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Three Barney School Alums Earn 40 Under Forty Awards


Posted 08/03/2016
Category: Accolades

Three Barney School Alums Earn 40 Under Forty Awards

The Hartford Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty awards are celebrating their 20th year in 2016. These awards are given to 40 young professionals who have excelled in their careers and have given back to their community.  Three of the 2016 winners are Barney School of Business alumni.

This 40 under Forty 2016 class is very diverse because of the many professions that they represent as well as their backgrounds and cultures. This year’s judges were previous award winners who were looking for outstanding young professionals in the Greater Hartford area. We are very proud to announce that three of our own alumni, Mehmet Bakkaloglu, David Daye and Laura Dinan Haber were honored with 2016 awards. With all of their community engagement, professional achievement, and continued involvement with the University of Hartford, the recognitions come as no surprise.

The awardees each provided insight on their background and experiences, and how to better shape the community and state as a whole.  Excerpts from their award profiles are summarized below.

Mehmet Bakkaloglu, OFI

Mehmet Bakkaloglu is the Chief Financial Officer for OFI, A Herman Miller Certified Dealer. In this role, he is responsible for managing, forecasting, and planning the company’s finances, recordkeeping and reporting. He is committed to continuous improvement within OFI including morale and team building which is why he was awarded with a volleyball trophy in appreciation of his team spirit and motivation. Bakkaloglu is an active member of the Young Professionals Council here at the University of Hartford since 2004 as well as a mentor to finance students. In addition, he is a proactive member of the Construction Institute, supporting events and assisting in fundraising planning to ensure that major events are profitable. One of his goals for his community involvement is to foster positive change wherever he goes.

David S. Daye, Capital Region Education Council

David Daye is currently the Managing Director of Hartford Region Open Choice Program. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the daily operations for the Capital Region Education Council (CREC). Coming from a family who had moved to the United States from Jamaica for a brighter future, he and his family understood the importance of education. In Daye’s time after he attended the University of Hartford.  Earlier in his career he was one of the original architects of Travelers‘ Empowering Dreams for Graduation and Employment Program, and was the first recipient of the Travelers’ Breaking Down Barriers Award.  Now a member of CREC’s senior-management team, he is also the youngest member of the board of directors for the CT Forum. Daye’s ultimate aspiration is to one day become a CEO who has the characteristics of conviction, perseverance, courage, passion, humility and accountability.

Laura Dinan Haber, Metro Hartford Alliance

Laura Dinan Haber, the Director of Investor Events for the Metro Hartford Alliance, has the passion of enriching the world around her. Her goal is to become involved in place-based agricultural education to empower and strengthen communities. Haber firmly believes that in 10 years Hartford will be an internationally recognized destination for its favorable business clients, entrepreneurial community and vibrant cultural assets. She has accomplished much since graduating from the University of Hartford including producing over 450 events and programs to date, launching an engraving company that specializes in natural and reclaimed materials, becoming a member of the University of Hartford alumni board of directors, and the Past Area Governor and Division Governor, District 53 of Toastmasters International.

Congratulations to the winners of the 40 under Forty awards and we look forward to seeing what they will continue to accomplish in their career journeys.

Barney School of Business