14 Under 40
Enterprising young alumni are standouts in business and marketing arenas
by Sherri Kimmel
October 1, 2010
Nathan ’04 and Allie Baumler Buchman ’05
What can you do with a liberal-arts degree? Plenty and in
areas far, far afield from one’s major. In the following series of 14 short
profiles, we highlight a French major who’s developed financial products, a
married couple who’ve leveraged their international business & management
and American studies degrees to found a company that may be the largest bead
retailer in the United States, a geology major whose Colorado company does
high-end plaster work and much more.
of these folks may be described as traditional business-startup entrepreneurs,
others may be best described as “intrapreneurs”—entrepreneurs within a company
or institutional framework. With so many worthy candidates to consider for this
special feature, how did we settle on these finalists?
three distinguished faculty members to comb through a long list of names and
settle on the top 14. Read on to see who Wendy Moffat, professor of English;
Jim Hoefler, professor of political science; and Helen Takacs, assistant
professor of international business & management, found to be innovators of
interest. Our 14 featured entrepreneurial enterprises start with the most
recent graduates and work back to the oldest, who turned 40 after he was
selected. Together, their work illustrates a very Dickinsonian use of a
The Craft of Business
Nathan ’04 and Allie Baumler Buchman ’05 are “beadazzling”
The Brewer's Art
JT Thompson ’02 goes for the “pub” in public relations.
Medical artist Devon Nykaza Stuart ’01 draws on a varied skill set.
The Art of Advising
Carrie Scott ’01’s London-based firm helps guide patrons’ passions.
Building Better Butters
Justin Gold '00 stirs up a creative company.
From Startup to Staffer
Wide-ranging business entrepreneur Thom Wallace '99 shifts to a single focus.
Selling the Story
Sarah Hutt '99 takes a do-it-yourself approach to film.
Melissa Russo '96 cements geology and sustainability with plaster business.
Feast for the Eyes
Matthew Butler '95 Serves up tasty fare for TV's nightly lineup.
Sew Far, So Good
Beth Eischen '95 bags biology and designs new life.
From finance to freelance to facelift, there's no template for Danielle Forsythe '95's career path.
Laticia Headings '95 carves an out-of-the-mainstream career.
Banking on the Future
ING's Chris Kenny '94 matures with the international market.
A New Leaf on Life
Jason Taormino '93 prunes his vision for a sustainable wine bottle.