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Brightstar Corporation Chairman, CEO and President R. Marcelo Claure to Speak at Bentley Commencement

March 23, 2004

WALTHAM, Mass. - Bentley is pleased to announce that Commencement for the Class of 2004 will take place on Saturday, May 15 at the college. The conferring of undergraduate degrees will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will feature R. Marcelo Claure '93, chairman, CEO, and president of Brightstar Corporation as guest speaker. McCallum Graduate School of Business degrees will be conferred at 3:00 p.m. with a keynote address by Gary Hirshberg, president and CEO of Stonyfield Farm. Honorary Doctors of Commercial Science degrees will be awarded to the speakers.

A 1993 graduate of Bentley, R. Marcelo Claure is the founder, chairman, CEO and president of Brightstar Corporation, a $1.2 billion corporation serving wireless industry customers in 16 countries. Since its inception in October 1997, Mr. Claure has led the company to double digit growth each year. Brightstar is now the largest wireless distributor and value added provider in all of Latin America and the fastest growing in the United States.

Mr. Claure's philosophy for Brightstar focused on a new strategy in the industry - provide value added services to manufacturers and carriers while expanding the company's geographic presence to better serve customers through in-country offices and operation centers. His successful strategies and leadership have been honored numerous times, including being named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and Hispanic Entrepreneur of the Year by Hispanic Business Magazine. Brightstar has also been recognized in Inc. 500's fastest growing private companies in the U.S. and also as the second largest Hispanic-owned company in the country.

Prior to founding Brightstar Corp., Mr. Claure held various executive positions at Unplugged Communications, a company engaged in the distribution and activation of wireless products. As president of Unplugged International, Mr. Claure was responsible for expanding the company's distribution channel into Mexico and other countries in Latin America. Mr. Claure also served as president of Small World Communications, Unplugged's nationwide network of multi-carrier agents. Mr. Claure graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance.

Gary Hirshberg is president and CEO of Stonyfield Farm, the leading manufacturer of all-natural and organic yogurt in the US. Mr. Hirshberg has overseen the company's growth from infancy to its current $150 million annual sales level with distribution in all 50 states, often leading with an innovative marketing edge that combines the social, environmental, and financial missions of the company.

Prior to Stonyfield, Hirshberg served as the executive director of The New Alchemy Institute, an ecological institute devoted to organic agriculture, aquaculture and renewable energy systems. Among other prior positions, he was a water pumping windmill specialist and author, a manager of environmental tours to the Peoples Republic of China and an environmental educator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A New Hampshire native, Hirshberg was among the first graduates of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. He serves on several corporate and non-profit boards including Honest Tea, and O'Naturals, a new natural fast foods restaurant of which he is a co-founder and Chairman. He has won numerous awards for corporate and environmental leadership such as the 1999 Global Green USA's Green Cross Millennium Award, inspired by Mikhail S. Gorbachev, for Corporate Environmental Leadership. He was named Business NH Magazine's "Business Leader of the Year" and the U.S. Small Business Administration's "NH's 1998 Small Business Person of the Year."

Details on Commencement 2004 are available on Bentley's official commencement website:

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