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Save the date: Access Your Future Week

Accounting , Entrepreneurship , Featured Events , Finance , IT / Information Systems Marketing | Aug 30, 2010 |

Are you torn between several possible career interests? Unsure which path is right for you? You aren’t alone. But the Gabelli School of Business is here to help — with Access Your Future Week.

This week of special programs and speakers will give you a clearer sense of what might lie ahead of you in the business world, and this valuable information can help you narrow your focus. Learn from successful Fordham alumni and non-alumni who have become leaders in specific business fields. This is an excellent opportunity not only to learn, but also to network.

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Edward Blount

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 | 5 P.M. | Sign up HERE

Edward Blount Fordham University

Edward Blount

Mr. Blount is chairman of the nonprofit Center for Study of Financial Market Evolution, a research group dually based in Washington, D.C., and Zurich, Switzerland. He has 35 years of work experience in the securities markets with Citibank, Bankers Trust, and then with ASTEC Consulting, which he sold to SunGard Data Systems in 2007.

Since 2006, Mr. Blount’s group has been working with the RMA and Securities Industry Financial Markets Association to create a database of securities loan activity for use by academic researchers. The database contains more than one billion loan records, representing an average of $1.5 trillion loaned annually from 2005 through 2008.

Mr. Blount has conducted in-depth interviews with senior officials and board members of the Securities & Exchange Commission, Federal Reserve Board, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Bank for International Settlements, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, European Commission, and the European Central Bank. A frequent speaker at conferences worldwide, he was inducted into the Securities Services Hall of Fame in June 2009. In September 2009, he testified before the Chairman and Commissioners of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on “Securities Lending and Investor Protection Concerns.”

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Thomas Karthaus



Thomas Karthaus

Thomas Karthaus is a senior associate at The Watermill Group. He is responsible for evaluating and coordinating potential transactions as well as providing project-specific assistance to portfolio companies. He has significant experience performing financial, operational and market due diligence and creating complex operating and valuation models for potential acquisitions.

Prior to joining Watermill, Mr. Karthaus worked as a summer associate at Fisher Scientific International in its Corporate Development division. While at Fisher, Mr. Karthaus performed in-depth market analysis to assess the attractiveness of new markets and to identify the best way for Fisher to participate in those markets.

Mr. Karthaus began his career at The Blackstone Group, where he held a variety of positions. Most recently, he was an analyst for Blackstone’s distressed securities hedge fund and was involved in all aspects of launching Blackstone’s first proprietary hedge fund, including roles as interim CFO and COO.

Mr. Karthaus received his B.S. at Fordham University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies. He earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and is a CFA charter holder.

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John Lionato


john lionato

John Lionato, Rackspace

Since April 2010, John P. Lionato has been the global leader for operational excellence at Rackspace Hosting, a provider of managed and cloud hosting. He previously had been senior vice president for worldwide customer care, a position he held since joining Rackspace in May 2008.

Mr. Lionato’s career history includes a term as vice president at Intuit, the maker of QuickBooks, Quicken and TurboTax, in its information technology organization. He was the center of excellence leader for Intuit’s process excellence organization, for which he also was the executive coach to Intuit’s CIO and the IT leadership team. He held other management and leadership positions at Intuit prior to that time as well, and also worked at General Electric in information technology, mergers and acquisitions, operations, litigation, and quality.

Mr. Lionato earned a B.S. in psychology from Fordham in 1985) and a law degree from Quinnipiac University College of Law in Connecticut. He has led teams of 1,000 employees, run operations for multi-billion dollar businesses, dramatically improved countless processes and coached leaders from all functions and levels of business. A resident of Texas, he serves on the local boards for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the San Antonio World Affairs Council.

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John Alberto


John Alberto

John Alberto

Learn about the consumer products industry from John Alberto, vice president at Combe Inc., a privately held company based in White Plains, New York, that is responsible for brands such as Just for Men, Cepacol, and Sea-Bond.

Mr. Alberto oversees all of Combe’s global human-resources activities including recruiting, organization design and development, training, compensation, benefits, and employee relations. He plays a key role in Combe’s long-term strategic management. During his tenure, sales have tripled, and the company’s profits have increased by 800 percent.

Prior to joining Combe, Mr. Alberto held senior executive human resources positions at Reckitt and Coleman, Inc., and at ADT Inc. He is an active alumnus of Fordham, from which he earned a B.A. in 1972 and an M.B.A. in 1975. He is a member of Fordham’s President’s Council and Maroon Club Advisory Council.

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Steve Colletta


Steve Colletta Fordham Business

Steve Colletta

Steven Colletta is vice president and division head of F.J. Sciame Construction Co., a New York City-based construction firm known for the building of highly designed and technically sophisticated projects. Since joining Sciame in 1997, while still attending Fordham, Mr. Colletta has completed a wide range of projects such as mega-retail, luxury housing, office buildings, cultural centers, and new academic buildings. His portfolio of projects includes the first LEED Platinum Laboratory building for the Cooper Union, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne’s firm Morphosis, and multiple large-scale projects for the General Electric Company.

Mr. Colletta directly oversees nearly $1 billion of work in pre-construction and construction throughout the region, including the 1.4 million-square-foot renovation of AIG’s world headquarters into a mixed use community, new employee facilities at Grand Central Terminal, and a new 10-story art gallery designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Norman Foster. Mr. Colletta has lectured at institutions that include Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and the Cooper Union. He is a member of Fordham’s President’s Council.

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Charles Gulotta


Charlie Gulotta

Charles Gulotta offers a deep understanding of the technology sector, with insight into service, software, and hardware businesses. He has diverse experience within the technology industry as well in health, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, and both federal and local government.

Mr. Gulotta spent more than 32 years with IBM in a variety of sales, marketing, and communications-management roles. His last seven years were with IBM Global Services, leading and building its global analyst relations function. In 2005, Mr. Gulotta joined the marketing group of Infosys Technologies, the second-largest Indian technology services company. He has traveled numerous times to India and has worked with large corporate organizations. Mr. Gulotta also moved five times with IBM and, as a result, has extensive international experience with focus on Europe and Latin America.

A native New Yorker, Mr. Gulotta attended high school in Brooklyn and went on to Fordham University. He was inducted into the Fordham Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009 for both water polo and swimming.

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