Fall 2021

Letter from the MBA President

Greetings Friends,

I am excited to be reaching out as we close out the academic year and welcome the holiday season. I am hopeful that you and yours have continued to endure these collective landscapes while finding happiness and prosperity throughout.

The MBAA has strung together an effective calendar year despite limited in-person engagement. We’ve hosted a series of engaging virtual presentations and relaunched the Master’s Masters golf tournament, pairing old traditions with new concepts…we think it was a hit. We have also continued to develop our partnership with the School of Business as its leadership cements a new identity for the BW graduate business studies with evolving alternatives and approaches for its many degree and certificate programs.

We have also been encouraged by the ways our constituents are leveraging the MBAA network. Over the past year and a half, we have offered a virtual forum for our members to connect including our LinkedIn community, webinars, and “real estate” in our newsletter. Stay tuned next semester as we launch intriguing programming from BW alumni in addition to the landmark 10th anniversary of Economic Insights: Global, National, Regional panel in January.

If you have an idea, are starting a new initiative, or would like to catalyze a conversation, we invite you to connect across the BW MBAA. Shoot me a note to start brainstorming at sCmonaco@mail.bw.edu.

On behalf of the BW MBA Association Executive Council, I wish you all a warm and healthy Thanksgiving, a happy Holiday season and a Merry Christmas. We are ever grateful for the relationships we share with you.

Looking forward,

Scott Monaco ‘10
President, BW MBA Association


BW MBAA Drives Forward with Re-Imagined Golf Outing


With deference to more than 30 years of tradition, the MBAA hosted its first Master’s Masters golf tournament in more than three years. The late September outing was held at Fox Meadow Country Club in Medina, Ohio. The tournament had been put on hiatus due to logistics issues with former venues, which allowed us to host our 2019 10-Year Gala in its place, and, as it goes without saying, the global pandemic in all the time since. 

MBAA executive council members Pamela Baird and Mike Gill co-chaired the event, partnering with the Center for Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement and the BW School of Business. Pamela and Mike’s efforts catalyzed a renewed enthusiasm for the event which featured an inclusive putting challenge and flexible agenda, encouraging networking between guests and engagement with BW faculty and staff.

BW was well represented as faculty members, old and new, turned out in droves in support of the event. The dinner presentation featured remarks from School of Business Dean Susan Kuznik as well as a moving dialogue on “Why Golf Sucks” from professors Param Srikantia and Bill Brake.

With more than 20 teams participating, the field was competitive on the Fox Meadow course. The winning foursome led by Andrew Matusek (MBA '14) included a couple of two-time tournament winners. We thank all who participated. Surveys have been sent to all attendees, with feedback informing venue selection and plans for next year’s tournament. If you missed the survey, or didn't attend but have input on our future direction, please email Lisa Judge at ljudge@bw.edu

Last, as the Master’s Masters is our organization's sole fundraiser, we must acknowledge the generosity of our sponsors. Their continued support allows us to deliver engaging content and invest in our network, year in and year out. Thank you to Cavitch, Familo and Durkin (Jim Aussem '71); Mike's Bar and Grille (Mike Gantous); our friends at Master Printing Group; and KW Elevate - The Incorvaia Team (Shannon '15 and Danny Fee).  

School of Business Faculty & Staff Updates

Faculty, staff and volunteers at the
Bold & Gold Homecoming Festival


The MBA Association is excited to congratulate several School of Business faculty and staff members occupying new or expanded roles:

Susan Kuznik, Dean

Dale Sheptak, Associate Dean

Carmen Castro-Rivera, Assistant Dean for School Operations & Business Development

Mary Pisnar, Department Chair for Management and Leadership

We also extend a warm welcome and congratulations to Beth Ehrbar, now School Operations Coordinator. Beth was previously associate director of BW's Career Services office and has for many years helped School of Business students and alumni realize their career goals. 


Save the Date: Economic Insights on January 26, 2022

The popular Economic Insights: Global, National, Regional event returns on January 26. 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of this panel forecasting timely economic outlooks by a stellar panel of experts.

This year, Economic Insights will be fully virtual with our panelists broadcasting remotely. Interactive opportunities to engage with individual panelists will be available. We look forward to extending invitations with more details soon - please watch your inbox and in the meantime, mark your calendar!

On the Move: Member News and Notes

BRETT ROBINETT (MBA '95), Louisville, was named vice president of strategy for Delta Care Rx. 

ALLEN FRISZMAN '77 (EMBA ’98), North Ridgeville, retired from Komatsu in April of 2020. He and his wife Cheryl are celebrating 40 years of marriage. 

RANDY KIMBRO '99 (EMBA ’01), Grafton, traveled to Pueblo, Colo. to volunteer with FEMA, helping provide COVID-19 vaccines to underserved areas. He is a fire inspector for the North Royalton Fire Department and an emergency room medic.

STEVE HORNE (MBA '09), North Royalton, is now general manager for Industrial Parts and Service. 

JACLYN “JACKIE” LEE '12 (MBA '12), Charlotte, N.C., received BW’s Alumni Merit Award for her achievements in accounting and community involvement. She is an audit manager for Wells Fargo Bank certified in financial crime and fraud examination and internal auditing. Her community service includes domestic violence court advocacy and support of children and family services.

LYNN KERNYA (MBA ’13), Brunswick, earned a Juris Doctorate with a concentration in labor and employment law from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in May 2021. Lynn received the ABA-BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law. She is now with Nesco Resource in the human resource and compliance department.

GWYN DUBEL KLAMER ’19 (MBA '19) married Michael Klamer. Gwyn works in supply chain operations, project management, and strategic HR initiatives for Merck KGaA. 

Have your own news or other updates to share? Send to BW via the alumni update form


Ways to Support BW Students



MBA Association Executive Council
President: Scott Monaco '10 Treasurer: Alexis Becker '18 
VP of Operations and Golf Outing Co-Chair: 
Mike Gill '12 
Faculty Advisor: John Fuehrer '91, MBA '96
Alumni Staff Liaison: Lisa Judge '00 School of Business Liaison:
Carmen Castro-Rivera
Golf Outing Co-Chair: Pamela Baird '99 
Coordinator and Ex-Officio, Alumni Council:
Bob Buchanan '87
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Scott at scmonaco@mail.bw.edu.



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