Economics and Business

Step Sinatra '98

February 27, 2014

Step Sinatra ’98 Succeeds in the Business of Living

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By Robert S. Benchley In 2007, Step Sinatra ’98 was hospitalized, weighing 83 pounds. Life itself, not its quality, was in question. His ambition to be a stock trader had led him to Wall Street, where he worked for a hedge fund. “I wanted freedom, and I believed that required money,” he says. “It was [...]

Terese Brown ’07 with Liang Ren ’17 (L-R), Jennifer Schroeder ’15, Kristina Beaudouin ’16, Gates Lawler ’17, and Glynnis Lawler ’17, who appeared in a video fashion show featuring Sydonna creations. Brown’s silk hurricane skirt marries art with couture.

January 24, 2014

Design Entrepreneur Terese Brown ’07 Fuses her Talents in Art and Business

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By Sharon Sanders Elegant, yet edgy, creations by Terese Brown ’07 are drawing national attention. Owner and creative director of Philadelphia-based Terese Sydonna Contemporary Women’s Design, Brown was a finalist for Project Runway seasons 10 and 11, a semi-finalist for NBC’s Fashion Star season two, and was recently included in the Philadelphia Magazine “Fashion Project.” [...]

Lindsay Majno '10

July 19, 2013

Lindsay Majno ’10 Impacts Ghana’s Arts Community

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By Kevin Gray In Accra, Ghana, Lindsay Majno ’10 created cohesion in a fractured arts community. She worked there for 18 months prior to her current position as a consultant in strategy and organization with Booz Allen Hamilton in metropolitan Washington, D.C. After graduating with a double major in art and economics & business, she landed [...]

Chris Vecchio '11

July 19, 2013

Currency Analyst Chris Vecchio ’11 Keeps Watchful Eye on International Markets

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By Kate Helm Rising well before the sun, Chris Vecchio ’11 starts his workday at 3 a.m. A currency analyst for DailyFX in New York City, the research arm of Forex Capital Markets LLC, the world’s largest foreign exchange broker, he monitors the European markets from the first bell. Adjusting to this unusual schedule is [...]

Eric Von Arx '87

June 4, 2013

Eric Von Arx ’87 Creates Hyperminimalist Sculpture

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By Carrie Havranek Eric Von Arx ’87 is expressing his creativity through temporary installations he calls “momentary sculpture shows”—hyperminimalist sculpture typically just a foot tall. It’s often spontaneous, mostly uninvited, and created with found objects. “I want to capture the moment of inspiration,” says Von Arx, a professional artist. He has placed his artwork where [...]

Tyler Vernon '00

January 29, 2013

National Media Seek Advice from Investment Firm Founder Tyler Vernon ’00

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By Kate Helm In 2008, Tyler Vernon ’00 was catapulted into the national spotlight when he accurately predicted a 20 percent drop in U.S. stocks on Fox Business News. Since then, his keen market sense has landed him a monthly spot on Fox and made him the “go to” source for respected media outlets, including [...]

Travis Hutson '07

December 11, 2012

Political Newcomer Travis Hutson ’07 Takes Seat in Florida House of Representatives

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Elected in November, Travis Hutson ’07 will begin his term as District 24 representative in the Florida legislature in mid-January. A resident of Elkton, he is well known throughout St. Johns County where he received the Character Counts Award as a high school senior. As a businessman, he has served on the HandsOn Jacksonville board of [...]

Shannon DeHont '10

August 27, 2012

Shannon DeHont ’10 and Sam Derrick ’10 Named to Pitt Law Review

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Two alumni pursuing law degrees at University of Pittsburgh are beginning their second year on the editorial staff of University of Pittsburgh Law Review. Shannon DeHont ’10, a history graduate, is a topics editor, and Sam Derrick ’10, who graduated with a dual major in economics & business and philosophy, is an articles editor. DeHont [...]

William Gillies '78

June 29, 2012

William Gillies Jr. ’78 Climbs Mount Kilimanjaro

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Day by day, the glaciers that drape the pinnacle of Mount Kilimanjaro are receding. For William Gillies Jr. ’78, each drop of water from the melting ice seemed like sand in an hourglass—marking the passing of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the view from the tallest mountain in Africa and fourth highest of the Seven [...]

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April 29, 2012

Amanda Smith ’10 Applies Deep Economic Analytical Skills to the Casino Business

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As an operations analyst for Station Casinos, headquartered in the Las Vegas suburb of Summerlin, Nev., Amanda Smith ’10 mines a host of performance metrics to guide the company in its decision-making. “An operations analyst provides intelligence about how properties are doing financially and makes comparisons among them,” she says. “We’re a company that prides itself [...]