With graduation now behind them, students from the Gerald P. Buccino '63 Center for Leadership Development within the Stillman School of Business, are preparing to transition from college to employment. The Stillman Leadership seniors graduated at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on May 20. The recent graduates will be working in a number of different fields including finance, accounting, marketing, consulting and nonprofit healthcare.
The Buccino Center for Leadership has been named the#1 Certificate Program with Emphasis on Leadership/Organizational Development by HR.com five years in a row. The Center "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 its members have seen:
"To watch my students enter the University as freshmen, grow and develop personally and as professionals and embark on their future careers paths upon graduation is one of the most rewarding of experiences I enjoy in serving them as their mentor, coach and friend." said Reuter. "The consistent success of this program and its students is thanks to the dedicated efforts of the Center's executive advisory council, the Leadership alumni, faculty and administrators within Stillman and across the entire Seton Hall Community and, of course, Jack Shannon and Jerry Buccino."
Below are some of the graduates' plans for the future.
Samantha Seitz is a double major in finance and marketing from Mission Viejo, California. Seitz maintained several leadership roles through her involvement with the American Heart Association, The Valerie Fund, her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, and the Women's Leadership Initiative. Last summer Seitz landed an internship with JPMorgan Chase & Co., the largest investment bank globally. Seitz will be working as a full-time analyst with the firm following her graduation.
William Moore, who studied accounting and philosophy, is from Niskayuna, NY. Moore will be working as a full-time audit staff accountant for Deloitte & Touche LLP in New York City. The Stillman student credits the Buccino Center for helping him grow as a leader by allowing him to gain new perspectives of servant leadership. Moore is eager to engage with organizations, shareholders, peers and supervisors to learn how to best serve them.
Victoria Elter, who studied accounting, is from Harrisburg, PA. Elter will be participating in the Johnson & Johnson Finance Leadership Development Program upon graduation. Sophomore year, Elter was selected to moderate a monthly meeting between six executives and 10 students. Through this engagement, Elter learned the importance of hands-on experience and how to communicate effectively with executives. As a student of the Buccino Center, Elter said she was able "to grow professionally and personally."
Joseph Padula, who studied finance and information technology management, is from Martinsville, NJ. Padula accepted a full-time offer at Prudential Financial as a rotational associate in the Finance Leadership Development Program. The three-year program will expose Padula to different roles in finance, allowing him to diversify his skill set as he embarks further on his career path.
Alyssa Potenzone, who concentrated in accounting and finance, is from Rockaway, NJ. Starting July, Potenzone will also be working at Prudential Financial as a rotational associate in their Financial Leadership Development Program. Potenzone highlights her time with Reuter as one of her most impactful memories. "The Buccino Center would not be what it is today without Michael Reuter," said Potenzone. "He is an inspiration to anyone who meets him, and I am so fortunate to have been his student."
William Hemmer is a major in accounting from Wantage, NJ. Hemmer also completed his graduate studies, receiving a Master of Science in professional accounting. Following graduation he will be working as a full-time staff accountant at WithumSmith+Brown. As part of his junior year mentoring project, Hemmer worked alongside a senior executive from Chubb Insurance and created a project focusing on the impacts of artificial intelligence on the insurance industry. Hemmer's project gave him the opportunity to consider the future of an entire industry and communicate what were deemed to be valuable insights about disruptive technology.
Michael Bizzoco is a double major in finance and information technology management from Sicklerville, NJ. Bizzoco graduated early this past December. The Stillman graduate has been working as a full-time financial analyst for Ayco, a Goldman Sachs Company. More specifically, Bizzoco assists his account manager in the financial planning of investment management, tax preparation, estate planning and cash flow analysis for high-net worth individuals.
Kira Williams, who studied management, is from Hamilton, NJ. Williams will begin working for Hackensack University Medical Center as a foundation associate. Williams will be responsible for reporting annual contributions and providing cross-functional support to teams when necessary. For Williams, the mentoring she received as a leadership student as well as the life-long friendships she made in the program, were "a predicate to her success."
Christine Karolewski is a triple major in accounting, information technology management and finance from Smithfield, RI. The Stillman student will be starting a career with Deloitte in the fall as an auditor and pursuing her CPA certification. Karolewski is grateful for the mentors, classmates and experiences that the Buccino Center provided her with over the course of her undergraduate studies. Karolewski is confident in her abilities and future career aspirations, guided by the teachings of the Center and the support of a large network.
Vincent DeBartolomeis is a triple major in sports management, marketing and information technology management from Lone Tree, CO. The Colorado native will be moving to Boston in June to work for Fenway Sports Management and the Red Sox as a sponsorship sales associate. DeBartolomeis expressed his gratitude toward the Buccino Center for allowing him to incorporate through practice the values introduced to him through his ethics-centered education. The leadership student credits the influence of Michael Reuter and Professor John Shannon in helping him to grow as a person and a professional.
Taylor Cutcliff, who studied mathematical finance, is from Springfield, PA. Cutcliff will be working as a branch analyst for Morgan Stanley in Philadelphia. For Cutcliff, the Buccino Center gave her confidence in her skills as a businesswoman and allowed her to break out of her comfort zone. Cutcliff's award-winning proficiency in public speaking and presentations attest to her growing confidence as well as her mastery of financial and mathematical materials. Cutcliff recounts her senior year crisis management class as one her most impactful memories.
"Students were each given roles to play in the event of a firm-wide crisis. Our job was to fix the problem," said Cutcliff. "That class taught me how to perform under pressure and manage high-stress situations. The real-world examples that we were confronted with are some of the many hands-on learning experiences I enjoyed as a Stillman Leadership student."
Aaron Varghese is a quadruple major in finance, information technology management, religion, and philosophy from Haledon, NJ. The New Jersey native will begin work for Quest Diagnostics as a full-time financial analyst. Varghese attributes his skills and work ethic to the teachings of the Buccino Center.
Austin Lopes is a double major in finance and information technology management from Union, NJ. Lopes harnessed the entrepreneurial spirit within Stillman and plans to continue his own marketing consultancy, New World Media, LLC. Lopes is thankful for the lessons several executives imparted to him as a Buccino student and looks forward to using that guidance to understand the many facets of the business world.