On March 21st, our colleagues at Bloomberg hosted 24 TCNJ students for a tour, alumni networking lunch, and an Overview GDTP/Skills for Success Panel. Panelists are shown (l-r): Chet Desai ’99, Melissa McCarthy ’95, James Seyffart ’14, and Daniel Yu. See more here.
Pete Simons ’98 hosted the Personal Finance Panel for the 6th consecutive year, closing out the 3rd Thursday Alumni Panel Program, which is sponsored by the Dean’s Advisory Council. Panelists included (l-r): Dante Germano, Bryan Kuderna ’09, David Maurer ‘00, and Jennifer Silvestrov ‘03. Read more here.
Brittany Cammarota ’15 and Stephanie Chan ’11 returned to TCNJ in March as judges in the annual Johnson & Johnson University Case Competition, along with Billy Chen, also at JnJ. Stephanie is a Senior Financial Analyst and Brittany is an Associate Financial Analyst, both working at The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. The judges provided student teams with a financial model and a business case write-up, challenging them to apply their classroom knowledge in corporate finance to a real world business case, making decisions based on factors such as price point, marketing strategy, and packaging design. Read more here.
In February, our 3rd Thursday Alumni Speaker Series focused on Careers in Sports Industry, with alumni from the NFL, Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets, the Trenton Thunder, FCS College Football, and Major League Soccer! This program was sponsored by the Dean’s Advisory Council, co-sponsored by BGS & IMASC, and attracted students from across campus. Moderated by Christoph Schoenbeck ’10, panelists graduated from diverse TSC/TCNJ programs including management, criminal justice, journalism and communication studies. They offered advice on networking, creating your brand, and perseverance and shared stories from the field. Read more here.
TCNJ Pi Sigma Epsilon alumni gathered with current members on Feb. 6th at the Salt Creek Grille in Princeton for the second annual PSE reunion. Alumni arrived from far and wide, creating a personal atmosphere while demonstrating their dedication and value. The event allows for an exchange of ideas from those who wore the Zeta Zeta letters just a few years prior as well as an update for alumni of their impact on the organization. Read more here.
Friends of Mercer County Parks held their annual winter comedy night at the brand new Mercer County Boathouse on Mercer Lake, on February 18. The Mercer County appreciation award was presented to John Kostin ’91, Director of Golf Operations. The award recognizes dedication and service to Mercer County and it’s residents. John has been Director of Golf for over 23 years servicing residents at the County’s four golf courses. An active member of the TCNJ School of Business Alumni Chapter, he helps to organize the Chapter’s annual Golf Outing. See photos from last year’s event here; the 2016 Golf Outing is scheduled for September 28, at Mountain View Country Club.
Fat Shack is back! Read News Editor Chelsea LoCascio’s article in the Feb. 9, 2016 issue of The Signal, about the return of the late night food service to Ewing NJ. The Fat Shack was started by business alumnus Tom Armenti ’09 in 2010. After significant success in multiple locations, the Ewing shop closed down last year. Armenti and business partner Kevin Gabauer ’09 recently reopened the new and dramatically improved original shop at RJ’s Bagels. Visit their website.
Matt Scapardine ’15, talks about his time at TCNJ and his involvement with Net Impact as well as his passion to preserve the environment, specifically the ocean, in this TCNJ video. As a marketing major, Matt was co-founder of TCNJ’s Chapter of Net Impact, and student speaker at the School of Business Commencement Program. He is now a Global Data Analyst at Bloomberg.
Rebecca Machinga ’92, Chair of the School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council, is a partner at WithumSmith+Brown, working with their mentorship program and Women’s Leadership Development Initiative. A member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), she is also the 2016 President of CREW NJ, (Commercial Real Estate Women of New Jersey.) Read more here.
Jennifer Silvestrov ’03 was a featured alumnae panelist for “Your Personal Money Presence in Today’s Digital World” at our 5th Anniversary Women’s Leadership Summit in November. As Interim Supervisor Visa Debit Recovery Team at TD Bank, she is responsible for managing the recovery efforts for fraud losses within the U.S. Debit Card portfolio as well as identifying fraud patterns and suspects/criminal networks targeting the Bank. Jen is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Board Member elect of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Learn more about our expert panelists and the full conference agenda here.
Jeff Walsh ’06 (a marketing grad now at Hewlett-Packard) is travelling for 12 months with the Remote Year Program, along with 75 remote workers (digital nomads). They are visiting 12 different cities during this program, meeting startups, learning about the cultures and immersing themselves into the local atmosphere all while building a remote community. The group is a mix of business professionals, programmers, and business owners from different companies across the globe. They range from 23 to 49 in age, with some coming right out of college along with those with much more extensive experience. Click here to learn more about the Remote Year Program.
Amanda Fuchs ’07 is the CEO and co-founder of InteractWith. InteractWith works with schools to provide an app for educators and students to safely continue the valuable benefits of texting, without sharing personal phone numbers. For additional safeguarding, school administrators have management oversight and instant transparency over the exchanges to protect them from risky situations. She spoke at the recent 3rd Thursday Alumni Entrepreneur Panel, with advice for students considering starting a business venture: “Do your research before you jump in. Know your marketing plan and be sure you can sell it. And develop a relationship with your clients as a way to get ahead of competitors!”
“As a senior accounting major, Luis Perez ’86 captained the Lions baseball team. Today, he’s senior vice president of business development and strategy for the Detroit Lions. In the interim, he’s served as a financial officer for teams in every major sports league: the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Knicks, New York Rangers, and Baltimore Ravens. He talked with [TCNJ Magazine] recently about the business of professional sports, the Teflon nature of the NFL’s appeal, and how his family escaped Castro’s Cuba in the 1960s.” Read more in TCNJ Magazine.
Meenal Balar graduated TCNJ in 2002 with a Bachelors in Marketing. After learning the ropes at L’Oreal and Schering-Plough, she pursued a career at Facebook that grew from brand management to Director of International Growth. “Now as VP of Marketing at startup Remind (helping teachers, students and parents connect safely and securely via mobile messaging), she’s applying these growth superpowers to convert millions of these people into faithful users.” Read more in her recent feature article on Firstround.com.
Korab R. Sejdiu ’01 (international business and economics) is one of the founding partners and Managing Director of Sejdiu & Qerkini, LLC in Kosovo. In 2004, he received his J.D. from Widener University and before returning to Kosovo in 2007, he clerked for the New Jersey Supreme Court and then joined a prestigious Philadelphia law firm, representing Fortune 500 clients on corporate and commercial issues. Click here to read about Mr. Sejdiu’s numerous contributions including serving as the Legal Adviser and Counsel to the President of the Republic of Kosovo and Chairman of the Board of the Civil Rights Program / Kosovo. He frequently teaches law, most recently at the American University in Kosovo (AUK).
Finance alumnus Bryan Kuderna ’09 completed the Mont-Tremblant ironman fund-raiser triathlon in August, raising $3,500 for The Community YMCA of Monmouth County’s Scholarship Fund. “It was harder than anything I could have imagined, but I had a blast […] The bike race was a killer. The hills were unbelievable. It really felt like it was impossible. That was as close as I came to quitting.” The former TCNJ football player — an active member of the School of Business Alumni Chapter — trained rigorously for the event. Kuderna is a Certified Financial Planner with the Kuderna Financial Team. Read more about the Ironman here, and his tips for preparing for and completing the ultimate fitness test here.
TCNJ alumn & frequent guest speaker Chris Hindley ’04 (seen on TV’s Shark Tank) is running a Kickstarter campaign, to develop a new product – a patent-pending beach towel with a built in UV protectant hood and inflatable pillow that conveniently folds up into a shoulder bag. View his campaign here.
As Vice President of Marketing for Alliance Life Sciences, Morayea Pindziak ’99, has responsibility for building the brand both in the marketplace and internally. At TCNJ, she serves on the Dean Keep’s Advisory Council and has held board positions with the School of Business Alumni Association. She actively supports future business leaders and marketers by providing mentorship, participating as a judge for the annual Mayo Business Plan Competition, and moderating alumni/student panels. Read more here.
Michael Park (finance, 2009) completed his MBA at NYU Stern and is currently Associate Brand Manager at Johnson & Johnson where he has earned several awards including the James E. Burke Marketing Award, Eagle Award, and Standard of Leadership Award in 2015. He was recently named CEO of New Jersey Young Professionals, the largest social networking firm in the state.