JOHN, WHO GRADUATED FROM WESTERN NEW ENGLAND
in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, has
spent much of his career as an entrepreneur. He is president of
Summit Company, a privately held investment company with
interests in Franklin Valve and Brendford Environmental Systems.
John also serves as a consultant for Presedo LLC, a startup
company developing a process to reduce the energy used in the
production of ethanol.
From 1997 to 2007, John was the owner and president of Valve Systems and Controls,
a distributor of valves to the chemical and paper industries. Prior to buying Valve
Systems, he held positions with Crane Valves, Limitorque Corp., and Curtiss-Wright.
John currently serves as chair of the Development Committee on the Board of
Trustees and is a member of the Board’s Executive Committee. He also serves his
alma mater as a member of the College of Engineering’s Advisory Board. In 2004,
he was inducted into the University’s Engineering Hall of Fame.
John’s support for the University includes making a lead gift for the recent Sleith
Hall expansion and renovation project. He also established the Brennan Family
Endowed Scholarship and supports our athletics program through gifts to the
Golden Bear Club and makes important gifts to the University’s annual fund.
MAJORING IN INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, ASHLEY graduated
magna cum laude and received the award for Outstanding Senior
in Industrial Engineering. At Boeing, she worked as a functional
analyst, systems integrator, and programming analyst on
projects for several airplanes, including the Boeing 787 and the
C17 Globemaster III, a large military transport aircraft.
When Ashley earned her MBA at the University online, she
joined GE Aviation, as a program integrator for the CT7 helicopter engine, and then as the evaluations engineer for the GE38-1B helicopter engine.
At GE, her positions focused on project management, with her proudest accomplishment being the hard-fought FAA certification of the CT7-2E1 engine maintenance and overhaul manuals.
Ashley has since left GE to join the Department of Industrial Engineering and
Engineering Management as a PhD fellow with a goal of becoming a tenured
The multicultural student organization United and Mutually Equal (U&ME) was
like a “second home” for Ashley when she was an undergraduate, and she still
participates in this group’s activities.
JOHN BRENNAN ’71 AND ASHLEY SKEETE ’10/G’ 12
HONORED FOR THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS
Trustee John Brennan ’71, a successful entrepreneur who has given back
extensively to his alma mater in both talent and treasure, was presented
with the Alumnus of the Year award at the President’s Society Reception.
Ashley Skeete ’10/G’ 12, who has distinguished herself both in the
University community and in the aerospace industry, received the Young
Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award at a September 20, 2015 ceremony
that also honored the Alumni Association Skookum Award winners.
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Pictured at last year’s tournament: (L-R)
Scott Smith ’ 11, Craig Bedigian ’ 11, John
Jasiewicz ’ 11, and Chris Fontaine ’ 11