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Whitman School inducts three new members to Wall of Fame

October 06, 2010

Amy Schmitz
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On Oct. 15, the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University will induct three distinguished alumni into the Whitman Wall of Fame: Richard Haydon ’66; James D. Kuhn ’70, G’72; and Steve Barnes ’82.

haydonHaydon, founder and managing general partner of Yield Capital Partners, has had a distinguished career in finance. Before Yield Capital Partners, Haydon had stints with some of Wall Street’s most prestigious houses, including Neuberger Berman, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Gabelli & Co., Lehman Brothers and Omega Advisors.

Haydon, a long-time member of the Whitman Advisory Council and Syracuse University Board of Trustees, was a keynote speaker at Whitman’s Wall Street Breakfast Series in New York City and eagerly shares his 40 years of experience with students. In 2008, Haydon was presented with the inaugural Martin J. Whitman Distinguished Service Award for his unwavering support of the University and the Whitman School.

kuhnKuhn is president and principal at Newmark Knight Frank, one of the largest real estate brokerage firms in the world. With decades of experience as an advisor, broker or principal in more than $3 billion in transactions for 25 million square-feet of commercial and residential real estate, Kuhn also invests a portion of his time assisting universities, hospitals and communities with real estate issues on a pro bono basis.

In 2006, a generous donation from Kuhn resulted in both the creation of the James D. Kuhn Real Estate Center at Whitman, as well as the establishment of the Leo and Sunnie Kuhn Scholarship for Entrepreneurial Studies. Kuhn also serves on the Syracuse University Board of Trustees and its executive committee, and is a member of the Whitman Advisory Council.

barnesBarnes, a managing director at Bain Capital, has held senior operating roles at several Bain Capital portfolio companies, including CEO of Dade Behring; president of Executone Business Systems; and president of Holson Burnes Group. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Barnes held several senior management positions in the Mergers & Acquisitions Support Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Barnes, who has demonstrated outstanding loyalty to Whitman and the University, serves on the Syracuse University Board of Trustees, and is a long-term member of the Whitman Advisory Council. In addition, Barnes presented Whitman with a generous donation to endow the Barnes Family Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), which provides experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans.

“It’s wonderful to have this opportunity to celebrate the contributions of three of our most dedicated, loyal and active alumni here at Whitman,” says Melvin T. Stith, dean of the Whitman School. “Their contributions to Whitman have allowed us to further our commitment to scholarly excellence in business and management. We are grateful for this opportunity to thank them.”

  • The Wall of Fame recognizes individuals from the Whitman community who have made and continue to make a difference in the life of the school. Specifically, inductees exemplify:
    outstanding professional achievement;
  • commitment and involvement toward making a difference in one’s community; and
  • achievements towards being an excellent role model for the Whitman community.

The Wall of Fame was dedicated in April 2008; new honorees are inducted annually.

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