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Fall 2011

A Fresh Idea: Arik Levy '96

Arik Levy’s unique business grew from a pretty typical problem: Long hours at the office were making personal errands difficult to accomplish. Finding time to retrieve his dry cleaning was a particular chore.

“It drove me nuts,” he says. “Dry cleaners were out of the way, never open, and only took cash or check. I knew there had to be a better way.”

The Class of 1996 alumnus envisioned a service that would allow people to drop off and pick up laundry at their convenience. His entrepreneurial venture – Laundry Locker – debuted in 2005.

‘Chief Creatologist’: Joseph Batista ’82

At business solutions powerhouse Hewlett-Packard (HP), Joseph Batista ’82 slices and dices his accounting, operations and technology know-how to create opportunities that clients might never have imagined. He calls his work understanding “business physics.”

“Every company is composed of a suite of assets, which I examine from a unique point of view focused on innovation. Then I combine services and products from HP’s rich portfolio to create new value for clients.”

Parade Route: Stephanie Logan ’05

An inflatable, 42-foot-tall travel companion is bound to attract some attention.

Just ask Stephanie Logan ’05, who hit the road last spring with the balloon incarnation of Po, star of DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda movies. The promotional tour was part of her work as manager of partnership marketing for Macy’s Parade and Entertainment Group, which oversees the iconic Thanksgiving Day parade.

Dispatches from Bentley and Beyond

Reunion Weekend 2011
More than 1,300 friends, former classmates and their families spent time exploring campus and catching up during Reunion Weekend 2011. From an evening at the Boston Pops to dorm room accommodations to unforgettable class parties, the weekend left an indelible mark on all who attended. In turn, alumni from our 20 reunion classes and the Blue and Gold Society left their mark on campus by generously donating more than $1.8 million to enhance the experience of today's Bentley students.

A Well Seasoned QB

It’s not often that a college football team has the same quarterback for several years running. But Bentley head coach Thom Boerman and his Falcons are counting experience on their side as graduate student Bryant Johnson leads the offense for a third straight season.

Sweet Ride: Roger Beit ’79

Friendship may be its own reward, but it can roll in with some very cool perks. Just ask Roger Beit ’79. This spring, the real estate investment executive stepped in fast to help a friend – and earned his company a ride with NASCAR.

The starting line for Beit’s story is Connecticut. He grew up in Middletown and, as a high school student, took a bookkeeping course that showed he was pretty good with numbers. So when a friend recommended Bentley as a good place to study accounting, Beit was interested.

Prince of a Man: Armand Giarrusso ’42

For almost 40 years, every day was Prince Spaghetti Day to Armand Giarrusso ’42. The now-classic “Wednesday is . . .” advertising slogan is part of the magic that made Lowell, Mass.-based Prince the undisputed king of pasta from the mid-1940s to the late 1980s. At the center of operations at the time was Giarrusso: CFO, board member, and corporate clerk.

“The president, Joe Pelligrino Sr., had a vision to grow the business,” says Giarrusso, a spry 89-year-old who lives in Florida.  “I handled all the acquisitions, mergers and financing.”

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