Author: Jason Barry

Alumni News and Notes


David P. Marks ’69, ’71 MBA has joined Conning Holdings Corporation’s Board of Directors as an independent director.


Stephen J. Enright ’72 has been promoted to senior vice president at Diamond Healthcare Corporation.

Christopher J. Kelleher ’77 was promoted to senior managing director and head of institutional asset management at Newfleet Asset Management.

James M. Mahoney ’79 has been elected the new CPA and managing partner of Mahoney Sabol & Company, LLP, and has been appointed to chairman of the Board of Directors for the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain.

Rakesh Narang ’74 MBA was recognized by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin as an outstanding member of Indian-American community in the category of Entrepreneurship and Business Acumen.


David L. Albrycht ’89 MBA has been inducted into the CCSU Business Hall of Honors.

Christopher A. Bleck ’80, ’88 MBA has been appointed to the Product Advisory Board of Alcresta.

James E. Cotter ’82 has been appointed to executive vice president and chief operating officer of Naugatuck Valley Financial Corporation.

Deborah R. Gordon ’88 MBA has been appointed to chief learning and development officer at Boyden in New York City.

William J. Hagist ’80 MBA has been named president and chief executive officer of the Enfield Community Federal Credit Union.

Paul H. Kauffman ’84 has been appointed as a managing director at Jones Lang LaSalle in its Stamford office.

Todd A. Krygier ’87 has been named the new coach of the Muskegon Lumberjacks, a tier one junior hockey team in Michigan.

Edward F. Lange Jr. ’86 MBA has been appointed to the position of chief executive officer of Holiday Retirement.

Scott R. Lewis ’85 has been promoted to senior vice president and controller of The Hartford.

Lee R. Schlesinger ’82 received the Mary H. Connolly Community Caring Award for outstanding service to the United Way and the entire community.

Donald E. White ’89, ’00 EMBA has been appointed to serve as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Salisbury Bank and Trust Company.


Andrew N. Albert ’92 MBA has been named managing director in the equity sales and trading group at R.W. Pressprich.

Paulette R. Alviti ’92 has been appointed to senior vice president and chief of human resources at Foot Locker.

Christopher L. Ayers ’96 EMBA has been appointed to president and chief executive officer at WireCo WorldGroup in Kansas City.

Richard L. Baran ’93 MBA, JD has been named as chief financial officer at MediaShift, Inc.

Shawn R. Fields ’99 has been selected as the new C.H. Booth library director.

Heidi M. Goldstein ’95 has been promoted to principal of Altus Capital Partners, Inc.

Robert L. Howard Jr. ’93 has been appointed as a partner directing the public sector practice at Mahoney Sabol & Company, LLP.

Gregory P. Lewis ’91 has been named the vice president and chief financial officer of Automation and Control Solutions.

Gary T. McCollum ’94 EMBA has been listed on “The Power List: 75 people who shape and influence Hampton Roads.”

James M. Yanosy ’92 has been promoted to chief financial officer for consumer markets at The Hartford.

Christopher R. Zell ’97 MBA has been appointed senior client manager of specialized industries for the Connecticut market by Bank of America.


Ashley M. Battle ’04, ’05 (CLAS) was named Chartiers Valley High School’s girls basketball coach.

Christina S. Brown ’08 was promoted to assistant vice president and sales and service manager at Encore Bank N.A. located in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Bryan P. Hurlburt ’02 has been appointed to farm service agency state executive director for the United States Department of Agriculture by President Obama.

Jennifer A. Lambert ’02 MBA was appointed vice president of marketing at Crosman Corporation.

Ann L. Lovejoy ’02 MBA has been appointed as a quality improvement specialist at Mountain-Pacific Quality Health.

Hang T. Nguyen ’08, ’13 Ph.D. successfully defended her dissertation titled, “Three Essays on the Financial Impacts of Branding Strategies and Marketing Assets” and will begin a tenure-track position at Michigan State University.

Daniel D. Pinho ’02 MBA has been recognized as one of the “20 Under 40 Latinos Going Places” by Poder 360 magazine.

Nykesha S. Sales ’00 was named the community liaison to the assistant coaching staff for the Connecticut Sun.

Melanie E. Thomas ’08 has been inducted into Mount Notre Dame’s Hall of Fame for being the all-time leading scorer in the History of the School’s basketball program.


Danielle Higgins ’13 Ph.D. successfully defended her dissertation titled Communicating Information Beyond the Tax Footnote: Effective Tax Rate Forecasts in the MD&A and will be joining the faculty at CUNY – Baruch College in the Fall of 2013.

Ronald S. Liu ’11 and Thomas Wang ’11 will be opening a Japanese restaurant, Haru Aki Café at Storrs Center in the Fall of 2013.

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UConn Business | Volume 3, Issue 3 | Summer 2013

Entrepreneurial Family Shares Secrets of Success With Disabled Veterans

Hughes Family Fund supports EBV and other outreach programs

Volume 3, Issue 3 | Summer 2013

As a successful entrepreneur, Robert Hughes ’92 (CLAS) knows what it takes to get a business off the ground. As a proud UConn alum, he believes the University plays an important role in supporting entrepreneurship and strengthening the state’s business and economic climate.

When Hughes learned the School of Business was interested in helping disabled veterans get back into the workforce, he decided to invest his skills, experience and finances in the effort, engaging his family members along the way. He has worked with his family in business for years, so it seemed natural to enlist them in his support for veterans outreach programs.

Together, they established the Hughes Family Fund in the School of Business to support programs for returning veterans like the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), a program that equips disabled veterans with the knowledge, skills and support to start and grow their own businesses and attain economic self-sufficiency.

Robert Hughes ’92 (CLAS) and Laurie Hughes Paternoster ’82 (CLAS).


“Meeting and working with these veterans has been a great experience,” says Hughes, who with his sister Laurie Hughes Paternoster ’82 (CLAS), has served as mentor and helped guide veterans in the program into the world of business and entrepreneurship. “We work with them and help answer questions about developing a business plan, working with staff, dealing with legal issues and marketing strategies,” says Hughes, who is chief operating officer, president and co-founder with his brother Jack of TopCoder, an international leader in identifying, evaluating and mobilizing software development resources. Brother Greg ’88 (CLAS) and sister Mary Abel are also involved in the company.

“The news is constantly full of the everyday problems faced by returning veterans,” Hughes adds. “These men and women have made a tremendous sacrifice, and upon their return, many struggle with problems related to unemployment, stress and depression. EBV and other veterans outreach programs by the University and the School of Business are working directly to tackle those issues.”

The return to civilian life can be daunting, notes Hughes, based on his interaction with some of the veterans in the EBV program. In the military, the chain of command establishes a hierarchy for decisions and responsibilities, and the work day and schedule are pretty firmly established. “The business world, especially entrepreneurism, is pretty different, with its emphasis on creativity and seizing opportunities,” says Hughes.

Since it was established in 2010, UConn’s EBV program has helped more than 25 veterans open 27 businesses.

“We’ve had some nice success,” notes Hughes, mentioning a woman who developed a business plan for a line of leather products for women bikers. She had countless statistics and data about the size of the market and the corresponding market for men’s products. She had also given much thought to designers and possible retailers. “It entailed a lot of homework and it was very impressive.”

Some EBV participants have teamed up to leverage complementary skills. Two female veterans with military experience related to video analysis and aerial surveillance worked together to develop a plan for a company that would offer surveillance services to local and state governments for law enforcement and environmental conservation purposes.

Another source of business ideas has come from home and hobbies. A man from Minnesota, also known as the “Land of 20,000 Lakes,” devised a plan for a mobile bait and tackle shop that would travel around the lakes during the summer and winter fishing seasons.

“If you think about the problems veterans with disabilities have returning to civilian life, and then you think about the role of a university as a place to learn, to interact with people from different social settings and cultures, and prepare to work and contribute to society, it makes a tremendous amount of sense for UConn and the School of Business to support the EBV program,” says Hughes. “UConn is developing a talent pool for the entire state. Including disabled veterans in that pool is win-win, for the state and for the veterans.”

Edwin W. Tucker

In Memoriam: Edwin W. Tucker

Edwin Tucker who served as Professor of Business Law at UConn for 39 years, passed away on May 16, 2013. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of New York University and Harvard Law School, he also received graduate degrees from New York Law School and Trinity College. Following service in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict and a law practice in Brooklyn, NY, he began a long teaching career at the UConn School of Business. Teaching was his passion, and he deservedly received numerous awards, including the E. Harris Harbison Award for Gifted Teaching, the School of Business Outstanding Teacher. Professor Tucker wrote over 100 legal articles and authored/co-authored six legal textbook. He retired in 2003 as a Distinguished Alumni Professor and Professor Emeritus of Business Law.

Ed and his wife, Gladys (who passed away in 2009) having shared 57 years of marriage were long-time members of the Storrs community. They were very generous with their time and support of many local social service organizations. He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Tucker (New York, NY) and his son Sherwin (East Granby, CT). Memorial donations may be made to Windham Hospital Foundation, 112 Mansfield Avenue, Willimantic, CT 06226.

UConn Business | Volume 3, Issue 3 | Summer 2013

2013 Risk Management Conference


Thursday, November 14, 2013
7:30 AM – 4:45 PM

Marriott Downtown
243 Tresser Boulevard
Stamford, Connecticut

Join us at the second annual Connecticut Risk Management Conference which has been designed to align risk management with strategy. This conference will bring together professionals engaged in risk management, senior management, and regulators, as well as faculty members and students in UConn’s MS in Financial Risk Management (MSFRM) Program. Continue Reading