President's Business Council
PBC eNews
January 2013
PBC Member Edition


March 6, 2013 * New York City
Networking Reception with Kania SOM Students

April 25, 2013 * Boston
Networking Reception with Kania SOM Students

May TBD * New York City
Annual Award Dinner Kick-Off Reception

June TBD * Scranton
Meet the Honoree Reception

June TBD * Philadelphia
Meet the Honoree Reception

September TBD * Philadelphia  
Networking Reception with Kania SOM Students

October 3, 2013 * New York City
Twelfth Annual Award Dinner

October/November TBD * Washington
Networking Reception with Kania SOM Students

PBC Updates

Happy New Year!  We hope that 2013 is off to a wonderful start.  We wish you and your families all the best for a happy and healthy year ahead!

As we begin the new year, we are pleased to announce that we have successfully completed our PBC Leadership Succession Plan with the transition to our new PBC Chair and Vice Chairs.  As was announced at the Annual Award Dinner in October, Tom O’Brien ’86, Co-Founder and CEO of SumRidge Partners, is our new Chair.  Tom was an original member of the PBC’s Executive Committee in 2001 and has served as a Vice Chair since 2008.  In addition to the new Chair, the Vice Chair positions have been restructured to better support our PBC objectives.  More information about these changes will follow in a separate correspondence, but joining Tom in our leadership transition are:

Patti Clifford ’86, Global Chief Talent Officer for Havas Worldwide and Chief Talent Officer for Havas Creative, as the new Vice Chair for Student Engagement.

Tom Lynch ’86, Executive Vice President for KDC Solar, LLC, as the new Vice Chair for Fundraising.

Elizabeth Madden ’96, Vice President for Global Securities Services for Goldman Sachs, as the new Vice Chair for Networking and Member Development.

Special acknowledgments of gratitude are extended to our outgoing PBC Chair, Mary Beth Farrell ’79, and outgoing Vice Chair, John Dionne ’86.  Mary Beth and John were the co-founding Vice Chairs of the PBC, with Mary Beth serving as PBC Chair for the past 5 years.  We thank them deeply for their leadership and continued support.  We look forward to their ongoing participation as members of our Executive Committee.

Internship and Job Opportunities

The PBC is committed to increasing the internship and career opportunities for our Kania School of Management students.  PBC members have been extremely supportive of these efforts in the past.  As we seek to move forward with additional placements for our students, we would appreciate your assistance.  We have attached the Internship Information Form for your reference.  If you are not in a position to hire, we ask for any assistance that you could provide with the hiring process in your company.  Please reach out to Michele Felins ( if you have any open positions for which you can consider a Scranton student.

During the past year, the PBC Office has increased the number of internship opportunities available to Scranton students at companies such as Adidas, Alpha FMC, AXA Equitable, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JJT Energy, Maiden Re, Morgan Stanley, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  The PBC Office conducts a targeted recruiting process to support members in all areas of corporations to assist in the hiring of a Scranton student.

Member Highlights

On November 29, Tim McMullen '93, First Vice President at Morgan Stanley, spoke to the Kania SOM Business Club students.  Tim engaged the students in his presentation about GDP and the current Global Economy.  He provided historical context and tangible examples of the monetary theories the students have studied and enlightened the group on which markets to look toward for expansion in the near future.

Sean Gaffey '99, Vice President of Investments for The Gaffey-Mellody Group, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, has been named as the Chair for the Irish International Business Network (IIBN) in New York City.  

New Members joining the PBC in 2012 are:
Michael L. Ciambor '96, Senior Principal Consultant, ACA Compliance Group, Washington, D.C. 
Anna Roche Clark ’87, Roche Foundation, Chicago, IL
John "Jack" Cox ’80
, VP & CFO, Weichert Realtors, Morris Plains, NJ
Michael A. Dignam ’87,
CEO, Pacific Architects & Engineers (PAE), Arlington, VA
Brian J. Ford ’93
, Senior VP & Profit Center Manager, Chartis Inc., New York, NY
John G. Genello ’89,
VP, Freddie Mac, McLean, VA
Frances E. Gray ’93
, Controller, Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group, Stamford, CT
Margaret “Meg” Hargreaves ’86
, Senior VP & Publisher, CG Roll Call (The Economist Group), Washington, D.C.
Sharon H. Kneiss ’77
, President & CEO, Environmental Industry Associations, Washington, D.C.
William T. LaFond, Esq., ’93
, Managing Director Wealth Advisory Services, Wilmington Trust, Washington, D.C.
Maryellen Reilly Lamb ’89
, Director MBA Career Management, The Wharton School, Philadelphia, PA
William J. Lewis ’82,
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, McLean, VA
Mattia L. McDonough ’00
, Managing Director of Hedge Fund Solutions, Blackstone, New York, NY
Margaret “Meg” McGill ’85
, Vice President Investment Management, Morgan Stanley, New York, NY
James D. McNerny ’00
, Executive Director of Bond Portfolio Management, JP Morgan Asset Management, New York, NY
Jeffrey C. Morton ’96
, Partner, ACA Compliance Group, Morristown, NJ
Stephen E. Sandherr, Esq., ’80
, CEO, Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, VA
Joseph Swift ’99
, Vice President, RBS Global Banking & Markets, Stamford, CT

University Updates

On February 4, 2013, Gary Olsen will begin his role as Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations at The University of Scranton.  Gary comes to us from Villanova University, where he most recently held the positions of Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the Alumni Association.  Announcement from Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.

The University of Scranton lands Second Place in Fall Presidential Cup Standings. Article

The University of Scranton is ranked among the nation's most efficient colleges. Article

The Book "Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing your Goals and Resolutions" by Scranton faculty member Dr. John C. Norcross, Ph.D. was selected among the year's best books by The Wall Street JournalArticle

President’s Business Council Office 

Tim Pryle ’89
Executive Director
O’Hara Hall 503

Paul Colaiezzi ’86
Director of Membership
O’Hara Hall 507