Hello Wharton Community,
Thank you for participating in the recent election. Below your newly elected Board of Directors:
Bruce Aranoff, W’78
Since joining the Wharton Club in the mid-1980s, he has been involved in every facet of the club. In 2000, he became president and was instrumental in creating the club’s website and Advisory Board. Most recently, he has been the club’s Treasurer. He graduated from the Wharton School with a BS in Economics and received an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been active in the banking and commercial real estate finance industry for many years. Currently, he is a vice president and credit officer in Citibank’s Commercial Bank. He resides in North Dallas with his wife Sharon and son Max.
Scott Bradford, WG’06
Scott Bradford is the CFO of Advantage Midstream, a private equity-backed green chemicals and fuels company. Prior to Advantage, he was the CFO of Titanium Exploration, a private equity-backed energy company that he helped grow from start-up to $150 million in revenues. Previously Scott was an investor at two hedge funds in Dallas and a Vice President in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs in New York. Scott has an MBA from Wharton and BBAs in Finance and Accounting from the University of Oklahoma. Scott has been active with the Wharton Club leadership for 5 years and is currently on the Board, and serves as VP of Membership and Director of Social Programing. Scott has also served as Gala Chair for the last 4 years. When not at work or volunteering, Scott plays tennis and soccer, coaches his two young kids’ soccer teams, and enjoys spending time with his wife of 18 years.
Larissa Donovan Bryan, WG'02
Larissa is a results-driven executive with over 25 years’ experience — including 15 years living and working in China — in General Management, Global Marketing, Strategy and Business Development, Product Innovation, Digital, and Analytics & Intelligence. She has spent the past 16 years in the optical
industry and is currently VP Global Marketing for SunRx (prescription sun lenses) at Essilor International. Larissa grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and pursued studies in Chinese at Middlebury College, Tunghai University (Taiwan) and The Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University School of Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China. She and her family – husband, Stephan and son, Graydon (11) – moved to Lake Highlands 3-1/2 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida where she was active member of the Tampa Bay Wharton alum club leadership. Larissa speaks Mandarin Chinese and enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time outdoors.
Jon Buchwald, WG’94
Jon develops revenue growth strategies for a broad base of businesses, from startups to Fortune 100 - industries include healthcare, high technology, food and chemicals. He was the co-founder & director of Infrasoft Corporation, a global civil engineering technology company prior to its acquisition. Jon is a past board member of Ronald McDonald House, San Francisco, and Chairman of SofTech an organization representing the interests of the North Bay Area technology industry. He enjoys weight training, running, wines and mixology.
Richard A. (Rich) Fuchs, W’80
Rich retired as a partner with PwC in 2016 after a career providing transaction and accounting change management advice. Rich spent his 37-year professional career advising companies globally on capital market financing transactions, including IPO’s, secondary offerings and high-yield debt offerings. He also advised on corporate acquisition and disposition transactions including carve-out and spin-off transactions. Rich worked for PwC in New York, London, Hong Kong and Germany during his career. His clients included Deutsche Telekom, China Aluminum and China Netcom, and the United Nations. Rich has a BS in Economics from the Wharton School and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is a CPA licensed in the states of New York and Pennsylvania and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Rich currently serves as a trustee of the Catholic Charities of Dallas endowment, as treasurer of the Stone Harbor Property Owners Association and as treasurer of the St Vincent Martyr parish finance committee. Rich served as treasurer of the board of trustees of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey from 2010 through 2018.
William Groves, WG’14
Will Groves is a Wharton Executive MBA graduate, 2014. After graduating from SMU for his undergraduate degree, Will has worked in banking at JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America in New York and Dallas. Will and several colleagues have started a new bank, located at Old Parkland, with the help of several investors. Will and his colleagues at MapleMark bank helped with the largest de novo capital raise in banking history in 2018, for MapleMark. Will and Sarah Groves have 2 wonderful children, Luke (5) and Caroline (2). They live in the Lakewood area of Dallas and enjoy meeting new people, travelling and supporting the city of Dallas. Will and Sarah Groves support Dallas through Cattle Barons Charity, American Cancer Society and other non-profits. They have 2 children, Luke and Caroline (5 and 2) and live in the Lakewood area. Both graduated from SMU, undergraduate.
Matthew Howard, W’17
Matt graduated in 2017 from Wharton where he studied economics and competed for all four years on the UPenn Men’s Basketball team. He moved to Dallas after graduation to join Merrill Lynch and pursue a career as a financial advisor because he wanted to help people lead financially literate & successful lives, as well as learn the art of building a business from scratch. He is very excited to become more active in the Wharton Club, particularly to lead events for other young alumni. In his free time, Matt enjoys sports, exercising, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, meditating, and learning about areas outside of finance. He is also part of a book club that he helped form with friends in the area. Although he is now a Texan, Matt was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina and enjoys visiting his family in both Columbia and Charlotte, NC.
Stacie Hyatt, WG’00
Stacie is the President & CEO of the Society for Alumni Club Leadership, a company she formed out of her passion for alumni organizations, and is the author of Fully Funded: Outrageously Successful Ways to Fund an Alumni Chapter. She is the current and a past president of the Wharton Club of DFW in addition to having served in other roles over the years and is also a co-founder of the Dallas Business Club, now representing 30 MBA alumni clubs. Prior to her full-time dedication to alumni leadership, Stacie enjoyed a career as an international medical technology executive with companies such as Medtronic and St. Jude Medical. In addition to her MBA from Wharton, she earned a BS in bioengineering from Texas A&M University where she has served academia through the Industry Advisory Boards for both the Dwight Look College of Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Currently, Stacie serves on the boards of the Tech Titans and The Salvation Army, and is active in other organizations such as the Executive Women’s Roundtable and the Wharton Reunion Committee among others.
Rachel Ingerto, WG’01
Rachel Ingerto is Vice President at Bank of America's Global Commercial Bank and is responsible for assessing strategic needs and delivering integrated financial solutions to middle-market companies in the DFW area. Rachel has worked in a variety of finance and strategy roles across a number of industries, including energy, retail, and transportation. After moving to Dallas in 2003, Rachel joined the Wharton Club of DFW, and in 2017 joined the Board and became Director of Boardroom lunches. She
launched this new and highly successful initiative geared towards the Club’s CEO/President and CFO alumni. Rachel lives in Dallas with her husband, two elementary-aged girls, and three dogs. When not at family activities, Rachel enjoys sampling craft beers, watching movies, and foodie adventures when traveling.
Birken Olson, WG’98
Birken Olson, a New Mexico native, is the Co-founder and CEO of CommunityMed Urgent Care in Dallas. CommunityMed owns/operates urgent care clinics. Olson sits on the board PetroVictory, a public Brazilian E&P company, and as a board member for Parent Compass, a Christian media company. Prior to CommunityMed, Olson was CFO of First Choice Emergency Rooms. Under Olson the company recapitalized, implemented a growth strategy, and executed a nine-figure exit transaction. Prior to First Choice, Olson co-founded Neos Geosolutions in 2004. Neos is an oil exploration company, and Olson’s role from 2004 to 2009 included the financing and execution of the business operations. As an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company from 1998 to 2001, Olson garnered experience in developing growth strategy, M&A, and operations. Olson has raised over $700mm in private equity and debt financing for numerous ventures. Olson received a BS EE from NMSU, and an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Wharton.
Devon Pennington, WG'09; WPWP program
Devon is passionate about connecting people and has 10+ years’ experience in financial services where he worked on all sides of the investment management industry. Past experiences include working his way from a trading desk into equity research earlier in my career and stints at Driehaus Capital and Schlumberger Ventures before doing venture capital consulting. Currently, he performs private equity valuation for IHSMarkit and is a CFA Level 3 candidate. He loves to salsa dance, is on the board of Habitat for Humanity Young Professionals in Dallas, and volunteers with the American Heart Association.
Dare Rosebery, W’90
Since graduating from PENN, Dare Rosebery has enjoyed developing people and companies in the US and Europe. Inspired by the opportunity to design and lead programs for organizations that get beyond learning about leadership to developing the personality of a leader who can achieve predictable, repeatable, consistent, and sustainable results, Dare joined People Programs Group in 2015. Dare invests in our community through being an inspirational speaker and through leading Planning Intensives and/or being an Advisor for non-profit organizations like The Gathering Place, American Heart Association, Éstaine, Alliance to Lead Impact in Global Human Trafficking (ALIGHT), and Her Nexx Chapter. To help alumni connect and build meaningful relationships, Dare served on the Boards of the Wharton Club of Colorado and Colorado Ivy+ Women. She recently moved from Denver to Dallas with Kevin, her Love of 15 years, and their furry kiddos – Edison and Radar. All are excited to explore Texas!
Sanober Syed, WG’99
Sanober is a Principal at Koa Brokerage where she represents Landlords, Tenants and Investors in sale and commercial lease transactions. Her main focus is leasing Koa Partners’ office and medical office developments. Prior to joining Koa, Ms. Syed was a Senior Vice President at Hudson Peters Commercial where she successfully sold and leased multiple office and medical office properties. Before joining Hudson Peters Commercial, Sanober was Trammell Crow’s Director of Strategic Services for Baylor Healthcare System. In addition, Ms. Syed evaluated medical office buildings for acquisitions for Partners Health Trust, a Trammell Crow Company fund. Ms. Syed began her career as an analyst at JP Morgan Chase. She gained her BA in Economics from Cambridge University U.K. and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton Business School. Sanober is currently Vice President of Philanthropy for the Wharton DFW Club. In addition, Ms. Syed is an executive board member of the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors. She lives in Dallas with her husband and 3 children.
Joseph E. Williams, WG’78
Joe is the Founder of Beacon Street Financial Group, LLC, a Frisco-based management consulting firm. He’s a proven leader with over 30 years of experience in Banking, Investment Banking and the Oil and Gas Industry. He’s the former President & CEO of Hibernia Southcoast Capital, Hibernia Corporation’s Investment Banking subsidiary. Following Hibernia’s acquisition by Capital One, Joe agreed to serve for two years as the Executive Director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority at the request of the Mayor of New Orleans. Joe also has prior experience as an Internal Auditor and International Finance Analyst for a major oil company. He’s passionate about board service and has held numerous leadership positions on Not-for-Profit and Public Sector boards. In 2019, he was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the Texas Public Finance Authority Board. He also serves on the Development Board of the University of North Texas College of Music. Joe was born in New York City and holds an MBA in Finance and Multinational Enterprise from The Wharton School and a BS in Finance from The Questrom School of Business at Boston University.
Tom Witmer, WG'19
Tom is currently a Consultant at Bain & Company’s Dallas, Texas office. There, he works across various industries to address clients pressing business challenges. Before business school, Tom worked at Tesla in the supply chain division and at EnSys Energy, a specialized consultancy focusing on petroleum market analysis. Throughout his time at EnSys, he worked extensively on an upstream oil & gas simulator and on projects for the U.S. Dept. of Energy, U.S. Commodities Futures and Trading Commission, OPEC, and the European Commission, as well as various super major oil companies. Tom earned undergraduate degrees in industrial engineering and finance from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Outside of work, Tom enjoys playing poker, long-distance running and watching sports.