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Saturday, April 7, 2018
University Club
123 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


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New this Year! Thought Leaders Luncheon, Breakout Sessions with Faculty, and Special Class Reunion Activities


All Pitt Business alumni are welcome to attend. We will celebrate the contributions of members of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration alumni community.


  • Thought Leader Luncheon hosted by a distinguished alumnus(a)
  • Breakout Sessions taught by Pitt Business faculty on contemporary business topics
  • State-of-the-School Fireside Chat with Dean Arjang A. Assad
  • Awards program and dinner
  • Class Reunion reception

Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

We are excited to announce this year's 2018 Pitt Business Award Winners.

Jeff J. Hansberry (BA ’86; MBA ’89)
President and Chief Commercial Officer
Advantage Solutions
Learn more about Jeff >>

Andrea J. Thompson (MBA ’91)
Senior Vice President US Programs
BAE Systems (United Kingdom)
Learn more about Andrea >>

Chien-fu Li (MBA ’85)
Chairman at Chinese Musicians Exchange Association and Founder and CEO
China-tunes (Taiwan)
Learn more about Chien-fu Li >>

The H. J. Zoffer Medal for Meritorious Service Winner

Herb Shear
Shear Family Office and Shear Family Investments; (retired)
Executive Chairman and CEO at Genco
University of Pittsburgh Trustee
Learn more about Herb Shear>>

Distinguished Service Award Winner

Kathleen M. Foody-Malus (MBA ’83)
Executive in Residence at Pitt Business
Vice President/Senior Portfolio Manager at Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation
Learn more about Kathleen Foody-Malus>>

CBA Outstanding Alumni Award

Andrew S. Reichert (BSBA ’07)
Go Realty
Learn more about Andrew Reichert>>

Corporate Appreciation Award

Accepted by Chris Sicilia, Principal, Finance Division at Vanguard
Learn more about careers at Vanguard>>


Friday, April 6, 2018

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Alumni update with tour of Mervis Hall and campus highlights | Mervis Hall B-75

4:00 – 6:30 p.m. | “Supply Chain Lecture and Happy Hour: Managing a Global Supply Chain During a Chapter 11 Transformation,” featuring Jan G. Dudiak, Chief Procurement Officer and Vice President, Westinghouse Electric | Alumni Hall, 5th Floor
* Please note, registration for this event is separate. Please visit the Center for Supply Chain Management website for more information or register HERE for the event.

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | International Alumni/Student Networking Reception | Mervis Hall

Saturday, April 7, 2018 |University Club

12:30 p.m. | Registration & Lunch | Ballroom A

1:00 p.m. | Official Welcome from Business Alumni Association President Lisa Polar and Dean Arjang Assad | Ballroom A

1:10 – 1:45 p.m. | Thought Leader Lecture featuring Jeff Hansberry and Andrea Thompson | Ballroom A

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. | “The Extensions and Ends of Influence: From E-Mail to Exploding Deals,” featuring Cait Lamberton, Ben L. Fryrear Chair of Marketing and Associate Professor of Marketing | Ballroom A

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. | “Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Getting it Right,” featuring Greg Coticchia, Executive Director, Master of Science in Product Management, CMU and Chien-fu Li | Ballroom A

4:00 – 4:10 p.m. | State of the School Fireside Chat with Dean Arjang Assad | Ballroom A

4:10 – 4:30p.m. | Student Showcase: Investment and Finance, featuring undergraduate and graduate business students and presented by Kathy Foody-Malus | Ballroom A

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. | 54th Annual Business Alumni Association Awards Program and Dinner | Ballroom B

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Class Reunion Receptions | College Room

Sunday, April 8, 2018

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Alumni Brunch | The Porch, Oakland (the cost of this event is not included in the registration)

Class Reunions

This year, for the first time, we will be celebrating Class Reunions. Katz class reunion years will be celebrated one year out, and then in five-year increments. Class reunions will be celebrated for the Full-Time MBA program, Executive MBA program, and MS in Accounting programs.

We plan on naming a Chair to lead each Class reunion year. If you are interested in serving as the Chair of your Class, please contact Program Manager Emily Cerrone at

We look forward to this becoming a new tradition!

Class Reunion Years

Please contact Emily Cerrone at or 412-383-3235 if you are interested in being a class chair. 

1 Year Reunion: Class of 2017
Class Chair Vacant

5 Year Reunion: Class of 2013
Class Chair: Akshaya Murthy
Facebook Group for Class of 2013

10 Year Reunion: Class of 2008
Class Chairs: Jasmeet Marwah and Cindy Kuo
Facebook Group for Class of 2008


15 Year Reunion: Class of 2003
Class Chair: Jim Gaslevic

20 Year Reunion: Class of 1998
Class Chairs: Michelle Mullman, Lisa Polar, and Maria Porter-Kautter
Facebook Group Class of 1998

21 Year Reunion: Class of 1997
Class Chair: Z. Selin Hur

25 Year Reunion: Class of 1993
Class Chairs: Christine Kretz and Linda Fisher


30 Year Reunion: Class of 1988
Class Chair Vacant

35 Year Reunion: Class of 1983
Class Chair Vacant

40 Year Reunion: Class of 1978
Class Chairs: Gary Brownlee,  Jeff Davis, and Fred Perrota (EMBA V)

45 Year Reunion: Class of 1973
Class Chair Vacant

50 Year Reunion: Class of 1968
Class Chair Vacant

55 Year Reunion: Class of 1963
Class Chair Vacant

Hotel Information

A discounted room block has been established at the Wyndham University Center (100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213) conveniently located two blocks from the University Club.

Book online at:

Or call: 877-999-3223

Block Code: 04066841AP

If you would like to arrive or depart outside the group dates please contact

Mara Cerro 412-682-6251 or email

Chelsey Baumgardner 412-682-6200 ext 6131 email

Please make reservations by March 15, 2018 for group rate.