Across industries, in roles from entry-level to executive management, Carroll School alumni are making moves—and headlines—in business. Even amid the tumult of the last eighteen months, these Eagles have succeeded in launching new restaurants and beverage brands; “manufacturing privilege” for minority entrepreneurs; leading diversity and inclusion on Boston’s healthcare scene, and taking the helm of a healthcare giant in the midst of a global pandemic. On this page, you'll find items about alumni recently in the news—small spotlights on big achievers.

Media monitoring and reporting by Isabella Kehl '23 and Carroll School Communications staff.

A Newsworthy IPO 

Eagle’s second startup soars in stock market debut

A decade after Jason Krantz ’95 P’23 launched Definitive Healthcare, the company’s September 15 stock market debut skyrocketed past expectations, with shares soaring 60 percent after the initial public offering. In an interview with Yahoo Finance Live, Krantz credited the company’s success to their “new data science techniques” that generate market intelligence about the healthcare industry. Definitive Healthcare’s software helps suppliers, ranging from medical device manufacturers to architects to a jam-maker, to identify sales leads and find purchasing information for healthcare providers.

A “proud Bostonian” with strong ties to Boston College (Krantz, his wife Keely Krantz MCAS ’95, and their daughter Aidan Krantz MCAS ’23 are all Eagles), Krantz told the Boston Globe that he hopes Definitive Healthcare will be “a cornerstone in Boston, similar to a HubSpot or a Wayfair over time.” Definitive Healthcare is Krantz’s second successful startup in the Boston biotech space. His first venture, Infinata Inc., a biotech and pharmaceutical data analytics company, was sold to Pearson Media in 2007.

Back in Business

Former NFL Player using his Carroll School degree in healthcare


Gordon Browne '74

Gordon Browne ’74 reminisced with the New York Jets’ online feature “Where are They Now,” detailing his football career at Boston College and recounting how being an Eagle landed him a place on the New York Jets. Browne, who studied marketing at the Carroll School of Management, also shared how, when it came time to leave the Jets, he applied his business degree to a second, fulfilling career in healthcare.

Gordon Browne’s pro potential was evident even when he was in high school. At six feet, five inches and 225 pounds, the talented varsity tight end and defensive end at Millis High School received offers to play for established college programs at Ohio State and Notre Dame, among many others. In all, more than 50 college teams offered Browne scholarships to play NCAA football. In an interview last year with his hometown news outlet, the Massachusetts native said he chose Boston College not just for its proximity to home, but also because the new football program had stirred up a great “enthusiasm on campus.” 

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Revolutionizing Digital Media

How a near death experience brought vision to a company

Under the headline “You’ve Never Heard of the Biggest Digital Media Company in America,” the New York Times told the story of Ric Elias ’89 and his journey from Puerto Rico and the Carroll School of Management to building one of the largest media companies in America. Elias and his friend Dan Feldstein co-founded Red Ventures in 2000, attempting to break new ground in the digital marketing world. Their unique strategy combined older telemarketing techniques (like personalized sales pitches) with new digital technologies (including search engine optimization) to sell personalized products and services to their clients.

Ric Elias

Ric Elias ’89 (Photo: Travis Dove for The New York Times)

Almost a decade later, Elias’s life was changed as he found himself on US Airways Flight 1549 bracing for a water landing on the Hudson River. One of 155 passengers onboard that jetliner, Elias sat in seat 1D and recalled how the plane went silent as the cabin prepared for impact. Later telling his story in his TedTalk “Three Things I Learned When My Plane Crashed,” Elias noted that as the plane fell, he thought to himself “I no longer want to postpone anything in life.”

“Rising Star” in a Remarkable Year

From Fulton Hall to Wall Street, CSOM graduate continues path of excellence 

Despite the economic uncertainties of late, Alex Tingle ’14 continued to stand out for his performance as an investment banker at UBS. Tingle graduated from the Honors Program at the Carroll School of Management with concentrations in Finance, Operations Management, and Information Systems. Earlier this year, he appeared on Business Insider's annual “Rising Stars of Wall Street” list.

At the end of this past summer, he was named vice president for Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) at Goldman Sachs, after working in that sector for nine years at UBS. Tingle’s career at UBS had started with two summer internships as an undergraduate at the Carroll School; he joined the firm full-time as a junior analyst after graduation. In the seven years since, the Ontario native rose in the ranks at UBS to become director of the bank’s TMT group. 


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