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1980's

Joe Beers '83 BSBA (Business Economics) owns and operates Integrity Outsource, a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) in Phoenix, Arizona. He says: “I am on campus in Tucson often, doing volunteer work for Sigma Chi Fraternity. The Greek system and the Eller College were key building blocks to my career.” In September 2018, Beers was profiled in the PEO Insider. Learn more at integrityoutsource.com.  

Kathy Snipes Ress ’89 BSBA (Marketing) is currently a vice president operations-P&C Claims for State Farm Insurance, where she is responsible for claim operations located across the U.S., including Phoenix, Dallas and Atlanta. She and her husband, Matthew Ress, reside in Bloomington, Illinois. Their son, Zachary Ress, is obtaining his pharmacy doctorate at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and their daughter, Bailey Ress, is "adulting" in Tempe AZ, where little snow falls compared to Illinois. As Matthew is a graduate of ASU, the last 24 years of their marriage includes an annual Cats versus Devils Game Day around Thanksgiving. Bear Down!

1990's 

In 2018, Baron Bruno ’92 BSBA (Finance) ran for California's 26th State Senate race as an Independent candidate. The 26th district represents just under one million Southern California voters. This is my second time running for office. Two years ago, he ran for California State Assembly's 62nd District as a Libertarian candidate. He also runs a residential and commercial real estate team called REsource Los Angeles at Keller Williams’ Silicon Beach office in Marina Del Rey. In September, he sold Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr.'s home in Malibu for $3,250,000. Learn more at REsourceLosAngeles.com or https://votebaron.com/.

In January 2019, Karen Mattull ’99 BSBA (Accounting), chief operating officer of internal operations, was promoted to shareholder for BeachFleischman. She is responsible for the strategic alignment of human resources functions within the firm's overall mission and culture. Additionally, she manages the internal administrative team and daily operations of the firm. She is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management and holds a board member position with the Wellness Council of Arizona and Greater Tucson Leadership. 

2000's

Bert Schneider '00 MBA and his team were recently awarded the Raytheon Missile Systems President’s Award for Global Growth. His team designs, develops, integrates and produces missile and combat systems for the armed forces of the U.S. and other nations. Leveraging its capabilities in advanced airframes, guidance and navigation systems, high-resolution sensors, surveillance, targeting and netted systems, Missile Systems provides and supports a broad range of advanced weapon systems including missiles, smart munitions, close-in weapon systems, projectiles, kinetic kill vehicles, directed energy effectors and advanced combat sensor solutions. Key customers include the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine Corps, the Military Defense Agency and the armed forces of more than 40 nations.

Craig Colling ’01 BSBA (Marketing) joined Ascentium Capital as senior vice president of sales to develop new vendor financing programs and expand the organization’s footprint with a new sales office in Arizona. Colling’s expertise is in the healthcare, printing, engraving and construction industries. He is responsible for business development efforts as well as oversight of a sales office that opened in Scottsdale in July 2018. Specializing in providing a broad range of financing, leasing and small business loans, Ascentium Capital achieved $1billion in funded volume during 2017. For more information, visit AscentiumCapital.com.

Jake Singleton ’03 BSBA, ’04 MAcc shares that he was recently appointed chief financial officer for The Joint Chiropractic, a national operator, manager and franchisor of chiropractic clinics. He joined The Joint in June of 2015 as corporate controller. During his tenure, he has been responsible for the full accounting operations of the company, including the production of timely financial statements and related SEC filings, and maintaining a comprehensive set of internal controls designed to mitigate risk and enhance the accuracy of the company's reported financial results. His technical accounting knowledge, robust experience in Sarbanes-Oxley internal control implementation and compliance and strong SEC reporting background will help guide The Joint Chiropractic in its growth as a public company. Previously, Singleton was a senior manager with Ernst & Young, where he focused on serving public companies and assisting in raising capital through debt and equity offerings. Singleton also gained international experience in EY’s Capital Markets transactional accounting group during a two-year rotation in the United Kingdom, where he focused on U.S. GAAP and SEC reporting compliance for foreign entities raising capital in the United States. Singleton holds an active Certified Public Accountant license (CPA) in Arizona and California.

Jennie (Ruboyianes) Van Acker ’03 BSPA recently joined Roche Tissue Diagnostics as an enterprise business analyst. She is married to Dieter Van Acker ’12 BSBA (Management Information Systems), who is an information systems engineer at Roche Tissue Diagnostics, and together they often go to UA basketball games with their 18-month old son Jack.

Robert Kerrigan ’05 MBA was recently promoted to the manager of Grid Operations at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. LADWP is the largest municipal electric utility in the nation with more than 7880 megawatts of generation from a diverse mix of energy resources, and more than 3,500 miles of transmission lines spanning five Western states.

In January 2019, Lyudmila “Lyuda” Eisenman ’06 BSBA (Accounting) was promoted to tax shareholder at BeachFleischman. With more than 10 years of experience in public accounting, Eisenman provides a wide range of tax compliance, planning and consulting services to a variety of privately held companies. She is involved in several trade groups, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants and Medical Group Management Association. She also serves as treasurer for the Children's Museum and is a member of the Rotary Club of Tucson. 

2018 was a busy year for Dave Anzalone ’07 BSBA (Marketing). In April, he and his wife welcomed their first future Eller student into the world. Anzalone reports: “When they tell you having child is a game changer, they aren't lying. It's scary, beautiful and amazing—all bundled into a tiny little package that you will unconditionally love unlike anything you have ever loved. I feel like a student again—wide-eyed and navigating the waters of parenthood like a freshman on campus.” Additionally in 2018, Anzalone accepted a position as the vice president of sales and operations with ExteriorDesigns, which he joined six years ago. He says: “My advice to those out there is to always be a grinder—work smarter not harder. Business is a people’s game. Be personable, be confident and be likable! What I learned at Eller and the University of Arizona gave me the confidence and opportunity to do bigger things. The relationships I built there got me the seat at the table. Good luck to all future alums!”

John “Kelly” Hodge ’07 BSBA (Business Management) was recently elected president of the Independent Insurance Agent and Brokers Association of Los Angeles. Hodge is a principal of Linn T. Hodge & Sons.

Mike Wilson ’07 BSPA was elected partner at Locke Lord, a full-service global law firm. As a member of the firm's private equity and venture capital practice group, he represents private equity funds, startups, banks, insurance companies and ‎other public and private businesses in a variety of transactions, including mergers and ‎acquisitions, debt finance, venture capital, joint ventures and complex corporate restructurings.

Fredrick Gradillas II ’08 BSBA (Marketing) initially worked at CITI Cards before transitioning to senior financial analyst at Raytheon Missile Systems. He was recently promoted to principal financial analyst and looks forward to continued career growth within an industry supporting U.S. military men and women. He and his wife have four kids—two sons who are avid UA athletics supporters and two daughters who attend UA Cheer Fest each year. BEAR DOWN!

Congratulations to Tommy Bruce ’09 BSBA (Marketing) whose company Full Stop Management is featured in the October issue of Variety as one of music’s new leaders. With the Eagles, Travis Scott, Sara Bareilles and Christina Aguilera among its clients, Full Stop has a full house and a 35-person office.

Christian Liebner ’09 BSBA (Marketing and Entrepreneurship) ’16 MBA writes to say: “After finishing my MBA I joined Amazon in Seattle as part of the company’s Retail Leadership Development Program. Now entering my second rotation, I have pivoted my career from sales and business development to supply chain management.” Liebner was recently named a finalist in the company’s “Think Big” innovation contest.

BlackBar Engineering, of which Callie Groth ’10 BA (Political Science) ’14 MBA is the CEO, won the 2018 Innovator of the Year-Start-Up Company Award from Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority.

2010's

Alison Althof ’13 BSBA (Finance) was promoted to vice president of AXA’s Southwest Branch.

Congratulations to Max Cutler ’13 BSBA (Finance and Entrepreneurship) who is featured in the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 in the “media” category for his storytelling podcast, Parcast. Cutler launched Parcast in 2016 and his first two series “Unsolved Murders” and “Remarkable Lives, Tragic Deaths” were so successful, the company is launching 21 new shows in early 2019.

Gustavo Corte ’15 BSBA (Business Administration) has joined the Schaefer Present & Stoffers Investment Group in Tucson. He previously worked at AXA Advisors as a financial consultant.

Thomas Malone ’17 BSBA (Marketing) writes to say: “Due to a video resume that I had created during one of my professional sales classes, I received an interview request from the country's leading IT staffing company named TEKsystems. I ended up interviewing and received an offer. I started as an IT business intelligence recruiter after graduation. I recruited for about 18 months, and I was just promoted in November of 2018 into an account manager position! I’m extremely grateful for the doors that the University of Arizona opened for me and how Eller prepared me for my career. Bear Down!”


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