Reginald Heard
Class of 1986
Johnson & Wales University
BS, Management


Mark Jussaume
Class of 1980, 1984
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Mechanical Design Engineering Technology & Mechanical Engineering


Janice Kane
Class of 1981
Drexel University
BS, Commerce & Engineering


Mitchell A. Klaif
Class of 1979
Rochester Institute of Technology
BS, Printing Management


Richard A. Kline
Class of 1992
Drexel University
BS, Information Systems


Lauren Laurer
Class of 2011
Clarkson University
Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering


Nominated by
Dr. John Bowen
President of Johnson & Wales University

As president and CEO of Bankers One Capital, Reggie’s JWU degree puts him in the perfect position to assist today’s small business owners-operators, single and multi-unit franchise operators and portfolio investors, who need financial advisory assistance with loan packaging and debt placement. In his more than 20 years of industry experience, Heard cultivated an extensive commercial finance career by working for such large financial institutions as the CIT Group and GE Capital, Fleet Bank and State Street Bank. “The quality of faculty and resources at JWU, and my successful internship with Dun & Bradstreet allowed me to start my career at State Street Bank.”


Nominated by
Dr. Zorica Pantić
President of Wentworth Institute of Technology

Mark Jussaume is chief executive officer of TRO Jung|Brannen, a leading international architecture, engineering, interior design, and master planning firm. Jussaume, trained as an engineer, is the first non-architect to lead a major Boston architecture firm. He is a state-registered engineer and LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council. He has been with TRO Jung|Brannen for more than 20 years, and served as chief operating officer for eight years. Jussaume has been very influential in the success of TRO Jung|Brannen through his leadership, particularly in the areas of business strategies and establishing a culture consistent with the firm’s values and mission.


Nominated by
Mr. John A. Fry
President of Drexel University

Janice Kane’s co-op experience offered challenges that helped her progress through many diverse business positions. Her first co-op position was as an Industrial Engineering Intern with the former Hamilton Technology, where she learned about assembly-line manufacturing including monitoring performance, scheduling the assembly of goods and quality assurance. Her two other co-op positions were at an International Paper Company corrugated container plant, where she was involved in scheduling, production, shipping and facilities maintenance. Following graduation, Ms. Kane joined Mobil Oil, now ExxonMobil, and held positions of increasing responsibility in the maintenance, operations and planning of refineries before being promoted to company headquarters. Today, she is Global Manager of ExxonMobil’s Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Feedstock Commercial Trading Group and supervises teams all over the world.


Nominated by
Dr. William W. Destler
President of Rochester Institute of Technology

Mr. Klaif is currently senior vice president of information technology for Time Inc. He has worked at Time Inc. since 1997, beginning his career there as director of customer service and operations for information technology. He then served as deputy chief information officer, assisting in the overall management of the company’s information technologists and its hundreds of mission-critical systems. Before moving to his current position, Mr. Klaif served as Time Inc.’s CIO and vice president of global magazine and digital technology, where he led the division that managed the company’s around-the-clock magazine, production and digital technology operations. Mr. Klaif began his career in information services at Dow Jones in 1976, where he worked for 20 years.

Mr. Klaif was a finalist in the 2010 Ten Awards, nominated in the CIO of the Year category.


Nominated by
Mr. John A. Fry
President of Drexel University

Mr. Kline credits his co-operative job experience for his successful career. During his co-op, he worked at Apple Computer, Mobil Oil, and General Dynamics and graduated with two years of experience. Today, he is Director of Sales Engineering at, a provider of hosted applications that manage customer information for sales, marketing, and customer support. Mr. Kline also held various positions at a number of high-tech companies including Macrovision, and Synopsys. In addition, he founded BITSource Inc., a pioneer of the digitally signed volume license which allowed software companies to eliminate their paper based licensing, which was both costly and time consuming.


Nominated by
Dr. Anthony Collins
President of Clarkson University

In the spring of 2009 Lauren did a co-op with General Electric – Aviation in their Manufacturing Engineering Center of Excellence. While working for General Electric, Lauren developed a turbine blade quality testing process that led to improved working conditions for GE factory workers, higher factory efficiency and decreased production costs. She returned there the following summer in their Development Engine Test facility.

While on campus, Lauren was involved as a Mentor for the Women in Science and Engineering program, served as a Student Admission Representative for the Undergraduate Admission Office and served as Vice President and Secretary of Sigma Gamma Tau, the National Aerospace Engineering Honor Society. She also received the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering Scholarship and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Grant. She is now heading to GE Energy’s Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP) to work in the wind turbine division, a two year program where she will take on four different jobs and taking classes towards her Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Fluid Mechanics.