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Multitasking 2.0

Running two companies in tandem isn’t easy, but Adam Brazg ’10 has developed a knack for balancing his time. It helps that one of the ventures is an online collaboration tool that Brazg and his business partner created to manage their own workflow.

Authentic Advocate: Bryan Parsons '97

Bryan Parsons '97 is working to redefine equality in corporate America. As associate director of risk management at Ernst & Young and an activist for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) equality, he understands the benefits of an inclusive workplace for companies and individuals.

Parsons’ advocacy has personal roots. He kept his own sexuality under wraps for the first three years of professional life.

Kavanaugh Comes Home

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.

“Bentley is special to me,” he says. “I always followed the team and the school because they did great things for me and my friends. This is a really good chance to give back to a place that gave a lot to me.”

Master Strokes: 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.

The museum has an online catalogue, Paintings of the Americas, which the former Computer Information Systems major often consults before visiting the pieces in person.

Digital Dexterity

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?

While once a CEO’s hunch might have driven business decision-making, today’s companies seek answers from digital analytics — and from experts in the field like Terri Kochersperger ’83.

The Prospector

Bring on your innovative concepts, early-stage business models, and creative entrepreneurs! Venture capital investor Paul Flanagan ’86 thrives on unleashing the value in a good idea and helping to build a great company around it. And his track record speaks for itself.

As a managing director of Boston-based Sigma Prime Ventures, Flanagan currently serves as a board director of six emerging companies that his firm has invested in. His other focus is seeking out the Next Big Thing(s).

Dog’s Best Friend

The Palumbos with children (from left) Morgan, age 8, named for the late Travis Morgan ’96; Autumn, 6; and Guy Jr., 5.

Penne puttanesca and a lovable boxer puppy pointed the way to a new career for Rena (Parker) and Guy Palumbo.

Married several years after their 1995 graduation, the pair moved to Washington state and settled into corporate life — Guy at Amazon.com and Rena at Classmates.com. After several years, they knew that cubicles and conference calls just weren’t their style.

Dispatches from the Sea Suite

Fourteen harbors; 70 miles of coastline; 53 aids to navigation; 3,000 moorings; and a 76-slip marina. Bob Watson ’68 manages numbers on a daily basis, but rarely from behind a desk. The assistant harbormaster of Falmouth, Mass., is typically out patrolling the waters on a Metal Shark or Boston Whaler.

It’s not a bad way to spend the summers on Cape Cod. But the seasonal job is serious business for the former Accountancy and Finance major.

Core Strength

Like the athletes who are the focus of their three-year-old company, entrepreneurs Jared Antista ’02 and Joe Lamoureux ’01 have learned to play through the pain.

“No one prepares you for the rejection,” Antista says of the cold calls to professional athletes and agents that were part of launching Go Pro Workouts. “After hearing ‘no’ from people all day, though, you finally get that one ‘yes.’"

“Playing sports taught me how to rebound fast. It’s like coming off a bad loss and seeing how fast you can get a win.”

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