Gamma Zeta ’67, ’68, ’69 Reunion Booklet

The Gamma Zeta classes of ’67, ’68 and ’69 will be holding their 50th reunion this coming Homecoming (October 2018) led by Jim Frakes ’68 and a great committee.  They have an incredible weekend planned and their organization and thoughtfulness in putting together the activities has been second to none.  One of the things that they have already completed is an absolutely fantastic booklet containing profiles of as many of the members of these three classes as they could possibly find.  They are a wonderfully diverse, interesting and diverse group that clearly succeeded while on campus and throughout their careers and lives.  They valued their ATO experience and have stayed great friends over the past 50 years.

Here’s what Jim Frakes had to say about the reunion booklet…

“Producing this Reunion Booklet has been a challenge and a labor of love. After an exhaustive search for brothers from the Classes of ’67, ’68 and ’69, repeated requests for contact information, biographies and photographs, and a lot of cajoling and pleading, the effort is nearly as complete as it can be. Thanks to all of you who submitted your information, and thanks to Mort, Stace, Gulliver, Denny, Bo, P.K., The Hound, and Burlap for their assistance.

Having read and lightly edited every entry, I suggest that you will want to read this booklet cover-to-cover. The stories are inspiring, humbling, sometimes surprising, occasionally saddening, often humorous, and, most of all, incredibly interesting.

We have all shared a common bond for 50 years, give or take a year. The bond was forged in the crucible of our undergraduate fraternity years and continues to this day to varying degrees. These are the stories of our lives.

There are impressive stories of estimable careers in business, law, medicine, engineering, science, education, architecture, journalism, aviation and sports. There are descriptions of anguishing personal and family tragedies which were oftentimes mitigated by family, friends, faith and even Alcoholics Anonymous. The strong influence of the Viet Nam War, the military draft and the Nixon Lottery course through many of these narratives.

In addition to the conventional natures of many of the stories, there are interesting off-beat features to many. One of us once told Nick Saben, at that time an insurance salesman, that he would never make any money coaching football. Others included the senior pilot for United Airlines, a Loch Ness Monster investigator, a Top Gun pilot, the Mayor of East Lansing, MI, and an advertising specialist who urged us to “Be Like Mike.” Another went from shaving in the Old Head to the fighter cockpit and then later on to a PhD and a career in military and public service.

There is a mushroom hunter, a horse breeder, and, ironically, a “horse mortality” businessman, as well as a Bronze Tablet pickleball player, a PGA Golf Professional and several professional football players. There is a Country Western singer, a street-cart vendor , a physician riverboat-casino owner, a reclusive North Woodsman, a climate activist and even a dragon-boating enthusiast. Who knew? This booklet is fun reading because we all know the cast of characters. And “characters” they indeed were and still remain.”

I think that you’ll enjoy reading this booklet.  Here it is – ATΩ Reunion Booklet (1)

Make it a double header Illini/ATO Golf weekend!

Peter Korst ’76 asked me to share the following about another great golf opportunity for Illini fans – FRIDAY – AUGUST 11th, 2017 – DEERFIELD GOLF CLUB
Dane, I am a member of the University Illinois Department of Recreation, Sports and Tourism Alumni Advisory Board. There is a golf outing fund raiser that supports scholarships for students in that department that I think some of guys may be interested in considering. The outing features Illini sports greats as the main attraction with whom you golf and interact. It is a pretty impressive lineup. I am asking if you might send this notification to the distribution list.
Here is the link to the event site where people can learn more about the Illini celebs who will be there, how they can sign up to participate and opportunities to sponsor if they are interested.

Register for the 16th Annual RG Swedo Golf Outing Today!

Registration is open for the 16th Annual R Gregory Swedo Golf Outing – please start signing up for this year’s outing. For the 3rd straight year, we’ll award the Matt Heldman Trophy to the ATO team with the lowest score. Note – reduced price for ATO’s under 30 ($75).

WHEN – August 12, 2017 – 1pm Shotgun Start, BBQ Starts at 5pm
WHERE – Carillon Golf Course, 21200 S Carillon Dr, Plainfield, IL 60544

Link for registration and additional details –

Phil Coover ’04 interviews Craig Nadborne ’78 on his Real Estate for Breakfast Podcast

Check out Phillip Coover’s ’04 latest “Real Estate for Breakfast” podcast. His guest is Gamma Zeta ’78 Craig Nadborne. Craig is an office tenant rep broker and senior managing director at Bradford Allen. They discuss the Bradford Allen quarterly report and the state of the office market in downtown Chicago. Craig advises on the current rental rates, total inventory, the difference between A, B and C class buildings, current trends in new office buildings and renovating existing buildings, and what’s to come in future quarters. Very interesting. Great job guys!! –

Link to the Real Estate for Breakfast main page and all of Phil’s interviews.

U of I Alumni Association request/opportunity from Bill Forsyth ’86

Bill Forsyth ’86 who serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Illinois Alumni Association asked me to share the following.




I have a favor to ask. Last year, the UI Alumni Association launched a program – Illinois Alumni Insiders – that helped us better connect and engage with young alumni. Participants had the opportunity to provide feedback about existing and proposed UI Alumni Association programs and services; offer insights into what young alumni are seeking from their alumni association; and test the marketing of messages, images and campaigns. All communication was facilitated via an online platform that was concise, targeted, and provided real-time analytics. We received very valuable feedback from this program.

We are now seeking Illinois alumni ages 36-55 to participate in the second round of Illinois Alumni Insiders. To sign up please visit For every survey you complete, you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win prizes such as Illini apparel and merchandise, Illini Visa gift cards and more.

Would you please consider signing up to participate in this program? I promise the surveys are quick, fun and easy. As importantly, please feel free to share this information with other alumni you know who may be interested.

Thank you in advance for your help and participation.

Best regards,


William D. Forsyth, CFA
Frontier Partners, Inc.
400 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 500
Northbrook, IL 60062
847.509.9860 phone

ATO Gamma Zeta Private Equity Networking Lunch

Hello Gamma Zetas,

Private equity firms raised nearly $300 billion in new funds during 2015 and they did it again in 2016.  That means that there are huge opportunities in this space.  Whether you are directly involved in a Private Equity firm, in a financial services, accounting or consulting firm that works with PE, own or are an executive in a mid market business or division of a large business that may have an interest in PE investment or otherwise have a career interest somewhere in this world you should be interested.

We have Gamma Zetas serving in leadership roles throughout this network.   We’ve formed an esteemed panel to discuss and share how we can all help each other succeed and prosper by taking advantage of this Private Equity opportunity at our next ATO Gamma Zeta Networking lunch on March 3.  Here’s the panel:

Patrick Jensen ’98 – Partner, Prairie Capital
Jeff Piper ’00 – Managing Director, Svoboda Capital
Dan Barry ’84 – Senior Managing Director, Antares Capital
Dave Lundstedt ’75 – former CEO, Armored AutoGroup Inc. (been CEO of at least 3 different PE portfolio companies)

Mike Barrett ’80 – PE Practice Director, Patina Solutions (30 years in PE with Mesirow)

If you fall into one of those groups mentioned above with a very specific interest in Private Equity or… you are just interested in reconnecting with old ATO friends and meeting new ones, please join us for the ATO Gamma Zeta Private Equity Networking Lunch:

Date:           Friday, March 3
Time:           11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location:      University Club – 76 E Monroe St., Chicago
Cost:           $50
Registration: Click Here to Register  (Note… register early, space is limited!) Guests are welcome! See list of guys who have registered as of 2/20 below.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on March 3!!


Dane Luhrsen
Gamma Zeta ’77
Director of Alumni Relations
Editor Gamma Zeta News

First Name Last Name Title Company Grad Yr
Ron Bess CEO Myelin Communications 1968
Robert Alley Chairman IAC at ERS Texas/IAC 1970
Jeff McGill Owner JCM Retirement Plans Plus 1973
Bill Ganey VP Sales Just Play Products 1975
Dave Lundstedt Former CEO Armored AutoGroup Inc. 1975
Mike Tolzien Midwest Region Manager Derbigum Americas 1975
Donald Armstrong Director of Estate and Financial Planning Northwestern Mutual 1977
Patrick Barron Chair | Peer Group Advisory Board Facilitator | Confidant Vistage Worldwide, Inc. 1977
William Barry EVP Draper and Kramer 1977
Jack klues Former CEO VivaKi 1977
Dane Luhrsen Managing Director Patina Solutions 1977
William Brennan CEO Forsythe Technologies 1978
James T Hemphill Entrepreneur 1979
John Aymond Director Institutional Sales RBC Capital Markets 1980
Michael Barrett Private Equity Practice Director Patina Solutions 1980
John Cochrane Senior Vice President UBS Wealth Management 1982
Larry Eppley Managing Partner, Chicago Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP 1982
Greg Ewert Physician Michigan Avenue Internists 1982
Shuler Griffin Minister Fountain Anglican Church 1982
Bill Rolander Executive Managing Director Newmark Grubb Knight Frank 1983
Wynn Smiley CEO ATO National 1983
Dan Barry Sr. Managing Director Antares Capital LP 1984
Mike Stibich Partner Deloitte 1985
Norm Bilsbury President Topline Consulting & Training, Inc. 1992
Alex Bagne President ICS Tax, LLC 1994
Thomas Bentle Senior Analyst Jones Lang LaSalle Valuation & Advisory 1995
Mark Liyeos Accounting Supervisor Simpson Estates 1997
Patrick Jensen Managing Director Prairie Capital 1998
Brian Ruff Realtor D’Aprile Properties 1998
Terry Turman CEO ATO Foundation 1998
John Frank President & CEO  Third Road Management LLC 2000
Jeffrey S Piper Managing Director Svoboda Capital Partners LLC 2000
Scott Schneider Senior Research Analyst Great Lakes Advisors 2001
Ryan Anthony Principal LaSalle Capital 2002
Joseph Patrevito Director of Business Development at Digital Bridge Solutions 2002
Tim Derry Managing Director – Head of Upper Midwest & Canadian Private Equity Originations PNC Business Credit 2003
Chris Conversa Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking MB Financial Bank 2004
Phillip Coover Principal/Attorney  Schenk Annes Tepper Campbell Ltd. 2004
Michael Piper CEO ICS Tax, LLC 2004
Joe Wolsfeld Senior Vice President MB Financial Bank 2004
Doug Brashler Commercial Banking Huntington National Bank 2005
Dan Kostelny Director of Industrial Property InSite Real Estate LLC 2005
Robert Erfort Director KPMG Advisory 2006
Michael Patrick Keeley Associate Kirkland & Ellis LLP 2007
Tim Lackie Vice President Allegiance Capital Corporation 2007
Dan Lundstedt Franchise Owner Sir Grout 2007
John Dudek Associate JP Morgan 2008
Jim Lyznicki Transactions Advisory Ernst & Young 2008
Brett Moore Partner Residential Dynamics Group LLC 2008
Patrick Riggio Senior Associate Lake Capital 2008
Jeff Vranek Vice President Prairie Capital 2008
Ted Dimiropoulos Manager  KPMG Valuation Services 2009
Andrew Nicholas Equity Research Associate William Blair & Company 2010
Blake Overlock Business Performance Advisor Insperity 2010
Matt Dixon Associate Latham & Watkins 2011
Brett Newman Associate Kirkland & Ellis LLP 2011
Jake Bailey Investment Banking Analyst J.P. Morgan 2012
Jack Hickey Financial Advisor Merrill Lynch Wealth Management 2012
Matt O’Neil New Projects Manager Parker Plastics, Inc. 2012
Dan Passarella Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP 2012
Paul Garcia Senior Financial Analyst Baker Tilly 2013
Steven Ogdon Senior Financial Analyst Hill-Rom 2013
Raymond Tiernan Analyst | Valuation & Financial Opinions Stout Risius Ross 2013
Lenny Allegretti Consultant – Corporate Finance/Transaction Services FTI Consulting 2014
Thomas Heinz Asset Management Assurance Staff EY 2014
Sam Less National Real Estate Audit Associate RSM US LLP 2014
Chad Lieber Associate, National Retail Group Marcus & Millichap 2014
Lexa Pezzati Deal Advisory Associate KPMG US 2014
Kevin Breckenfelder Analyst BMO Capital Markets 2015
Michael Chada Security & Infrastructure Consultant West Monroe Partners 2015
Mark Giarelli Analyst, Real Estate Advisory Group  Duff & Phelps 2015
Alex Schwartz Consultant in Transaction Services FTI Consulting 2015
Spencer Stiltz Investment Analyst Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting 2015
Joe Grazioso Healthcare Analyst – Financial Planning Strata Decision Technology 2016
William Hanson Analyst Duff & Phelps 2016
James Lawlor M&A Transaction Services Consultant Deloitte 2016
Benedict Volk Investment Banking Analyst  Lazard 2016
Matt Kovatchis Undergrad ATO 2017
Matt Stemper Undergrad Treasurer ATO 2018
Will Walsh Undergrad ATO 2018
Quinn Gaughn Undergrad Philanthropy Chair ATO 2019
Dan Reinke Undergrad Worthy Master ATO 2019
Tim Crenshaw Simpson Estates Inc
Reuben Donnelley Simpson Estates Inc
Jon Mellin Simpson Estates Inc


Thanking our Veterans today – Walter T. Morey ’40

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As a way to thank our Veterans today on Veterans’ Day, I thought that it would be interesting to share the nomination which was recently submitted for one of our own, Walter T. Morey ’40 for the University of Illinois Army ROTC Hall of Fame.  He had an exceptional career as a student, in the military and in civilian life and deserves to be recognized and remembered as do all of our many Gamma Zeta veterans.  We’ll find out during the spring of 2016 if he’s selected for the Hall of Fame.  Thanks to all of our veterans today!


I’d like to nominate Major Walter T. Morey ’40 for the Army ROTC Hall of Fame.  Here is some information about him:

Born: August 02, 1918
Died: March 18, 2009
Early life:
  • 1936 Graduate of Stephen Decatur high school with honors
  • Reached Eagle rank with two palms as a Boy Scout
  • Served as Assistant Scoutmaster
College life:
  • 1940 Graduate of the University of Illinois
  • Appointed in 1939 as Student Colonel to lead the 4,000 students in the University ROTC Brigade by Col. Fred R. Brown Commandant with approval of A.C. Willard, President of the University
  • Maintained an academic average in the College of Commerce of 3.92 and a military average of 5.0
  • Winner of the University gold medal, as the most outstanding sophomore cadet
  • Winner of the Connor’ cups for the best drilled freshman and sophomore in the field artillery in 1937 and 1938
  • Won the Hazelton medal during his first year basic course as the best cadet of that rank
  • Awarded an excellence bar with three stars for maintaining a military standing in the upper 4 percent of his class
  • Member of three military fraternities—Caisson club, Scabbard and Blade and Pershing Rifles
  • Member of Skull and Crescent, freshman activity honorary and Sachem, sophomore activity honorary, Ma-Wan-Da senior honorary society
  • Business Manager of the Illio
  • Active in Star Cross, Student Alumni Association, Accountancy Club and the YMCA
  • Cabinet member of the Inter-fraternity council
  • President of the Military Council
  • Chairman of the Military Ball
  • Treasurer and then President of the Student senate
  • Member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity
  • 1947 Graduate of Harvard Law School
  • During WWII, served three years of active duty with the 36th Field Artillery in North Africa, Italy and France. Major Morey’s unit was the first to fire on the mainland of Europe in 1943
  • At the outbreak of the Korean War, he served as a battalion commander in Korea until 1951
  • Awarded the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit and three French Croix de Guerre
Post Military:
  • Attorney in Decatur
  • Founded and served as Chairman of the Board of Soy Capital Bank
  • Founded Security Savings and Loan
  • Partner in the development of Brettwood Village Shopping Center
  • Elected to the Decatur City Council in 1960 and served for six years
  • Trustee at Millikin University
  • Member of the University of Illinois President’s Council
  • President of the Decatur Bar Association, Rotary, United Way of Macon County and the American Red Cross in Decatur
  • He served as an elder at First Presbyterian Church
More info:
Link to great Daily Illini article from when Walter Morey was selected to be Colonel of the student ROTC Corp at Illinois – 039-DIL-1939-04-23-001-SINGLE (2)

Gold Star Gamma Zeta Ceremony on Saturday

This coming Saturday, October 3 we’ll be honoring Bruce Capel ’65 pictured below and twenty-one additional Gold Star Gamma Zetas who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in WWI, WWI, Korea and Vietnam. The ceremony will be held at the chapter house at 1:00 PM and will be led by Rear Admiral William Masters ’65 retired. All are welcome to join us in remembering and honoring these brave young men. Please stop by the house if you’re in town!

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“Illinois Iron Man” – Jack Chamblin ’55

Jack Chamblin’s ’55 cousin has written a book about Jack’s life from Robinson, IL to West Point to U of I (and ATO) and back to Robinson.  Jack was MVP of the Illini football team and went on to a very successful business career.  Here’s a link to an article about the book –

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