[Uncategorized] June 30, 2015 2:40 pm

On May 15 in the Otsego Grille, the School of Economics and Business held its second annual Graduation Reception. During this event, special recognition was given to Beta Gamma Sigma members, Academic Achievement Award recipients, Student Advisory Council members, and graduates with a GPA of 3.5 or higher (the latter two of which were presented with special graduation cords to wear in the ceremony). Additionally, Jim Lozano ’82, President and CEO of CFO For Hire, was the evening’s keynote speaker.

Dean Yen addresses the audience

SAC members Danny Lounsbury and Abby Renneman present Jim Lozano '82 with plaque

BAC members Mike Pentaris, Grace Tsao, and Aimee Vogel in attendance

Members of the Business Advisory Council of the School of Economics and Business came to campus on May 2, 2015, for a day-long meeting with Dean Yen, SEB faculty, and students. Topics discussed included: Innovative Strategies and Course Design in Entrepreneurship Education; Online Education for Business Courses and Curriculum; and Successful Engagement with Business Practitioners to Enhance Educational Programs.

Below are a collection of photos from the meeting. Meeting minutes can be found here.


The School of Economics and Business is pleased to announce the publication of the 2014-2015 Dean’s Letter, which is available here.

The Student Advisory Council of the School of Economics and Business is pleased to announce the publication of its Spring 2015 Student Newsletter! Click here to view the latest issue.

Tom Kane ’83, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Constellation Brands, opens the New York Stock Exchange on Cinco De Mayo, 2015, with his colleagues.

Mr. Kane is a 1983 graduate of the School of Economics and Business, and is currently a member of the SEB’s Business Advisory Council.

Mr. Kane is pictured left of center

Scott Salmirs, President & CEO, ABM

Mr. Scott Salmirs will deliver the Fall 2015 Distinguished Speak Series Lecture to students in the School of Economics and Business on October 30, 3-4pm, in the Waterfront Cafe.

Mr. Salmirs is the President and CEO of ABM. In this capacity, Mr. Salmirs leads one of the largest facility service providers listed on the New York Stock Exchange with revenues in excess of $5 billion and 118,000 employees globally.

ABM delivers facilities solutions in a number of industries, including aviation, commercial office buildings, education, healthcare, and sports & entertainment. The company’s range of services spans electrical & lighting, energy solutions, facilities engineering, HVAC & mechanical, janitorial, landscape & turf, parking, and security. ABM services its clients in the U.S. as well as 30 countries around the world.

Mr. Salmirs joined ABM in 2003, holding several executive management positions over the years. Most recently, he was Executive Vice President, responsible for the strategic oversight of ABM’s rapidly growing international and aviation business. In addition, he spent the last 12 years running ABM’s Northeast U.S. region. Under his leadership, the region more than tripled revenues, delivered a 400% increase in annual profitability, and increased its client retention rate to 96%.

Prior to joining ABM, Mr. Salmirs spent more than 20 years in the real estate business, holding leadership positions at CBRE, Goldman Sachs, and Lehman Brothers.

Mr. Salmirs is committed to his community, serving on several committees and philanthropy boards. He is a board member of the State University of New York College at Oneonta Business Advisory Council. He is also on the board of Outreach, an organization dedicated to building healthy lives for adolescents with substance abuse problems, and is a founding board member of Donate 8, a group focused on increasing the number of organ donors in New York State.

Mr. Salmirs has an MBA in Finance from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a BS in Business-Economics from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.

Eleven students from Senior Seminar in Economics (ECON 390) participated in the 2015 Student Research & Creative Activity Day, which took place on Thursday, April 16th, in Hunt Union. Full summaries of all student projects as well as information on the keynote speaker, Hal Luftig ’79, can be found on the SRCA web page.

Matthew Acquavella
“Do Oneonta Rents Exceed Property Values?”
Faculty Sponsors: Paul Bauer, Philip Sirianni (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Matt Acquavella

Derek Casanas
“Housing in the Current Expansion”
Faculty Sponsor: David Ring (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Michael Coleman
“Effects of Quantified Forward Guidance on Market Rates”
Faculty Sponsor: David Ring (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Michael Coleman

Stephen Grosso
“How do Features of New Urbanism Affect Housing Prices in Celebration, Florida?”
Faculty Sponsor: Paul Bauer (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Stephen Grosso


Tyler Habib
“Corporate Governance and Liquidity of Firms”
Faculty Sponsor: Dona Siregar (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Devin Luna
“Internet IPOs, Underwriters, and Long-Run Performance”
Faculty Sponsor: Dona Siregar (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Sean O’Hara
“Oil Price Shocks and Green Energy Stocks”
Faculty Sponsor: Philip Sirianni (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Sean O'Hara

John Perruna
“Inflation Expectations: Accuracy of Market Based Measures vs. Survey Based Measures”
Faculty Sponsor: David Ring (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

John Perruna

Jennifer Rushlow
“How Stable is the Error Correction Model Cointegrating WTI and Brent Crude Oil Prices?”
Faculty Sponsor: Paul Bauer (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Jennifer Rushlow

Kyle Sisco
“High-MPG Vehicle Demand Determinants: A Household-Level Analysis”
Faculty Sponsor: Philip Sirianni (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Mason Tiffany
“Openness to Trade and Long-run Economic Growth: A Cross Country Study”
Faculty Sponsor: Paul Bauer (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Mason Tiffany

Hua Zhong, Associate Professor of Management in the School of Economics & Business, presented a research paper at the 2015 International Business Conference held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from March 22-26, 2015. His paper, titled “On the Worker Scheduling Problem for a Small Medical Equipment Manufacturer”, studies an actual problem faced by the operations manager from a small local medical equipment manufacturer. Workers are assigned to various workstations during the manufacturing process. We want to set up a working schedule that rotates workers on the different workstations to reduce repetitive injury. The goal is to quickly find a working schedule that will balance the working load for all workers. A two-step approach is proposed to solve the above problem.

George Heath recently retired from Sherwin-Williams where he was President of the Global Finishes Group at Sherwin-Williams, a $3 billion group responsible for the Automotive Finishes, Product Finishes and Protective & Marine Coatings Divisions in North and South America, Europe and Asia. George joined Sherwin-Williams in 2004 as Vice President of Marketing for the Product Finishes Division before becoming its President & General Manager in 2006. After becoming Group President in 2008, he helped accelerate the company’s growth globally, doubling the size of the group, including several acquisitions in Europe and Asia.

Before joining Sherwin-Williams, George led the marketing team of the Industrial Coatings business at PPG Industries in Pittsburgh. Prior to joining PPG, he served in several global roles for Axeda, a venture-funded startup in Boston and for Thermovation Engineering, an equipment manufacturer in Cleveland. Thermovation grew more than 1,900 percent during George’s tenure and won five consecutive Weatherhead 100 Awards from the Case Weatherhead School of Management as one of Northeast Ohio’s fastest-growing companies.

George serves on the Business Advisory Council at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as well as an advisor to its China Business Program. Additionally, he spends time in the classroom, lecturing a variety of classes at Miami and elsewhere. George received his MBA from Miami, and his BFA from Bowling Green State University.

George, his wife Julie, and their two young sons reside in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

The slides from Mr. Heath’s presentation to the SEB students are available here.

Mr. Heath addresses a large group of SEB students

Mr. Heath meets with members of the Student Advisory Council of the SEB

Only the best business students in the world, and the professionals who earned the distinction of “the Best in Business” during their academic careers, can claim membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. The SUNY Oneonta Chapter congratulates the 19 students who have earned and accepted invitations in the Spring 2015 semester. They join an expanding worldwide network of more than 625,000 outstanding business professionals who have earned recognition through lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. Students ranking in the top 10 percent of the baccalaureate and top 20 percent of graduate programs at schools accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business are eligible for this invitation.

Beta Gamma Sigma lifetime membership is truly an international honor. With the expansion of accreditation by AACSB International, membership is no longer limited to those who have studied in the U.S. or Canada. Beta Gamma Sigma has installed collegiate chapters and inducted students on six continents. The most outstanding students are eligible for the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate or master’s program at a school accredited by AACSB International.

BGS invitations have been given to the following Juniors:

Lilian Dao, Nick Moore, Heather Bohlen, Tyler Mager, Sarah Planken

And the following Seniors:

Alissa Mannarino, Ashley Perry, Matthew Elliott, Abby Renneman, Colleen Shannon, Kellyann Turner, Oria Bays, Stephanie Schulweis, Corinne Ellis, Robert Allocca, Derek Casanas, Shane Irwin, Matthew Matteo, Joanna Pontino

Congratulations! Check out the photos below from the BGS tapping by Drs. Yen, Buchan, Durkin, and Flynn.

From Prof. Ozer's class: Joanna Pontino, Abby Renneman, and Derek Casanas

From Prof. Foley-Deno's class: Tyler Mager and Heather Bohlen

From Prof. Siregar's class: Shane Irwin and Natalia Poljak (current member)

From Prof. Zhong's class: Matthew Elliott, Oria Bays, Jordana Alhante (current member), John Perruna (current member), and Ashley Perry