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Alumni Spotlight

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

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.

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.  

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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.

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