NAKISA ALBORZ   JEFFREY BEACHELL   Anthony Borgonzi   Chris Boxall   Ryan Buchert   Paul Damico  
                         
  Class of 2004
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science,
Civil Engineering Technology
  Class of 1993
Drexel University
BS, Economics, LeBow College of
Business
  Class of 1993
Merrimack College
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration
  Class of 2009
Auckland University of Technology
Bachelor of Business, Marketing
  Class of 1999, 2003
Drexel University
BS and MS, Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering
  Class of 1986
Johnson & Wales University
Bachelor of Science, Hotel Restaurant Institutional Management
 
                         
  NOMINATED BY
Dr. Zorica Pantić, President
Wentworth Institute of Technology
  NOMINATED BY
President John Fry
Drexel University
  NOMINATED BY
Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D., President
Merrimack College
  NOMINATED BY
Professor Geoff Perry,
Pro Vice Chancellor and
Dean of Faculty of Business
Auckland University of Technology
  NOMINATED BY
President John Fry
Drexel University
  NOMINATED BY
Chancellor John Bowen
Johnson & Wales University
 
                         
  Dr. Nakisa Alborz LEED AP BD+C, an assistant
professor in Wentworth’s Department of Civil
Engineering, was recently named chair of the
newly formed Interdisciplinary Engineering
Department, heading one of the most versatile
programs on campus. Alborz earned a Ph.D. in Civil
Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute
(WPI), and her dissertation was honored with the
Technical Excellence Award at the 2015 Association
for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE)
International’s Annual Meeting. She attributes her
career advancement to the co-op experiences and
professors at Wentworth and WPI who mentored
her in the path she chose to pursue. Nakisa says, “I
couldn’t have done it without their guidance.”
  Mr. Beachell has more than 20 years of experience
in the investment industry. He is a partner with
Veritable, an investment consulting firm, where
he leads a six person investment team. He is a
member of the Board of Drexel University and the
Lenfest Foundation. Mr. Beachell completed his
co-op at PECO, an electric and natural gas utility,
while studying in Drexel’s College of Engineering.
After this co-op, he made an important decision to
change his major to Economics and then worked for
an Economics Professor at Drexel. He also spent
four months studying at Oxford University in the fall
of his senior year studying history, economics and
politics. These decisions were crucial to his career
success.
  Anthony Borgonzi is a Vice President of Finance at Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Boston, Massachusetts. His work aims to discover, develop and commercialize innovative new medicines so people with serious diseases can lead better lives. He has FP&A responsibility for Vertex’s ~$1 billion in annual operating expenses across the R&D pipeline and G&A. Prior to his current role, Anthony served as Senior Director of Finance, Global Research & Development, Director of Finance, Global Medicines Development & Affairs, and Associate Director, Global G&A Operations for Vertex. In addition, Anthony is a member of the Merrimack College Leadership Council, a group of highly successful alumni and parents who commit their time, expertise and financial support to enhance the student experience.   Chris started his career in the Sales & Marketing team at Ports of Auckland Limited where he began in a Marketing Assistant role before moving to a Marketing Executive position. After four years he joined the Port’s Customer Service team to gain a greater understanding of port operations. In 2015, Chris joined PortConnect, a company providing port community systems, where he is in charge of all Customer Service, Testing and Business Analysis. Chris credits his time at AUT, including an international exchange and his Co-Op internship, for opening doors and leading to a successful career in shipping.   Mr. Buchert is an entrepreneur and technologist who holds numerous patents and an international reputation as a wireless industry expert. He has been involved in founding three companies: Zonoff, BuLogics and StratIS, which are involved in wireless energy management and automation systems for commercial and residential buildings. These systems provide “smart” devices that can unlock doors and regulate thermostats. Mr. Buchert developed the methodologies and led the technology teams behind the unprecedented and unduplicated 65,000 module installation at The Wynn Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the largest wireless deployment in the world. He completed co-op jobs at Rodale Press, Boeing Helicopters and UNISYS Corporation. In 2013, he was named Drexel University’s Entrepreneur of the Year.   Paul Damico is the Executive Vice President and Group President at FOCUS Brands Inc. Early on he was inspired to be a steward for employees. When his younger brother, infected with hepatitis, needed a lifesaving liver transplant, his father’s boss offered a corporate jet to transfer the family to the hospital when a donor became available. So after he appeared on “Undercover Boss,” he gave $280,000 in corporate dollars to five employees of Moe’s Southwest Grill, where “Do the right thing” is a guiding principle. “We teach people they are empowered to take care of employees and customers without going through red tape.”