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Business/Finance/Real Estate

James D. Kuhn ’70, G’72 is president of Newmark Knight Frank, the fourth-largest global real estate brokerage firm in the world. During the course of his career, Kuhn has acted as advisor, broker or principal in over $3 billion in transactions for 25 million square feet of commercial and residential real estate. (more…)

Arts & Entertainment

Joyce Carol Oates ’60, H’00 is one of America’s most prolific and versatile writers. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She has also penned volumes of poetry, plays, innumerable essays and book reviews, and nonfiction works on literary subjects ranging from the poetry of Emily Dickinson to studies of the Gothic and horror genres. (more…)

Arts & Entertainment

Frank Langella ’59  is considered among America’s greatest stage and film actors. Known for his powerful onstage presence and extreme versatility, his performances range from Strindberg’s drama The Father to Noel Coward’s comedy, Present Laughter. During his long and distinguished career, he has won international acclaim with well over two dozen nominations and awards, including Tonys, Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, Cable ACE Awards, Obies, and various critics’ awards. (more…)

Media

A pioneer of contemporary media criticism, Ken Auletta G’65, H’98 has reached a wider audience with thoughtful, informative reportage and analysis than perhaps any other critic working in the field. (more…)

Arts & Entertainment

Thom Filicia ’93 is the host and driving force behind the highly acclaimed Style Network’s Tacky House and Dress My Nest, and appears in a variety of shows on the HGTV network. Before he came into the public eye with his first television role as the design expert on the groundbreaking series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, he was an emerging superstar of interior design with a New York City practice, Thom Filicia Inc. (TFI). (more…)

Business/Finance/Real Estate

Martin N. Bandier ’62 is chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, a position he has held since 2007. Bandier oversees Sony/ATV’s global music publishing activities, including talent and copyright acquisitions, day-to-day operations, and the development and implementation of the company’s long-term strategic initiatives. (more…)

Architecture

Lea Ciavarra G’95, principal of Lubrano Ciavarra Architects PLLC, is a licensed architect in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont, and a LEED Accredited Professional. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, with a minor in art and art history, from Colgate University and a master’s degree in architecture at the Syracuse University School of Architecture. Ciavarra teaches design studios at New York Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Syracuse University School of Architecture. (more…)

Generation Orange

Growing up in Syracuse, Rawan Jabaji always felt like SU was a part of her life. “I remember driving by SU and staring at the Hall of Languages in awe. I remember being glued to the TV watching SU basketball with my family. And I remember almost all of my cousins going to SU,” Jabaji says. “When it came time for me to pick a college, there was no question where I wanted to go. I see SU as home, as a family tradition, and as my first act in adulthood.” (more…)

Generation Orange

School of Information Studies graduate Sam Clarvit ’10 is a technology analyst in the corporate development program of JPMorgan Chase & Co., working in the Worldwide Securities Services division. (more…)

Architecture

Rick Cook ’83 is a partner at Cook+Fox Architects, a firm devoted to creating environmentally responsible, high-performance buildings. Over the past 25 years as a New York City architect, he has built a reputation for innovative, award-winning architectural design. As the founder of Richard Cook & Associates, Cook cultivated a broad portfolio ranging from master planning to various commercial and residential projects. With special expertise in working in historic Landmarks districts, the firm received numerous honors and awards for integrating contemporary design with sensitive, contextual architecture. (more…)

Generation Orange

It took Jake Duneier ’10 only a year after graduating from the Whitman School of Management to transform his family’s century-old business. Founded by Duneier’s great-grandfather in 1910, Clyde Duneier Incorporated traditionally imported and distributed generic merchandise for U.S. department stores, specialty jewelry chains, wholesale clubs, and TV shopping channels. But as retailers began working directly with manufacturers, wholesalers such as Clyde Duneier Inc. found their roles diminished. (more…)

Architecture

Bruce S. Fowle ’60 is a founding principal at FXFOWLE Architects, an architectural, planning, interior design, and sustainability firm with offices in New York, Washington D.C., and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. FXFOWLE’s work covers a broad spectrum of typologies, from renowned cultural and educational institutions to large-scale commercial, residential, planning and infrastructure projects around the world. (more…)

Business/Finance/Real Estate

Deryck A. Palmer ’78 is a partner in Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Specializing in financial restructuring, he concentrates in the representation of debtors and creditors under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, and has handled a wide range of workout, corporate restructuring, and bankruptcy matters. (more…)

Arts & Entertainment

Emme ’85 is a supermodel, actress, television personality, author, lecturer, the creative director of her clothing line, and a nationally recognized advocate for a positive body image among women. Her newest business venture, EmmeNation.com, is an interactive lifestyle resource forum for women, and she is a spokesperson for Kemin Health’s FloraGLO brand lutein. (more…)

Arts & Entertainment

Lou Reed ’64 is an American Master, a playwright, a poet, and a photographer whose photos have been exhibited worldwide. He is also a rock singer-songwriter and a founding member of the legendary Velvet Underground. (more…)

Media

Bob Costas ’74 is perhaps the most decorated sportscaster in television. Costas has been with NBC Sports since 1979 and has covered nearly every major sport, though he might be most identified with the Olympics and baseball. (more…)

Business/Finance/Real Estate

Deborah Leone ’86, G’87 is the director of Internal Audit at Goldman Sachs. She has a dual reporting relationship to the board of directors through the audit committee and to the firm’s general counsel. Leone serves as an observer on a variety of Goldman Sachs committees in addition to co-chairing the Firmwide Women’s Network. (more…)

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One of Hal Fetner’s favorite colors is green. President and CEO of Durst Fetner Residential, a real estate development and management company, Fetner ’83 has been instrumental in promoting sustainability and “green” initiatives in the buildings his firm constructs and manages. He has been interested in building green for more than a decade, long before such concepts were in vogue. “Even before green construction started to become affordable, I jumped at the opportunity to introduce sustainability in our buildings,” he said. “We decided to make a strong effort to make sure everything we built had some component of sustainability.” (more…)

Arts & Entertainment

Lola Goldring ’51, a member of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees, sponsored the development of the Goldring Arts Journalism program at SU. (more…)

Generation Orange

Lee Goldberg ’06 is the co-founder and president of New York City-based interactive agency Vector Media Group, and has been a noted Internet marketing thought leader since 2001. Having worked with firms ranging from high-growth startups to Fortune 100 companies, he specializes in organic search engine optimization (SEO), web analytics consulting, conversion rate optimization, and paid search management. (more…)

Generation Orange

Eric Gleason ’05 may have had his mind set on a career in politics when he arrived at Syracuse University in 2001, but by the time he graduated, his heart had led him into the world of art. Today, he is known as one of the most influential rising stars among New York City art dealers. (more…)

Business/Finance/Real Estate

In summer 1994, Dennis Crowley ’98 had just graduated from high school and was preparing to start his first year at SU. He spent his days reading about a new phenomenon known as the World Wide Web. He was fascinated, and carried that interest with him through his years at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, experimenting with emerging technologies and imagining what the future of media would hold. Now, it is clear that Crowley not only envisioned the future, but also had a hand in shaping it. (more…)

Arts & Entertainment

Vanessa Williams ’85 has sold over 15 million albums worldwide and achieved critical acclaim as an actress on stage, in film, and on television. Her albums The Right Stuff, The Comfort Zone, and The Sweetest Days earned multiple Grammy nominations and include such hits as “Save the Best For Last,” “Dreamin,” “Work To Do,” and “Love Is,” and the Academy Award-winning single “Colors of the Wind,” from Disney’s Pocahontas, among many others. (more…)

Business/Finance/Real Estate

Winston C. Fisher ’96 is among the most active of the young alumni who are shaping the future of Syracuse University. A partner in Fisher Brothers, a family-owned real estate firm whose portfolio includes millions of square feet of prime midtown Manhattan office space, hotels in 11 U.S. states and Mexico, and an expansion of Washington, D.C.’s Union Station complex, Fisher was elected to the SU Board of Trustees in 2008 and serves on the academic affairs and facilities committees. (more…)

Business/Finance/Real Estate

Yvette Hollingsworth G’94 has served as a senior compliance officer/risk manager for Barclay’s Capital, Citigroup, JP Morgan/Morgan Trust Company, and the Federal Reserve System. Beginning her career in 1994 with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, she progressed rapidly, and in 1997 was named officer in charge of risk reporting for the Proprietary Positioning Risk Analysis Area within the company. During this time, she successfully led a team in assessing, analyzing, and reporting the risk position of the proprietary trading and investment portfolios. (more…)

Architecture

Richard Gluckman ’70, G’71, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), is a principal of Gluckman Mayner Architects, based in New York City. Since establishing his architectural practice in 1977, Gluckman has closely aligned his work with the world of art and design, creating distinctive spaces for numerous art galleries and museums. (more…)

Media

Jeff Glor ’97 is a familiar face to many people around the world. As news anchor of The Early Show on CBS, Glor guides morning viewers through the news of the day. For Syracuse area news junkies, Glor’s rise at CBS News should come as no surprise. They may remember him from his early days at WSTM-TV, where he worked while still studying at SU. (more…)

Arts & Entertainment

Henry Grethel ’54 is a celebrated American designer whose collections are elegant, understated, and intelligent. Known for deftly combining the casual modern essence of American sportswear with sophisticated colors and fine fabrics, Grethel is a vital creative force designing for the rapidly evolving lifestyles and priorities of today’s consumer. Grethel believes that men and women want clothes that are good-looking, comfortable, and versatile—“just beautiful clothes”—is how he describes his design sensibility. (more…)

Business/Finance/Real Estate

When it comes to establishing corporate identities and brand image strategies, Suzanne (Bauschard) Hogan ’72 has a wealth of experience. For more than three decades, she has honed her expertise as a senior brand strategy consultant, with experience that spans global brand management; brand positioning and image; merger, acquisition, and spin-off brand strategies; as well as communications planning and customer experience alignment programs. (more…)

Business/Finance/Real Estate

Sharon H. Jacquet ’72, a vice chairman in the J.P. Morgan Private Bank, leads a specialized team that works with corporate executives and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. From 1992 until late 1999, when she joined the Private Bank, Jacquet was an investment banker in the Equity Capital Markets Group of J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. Prior to that, she was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated, in various positions for more than 16 years. She spent the first nine years in Montreal, where she was responsible for Eurobond new issues for Canadian corporate and government entities. (more…)

Arts & Entertainment

In the world of publishing, Morton L. Janklow ’50 is a legend. Since the ’70s, he has been one of the country’s most powerful literary agents, representing best-selling authors, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, celebrities, scholars, scientists, journalists, presidents, poets, pundits, and even a pope. (more…)

Media

Steve Kroft ’67, joined 60 Minutes television news magazine in May 1989 and delivered his first report that September. The 2011-12 season is his 23rd on the broadcast. Kroft reported one of the biggest news stories of 2011, getting the only interview of President Barack Obama on the killing of Osama bin Laden. (more…)

Media

Robert Mankoff ’66, cartoon editor of The New Yorker and president of The Cartoon Bank, is one of the nation’s leading commentators on the role of humor in American politics, business, and life. Mankoff appears frequently on network talk shows such as This Week with George Stephanopoulos, CBS Sunday Morning, Nightline, Today, and Good Morning America; cable TV networks such as Discovery Health, CNN and CNBC; and syndicated radio programs. (more…)

Business/Finance/Real Estate

As a financial advisor, Kamesh Nagarajan L’96 is familiar with the challenges many successful people face in managing their personal wealth. They’re often immersed in their work lives and want to devote any free time they have to their families, leaving little time to master the intricacies of financial markets and ensuring their retirement plans and their children’s futures are on the right track. (more…)

Arts & Entertainment

Publishing executive Andrea Davis Pinkney ’85 has worn many hats throughout her career. As vice president, executive editor for Scholastic, Pinkney has acquired and edited a robust mix of titles. (more…)

Business/Finance/Real Estate

Jonathan D Resnick ’89 joined Jack Resnick & Sons, one of New York’s preeminent, family-owned real estate development and management companies, in 1996. Named the company’s president in 2007, Resnick oversees the firm’s portfolio of approximately six million square feet of commercial office and retail space, and approximately 1,000 rental apartments. He is directly involved with portfolio management, capital projects, leasing, and new development. (more…)

Business/Finance/Real Estate

The story of Martin J. Whitman ’49, founder and co-chief investment officer of Third Avenue Management, begins on the hills of Syracuse University. After earning a BS in business administration from SU in 1949, Whitman worked for a string of investment firms in New York City and Philadelphia. (more…)

Generation Orange

Randi Wolfson ’07, a graduate of the School of Education (SOE), teaches pre-kindergarten at the Rodeph Sholom School in New York City and is working on her master’s degree. “The teaching experiences I gained as a student at Syracuse University will be in my mind for the rest of my life,” she says. “The School of Education professors are some of the most renowned educators this country has to offer, and I realize how lucky I was to be exposed to their progressive ideas, which are being used in the New York City classrooms today.” (more…)

Arts & Entertainment

Lynn Ahrens ’70 began her musical career fresh out of college, when she became one of the principal songwriters and singers for the animated television series Schoolhouse Rock. (more…)

Business/Finance/Real Estate

Just ten years ago, Allison Weingarten ’01 received a dual degree in marketing and management information systems from the Whitman School of Management. Today, Weingarten is vice president of commodities operations at Goldman Sachs. As manager of Goldman Sachs’ settlements group, Weingarten oversees commodity transaction settlements. She is also the campus recruiting champion for New York Commodity Operations. (more…)

Generation Orange

Matthew G. Brigham L’06 earned a juris doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law, and received an LL.M. in taxation from the New York University School of Law in 2007. (more…)

Arts & Entertainment

Edward Bleier’s long career has encompassed many innovations in television and electronic media. He held important roles in “new media” for Warner Bros., Warner Communications, and Time Warner; and has served as a board member of RealNetworks, foremost in Internet media streaming; CKX Inc., content aggregator of American Idol, among other programs; and a challenge candidate for Blockbuster Inc. He was president of Warner Bros. Domestic Pay-TV, Cable & Network Features, and in charge of the company’s network programming and sales. He served as a senior advisor from 2002 through 2005. (more…)

Arts & Entertainment

Mike Rego ’90 describes himself and his business partners as “three guys with a dream.” That dream–to produce theatre in New York City–came true in 1997 when Rego, his brother Matthew Rego, and classmate Hank Unger ’90, founded The Araca Group. What started in a one-room, windowless Times Square office grew into a renowned theatrical production, screen printing, and merchandise company with over 250 dedicated employees and operations worldwide.

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Arts & Entertainment

Arielle Tepper Madover ’94, a Tony Award-winning producer, has produced theater on and off Broadway since 1998. She will be presenting ANNIE in a Nederlander theater on Broadway in the Fall of 2012. (more…)

Arts & Entertainment

Early in his career, Edwin London ’50 exhibited the business acumen for which he would become known. In 1956, after positions at radio station WSAY and Bausch & Lomb, he founded Fotoshop Lexington, Inc., which grew to encompass several stores in New York City plus a graphic arts supply distribution business in Connecticut. (more…)

Syracuse University is part of the very pulse of New York City. Our alumni and friends can be found in every sector—leading their fields and shaping the future. And by supporting one-of-a-kind immersion experiences in the heart of New York City, they’re enabling students—SU’s future alumni—to learn in one of the biggest, most challenging, and most diverse classrooms in the world. Meet some members of our “community of experts,” below. Then learn how you can help us give every SU student the chance to tap the power that is NYC.

Marty Whitman

The story of Martin J. Whitman ’49, founder and co-chief investment officer of Third Avenue Management, begins on the hills of Syracuse University. After earning a BS in business administration from SU in 1949, Whitman worked for a string of investment firms in New York City and Philadelphia.

He began his career as a security analyst at Shearson Hammill before working for the Rosenwald family, of Sears Roebuck fortune, where he was able to get his feet wet in investment banking. He earned a master’s degree in economics from The New School for Social Research (now New School University), in New York City.

Whitman ventured out on his own in 1974 and founded M.J. Whitman LLC, a full-service broker-dealer. Ten years later, he participated in a takeover of Equity Strategies, an open-end investment company, and became its CEO and president. In 1990, Whitman started Third Avenue Value Fund. Today, Third Avenue Management manages more than $21 billion of assets for private and institutional clients. Whitman has served on the boards of numerous companies, including Nabors Industries Limited, the world’s largest land drilling oil service company. Whitman also shares his special brand of investing with the greater financial community in the industry classics The Aggressive Conservative Investor, which he co-authored with fellow Princeton classmate Martin Shubik, and Value Investing–A Balanced Approach.

It’s been more than 50 years since Whitman walked the campus of the SU Hill as a student, yet he still finds his way back to the classroom to share his knowledge and expertise with budding businessmen and -women of the future. He has taught as an adjunct professor at the Yale University School of Management and at Syracuse University’s School of Management, which today proudly bears his name. The commitment of Whitman and his wife, Lois, reflects their conviction that the American Dream is the promise of opportunity and will be reflected in our graduates’ lives, careers, and contributions to society for as far as any of us can see.

Whitman still holds a tremendous love and enthusiasm for his work and has yet to set a date for retirement. Like all Whitman School graduates, he has the intellect, ambition, and compassion for others that give him the ability to change the world.

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