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

2013 Calendar

September  TBD (10 or 12)  *  New York City
Networking Reception for Young Leaders

September 18  *  Philadelphia
Networking Reception with Students

September 26  *  Scranton
Kania SOM Business Recruiting Expo

October 3  *  New York City
PBC Twelfth Annual Award Dinner

October 24  *  Washington, D.C.
Networking Reception with Students

PBC News

At the Twelfth Annual Award Dinner on Thursday, October 3 at The Pierre Hotel in New York City, the PBC will present Jackie '89 and John '86 Dionne with the President's Medal.  Jackie, a current Trustee of the University, is an Officer with the National Charity League and her career as a critical care nurse spanned fifteen years.  John, a former Chair of the University's Board of Trustees is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone Group in New York City.  His career includes extensive experience in alternative investments and business development, particularly with financially troubled companies.  This year's dinner goal is $1.25 million and ties into the University's 125th Anniversary, which kicks off in August and runs through June. This year’s Dinner Chair is PBC Member Jim Slattery ’86, Chief Operating Officer – North America for Melrose PLC.  Please contact the PBC Office with any questions or to have an invitation sent to any of your colleagues, business associates or classmates.

Three Dinner-related events were held this spring.  The Dinner Kickoff was held on May 23 at the New York Athletic Club followed by "Meet the Honoree" Receptions on campus on May 30 and in Philadelphia on June 6 at The Philadelphia Country Club.  Tom O’Brien ‘86, Chair of the PBC, gave a PBC update and formally announced this year's Honorees.  Attendees also heard a University Update from Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., University President.  Gary Olsen, Vice President of University Advancement, acted as master of ceremonies.  The Dinner Kickoff also included a presentation by Ryan J. Maher, S.J., Executive Director of The Jesuit Center at the University, entitle "Jesuit Education: Information, Imagination, Formation."  These receptions allowed PBC members, alumni and friends to network and to meet members of the Dionne Family. 

The PBC Office conducted a Business Networking Trip to New York City on March 6 with 23 students from the Kania SOM.  In addition to the individual visits with PBC Members at Bank of America and Bridgewater Advisors (detailed below), students also met with alumnus, Phil Grieco '00 of the Sponsorship Development Team at the National Basketball Association (NBA).  During this meeting, Phil spoke to the students about his career development in advertising and provided the group with insight into the current job market and how to stand out from the competition with specific interview and resume preparation and persistence.  Prior to our return to campus, a Networking Reception for the students was held with over 80 current and prospective PBC members in the Greater New York City area. Business Networking Trips and Receptions provide students with the opportunity to interact with alumni to further enhance the students' "soft skills" for professional development.

On April 25-26 the PBC conducted a Business Networking Trip to Boston with approximately 20 students from the Kania SOM.  Upon our arrival Thursday evening, students, local PBC Members and alumni gathered at The Boston College Club for a Networking Reception.  On Friday students visited with individual PBC Members in their places of business before the group returned to Scranton.

On May 1, Sean Kane '94, Senior Vice President of Human Resources with Heineken Americas, hosted 21 students at the Heineken offices on Park Avenue in New York City.  This visit included a student workshop providing resume reviews, mock interviews, a general presentation on Heineken, and an alumni panel discussion.  At the conclusion of the day, students attended a larger networking reception in the lobby of Heineken Americas with PBC members and alumni and friends of the University.

Member Highlights

Jason Bonadio, M.D., '96, President and Chief Executive Officer Encore Industry Group, recently launched Frontier Bulk Solutions providing wholesale commercial bulk mulch and road salt.

Bill Brady '83, Chief Executive Officer of Mascoma Corporation, hosted students at his Waltham, MA, office on April 26, as a part of the Business Networking Trip to Boston.  Bill introduced the students to the need for renewable fuels and the technology of Mascoma's biofuel production as well as their efforts to raise capital for further development.  

Jim Brown '88, Senior Vice President of Digital Sales and Marketing for Global Marketing & Corporate Affairs at Bank of America, hosted students at his Boston office on April 26, as a part of the Business Networking Trip to Boston.  Jim gave an overview of his career progression and current responsibilities at BofA Merrill Lynch.  He also encouraged students to be mindful of their own personal brands.  

Mark Degenhart '85 accepted the position as Financial Representative with Northwest Mutual in February of 2013.

Thomas Hogan '79 was recently named the Chief Executive Officer of Retirement Systems Data LLC (RSD).  RSD is a subsidiary of Double Rock Corporation - a developer of outsourcing solutions for the retirement industry focused on improving processing efficiency for plan sponsors and their record keeping partners, as well as enhancing the customer experience for plan participants.

Joe Krivickas '85, Chief Executive Officer of SmartBear Software, hosted students at his Beverly, MA, office on April 26, as a part of the Business Networking Trip to Boston.  Joe provided an overview of SmartBear's business model and culture before his senior leadership team explained their department's role in the organization.

Leo Marzen '83, Partner at Bridgewater Advisors Inc. hosted students from Kania SOM at his office on Fifth Avenue, as part of the Business Networking Trip to New York City on March 6.  During this meeting, Leo discussed his progression from a CPA at a large accounting firm to becoming an entrepreneur.  He offered the students advice on entering the workforce and navigating through their careers.

Pat Shea, Esq., ’78, Partner – Employment Law department, Paul Hastings LLP, received the University’s Frank J. O’Hara Award, recognizing is achievements in the field of law, during Reunion Weekend in June.  The O’Hara Award is the highest honor bestowed jointly by the University and its Alumni Board and recognizes Scranton graduates who have achieved distinction in their professional endeavors.

Kristen Williams '92, who recently accepted the position of Human Resources Executive for Global Markets Risk Technology and Operations and Geoff McKinney '07, an associate in Debt Advisory Services, both at Bank of America Merrill Lynch hosted students from Kania SOM at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Offices on Fifth Avenue in New York City, as part of the Business Networking Trip on March 6.  During this meeting,  Geoff spoke to the students about the various structures within the banking division and his recommended preparation both in and out of classroom for students interested in that industry.  Kristen offered helpful information about the recruiting, hiring and employee development.  Kristen provided  the students with excellent interview tips that will serve them well in any field.

New Members as of July 2013

Justin Champagne '10 - Associate, SumRidge Partners, LLC
Kathryn Turnbull Champagne '10 - SDOS Associate, AXA Equitable
Ryan Champagne '06 -
Partner, SumRidge Partners, LLC
Jason Cirrito ’91 – Vice President (Assessment Management) Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Brian Colgan '90 - Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer, MJX Asset Management, LLC
Anthony Cusat '88 - Vice President Solution Center, Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP)
Damian DeSola '96 -
Principal, DeSola Group
Andrew Guerin ’90
– Executive Vice President, Mark Edward Partners, LLC
John Heidelberger '89 - Vice President and Interim Chief Information Officer, Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America
Sean Kane '94 -
Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Heineken Americas
Michael Mattise '87 - Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Radnor Financial Advisors, Inc.
Deborah McGovern '07 -
MBA '15 Candidate, The Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
Geoff McKinney '07 - Associate, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Robin Raju '04 -
Senior Director, AXA Equitable
Mark Tomaszewski '04 -
Operations Specialist, New Providence Asset Management, L.P.
Kathleen Tuohy ’01
– Director, Compliance Policies and Procedures, Morgan Stanley

University News

  • Two recently published rankings recognize The University of Scranton among America's and Pennsylvania's best values in higher education based on student outcomes. Article 
  • Revisit 2013 Reunion Weekend by viewing the photo gallery. Link  
  • O'Hara Award Recipients were honored this past June during Reunion Weekend. Article 
  • Five Scranton students earn Fulbright Scholarships. Article  
  • Highlights from 2013 University Commencement. Article  
  • University’s Annual Regional Economic Impact exceeds $400 million. Article
  • U.S. News ranks Scranton among America's best graduate schools, including the University's MBA program.  Article


President’s Business Council Office 

Tim Pryle ’89
Executive Director
O’Hara Hall 503

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