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Summer 2018  |  Sigma Alpha Mu, University of Illinois  |  Alumni Relations Office  |  P.O. Box 80828, Atlanta, Georgia 30366  |  770-903-3987

      Alumni Spotlight      Editor’s Note:  For this edition of the
                            newsletter, we’re shining the Spotlight
     on two men who are extraordinary examples of a Sammy man, Brother
     Art Salk ’52 and Brother Andrew Rachmiel ’96.5. Both Art and Andy
     have showcased leadership and have made outstanding achievements
     in the business world that will last a lifetime.
       Arthur P. Salk ’52

       Art Salk ’52 is a retired architect and athlete,   At only 16 years
     hailing from Chicago, Illinois. He and his wife,   old, Art’s father
     Evelyn, have been married now for 68 years and   taught him how  to
     have three grown and successful kids: Bruce,   fly a plane.  This
     Carol, and Janet. He also has eight grandchildren   skill would serve   (Left-right): Art with his father, Sam, and brother, Bob.
     and one great-grandson. Art and Evelyn, a retired   him well once he
     teacher, enjoy going out for dinner, catching a   enrolled at Illinois. After one semester of college,   comedian,  was  also  a  member.  We  also  had
     movie, and spending time with their family. Art,   Art enlisted with the US Navy Air Corps service   a lot of great athletes. I was an all-around
                        almost 93 years old and   and served for two years in aviation.  Returning   athlete for our fraternity sports – gymnastics,
                        still driving, spends his   to school, Art began studying architecture.   wrestling (weight-class champion), rope climb
                        time working out at his   Bill Carson was Art’s roommate.  When the   (champion), and weight lifting. Many of the
                        health club three days a   fraternity house caught on fire, they both jumped   brothers had been in the service and came
                        week  and  occasionally   out of a second-floor window and narrowly   back to finish school. The fact that I was a
                        hitting  the  driving  escaped death with only sprains and bruises.   Sammy, and everyone was a friend...It was a
                        range. He can bench   Unfortunately, the house didn’t survive as well as   phenomenal experience in brotherhood. My
                        press  two  40-pound   they did and was a total loss.      younger brother, Bob Salk ’47, also joined the
                        hand  weights  and     “We had the best group of guys.  Arte   house so it was a family affair.”
                        can do five sets of ten   Johnson ’49—pictured left, during the “Laugh   Art went on to earn his architectural degree
                        325-pound leg lift reps.   In” skit with Dean Martin and Diane Shatz—  and continued to work in the field for 56
     Arte Johnson ’49 with Dean    He also does inversions   was  in  the  movies.  His  brother  managed  him
      Martin and Diane Shatz
                        on the rings.       in California.  Allan Sherman, a well-known            Salk (Continued on Page 3)
                                                       Andrew G. Rachmiel ’96.5

                                                        Andrew Rachmiel ’96.5, CPA,   (former board president) at SitStayRead. He
                                                     MIS, is the chief financial officer   has spent the past decade as an entrepreneur
                                                     and chief information  officer at   and business owner.  In 2004 Andy cofounded
                                                     Oval Fire Products Corporation,   an  international  IBM  services  and software
                                                     an innovative, early-stage company   company, which he sold in 2012 to a Fortune
                                                     currently  disrupting  the  fire  100 corporation. In the subsequent two years
                                                     protection industry. Born and raised   prior to joining Oval, Andy worked with fellow
                                                     in Cincinnati, Ohio, Andy met his   Sammy  Joshua S. Berman ’96.5 to cofound
                                                     wife Jenn at the U of I, and they’ve   several early-stage investment vehicles that
                                                     been married for 18 years. They   have made investments into numerous early-
                                                     now live in Park Ridge, Illinois,   stage companies. Andy received his  bachelor
                                                     with their twin daughters, Morgan   of science in accountancy with highest honors
                                                     (14),  Anna  (14),  two  dogs,  and   from the U of I and his master’s in information
                                                     two cats. Andy served as treasurer   systems from DePaul University.
                                                     while an active chapter member.
     Andy with his wife, Jenn, and their twin daughters, Anna and Morgan, at their   In his  free  time, he  volunteers  his  What did you enjoy most as an active chapter
                      bat mitzvah in 2017.           time and serves as a board member         Rachmiel (Continued on Page 4)
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