Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Highlights from Recent Events

The following business-related events were sponsored by Hofstra University, the Zarb School, or another Hofstra entity.

July 2008

July 11, 2008: The Zarb School Hosts Alumni at Shea Stadium

Jim Wenk (M.B.A. '05) with his wife Susan.
Jim Wenk (M.B.A. '05) with his wife Susan.

Several members of the Zarb School Alumni Association and prominent benefactors and friends were guests of David Katz (B.A. '86), executive vice president with Sterling Equities and the New York Mets. Mr. Katz donated the owner's suite and several front row seats to Dean Sodano. Other Hofstra alumni that attended the event were Anthony Dalessio (B.B.A. '80), partner, Advisory Services, KPMG; Gary Diana (B.S. '80), owner, Diana and Yuras; Wayne Kolins, chairman, BDO Seidman; Frank Lackner (B.B.A. '89);  Ben Malerba (J.D. '01; M.B.A. '05), associate, Rivkin Radler LLP; attorney Tom Santucci (B.A.'93); and Jim Wenk (M.B.A. '05), managing director, Staubach Corporation.

September 2008

September 9, 2008: The President's Educate '08 Event Series and the Zarb School Present Economic Issues Facing the Presidency

Robert Rubin, Paul O'Neill
l to r: Robert Rubin addresses the audience at Hofstra; Paul O'Neill with Hofstra students at panel reception.

More than 800 students, faculty, administrators, community members and invited guests listened to former U.S. Treasury Secretaries Paul O'Neill and Robert Rubin address the important economic issues in the presidential campaign at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse at Hofstra University. Dean Sodano introduced the guests and Floyd Norris, chief financial correspondent for The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune, moderated the discussion. A question-and-answer session followed the presentations, during which Hofstra students were encouraged to engage these two distinguished speakers.

"Economic Issues Facing the Presidency" was presented by The President's Educate '08 Event Series, the Zarb School, the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, and the John D. Miller Fund at the Long Island Community Foundation.

September 22, 2008: The Zarb School Hosts Alumni Reception at Ernst & Young

Dean Sodano, Jeff Hoops (B.B.A. '75), Dr. Nathan Slavin and Dr. Ralph Polimeni
Dean Sodano, Jeff Hoops (B.B.A. '75), Dr. Nathan Slavin and Dr. Ralph Polimeni

Jeff Hoops (B.B.A. '75), partner, Ernst & Young, recently spearheaded an effort to establish a Zarb School alumni group within his company. A formal kickoff reception was held on September 22, 2008, during which a large group of Ernst & Young Hofstra graduates gathered to reminisce and come together to support their alma mater. Many members of the Zarb School's faculty and administration took part in this reception, including Dean Sodano; Ralph Polimeni, vice provost for accreditation and assessment; and Nathan Slavin, chair, accounting, taxation and legal studies in business. Ernst & Young employs approximately 98 Hofstra graduates, with 13 students hired in 2007 alone.

September 24, 2008: Dean's Roundtable Series: Demystifying Investment Banking

Joseph Donohue (B.S. '79) with Zarb students.
Joseph Donohue (B.S. '79) with Zarb student Erik Zablocki (B.B.A. '09)

The Zarb School Dean's Roundtable Series held its first event for the 2008-2009 academic year on September 24, 2008. Joseph Donohue (B.S. '79), managing director of Gleacher Partners, presented "Demystifying Investment Banking" to a select group of finance and business honor students. This represented a significant opportunity for our business students to interact with a successful, seasoned investment banker. Established in 1990, Gleacher Partners is a leading independent investment bank providing corporate strategic advice and investment management services. Mr. Donohue joined Gleacher Partners in 2003 after spending 19 years at J.P. Morgan, most recently as co-head of the U.S. media investment banking business. Earlier in his career, Mr. Donohue was a member of Morgan Stanley's merchant banking group. Mr. Donohue earned a B.S. in economics from Hofstra University and attended the Yale School of Management.

September 25, 2008: Zarb M.B.A. Students Attend Economics Club of New York Luncheon

Nine M.B.A. students from the Zarb School attended the Economics Club of New York luncheon on September 25, 2008 at The Waldorf Astoria. The keynote speaker was the Honorable Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, president of Mexico, who discussed his vision for his country. The students were the guests of Dean Sodano, who is a member of the Economics Club of New York. The Economics Club of New York is a distinguished institution that is nonprofit and nonpartisan, with the purpose of promoting the study and discussion of social, economic and political questions.

September 26, 2008: Zarb School's Department of Information Technology and Quantitative Methods Co-Host Second Annual American Society for Quality Lean Six Sigma Symposium

Dean Sodano gave the opening remarks at "Strategies to Achieve Successful Business Processes and Quality Improvements," a symposium that provided useful information on how to achieve a successful, balanced process and improve service quality. American Society for Quality (ASQ) certified six sigma black belts and practicing black belts shared success stories on strategies and tools used to implement Lean Six Sigma (LSS) methodology, resulting in bottom-line improvements in government, health care, process, manufacturing and service industries. The symposium complements the Zarb School's M.B.A. in Quality Management Program that was introduced in 2005.

The ASQ seeks to create better workplaces and communities by providing its members with the knowledge to improve business results. LSS is a business management strategy that encourages executive management to improve process efficiency and increase economic profit by utilizing metrics that recognize the alignment between stakeholder needs and corporate priorities.

October 2008

October 14, 2008: Zarb Students Attend NASDAQ Opening Bell Ceremonies

Dean Sodano with Chris Driscoll (M.B.A., December '08), The Hofstra contingincy in front of the NASDAQ tower in Times Square., Hofstra trustees, administrators, faculty and students join President Rabinowitz as he rings the opening bell.
Dean Sodano with Chris Driscoll (M.B.A., December '08); The Hofstra contingincy in front of the NASDAQ tower in Times Square; Hofstra trustees, administrators, faculty and students join President Rabinowitz as he rings the opening bell.

Twenty undergraduate and graduate business students joined faculty, administrators and trustees as Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz rang the opening bell at the NASDAQ on October 14, 2008, the day before the final presidential debate which was held on our campus. The ceremony, which was broadcast live, also featured remarks from senior NASDAQ representatives. Scenes from Hofstra University, as well as our logo and lion mascots, were displayed on the NASDAQ tower in Times Square.

October 22, 2008: Hofstra's Chapter of the Global Association of Risk Professionals Present "Risk Management in Today's Complex Financial Markets: How Can Analytic and Quantitative Tools Help?"

Hofstra students attend GARP meeting.
Venkat Mullur speaks at the GARP meeting.

Hofstra's inaugural meeting of its newly-formed Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) chapter featured three prominent risk professionals: Deepinder Dhingra, financial services industry consultant; Daniel Macri, senior account executive, Spotfire Analytics; and Venkat Mullur, senior director of industry solutions, TIBCO, which is the parent of Spotfire. The event was co-organized by Hofstra Quants & Traders which is also the main student organization sponsoring GARP's chapter at Hofstra. The event was attended by undergraduate and graduate students, recent finance alumni and industry practitioners. Presenters discussed the increased focus on risk management and the complexities involved in measuring risk given the magnitude of information and data generated from financial markets. They also showed examples of data analysis for risk management using analytical tools like Spotfire.

October 24-25, 2008: Zarb Women in Business Attend the National Association of Women M.B.A.s Annual Conference

Zarb Women in Business attend conference dinner.
Zarb Women in Business attend conference dinner.

Zarb Women in Business members attended the National Association of Women M.B.A.s (NAWMBA) national conference in Stamford, Connecticut. The conference, titled "Discover Your Potential," allowed these students to interact with corporate representatives and other graduate students from across the country, establishing connections and exploring professional opportunities. It also provided a forum for powerful and distinguished female professionals, including Kim Brown, vice president of finance, Wal-Mart; and Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chairperson, Carlson Group, to share their valuable career and business experiences.

NAWMBA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering women M.B.A.s in order to propel more women into leadership positions in corporate America and to enhance the diversity of the nation's workforce. Zarb Women in Business, which is associated with NAWMBA, provides networking, career opportunities and social interactions for women. The organization sponsors professional speakers, cultural events, and community service activities, and provides a supportive environment where female students and alumni can share concerns and experiences with each other.

October 29, 2008: Beta Alpha Psi Hosts Jeff Hoops (B.B.A. ’75), Partner, Ernst & Young

Linda Schain, Beta Alpha Psi faculty advisor; Dean Sodano; Jeff Hoops; Nathan Slavin, chair, Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business and Joe Maturando, Lead Recruiter, Northeast Sub-Area, Ernst & Young
Linda Schain, Beta Alpha Psi faculty advisor; Dean Sodano; Jeff Hoops; Nathan Slavin, chair, accounting, taxation and legal studies in business and Joe Maturando, lead recruiter, northeast sub-area, Ernst & Young

At their weekly meeting on October 29th, the Delta Pi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi hosted Jeffrey Hoops (B.B.A. ’75), partner at Ernst & Young. Mr. Hoops spoke to the student members regarding the very timely topic of the importance of ethics in the accounting profession.

October 29, 2008: Zarb School Presents Women on Wall Street Panel

Zarb Women in Business with Barbara Ruguero and Mary Elizabeth Brennan (4th and 5th from right).
Diane Garnick addresses students; Zarb Women in Business with Barbara Ruguero and Mary Elizabeth Brennan (4th and 5th from right).

The Zarb School of Business, in conjunction with Zarb Women in Business and the Financial Management Association, presented a panel discussion, "Women on Wall Street," on October 29, 2008. Four senior-level, female executives shared their insights with more than 80 Hofstra graduate and undergraduate business students. The speakers included Jennifer Bender, vice president, Applied Research, MSCI Barra; Mary Elizabeth Brennan, director, Moody's Investors Service; Diane Garnick (B.B.A. '96), investment strategist, Invesco; and Barbara Ruguero, managing director, J.P. Morgan.

November 2008

November 12, 2008: Zarb School Holds Executive Speaker Series Featuring Daniel Henry, CFO, American Express

Daniel Henry (M.B.A. '74), 2nd from right with Dean Sodano and Hofstra M.B.A. students.
Daniel Henry (M.B.A. '74), 2nd from right with Dean Sodano and Hofstra M.B.A. students.

Daniel T. Henry (M.B.A. '74), the executive vice president and chief financial officer of American Express Company, spoke to Zarb graduate business students on November 12, 2008. Mr. Henry is responsible for leading American Express Company's finance organization and representing American Express to investors, lenders and rating agencies. Mr. Henry's talk focused on leadership, especially the strategies involved in leading a Fortune 100 company forward through national and global expansion. The event was sponsored by the Hofstra Graduate Finance Association.

November 18, 2008: Zarb School Hosts Socratic Panel on Crisis Management

Members of the Socratic Panel on Crisis Management
Members of the Socratic Panel on Crisis Managment from left: John Kominicki, president and publisher, Long Island Business News; Richard Daly, CEO, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.; Dean Sodano; Robert S. Shapiro, senior vice president and CFO, North Shore-LIJ Health System; Edward A. Orgon, president and COO, The Torrenzano Group; William M. Savino, managing partner, Rivkin Radler LLP; Richard Torrenzano; David Reich-Hale, editor, Long Island Business News; John McCorry, executive editor, Bloomberg News; Harvey Nagler, vice president, CBS Radio News and Bert J. Cunningham, president, Cunningham Strategic Communications.

The Hofstra community and invited guests enjoyed the unique opportunity to witness the spontaneous reaction of top corporate leaders to a simulated corporate crisis on November 18, 2008. The panel consisted of experts reacting to a hypothetical corporate crisis, injecting their personal experiences and knowledge. To allow for spontaneous response, the specific topic of discussion was not revealed to the panelists prior to the event. Dean Sodano participated in the panel and made the opening remarks and introductions. Richard Torrenzano, renowned crisis expert and chief executive of The Torrenzano Group, began with a presentation on crisis management. A Socratic panel discussion followed, during which the audience observed the unrehearsed interaction between the different roles within a corporation, the questions asked and the processes employed in crisis management. The event concluded with a synopsis and closing remarks from John Kominicki, president of Long Island Business News.

November 19, 2008: Zarb School Hosts Martin Greenberg as he Retires his Trading Jacket

Martin B. Greenberg (B.B.A. '60)
Martin B. Greenberg (B.B.A. '60)

The Zarb School was honored to host Martin B. Greenberg (B.B.A. '60), chairman of the board of Sterling Commodities Corporation and the benefactor of Hofstra's state-of the-art trading room, on November 19, 2008. Mr. Greenberg presented "Changing Landscape of Exchanges: Mergers, Electronic Trading and the Disappearance of Trading Floors." After the discussion, a ceremony was held to honor Mr. Greenberg's successful trading career. His framed trading jacket, worn in the COMEX and NYMEX trading pits, was unveiled and will permanently grace the walls of the Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room.

November 19, 2008: Zarb School's Graduate Career Services Presents Jodi Jacobs, Marketing Director, Lencore Corporation

Jodi Jacobs with Hofstra M.B.A. students.
Jodi Jacobs with Hofstra M.B.A. students.

On November 19, 2008, Zarb's Graduate Career Services, in conjunction with the M.B.A./M.S. Marketing Association, presented Jodi Jacobs, marketing director for Lencore Acoustics Corporation. Ms. Jacobs, who has more than 20 years of experience in various industries, shared some important lessons she has learned during her career, including: how business thrives on a good marketing strategy; how students negotiate a successful career path in marketing; successful communication strategies within today's technologically-intensive business environment; and how to leverage skill sets to differentiate abilities.

November 25, 2008: Zarb School and The Merrill Lynch Center Present a Conference on the "Causes and Effects of the Recent Financial Bailout"

Causes and Effects of the Recent Financial Bailout
The panelists at the conference l to r: Dr. Allan I. Mendelowitz, director, Federal Housing Finance Board; Jane Azia, director of Non-Depository Institutions and Consumer Protection, New York State Banking Department; Richard G. Ketchum, chief executive officer, N.Y.S.E. Regulation, Inc.; Lewis S. Ranieri, chairman of the Board of Directors, Franklin Bank Corporation; Dr. Edward I. Altman, Max L. Heine professor of finance, New York University; Scott Rechler, chairman and chief executive officer, RexCorp Realty LLC; Daniel M. Rossner, Esq., partner, Sidney Austin LLP

The Zarb School, through its Merrill Lynch Center for the Study of International Financial Services and Markets, presented a conference analyzing the implications of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 on the financial landscape. The program featured distinguished members of the financial industry: Lewis Ranieri, chairman of Ranieri Partners Management, who is also considered by many to be the "father" of mortgage-backed securities, gave the keynote address. Two panel discussions followed, which featured, among others, Richard Ketchum, chief executive officer, New York Stock Exchange Regulation; Edward Altman, the Max L. Heinde professor of finance, New York University; and Scott Rechler, chief executive officer, Rexcorp. The conference, which received media coverage, was attended by an overflow crowd of industry professionals, the local community, students, faculty and administrators.


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