Bradford Manning ’07 and his brother, Bryan Manning (A&S ’13), are Co-Founders of Two Blind Brothers, a clothing company that donates its profits to research to cure blindness. The company’s products will be displayed in “The Market @ Macy’s” for the holiday shopping season (the “Market @ Macy’s” will be available at nine stores: New York; Pittsburgh; Atlanta; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; San Antonio; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; San Francisco; and Seattle).
Jenny Lucas ’99 (M.Ed. Curry ’05) and fellow UVA alum Katie Williams (A&S ’00) are Co-Founders of startup Navy Hill. Navy Hill “sonic”—a mixer that combines tonic water made with real quinine with club soda and even added electrolytes—is being sold in Whole Foods stores across seven states; Fresh Market stores in 24 states; and specialty shops, bars, and restaurants in 12 states. The Richmond-based business has also won a major accolade from one of the South’s best-known magazines. Southern Living hailed Navy Hill as one of the South’s best beverages in its 2018 Southern Food Awards. The duo also have a third partner, Amanda Coulbourn, whom they met in Richmond.
Alex Wu ’07 is Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer and founding team member of the Silicon Valley- and Hong Kong-based startup NEX Team Inc. The company’s new iPhone app, HomeCourt, has attracted NBA stars Jeremy Lin and recent Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Steve Nash and Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban as investors. The app, which uses mobile artificial intelligence to record, track, and analyze individual practice sessions, is already being used by NBA teams including the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers as well as college teams including Duke University, the University of Florida, and Stanford University. Wu is in the process of reaching out and sharing the product with several other college teams, including UVA.
Andy Rah '95 (M.S. in MIS '96) recently launched a beauty company, Sauce Beauty, a food-inspired line of haircare products. After spending 13 years in the beauty space working for companies like L'Oréal, TIGI/Unilever, and Macadamia Beauty, he has brought his own brand into the market. Sauce Beauty launches at over 3,000 Sally Beauty stores in the United States and will also be available on Amazon.com and Saucebeauty.com.
Gary Wallace ’85 (M.S. in Accounting ’86) has been named Managing Partner, effective Jan. 1, 2019, at Keiter, one of the largest, independent certified public accounting firms in Central Virginia. Mr. Wallace has over 30 years of accounting experience both in the private and public sectors and most recently served as the Tax Department Leader for the firm. In his new role, Mr. Wallace will oversee Keiter’s strategic direction, providing leadership on firm matters. He will also continue serving as a Partner in the firm’s tax practice. Mr. Wallace will be actively involved in the firm’s marketing and business development opportunities and remain engaged in community development and support. Before joining Keiter in 2010, Mr. Wallace was the Chief Financial Officer for The Riverstone Group LLC and CCA Industries Inc. He acquired significant public accounting experience as Tax Partner with the Richmond office of KPMG. In his over 20 years at KPMG, Mr. Wallace was tax adviser to publicly and privately held business clients and individuals, principally in the retailing, distribution, real estate, and financial services sectors.
Bingham C. Jamison CFA ’02, Founder and President of Qaim Wealth Advisors, has integrated the company into Manchester Capital Management and assumed the role of Wealth Manager in Manchester’s Charlottesville office. Says Jamison, “Joining the Manchester team allows me to continue providing the same unbiased advice to families in Virginia and across the country, with the added benefit of being armed with complementary tools and scale as part of a 40+ person team with a national presence (via additional offices in Montecito, Calif., New York, and Manchester, Vt.).”
Mary Leigh Phillips ’08 is the new CFO of DriveTime, the nation's second largest used car retailer focused solely on used vehicles. Ms. Phillips has more than 10 years of banking and capital markets experience with Wells Fargo and most recently served as a Director for Asset-Backed Finance with Wells Fargo Securities. She specialized in executing lending facilities and capital markets transactions for auto finance companies, including DriveTime, since 2011.
Andrew Rudin '79 (M.S. in MIT '05) was one of five writers inducted into the CustomerThink Hall of Fame. CustomerThink is a global online community of business leaders striving to create profitable customer-centric enterprises. Each month, the site serves 150,000 visitors from over 200 countries around the world. According to the press release, "out of nearly 3,000 registered authors, five were recognized in June 2018 for their long-term, outstanding contributions. Earning Hall of Fame status requires at least five years of contributing as an author, with a minimum of 100 published posts, at least 100 comments on those posts, and over 100,000 total views."
Christopher Porter (M.S. in MIT '10) has served as Fannie Mae CISO since 2016. He talks about how his experience prepared him for running security programs at Fannie Mae in a recent TechTarget article titled “Fannie Mae CISO Calls for More Data on Security Incidents.”
David K. Golbahar (M.S. in Accounting '07) joined Brandlin & Associates as a Director. Golbahar will be based in Los Angeles but serve clients and conduct business development nationwide. A forensic accountant, expert witness, and turnaround consultant with more than 10 years of experience, he will focus on fraud investigations, damage calculations, restructurings, and turnarounds for shareholders, creditors, and attorneys.