The BEC is a dynamic group of 200+ Boston-area alumni and parents who are executives and “C”-level officers in organizations across a broad range of industries and professions. We're constantly evolving, innovating and identifying new ways to be of service to Bentley's present — and future. Our forum gives members (like Maura Hughes, MBA '92 below) an opportunity to share experiences, expertise, challenges, ideas and solutions — and to build strong relationships.
Each year, we host an inspiring speaker series. Past talks have featured Brad Stevens, head coach of the Boston Celtics; Daymond John, founder of FUBU and host of ABC's Shark Tank; Donnie Wahlberg, actor, entertainer and entrepreneur and more. Explore the events calendar and photos.
We’re always looking to welcome new executives to our ranks. Nominations for membership are provided by current club members, Bentley administrators and faculty. Of course, if you are simply interested in learning more about the BEC, please reach out. We look forward to hearing from you.
Paul Mastrocola '90
Chair, BEC Board of Directors
Diana Nickerson ’85
Vice President of Operations, Andover Investment Advisors, LLC
Diana Nickerson credits Bentley with giving her a strong business foundation and education that has helped open doors for her professionally since graduating. In addition to making lifelong friends and connections, Diana met her husband and fellow BEC member, Charles ’85, MBA ’89, her sophomore year at Bentley. Two of her three children are also proud Falcons: Charles Jr. ’14 and Andrew ’17.
What’s your biggest professional accomplishment?
Truthfully, securing and growing into the job I have now. My degree was in CIS, not finance. When I chose Bentley, I knew it was going to be a degree in accounting or computers, and I wanted to work for one of the Big Eight (as it was at the time). I eventually worked for Coopers & Lybrand as a systems auditor. One would think I accomplished my goal, so that should be it! But, after staying home with my boys for 10 years, I wanted to get back into the workforce. I had an opportunity working for an investment advisor in Andover and eventually moved into my current role.
What’s an average work day for you like?
Working for a small company, I would have to say there is no such thing as an average work day! Every evening, I have a mental list of what I want to accomplish the next day, however, that seldom seems to happen. Clients call needing assistance, new accounts may need to be open, trades may need to be done, portfolios may need to be reallocated — it really varies.
What do you like most about your job?
I like the people portion of my job. It is very rewarding helping people deal with their financial challenges in their lives, whether it’s a simple understanding of rollover IRAs or helping consolidate finances after the death of a loved one. Working for a small investment company, I have several roles, not just one. For instance, compliance, registering with the SEC, etc. There is never just one job to do, so it never gets boring.
What are some of your hobbies outside of work?
Traveling with my husband would be my number one hobby! My position allows for a lot of flexibility so we like to travel inside and outside of the United States. I also enjoy my book group, and most recently took up golf. But the most important hobby, if you want to call it that, is keeping up your friendships in life — like my friends from Bentley.