May Class Notes

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Alison HaAlison X. Ha ’14 MBA (left) has been named Vice President, Business Development Officer of Pathfinder Bank. In her new role, Ha will develop and maintain business relationships with potential and existing customers, both commercial and real estate. She currently serves as Vice President of the Whitman Alumni Club of CNY.

Alan Frent ‘73: Florida Regional Director, American Friends of Sheba Medical Center

Michael Brandt ’88: Chief Operating Officer, Gordon Brothers

Mara Silver-Smith ’02: Managing Director, Strategic Marketing & Communications, The Jewish Federations of North America

Jason Weinreb ’09: Director, Sales Operations, White Ops

Mark Rossano ’11 MBA: Energy Analyst and Contributing Writer, Primary Vision

Joshua Bowie ’18: Secretary, Syracuse University Houston Alumni Chapter


Dr. Irene Scruton ’89, assistant dean and director of MBA programs in the School of Business, was one of three SUNY Oswego professional staff members this year to earn a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.


Scott W. Klein ’79, CEO of LanguageLine, shares, “Language barriers are a significant contributing factor to health disparities in the US,” in an Authority Magazine article.
John D. Darer ’83 was featured by Authority Magazine as a Pinnacle Top Settlement Expert in his role as the President and Founder of, LLC.

Pallavi Jha ’88 MBA was featured in the article, “Dale Carnegie franchise gives training global scale,” in Franchise Times.

Nate Germain ’08 and his restaurant, Malcolm’s, in Schenectady, New York, was featured in the Daily Gazette.

Kristin Mascolo ’19 was quoted in the Fast Company article, “What the class of 2019 wants from employers.”


Alyssa Lauren Simm ’13 is engaged to Jeremy Lewis Polster. Simm works for Facebook in New York City.


Kurt Kruger ’76writes: “In 1974, I was a Syracuse sophomore who was struggling in accounting and finance when Dr. Theodore Wallin recognized my aptitude for connecting with people and suggested I change my major to marketing. Upon making that change, my GPA went from 2.0 to 3.5. I received two job offers from on campus interviews in the middle of a major recession and was off to the races in a successful sales career. Today, I am retired and consulting part time and training others in the lesson I have learned. Most recently, I was Executive Vice President – Sales & Marketing with HBE Corporation in St. Louis. My career spanned 40+ years in Healthcare/Hospital Sales. I held sales related roles with many large and small organizations across the country. These companies including Sodexo, Novartis and HBE. I had the pleasure of returning and working for several of these organizations multiple times. My thanks to Syracuse University and particularly Dr. Ted Wallin for the direction and guidance I received in my education toward a very satisfying and rewarding career.”

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  1. Like a Kurt Kruger, though already a Marketing Management Major, I had both my Marketing Professor, John Stanton and Dr. Weilmon, Marketing Chair take me under their wings to assist in development of the School’s first what would be looked at now as an online digital Marketing & Sales Simulation program; and without computers then, had & encouraged me do Independent Study and research for them. They both laid out exactly how my/a career as a marketing executive should proceed to run that operation, by working in all facets of marketing which I did. It all came true. Had a job upon graduating starting with A.C. Nielsen even before I graduated.