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Class Notes Fall 2009

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Eugene W. Downing, Arlington, Mass., has been appointed a financial representative with New York Life Insurance Company in Waltham, Mass. He applies more than 35 years’ experience in accounting, law and finance to guide individuals and businesses on life insurance, education, retirement and estate planning.

Osceola County Circuit Judge N. James Turner, Orlando, Fla., was the keynote speaker at Memorial Day ceremonies held on May 25 in St. Cloud, Fla. Turner is a Vietnam-era veteran and active in several local veterans organizations.

The Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants has elected Ralph A. Volpe III, North Haven, Conn., to serve as secretary for 2009-2010.

David L. Braverman, East Rockaway, N.Y., principal of DLB Marketing Agency since 1990, has launched a new division: DLB Retail Associates. The branch specializes in retail marketing management.

Brian D. Lanigan, Acton, Mass., has been elected chairman of the American Bankers Association’s Mutual Institutions Council. The alumnus, who serves as chief operating officer and first executive vice president at Middlesex Savings Bank, is “honored to lead this important group and to represent the unique viewpoints of mutual community institutions.”

Award-winning editor and writer Adele M. Annesi, Ridgefield, Conn., has been appointed to the board of the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association (CAPA) as publicity chair. A CAPA member for the past five years, she contributes the “Connections” column for to the association’s monthly newspaper, The Authority.

Carlo Puiia, Rumford, Maine, has been hired as town manager after 13 years’ service as Rumford’s tax collector.

Charles J. Rousset Jr., Glenville, Ill., became executive vice president for the College of American Pathologists on April 21, 2009. He is responsible for daily operations of the college and for reporting to the Board of Governors.

Daniel G. Keohane, Princeton, Mass., has written a horror/suspense novel, Solomon’s Grave. The book is available from Dragon Moon Press.

Lisa M. Mastrangelo, Newton, Mass., has joined Mzinga, a leader in providing on-demand social software solutions. She is the company’s chief financial officer and senior vice president of finance.

Fiber optic-based network solutions provider RCN Metro Optical Networks, a division of RCN Corporation, has promoted Maura A. (McCarthy) Mahoney, Arlington, Mass., to vice president of sales and marketing.

Kevin J. Lagac, Smyrna, Ga., has started Atlanta-based Capital REIT Investments and serves as principal and executive vice president of acquisitions. The company recently launched its first real estate fund offering: Capital REIT Fund I LLC.

A board-certified financial planner and retirement specialist, Steven J. Stanganelli ’MSF, Amesbury, Mass., presented a “financial health” workshop for clients and staff at Salem Works, a job-assistance agency of the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security. He also was elected president of the Merrimack Valley Estate Planning Council for the upcoming year.

Citizens Bank has named Jonathan F. White, Marshfield, Mass., to manage the bank’s Marshfield branch. He is responsible for staff oversight, activities and customer service at the location.

Deborah L. (Maxwell) Millin, North Chelmsford, Mass., has accepted a position as vice president of client operations at High Street Partners in Boston.

Sean T. Quigley, Marietta, Ga., an account executive at Verint Corporation, has been named to the President’s Club of annual sales leaders at the company for the second year in a row. Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Verint helps government and other enterprises make sense of the information they collect as well as achieve performance and security goals.

Software solutions provider Watch Captain LLC has appointed Douglas E. Thompson ’MSCIS, Hingham, Mass., as president and chief executive officer. The firm is based in Mattapoisett, Mass.

Michael T. Chiasson, Mashpee, Mass., is vice president – wealth management and financial planning specialist at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Falmouth, Mass. He has worked in the investment industry since earning his Bentley degree in finance.

Brian L. Davies ’98 MSF, Byfield, Mass., has been named managing partner for ACM Capital Partners, an investment and advisory firm whose specialty is assisting middle-market companies in transition or distress. He will launch the company’s New England practice and support national expansion efforts.

PeoplesBank has appointed Paul R. Bernier ’MBA, Franklin, Mass., as vice president, internal control. Bernier’s 19 years of banking experience includes serving as vice president, technology risk management at Fidelity Investments. He is a certified bank auditor and a member of the Boston chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

John Romiza, Highland Beach, Fla., has been named vice president and head of international trading at Dimensional Fund Advisors, working out of the firm’s London office.

Stephen P. Ahern ’MST, Stoneham, Mass., has been named among the top 50 most experienced independent advisers by BusinessWeek and Paladin Registry; he also received the Five-Star Quality designation from Paladin. Ahern is president of Sullivan Bille Group’s Wealth Management Advisors LLC.

ACM Capital Partners, an investment and advisory firm focused on helping middle-market companies in transition or distress, has welcomed Brian L. Davies ’MSF, Byfield, Mass., as managing partner. His work to support national expansion includes starting a New England practice for the firm.

James T. Crane, Cambridge, Mass., has been named chief financial officer at Longwei etroleum Investment Holding Ltd. in Taiyuan City, China. The company is one of the country’s leading distributors and wholesalers of diesel, gasoline, kerosene and fuel oils.

David E. MacKeen, Boxford, Mass., is the new president of the Technology Staffing division at Eliassen Group. He adds sales and recruiting to his responsibilities at the company, which he joined in 1999.

Edgo Ventures has tapped Nidal S. Abu-Maizer ’03 MSF, Amman, Jordan, as assistant vice president, based at the head office in that country. Edgo Ventures Ltd., the group’s corporate finance and investment management arm, focuses on expanding oil field service activities through mergers and acquisitions.

Tarra L. Curran ’MST, Medfield, Mass., has been named managing director at Tofias PC. With more than 12 years of experience in the tax industry, she has managed state and local tax services for major corporate clients.

Mark Follett, Woburn, Mass., is “grateful and honored” to have received MBA and MSF degrees from Northeastern University.

Edgo Ventures has appointed Nidal S. Abu-Maizer ’MSF, ’01 BS, Amman, Jordan, as assistant vice president, based at the Jordan head office. The group’s corporate finance and investment management arm, Edgo Ventures Ltd., uses mergers and acquisitions to expand oil field service activities.

The Franciscan Hospital for Children has named Deanna N. Dwyer ’MBA, Wellesley Hills, Mass., to serve as marketing manager. 

Christopher O. Guptill, Rockland, Maine, has joined the Allen Financial Group as a financial adviser.

The Children’s Museum has welcomed Rachel S. Bader ’06 MBA, Newington, Conn., to its Board of Trustees. She is a senior financial consultant for the Travelers Companies Inc. in Hartford, Conn.

Emily R. O’Hara, Boston, Mass., has earned the Certified Financial Planner designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc.  As a financial planning associate, she assists wealth managers in maintaining client relationships.