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Alumni Spotlight

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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.

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.

“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.” 

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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