Two graduates from the Carlson School recently received Alumni Service Awards from the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA). The award recognizes the service of a volunteer who has had a major impact on the University, its schools, colleges, departments, faculty, the UMAA, or any of its constituent groups. This year, the award was bestowed upon Matt Dudley, ’00 MBA, and Frank Grazzini II, ’06 MBA.
Dudley is the vice president of institutional sales and business development for Lake Street Capital Markets. He is responsible for institutional sales, corporate client services, and business development across the company’s research and investment banking businesses. Previously, he was the founding partner of E2P Partners, a group that helped to bring people in India and Sub-Saharan Africa out of extreme poverty. For 14 years, he was vice president at The Leuthold Group/Leuthold Weeden Capital Management.
Dudley was a graduate of the first Carlson Funds Enterprise (CFE) MBA class. Since 2005, he has been a member of CFE’s advisory board and has served as chair since 2010. He is committed to providing a cutting-edge program that gives students every opportunity for relevant experiential learning. Several years ago when the program was to be split in a cost-cutting measure, he leapt into action to keep the CFE intact, including going out of his way to find investors to support its continuation. Today, CFE remains one of the oldest and most successful student-managed funds in the country and Dudley continues to play a leading role in setting strategic direction for the program.
Frank Grazzini II
Grazzini is the cofounder and president/COO of Prevent Biometrics, a company that has created impact-monitoring technology that detects concussion-causing impacts. This technology allows parents, coaches, and trainers to monitor athletes on the playing field, significantly reducing the risk of undetected concussions. Previously, he was the CFO of Dreamgard, which developed the first FDA-cleared solution for those suffering from nighttime teeth grinding, and a cofounder of the software platform TelemetryWeb.
Grazzini is a founding member of the MBA Alumni Board, formed in 2013. He was also a member of the board’s previous iteration, the MBA Alumni Council, from 2011 to 2013. The alumni board is dedicated to finding ways to foster engagement between current students and alumni, including immersion events, mock interviews, informational interviews, and visits to organizations that employ alumni, among others. For four years, Grazzini was a mentor in the Carlson School Mentor Program. He frequently speaks in classrooms and at events about his entrepreneurial experience and the value of staying connected as an alumnus.
Dudley and Grazzini received their Alumni Service Awards at an UMAA banquet on October 20.