For the seventh year in a row, graduates in the Gerald P. Buccino '63 Center for Leadership Development within the Stillman School of Business have achieved 100 percent placement.
Thirteen seniors graduated at the Prudential Center from The Buccino Center; 12 had already received offers of employment and accepted, while the remaining student had accepted admission to law school.
The Buccino Center for Leadership, which has been named #1 by HR.com four years in a row, aims to develop extraordinary leaders who will be recognized for the values and principles by which they live, their vision and purpose in life, the results they achieve, their service to the community, and dedication and caring for those they serve.
Michael Reuter, director of The Buccino Center, reflects on the academic year and the success it has seen.
"The Program's greatest strength, and one that is foundational to its culture, is the union of our students, alumni and executive council members. The three work closely together to complement one another, creating an environment of growth and development for our entire leadership family. It takes a team to succeed and we have a magnificent team," said Reuter.
Below are a few of the graduates' plans for the future.
Andrew Hustick is from Ronkonkoma, NY. Hustick, who majored in finance and information technology, was a recipient of the selective Buccino Scholarship, a four-year academic scholarship that also afforded him one-on-one mentoring from nationally recognized pioneer of "turnaround management" and Seton Hall alumnus Gerald P. Buccino '63. Hustick secured several internships throughout his academic career including Morgan Stanley and BlackRock Asset Management. Hustick has been hired as a financial analyst in New York City for BlackRock, which manages 6.3 trillion in assets and is the largest asset management group in the world.
Andrew Aguilera is from Parsippany, NJ. During his time at Seton Hall, Aguilera founded the Food Recovery Network as part of his junior year mentoring project for The Buccino Center. Aguilera also co-led both an interviewing initiative for the Honors Program as well as an American Heart Association fundraiser, raising $11,500 in conjunction with Hustick. The accounting and information technology major had internships with FOX News Channel, Prudential, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He will begin working at PwC in September as an Assurance Associate.
Cody Laska, a finance major, grew up in Madison, CT. Laska took full advantage of the wide array of opportunities Seton Hall had to offer. He explored an interest in media in his extracurricular involvement in activities like PirateTV and The Stillman Exchange, and secured an internship on the breaking news desk at CNBC. Ultimately, Laska decided on a career in the legal system. He declared a minor in legal studies and credits Professors Hunter and Amoroso for helping him find his passion for law. This fall, Laska will attend Brooklyn Law School where he hopes to concentrate on either white-collar crime or mergers and acquisitions.
Michael Cappelluti is from Marlboro, NJ. Cappelluti graduated in three years and majored in marketing. The former business student is grateful for the lessons and experiences The Buccino Center granted him. He cites the center for helping him become individual he is today. Cappelluti is excited to begin working with Amazon as an Area Manager. In this role, he will manage a team of 50-200 associates while also working with a team to strategically improve processes.
Collin Bailey is from Horseheads, NY. Bailey credits The Buccino Center for changing his life both personally and professionally. The recent graduate recalls his favorite memory from his junior year mentoring project when he worked one-on-one with Cathy Choi, president of Bulbrite Industries. With the mentoring he received from Choi, he was able to recommend a process for implementing a values-based recognition award for a leadership program within the company. Now that he has graduated, Bailey will on go on to work in Maitland, FL as a Client Support Specialist at ADP.
Below are other Buccino Center Honors Program graduates:
• Angeli Fernandes – Randolph, NJ
• Deane Franco – West Orange, NJ
• Jeffrey Joyce – Glastonbury, CT
• Sahil Sharma – Macungie, PA
• Ryan Skolnick – Morristown, NJ
• Megan Sundberg – Oak Ridge, NJ
• Deniz Yalcin – Freehold, NJ
• Kathleen Yeckley – Medford, NJ