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Bentley boosters gathered near and far in recent months for events to build spirit, sharpen the mind, and celebrate those who give their time and resources to the university. From an annual winter tradition on campus to a well-attended networking opportunity in Boston to lively gatherings in the Caribbean, groups were on the move and in the loop.
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.
Every so often, a classic made-for-the-movies American success story unfolds in real life. Someone takes a chance on a spirited kid who hasn’t had a lot of breaks. The hunch proves correct, as hard work and talent open doors to previously unimagined opportunity. That’s the story of Bentley University and BNY Mellon senior executive Lawrence Hughes ’80.Hughes’s story began in Somerville, Mass. His mother was a waitress. His father, a truck driver, died when Hughes was 15.“I had to grow up kind of fast,” he says.
Faculty and other members of the campus community continue to provide insightful analysis and thoughtful commentary for print, broadcast and online media.CNBC TV. Personal finance expert Suze Orman discusses her experience as undergraduate commencement speaker at Bentley. “I had the time of my life,” she told viewers of The Suze Orman Show, adding that Gloria Cordes Larson is “one of the most extraordinary presidents of a university I have ever met” (May 22, 2010).U.S.
Books and more books are stacked on shelves and in piles around the office of Accountancy Department assistant Christine Nolder. But there is one she keeps close at hand: a tattered paperback copy of The Philosophy of Auditing, published in 1961 by the American Accounting Association.On page 29 is a metaphor that Nolan finds apt in considering the tensions between the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and public auditors. According to the classic monograph, an audit is not like a chain that becomes worthless if any single link appears weak.
Sketching caricatures, fashioning hemp into jewelry, designing bold banners – these are just a few of the artistic endeavors that a new student organization has brought to campus.Bentley Student Artists (BSA) is not even a year old, but already counts 90 students in its ranks.