Karn is chair of the executive board. He is a senior from Mahopac, New York in Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, pursuing a triple concentration in Finance, Information Systems, and Economics. His passions include finance, technology and anything related to the startup ecosystem. He has a strange obsession with Roger Federer and enjoys reading Bill Simmons. This past summer, Karn worked at Cowen & Company in NYC in its Technology Investment Banking group. Oh, the joy of long work days. The summer prior to that, Karn worked in sales at SCVNGR/LevelUp, where he sold the product at a variety of places, including numerous Brooklyn bagel shops and the dopest ice cream place around, the Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain.
Sydney is the vice chair of the BCVC executive board. She is a senior from Weare, NH concentrating in Information Systems. She is fascinated by the innovative world of startups and looks forward to working in a collaborative and freethinking environment in the future. The past two summers she interned in Silicon Valley as a sales intern at WePay, and more recently as a mobile user experience and user research intern in Sales Enablement at Cisco Systems. In her free time at BC she enjoys playing intramural soccer and cooking spicy dinners for her roommates. She is a Tae Kwon Do black belt, Pad Thai addict, Spotify enthusiast, and has studied a bit of Arabic.
Annie Weber is currently a junior at Boston College from Saint Louis, MO. She is in the Carroll School of Management, where she is working towards concentrations in Marketing and Information Systems. Annie joined the Boston College Venture Competition Executive Committee her freshman year to help foster a spirit of entrepreneurship within the Boston College Community. She is also heavily involved in Boston College’s Student Admissions Program in which she gives tours and hosts prospective students. Over the summer, Annie interned at The Jones Group in the marketing department. She helped run a national photo shoot, introduce a new clothing line, and help rebrand Jones New York to reach a younger generation of consumers. Last fall, Annie interned at Fenway Sports Management where she worked with sponsors such as Under Armor to facilitate game day activities. Annie also held an Internship with the A. Bommarito Wine Company in which she worked heavily in sales and marketing. In addition, Annie is also a member of the BC Master Swim Team and is involved with clubs such as Women in Business and Smart Woman Securities.
Nanci Fiore-Chettiar is a junior from Westerly, Rhode Island. She is a Sociology major and working towards her Masters in Social Work through a 5-year dual degree program. Nanci joined the executive board as a co-coordinator of SEED to help increase diversity of and expand interest in social entrepreneurship. She is also Co-Director of FACES and heavily involved in UGBC. Over the summer, Nanci participated in a research fellowship under Professor Hesse-Biber. She loves the beach, hates guacamole, and quotes “Pitch Perfect” at any and every opportunity.
Paul is a junior from Plymouth, MN. He’s majoring in Marketing and Information Systems with a minor in Philosophy. He joined the committee as a freshman to help BC students grow successful businesses. He previously worked for Jebbit, What Really Works, Periscope and Square in San Francisco. As for his career, Paul aspires to work as a marketer in tech selling products that improve people’s lives. In his free time, he loves to watch the Green Bay Packers, read books, play ice hockey, do CrossFit, spend time on the lake and play cards.
Robbie Li is a sophomore from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts in the Carroll School of Management pursuing concentrations in finance, accounting, and information systems. He joined the committee in hopes of exploring his fascination with entrepreneurship and its ability to enact change. In his free time, Robbie enjoys playing music on piano and guitar as well as competing in various sports.
Kevin is a junior from Bellevue, WA. He is studying Finance and Accounting in the Carroll School of Management graduating in three years. He joined the BCVC board in his freshman year to accelerate the growth of BCVC SEED and social impact businesses on campus. Last summer, he worked for Jebbit in sales and business development (BCVC winners two years ago). In addition to BCVC, he is a treasurer for Taiwanese Cultural Organization, vice chair for the Honors Program Speakers Series, and research intern at a oilfield focused private equity company. Outside the classroom in his free time, Kevin likes to golf, cook/bake all sorts of food, eating extremely scorching hot food, and read books.
Originally from Rochester Minnesota, Michael Allen is a junior majoring in Finance and Economics in the Carroll School of Management Honors Program. This past summer Michael worked at Fidelity Capital Markets as a Finance intern. Prior to that he was an intern at Bullhorn Inc. as an operations analyst. At Boston College, Michael is a member of the Student Organization Funding Committee. In his spare time Michael enjoys cooking, politics, travel and is an avid Boston sports fan. Currently Michael is studying at Hong Kong University for the fall semester.
David Veronneau is a junior in the Carroll School of Management majoring in Finance and Corporate Reporting and Analysis. He directs the marketing initiatives of the Boston College Venture Competition (BCVC) and the Boston College Word of Mouth Club (WoM). David is from Connecticut and interned this past summer at Morgan Stanley – The BHR Group. He is passionate about boating and skimboarding in California, Rhode Island, and the Caribbean. He also loves to travel and snowboard. David is an avid sneaker collector whose reviews and commentary may be viewed at YouTube.com/OneVeracity.
Nicolas Chahin is currently a freshman at Boston College from San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He is in the Carroll School of Management, where he is working towards his concentrations in Finance and Computer Science. He founded a business, Rebajashn, at the age of sixteen. There he learned how to acquire clients, program, and manage social media. He has also worked as an accounting and sales assistant at Intermoda. Nicolas enjoys reading the biographies of successful entrepreneurs like Gurbaksh Chahal, Ryan Blair, and Andrew Carnegie. Besides business, he enjoys playing different sports: soccer, tennis, ping-pong, and billiards.
Eliott is a sophomore from Marietta, Georgia concentrating in Information Systems and Finance with a minor in Computer Science. He is a new member to the committee and looks forward to helping the entrepreneurial environment at BC grow. Eliott was recently hired as an ITS Business Intelligence Analyst intern for BC and is a member of the Information Systems Academy and Computer Science Society. He is also really excited about heading to California next spring with the Tech Trek West program. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, programming, and playing piano.
Tom is a freshman from Massapequa Park, NY and is planning on pursuing concentrations in both Finance and General Management in the Carroll School of Management with a minor in Psychology. He joined the committee to explore entrepreneurship in the Boston College community and to help fellow classmates grow successful businesses. Tom aspires one day to work in Silicon Valley, and in his free time, he reads books, watches terribly low-budget Sci-Fi movies, plays baseball, and spends time at the local beach.
Claudio is a sophomore from Portland, Oregon, studying Information Systems and Management and Leadership, in the Carroll School of Management. He is a student fellow with .406 Ventures, an early stage technology venture capital firm. He is passionate about design and technology, innovation, and digital commerce and is currently working on a project that blends the three.
Professor John Gallaugher
Professor Gallaugher’s courses and research focus on strategy, technology, and social media. He is the author of a widely-adopted IS textbook and has been published in leading journals, including Harvard Business Review and MIS Quarterly. He coordinates the TechTrek program and has led field studies to Silicon Valley, Seattle, Europe, and Asia. He is also the faculty advisor for the Information Systems Academy, and co-advisor to the student-run Boston College Venture Competition (which has sent alumni teams to the elite Y-Combinator business accelerator program).
Prof. Gallaugher has consulted to and taught executive seminars for several organizations including Accenture, Alcoa, Duke Corporate Education, ING, Partners Healthcare, Staples, and State Street. His comments on business and technology have appeared in many media outlets including BusinessWeek, The New York Times, National Public Radio, and WCVB-TV. The Heights named Prof. Gallaugher a Momentum Award recipient for his “contributions toward moving BC forward.”
George Wyner is Adjunct Associate Professor of Information Systems at the Carroll School of Management. Professor Wyner does research on the analysis and design of organizational processes and the information systems that support them, and has published articles on these topics in Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems, and other journals. He focuses on teaching technology to management students in a way that is engaging and managerially relevant. This usually involves getting hands on with new technologies and creating in class exercises such as demonstrating the workings of the Internet using candy bars to represent packets (“never underestimate the pedagogical value of candy”). Prior to joining Boston College, Professor Wyner was on the faculty at Boston University’s School of Management, where he took a leading role in the development of the technical curriculum for a dual MBA/MSIS degree. He has an extensive collection of tech themed t-shirts and several harmonicas (which he occasionally plays in class). Professor Wyner did his undergraduate work in Mathematics at Harvard College and holds a PhD in Management from MIT.