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Trust Issues: Bonnie Kirchner MST ’01

Bernie Madoff may hold the record as world’s worst financial-adviser-turned-crook, but Brad Bleidt is a close second. In 2004, Bleidt confessed to stealing millions of dollars from his investment clients over two decades. No one was more surprised by the swindle than his wife, Bonnie Kirchner. 

Now divorced from Bleidt, the certified financial planner and former TV business reporter has published Who Can You Trust with Your Money? Get the Help You Need Now and Avoid Dishonest Advisers.

Why did you write this book?

Cross-Country Caring

When 20-somethings travel to Florida in March, spring break parties are often involved. But for best friends and Class of 2006 alumni David Sutton and Bobby Goldstein, an annual trip to Boynton Beach is a special time to contribute to the community.

A Career on the Move

For Rich Bozzuto ’00, everyday life with his wife and their toddler is quintessentially American: a walk in the park, a swim in the pool, a trip to the local zoo or aquarium. Only now, that life is unfolding on the streets of Shanghai, China, where Bozzuto works as financial controller for IBM Growth Markets.

Appetite for Challenge

As shooting guard and captain of the first Bentley women’s basketball team to make the Division II Final Four, Lori (Bender) King flowed easily between offense and defense, team player and team leader. She puts the same versatility into play in her career.

Bentley Group Takes Expertise to the Street

Meet four people with three things in common: serious expertise in the field of finance, Manhattan business addresses, and strong ties to a certain university in Waltham, Massachusetts. Here, a trio of Bentley alumni and one current parent share the paths that brought them to the New York offices of blue-chip giant Goldman Sachs.

Finance Runs in the Family

Bentley parent Michael DeVito knew early on that he wanted to work in finance. He started his first job on Wall Street even before officially earning a college degree. The year was 1982.

Opportunity Ensured: J. Paul Condrin ’83

The security and peace of mind associated with having insurance may suggest that working in the industry is similarly sedate. For J. Paul Condrin ’83, nothing could be further from the truth.

The president of commercial markets at Liberty Mutual moves a mile-a-minute, overseeing the company’s entire commercial operation. At any given moment, his focus could be anywhere from strategy and marketing to revenue growth and profitability.

“No two days are alike,” he says with obvious relish. “There is constant pressure to improve and grow our business.”

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