In May 2009, Kwadwo “Kojo” Asare made history as the first recipient of a doctoral degree from Bentley University. In addition to the PhD in Accountancy, he holds an MS in Computer Information Systems (earned in 1994, also from Bentley), an MBA from Cornell University, and a BS in Accounting from St. Francis College. The native of Ghana, West Africa, is also a CPA with years of business experience. This fall he took up duties as an assistant professor of accountancy at Bryant University.
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It takes nerve to open a high-end restaurant on the cusp of a financial meltdown. Even in the best of times, the dining scene is littered with might-have-beens. Wioletta Zywina ’02, ’03 MSIAM and her partner, Shingara “Peppino” Singh, have mixed nerve with marketing smarts and fabulous food to prosper in Boston’s South End. They opened Da Vinci in November 2007.
Zywina’s story is a classic American archetype. She came to the United States from her native Poland at age 18, barely speaking English. After a stint at the University of Southern Maine, she transferred to Bentley.
Subscribing, perhaps, to the Mary Poppins school of medicine, Jonathan Gilinski ’02 has created a more palatable pill. His Florida-based company, Capsuline, produces gelatin capsules in a variety of flavors and colors.
Upon earning his BS in Marketing, the alumnus trained an entrepreneurial eye on an industry where his family has considerable history. He spotted an opportunity to create a business around a common problem.
While on a business trip in 2006, Juan Yepez ’95 got some news no entrepreneur wants to hear: A local river was rising, threatening to spill over into the city that serves as home base for his young company.
It was the worst flooding the Merrimack Valley had seen since March 1936. Yepez’s independent distribution company, Mainstream Global, lost a large portion
of inventory and sustained damage to its newly purchased office and warehouse building in Lawrence, Mass.
Sometimes imagination is all it takes to turn disaster into opportunity. Just ask Doug Bard ’94, who launched a new career in the wake of an all-too-familiar desktop mishap.
On April Fool’s Day 2004, Bard was busily making real estate deals at his home office, when he reached for a cup of coffee. He missed the mark and knocked hot java all over his work. The result was a blown computer, ruined notes, and a dead phone — a few thousand dollars’ worth of trouble from a momentary distraction.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” The words of Mohandas Gandhi came to life for Elba Valerio ’05 through a commitment to the national youth service organization City Year.
When Jeffrey Gross ’88 looks back at the major role models in his life, one person stands out: Donald Jensen '59. “As a kid, I knew Uncle Donny as this very successful, jet-setting guy,” remembers Gross, who is pictured with wife Cindy (Soucy) ’88 . “He was a business executive. When I was 16 or 17 and looking at his success, I thought business might be in my future as well.”
Gregg Lisciotti ’91 hasn’t lost sleep over the real estate market’s current tailspin. That’s saying something, since he runs a real estate development company.
One could say that Scott Morency is a little ambitious. When not at work as an assurance associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, the alumnus promotes and sells What a CEO Can Learn From a 4th Grader, which he wrote and released in 2008 through his own publishing company.
The book chronicles lessons that Morency learned in creating and implementing a service–learning project at Bentley. He is pictured here with Brooke Gilson.
Talented Trifecta of Expertise
Bentley graduates have long been valued leaders in the financial sector. Their stock has hit a high in recent times, with alumni at the helm of three prominent organizations that serve finance professionals.