Matt is like Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps? Absolutely, according to “Imbibe” e-magazine. The comparison is apt because Matt is America’s most decorated beer brewer; he’s won awards multiple times in multiple categories at the annual Great American Beer Festival held in Denver, Colorado. In the feature profile, Matt credits his Kalamazoo College experience in a number of ways. His health science major provided the organic chemistry experience that came in handy during his first job after graduating–in the hops lab at Kalsec (Kalamazoo Spice Extraction Company). At K he met K alumnus Larry Bell ’80, whom he credits for getting him interested in craft brewing. Larry is the founder of Bell’s Brewery. And during his K years, Matt studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, which gave him the opportunity to experience the beer cultures in Belgium and Germany. Matt’s brewing career featured early stops at the Siebel Institute (Chicago), Goose Island Brewery (Chicago), and SLO Brewing (Paso Robles, California), which was eventually purchased by Firestone Walker. The firm soon recognized his talent and made Matt a brewery partner in 2010.
Adam was promoted to assistant vice president at 1st Source Bank. He has 15 years of experience in banking and finance. Adam earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business at K and studied abroad in Perth, Australia. He is involved with several community organizations and serves in leadership positions with Discover Kalamazoo and Centerpoint Church.
In May Terri was appointed to the board of directors of LaunchPoint Corporation (Itasca, Illinois), a provider of cloud-based solutions, software and services for healthcare organizations. Terri has spent nearly 35 years working in the health industry, two-thirds of them working with health plans. She currently provides strategic healthcare consulting, due diligence and interim management services to both development-stage and mature health organizations. In addition, she is a Limited Partner and Member of the CEO Council at Council Capital. At K Terri majored in biology and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France. She earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan.
Stacey was hired by Aventis (now Sanofi) shortly after graduating from K. She has since sold a variety of pharmaceuticals in several territories throughout Michigan. Stacey has won many awards during her 14-plus years at the company, but the most impressive came in both 2010 and 2016. Stacey was the recipient of the World Champions of Sales Award… twice! The award recognizes and honors her “outstanding performance and impact,” according to the company, and places her “among an elite group of professionals (the top 1 percent of the entire organization), whose passion and innovation have resulted in superior customer engagement.” Stacey was awarded a trip to Paris and Montreux in 2011 and will travel to Paris and Venice this year.
Thomas has joined Greenleaf Trust as a trust relationship officer, responsible for day-to-day trust administration and fiduciary compliance. His broad knowledge of trusts and legacy planning adds a valuable strategic perspective to the holistic wealth management plans at Greenleaf. Thomas practiced law for more than 20 years and has more than 20 years of experience in trust administration and fiduciary risk management. He is also a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor.
Seth married Noelle Pepe on April 19, 2014. Seth is a bond analyst at Zazove Convertible Securities Management, an asset management firm in Incline Village, Nev. He earned his B.A. at K in economics and business and received an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Blake and his wife Julie (Cutcher) Hurt ’04 welcomed daughter Kristin Leigh into the world on January 4, 2014. Last year Blake also obtained ownership of his law practice. Hurt Patent Law is an intellectual property boutique located in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, specializing in patents, copyrights, and trademarks.
Daniel is an account executive in the Detroit office of Truscott Rossman, a strategic communications firm serving clients throughout Michigan. Dan was an intern at Truscott Rossman and quickly gained a reputation for his outstanding writing skills. He earned his B.A. degree in economics at K and participated in the New York Arts Program through K’s membership in the Great Lakes Colleges Association.
Shangeeta was named a charter member of the Indus Entrepreneurs of Detroit, a global, non-profit community for entrepreneurs. She is a shareholder at the Detroit office of Brooks Kushman, the largest intellectual property law firm in Michigan. There, she serves as chair of the Post Grant Practice Group and serves on the management committee as the chief diversity officer. She has more than two decades experience obtaining and litigating patents for local, national and international clients, and she is highly respected speaker at conferences and workshops. Shangeeta is the founder of Retooling Detroit, an early literacy program aimed at reversing the literacy divide in Detroit. She serves in many other civic organizations and has received numerous legal awards. At K she majored in chemistry and economics.
Jodi received a “10 Over The Next Ten” award from the Lansing (Mich.) Regional Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes top young professionals in Greater Lansing who are expected to contribute significantly to their community over the next 10 years. Qualifying applicants are judged based on their professional achievements, community involvement and personal successes. Jodi is the owner and general partner of Human Resource Management Services, LLC. She is a certified senior professional in human resources. At K she majored in psychology and was a standout Hornet volleyball player. She has more than a decade of human resource management experience, working in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors with small and mid-sized employers. Her areas of expertise include employee relations, training, recruitment and retention. She writes a regular HR column for various state-wide publications, conducts training seminars through the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and serves on various committees related to HR policy and leadership development.