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Posted 1.22.08

Valerie Lobas, MBA '05, may not be the next Vera Wang, but she does have the power to adorn you in designer dresses without breaking your bank and filling your closet. How you ask? Lobas created a dress rental shop – similar to a men’s tuxedo rental outlet – called My Best Friend’s Closet. The Seven Hills, Ohio location just celebrated its one-year anniversary this past fall. Lobas was recently featured in Crain’s Cleveland Business Small Business First Year in Review for her innovative store concept in which she talked about how she juggled the idea of rental versus sale. Since many women come in to rent but end up getting attached to a gown, Lobas now gives customers the option to buy. Check out My Best Friend’s Closet at www.mybfcloset.com and you may just learn a little about fashion and a lot about business practices.

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Alumni Notes
Jessica Bronzert, MBA ’04, has received a new position with Lowe’s.

Mr. Howard Broughton, MBA ’02, and his company Roman Chariot LLC were recently featured in Crain’s Cleveland Business.

John P. Campi, EMBA '88, was named Executive Vice President for Procurement at Chrysler LLC.  

Nikki DiFilippo, MBA '94, was recently quoted in the January 7 issue of the Crain's Cleveland Business article, "Talent, Money Key for Growth in Technology Sector."

Nathan Felker, MBA ’03, has been appointed an Associate with Benesch Friedlander Coplan and Aronoff LLP.

Betsy Figgie, MBA ’99, was named to the Board of The Cleveland Play House.

James Geuther, MBA ’94, was named Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Manager for the Cleveland region of First Merit Bank.

Jonathan Husni , MBA ’89, invented “PowerNap” and founded Power-Nap, LLC in 2005. PowerNap recordings, which give the benefit of a long sleep in a short time, are available at www.powernap.com. Jonathan has also been President of Acendex, information management solutions / voice and data network systems, since 1988.

Peter Kuhn, EMBA ’88, was elected Chairman of the Board of The Cleveland Play House.

John Le Neveu, EMBA '84, purchased Clearview Distributors, located in Monument, Colorado, on October 1, 2007. He is President/Owner of this company which specializes in window and door products.

Randy Markey, EMBA '00, was recently featured in The Plain Dealer's "On the Job With" column.

Jerry J. Marty, MD, PFP ’94, has recently been appointed Chair of Pathology & Director of Laboratories, Franklin Square Hospital Center, MedStar Health, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, and will commence his responsibilities Feb. 15, 2008. Dr. Marty previously attended The Weatherhead School of Management, Professional Fellow Program (PFP), and, Physician Executive Institute (PEI), Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, 1993-1994, and, 1999 respectively.

Eileen Mathews, MBA ’90, has been appointed an Associate with Benesch Friedlander Coplan and Aronoff LLP.

Geralyn McNally, MBA ’92, is thrilled to be retired.

Grace Nicholas, MBA '97, was recently named Controller at Litigation Management, Inc.

David White, MBA ’94, has been promoted to General Manager, Timken Industrial Services and will relocate with his family from Bangalore, India to Canton, Ohio.



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