Category Archives: JNEWS

JNEWS: Moran, Thomas J. (MC1974) Chancellor Queen’s University Belfast


Queen’s University Belfast appoints new Chancellor

Queen’s University today announced the appointment of leading Irish-American businessman and noted humanitarian, Thomas J Moran, as its new Chancellor.

A native New Yorker with ancestral roots in Fermanagh and Cavan, Tom Moran is listed as one of the top 100 Irish-American business people in the USA. He has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mutual of America Life Insurance Company since October 1994, the first person to have been appointed President from within the Company.

He is also Chairman of Concern Worldwide (US), Inc., an international humanitarian relief organisation that operates in 30 of the poorest countries of the world. He has contributed to several humanitarian and community causes, including acting as one of a group of unofficial peace envoys to Northern Ireland throughout the 1990s.

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The Chancellor fulfils three main roles – a ceremonial one which involves presiding at degree congregations; an ambassadorial role, where the office holder helps to “open doors” for the University as it seeks to fulfil its mission; and finally as an advisor, available to the Vice-Chancellor and senior management as a “sounding board” and to provide counsel and guidance.

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JNEWS: Walker, Melissa [MC2009] AVP Account Executive at SterlingRisk


Melissa has a new job!
Assistant Vice President, Account Executive at SterlingRisk

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Walker, Melissa [MC2009]
at Account Executive at SterlingRisk
Greater New York City Area


Accomplished Account Executive in the health insurance industry with a focus on superior customer service, high retention rate and over 90% sales closing rate. Able to meet a high demand and competitive work environment by consistently exceeding expectations for brokers and the top selling General Agency in the New York Metro Area. Striving towards infiltrating the industry with concierge level service, strong ethical values, quick turn-around times and education to change a complicated industry into simplicity for the everyday consumer.

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JNEWS: Lauria, Jim [MC1975] VP Sales And Marketing Mazzei® Injector Co


Mazzei® Injector Company, LLC Announces The Appointment Of Jim Lauria As Its New Vice President Of Sales And Marketing

Bakersfield, CA — Mazzei Injector Company, LLC, a manufacturer of innovative injection systems and fluid processing solutions, announces the addition of Jim Lauria as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  Geoffrey Whynot, President of Mazzei, stated that with Jim’s knowledge in the field of water technology and proven track record of new business development, Mazzei is bracing for substantial growth.

Jim Lauria has been a leader in water and wastewater for over 15 years and has had articles published in prominent water industry publications worldwide.  Mazzei is fortunate to have found someone with an extraordinary command of the technical, sales and marketing, and financial aspects of the business, and his enthusiasm and energy are unmatched.  Jim holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Manhattan College.

Jim stated, “Mazzei’s emphasis on R&D and in-house computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling is what convinced me that this company was the perfect fit.  Mazzei is solving complex water and wastewater issues, and my goal is to have Mazzei’s fluid technology utilized by water and wastewater experts throughout the world.  Mazzei is known for its inventiveness, high-quality products and exemplary customer service – I am looking forward to being a part of their team.”

Jim Lauria will be replacing Paul Overbeck who is retiring.  When Paul rejoined Mazzei in 2012, he brought years of water and wastewater process technologies experience which included his leadership of the International Ozone Association and his direct involvement in the development of Mazzei’s GDT™ Process.  Paul has contributed greatly to Mazzei, and his experience, knowledge and dedication have been important components in helping Mazzei achieve success.  To assure a smooth transition, Paul will remain with Mazzei until June 2015 and then transition to a consulting role. 

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Lauria, Jim [MC????]

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Dear John,

             I believe that Jim is a member of the Class of 1975.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Lauria, Jim [MC1975] 

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JNEWS: Kennedy, Thomas P. [MC1978] President for Behringer Opportunity-Style REIT


Behringer Appoints New President for Opportunity-Style REITs

DALLAS, April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Behringer announced today that Thomas P. Kennedy has been appointed president of the funds that comprise the company’s opportunity platform – Behringer Harvard Opportunity REIT I, Inc. and Behringer Harvard Opportunity REIT II, Inc.

Kennedy had served as CFO and COO of UrbanAmerica Advisors, LLC since 2008. In this capacity, he leveraged 25 years of in-depth experience to manage large and diverse real estate portfolios with complicated ownership structures.

“Tom is a longtime colleague and has tremendous experience operating real estate and real estate investments,” said Bob Aisner, president and chief executive officer of Behringer. “We are extremely pleased to welcome him aboard and stand to gain a great deal from his leadership, tenacity and integrity.”

Before his tenure at UrbanAmerica Advisors, Kennedy served as principal managing director for Equitable Real Estate Management, Inc. (and its successor Lend Lease), the country’s largest pension advisor, with more than $40 billion in assets under management. During his 21-year career at Equitable Real Estate Management/Lend Lease, Kennedy was a member of both the Investment Committee and the Executive Committee, using his expertise across all asset classes to advise the direction and activities of an equity portfolio consisting of hotels, office, industrial, retail, land and residential.

Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College.

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Kennedy, Thomas P. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1978.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Kennedy, Thomas P. [MC1978]

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JNEWS: Kelly, Ray [MC1963] has a memoir coming


Ray Kelly details post-9/11 terror exploits in upcomin’ memoir

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Kelly, Ray [MC1963]

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JNEWS: O’Connor, John Edward (MC1974) at Windmill International


O’Connor, John Edward (MC1974) has a new job!
Senior Program Manager at Windmill International

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O’Connor, John Edward (MC1974)
Senior Program Manager at Windmill International
Montgomery, Alabama Area
Technology and Services

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JNEWS: Strecansky, James [MC1962] Bonita Springs Utilities member re-elected


Incumbents re-elected to the BSU board

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Bonita Springs Utilities members re-elected Mike Malloy, Dave McKee and Jim Strecansky to its board of directors.

Six candidates, including three incumbents, ran for the three seats on the board of directors. BSU mailed 23,001 ballots, and volunteers from the League of Women Voters of Lee County counted 4,212 valid ballots. Malloy received 2,911 votes, McKee earned 2,585, and Strecansky pulled 2,295.
Malloy, a BSU board member since 2012, has served as vice president, client services for MACH Energy since 2006. He holds an engineering degree from Brown University in Providence, R.I. Malloy has 30 years of experience in the utility industry and served in management positions with utility companies including Dynegy and Aquila.

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Strecansky, a BSU board member since 2008, has served as vice president and is the current president. He retired as division vice president and general manager with Air Products & Chemicals and holds a degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College and participated in the Harvard Business School advanced management program.

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Strecansky, James [MC1962] 

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