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Alum Entrepreneurs

Many Hobart and William Smith graduates are drivers of innovation. Below you will find a sampling of HWS alums who are groundbreakers in their chosen fields. These alums transform communities, improve systems and offer services that change the way people interact with each other and the world.

Thomas Bozzuto ’68
During Tom Bozzuto’s more than 45-year career in real estate, he has overseen and been responsible for the creation of more than 50,000 homes and apartments, garnering national renown for his leadership and vision in the industry. Read More

Reeshemah Brightley ’99
Sabree Special Events began as an event planning company focusing on the entertainment industry. As Reeshemah Brightley ’99 grew and evolved, she also founded Sabree Education Services (SES). Read More

Dan De Nose ‘10
Dan De Nose ‘10 founded the nonprofit, Leaders of the 21st Century, which he first envisioned at HWS as a way to cultivate “civic-minded youth leaders in urban communities and prepare them for the world of work and beyond through professional and leadership development.” Read More

Jonathan Flint ’73 and Terry McGuire ’78
Flint and McGuire are the founders of Polaris Venture Partners, a venture capital firm that specializes in nurturing big ideas into innovative products in the fields of technology and life sciences. Read More

Ashley Isaac Ganz ‘95
A noted travel industry expert specializing in international luxury travel with a cultural focus, Ashley Isaacs Ganz ’95 is the founder and CEO of Artisans of Leisure. Read More

Luke Gutelius ’98
Luke Gutelius ’98 co-founded the upscale clothing store TownPool at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Bostom. Mass. He is also the owner of Maax, Inc., another apparel company based in Manchester, N.H. Read More

Sabrina Horn ’83
An expert in technology consulting with more than two decades of management experience as a president and CEO, Sabrina Horn ’83 is managing partner of US Technology Practice at Finn Partners. Read More

William Margiloff ’92
One of the early pioneers in the Internet marketing field, Will Margiloff ’92 has helped revolutionize the digital advertising landscape, leading the use of new digital advertising formats and technologies. Read More

Matthew Mead ‘13
Through the design-focused start-up company, Hempitecture, Matthew Mead ’13 is pioneering the use of industrial hemp as a building material in the United States. Read More

Dianne Nickerson ’95
As the founder and director of Castle Island Bilingual Montessori School in Albany, N.Y., Diane Nickerson ’95 has been able to integrate the passions she developed at HWS into a career that helps children foster lifelong independent learning. Read More

Susan Scott ’67
The New York Times bestselling author of Fierce Conversations and Fierce Leadership, Susan L. Scott ’67 is the founder and CEO of Fierce, Inc., a global leadership development and training company. Read More

Sara Wrobleski ’13
One Bead, a nonprofit founded by Sara Wroblewski ’13 provides young students with mentorship, education and access to new opportunities through leadership programming. Read More