Difference and gas holdings. He and his wife, Kathryn Hall, also own six estate vineyards with more than 500 acres of classic Bordeaux varietals. During his journey, Hall was a part owner of the Dallas Cowboys; formed one of the first stock savings and loans in Michigan; founded one of the first for-profit HMOs in the country; and partnered on the nation’s largest chain of health and sports clubs. He has written five books, including Timing the Real Estate Market (McGrawHill, 2004) and The Responsible Entrepreneur (Career Press, 2001), in which Hall shares his experiences and stories of others who have made a difference by showing that entrepreneurship and ethics do mix—and can literally change the world for the better. Hall has a close connection with the Graduate School of Management. He accepted Dean Steven Currall’s invitation to join the Dean’s Advisory Cabinet, and his wife’s son just completed his first-year in the full-time MBA program. He says he’s excited to be more involved with the School, its emphasis on responsible business leadership and rising reputation for green technology innovation and entrepreneurship. “When I was growing up in 1950s and 1960s, entrepreneurship was a dirty word,” he recalls. “Today, entrepreneurs help make the world go around. The ability to merge the areas of innovation with the risk-taking skillset of entrepreneurship is what led Steve Jobs to successfully create Apple. It is one of the directions we badly need in this country, and the work UC Davis is doing with the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will hopefully encourage future Steve Jobs.”
Class Notes 1989 David Chow: In January 2010, I moved to Kunming, China, to work on a nonprofit minority culture and language preservation project. I’m now a full-time volunteer. What a change after so many years of working in Silicon Valley. I appreciate the updates from my class, 1989. My wife, Carol, and I will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary in 2014.
1991 Drew Porter: My daughter, Maddi, was admitted as an undergraduate to UC Davis for fall 2012.
1992 Pam Allio: I recently took a position in San Ramon, Calif., (a 10-minute commute) as communications leader working directly for the general manager of the Software Solutions Group within GE Energy. My role is what I want to make of it. I bring my start-up experience and corporate experience to this new location. I am excited to help them drive culture change in this division—remember the classic Jack Welch story in Don Palmer’s OB class? I’m reading some great books: The New How and technical books on agile development. My daughter is headed off to college this fall, deciding between UCLA, UC Berkeley and University of Chicago. Yes, she is driven!
1995 Erin Kahn: Grand family adventure has taken my husband, Doug, and I to Amsterdam, where his firm is headquartered. My role at HewlettPackard continues to evolve. I’ve been managing a team of global program managers creating operational process improvements and supporting HP’s global salesforce.
1997 Vinny Catalano: It was very exciting to hear that my firm, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Inc. (NYSE:AJG), was named one of the world’s most ethical companies for 2012. We were the only insurance brokerage selected and one of only 145 companies in the world. It’s a huge honor to be included in such a great group of companies. Michelle Kahler: I attended the GSM’s recent Sacramento Business Professional Networking Group social and realized how much I missed connecting with everyone. Since leaving the Sacramento Kings in 2006, I’ve worked as a project manager/analyst/business consultant
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for the California Medical Association, BearingPoint, DAVID Corporation and, for the past year, The North Highland Company. I’ve finally found my home with North Highland and very much enjoy helping clients solve their business problems. I’ve moved on from playing professional women’s football to medieval foam sword fighting and am always looking for the latest adventure!
2002 Yvette Connor: We are happily settled into Colorado with Mike and me both in new jobs and enjoying many new hobbies. I am leading a practice within Marsh’s Global Risk Management group, and very much enjoying all of the post2008 risk management professional and academic opportunities. Amelia turned 9 in May, and I find it hard to believe she was my post-MBA graduation “surprise.” Where does the time go? I hope everyone is doing well. Reach out and say “hi” if you are in the Denver area.
2006 Brian Woodall: 2011 was a year of change for the Woodalls: Dana moved from Seattle and I moved from Davis to Petaluma, Calif. (Yes, we finally live together!) I started Lamplighter Financial, a CFO outsourcing business focused on small business mergers and acquisitions. Dana became the chief of construction at the Coast Guard training facility in Petaluma. Most importantly, we welcomed our daughter, Cambria Marie Woodall, on December 9.
2010 Wayne Leighty: Quick update from Anchorage. All is well with us. I was recently promoted to business planner for Shell’s Alaska Venture, with responsibility for the venture budgeting process. I am also an adjunct faculty, teaching statistics at the University of Alaska School of Business and Public Policy. And I am serving on the board of trustees for the Alaska Nature Conservancy. Heidi is doing well in her graphic design business, with clients in California, Alaska and New York. Our biggest news is the birth of our first child in May.
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