Charles “Nap” Lawrence (BS Marketing ’62) donated $1 million to Sun Angel Collective, a booster-led collective supporting ASU student-athletes.

Gregory Pearson (BS Management ’65) has been a State Farm Insurance agent since 1965 and is based in Austin, Texas.

Jim Skelton (BS Economics ’68) served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia from 1970 to 1972, then earned a law degree and practiced law for more than 46 years, specializing in international transactions. He’s traveled widely and written several books, including a memoir, a legal textbook, and two anthologies.


Robert Edward Wolfe (BS Insurance ’72) is retired and says, “One of my best memories was of Professor Lester I. Tunney. He was my insurance professor and a survivor of the Bataan Death March. Professor Tunney cared about his students. He even arranged for a recruiter to meet with me at his home on University. That has stuck with me all this time. Go, Devils!”

Marvin Lozano (BS Business Administration ’74) co-authored 2020’s The U.S.-Latino Entrepreneurs Guide to Balancing Business, Family, and Culture.

Steven Marks (BS Accountancy ’75), president and CEO of Distinctive Jewelers and Insurance Replacement in Illinois, has been in the jewelry business for more than 30 years.

Susan Bitter Smith (BS Business Administration ’77, MBA ’82), executive director of Southwest Cable Communications Association in Phoenix, was named the inaugural recipient of CableFax magazine’s Regional Association Executive of the Year.

Kevin Holt (MBA ’78) is CEO at Co.Innovation Consulting in Phoenix. He authored 2022’s Differentiation Strategy: Winning Customers by Being Different.

Linda Dausend (BS Marketing ’79) is a senior consultant/account manager at FlashPoint Leadership Consulting and the state director at the Arizona Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) State Council. She was featured in SHRM’s HR Magazine, a widely read and respected HR publication.


Gene Taylor (BS Management ’80), the athletic director at Kansas State University in Manhattan, was named one of the Cushman & Wakefield Athletic Directors of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Athletics Directors.

Nancy Altobello (MBA ’81), a former senior vice president at Wells Fargo, retired as a real estate lender and currently serves on the executive committee of Girls Inc. of Orange County, Calif.

Brad Rogers (BS Marketing ’81) retired from a 26-year career in college publishing. He held positions at Wadsworth Publishing, Harcourt Brace, and HarperCollins Publishers, where he was the marketing manager of the college division. Rogers, who was ranked as the No. 1 national sales representative four times during his career, covered territories in California, Arizona, and upstate New York.

Matthew Ress (BS Marketing ’82) retired after 35 years in the insurance industry.

Mark Trinske (BS Advertising ’82) retired after working for 35 years in the investment industry. He lives in Elkhart, Ind.

Kevin Andrew (BS Business Administration ’84) retired from a career in higher education and career counseling, holding positions at Pacific Lutheran University and Evergreen State College in Washington, and New Mexico State University and Doña Ana Community College in New Mexico.

Robert Faucher (MBA ’84) was recently named the U.S. ambassador to Suriname, a country on South America’s northeastern shoulder. Faucher has been a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of minister-counselor and served as principal deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) from 2019 to 2022, including duties as the acting assistant secretary for CSO throughout 2021. He was previously director of the Office of Western European Affairs in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

Mike O’Neill (BS Marketing ’86) is a branch manager of Roofline Supply & Delivery in San Diego.

Reyes Banegas (BS Management ’88) is a community economic development Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia. Banegas is one of the first Peace Corps volunteers to return to overseas service since March 2020.

Kevin Warren (MBA ’88) is the first Black president in Chicago Bears history, the first president and CEO hired from outside the franchise, and the organization’s fifth president in 103 years. Previously, he served as Big Ten Commissioner. He is a 2019 W. P. Carey Hall of Fame inductee.

David Wilhelm (MBA ’89) is an associate professor at San Diego Miramar College, where he helped the two-year business program receive national accreditation.


Howard Barish (BS Marketing ’90) is the senior director of franchise development and project management at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Jennifer Essigs (BS Purchasing/Materials Management ’90) is the head of environmental, social, and governance at AE Industrial Partners. The private equity firm in Boca Raton, Fla., specializes in aerospace, defense and government services, space, power and utility services, and specialty industrial markets.

Rob Standifer (BS Management ’90) began a second career as the associate head coach of basketball at Dallas College after working in sales management for 14 years.

James Breitenfeld (BS Marketing ’92) is the president of Sidecar Commercial Real Estate in Frisco, Texas. The commercial and corporate realty company publishes Sidecar Industry Insights, an economist-led market research tool.

Eric Assouline (BS Management ’93) is celebrating 25 years as an attorney. He practices litigation in Miami.

Robert Kimmel (BS Finance ’93) is CEO and co-founder of K2 Insurance Services in San Diego. He sold the independent specialty insurance program manager to New York-based Lee Equity Partners.

Kristen Stampe (BS Accountancy ’93) is the area vice president of operations for full-service hotels at Hilton. She lives in Ashburn, Va.

Michael Brown (BS Finance ’94) is a partner at the Phoenix-based law firm Lewis Roca. His practice focuses on construction, securities, and real estate disputes.

Wayne Cochran (MBA ’94) is chief operating officer (COO) at RM2 in Orlando, Fla. Founded in 2007, RM2 technology incorporates sensors into reusable pallets to give customers supply chain visibility.

Justin Dragoo (BS Management ’94, MBA ’97) is partner and COO at Latitude 38 Entertainment. The organization runs BottleRock Napa Valley, an annual three-day music, wine, food, and brew festival in Napa, Calif.

Kristen Comer (BS Management ’95) is a workplace experience lead at Farmers Insurance, where she has worked for 18 years.

Jason Friedl (BA Political Science ’95), a senior attorney at Chicago-based Romanucci & Blandin Law, was named a 2023 Leading Lawyer in Illinois.

Steve Bast (BS Marketing ’98, MBA ’05) is principal at Nucleus Marketing Lab, a customer insights agency in Phoenix. He founded Mixtape Creative Coworking, a shared workspace venue in North Phoenix.

Jay DeWitt (BS Management ’99, MBA ’01) is assistant aviation director and chief development officer at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, where he oversees the planning and environmental, design and construction services, and financial management divisions.

Gerard Gibbons (MBA ’99) is a board director at Vista Outdoor, an American designer, manufacturer, and marketer of outdoor recreation products. He also serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Worldwide Express, and Lazer Spot.

Don Sechler (BS Finance ’99) launched Blumhouse Games, an independent game developer focused on horror-themed games for console, PC, and mobile devices. Previously, he was the head of finance, operations, and strategy at PlayStation.

Todd Thomas (MBA/MS-ECN ’99) is chief revenue officer of AiDEN Automotive, an automotive software company based in San Ramon, Calif.


LaLena Christopherson (MBA ’00) is a real estate wealth manager at West USA Realty in Chandler, Ariz., where she has spent more than 26 years helping clients create and manage their real estate wealth. She has four adult children, two of whom are Sun Devils.

Andrew Mesquita (BS Management ’00) is the human resources director for the city of Avondale, Ariz. Previously, he served as the chief human resources officer for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Corrie Francis (BS Marketing ’01) is celebrating 19 years at Wells Fargo. She was awarded Mrs. Colorado America in 2021 and used her platform to increase awareness around the needs of the terminally ill.

Manny Ruiz (MBA ’01) is vice president of business services at Credit Union West, an Arizona-based financial cooperative.

Trey Seck (MBA ’01) is chief client officer at Brightly, a software company based in Raleigh, N.C.

Curtiss Smith (MBA ’01) is the Phoenix region president at Northern Trust Wealth Management and a vice chairman and director at Ballet Arizona.

Sam Alpert (BA Journalism ’02, MBA ’18) is president at Bearfruit, a fundraising and marketing strategy company helping charities, nonprofits, and social impact organizations increase funding.

Cynthia Bade (MBA ’02) is vice president of development at Argentum, a national association that supports companies operating senior living communities.

Wayne Gorham (MBA ’02) is a manufacturing technical leader at American multinational manufacturing company W. L. Gore & Associates in Phoenix.

Michael McLean (BS Computer Information Systems/Management ’02) is a principal program manager at Microsoft in Redmond, Wash. He was awarded his fifth patent on Microsoft 365, for which his product teams released enhancements to support cross-organizational collaboration in Microsoft Teams. McLean drives product management for employee engagement tools in Viva Engage and Yammer to improve Microsoft products’ support of hybrid work.

Jeffrey Doroh (BS Management ’03) is controller at Southshore Companies, a third-party logistics provider headquartered in St. Joseph, Mich. He welcomed a son, Knute Rynehardt, on Feb. 2.

Danny Estrada (MBA ’03) is vice president of consulting at Rare Karma, which is based in New York City and offers Salesforce consultation, technical architecture, and HubSpot implementation services to mid-sized businesses.

Thomas Rajan (BS Finance ’03) is vice president of global sales at American Airlines, overseeing worldwide sales strategy and implementation.

Danny Heatherson (BS Management ’04, Accountancy ’06) is the interim chief financial officer (CFO) at Excelsior Mining in Phoenix. The company owns the Gunnison Copper Project in Cochise County, Ariz., an environmentally friendly copper extraction project.

Erin Im (BS Marketing ’04, MBA ’08) is vice president of talent at Zelle, a digital payments network headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. A 21-year veteran of the financial services industry, she is proud to support ASU student career development through Zelle’s early career programs.

Kashif Pathan (BS Finance/Marketing ’04, MBA ’08) has joined the board of the Colorado Bankers Association.

Hank Watt (BS Finance ’04) is celebrating seven years as co-founder of Nature’s Wild Berry, a superfruit brand that touts the positive health effects of “miracle berries,” also known as Ledidi berries.

Tony Bouie (MBA ’05) is president and CEO of CRC Surface Technologies, a Phoenix-based aviation and aerospace manufacturing company. He is a former college and professional football player.

Ryan Evans (BS Marketing ’05) is general counsel at Spreetail, an e-commerce company in Omaha, Neb. He was previously general counsel at Qdoba in San Diego.

Miles Ito (MBA ’05) is an award-winning composer who has scored, recorded, and produced soundtracks for films, commercials, TV and web series, artists, and video games.

Brad Kendrex (MBA ’05), vice president and CFO at the Arizona Board of Regents, was named one of the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2023 40 Under 40.

Chris Krygier (BS Economics ’06, MBA ’10) is COO at Global Water Resources in Phoenix, where he is responsible for the company’s regulated water and wastewater utility operations, business development and regulatory affairs, and acquisition and growth initiatives.

Alexis Nory (MBA ’06) is the manager of direct materials procurement at Philip Morris in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Kathryn Birkeland (PhD ’07) is Ronald G. and Kaye S. Olson Dean of the College of Business at NDSU in Fargo, N.D.

Kevin Curran (MBA ’07) has been a journalism faculty member at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles since 2020. He was the Oakland Athletics’ Cactus League radio engineer for 30 years.

Nuno Fernandes (MBA ’07) is president of the American Public University System in Charlestown, W.Va. Previously, he was president and CEO of Ilumno, the largest online program manager in Latin America.

Alex Macias (BS Accountancy/Computer Information Systems ’07) is president and owner of Phoenix-based Del Sol Furniture. He was named one of Furniture Today’s 40 Under 40 in 2022.

Christopher Pascale (MBA ’07) is senior director of marketing for the Institute for Corporate Productivity. The Seattle-based company is a network of corporations focused on building and sustaining productive, high-performance organizations through human resources research.

Todd Boysen (MBA ’08) is the president and CEO of Staypineapple, a hotel brand headquartered in Seattle with hotels across the Pacific Northwest.

Trula Ann Breuninger (MBA ’08) is CEO of Native American Connections, a Phoenix-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of American Indian people through behavioral health, affordable housing, and community development services.

Jordan Clancy (BS Marketing ’08) is president of Adelante Consulting, an environmental consulting firm in Corrales, N.M

James King (MBA ’08) is the chief programs officer for Still Serving Veterans in Huntsville, Ala. The nonprofit assists veterans and their families through career connections, benefits, and services and strengthens veteran communities through leadership and collaboration.

John Mathern (MBA ’08) is a customer account director at Zycus, a producer of cognitive procurement software headquartered in Princeton, N.J.

Preeya Patel (BS Supply Chain Management ’08) is a vice president at Sojern. The digital marketing platform for hotels, attractions, and tourism is based in San Francisco.

Richard Coleman (MBA ’09) is president of the federal sector of Axon, a public safety technology provider based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Shannon Susko (MBA ’09) is senior vice president and chief communications officer of Centene, an enterprise that provides health-related products and services. She lives in New York.


Jason Okun (BS Supply Chain Management ’10) is the western region retail recruiting manager at Acara, a provider of recruiting and workforce solutions headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y.

Atif Saeed (MBA ’10) is the CEO of the Philadelphia International Airport, heading the Division of Aviation, which includes Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport. Previously, he served as CFO of Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport.

Alexis Kyroudis (BS Business Administration ’11, MS Global Logistics ’22) is a procurement agent at Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company and a provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services.

Sharitta Marshall (MBA ’11) is the founder of Visionary Development Consulting, an employee resource group (ERG) program management firm in Tempe, Ariz., that helps leaders create workplaces that support growth and well-being of employees while connecting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to the bottom line. The company recently launched an ERG Program Management certificate to connect ERG and DEI initiatives.

Grace O’Sullivan (MBA ’11), vice president of ASU Knowledge Enterprise, was named one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business of 2022 by Arizona Business Magazine.

Lauren Rosin (MRED ’11) is the founder and CEO of the RosinTeam at eXP Realty, a global online brokerage.

Adel Belgaied (BA Business Sustainability ’12) is the founder of PIVIT, an online social platform based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Brandon Bramley (BS Management ’12) is celebrating five years as founder of The Salary Negotiator, an online platform that helps professionals negotiate higher salaries and benefits packages.

Shea Joachim (MBA ’12) is the assistant town manager of Queen Creek, Ariz. Previously, he was the business and economic development director for the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority.

Christopher Gitibin (BA Business Communication ’13) is senior vice president of debt/equity at Northmarq in Phoenix.

David Rice (BS Supply Chain Management ’13, MBA ’22) is a project manager for the U.S. Army in Detroit.

Jared Amzallag (BS Supply Chain Management ’14) is co-founder and partner at Minimal Living Concepts, which provides minimalist homes and additions.

Nickolas Cardinale (MBA ’14) is the COO of QuintEvents, a provider of ticket, hospitality, and travel experiences based in Charlotte, N.C.

Vivek Kopparthi (MiM ’14) is the CEO and co-founder of NeoLight, a medical device company focused on creating technology to treat preventable conditions in the newborn care market. He is the recipient of ASU’s 2023 Young Alumni Achievement Award and has been honored with a Forbes 30 Under 30, a Times Now NRI of the Year award, and as a top 20 influential Arizona millennial.

Corey Bayne (BS Global Logistics Management ’15) is a senior account executive of large enterprise sales at Google, where he has been one of the fastest-promoted Black/Latinx sellers in the company.

Michael Cooperhouse (MBA ’15) is the director of product and process engineering and implant manufacturing at Edwards Lifesciences, a medical technology company headquartered in Irvine, Calif.

Doris Lynk (BS Marketing ’15) is an associate at McKinsey & Co., a global management consulting firm. In 2023, Lynk earned an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University, where she served as vice president of marketing for the Association of Hispanic and Black Business Students and vice president of admissions for the Stern Women in Business Association.

James Hall (MBA ’16) is director of research at ABI Multifamily, a Phoenix brokerage and advisory services firm focusing on apartment investment transactions.

Natalie McDonald (BS Supply Chain Management/Marketing ’16) is a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines. Previously, she was a marketing manager at Dircks Moving & Logistics in Phoenix.

Lauryn Sato (BA Business Communication ’16) is a senior project associate at Training Resources Group, a business consulting firm in Arlington, Va.

Isabel Ticlo (BS Marketing ’16), a student doctor of physical therapy, was crowned Miss Arizona USA in 2022.

Jacob Flick (BS Finance ’17) is vice president of acquisitions at Tenet Equity, a real estate investment company in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Tyler Weldon (BA Business Communication ’17) is CFO of Mohave Electric Cooperative in Bullhead City, Ariz.

Kai Ciancio (BS Marketing ’18) is associate manager of performance marketing at Vox Media in New York City.

Lauren Click (BS Marketing ’18) is founder of Let’s Go Compost, a Scottsdale-based nonprofit focused on upcycling ingredient buckets into free worm compost bins.

Alexandria Duran (MBA ’18) is the integration and test lead at Viasat in Tempe, Ariz. In August, Duran celebrated her sixth year at the global communications company, which provides high-speed satellite broadband services and networking systems.

Matt Erickson (BA Business Law ’18) is co-founder of Two Friends Golf, an apparel brand based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Rei Llazani (BA Business Law ’18) is the founder and CEO of MadeMay. The online marketplace that connects clientele with independent artists and artisans is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and Phoenix.

Jenny Tang (MS-BA/MBA ’18) is a long-range financial planning manager at Patagonia in the Los Angeles metro area. During her time at ASU, she was named a 2018 MBA to Watch by Poets&Quants.

Brandon Vermeer (BA Finance ’18) is celebrating six years at Wells Fargo and leading a risk modeling application project for Quantum Computers.

Quinn Gallagher (BA Business ’19) is a manager at Blackmon Home Loans in Las Vegas.

Gabrielle Quintana (BA Business Law ’19), a business operations specialist senior at the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at ASU, recently purchased her first condominium.


Hannah Bartke (BS Accountancy ’20) is a senior accountant at Arizona Community Foundation, which provides a bridge between donors and nonprofit organizations that support Arizona communities.

Elise Simunds (BA Business Communication ’20) is a contract specialist at Battelle Memorial Institute at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. The research institution provides charitable giving to civic and community causes and STEM education to millions of students nationwide.

Veronica Aguilar (MBA ’21), vice president of the national recruitment team at Teach For America, was honored with a Phoenix Business Journal 2023 40 Under 40 award.

Jamie Gerber (MRED ’21) is a senior real estate development manager at The Opus Group in Phoenix.

Lauren Holstad (MS-BA ’21) is the marketing science lead at Google in Chicago, where she supports agency and channel partners in the U.S. and Canada.

Anthony Rice (PhD ’21) is an assistant professor of finance at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on corporate, behavioral, and sustainable finance.

Colt Siler (BS Finance ’21) is a multifamily and land specialist at Orion Investment Real Estate in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Joann Praise Emmanson (MBA ’22) is a senior technical product manager for Amazon in Tempe, Ariz. While attending ASU, Emmanson was the president of Chain Breakers, a group that promotes ethics and transparency in supply chains.

Rob Maloney (MBA ’22) hosts the Heart & Hard Work podcast, which features ordinary people who achieve the extraordinary and shape what’s possible for others by taking action.

Kevin Messner (BS Management ’22) is a community economic development Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia, where he is one of the first Peace Corps volunteers to return to overseas service since March 2020. As an amputee, Messner hopes to spread awareness abroad about the disability community.

Autumn Stewart (MBA ’22) launched Earheart.ai, an app that uses intuitive eating principles and conversational artificial intelligence to support healthy relationships with food. She’s a project operations coordinator for Design Works Gaming in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Kristen Talbert (MBA ’22), the Indigenous Leadership Academy program manager at ASU’s American Indian Policy Institute, received the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 2023 40 Under 40 award.

Scott Devereux (BS Marketing ’23) is a commercial project manager for the Commercial Project Management Development Program at Siemens in Dallas. The Munich-based technology company focuses on industry, infrastructure, transport, and health care.

Aayush Gupta (BA Business ’23) is a commercial real estate reporter with Albuquerque Business First, a business news and events publication based in Albuquerque, N.M.

Lissa Leibson (MBA ’23) is the strategic advisor for the Kansas City Pioneers, an esports organization.

Akansha Malara (MBA ’23) is a lead project manager of development at Nextera Energy and lives in Florida.

Zubair Porbunderwala (MBA ’23) is a product marketing manager at Microsoft in Seattle.