The School of Business Speaker's Bureau members are distinguished business people including many prominent alumni. Our members volunteer their time and professional experience in order to enhance the education of our students through visiting lectures for undergraduate and MBA classes, panel discussions, and other career-related activities in support of the School's mission.
Speaker's Bureau Participants
Financial Advisor/Field Director, Northwestern Mutual
2001 B.S. Management, summa cum laude
Brief Biography: Richard Anderson has worked at Northwestern Mutual since 1999. He is a Chartered Life, Financial Consultant, and Advisor for Senior Living. He is a current member of the Society of Financial Services Professionals, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and the Rochester Estate Planning Council. He also has taught finance as an adjunct faculty member through the School of Business at St. John Fisher College since 2004. He is active in the community and is currently the President of the Society of Financial Services Professionals as well as the creator of the Anderson Scholarship for Student Leaders.
Managing Director, M3 Marketing Search, Executive Tax Professionals - Division of Cochran, Cochran & Yale
2002 B.S. Management, Human Resources
Brief Biography: Shawn Baker is currently the Managing Director of Cochran, Cochran & Yale’s premier divisions. Shawn has been involved in two search firm start-ups as well as working in sales and marketing for major skiing and golf brands such as Nordica, Benetton, and Cleveland Golf. He has a passion for golf and is a former golf professional.
Director of Public Affairs, Rochester Gas & Electric
1970, B.A. Political Science
Brief Biography: Robert Bergin is currently the Director of Public Affairs for New York State Electric & Gas Corporation (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric. He has spent 34 years as a lawyer in the private and public sectors. He has represented clients in the New York State Courts and before state agencies and state legislature.
Managing Partner, The Bonadio Group
1971, B.S. Accounting
Brief Biography: Tom Bonadio founded The Bonadio Group in 1978. Under his leadership it has grown to be the largest independent provider of accounting, business advisory and financial services in Upstate New York. Tom has consistently been at the forefront of change in the public accounting arena, combining an uncanny flair to see opportunities where others only see problems, with a willingness to take risk and the ability to manage people and reach objectives.
Service Support Manager, Eastman Kodak Company
1982, B.S. Management
Brief Biography: Mark Brienzi is the Worldwide Director for Eastman Kodak’s service parts supply chain, Mark is accountable for ensuring the global availability of service parts across a diverse set of business units (BU’s) within Eastman Kodak Company. Responsibilities include the complete life cycle of service parts planning, procurement and logistics support that optimizes each of the BU’s overall service and support strategy.
1981, B.S. Accounting/Finance
Brief Biography: Rick Brienzi is the former Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Principal at LeChase Construction Services. He provided strategic and operational oversight of the Finance, Contract Administration, Human Resources and Information Technology departments. He provided the leadership to ensure LeChase Construction’s finance and administrative services were well managed and properly staffed by highly motivated and trained personnel. He now is a consultant for LeChase, a Certified Public Accountant, and a Board member of St. John Fisher College’s Accounting and Management Board.
President, United Way of Greater Rochester
1972, B.A. Sociology
Brief Biography: Peter Carpino became president and chief executive officer for United Way of Greater Rochester in April, 2005, also serving as the president of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, PA, since 1995. He provided strategic direction and management of operations for the regional, multi-county United Way serving 650,000 residents.
Managing Director, MetLife Financial Services
1979, B.A. Psychology
Brief Biography: Mike Conley began at the Riverview Office in 1984, in 1987 he became the Manager of the G06 Riverview office. In 2003, Mike became the Managing Director of the Rochester Financial Group comprised of 60 Producers (18 of these producers were Conference Qualifiers ) and 8 Managers. He holds the professional designations of CLU, ChFC, LUTCF and FP and has his Series 7 and Series 24 licenses.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Soleo Communications, Inc.
1980 B.S. Management & B.A. Communication/Journalism
Brief Biography: Daniel Gallagher has successfully introduced several innovative high-technology products to the telecommunications market. He has a strong background in voice processing, call processing, billing systems, and intelligent network databases. Before founding Soleo Communications, an international systems provider for telecommunications carriers, he was a Senior Vice President at TARGUS Information Corporation, serving in marketing, sales, business development, and technical management capacities. He also founded Telephony Computer Systems, which provided intelligent network systems to telephone companies. Before these entrepreneurial activities, he served in a number of management capacities with Nortel Networks and CCI.
Chief Financial Officer, University of Rochester Medical Center
1975, B.A. Accounting Mathematics
Brief Biography: Mr. Goonan directs all financial planning, budgeting, operations, monitoring and reporting functions in order to ensure the effective financial management of the Medical Center and Strong Health. He provides counsel on short- and long-term financial planning to both entities. Mr. Goonan is responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure management control over both funds generated and expended.
Chief Attorney, NYS Supreme Court - Grievance Committee
1976, B.A. Political Science
Brief Biography: In April, 2007, Gregory Huether was appointed to chief counsel of the Attorney Grievance Committees of the Appellate Division, 4th Judicial Department. Gregory Huether is responsible for the Attorney Grievance Committee offices in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. While investigation of attorney advertising is one of the offices' most well-known duties, its other top matters are reviewing trust account and client neglect. He previously served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Monroe County from 1981 to 2003.
Partner, The Bonadio Group
1976, B.S. Accounting
Brief Biography: Stan Konopko joined The Bonadio Group in 2004 as a Partner in the Commercial Division. He has served clients of all sizes and stages of their life cycle including a number of large public companies and private companies. These companies range from start-ups to some of Rochester’s oldest companies. Stan also plays a very active role in the Firm’s training, development, and mentoring programs.
Chief Financial Officer, Wegmans Food Markets Inc.
1971, B.A. Accounting
Brief Biography: Jim Leo is currently Sr. Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. Jim has been with Wegmans for 30 years and has held other positions including Corporate Controller, Food Division Controller and Manager of Banking & Insurance. He is currently responsible for finance, accounting, risk management (safety, insurance and claims management), internal audit, corporate travel, vendor payments, accounts receivable, etc.
Chief Financial Officer, The Bonadio Group
1981, B.S. Accounting
Brief Biography: John Magee joined The Bonadio Group in 2004 as its Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, John is responsible for the Firm’s Enterprise Group, which is comprised of the finance, marketing, information technology, human resources, and administrative functions. He is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee, Audit Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and Leadership Development Committee.
President/Owner, RDM Holdings LLC
1982 B.S. Management
Brief Biography: Richard D. Mallory is the owner of RDM Holdings LLC which consists of 2 commercial real estate entities as well as Williamson Building Supply LLC and Wolcott Building Supply & Home Center LLC. Mallory is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the two building supply centers located in Wayne County, NY. The businesses primarily sell building materials to contractors, farmers and homeowners in Wayne County and are affiliated with True Value Hardware.
Partner, Martino Flynn LLC
1971, B.A. Economics
Brief Biography: Ray Martino has 33 years' experience in public relations and marketing communications. He spent 14 years in higher education administration and teaching before joining the agency world. Ray is active in professional and community organizations.
President, Al Sigl Center
1971, B.A. English
Brief Biography: Dan Meyers is President of Al Sigl Center, where he has spent the last twenty-one years growing support, space and business services for its partner agencies. Al Sigl Center is a unique community partnership of independent rehabilitation service agencies—each with its own governance, budget, staff, and programs and—passionately working together to take the “dis” out of disabilities for 70,000 kids and grownups in and around Rochester.
Chief Executive Officer, Rochester Colonial Manufacturing
1983, B.A. Political Science
Brief Biography: Anthony Monaco joined the law firm of Weidman, Jordan, and Angeloff located in Rochester after graduation from law school in 1986. He concentrated in civil litigation and corporate law. He subsequently started his own practice, continuing to focus on litigation and corporate law. In 1995, he joined Rochester Colonial Manufacturing Corporation as corporate counsel, and in 2001 was named Chief Executive Officer.
Senior Vice President of Operations, Paychex, Inc.
1981, B.A. Accounting
Brief Biography: Martin Mucci is the Vice President of Operations for Paychex, Inc.. Mr. Mucci is responsible for all payroll and human resources services’ operations and customer service, product management and information technology functions. Prior to joining Paychex, Inc., Mr. Mucci was President of Telephone Operations for Frontier Communications, with responsibility for the operations, customer service and financial performance of Frontier’s 34 local telephone companies.
President, Partners & Napier
1981, B.A. Sociology
Brief Biography: Sharon Napier is president and Chief Executive Officer of Partners and Napier, an integrated marketing communications company established in 2004 by Sharon along with three business partners. Partners and Napier has offices in Rochester, NY, and Atlanta, GA, and serves clients locally, nationally, and globally, including Eastman Kodak Company, Constellation Wines U.S., Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, UPS, Bausch & Lomb, Wegmans, State University of NY at Buffalo, and Sorrento Cheese.
Compliance Director, Bausch & Lomb
1983, B.S. Mechanical Engineering; 1986, J.D.
Brief Biography: Jim Nortz is Compliance Director at Bausch & Lomb where he has responsibility for developing, evaluating and supporting all aspects of the company's global compliance and ethics programs. Jim is a leader in the field of corporate compliance and ethics with extensive experience in developing and implementing compliance and ethics programs for multinational corporations. Mr. Nortz has published numerous articles addressing compliance, ethics and corporate governance issues and writes the monthly business ethics columns for the Association of Corporate Counsel Docket and the Rochester Business Journal. Mr. Nortz serves on the board of directors of the Ethics and Compliance Officers Association and is a member of the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation Steering Committee.
Senior Vice President, Bank of America
1978, B.A. Political Science
Brief Biography: Joseph Rulison has spent his career in the financial services sector, working his way up from an account executive at Prudential-Bache Securities to his current position as Market President of Bank of America, Rochester Region. In this capacity, he manages the Cash Flow Solutions Group for Bank of America nationally, as well as coordinating the Bank’s local efforts. Prior to his current position, Mr. Rulison was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Rulison & Company. As an independent investment advisor, he created a product, called Muniflow, which helped public entities invest their funds without jeopardizing their cash liquidity needs. This patent pending product, which he sold to Bank of America and manages for the company, is the only one of its kind in the country and is now offered in over 25 states.
Chief Executive Officer, O'Connell Electric Company
1966, B.A. Accounting
Brief Biography: Vic Salerno joined O’Connell Electric in 1971. The company has since become one of the largest electrical and communications contractors in the country, with headquarters in Victor, N.Y. and branch offices in Buffalo and Syracuse, N.Y. Mr. Salerno has kept active in the Fisher campus community as a member and past president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Accounting Awards Banquet Committee, and the Fisher Scholarship Golf Tournament Committee. He was also involved in the formation of the DuPlessis/Wolfe Accounting Alumni Society.
President, Jay Advertising Incorporated
1973, B.A. Psychology
Brief Biography: Gregory Smith oversees all agency management, marketing and advertising activities, including new business development, account planning, account service, sales promotion and public relations programs. His brand development, advertising, promotion and public relations experience for consumer, industrial, commercial and service industries spans more than twenty-five years. A founder of Jay Incorporated, he is noted for being a hands-on manager of account service, client service and business activities, working closely with clients on a daily basis.
President and CEO, E-chx
1981, B.S. Management
Brief Biography: Anthony Tortorella is currently the President and CEO of E-chx, Inc, one of the nation’s leading payroll service solution providers.. Prior to joining E-chx, Tony held various positions within Paychex, Inc, Allstate Insurance Company and Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc. His experience ranged from data processing management and financial analysis within Allstate to financial services sales at Dean Witter and executive management at Paychex.