December • 2011 
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Derwood Chase Jr. ’52
is Chairman and CEO of Chase Investment Counsel Corporation, which he founded in 1957. The Charlottesville-based investment firm had the top "mid-cap" growth mutual fund out of 399 such funds year to date through Oct. 31, 2011, according to the Nov. 7, 2011, Wall Street Journal. Chase Mid-Cap Growth Fund (CHAMX), a no-load mutual fund with $18 million under management, had a 12-month return of 20.8 percent through Oct. 31, compared with the category average of 8.2 percent.

  William McCarten.

William W. McCarten ’70, Chairman of DiamondRock Hospitality Company, has been elected to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests Board of Trustees. He is also a Director of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. and Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation. At the University of Virginia, McCarten has served on the Jefferson Scholars Foundation National Selection Committee and the McIntire School of Commerce Advisory Board. (Learn more.)

Chris Nassetta ’84, President and CEO of Hilton Worldwide, was featured in an Oct. 21, 2011, Gulf News article titled “Hilton Eyes Mideast Expansion,” in which he discusses the company’s plans to double business in the region.

Todd Leigh ’93 in January 2011 founded ROK Capital LLC, a registered investment advisory firm in Newport Beach, Calif., that specializes in global long/short equity investing.

Erica Berg Brennan ’94 (Law ’00) is Of Counsel in the Corporate practice group of Paul Hastings LLP, in the Washington, D.C., office. She focuses her practice on financial service clients, representing such clients in various corporate transactions, and consulting clients with respect to corporate governance and regulatory compliance. She also has experience working with financial institutions and other companies in payment system matters involving money transmission, stored value cards, and automated clearing house transactions. In 2010, Brennan was named a Georgia Super Lawyer, Rising Star in Atlanta Magazine. She participated in an Oct. 25, 2011, Bureau of National Affairs webinar titled “U.S. Banking Laws in Transition—From Identifying Material Changes to Avoiding Material Risks.”

Tim Whitley ’96 is Founder and CEO of Carbon Offsets To Alleviate Poverty, a nonprofit he launched Oct. 4, 2011. Based in Oakland, Calif., Carbon Offsets To Alleviate Poverty has “a dual mission that puts global poverty alleviation on an equal footing with climate change abatement.” The nonprofit directly and transparently connects the carbon footprints of individuals in developed countries with accredited forestry carbon projects in least developed countries, “creating meaningful and measurable economic benefits for the poorest people in the world.”’s first three projects are located in Nicaragua, Mozambique, and Uganda.

  Luke and Meredith Gyory.

Steven Gyory ’97 and his wife, Haley Whitlock Gyory (A&S ’98), welcomed their second child, Meredith Robin, born Oct. 8, 2011. Meredith joins big brother Luke, and the family resides in Culpeper, Va.


  Kenny Tucker and Julie Perkins.

Kenny Tucker ’00 married Julie Perkins at the home of Julie’s parents in Los Altos Hills, Calif., Aug. 6, 2011. Kenny is Vice President of Corporate Development at Jive Software, and Julie graduated from Stanford Graduate School of Business in June 2011. The wedding party included Dan Austin (McIntire ’00), Chris Hamby (McIntire ’00), Matt Ocean (A&S ’00), and Chris Wilson (A&S ’99). The couple recently moved to San Francisco.

Charles Campbell (M.S. in MIT ’06) is pleased to announce the birth of his first child, Charyse Elaine, born April 10, 2011. Campbell also recently joined Atlanta-based startup socialvest as CTO.

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