College of Business Advisory Board
Josephine Moran is executive vice president, head of retail banking at Provident Bank. Prior to joining Provident, Josephine was senior vice president, regional manager and retirement services program director at Webster Investment Services and 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.
Alper Anil is Managing Director of Ancore Resources International, a specialized trading and merchandising company with offices in New York, Istanbul, Taipei and Yangon. After earning an MBA from the University of New Haven in 1997, Mr. Anil joined Louis Dreyfus, one of the largest privately-held commodities merchandising companies in the world. There he worked as a commodities trader in textiles and energy departments, where he successfully built a substantial presence in Turkey, Europe and Asia trading commodities. He began his career as an entrepreneur in 2006 with Ancore Resources International. And, recently, he established Ancore Myanmar Co. Ltd., which is engaged in the fabrication and installation of aluminum and glass facades serving the booming construction sector in Myanmar.
Jim Betzig is chief executive officer and partner at TrinityPoint Wealth. Jim specializes in working with both institutional and high-net-worth clients; assisting in financial planning, asset allocation, tax-free investing, manager searches and selection and liability management. He also devotes much of his time to advising and serving 401(k) clients. Jim has been named one of Connecticut Magazine's top financial advisors from 2012 through 2016 and a Barron's Top 1200 Advisor for 2016 and 2017.
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 chief accounting officer 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.
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.
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.
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.
Kelly Haskins is Senior Vice President and Director of Community Banking Implementation Management and Operational Risk at Webster Bank. In her role, Kelly is responsible for the oversight of the project portfolio for the Community Bank. Additionally, Kelly manages operational risk and is the primary Community Bank liaison to the Enterprise Risk Management team at the Bank. She joined Webster in 1996 as a Product Manager for Investments (and eventually Insurance & Trust); in 1999 she led an initiative to form Websterâs Broker Dealer and Registered Investment Advisor. Additionally, Kelly undertook the lead for due diligence when Webster purchased the Trust Company of CT and Sachem Trust Company. For several years, Kelly managed both Trust and BD/RIA Operations and Technology when the units were combined from a management perspective. Prior to joining Webster, Kelly was an Account Executive at Dean Witter; an Institutional Marketing Associate at G.T. Capital; Trust & Investments Product Manager at Old Kent Bank (now Fifth Third); and a contracted Program Manager with EMC & LPL; Managing Director at Kehrer Associates and Chief Operations Officer for a credit union-owned BD.
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.
Jeff L. Hubbard serves as President and Commercial Sales Leader for KeyBank's Connecticut and Western Massachusetts market. Prior to the acquisition of First Niagara Bank by KeyBank in 2016, Hubbard served as New England Regional President for First Niagara. Prior to TD Bank, Hubbard served as Senior Risk Officer for Bank of America. From 2002 to 2009, he was Senior Vice President and Manager for Webster Bank. And from 1993 to 2002, Hubbard was based in New Haven, CT serving in senior management positions with Fleet Bank and Merrill Lynch.
Mary is a MetLife PlanSmart Account Executive at Barnum Financial Group. She develops and manages strong relationships with new and existing customers by providing comprehensive financial wellness educational programs to corporations and/or municipalities throughout Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York City. Prior to joining Barnum Financial Group, Mary worked in international sales, trade and investment serving as a Co-Founder of a software company, Skymira, and as a Senior Business Development Manager for the trade arm of the Australian Government, Austrade, both in Los Angeles and New York City.
Mike Maguire is a senior executive whose passions include leadership, entrepreneurship and forwarding nonprofit causes. Mike is Chairman and former CEO of Structural Graphics, a marketing services firm. He is a leading authority on the use and effectiveness of integrated direct marketing tools. Mike is also a partner in Ann Nyberg's Network Connecticut, a website whose mission is to connect, assist and inform the state's small business and nonprofit communities. He is Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program at the University of New Haven.
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.
Garrett Sheehan serves as President of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the Regional Leadership Council, the regionâs advocate for economic growth. Garrett also serves as President of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce, an affiliate of the Greater New Haven Chamber. Garrett worked on economic development at United Illuminating (UI) in New Haven and for Eversource as a liaison between the company and chief elected officials in 23 towns in Connecticut. Garrett is a licensed attorney in Connecticut and Texas. He served as an infantry officer in the Connecticut Army National Guard and deployed to Afghanistan in 2010.
Associate Dean, Associate Professor
Michele Solomon is a Director in Marcum's New Haven, Connecticut office. She currently serves as the Director of Operations for the New England Region. Previously, she had ten years of experience in the Assurance department at Marcum managing, conducting, reviewing and analyzing financial information for companies in a variety of industries including healthcare, not-for-profit, manufacturing, and pension plans.
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.
Eran Zalsman is the Founder & President of AcadeME an intelligent career development platform that empowers colleges and focuses on bridging the gap between the millennial students, employers and career development centers. In addition to AcadeME, Eran is Partner and CEO of Ashkenazy-Zalsman, an Israeli advertising and marketing agency, one of Israelâs fastest growing agencies. It serves major accounts like the Bank of Jerusalem, Israel Railways, Tel Aviv University, The Israel Federation of Chambers of Commerce and more. Eran has over twenty-five years experience in advertising and marketing has led many breakthrough campaigns for international companies like Yamaha, Motorola, SAP, DHL Toshiba and more. In addition, Eran has extensive experience and expertise in sensory marketing and advertising - a unique method based on the most comprehensive research ever done on that subject at Oxford University in England.