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Setting a Community Table

Amanda Hesser '93, co-founder of Food52, is the home cook’s mentor, coach and BFF.

An Insider's Look into the Restaurant Business

Rich Rosenthal '81, P '13 fulfilled a teenage dream by opening a restaurant in 1986. Here, he shares wisdom gleaned from three decades in the business.

Cheers! Alumni on Their Liquid Assets

The beverage industry is home to a surprising number of Bentley alumni, including Judy McCloskey-Forsley '84 (pictured), CFO of Shipyard Brewing Company. Meet some of the movers and shakers.  

Six Degrees of Connection

Talk about a legacy. Jim ’85 and Susan (Hicks) Marrano ’81, MBA ’90 and their three children Dan ’13; Erica ’15; and Jim Jr. ’11, MSA ’12 have six (soon to be seven) degrees among them. Their love of Bentley runs deep.

Official of the Court

John Gaffney ’89 spends every November to April all over the map. By day, he is vice president, new business development, at Marsh & McClennan Agency, an employee benefits and risk management firm. Evenings find him hustling up and down the hardwood as a Division I NCAA men’s basketball referee.

High Stakes

“Our mission is to keep honest people honest,” says Michael Morency '02, special investigator with Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. “If we identify dishonesty, we’ll make sure it doesn’t happen here.”  Read the story.

Haute in the City

Grace Atwood '03 has steadily built her passion for style and design into a personal brand, centered around the popular blog Stripes & Sequins.Her personal blog became a bonafide business that also got Atwood the day job she loves. Learn more.

Pay It Forward Thinking

Sitting down recently with Bob Weafer ’68, MSF ’81 and Emily Williams ’14 was like spending time with old friends — even though the pair had met only once before, at Bentley’s annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon. The two share their perspectives as donor and recipient of a scholarship established by Weafer’s parents, Robert and Mary. Read more.

Shining Opportunity

“There’s high unemployment among people with autism — about 80 to 90 percent. That’s because we as a society look at autism as a disability that requires sympathy, rather than a diversity that can be really valuable in the workplace.” Tom D'Eri '11 set out to change that when he founded Rising Tide Car Wash with the express mission of hiring workers with autism. Read more.

Bill Kavanagh '04

Back in 2003, Bill Kavanagh was a co-captain of the first-ever Bentley football team to earn a berth in the Division II national playoffs. This season, the Class of 2004 Falcon returns to roost as the squad’s head coach – the first alumnus ever to occupy the post. Read more.

Terri Kochersperger '83

How does a global company build brand loyalty? Which new product has the greatest chance of success? Where should advertising dollars be allocated, in times when potential customers may no longer be watching TV? Terri Kochersperger and her team is helping Johnson & Johnson identify the answers to these important questions. Read more.

Tom Catalini '90

For Museum of Fine Arts Boston CIO Tom Catalini ’90, art appreciation doesn’t necessarily begin in the exhibition halls and galleries of the storied institution where he works. It often starts even closer at hand for someone with a penchant for all things tech: on his iPad. Read more.

Tiffany Riordan '02

Tiffany Riordan '02 relies on concepts from her time at Bentley to help others turn their passion into successful businesses. Read more.

James Meyers '64

The Class of 1964 was the first to receive four-year diplomas under Bentley's new accreditation. And as James Meyers '64 recalls, he was the first member of his class, making Bentley history. Read more.

Jared Antista ’02 and Joe Lamoureux ’01

Interested in training like the pros do? Go Pro Workouts, the brainchild and business venture of Jared Anista '02 and Joe Lamoureux '01, can give you the edge you need.  Get the details.