College of Business Advisory Board
Cathy Bradley is owner and president of Cathy Bradley Enterprises, a consulting firm designed to help Fortune 500 companies transform their businesses to meet strategic business objectives. She also sits on the board of directors of Spoken Communications, a technology firm focused on cloud solutions for the customer contact space.
Joseph Catapano ’89 is vice president and controller at Pitney Bowes Inc. He has responsibility for global consolidations, worldwide internal and external financial reporting, including the preparation and review of all SEC filings, coordination of the company’s compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and corporate financial policies and procedures, including the implementation of new accounting pronouncements and SEC rules and regulations. Prior to joining Pitney Bowes, he held finance positions with PepsiCo Inc. and was an audit manager with KPMG Peat Marwick in Stamford, Connecticut.
Kenny Coleman serves as senior vice president of marketing for Georgia Power. He is responsible for pricing and planning, renewable development, sales and utility relations. In 1999, he joined Southern Company as a residential marketing manager at Alabama Power. He has held leadership positions of increasing responsibility in retail marketing, external affairs, wholesale marketing, customer service and marketing and division operations, including vice president of Alabama Power’s Southern Division.
Michael Davis is vice president of taxes at Nestle. He brings a unique blend of leadership development, accounting, tax and systems expertise to Nestle, the world’s largest food company with a market capitalization of $250 billion. He serves as an officer for numerous Nestle companies, including Nestle USA Inc., Nestle Purina PetCare Company, Gerber Products Company and Nespresso USA Inc. As an educator, he serves as the executive director of the Executive MBA program at the University of New Haven.
Craig Douglas is vice president and treasurer and an executive officer of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (formerly The Stanley Works). Craig has spent his entire career with Stanley on a career path that has provided him with broad exposure to all facets of accounting and finance within a manufacturing company. Craig was named director of corporate finance in 1991, assuming global responsibilities for the core treasury function. In 1998, he was appointed treasurer with expanded responsibilities for real estate and risk management. He was appointed vice president in 2007 and executive officer in 2009.
Susan D'Agostino received her MBA in International Marketing from University of New Haven in 1985 and has been a member of the College of Business Advisory Board since September 2015. She holds 2 senior level certifications in Human Resources and is currently the Founder and Principal of SLD Consulting Services, a firm providing consulting services in the areas of human resources, contracts, policy and compliance. Prior to starting her own consulting firm, Susan was Senior VP and Chief Administrative Officer for Harris Connect, a firm specializing in affinity programs for non-profits. Earlier in her career, she held management positions for several government contractors and equipment manufacturing firms in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Alice Gao is senior vice president, head of commercial banking for ICBC USA N.A., a subsidiary of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organization. In this role, she is responsible for leading a multi-functional team to succeed on a global scale by achieving sales and profit targets.
Will Germain holds the position of senior investment officer at Ventas. He is responsible for originating, negotiating and executing acquisitions and development opportunities. He previously served as Director of Acquisitions and Investments for Lillibridge Healthcare Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ventas. Prior to Ventas, Mr. Germain worked at General Electric Capital Corporation where he held various roles in finance.
Baharom Bin Hamzah is group managing director and CEO of Romstar, a leading Malaysian-based provider of intelligent pipeline inspection services. The company, which he founded in 1997, works with many of the major suppliers of crude oil, including ExxonMobil and Shell, to detect structural issues before leaks in pipes can occur. The company designs, builds and operates high-resolution magnetic flux leakage (MFL) technology.
Frank Hird is a licensed real estate broker with more than 28 years of experience selling and leasing commercial real estate locally, nationally and internationally. His experience includes representing major industrial and office property owners, investors and tenant/buyers for corporations and nonprofit organizations, new construction development, build-to-suit medial requirements and turn-key lab space development for bio-science companies.
Josephine Moran is senior vice president and sales manager at Webster Investment Services. Prior to joining Webster, Josephine was executive vice president and director of retail banking at Columbia Bank. She was named one of the Top Women in Business in Staten Island in 2015.
Anthony Rescigno has served since 2000 as president of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the Regional Leadership Council, the region’s advocate for economic growth. Rescigno also serves as president of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce, an affiliate of the Greater New Haven Chamber. From 1989–2000, Rescigno served the town of North Haven as first selectman, where he oversaw more than 200 employees and managed a $60 million town and education budget.
Ferdinand L. Risco Jr. serves as the executive director of diversity and inclusion for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). He is responsible for the authority’s affirmative action/equal employment opportunity program, its disadvantaged business enterprise program and its Title VI plan. Risco develops and implements diversity and inclusion initiatives and consults with other members of the executive management team to ensure that all decisions, activities, programs and services are equitable and do not adversely impact current or potential employees, customers, communities, businesses or other stakeholders.
David Sussman is the CEO and Partner of Schmitt-Sussman Enterprises (d/b/a PFP), the nation's largest distributor of individual insurance products sold directly to credit union members. Since launching his career with the company in 1995, David's focus has been on leadership development and the innovation of new distribution channels. As a result, PFP has continued to evolve its customer engagement strategy in concert with the changing behavior of today's consumer.