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February 20, 2013
Each month, FuquaNet recognizes the alumni whose birthdays fall on the issue's publication date. We asked the alumni celebrating a birthday today (February 21), "Where are you now?" Here's what they said:
Fred Baker, Evening Executive MBA 1986
Where am I now ... Omaha Public Power District, Omaha, NE as the Director of Corporate Project Management. Grandfather to five children, newborn to four years old, all living in NC or SC.
Brian Brown, Daytime MBA 1994
I'm an assistant professor of marketing at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. I left corporate America in 2002 in order to pursue my Ph.D. at Georgia State University. I have been married for almost 13 years, and have an 11-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter.
Danny Deaver, Weekend Executive MBA 2005
I'm still in Japan working for Bank of America, having moved here immediately after graduation in 2005. We spent several years in Okinawa, but we're now in Tokyo. Japan's a fantastic place to be, but I have constant cravings for NC BBQ!
Greg Densmore, Daytime MBA 2008
My wife, Teresa, and I (we finally got married), moved to Denver this past summer so that she could go to graduate school. I'm still working at Accenture as a manager in the Healthcare Strategy practice.
Nisha Gidwani, Daytime MBA 2004
Nine years after graduating from Fuqua, I find myself living in Houston, TX, with my husband, Gautam, and our two wonderful kids, ages 4 and 2. I'm lucky to have a flexible three days per week work schedule at RediClinic, a small health care company. As a director for one of their service lines, I get to utilize my operations, marketing and business development skills, which keeps me challenged and engaged every day.
Andrew Nourafshan, Daytime MBA/MEM 2012
I'm living in San Francisco, CA, loving life in the Bay Area and working in structured finance for SolarCity, which has been very exciting thus far. I'm looking forward to joining other past and present Fuquans this coming weekend as part of the Fuqua alumni team in the UT-Austin MBA Soccer Tournament.
Matt O'Neill, Daytime MBA 1983
I celebrate my birthday today looking forward to the 30-year reunion of my Fuqua graduating class and looking back on a 30-year career in high-tech including tenure at Apple, Motorola, AT&T and a few start-ups. I'm now at Ericsson, the Swedish telecom giant. I'm responsible for enterprise software used in the television industry to deliver TV to the home, the PC and your mobile device.
Greg Petersen, Daytime MBA 1989
Having been the CFO of a couple of successful technology companies in Austin, TX, I am currently a board member for two public companies, one in Houston, where I chair the compensation committee, and one in NYC, where I chair the audit committee. I live in Austin with my wife and twin daughters, who are busy in their junior year of high school.
Jason Rebrook, Cross Continent MBA 2002
We live in The Woodlands, TX, and I work in Houston, TX. Erin and I have three kids - Jacob (9), Katelyn (7), and Justin (3). From a career standpoint, I'm the EVP for Hilcorp Energy, responsible for A&D, Land, and New Ventures. Hilcorp is one of the largest private oil and gas companies and was recently named #7 Best Places to Work by Fortune magazine.
Kaijen (Kevin) Wang, Daytime MBA 2011
I'm working at Sears corporate in Chicago, and I enjoy the fast-paced, constantly changing retail environment. I miss my two years at Fuqua a lot, and all of the good memories make me always look forward to seeing Fuqua current students, faculty and alumni. If anyone is coming to Chicago, please shoot me a note, and I would love to catch up with you!
Tom Warszawski, Daytime MBA 1998
Where am I now? In a way I've come full circle…only better! I left Buffalo and a career in HVAC for Fuqua in 1996. As I approach my 15-year Fuqua reunion, I find myself back in Buffalo leading the Technical Marketing organization for - yes - an HVAC manufacturer. I work for the Zehnder Group, a Swiss-owned HVAC equipment manufacturer who views the U.S. as a growth market and is investing to achieve that goal. Outside of work is where the "better" really kicks in. I've got two daughters (Julia, 10 on Valentine's Day, and Valerie, 8) who keep me on my toes, and I am happily married to Carrie, a Six Sigma Master Black Belt who process improves me on a daily basis. Beyond work and family, I serve on the Board of Directors of the Westminster Economic Development Initiative, a non-profit whose mission is to improve the quality of life on Buffalo's west side through small business mentoring, housing and childhood education - check us out at wedibuffalo.org.