GWSB Alumni Profile

Sherman Lazrus

Degrees: BBA, ’61, MBA, ’63 and doctoral work

Current Position: President, American Medical Capital

First job: Working for a distributor of magazines and newspapers in Boston to fill orders for drugstores and sundry stores.

Biggest Chall enge: We’re involved with a lot of intricate financing, and today there’s a challenge working with banks.

Best B-School Memory: The unbelievable routine that I had. I was a full-time federal employee with a young family and completed almost all of my work in the evening. On the weekends, I sold real estate for Teddy Lerner, and I would sit in model homes and study.

How GWSB led to A Career in Medical Finance: The best thing I learned was the discipline you need to juggle a lot of things.

Goal: I have always been, and will always be, a workaholic, but I start every morning with the crossword puzzle, and I’m an avid ballroom dancer. I love life.

Favorite Book: The book and the movie, The Firm, by John Grisham.

Personal: Lives in Silver Spring with wife Charlotte, also in the health care arena. Son Jay is an attorney, and daughter Abbe is a clinical psychologist.

Patrice Croci

Degrees: MBA, ’01

Current Position: Director of Marketing, Victoria’s Secret Pink

First job: Lifeguard and swim instructor

Biggest Challenge: Starting Pink’s online outreach in 2006 and growing it from a dabble to being the fastest growing online retailer on Facebook with 1.3 million fans.

Best B-SchooL Memory: Two back-to-back international study programs: one based in Paris to study the introduction of the euro and one based in Rio de Janeiro, working for a tourism board to help throw Carnival. Both were completely amazing opportunities.

How GWSB Lef to a Career as Marketing Director: I was working on Capitol Hill and did the executive night program while I was transitioning from the public sector to the private sector. I can’t imagine being able to do that without the business school. goaL: I love the small-business, entrepreneurial experience. I would like to stay in that environment or start my own business.

Favorite book: Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life) by Cathie Black, president of Hearst magazines.

Personal: Lives in Columbus, Ohio, with husband Matt, coach of the men’s basketball team at Kenyon College; daughters Sophia, 7, and Cecilia, 4; and son Cameron, 18 months.