Class Notes – November 2009

Yongtao (David) Hong, Ph.D. ’09, was hired as an assistant professor of accounting at Valley City State University College of Business in North Dakota.

George Tjoumakaris ’03 wrote an article, “The Latest Dishwashers Have It All,” for Kitchen and Bath Business magazine. Tjoumakaris is product manager for Miele dishwashers and he contributes to the design of future products for the North American marketplace.

Marina Makaron ’03 debuted her dress collection at Philadelphia Fashion Week.

Anthony D. Agbay ’93 has been named to the new position of senior vice president of investments at the brokerage firm Leonard & Company in Troy, Michigan. He was most recently manager and first vice president, nvestments at Raymond James & Associates in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Daniel K. Fitzpatrick ’93 was appointed to the board of Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools, a Philadelphia nonprofit fundraising group. Fitzpatrick is president and CEO of the Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey region at Citizens Bank.

Sean P. Flynn ’88 also was named to the board of Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit fundraising group. Flynn is vice president of Flynn & O’Hara, a company that manufactures and sells school uniforms.

Edward J. Graham ’87 was interviewed about his Drexel MBA in the Philadelphia Business Journal. Graham is chairman, president, and CEO of South Jersey Industries of Folsom, New Jersey.

Jamie Py ’86 was interviewed by the Bangor Metro for an article that asked experts about weatherization and energy conservation. Py is director of the Maine Oil Dealers Association.

David A. Rosa ’86 was appointed the new CEO of Sunshine Heart, Inc., a global medical device company focused on innovative heart assist technologies, as of November 1, 2009. Rosa has 19 years of medical device experience in both large corporations and in start-up companies. Most recently, Rosa was president and CEO of a Minneapolis-based start-up company

Paul S. Baker ’85 was interviewed in the Philadelphia Business Journal section on “Top Financial Advisers.” Baker is managing director, investment officer at Wells Fargo Advisors of Jenkintown, Pa.

Ed Wallace ’84 published Business Relationships That Last, a book about building business relationships. Wallace founded The Relational Capital Group, which provides professional development and consulting services.

Thomas G. Kadien ’83 ID was appointed to the board of directors and audit committee of Sherwin-Williams. Kadien is a senior vice president at International Paper Company in Tennessee.

Walter M. Lugowski ’82 and his wife, JoAnn, were honored as “The Top Producing Team for July 2009” by the Century 21 Alliance. The Lugowskis are members of the Suburban West Realtors Association.

Elliott A. Roth, CPA ’78 was elected to the board of directors of Encore Series, Inc., the presenter of Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. Roth is a partner in accounting and auditing, quality assurance, risk advisory services, and the litigation and valuation group at Amper, Politziner & Mattia at their Jenkintown, Pa., office.

Samuel Greenblatt ’76 was named co-head of RAIT Securities’ new commercial real estate advisory business. Greenblatt has been with the parent company, RAIT Financial Trust, since 2000 and serves as its executive vice president and director of originations in addition to his new role.

Jim Waters ’72 joined the Profit Recovery Partners Client advisory board. Waters serves as chief financial officer of Prudential Fox and Roach Realtors/Trident LP and is responsible for the firm’s finance and administration.