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Class of 1988 – 25th Reunion






Welcome to the 25th Reunion Web page for the Class of 1988!

Click here to fill out the Alumni Weekend Straw Poll. By filling out the with an answer of “Yes,” “No,” and “Maybe,” you are not committing to your response. We gather this information to display our “See Who’s Planning to Come” webpage.

We hope you will participate in the 25th reunion calyx, an updated yearbook composed of bios and photographs of members of the Class of 1988. We need maximum participation from the class to make the book a success. Below are examples of the Calyx entry bios we’re looking for from as many of the Class of 1988 as possible. To submit your bio, please click HERE, and then email a picture to Jen Utterback ( The deadline for submission is December 28th.

Reunion Co-Chair Bios

Baker Gentry:

Following my graduation from W&L, I was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army and attended the Officer’s Basic Course at Fort Eustis, VA and served in various capacities in the Army Reserve and National Guard until I resigned my commission as a Captain.  After completion of the Officer’s Basic Course, I resumed civilian life, passed the CPA exam and practiced public accounting with a large local firm in Mobile, AL from 1988-91.  I then decided to attend business school and received an M.B.A. degree in 1993 from the University of Texas.  I joined HBK, a multi-strategy hedge firm on graduation and am still there today.  Our office is in Dallas, but I live in Fort Worth.  In October 2005, I became the firm’s CFO.  From 1997 through 2004, I was head of our firm’s London office and was responsible for convertible bond arbitrage and distressed debt investments in Europe and Asia.

I’ve been married to Sarah, my Hollins sweetheart, for 23 years and we have three children: Charlie W&L ’15, Abby, a junior at All Saints Episcopal School and Will, an 8th grader at All Saints.

We enjoy a variety of family activities together including skiing, fishing, hunting and travel.

I’m excited to be co-chairing our 25th reunion with Jim Rallo.  W&L has been one of our primary areas of interest for some time now.  Being back on campus is always a pleasure, and our reunion weekend will certainly be a highlight.

Jim Rallo:

After graduation, I was fortunate enough to utilize my Business and Accounting degree and spent the next five years as a financial auditor working for two large firms in Washington, DC (Deloitte and Grant Thornton).  While in DC, I had the privilege to share a townhouse with fellow class of 88 graduates for several years until I met my wife Kimberly, who is also a CPA.  In the summer of 1992, we were married in Lee Chapel with the reception at the alumni house, where again my class mates had a prominent role in the ceremony.  After five years in accounting, I decided to go to business school.  Graduating in 1995 with my MBA from the University of Maryland, I landed a job in investment banking with Alex Brown and moved to Baltimore.  While in Baltimore, my wife and I had two children.  My son Michael is now 17 years old and my daughter Melissa is 15 years old.  I left investment banking in late 1999 and went to work for a client of mine, Sleep Services of America.  The Company operated sleep diagnostic labs for hospitals.  In early 2005, I left Sleep Services of America for Liquidity Services, Inc., a Washington, DC based company my friend from Alex Brown had founded in 2000.  Liquidity Services, Inc. is an e-commerce company that runs several online auction marketplaces, where surplus and salvage assets are sold in bulk.  These business to business marketplaces move assets from consumer retails goods, that are returned at a store, to capital assets like used police cars, helicopters, cranes, construction equipment, etc…  We took the Company public in 2006 and have grown the top line eight fold and the bottom line 20 fold, since then.

When I am not working, I spend most of my time with my kids at their sporting events.  My son plays football and lacrosse and my daughter plays soccer and lacrosse.  I am an avid runner and ran my first and last marathon (the Marine Corp in DC) a few years ago.  Although my four hour time seemed pretty good; it about killed me.  My favorite things to do are go to the beach (Bethany Beach, DE) with my family in the summer and snowboard with my kids in the winter.  We try and get to Colorado (Breckenridge) for a week or two every winter. Living in the DC and Baltimore areas has allowed me to get together often with many of my classmates and their families.  The best friends I made 25 years ago are still my best friends today.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, May 3rd – 6:30pm – 9:30pm: Class of 1988 – reception and dinner at Liberty Hall Ruins with entertainment by Heinsohn and Day (ends at 11 p.m.)

Saturday, May 4th – 2 – 4:30 p.m: Class of 1988 Gathering @ Castle House music by Plank Road Express

Class photo will be taken at this event

Other weekend highlight events:

Thursday, May 2

8 p.m. – Reunion 2013: Opening Assembly – Lee Chapel
9 – 11 p.m. – Alumni Association Welcome Reception – Hotchkiss Alumni House

Friday, May 3              

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Alumni Luncheon – Cannan Green – Rain plan: Doremus Gym
9:30 p.m. – Midnight – Old-fashioned Band Party – Fuge Field, back campus – Entertainment by 10 Spot 

Saturday, May 4

9 – 10:15 a.m. –  President’s Champagne Breakfast – Evans Dining Hall
Remarks by President Kenneth P. Ruscio ’76
10:30 a.m. – Generals’ Assembly: Annual Alumni Association Awards Ceremony – Lee Chapel
Brodie Gregory ‘03, Alumni Board President, presiding. Election of incoming directors, 25th and 50th reunion gifts, presentation of Class Reunion Awards and bestowal of Distinguished Alumni awards.
11:30 a.m. – Reunion photos- Class of 1988 Committee – Lee House Front Walk
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. –  All-Alumni Picnic – Cannan Green                                                                         
5 – 6:30 pm. – Kentucky Derby Party – Evans
7 – 10:30 p.m. Reunion 2013: Alumni Celebration! – Cannan Green – An evening of merriment, music and dining! Rain Plan: Doremus Gym

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