Category Archives: JNEWS

JNEWS: Look, King [MC2010] one of the 50 Outstanding Asian-Americans

2015-Jul-01

http://coned.com/newsroom/news/pr20150701.asp

Con Edison Veteran From Parsippany Receives Business Honors
Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: July 01, 201512:00 p.m.

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NEW YORK – A Parsippany man who has worked for Con Edison for three decades has been named one of the 50 Outstanding Asian-Americans in Business by the Asian-American Business Development Center. 

King Look, director of electricity supply, earned the honor for outstanding leadership and dedication to the New York City and Westchester County communities that Con Edison serves.
He is a mentor for the Growth Opportunities for Leadership Development program and Corporate Mentoring program. He serves as a deacon and chairman of the budget and finance committee at his church.

Look graduated from Cooper Union with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in chemical engineering. He earned an MBA in computer information systems from Baruch College and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College.

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Look, King [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that King received his Masters in 2010.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.] 

Look, King [MC2010]

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JNEWS: Ventner, Bruce [MC????] and “The Battle of Hubbardton”

2015-Jun-30

http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2015/jun/29/vital-battle-revolutionary-war/?print

The Daily Gazette
Monday, June 29, 2015
http://www.dailygazette.com/
By Bill Buell
Author will discuss small but vital battle of Revolutionary War

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ALBANY — As an administrator for 26 years in the Albany City School District, Bruce Ventner never did a whole lot of teaching. Since he retired nearly 10 years ago, all that has changed.

An Albany native and graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, Ventner has taken his passion for history and forged a second profession for himself, schooling people about the American Revolution.

Along with being president of America’s History, his own tour and conference company, he has written a book titled “The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action that Saved America.” He will discuss the book at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Canfield Casino as part of the Saratoga History Museum’s Solomon Lecture Series.

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Ventner, Bruce [MC????]

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Dear John,

I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for Bruce.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JNEWS: Eriquez, Steven [MC1995] PM at Lilker Associates Consulting Engineers

2015-Jun-26

http://rew-online.com/2015/06/25/whos-news-saeid-garebaglow-joins-faithfulgould-pat-sapinsley-heads-nyus-sustainability-incubator/

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Lilker Associates Consulting Engineers announces that Electrical Engineer Steven Eriquez, PE, LEED AP, has joined the firm as a project manager in its Manhattan office.

Eriquez will be responsible for supervising key projects in the residential and commercial sectors, including condominium conversions and large scale retail and mixed-use facility systems design.
Prior to joining Lilker, Eriquez spent the past 15 years with AKF Group where he provided project management and electric design team leadership on numerous high profile projects: the retail portion of the entire World Trade Center complex, the Woolworth Building Residential Condominium Complex, Cipriani Club and Condominium Residences at 55 Wall Street, the 600,000 s/f Rego Park retail development, and the 226-bed Jamaica Hospital Nursing Home.

Eriquez serves as a mentor to students at both of his alma maters, Xaverian High School and Manhattan College, where he earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics and has recently been nominated to the Mentor Program Advisory Board.

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Eriquez, Steven [MC1995]

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JNEWS: Petchonka, John [MC1976] owner Ridgefield Glass

2015-Jun-25

http://westfaironline.com/72397/ridgefield-glass-etches-a-fresh-chapter-with-relocation/

Ridgefield Glass etches a fresh chapter with relocation
By Bill Fallon
June 25, 2015

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Now in his 10th year owning Ridgefield Glass, which dates to 1974 and which cut the ribbon on a new showroom this month, John Petchonka dodged the shuttering effects of the recession through adaptation and managed to expand. He figures 66 percent to 75 percent of company business is with contractors. The remaining business is with private homeowners.

The 2,000-square-foot showroom at 159 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, this month began displaying new products, including glass showers that effectively double the size of smaller, second bathrooms by replacing shower curtains with walls of glass. Formerly, most frameless glass shower doors swung open, making them unsuitable for small bathrooms. Ridgefield Glass now sells a “frameless slider” that, per its name, does not swing out. Petchonka said displaying it is, “One of the reasons for the move.”

Petchonka was three years into ownership in 2008 when, as he recently put it, “All hell hit and there was a market drop in Ridgefield.”

Born in New York City, Petchonka, 60 and a scientist by education and trade, reacted to the downturn by expanding his catchment area. He turned his gaze south.

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Petchonka is a Manhattan College-trained chemical engineer who in his former business life designed and built the NutraSweet plant in Athens, Ga., and worked on developing Viagra for Pfizer, originally as a heart aid – the beating, pumping heart, not the Valentine/twin-bathtub variety. A half-hour conversation — mainly to speak about his relocation — addressed the properties of glass — “basically a solid, but you can enhance its properties with rapid heating and quenching: — and Viagra “It was a failed heart drug, but the patients kept coming back asking for more. I was not astute enough to buy stock in Pfizer.” (The drug is still used to treat some forms of hypertension.)

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Petchonka, John [MC1978]

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JNEWS: Fickeria, Dominick [MC1979] SVP Hill International

2015-Jun-23

http://rew-online.com/2015/06/22/whos-news-diane-davis-named-new-urban-planning-chair-at-harvard-vhb-names-new-managing-director/

Hill International announced that Dominick Fickeria has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Deputy Northeast Regional Manager with Hill’s Project Management Group.

Fickeria has more than 35 years of experience in construction management on building and infrastructure projects throughout the New York City metropolitan region.

Before joining Hill, he was Director of the Construction Management Department for the New York City office of URS Corporation.

Fickeria is also an adjunct faculty member at New York University Polytechnic, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in construction management.

He earned his A.A.S. in civil technology from Westchester Community College and his B.C.E. and M.C.E. in civil engineering from Manhattan College.

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Fickeria, Dominick [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Dominick is a member of the Class of 1979.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Fickeria, Dominick [MC1979]

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JNEWS: Wall, David [MC1977 RIP] Hudson County Track Coaches Association HoF

2015-Jun-21

http://hudsonreporter.com/view/full_story/26707915/article-SCOREBOARD–HCTCA-honors-past–present-and-future–Thompson–Filipovic–Wall-inducted-to-track-Hall-of-Fame-

SCOREBOARD
HCTCA honors past, present and future
Thompson, Filipovic, Wall inducted to track Hall of Fame
by Jim Hague
Jun 21, 2015

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But now, the two are members of the Hudson County Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Thompson, the North Bergen great sprinter, and Zivanovic Filipovic, the state shot put champion from St. Dominic Academy, earned their status last Monday night at the annual HCTCA’s induction dinner and awards presentation at the Chandelier in Bayonne.

Thompson and Zivanovic Filipovic were inducted along with the late David Wall, a sensational distance runner in his day at both Dickinson High School and Manhattan College.

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Wall ran for Dickinson in the 1970s and posted times in the mile run that were unheard of at the time for local high school runners. His sister, Sheila Wall Leonardo, one of the best basketball players to ever come out of St. Anthony and later played at LaSalle, was one of the people who accepted on Dave Wall’s behalf.

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Wall, David [MC???? RIP]

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Dear John,

I believe that David is a member of the Class of 1977.

May He Rest In Peace.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Wall, David [MC1977 RIP]

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JNEWS: Gatto, James G. [MC1984] joins Sheppard Mullin

2015-Jun-16

http://www.lawdragon.com/press-releases/ip-team-joins-sheppard-mullin/

IP Team Joins Sheppard Mullin
By MICHELLE FOX Press Releases No Comments

June 15, 2015

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LOS ANGELES, June 15, 2015— Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has added three partners to the firm’s growing Intellectual Property practice group: James G. Gatto, D. Benjamin Esplin and Bradford C. Blaise. Gatto and Blaise join Sheppard Mullin’s Washington D.C. office and Esplin joins the firm’s Del Mar office.

“As extremely well-regarded IP specialists, they are sought out coast-to-coast by technology and game companies for patent portfolio strategy and business model advice. We are delighted to welcome Jim, Ben and Brad to the firm. They are first-rate attorneys that significantly add depth and breadth to our existing IP and technology capabilities, especially in the games, social media, internet, open source, mHealth and FinTech industries,” said Guy Halgren, chairman of Sheppard Mullin.

“We are thrilled to join Sheppard Mullin. We have found the attorneys here to be talented, entrepreneurial and tech-savvy. We are impressed with the firm’s successful strategic growth, particularly in its top-tier IP practice and its digital media and games practices,” Gatto commented. “The firm’s presence and profile in California, coupled with its commitment to expand its IP capabilities on the East Coast and social media and games practice firm wide, were critical factors in our decision to join Sheppard Mullin. Sheppard Mullin offers us a dynamic and exciting platform to expand our practices, especially with high profile litigation and transactional matters.”

“Our clients are facing increasingly complex IP challenges in a dynamic and evolving technical and legal landscape,” said Daniel Yannuzzi, chair of the Intellectual Property practice group at Sheppard Mullin. “Jim, Ben and Brad will enhance our ability to serve our clients’ needs in this rapidly-developing environment. They share our focus and will help us to continue to build a premier intellectual property practice to serve our clients’ diverse needs.”

Gatto leverages his unique combination of over 30 years of IP experience, business insights and attention to technology trends to help companies develop IP and other legal strategies that are aligned with their business objectives. His practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property, internet and technology law, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and open source. Gatto advises clients of all sizes (start-ups to Fortune 100 companies) on key legal and business issues relating to the use of social media, video games, mobile and social games, eSports, fantasy sports and online gambling (gamblification), virtual goods and currencies (including bitcoin), social networks, virtual worlds, augmented reality, virtual reality, cyber security, open source, user-generated content, mHealth and FinTech Apps, location-based services and gamification.

Gatto has been in the intellectual property field since 1984, when he started as a patent examiner while attending Georgetown University Law School at night. His practice encompasses a full range of IP and technology issues, including: patent, trademark, copyright, open source and trade secret litigation; counseling and technology transactions; developing and implementing IP strategies to protect and to monetize IP assets; creating and implementing IP programs; conducting IP audits; conducting complex patent prosecution, including patent appeals, interferences, Inter Partes Review (IPRs), reissues and reexaminations; handling patent enforcement issues, including licensing and litigation; conducting IP due diligence in and negotiating IP aspects of mergers, acquisitions and financings; rendering opinions concerning the infringement, validity and enforceability of patents; handling trademark prosecution, domain name, copyright and trade secret matters; handling IP aspects of employment issues; handling IP aspects of government contracts; negotiating and drafting technology agreements; negotiating and drafting development, licensing, publishing and partnership agreements; advising clients on legal issues associated with open source software including open source audits and remediation, open source patent issues, open source licenses, open source compatibility issues, indemnity issues, open source license compliance, open source contributions, and developing and implementing corporate policies on use and approval of open source software; advising clients on the legality of cutting edge Internet business methods and technology, such as gambling/contests/sweepstakes-related issues, eSports, Fantasy Sports and real money skilled-based contests; preparing terms of service, end user license agreements and privacy policies; and advising clients on computer law issues such as screen scraping, computer fraud and abuse and SPAM-related issues; and many issues related to social media, including IP ownership in social media accounts, content and followers, employee-related aspects of social media, including the role of social media in non-solicitation and trade secret matters, conducting social media audits and developing corporate social media policies.

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Gatto received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1988 and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College in 1984. Esplin received a J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 2007 and a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Colorado School of Mines in 2001. Blaise received a J.D. from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 2002 and a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering from Catholic University of America in 1996.

Sheppard Mullin has 60 attorneys based in its Washington D.C. and 110 attorneys in its Intellectual Property practice group firmwide. The arrival of Gatto, Esplin and Blaise at Sheppard Mullin continues the expansion of the firm’s Chambers-ranked Intellectual Property practice group and follows the addition last month of IP partner William Lambert, who joined the firm in Palo Alto.

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Gatto, James G. [MC1984]

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