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Where are they now?

February 11, 2014

Where are they now?

Feb. 11, 2014

For nearly 15 years, Andy Rubin ’90 has been vice president for clinical affairs and affiliates at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, where he oversees 1,000+ physicians and administers a $1 billion budget.
An expert on the business of health care, Rubin is a frequent guest on NBC's Today Show, CNN, and Fox News Channel, and can be heard weekly on his Sirius Satellite/XM radio show, HealthCare Connect. He’s also a regular guest speaker in Skidmore’s capstone business strategy course.

And Rubin hires Skidmore business grads—14 of them over the years. Right now five very recent alumni work at NYU Langone as business analysts—Ginny Calderon ’12, Kiyo Egashira ’12, Cinyuki Chung ’13, Garrett Colgan ’13, and Ariella Steinfield ’13. “Why wouldn’t I hire Skidmore grads?” says Rubin. “They're hard-working, smart, dedicated, and increasingly diverse. They come from China, Haiti, Pakistan, and of course from right here in the U.S."

But Rubin’s hires aren’t the only business majors to land high-quality jobs, according to Professor Colleen Burke. She recently reached out to 172 majors from the classes of 2012 and 2013 and asked them to e-mail her headshots, company or grad school logos, and job titles. The result is a “where are they now?” bulletin board, featuring more than 100 faces and logos, displayed outside the Management and Business Department offices.

“Students are looking it over, taking notes, and snapping photos,” says a delighted Burke. “They stand there and stare. It’s being used as a networking device—and of course that’s how you get jobs. Skidmore grads want to help each other. Andy Rubin is one example of that.”

At ING Capital, Raiza Nazareth ’12 recently completed a global tour with the company’s International Talent Programme and is now an analyst in the media, telecom, and entertainment division, where she reports to Managing Director Steve Nettler ’85. Following in her footsteps at ING is Julian Malakorn ’13, an analyst for the natural resources group. Nettler has been actively engaging Skidmore in steering more grads to ING. He is also a judge for the executive presentations that cap the College’s MB 107 course, having returned 15 times to dispense his wisdom to undergrads.

Burke’s alumni board is an interesting reflection of today’s economy, with distinct clustering around fields such as healthcare, banking and investment, consulting, teaching, fashion and retail, not-for-profit, marketing and market research, communications and public relations, entrepreneurs, startups, and of course grad school. “I just love them so much; I want to stay in touch with them,” Burke says. “I get such a kick out of it. I’m so proud of them. It’s not easy to land jobs in this market, never mind good ones. And they have!”

Below are just a few highlights that demonstrate the value of Skidmore’s business majors out there in the “real world.”

Health care…

Dan Horwitz ’13 is studying for an M.D. at NYU School of Medicine and co-directing the New York City Free Clinic on the side. Also in health care in New York City are Sam Brown ’12 (account services at Palio+Ignite) and Nick Ober ’12, a growth hacker at Zeel Networks, a mobile wellness company offering an app for on-demand massage. At Harvard Medical School and its teaching affiliate, Massachusetts General Hospital, Diego Reinero ’12 is clinical research coordinator for the empathy and relational science program. Former SGA president Jono Zeidan ’12 is a consulting associate with Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA. And in Madison, WI, working as consultants and project managers at the inventive health-care software company Epic Systems, are Nick Eng ’12, Ashok Freitas ’12, Todd Powell ’12, and Zach Rudman ’12.

Banking and Investment…

Big Apple finance workers include Melvis Langyintuo ’12 (asset management, Goldman Sachs’s central funding group), JP Sullivan ’13 (Newbridge Securities Corporation), Lauren Madden ’12 (institutional equity sales assistant, KeyBanc Capital Markets), Sean O’Brien ’13 (Citigroup), Ethan Lenoff ’12 (private-equity research associate at Standard & Poor’s Capital IQ), Kiira Lizza ’13 (Wealth Advisory Group), Andrew Haber ’13 (T3 Trading Group), and Peter Anderson ’12 (trader, Amherst Securities Group).

In Boston, Jack Walsh ’12 is a portfolio manager at RBS Citizens Financial Group, and Nick Dupuis ’12 is an analyst at Wells Fargo Capital Finance, following a year in professional hockey. In Charlotte, N.C., is Jordan Keyser ’13, client associate for the Rutherford Group at Merrill Lynch. In London, England, Subhi Hossain ’12 works as a global reference data analyst at Barclays Investment Bank.


Amalia La Roche ’13 is in administration at Pilobolus Dance Theater in New York City, and Julia Robins ’12 is with special projects at the Kennedy Center’s DeVos Institute of Arts Management in Washington, D.C.


Mike Forbes ’12 is with Teach for America, as a technology teacher at the Maureen Job Charter School in Durham, N.C. And teaching English through Skidmore’s Teach in China Program are Makenzi Knight ’13 (Qufu Normal University) and Shawn Prince ’12 (Sun Yat-sen University).


Caleb Mayerson ’12 is the crafter at his Batten Goods, a handmade furniture venture in Boston. Alexis Essaris ’12 creates upscale jeans for athletic builds at his Montreal-based company, John Stalwart. Zak Fagiano ’13 and Hope Schwartz-Leeper ’13 (finalists in Skidmore’s 2012 Freirich Business Plan Competition) are growing their Wellfleet Sea Salt Company on Cape Cod. Nenesi Ibru ’12 owns Olivia’s Trunk, a consignment boutique in Lagos, Nigeria. Zack Sweebe ’12, a tech consultant at Hewlett-Packard, has entered the pet accessories industry as co-inventor and co-owner of LeashPals. And just this January, Doug Crisona ’12 and Cyrus Park ’12, who have a particular passion for design-focused, unique and/or useful products, have launched Self to Shelf (, a curated online wholesale marketplace for the indie retail community.


Joining tech startups are Tyler Doremus ’12, at SMB Sales at Square in San Francisco; Brendan Cottam ’13, SEO associate at SEER Interactive, a digital analytics company in Philadelphia; Taylor Alderson ’12, account strategist at New York City-based Crowdtap, a social-influence marketing platform; and in Boston, Tyler Orfao ’13, at HubSpot, a champion of the inbound marketing method, and Rebecca Russo ’13, doing marketing for NSTAR.

Fashion and retail…

Astrid Moresco ’12 is a wholesale coordinator at Piazza Sempione, Elaine Barnes ’12 is a distribution analyst for J.Crew, Elise Zion ’12 is a retail operations assistant at Elie Tahari, Chloe Chang ’13 is a PR and marketing intern at Todd Snyder, Kathryn Flick ’13 and Emily Cohen ’13 are both at Ralph Lauren, and Sydney Gelber ’13 is an assistant project manager at the Nanz home-furnishings company.


Andrew Craig ’13 is an analyst practitioner at Monitor Deloitte in San Francisco, Ethan Flum ’13 is an adviser with KPMG in New York City, and Kyle Grillo ’13 is an analyst at Mercer in Boston.


“Pinky” Penhleak Chan ’12 turned down multiple grad-school acceptances in the U.S. to return to Cambodia as the ODC research coordinator for the East-West Management Institute. Gedvile Gineityte ’13 also returned home, in her case to Lithuania, as project manager at the Valley of Joy youth center. Devon Childs ’13 is a customer care specialist for Together We Rise in Dayton, Ohio.


Three alums are at Nielson, the ultimate place to learn what consumers watch and buy: Cathy Chang ’13 is a data analyst in Arlington, Va., Kate Imboden ’13 is a research analyst in client consulting in Stamford, Conn., and Aylin Ceylan ’12 is associate client manager for the Coca-Cola USA account in Atlanta, Ga. (“So glad we did the Coca Cola case when she was in the capstone strategy course!” says Burke).

Other marketers include Mila Woodfield ’12, marketing associate at Three in Saratoga Springs, and Harris Brett ’12 is with PVR Partners in Philadelphia. And of course there’s the New York City contingent, such as Johanna Branagan ’12, a digital media planner at Mediacom, Aaron Krepack ’13, assistant in brand communications at PMK-BNC, and Alex Fromson ’13, a market associate at Expedia. Among those in the new world of big data analytics is John Morris ’12, analyst at ZenithOptimedia.

Communications and PR…

Amanda Hill ’13 is a research analyst in ad sales and Chris Tofalli ’13 is an ad-sales assistant at Discovery Communications. Elizabeth Courtney ’13 is at Oxygen Network, and Thomas Best ’12 is an account executive at Clear Channel Radio in Asheville, N.C. Samantha Friedman ’13 is an account coordinator at Rubenstein Communications, Julie Rudnick ’13 is a junior associate at Sard Verbinnen & Co., Val Shaindlin ’12 is with Evins Communications, and Emily Meyer ’13 is a junior account executive at DeVries Global. Ross Lovern ’12 is an analyst at Kekst and Co., a strategic and financial communications firm. And we have two graphic designers: recent Parsons School of Design grad Matt Wolff ’12 (now at Forest Studio in New York City) and Justine Kavana ’12 (at IMG in Lexington, Ky.).

Graduate students…

Many business majors go on to grad school—and judging from recent requests for faculty recommendations, they predict many more in graduate school soon. Already Lauria Chin ’12 is at Boston University Law School and Morgan Stevens ’12 at Yeshiva’s Cardozo School of Law. David Kaplan ’13 is finishing a master’s in accounting at the University of Michigan and has accepted an offer from KPMG in Chicago. M.B.A. students include Renae Banks ’13, specializing in human resources, at Xavier University; Morris Bradley ’13 at Union Graduate School; and Kelsey Yam ’13, at Clarkson University, where she’s also an assistant soccer coach.

For more about Skidmore’s business major, click here.


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