Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame
The Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame event will be held Thursday,
April 16, 2015 and will honor Michael Bastion '87, Ruthie Davis M’93 and the 2015 Rising Stars.
Established in 2008 during the Inauguration of President Schlesinger, the hall of fame celebrates alumni who have distinguished themselves in entrepreneurial endeavors across all types of enterprises. Alumni entrepreneurs are inducted annually during a gala dinner where they are recognized for their accomplishments in creating economic and social value.
"Rising Star” entrepreneurs have been honored at Babson since 2010 as part of the Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame awards ceremony. These individuals have founded or co-founded businesses which are less than 10 years old, are making an impact in their marketplace and generating media attention.
2015 Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Inductees
MICHAEL BASTIAN is a luxury American menswear designer born in Lyons, New York, a small upstate town near Lake Ontario. Upon graduating from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, he moved to Manhattan, taking his first job as an assistant buyer at Abraham & Strauss. Subsequently taking on roles of increasing acclaim at world-renowned institutions - Sotheby¹s, Tiffany & Co., Ralph Lauren - Bastian was appointed as Men’s Fashion Director at Bergdorf Goodman in 2000. It was during his five-year tenure there that he was inspired to introduce his eponymous line, Michael Bastian.
Now in its ninth year, Michael Bastian is carried across the world in North America, Europe, Asia, Canada and the Middle East. Read more »
Owner, Founder, Designer
Challenging convention, Ruthie Davis rewrites the rules governing modern elegance and glamour – avant-garde yet wearable, feminine but unfussy, modern but never cold, her footwear designs skillfully manage a unique fusion of luxury and youthful sensuality. As a New York City resident and Designer and President of her eponymous label, she understands how to create shoes modern women covet.
Designed in New York and handcrafted in Italy, Ruthie Davis is renowned for her architectural shapes, luxurious mix of materials, uncompromising quality and vivid color palette. The RUTHIE DAVIS brand is sold in top tier retail establishments worldwide including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Amazon, Bloomingdales, Fred Segal, Harvey Nichols, Luisa Via Roma, and 10 Corso Como. In January 2014, she launched her own global ecommerce store on RUTHIEDAVIS.COM. In 2016, Ruthie plans to open the first Flagship Ruthie Davis Store in New York City. Read more »
2015 Rising Stars
Bombas - Andrew Heath M'12 and David Heath '05
Enertiv - Connell McGill '08 and Pavel Khodokovskiy '07
Esmeralda Lambert - Esmeralda Lambert M’11 and Matthew Lambert M'11
NatureBox - Gautam Gupta '07 and Ken Chen '06
Wanderu- Polina Raygorodskaya '08
Zoos Greek Iced Tea - Niari Keverian M'12