Albert E. Ferrara Jr. ’70 (Law ’73) retired from AK Steel, effective Aug. 31, 2013. For more than a decade, Mr. Ferrara served AK Steel with distinction, principally as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and, most recently, as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Investor Relations. Mr. Ferrara served the steel industry for more than 40 years, and joined AK Steel in June 2003. He has previously been recognized by Institutional Investor magazine as one of America’s best CFOs. Before his AK Steel career, he held a number of executive-level positions with NS Group, USX Corporation, and United States Steel Corporation. In addition, Mr. Ferrara is a member of the FM Global Advisory Board and previously served as a member of McIntire’s Advisory Board. He is a past board member of the Upper St. Clair (Pennsylvania) School District, Regional Industrial Development Corporation (Pittsburgh), and Metropolitan Development Board (Birmingham, Ala.). He has also served as a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Middletown Area. (Link)
Robert D. “Bob” Perrow ’70, an Attorney with Williams Mullen, along with Farhad Aghdami (A&S ’89), W.F. Drewry “Drew” Gallalee (A&S ’77), Howard E. Gordon (A&S ’69, Law ’72), and Charles E. “Chuck” James Jr. (A&S ’96), all of whom practice with Williams Mullen, were named “Lawyers of the Year” in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in their respective fields.
Jeff Williams ’70 runs a start-up coaching business, Bizstarters, that serves entrepreneurs over the age of 50, a group twice as likely as millennials to start a business, according to recent labor statistics. He is featured in a June 1, 2016, UVA Today article titled “Q&A: Why More Baby Boomers Are Turning to Entrepreneurship.” Williams is also running a three-part webinar series, titled “Boomer Entrepreneurship,” through the UVA Alumni Career Services office as part of its Friday Forum Webinars series. The third and last installment takes place Nov. 18.
John Pettey ’71 is a Managing Director with Raymond James in the Private Client Group. He was recently selected by Barron’s as a Top 1000 Financial Adviser for the years 2012-2014 and by Financial Times as a Top 400 Financial Adviser in 2014.
Jon Butler '72, Executive Director of Pop Warner Little Scholars, is pleased to announce that the nonprofit recently celebrated the 90th season of Pop Warner Football and, coincidentally, Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday during the organizations’ Pop Warner Super Bowl and National Cheer and Dance Championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World.
Fred Thompson ’72 was elected to the Alpha Kappa Psi Foundation Board in Las Vegas.
R. Helm Dobbins ’73, after 44 years in the financial industry, retired March 30, 2017, as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of American National Bank and Trust Co./American National Bancshares (NASDAQ: AMNB) of Virginia and North Carolina. After taking his degree from the McIntire School with honors in 1973, he received an M.B.A. degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He spent a number of years with the Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh and the Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. /J.P. Morgan in New York City. Later, he spent 17 years with the Liberty National Bancorp in Louisville, Ky., and became Executive Vice President and head of Corporate/Commercial banking, helping successfully grow the organization from $800 million to $5 billion in total assets when it was sold in 1994. At American National, he led the organizations credit policy and execution and fully avoided the negatives of the 2008-2012 economic collapse, including no reduction of dividends, declining the federal government TARP capital assistance program offered to banks, maintaining superior earnings, capital and asset quality as well as completing three significant acquisitions during his tenure as Chief Credit Officer. He continues to serve on several boards in Virginia and work on strategic credit issues and troubleshooting for different institutions in the mid-Atlantic region. He also continues to pursue his deep interests in aviation, history and politics. He was the founder and first President of the UVa Club of Southern Virginia, co-chaired the UVa Families Committee, served on the Parents Committee and its Executive Committee, and chaired the southern regional Board for the Sorensen Institute for Politics. In 2013, he co-chaired the Class of 1973 40th Reunion for the University. He is a member of the University’s Cornerstone Society and a Life Member of the Alumni Association. He and his wife, Leslie, are the parents of Courtenay M. Dobbins (A&S ’12) and H. MacNeil Dobbins (A&S ’16).
Mark S. Kramer ’73 retired from a marketing and sales career with the Gillette Co. and The First Years Inc. in 2013, moving to Boston with his wife. Their three children all live and work in the greater Boston area. Since 1995, Mr. Kramer has competed in more than 30 triathlons; he qualified for the National Senior Games in 2013. His interests in volunteering over the past decade include Best Buddies International, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, and Swim Across America, which funds cancer research. In 2013, he also began work as an ambassador at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.
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.
John Carten ’74 retired from Amtrak after 39 years with the corporation. He began working with Amtrak after earning his M.B.A. degree from The George Washington University. He worked in Amtrak’s finance department and later in the corporate development department, serving as Director Board Liaison and Assistant Corporate Secretary for 22 years. Mr. Carten also served as Corporate Secretary for the Chicago Union Station Co. and the Washington Terminal Co. and as Assistant Corporate Secretary for the Union Station Redevelopment Corp. in Washington.
Harry Dickinson Ph.D., CPA ’75 (M.S. in Accounting ’76) received the 2018 Outstanding Member of the Year Award from the Virginia Society of CPAs. The award is presented to a CPA who has demonstrated a career full of notable professional involvement, community involvement, and dedication to the CPA profession. Dickinson recently withdrew from the partnership with Bishop, Farmer & Co. LLP (formerly known as Bowling, Franklin & Co. LLP), where he currently works as a consultant. He was a member of the McIntire Accounting faculty 1976–1978 and 1981–1986. A video presented at the awards dinner is available here.
James W. Hammersley ’75 retired after 36 years at the U.S. Small Business Administration. He spent his career working in the financial assistance programs, specializing in loan making and loan securitization policy. He held senior management positions, including Assistant Associate Administrator for Field Operations, Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy and Strategic Planning, and Director, Office of Loan Programs. He has accepted a consulting position with the International Finance Corporation, a subsidiary of the World Bank. He will assist the IFC/ World Bank with their efforts to increase the availability of capital for small businesses in the Middle East. In addition to his work in the Middle East, he has also been invited to address the G-20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, on the subject of securitization of small business loan assets.
Barrett E. Pope ’75 is the Managing Director of DurretteCrump PLC, headquartered in Richmond, Va. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the categories of commercial litigation and appellate law.
Joyce Bigio ’76 was elected to the Board of Directors of FIAT (Chrysler) S.p.A. and serves on two of its board committees: audit and nomination. She is also the Managing Partner of International Accounting Solutions Srl. She has lived and worked in Washington, D.C., and London and is currently based in Milan, Italy.
Bill McClain ’76 is the Author of Strategic Planning in the Age of Disruption, which demonstrates how to envision the future and then plan backward. The book encourages readers to look beyond new technologies to consider their ripple effects, as well as ethics and governance issues.
Richard Nadeau ’76 (M.S. in Accounting ’77) was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of government services provider MAXIMUS, effective June 23, 2014. In this role, Nadeau is responsible for the company’s financial operations, including all corporate accounting and financial planning and analysis. He also oversees the corporate controllership, treasury, and tax functions and provides leadership assistance for the company’s mergers and acquisitions activities. (http://investor.maximus.com/press-release/executive-recognition/maximus-welcomes-richard-nadeau-new-chief-financial-officer)
David M. Walsh ’76 has been appointed honorary Consul of Japan in Orlando by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Mr. Walsh was President and CEO of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, based in Lake Mary, Fla. He also served as a Corporate Officer of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems in Japan and as Vice President of Service and Manufacturing for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America’s power generation business.
Robert L. Edwards ’77 (M.S. in Accounting ’81, Law ’83) and Paul W. Kreckman (M.A. in Economics A&S ’76) are part of an ownership group of Valley Road Vineyards, a farm winery in Albemarle County that celebrated its grand opening in August 2016. Stanley K. Joynes III (A&S ’77, Law ’81) is CEO.
David McFarland '08 was promoted to Vice President at First Reserve, the largest global private equity firm exclusively focused on energy, effective July 1, 2014. Since joining the firm in 2010, McFarland has proven to be a valuable contributor in both the midstream/downstream and equipment and services (“E&S”) sectors—with involvement in midstream investments BORCO, Midstream Enterprises, FR Midstream and Century Midstream, as well as E&S investment Saxon Energy Services. Before joining First Reserve, McFarland was an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division, Global Natural Resources Group, at Barclays Capital. As a Vice President, McFarland continues to focus on portfolio company optimization and platform enhancement, maintaining his focus in particular on the midstream. He is based in the Houston office.
Tory Shanholtzer Vornholt ’77 (M.S. in Accounting ’83) has joined the faculty of Agnes Scott College in Decatur/Atlanta as the Hal L. Smith Associate Professor of Accounting and Business Management. In this position, Tory is responsible for courses in accounting, business law, and nonprofit organizations, in which she draws upon her academic background and professional experience in accounting, law, theology, and nonprofit management.
Beth Engelmann Brykman ’78 published The Best of Both Worlds: How Mothers Can Find Full-Time Satisfaction in Part-Time Work (Prometheus Books). She interviewed more than 100 mothers across the country to answer the question, “How can mothers bridge the gap between the worlds of ‘mom’ and ‘career woman’ to find work-life balance?”
Daniel Friend ’78 is now Administrator of the Office of Strategic Initiatives for the MCV Physician Group, a division of VCU Health System.
William T. Johnson A&S ’75 (McIntire ’78) is a Partner at Texas law firm Jackson Walker. He is based in the firm’s Houston office, where he works in the real estate and finance practice groups. Mr. Johnson has worked as a banking lawyer for more than 30 years and spent four years in Dubai representing multinational companies in cross-border transactions. He holds a rating of “AV Preeminent” from Martindale-Hubbell.
Cindy M. Sommers ’78 is the author of the book Simply for Thought. Sommers is an Attorney who contributed to several published articles before writing Simply for Thought. After a number of years practicing law with private law firms, she has been working primarily with nonprofit organizations, including UNOS. Sommers lives in Appomattox County, Va., with her husband and their Jack Russell terriers.
Jill Anderson ’79 has been appointed Executive Vice President and CFO for Wal-Mart India. She previously was Vice President of International Financial Planning & Analysis and Senior Director, International Finance for Wal-Mart Stores.
David A. Chandler ’79 has been promoted to Regional Corporate Banking Manager at BB&T Bank. Based at the North Loudoun Street location in Winchester, Va., Mr. Chandler has more than 36 years’ experience in the commercial lending industry.
Jeffrey Edell ’79 and his wife, Elaine Hastings Edell, are the Producers of “Final Recourse”/“Taken for Ransom,” a psychological thriller starring Teri Polo, Chazz Palminteri, and Tia Carrere that garnered a primetime cable premiere release Lifetime Dec. 29, 2013, after its limited theatrical release in Los Angeles. Jeffrey, who is CEO of Edell Ventures, has a cameo role in the film. (Link; Link; Link) Jeffrey has also partnered with “Spider-Man” Creator Stan Lee to release a new superhero game world and mobile app (Superhero Ball Wars; Link). In addition, he is preparing to launch a new digital indie music world and app that he and his daughter, Natalie Edell, created. The music network currently spans 20 U.S. colleges and is growing exponentially (Link).
Florence Kingston ’79, Director of Development for the city of Newport News, Va., since 2003, has been named 2013 Business Woman of the Year by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Kingston has overseen and directly negotiated many of the transformative projects that are shaping Newport News as a vibrant, viable, business-friendly city. She also maintains a strong focus on retaining the city’s current small and medium-sized businesses, and revitalizing areas of the city with the greatest need. Ms. Kingston has been married to George Kingston for 28 years, and their daughter, Kasey, is a recent UVA graduate. (Link)
Jeannette Lichner ’79 (M.S. in Accounting ’80) published a book titled Everything You Need to Know about Earning, Spending and Saving. While aimed at the U.K. market, particularly those 16 to 25, the underlying concepts are relevant around the world, and plans are under way to produce a U.S. version. Jeannette has worked in the financial services industry throughout her career and currently provides independent consulting and coaching services to senior executives and career coaching support to young people. After graduating from UVA, Jeannette moved to New York City to work for Price Waterhouse. In 1983, she began her career in financial services with Morgan Stanley, which moved her to London in 1984, where she has lived since. She has held numerous senior executive roles within banks and as a consultant.
Jeannette Lichner ’79 (M.S. in Accounting ’80) and her husband, Andrew Taylor, traveled to Moshi, Tanzania, in fall 2016 to spend six weeks working as volunteers with Anza, a social entrepreneur business accelerator. While there, Jeannette worked with the heads of companies on strategy, execution, and leadership; Andrew established Anza's loan program. (https://jeannetteandandrew.wordpress.com/)
Jeannette Lichner (McIntire '79, M.S. in Accounting '80) is a Member Board of Trustees at Local Trust in London. She shares practical guidance about what women can do to prepare themselves for career success, including preparing for a board position, in a Feb. 21, 2018, podcast on https://www.helen-fitness.com.
Rich McKinless ’79 spent last summer on a 4,300+ mile cross-country cycling adventure with his son, Chris, dedicated to First Book, a charity that places new books in the hands of at-risk children. Rich has blogged updates throughout the trip at http://biking-for-books.org/ and www.facebook.com/BikingForBooks.
Michael T. Powers '79 was appointed as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army (Financial Management & Comptroller) and Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer in July 2017. His mission includes formulating, submitting, and defending the Army budget to Congress and the American people and overseeing the proper and effective use of appropriated resources to accomplish the Army's assigned objectives. His work providing reliable financial information to leaders and managers will enable them to incorporate cost considerations into their decision making.
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."