Class Notes

John Reilly
November 28, 2018

John Reilly ’92, after 25 years in various public and private accounting roles, is returning to Charlottesville to open a new office for his Baltimore-based CPA firm, John Reilly and Associates. The firm’s outsourced CFO and cloud accounting practice supports small business and tech startup clients nationwide, and has a thriving tax practice for both corporate and individual clients. Reilly is also seeking board members and other volunteers for a new nonprofit he has launched, WWW C’Ville (We Welcome the World), which has a mission to provide affordable housing for recently resettled refugees in supportive communities. Please get in touch with John at john@reillycpas.com if you want to help.

Tian Zeng
November 28, 2018

Tian Zeng '10, Director and Senior Credit Trader with Deutsche Bank, was recently named as one of 25 rising stars of Wall Street by financial magazine Business Insider.

Emily Brockway
November 27, 2018

Emily Brockway '13 is Co-Founder of startup travel app Noken. In its most recent round led by Bessemer Venture Partners, Noken raised $2.5 million, totaling more than $3 million for the booking, planning, and real-time guide. Learn more about Noken at Yahoo! Finance.

November 15, 2018

Chris Norton ’94 (Darden ’99) has been promoted to Managing Director at Capitala Group, a provider of capital to lower and traditional middle market companies. Before joining the firm in 2003, Norton worked at Bowles Hollowell Conner/First Union Securities, First Union High Yield investment banking, and First Union Capital Partners.

November 15, 2018

Gabriel (Gabe) Robleto ’08 has been named Vice President of Buy/Sell Advisory at Kerrigan Advisors, the leading sell-side advisory firm to auto dealers in the United States. He now heads up the company’s new, second office in the Washington, D.C., metro. Robleto joins the company from Capital Automotive Real Estate Services Inc. (CARS), where he most recently served as Vice President of Acquisitions. His new role at Kerrigan Advisors will leverage his expertise in all facets of automotive retail real estate, including due diligence, financing, transactions, lease terms, and real estate purchase agreements. Robleto is also a frequent guest lecturer within McIntire’s Real Estate Track.

November 15, 2018

Kelly Shen ’92 has been appointed Canada Pension Plan Investment Board’s Senior Managing Director and Chief Technology and Data Officer, a newly created role on the senior leadership team.  Brings over 20 years of experience in optimizing the use of data, analytics, and technology, Shen will be responsible for accelerating CPPIB's focus on technology and data infrastructure. Previously, she served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Managing Director for S&P Global Ratings based in New York. While there, she helped to simplify and standardize its credit rating processes and modernize its technology and data ecosystems to fully digitize its intellectual property, drive productivity and innovation, and de-risk the franchise. Before that, she served as Chief Information Officer, Business Intelligence for GE Capital.

November 15, 2018

Michelle Mosier ’87 joined Hamilton Beach Brands Holding Company Oct. 29, 2018, and, effective Jan. 1, 2019, will become Vice President, CFO, and Treasurer. Mosier most recently served as CFO for United Sporting Companies. Before that, she was Controller for Reynolds Group Holdings Limited and CFO for Reynolds Consumer Products.  At Hamilton Beach, Mosier will have overall responsibility for the company's Finance, Accounting, Internal and External Reporting, Treasury, Tax, Risk Management and Investor Relations functions. She also previously served as Vice President and Controller for Circuit City Stores Inc. and as Corporate Controller for Tredegar Corporation. She began her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers and served as a Partner.

November 15, 2018

Hong Paterson '93, who left a high-travel position for a more flexible role that affords the single mom more time, and more surfing, with her teenage daughter, was featured in a Nov. 4, 2018, Bloomberg story titled “How Asian Firms Attract—and Keep—Top Women Executives.” Paterson joined Royal Bank of Canada as Country Manager for its Singapore Investor & Treasury Services operations.

November 12, 2018

Frank Spitzig ’73 and his wife have officially retired and relocated to Boquete, Panama. Before retirement, Frank had several career paths, including human services administration, sales (including stints in insurance, hardware, and soft goods), construction (carpentry and new construction and remodeling, both commercial and residential), and personal and business coaching. After "moving around a bit from state to state," he spent the last 25 years in Texas.

Sahand Dilmaghani
November 12, 2018

Sahand Dilmaghani '13 is introducing an eco-minded espresso machine with his Terra Kaffe startup.

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