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August Class Notes

August Class Notes

We welcome announcements of new jobs, promotions, board positions, marriages and family additions. Please visit our online submission form to share your news. You can also use this form to request your copy of the Whitman biannual magazine via email rather than in print. To update your address or contact details, please visit https://securealumni.syr.edu.


GroupM has appointed Chung Youngoo (Jason Chung) ’98 MBA, ’99 MS as CEO in Korea. He joins GroupM following 17 years in senior positions with online businesses in Korea, including eBay, Travelocity, TripAdvisor and most recently EF Education First. GroupM has nearly 300 employees in Korea across Mindshare, MEC, MediaCom, Maxus, M2 Digital, Xaxis and DTSI. It billed US$138 million in 2016 according to Recma. Read more. 


Chad Bender ’05 has been named Senior Director of Ad Sales Strategy at NBC Universal. In this role, Bender is responsible for setting the strategy to drive revenue growth in video and branded content for a variety of entertainment and lifestyle properties including Bravo, Oxygen, E!, Universal Kids, Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes, and Flixster. He has held previous roles in media at Disney, Deloitte, and NBC.



Paul T. Czepiga, CPA, J.D. ’78, ’84 (LAW): Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants Advisory Council member and chair of the Council’s Trust, Estate, and Gift Taxation Interest Group.

Beth Perlman ’82: Chief Information Officer, Live Casino & Hotel

Adam Boornazian ’85 MBA: Managing Director, Golden Seeds

Marty Kovacevich ’90: Strategic Account Executive, Zendesk

Ken Evans ’93: VP of Marketing & Product, Steelyard

Anthony Pompo ’93 MBA: IT Director, Corporate Systems, Aspen Dental

Dan McSherry ‘99, ‘10 MBA: SVP, Business Intelligence at Bankers Healthcare Group

Charles Kinsolving ’06 MBA: C-Suite Brand Marketing Consultant, Redbench Consultants

Andrew Duggan ’07: Vice President, Business Intelligence, LPL Financial

Anand Ramakrishnan ’07 MBA: Product Specialist, Getinge

Sean Mulvey ’08: Accountant, St. Camillus Residential Health Care Facility

Brooke Safran ’08: Senior Manager, PayPal

Kartik R. Srinivasan ’09 MBA: Manager-Media and Communications, Market Eye

Jeremy Vitale ‘09 MBA: VP, Commercial Services Officer, Tioga State Bank

Erica Barnett ’10: Channel Marketing Manager-Retail and Events, Ring

Jillian Rosen ’10: Operations Manager, Solid & Striped

Barbara Ferris ’12: Inside Sales Manager, Dell EMC

Michael Gray ’12: Senior Manager, Content and Partnerships, YouNow, Inc.

Jake Abraham ’13: Senior Account, Executive Salesforce

Ashley Keyes ’14: Supply Chain Material Group Leader, General Motors

Rachel Butler ’14: Senior Account Executive, JW Player

Amy Gatto ’14: Senior Financial Reporting Analyst, Scripps Network Interactive

Kevin MacConnell ’14: Director of Business Development-Cannabis Division, Riderflex

Jenny Wan ’14 MS: Financial Analyst-BAAM, The Blackstone Group

Ivan Robles ’15: Analytics Consultant, PwC

Scott Schaller ’15 MBA: Anatomic Pathology Solutions Manager, Roche Tissue Diagnostics

Layan Khayat ’15: Quality Management, Bupa Arabia

Alexandra Fortin ’15: Allocation Analyst, Belk

Jeremy Martin ’15: Marketing Coordinator, Office of the CEO, PMK·BNC

Olivia Bowser ’16: Brand Manager, Foodstirs

Brittany Feldman ’16: Brand Strategist, Horizon Next

Jiashi (Cathy) Sun ’17: Media Planning Executive, Ogilvy & Mather


David H. Kirk ’98 of Ernst & Young LLP authored Section 1411 — Net Investment Income Tax, a new Tax Management Portfolio published by Bloomberg BNA that analyzes the net investment income tax applicable to individuals, estates and trusts.



Jason Mingelgreen ’04 WHIT/NEW, Director/Investments at Stifel Financial Corp., was named a Top Millennial Advisor by Forbes.




Mary Kiernan ’12 was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs.


David Cykiert ’05 and Olympia Eva (Pahis) Cykiert were married on July 8, 2017.




Jonathan Weinstein ’10 and Alexandra Psyhojos VPA ’10 were married at Hendricks Chapel on Saturday, August 12.




Erica LeMon ’12 MS married Paul Corgel ’09 MAX, ’13 MPA on June 24, 2017, on campus at Hendrick’s Chapel, complete with an appearance from Otto! The couple resides in Arlington, Virginia.


Joseph Eppolito ’82 is in his tenth year as an adjunct professor at Whitman, fourth year as a full-time lecturer at SUNY Cortland and 27th year as a financial advisor, the last 10 of which have been with MassMutual. He is past president and treasurer for both the Whitman Alumni Club of CNY and SUNY Cortland Alumni Association and a 40-year member of Kiwanis International. He is currently president-elect of NAIFA-Syracuse.

Stewart Koenig ’85 MBA became an adjunct instructor for Syracuse University this spring. He developed and is teaching an online course for University College’s Bachelor of Professional Studies program entitled “Assertiveness in the Workplace.”

Andy Reichgut ’91 is EVP & CMO of the leading natural foods company Classic Cooking, which recently launched its new eCommerce platform, thehealthfoodstore.com. The company’s flagship brand, Garden Lites, offers natural veggie rich prepared foods that are available in the freezer aisle across the country. Despite expansion in Costco, Walmart, Kroger, Target and Canada over the past few years, consumers are still demanding more availability. The new online sales channel solves this problem and is an immediate success with sales approaching $1MM in the first year.

Alison Kessler

Alison Kessler is the alumni publications and outreach manager at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. She has amassed more than 20 years of experience in integrated marketing communications in the corporate, agency, not-for-profit, higher education and government sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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