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Doug Bard '94: Accidental Entrepreneur

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.

Scholarship Honors a 'Jet-Setting' Uncle

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.”

Elementary Lessons for CEOs: Scott Morency ’06, ’07 MST

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.

Investing in a Gift Annuity

Financial planning is critical, no matter when you graduated. Many people conduct an annual review of their financial affairs, and this year, investment market conditions and other economic factors make it especially important to explore all financial planning options. Bentley has much to offer.

Bleeding Green: Michael Connelly ’86

Michael Connelly has Boston in his blood. Born and raised in West Roxbury – where he still lives – the former Bentley baseball player also carries sports close to his heart. These twin passions jump off the pages of his two books: the marathon chronicle 26 Miles to Boston (1998) and Rebound! Basketball, Busing, Larry Bird, and the Rebirth of Boston, which hit bookshelves in December 2008. The latter chronicles life on and off the parquet during the 1970s, when court-mandated busing of Boston public schoolchildren polarized the city.

 

Full-Service Enterprise: Jeff Weiss '09, MSA ’10

Two Celtics-Knicks tickets. A babysitting gig in Weston. Room for three on a car ride to New York City. A call for pick-up basketball players at the Dana Center.

These were among recent postings on FullDorm, the web-based brainchild of Jeff Weiss '09, MSA ’10. 

“Some schools just have a ride-share program. Some have campus forums. Some have classified listings,” says the alumnus, who researched the marketplace. “FullDorm has all of these features and more.”

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