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Fall/Winter 2000 Exchange

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Alumni News Alumni Spotlights Louis Pope wasn't exactly a shining star in his MBA class. Ranked in the lower five percent, he joked he'd set up a scholarship fund for the bottom students if he ever made it big. When Louis graduated in 1975, he worked as plant manager at his father's synthetic diamond production company for five years until he was forced to look for a conventional job in the industry or start his own company. With the help of a few partners, Pope scraped together about $200,000, built a diamond making press, and established US Synthetic. The next thirteen years were venturous and trying. But he never lost hope—not because he had infinite faith in the company, but because he didn't want to let his father down. "Everything my father had was tied up in the company," Pope said. The struggling company shifted its concentration to manufacturing diamond cutters for oil and gas drilling bits. In 1991, he replaced his father as president and implemented a number of strategic moves that elevated this near-failure to a model of success. Pope now runs a factory that employs 180 workers, some with no college education, who have a quarter of a million dollars in their retirement funds. Pope leads the business as the world's leading supplier of Polycrystalline Diamond Cutters to the oil-drilling industry. How's that for making it big? Dayton Judd In high school he read Fortune 500 magazines and learned that 50 percent of successful business people had earned their undergraduate degrees in accountancy. That was enough to convince Dayton Judd to enter the Marriott School's accountancy program. That and the fact that his father, Doyle Judd, CPA, earned his BS and MAcc degrees in accountancy from BYU in 1968 and 1969, respectively. Doyle, CFO for Slaymaker Group, a private business that operates a number of corporate restaurants in four states, told his son that he could go to college wherever he wanted. "But we're sending your mail to BYU," he told him. "In retrospect, we think he's glad it went that way," Doyle said. Dayton agrees. "BYU's accounting program is phenomenal," he said. A 1995 sum cum laude scholar, the MBA classes he took as part of the MAcc program gave him an edge at Harvard Business School—where he also graduated with honors. He finished in the top 5 percent of his class, earning the distinction of a Baker Scholar. George Baker was a "really rich banker" who funded the construction of the business school, Dayton said. He said he wasn't the only BYU alumnus who received the recognition. Two other BYU grads were among the top 5 percent—Jared Stone, who earned his BS in economics from BYU in 1994 and Randy Shumway, earning his BA in international relations in 1996. "BYU is among the top eight to ten schools that get people into Harvard," Dayton said. "It's the Harvard, Yale, Princeton, BYU standard." Dayton, CPA, now works for McKinsey, a business consulting firm in Dallas, Texas. He worked for the company for two years post BYU graduation, and took part in a business analyst program. The company paid for him to return to school to earn an MBA under the condition that he work for the company for two years upon completion of the graduate program. For now, Dayton is happy with his position at McKinsey. An associate for the company, he moves from project to industry to function monthly, "so I'm learning a lot," he says. "And until something comes along that's more exciting than that, I'll stick around." Class Notes 1939 Franklin R. Haymore worked for the BYU Press for forty years, serving as assistant director and manager. He and his wife, Lela, have eight children and several grandchildren and great–grandchildren. He has served as a bishop and as a couple missionary with his wife. They reside in Spanish Fork, Utah. He earned a BS in accountancy from BYU in 1939. 1941 Arthur C. Pierce is retired and has served several missions for the Church. He and his wife, Mary, have seven children, forty grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren and reside in Vernal, Utah. He earned a BS in accountancy from BYU in 1941. 1947 Russell H. Sheffield is retired and has five children. He resides in West Bountiful, Utah. He earned a BS in accountancy from BYU in 1947. 1958 Richard L. Mower of St. George, Utah, recently retired. He earned a BS in accountancy from BYU in 1958. 1959 Vincent F. Gordacan is president of Bio-Fine Pharmaceuticals, Inc., located in Las Vegas, Nevada. He conceived the research and development of new biotech process technology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology, in Reno, Nevada. Gordacan and his wife are serving as stake missionaries in the Francisco Park Ward, Paradise Stake, Las Vegas, Nevada. Gordacan is a nongraduate alumnus from BYU. 1968 Lynn Green is Institute director for

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