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Business school inducts six into Alumni Hall of Fame (Released: 6/25/97)

by Richard Veilleux, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Six graduates of the University of Connecticut’s School of Business Administration, including three who continue to make their mark in Connecticut, have been inducted into the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

The six bring to 44 the number of business school hall of famers, who are selected for having achieved a leadership position and influence within their profession, and for making noteworthy contributions to that profession and to the community.

Additionally, six students representing the school’s undergraduate and graduate programs who have exhibited leadership abilities and contributed to the University and to their hometowns through volunteer activities were named Hall of Fame Student Fellows.

The inductees highlight the continuing tradition of success experienced by graduates of the business school, says Dean Thomas G. Gutteridge.

This year’s Hall of Fame inductees include:

Thomas O. Barnes, Class of 1978 (MBA), chairman of the board and senior vice president for administration of The Barnes Group of BRISTOL; Jean M. LaVecchia, Class of 1981 (MBA), senior vice president for organizational development for the Southern New England Telecommunications Corp. of NEW HAVEN; Raymond J. Martino, Class of 1982 (MBA), president and general manager of Stanley Corp.’s Home Decor Division in NEW BRITAIN; Marvin Pearlman, Class of 1951, chairman of A-1 International Foods of LOS ANGELES, Calif.; Arnold J. Price, Class of 1953, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Price, Raffel & Associates Inc, of LOS ANGELES, Calif.; and John A. Somers, Class of 1972 (MBA), executive vice president of TIAA Investments of NEW YORK.

Student Hall of Fame Fellows, who have the opportunity to work with Alumni Hall of Fame members on projects that will benefit business school students and alumni, are Maryann P. dePreaux of NEWINGTON, a student in the Executive MBA program who is also vice president and portfolio manager at CIGNA Investment Management in BLOOMFIELD; Hannah M. Everard of FAIRFIELD, an evening MBA student at UConn’s Stamford campus who is director of sales and marketing for Imperium Solutions of Westport; Megan M. Lombard of WEST HARTFORD, an evening MBA student at UConn’s Hartford campus and head of finance and administration for sales and financial planning at Aetna Inc.; Greg Alan Metro of SHELTON, an undergraduate finance major; and John O’Hara of MIDDLETOWN, who received his MBA May 18.

THOMAS O. BARNES began his career with The Barnes Group at its Bowman Distribution Division in Cleveland, Ohio, then left the company to become a vice president for Carpenter Construction back in Connecticut. He then became an assistant vice president for Connecticut Bank and Trust Co. He also has served as president of Olson Brothers, all the while serving as a director of The Barnes Group.

In 1993, he returned to The Barnes Group full time, as a senior vice president, becoming chairman of the board in 1995. He is the fifth generation member of The Barnes Group’s founding family to serve for the 4,000-employee company.

JEAN M. LaVECCHIA of KILLINGWORTH has worked for Southern New England Telecommunications Corp. for 24 years, first as a staffer in the human resources area. She moved to consumer services, then became vice president for human resources in 1990. She was named president of the consumer services group in January, 1994, and senior vice president for organizational development in August, 1994. She is a director of the United Way, People’s Bank, and the Easter Seals Goodwill Rehabilitation Center. She also serves with the Conference Board, is a member of the Quinnipiac College Advisory Board, and the Killingworth Library Association.

RAYMOND J. MARTINO, a member of the business school’s Board of Overseers and a frequent lecturer at Storrs, has held a variety of positions with The Stanley Works. He also serves as chairman of the board for The Stanley Works Employees Federal Credit Union and is a director of the Connecticut Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

MARVIN PEARLMAN, chairman and chief executive officer of the family-owned A-1 International Foods, the third largest food distributor in the nation, is also president of the National Food Distributors Association, the Biscuit and Cracker Distributors Association and the Kosher Food Distributors Association. Since taking over A-1 in 1972, the firm has grown to a $150 million company with more than 600 employees.

ARNOLD J. PRICE, chairman and chief executive officer of Price, Rafael and Browne Inc., joined Stuart Rafael and Peter Browne in 1972. They took the start-up firm to one of the largest pension and profit sharing administration firms in the United States. Price is a charter and continuing member for the insurance industry's Top of the Table, one of only 21 people to hold the distinction. He is also a charter member of the Union Central Life Insurance Co.’s Hall of Fame, and has served on the board of directors of Gateways Hospital, Ben Gurion University, the Friars Club of Los Angeles, Manhattan National Corp. and the California Closet Co.

JOHN A. SOMERS is executive vice president of TIAA Investments, and manages an $82 billion portfolio. Somers began his career with the Prudential Insurance Co.’s New York City Real Estate Investment Office, moving to TIAA/CREF in 1981 as vice president and manager of its Mortgage and Real Estate Division. Early last year, he was promoted to executive vice president and assumed responsibility for TIAA’s entire investment portfolio. He is a vice chairman and director of the Community Preservation Corp., the largest non-profit housing redevelopment organization in New York City.