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Alumni In Memoriam: Al Berg ’73

Alumni In Memoriam: Al Berg ’73

Alumni In Memoriam: Al Berg ’73

Al Berg

Al Berg, one of the co-founders of Marchon Eyeware and the company’s former president and CEO, passed away March 10. Berg was known throughout the optical industry as a visionary and influential executive. After the sale of Marchon to Vision Service Plan, Berg continued on with the company in various roles, including president, vice chairman and strategic advisor to the CEO until 2014, when he left to focus on philanthropy, investing, mentoring and lecturing. Berg was a longtime supporter of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and generous with both his time in student engagement and financial support. His monetary gifts enabled valuable experiential learning opportunities for students and the creation of the Al Berg Chair in Entrepreneurship — the inaugural recipient of which is Professor Johan Wiklund.

Berg was recognized as the Orange Entrepreneur of the Year during the 2018 Whitman Alumni Awards Ceremony. Regarding his continued support of the Whitman School, Berg said, “It is my hope that my financial support helps provide programming, experiences and instruction by accomplished faculty like Professor Wiklund, which I believe are keys to early and sustained business success.”

“It is my hope that my financial support helps provide programming, experiences and instruction by accomplished faculty like Professor Wiklund, which I believe are keys to early and sustained business success.” - Al Berg '73

Alison Kessler

Alison Kessler is the alumni publications and outreach manager at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. She has amassed more than 20 years of experience in integrated marketing communications in the corporate, agency, not-for-profit, higher education and government sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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