Drew Bagnall ’07 has been signed by the Los Angeles
Kings of the NHL, to a multi-year entry-level contract. At press time he
was playing for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.
A first-team All-American, ECACHL Player of the Year, ECACHL Outstanding
Defensive Defenseman award-winner and Hobey Baker award finalist, the native
of Oakbank, Man., led all club defensemen in goals, assists and points. Bagnall
served as captain of the Saints, who won the 2006-07 ECACHL regular-season
title and advanced to the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinals. He also closed
his amateur career at St. Lawrence by earning ECACHL All-Academic honors
for the third straight season. He earned his degree in economics.
Josh Belsky ’89, "pitman" for
the Swiss Team Alinghi, sucessfully defended the America's
Cup last year. On July 3, Alinghi captured
the 32nd America's Cup, defeating Emirates Team New Zealand
5-2. It is the fifth time he has participated in the
event and the third time he has been a member of the winning
team. Belsky began his involvement with the America's Cup
in 1992, as a pitman on board the America3. He was also a
member of Team Dennis Conner (1995), AmericaOne (2000) and
Team Alinghi in 2003. His St. Lawrence degree is in sociology.
Cowen Group, Inc. has hired Jonathan Biele '92 as
co-head of its Equity Capital Markets Group, based in New York
City. Most recently, Biele was a managing director in the
Life Science Banking Group at Lazard, where he also served as
head of the Equity Capital Markets Group and managed the growth
of the firm's equity origination capability. Prior to Lazard,
Biele worked with both the Equity Capital Markets and Equity Syndicate
Groups at Lehman Brothers, focusing on healthcare and technology.
He has also served as vice president and syndicate manager at
ABN-Amro Rothschild and was a syndicate desk member at UBS. A
history major, he has been a very active volunteer for the University,
particularly in fund-raising and
In December he was recognized as one of the top 40 under 40 in
investment banking by IDD magazine.com.
Judy Long Bixler ’74, co-owner with
her husband, Tom ’74,
and captain of the oldest privately-owned ferry in the U.S.(the
company observes its 325th year in 2008) took part in a charity
event for the Cam Neely Foundation and other charities--they
ran a “race” against two paddle-wheelers on September
22, raising $30,000 (see www.ferryboatraces.com).
Judy was recently honored by the state of Maryland as one
of the top
100 women of 2007.
According to the site, in 1999 she was captain of a 40-foot
sailing vessel and in 2000 was a ferry crew member, accumulating
sea time for a Coast Guard captain’s license. Since
2001 Judy has been president of the Oxford Bellevue Ferry.
Last year she was honored as a top minority business owner.
And in 2006, when the Governor’s Office of Minority
Affairs announced its first-ever Maryland’s Top 100
Minority Business Enterprise Awards, Judy was among the first
100 so honored.
Stephen Chantry ’76 is the best
runner in the nation in his age group (50-54), as he proved by
winning the 5,000-meter outdoor race at the National Masters Track
and Field Championships in August in Orono, Me. Chantry starred
on the track team at St. Lawrence, completed graduate school at
the College of William and Mary, and has lived in the Williamsburg,
Va., area ever since. He is the executive director for student
services at Williamsburg James City County Schools. He is undefeated
nationally during the past 2 1/2 years in his age group; is a
two-time national indoor champion in the mile; is undefeated at
3,000 meters indoors; and has posted the two fastest times in
the nation in the past five years at that distance. He won the
5,000-meter national masters road racing title in 2007, and anchored
the world-record men's 50-54 3,200-meter relay team at the masters
nationals in Hawaii in 2005.
CREDIT: Poughkeepsie Journal/Pete Colaizzo
Sue Pidgeon Cronin has been inducted to the
Nichols School Athletic Hall of Fame. Cronin, a resident of Scituate, Mass., received the award during an induction ceremony and dinner reception to honor the inductees in September. She was honored for her excellence in soccer and basketball; she served as captain of both teams while at Nichols, an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school in Buffalo, N.Y., from which she graduated in 1979. She
was a Kappa Delta Sigma and sociology major at St. Lawrence.
Navicure, a healthcare technology company founded by Jim
Denny ’86, was awarded the top ranking of Deloitte’s
2007 Technology Fast 50; the award recognizes 50 fifty fastest
growing Georgia-based companies over the past five years in
the fields of technology, bioscience and media. Having founded
the company in 2001, Denny has led it to growth of 4500% over
the past five years. Navicure provides automated, Internet-based
claims management solutions that help physician practices improve
revenue, operational efficiency and profitability.
Todd E. Lehder ’94 was recently designated
by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star.” The
Rising Stars edition of Super Lawyers highlights
up-and-coming attorneys who are either 40 or under or have
practiced for 10 years or less. Lehder, an associate
with the firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer on the Commercial
Real Estate Team and Redevelopment Strategic Business Unit,
advises corporate and individual clients in all aspects of
commercial and residential real estate transactions and finance
matters. Its main office is in Woodbridge, N.J. where Lehder
works; the firm also has offices in Eatontown, N.J., New
York City, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Rachel R. May ’02, an attorney with
Carlton Fields in its Tampa, Fla., office, has been appointed
to the editorial board of the American Bar Association’s
Criminal Litigation Committee publication, Criminal Litigation.
Practicing in the firm’s White Collar Crime and Government
Investigations Practice Group, May has represented criminal
defendants charged with firearms offenses, drug offenses,
fraud offenses, immigration offenses and computer offenses.
She has tried cases in the Federal District Court and argued
appellate cases in front of the United States Court of Appeals
for the Eleventh Circuit. She was also included in Tampa
Bay Business Journal's "30 Under 30 Class of 2007." May
received her J.D., cum laude, from Stetson University
College of Law in 2004.
Catherine Day Phillips is the first female
trainer to win the Arlington Million horse race. She is the
co-owner of Jambalaya, the first Canadian-bred horse to win
the race, run at Arlington Park in Illinois August 11, 2007.
studies and government major
at St. Lawrence, she also participated in the program of
study in Vienna,
Austria, and was a member of Kappa
Delta Sigma sorority. She and her husband, Todd, are
co-owners of King City's Kingfield
Racing Stable in Canada; they bought Jambalaya in 2003.
They and their two children make their home in Maple, Ont.
Grace Potter ‘06 and the Nocturnals
performed on Good Morning America as part of the “Summer
Concert Series” last summer. They also made their
television debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
and were on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
They released a new album on August 7; three songs from “This
is Somewhere” were featured on ITUNES, and their first
single, "Ah Mary," was the number-one most-added
song by Triple A Radio in May.
Logistics, Inc. has received a Buffalo Business First newspaper
Fast Track 50 Award. In addition, Bob Rich
III ’89, company
president, has been nominated as Ernst & Young’s
Entrepreneur of the Year. ROAR is an intermodal marketing
company and third-party logistics provider that works directly
with Class One Railroads to provide customers with cost-efficient
transportation services throughout North America. Business
First’s Fast Track 50 Award honors the 50 fastest-growing
independent and privately held companies in Western New York;
ROAR ranked fifth on the list. The
Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur of the Year award recognizes the accomplishments
of outstanding men and women who have made entrepreneurship
the engine of economic growth. Rich was nominated by Bank
Steve Schultz ’82 was
recenly named executive director of the Jackson Hole (Wyo.)
Center for the Arts (www.jhcenterforthearts.org).
He had been in for-profit business since graduation, and
decided “it is time to give back.” He has
been painting landscape oils; a gallery in Jackson is showing