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?
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To say that Adiat Disu ’08 has a passion for fashion is an understatement.“Fashion has always been a source of inspiration for me,” says the Nigeria-born alumna. “I remember talking to many Bentley professors about ideas for combining my love for fashion with business.”Those twin interests led Disu to establish Adiree Fashion Agency in February 2009. The company provides fashion event production and consultation to clients ranging from small design houses to large corporations.
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.For three years running, Sutton and Goldstein have joined a Bentley contingent that volunteers for a week with Habitat for Humanity.
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.It was in 2009 that Bozzuto accepted the job in IBM’s new division, which serves emerging populations beyond Western Europe, North America and Japan.
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.“I joke that I went to college to play basketball and luckily I got a great education,” says King, who is chief operating officer for gourmet food purveyor Stonewall Kitchen. Based in York, Maine, the company averages $45 million a year in sales.Indeed, King is a Double Falcon, having earned a BS in Finance in 1989 and an MBA in 1991.
Before you can lead, you have to give people a reason to follow.That lesson has always hit home for Chris Lynch ’91 MBA, a respected veteran in the technology industry.
Looking for proof of Bentley University’s global reach? Steve DelVecchio ’81 found it across a restaurant table in China.An executive at PricewaterhouseCoopers, DelVecchio was dining with colleagues from the company’s office in Beijing.“We were chatting, introducing ourselves, and one gentleman mentioned he graduated from a small business school outside Boston,” he recounts. ‘Which one?’ I asked. ‘Bentley College’ was the reply.”DelVecchio was taken aback.
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
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.
For Kasemsit “Kas” Pathomsak ’97 MSF, professional and personal paths are shaped by a single philosophy. “It’s easy to go along and conform to what’s been done,” he says. “But the easiest thing is never the best thing.”His ready embrace of challenge inspired a recent honor from Bentley. In April 2010, Pathomsak arrived on campus from his native Thailand to receive the President’s Distinguished Executive in Residence award.