Dear Alumni, Students, Faculty and Friends,
This issue of GWbusiness magazine presents an astonishing parade of our alumni and their accomplishments, both in the business realm and as human beings. We urge our students to act responsibly, think globally and lead passionately. These featured alumni embody these principles in so many ways.
When we heard about Tom Walter, one of our MBA grads, a former GW baseball coach and now baseball coach at Wake Forest University, we had to share his extraordinary story. Perhaps the most remarkable part of the story is the fact that Walter doesn’t think it is extraordinary.
We also take an in-depth look at two of our most accomplished alumni—Ave Tucker and Charlie Bendit. As pioneers in forensic accounting and real estate development, they have done much to shape their professions. It makes me proud that they believe their GWSB education played a role in that success. Both men advocate giving back, and their generous support is advancing groundbreaking research at the School.
In fact, Bendit’s support of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis is propelling the work of Professor Robert Van Order into the national limelight. Van Order’s research addresses some of our nation’s most compelling public policy issues.
As in every issue of GWbusiness, we also spotlight two of our alumni in brief photo profiles.
Shonodeep Modak, MBA, ’07, has a past and future in alternative fuels. At GE, he is responsible for driving growth in new energy-generation markets, focusing on landfill gas-to-energy, animal waste-toenergy, combined heat and power, and zero-emission waste-heat recovery projects.
Richard Y. Pineda, MBA, ’01, is vice president of Dell Corp.’s Federal Government Services. He manages strategy, operations and long-term growth for a roughly $4 billion portfolio of work—including oversight of 4,000 team members.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading about your classmates and that their stories will inspire you to share your
experiences and accomplishments.
Dean and Professor of Management and International Business
The George Washington University School of Business