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Congratulations to the five UofL business alumni who have earned a spot on Louisville Business First’s 2018 Forty Under 40 Awards! These Louisville young professionals are already making a mark on their communities and their fields. They are a diverse group of people but what they have in common is that they are all Louisville Alumni.  Their names are listed below by the year of their graduation. See the full list here.

  • Joe Tichenor, 03B, Forty Under 40 2018 award recipient, Senior financial advisor, ARGI
  • Jill Wilcox, 04B, Forty Under 40 2018 award recipient, Vice president and commercial banker, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Jason A. Wade, 06A, 09GB, Forty Under 40 2018 award recipient, Senior director, global operations support & training, Papa John’s International Inc.
  • Cara L. Silletto, 10B, 10GB, Forty Under 40 2018 award recipient, President and chief retention officer, Crescendo Strategies 
  • Amer Beharic, 16S, 16GS, 18GB, Forty Under 40 2018 award recipient, Director of clinical effectiveness and quality, Norton Healthcare Inc.


  • Mr. Robert C. Donnelly, passed away 5-14-2018
  • Mr. Elmer J. Nitzken, passed away 5-29-2018
  • Faye Miller, 57DH, and Jim Miller, 58B, met on campus in 1957. On Jan. 31, 2018, they celebrated 60 years of marriage. Faye was Vice President of Sigma Kappa sorority and an honor student. Jim was a member of Lambda Chi Fraternity, served on the Business School Student Council, and also played second base for the UofL Baseball team. Two of their children have carried on their legacy at UofL: Jennifer Gordon Miller Wilkinson, 88L, and Jason Miller.


  • Brian S. Lively, 75B, retired Oct. 1, 2017, after 42 years with Ford Motor Co. Lively spent his career in the marketing, sales, and service division working in the retail and fleet industries. He retired as fleet national account manager, nationally recognized with multiple awards in business development and customer satisfaction during his tenure.
  • Beverly Battaglia, 78B, published two books, “Changing Lanes: Couples Redefining Retirement” and “Surviving,” a book about surviving colon cancer. Both books are available for purchase on Amazon.


  • Ms. Jane G. Maeser, passed away 5-20-2018
  • Ms. Cosma M. O’Bryan, passed away 5-2-2018
  • William G. Meyer III, 81B, named as president of the Cabbage Patch Settlement.
  • Walter “Tom” Yurt, 85B, has lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for more than nine years. He published two best-selling books about his times and travels in Southeast Asia, “Finding Myself” and “Finding My World.” Later this year, his third book will be published and his first book will be re-released in the official language of Malaysia, an honor given to few Western writers. If any UofL grads are in Southeast Asia, Yurt would love to show you around this incredibly dynamic part of the world. His books can be found in Louisville at Carmichael’s and online at Yurt can be reached at


  • Mr. Diller G. Groff, passed away 4-29-2018


  • Mr. Stephen E. King, passed away 5-10-2018

HIGHLIGHT: Pai Charasika, 08GB, is our newest College of Business staff member. He joined the MBA recruitment team in June and will play a leadership role in driving recruitment for all our graduate programs. Pai graduated from Wake Forest University in 1998 and received his MBA from UofL in 2008. He is the proud father of two boys, ages 12 and 9, and his many hobbies include pursuing startup ventures,  mountain biking, coaching football and off-roading.


HIGHLIGHT: Tendai Charasika 08BS, 10GB,  University of Louisville double-alum Tendai Charasika (His brother is listed above.) has been named Small Business Leader of the Year by the city’s chamber of commerce, Greater Louisville Inc.

UofL double-alum named Small Business Leader of the Year

HIGHLIGHT: Maggie Galloway 11GB,  This University of Louisville Entrepreneurship MBA alumni, won the 2018 Steve Case Rise of the Rest pitch competition in Louisville.

UofL-born tech startup pitches to Steve Case — and knocks it out of the park

  • Roniqua Jefferies, 10B, self-published her debut book “Can I Live? The Advice Every Black Girl Needs but Doesn’t Know It Yet” in 2015. In August she will be releasing a new book, “The Graduation Book: Advice for Students to Success-fully Graduate,” a work intended to help students plan and organize their college experience. She will be embarking on a college book release tour.
  • Michael A. Branch, 08B, 10GB, was profiled in “American Firefighter,” a series of written reflections of each subject, accompanied by a photograph by Paul Mobley.
  • Skylar Hermann, 17B, was named the director of marketing/development at the Clarksville, Indiana-based non-profit PCS.


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