Bennett and Lieb: Newest Members of the Business Hall of Fame
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Bennett and Lieb: Newest Members of the Business Hall of Fame

On October 27, 2016, the Barney School of Business honored two distinguished alumni by inducting them into the Barney School Board of Visitors Alumni Hall of Fame. The inductees, Jonathan Bennett ’88 and Mark Lieb ’77, spoke to alumni, students, faculty and staff about their personal and professional challenges and successes. Bennett is Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy, Property & Casualty and Group Benefits, at The Hartford Financial Services Group. Lieb is Founder, President, and CEO of Spectrum Asset Management.

Bennett told the audience to remember, “Success rarely happens by following a straight path.” He encouraged students to remember the power of their thoughts, innovative ideas and education. Bennett also told students, “There is no substitute for diligent preparation.” Engaging in meaningful and rewarding work with colleagues that you enjoy, shared Bennett, are keys to being successful. He also reinforced the importance of education and a passion for lifelong learning, and described how his Barney School masters degree in accounting helped prepare him to flourish. 

Lieb also described the transformational role the Barney School played in his life. Lieb credits his creating and managing the world’s leading preferred securities investment firm to his MBA program at the Barney School and all who played a role in his education. When asked about the advice that he would give to the millennial generation Lieb said, “They have to be focused on something and figure out what they want to do. Go look in the mirror, figure it out and go after it.” 

The evening came to a close with the awarding of two student scholarships. Tommasso Modguno ’17 and Adam Oresky ’14, received Alumni Hall of Fame scholarships. These scholarships are awarded annually to two students who have displayed exemplary academics, leadership and drive in their time at the University, and who are also on similar career trajectories as the two Hall of Fame recipients. Like Bennett, Oresky studied accounting at the Barney School and is now working in corporate finance at United Technologies while earning his MBA at the Barney School. Currently a senior, Modugno is preparing to begin his career in investment banking, following in Lieb’s path.

Initiated in 2009, the Hall of Fame profiles the achievements of prominent alumni to provide a source of inspiration for students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the Barney School of Business. Bennett and Lieb are the 17th and 18th inductees.