School of Business Returns to New York

Anne Murray, Development Officer, School of Business

Front Row: Kevin Wellema (SBUS '09), Michael Miscia (SBUS '06), Ed Santos (SBUS '75), Shawn Trainor (SBUS '08), Phaedra Garibaldi (SBUS '91) Back Row: Dean Brent Chrite, Michael Alexis-Ponniah (CSAM '06), William Jacobs (SBUS '08), James Feeney (SBUS '01), Ramy Souryel (SBUS '03), Jeffrey Palmadesso (SBUS '95), Call-in: Kenneth Ross (SBUS '83)

Following a strong turn-out at the inaugural “Dean’s Roundtable” event at Nomura Securities in October, the School of Business returned to New York on January 31 for the second School of Business roundtable event, this time at the offices of Barclays at 200 Park Ave.  The event was hosted by Monty Cerf, Managing Director of Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, who is also a member of the School’s Advisory Council.

Dean Chrite had several exciting announcements to share with alumni, including the hiring of Dennis Bone, retired President of Verizon New Jersey, as the inaugural Director of the Mimi and Edwin Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship.  Other updates included significant increases in MBA program enrollments, continuing engagement of students and faculty with regional business  problem solving, the ongoing attraction of high level industry speakers, and plans for a new School of Business facility.

Participating alumni applauded the Dean’s efforts to increase the School’s visibility in the New York business community, and expressed interest to help the School, from supporting internships and hiring graduating seniors, to speaking with students, both on and off campus.    

Participants also stressed the need for students to refine their communications skills, as there is a continuing sense that students are insufficiently prepared for clear, concise and effective workplace communication, both formal and informal.   “We want to have access to the top Montclair State University students,” stated Jeff Palmadesso ’95, a Financial Services Audit Partner at accounting firm Ernst & Young.  “As a graduate of the Accounting program, I have first-hand knowledge of the high caliber of graduates of the program, and I want to see more Montclair State students coming into the company.”

Participants also wanted to remain in contact with other alumni.  Through “MONTCLAIRconnect,” the alumni online community that allows alumni to gain access to networking tools and other valuable benefits available only to Montclair State alumni, they learned they can expand their alumni network base.  

Several participants were Barclays employees, pleased to showcase their company to other business professionals.  “I attended the last Dean's Roundtable in October, and found great value in the opportunity to network with other alumni while hearing about all the initiatives the school is focusing on. Having the ability to meet up in this type of forum again, especially at my firm, I had no choice but to jump at the opportunity,” stated  Michael Miscia ’06, Vice President of Fixed Income Operations at Barclays.

Dean Chrite could not have been more pleased with the enthusiasm and useful feedback that came from all alumni.  “It is critical to our future growth that we engage with our alumni in the workplace.  I continue to be impressed the success alumni have achieved in their careers, and by their willingness to give back to their alma mater.  We are indeed fortunate, as alumni support and interaction will help us to have greater impact on students.”

Commented Phaedra Garibaldi ’91 , Vice President of Asset Servicing at BNY Mellon, “I walked into the event with an open mind, not knowing what to expect, and walked out absolutely thrilled to hear about all the wonderful events happening at the college and the work to re-engage the alumni! It’s wonderful to hear the many successes stories my fellow alumni have had in their chosen careers over the years - a true testament to their hard work, dedication and great education!”

And so the second “Dean’s Roundtable” came to a close.  New York, we’ll be back.