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.”
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
Steve Manfredi ’73 likes the big picture. Looking out from his condominium on Boston’s Atlantic Avenue, he enjoys a sparkling vista of the city harbor.
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.”
Navigating social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter can be a bumpy ride, but Kira Tobar ’08 is proof that they can also land you a great job.
Tobar’s climb to a first-class career began in 2009, while she was working at Target Corp., in Minneapolis, Minn. She enjoyed the challenges of her business analyst position, but was homesick for her native Yonkers, N.Y. She launched a job search despite the economic turbulence, with one company topping her list: JetBlue Airways.
For Andrés Trujillo ’90, going to work is about more than getting it done: It’s about giving back. The 20-year corporate consulting and banking veteran is executive manager of the South America-based startup TuCarrera, which enables Colombians to earn cash toward a college education through everyday purchases.
The desire to make a difference in his native country prompted Trujillo to move back there from the U.S. with his family in 2005.