BFIT Announces New Board Members

For Immediate Release
July 8th , 2014

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Announces New Board Members

Boston, MA—Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT), a nonprofit technical college founded in 1908, is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to the board of trustees, bringing the total number to twenty-two members.
The four new members are:

• Dan Bonnette, Boston Higher Education Practice Leader, McGladrey LLP. Mr. Bonnette has more than 24 years of experience as a specialist in the higher education, not-for-profit and public sector industries, both directing assurance engagements and providing technical assistance on accounting and financial reporting issues. Prior to joining McGladrey LLP, Mr. Bonnette worked for Deloitte & Touche, LLP where, in addition to his client service role, he served as the National Learning Leader for the Deloitte’s Public Sector professionals nationally. Mr. Bonnette earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross.

• David Fischer, Founding Partner of Gold Hill Capital, a private equity firm. Mr. Fischer has provided financing to early and growth-stage technology and life sciences companies for over twenty-five years. Prior to founding Gold Hill Capital, Mr. Fischer held positions at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), and Bank of New England’s Technology Lending Division. Mr. Fischer holds a BA in Economics from Middlebury College and has earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

• Amy Leddy, Senior Category Manager at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Ms. Leddy is a career employee of Liberty Mutual Insurance, with experience in the areas of procurement, operations, financial reporting, e-commerce, marketing and communication. In her current role, Ms. Leddy is responsible for supplier relationship and category management for Marketing and Professional Services. Ms. Leddy is a graduate of Wheaton College and earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Babson College.

• Daniel Weinger, Associate at Boston law firm, Mintz Levin. Mr. Weinger works in the field of patent litigation and as such, is keenly aware of the importance of cultivating a strong technology workforce for the region. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Weinger attended New York University followed by Boston College Law.

The new members were welcomed at the board’s annual meeting, which included the reappointment of several members and officers. After six years of service, Anne Bailey Berman, President of Chadwick Martin Bailey, has stepped down as Chair. Ryan Hutchins, Sr. Vice President and New England Regional Manager at Gilbane, has been appointed the new Chair of the board. Ex-officio trustee, Mayor Martin Walsh, named Felix Arroyo, Boston’s Chief of Health & Human Services and former City Councilor, as his designee to the board.

“I am very pleased to welcome our new trustees,” said Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology President, Anthony Benoit. “These individuals bring with them expertise and a shared commitment to the young people of our city. I am excited about how they will further improve BFIT’s success in educating folks with the skills necessary to fill jobs in the Massachusetts STEM workforce.”

About Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is a non-profit, technical college with approximately 500 students in Boston’s South End neighborhood. The College offers an array of programs leading to careers in Automotive Technology, Computer Technology, Biomedical Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Health Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Building Technology & Design, HVAC&R, Electrical Technology, and Eye Health Technology fields leading to certificate, associate, and bachelor degree credentials. The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Additional information about the College and its programs can be found online at www.bfit.edu.