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GRD Leavey/MBA '94
Soriano, Marcelino

Maj. Marcelino "Butch" Soriano ’89, MBA ’94, broke the record for number of hours of straight bell-ringing for the Salvation Army in Southern California, ringing the bell for 150 hours. In the end, he raised almost $10K. He set his record at 150 hours in celebration of the Salvation Army’s 150 years in existence and its 124th annual Red Kettle Campaign, during which bell-ringers seek donations outside stores throughout the holiday season.

“The reality is that I was sure that I would not be able to accomplish this quest on my own strength,” said Soriano, moments after setting his record. “I needed God’s strength.”
According to the organization’s rules, Soriano earned five minutes of rest for every continuous hour he rang his bell. He had to stand the entire time and could only eat, sit, go to the bathroom, or nap during his five-minute breaks. He was allowed to drink something, as long as it didn’t get in the way of his ringing the bell.
His first real test came at about the 51st hour, when his feet began to ache and throb. By the 84th hour, his feet were severely swollen.
“I was like, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to keep going,” Soriano said.
An hour later, the Salvation Army said “a stranger who had no idea of the pain he was in offered a bit of powerful support.”
“In the 85th hour, there was a gentleman who came behind me, he put a hand on me and prayed for me,” Soriano recalled. “A lot of the discomfort came out of me.”
The bell-ringer was struck with another surge of endurance when a woman came up to donate and he noticed on her shirt was written Bible verse “Philippians 4:13″ — “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” — a phrase Soriano said has motivated him in the past.
“I was at a very low point, where it was very uncomfortable,” Soriano said. “God reminded me because that verse was on that person’s shirt.”
After Soriano broke the record, he said sleep would have to wait: “Actually, right now I’m going to change so I can go to church.”
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 2:22P
UGRD Leavey Business '94
Seidlinger, Amy

Amy Seidlinger '94 is a first-time mom via adoption. Tate Jackson Seidlinger was born July 14, 2015, in Galveston, Texas, and the new family flew home to San Diego a week later.

submitted Sep. 29, 2015 5:13P
Rooks, Peter
Peter Rooks  MBA ’93 credits Professor Al Bruno’s advice (along with a good idea, great employees, and strong family support) with helping the sucess of the business he founded in 2003, Phoenics Electronics. Bruno’s Small Business Entrepreneurship was one of the courses that made a big difference. “Professor Bruno said, ‘You will not be successful unless you focus.’ I think I got a C or a C-plus in that class, but I learned so much from it.”
Another highly influential class was Drew Starbird’s Operations course, which focused on business logistics, an area of critical importance in the company he would later found.
Phoenics maintains $18 million in inventory, enabling it to fill most orders the same day, employs extensive Vendor Managed Inventory programs, and has distribution centers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, Eastern Europe, and the US to serve its 1,200 customers worldwide. Phoenics currently has 23 employees, all highly knowledgeable and committed.
Looking back on the growth and success of the company, Rooks says there was a “tremendous benefit” to business school, and to Leavey in particular. “We learned about everything — operations, finance, accounting — and made excellent contacts,” he says. “Most of us were here for the education, and it was a good university for people who wanted to learn. It was clear the people at the business school knew what they were doing. A lot of the professors had solid business experience, real-life experience. They imparted a broad understanding of all aspects of business that enabled us to project confidence to our customers. All that has been critically important.”
submitted Jun. 28, 2015 4:39P
McLaughlin, Steven

Steven McLaughlin '94 writes, “Working as a DA civilian at the 63rd Regional Support Command at Moffett Field, Calif.” He is a colonel in the Army Reserve.

submitted Jul. 1, 2015 2:57P
Lorenat, Linda

Linda Lorenat ’94, J.D. ’98 is a partner with King & Spalding in the Silicon Valley office. She came from Latham & Watkins, where she worked in the firm’s emerging companies practice. Ms. Lorenat represents start-up and emerging companies on a variety of corporate matters as well as venture capital firms in their investments in start-up and early-stage companies. She also represents major corporations in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

submitted Mar. 20, 2015 11:41P
UGRD Leavey Business '94
Kan, Kenneth

Kenneth Kan ’94 is managing director/portfolio manager in one of Asia's largest macro hedge funds.

submitted Apr. 11, 2015 3:46P
UGRD Leavey Business '94
Gemetti, Thomas

Thomas Gemetti '94 was elected for another term on the Campbell Union School District board. Gemetti's a Brocade Communications VP and Controller. He's worked for Ernst & Young, Ariba, and SAP and is active in Junior Achievement.

submitted Oct. 30, 2014 2:51P
Dion, Philip
Philip J. Dion J.D. '94, MBA '94 joins American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, as vice president, Technology Business Development. Dion, 47, was previously with UNS Energy Corp. as senior vice president, Public Policy and Customer Solutions, since 2013. Prior, he was responsible for the direction and execution of regulatory and legislative strategy at the federal and state levels for UNS Energy Corp. He also had oversight of customer service and engagement, marketing, corporate communications, customer programs and community relations. Prior to his tenure with UNS Energy Corp, Dion was an advisor to a Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as well as a Commissioner at the Arizona Corporation Commission. Dion also was a deputy Maricopa County attorney and an administrative law judge at the Arizona Corporation Commission.
submitted Jun. 14, 2015 7:55P

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