The 20 Most Notable Syracuse University Alumni in Business

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Syracuse University is located in Syracuse, New York and it has a rich history that goes back more than 175 years. The private research university was established in 1931 under the name of the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary under the direction of the Methodist Episcopal Church with the original location in Lima, New York. It since moved to Syracuse and has become one of the more desirable universities in the area. Syracuse University has an acceptance rate of just 52 percent of all applicants and a graduation rate of 80 percent. Some of the most notable people in the business world are alumni of this institution and here are the top 20.

1. M. J. Rose

M.J. Rose is an alumni of Syracuse University who has enjoyed a successful career as both an author and a business woman. She wrote a blog called “Museum of Mysteries” which she runs. She also co-founded the International Thriller Writers and AuthorBuzz companies which are businesses for marketing and for authors. She wrote her first novel in 1998, titled “Lip Service” and Ms. Rose has been featured in multiple publications including New York Magazine, Time magazine, The New York Times, Newsweek, Working Woman and Forbes.

2. P.O. Ackley

P.O. Ackley is another famous alumni of Syracuse University who became a successful business person. He had a passion and love for guns and growing up with guns, he learned everything about them. He honed his talent and became a world renowned gunsmith. He founded his own company called P.O. Ackley, Inc. and he served as the CEO of the company as well as the master gunsmith.

3. Daniel A. D’Aniello

Daniel A. D’Aniella graduated with his four year degree from Syracuse University in 1968 magna cum laude. He continued his education and earned an MBA degree in 1974 from the Harvard Business School. After college, he obtained work at TWA an Pepsico as a financial officer. He continued to learn a great deal about finance and in 1987, he co founded the Carlyle Group with David Ruberstein and William E. Conway Jr, and Mr. D’Aniello is the chairman of the board of the group and he also sits on multiple advisory boards.

4. Al-Waleed bin Talal

Al-Waleed bin Talal attended Syracuse University and he went on to become a multi-billionaire. He owns a stake in teh Lyft company, Citigroup, Twitter, the Hotel George V, The Savoy Hotel in London, the Four SEasons Hotels & Resorts as well as founding the Kingdom Holding Company throughout the Middle East, the United States and Europe. He’s a Soudi Arabian Investor who also holds the title of Prince and his estimated net worth is $18.7 billion.

5. William J. Brodsky

William J. Brodsky graduated from Syracuse University with an AB degree and he continued on to also complete his JD degree, as well as passing his bar Bar exam to practice law in the states of New York and Illinois. In 2013, he became the Chairman of Nay Pier Inc. He is also the director of Integrys Energy Group and of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He currently serves as the Executive Chairman of the Board of CBOE Holdings as well as the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

6. Bernard Goldberg

Bernard Goldberg graduated from Syracuse University in 1948. He became an award winning journalist and established a name for himself in the industry. He won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award which is equal to the Pulitzer Prize. He is also the co-founder of Raymour & Flanigan.

7. Dennis Crowley

Dennis Crowley earned his bachelor’s degree from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. He went on to pursue his master’s degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. He is the co- founder of Foursquare service and he currently divides his time between work in New York and his family who live in the Hudson Valley.

8. Mary C. Daly

Mary C. Daly is an alumni of Syracuse University who pursued a career in executive leadership within the financial sector She is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank, located in San Francisco, California. She specializes in labor market dynamics, macro labor economics, and monetary and fiscal policy. She has written multiple working papers on the topics and is considered to be an expert in her field.

9. Nick Donofrio

Mr. Donofrio earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering fro Rensselaer Polytechic Institute in 1967, and went on to earn a master’s degree in the field in 1971 from Syracuse University. He went on to build a successful career for himself with the IBM corporation, serving in multiple roles including management and executive leadership, culminating in the position of executive vice president of innovation and technology with the company.

10. William James

William James attended Syracuse University as an undergraduate student. After college he went on to establish a successful career in business. He is currently the managing director and the co-head of fixed income with the Lazard Frerer company.

11. E. Floyd Kvamme

Mr. Kvamme attended the University of California at Berkeley where he earned a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1959. He continued his education in the semiconductor electronics specialization of the MSE program at Syracuse University, earning his degree in 1962. He went on to become a partner emeritus at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which is a venture capital firm that specializes in helping tech start ups become established, with a focus upon communications products ,magnetic storage, large system sotware, solar energy components and other types of technology.

12. Jeff McCormick

Jeff McCormick attended Syracuse University, earning his degree in management. He went on to found Saturn Partners which is a venture capital company that manages private investments. Mr. McCormick has an extensive career in the finance sector with experience in investment banking, building management teams, building strategic relationships and as an analyst and investment banker. He is also involved with multiple community boards including his seat on the Whitman School of Management Dean’s Advisory Committee at Syracuse University.

13. Richard Menschel

Richard Menschel earned his bachelor of science degree from Syracuse University in 1955. He continued his education,enrolling in the Master of Business Education at Harvard University. He received his degree in 1959. After completing his education, he went to work for the Goldman, Sachs company as an associate securities sales administrator in New York City. He remained at this post until 1967, at which time he was promoted to the position of vice president until 1969. He continued with the company, eventually making limited partner, which position he has held since 1988 until the time of his retirement. He also serves on the board of directors for T. Rowe Price.

14. Robert Menschel

Robert B. Menschel was Senior Director and Limited Partner of Goldman Sachs & Co prior to his retirement. He joined the firm in 1954 and made partner twelve years later in 1966. Prior to going to work for Goldman Sachs, he was a member of the New York Stock Exchange, serving as a specialist on the floor. Mr. Menschel was the founder of the institutional department at Goldman Sachs, and headed the institutional sales division from 1967 through 1978 as partner. In 1979, Mr. Menschel became a limited partner. He also served as a trustee for the Dalton School, the Institute for Advanced Study ,the American Jewish Committee ,the Guild Hall, Syracuse University, his alma mater, the New York Public Library, the New York Presbyterian Hospital, as a Life Trustee for Temple Emanu-El, a board member of Chess in the Schools, chairman emeritus for the Museum of Modern Art and as a former member of President Clinton’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities.

15. Sean O’Keefe

Sean O’Keefe is an alumni of Syracuse University who earned his Master’s degree in Pubic Administration from the University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He also earned a graduate degree from Loyola University. He was previously a member of th NASA team from 2001 through 2005 as an administrator. He was present when the Columbia Accident occurred and he was a part of the team that established the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. Prior to that he was the Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Defense. He also served as the chairman of the Airbus Group, Inc, as well as the Chief Executive Officer as he is the founder of the business.

16. Lowell W. Paxson

Lowell W. Paxson, was also known to many as Bud Paxson. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1956. After graduation he went on to enjoy a successful business career. He co-founded the Home Shopping Network along with Roy Speers in 1982. He served as the president of the company for a number of years and he also founded the Paxson Communications company. Mr. Paxson was appointed to the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame n November of 2002.

17. Kirthiga Reddy

Kirthiga Reddy is an alumni of Syracuse University who has gone on to have a very successful career in executive leadership. She formerly served as the managing director of Facebook India, and was recently named the CEO of this division of the company. She was born in Chennai, India.

18. Arthur Rock

Arthur Rock is among the most notable alumnus of Syracuse University. After completing his course of studies, he went on to become a venture capitalist who was soon recognized for his business savvy and keen intuition in the finance industry. Mr. Rock was the co-founder of Intel as well as an inspiration who served a a father figure for Steve Jobs of the Apple company.

19. Vishal Sikka

Vishal Sikka is yet another notable alumni of Syracuse University. He is an entrepreneur from the country of India who earned his undergraduate degree from the Syracuse University in Computer science and he went on to attend Stanford University where he earned his PhD. He went to work for the Xerox corporation for a short period of time. He founded the iBrain company after leaving Xerox. After this he served on the board of the CTO Forum which is an Indian technology organization and journal. He also served on the Systems Applications Products Societas Europaea. Mr. Sikka went on to become the chief executive officer of Infosys Ltd.

20. Martin J. Whitman

Mr. Whitman was a highly respected alumni of Syracuse University. He graduated with his bachelor’s of science degree in 1949, with a focus upon administration. After completing his studies at Syracuse University, he continued on with his education, earning a master’s in economics. After his schooling was complete, Mr. Whitman went on to establish a company of his own. He was also a whiz at making accurate guesses within the stock market arena, and he’s an expert in a variety of fields including the financial trends, and how they impact the local economy as well as the world around us. Mr. Whitman could even tell you the best time to buy as well as the best time to hold or to sell. He’s also brilliant at the art of thrifty spending and he’s been interviewed by multiple business and economics magazines where he’s shared some of his investing and business strategies for both big business and personal investing and spending.


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