager of government relations in May 2021.
Sean Tremblay, MBA, has a new job as head of procurement at PE-backed Service Experts. He is expecting a fifth baby since graduation, arriving in November.
Class of 2014
Andy McIntosh, MBA, and Lyndsay McIntosh, MA ’14, welcomed their son on Oct. 10, 2021. They met at SMU.
Billy Nayden, BBA, started with WWE as manager of fan analytics.
Jatin Patel, PMBA, started a new position as technical program manager at Cruise Automation, which aims to bring autonomous driving mainstream and be the first commercially viable RoboTaxi solution.
Class of 2015
Jonathan Heckmann, PMBA, was promoted to commercial estate director for Johnson Controls International, a global leader in smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, where he will oversee business development, operational excellence and strategy development for a global portfolio of real estate clients. With annual revenues of approximately $23 billion and over 105,000 employees, Johnson Controls serves a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries.
Class of 2016
Kellie Conant Stoll, BBA, and Brandon Stoll, Dedman ’16, were married in October 2021. While planning the wedding and getting ready to open a business in Dallas, they found out Brandon would have to go through open-heart surgery. In April of this year, after the surgery, recovery and getting married, they opened their first brick-and-mortar ice cream shop. Parlor’s Ice Creams started as a scoop cart back in 2019 at the Dallas Farmers Market but got big enough to become a real scoop shop. Located in Lakewood off Mockingbird and Abrams in the Hillside Village Shopping Center, they scoop locally sourced, completely from- scratch ice cream that tastes the way ice cream used to taste back in the day.
Class of 2017
Liang Deng, MSM, founded a real estate company with a revenue of more than $50 million a year.
Class of 2018
Levar Graham, BBA, was promoted to technology and strategy consultant at Accenture.
Tiffaney Dale Hunter, EMBA, is a Dallas Business Journal 2022 Women in Business honoree. The title is awarded based on proven leadership, community impact and combined years of professional and community contributions.
Ashok Kafle, MS, has been living her dream of working in health care analytics, as a PwC Consultant to Baylor Scott & White’s analytics team. Her son, who was born while she completed her master’s at SMU Cox, is now 4 years old. Her days at SMU Cox are unforgettable, and she is proud to be a Cox alum.
Madelaine (Maddy) Rueda, BBA, was promoted to global program manager of YouTube Music Partner Operations in May. She oversees strategy and operations on behalf of partner operations managers who support music labels, distributors, publishers, artists and collection societies worldwide.
Class of 2018
Kirk Presley, BBA, BA, married Katie Williams, BBA, BA, on March 26 at Perkins Chapel on SMU campus. They met on their freshman move-in day at Armstrong Commons, where they had been assigned rooms across the hall from one another.
Class of 2019
Ashley Eisenkramer, BBA, was promoted to consultant with ESG Advisory.
Connor Kolodziej, BA, was hired as business operations associate for Chicago Bulls G-League affiliate the Windy City Bulls. He is responsible for revenue reports, leading game merchandise staff and collaboration with ticketing and sponsorships.
Bora Laci, PMBA ’19, BA ’13, has a new role as consultant at Thought Ensemble, a Pariveda company.
Mauro Marquez, MBA, was promoted to VP of private wealth management at Neuberger Berman in 2021.
Nicole Martin, BBA, is excited to be returning to the Hilltop as an MBA candidate! Pony Up!
Nathan Moayyad, PMBA, celebrated the first anniversary of opening his law firm, Moayyad Law PLLC, on Aug. 1. He believes having an MBA differentiates him because he can work with clients at the intersection of law and business, not only offering legal advice but also helping them use the law to strategically grow their businesses.
Class of 2020
Laura Justis, FTMBA, recently moved from New York to Santa Monica, California, and switched careers from JP Morgan’s TMT investment banking division to investment associate on Platinum Equity’s M&A execution team.
Adam Tunks, BBA ’04, EMBA ‘20 started First Person Capital, a commercial real estate debt fund with target returns of 7% to 8%. All investments are in first lien debt positions secured by investment real estate. The team secured initial investors, made successful investments and started sending distributions. Now that they have proven the model, they are out looking for more individual investors and are interested in great risk-adjusted returns on a fixed-income product.
Brian Washington, FTMBA, and partner Griffin purchased a new house and moved to Seattle, Washington, in October 2021 to start new roles at T-Mobile and CBRE. In August, Brian was promoted to principal product manager at Inlab, T-Mobile’s digital innovation team, where he is responsible for the success of a new joint venture between T-Mobile and a VC out of London to create several tech startups each year.
Iman Zabdani, EMBA, a consultant with Dallas-based ChurchillTerry business advisors, is working on her doctorate in data analytics at Grand Canyon University. She sends greetings to her networking contacts and is always looking to expand her network.
Class of 2021
Jorge Almeida, PMBA, welcomed a new baby.
Robin Flenniken, MBA, MA, joined Cognizant as a senior consultant in the transformation management practice and is loving it. She appreciates the SMU network for helping her find her ideal position. She also got engaged to Justin Lankford, a current Online MBA student at SMU Cox.
Lauren Ritchey, BBA, is currently working in e-commerce and marketing for Godiva Chocolate.
William Wilson, BBA ’09, MBA ’21, recently accepted a role managing the Dallas commodities and derivatives futures trading desk for a company based in The Netherlands. This will be a good way of balancing financial skills with managerial and leadership responsibilities.
Natesa Vaidya, BBA, started a new job as lifecycle marketing analyst for the Chicago Bears in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Class of 2022
Gabriel Arango, FTMBA, started a new job as an investment banking associate at Houlihan Lokey.
Philip Cherrick, BBA, is an associate on Davidson & Bogel’s urban team specializing in industrial land, industrial outside storage, tenant representation, property leasing and acquisitions. He focuses on gathering intelligence in all Dallas-Fort Worth markets to promote business transactions. Previously, he worked for Edge Realty Partners & Paladin Partners within their off-market land division in Dallas, where he specialized in the Dallas-Fort Worth industrial sector and learned skills to suit any client’s needs. He is an avid Mustang football fan and enjoys spending his time traveling with family and friends.
Katherine Colig, BBA ’21, BA ’21, MSA ’22, was named Miss Texas Petite USA on Oct. 30. Earlier that month, she also competed in the Miss Dallas USA Pageant.
Jenny Rudolph, BBA, is a business and economic development reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She uses her marketing background to track and report on Fort Worth’s major business industries of energy, aviation and medicine.
KaDarius Smith, MSM ’21, MBA ’22, is a real estate development associate at StoryBuilt, focused on mixed-use urban infill developments in Dallas.
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