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Lewis J. Altfest (Business, 1978) President of L.J. Altfest & Co., Inc., a wealth management firm, is the recipient of the coveted 2007 Charles R. Schwab IMPACT Award. According to Schwab Institutional, this prestigious award, which is determined by a panel of distinguished judges from across the financial services industry and which is open to all eligible independent advisors in the industry, “honors an individual trailblazer whose sustained vision, outstanding leadership, client commitment, and community engagement clearly demonstrate the value of independent investment advice.” Lew started his independent financial advisory firm in 1983 because he wanted a closer relationship with clients based on putting their interests first. He quickly became a leader in the industry, championing fee-only advising not only through his own firm but through teaching, writing, and helping to develop the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors. He also developed the investment management system called TPMTM (Total Portfolio Management) and is often cited as one of the leading financial advisors in the U.S. For Lew, the IMPACT award is a testament to his passion for the business and the improvements it can bring to people’s lives. (posted 12-07) Altfest was featured on PBS's Consuelo Mack WealthTrack in July 2006, where he discussed "What Kind of Investment Portfolio is Right for These Uncertain Times." (posted 9-06) He also has received the 2006 Career Achievement Award from City College of New York. For his integral role in the development of the Financial Planning profession, The Business and Economics Alumni Society chose him as this year’s honorary award recipient. (posted 6-06)

Alex Huang (Business, 2001) is CEO of Thermos, a global manufacturer of innovative insulated products, including food and beverage containers, soft coolers, and lunch kits.(posted 6-06)

Nora J. Rifon (Ph. D., Business, 1989) was promoted to professor of advertising at Michigan State University. This year she was awarded a $50,000 grant from Microsoft Research to study online privacy- and security-related behaviors in teens. The Microsoft research project is an extension of her work funded by a $400,000 CyberTrust award from the National Science Foundation, CISE division. Her recent work on Internet safety and privacy appears in the Journal of Consumer Affairs, Communications of the ACM, and Government Information Quarterly. (posted 9-06)

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