Simon Business School

Meet Alumni

With alumni in more than 80 countries around the world, Simon's network of alumni reflects the Simon experience—global, connected, and built for excellence.  The Simon MBA allows you to enjoy the prestige that comes with a degree from one of the world's best business schools.

The Simon Alumni Connection

Simon Business School alumni positively impact their organizations throughout the world. The Executive MBA program strengthens our global alumni network by providing key regional connections to support your career success. With CEOs and presidents from companies such as Paychex, Harris RF, M&T Bank, Five Star Bank, Welch Allyn, and many more, you access to a leading network. Scroll down to meet some of these alumni and students.

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    Jason Aymerich

    Executive MBA, Class of 2010

    President,
    Complemar

    "There is such a great wealth of knowledge in a Simon EMBA classroom. The time I spent there was an experience I will never forget, and an investment I will never regret."

    >> See the full profile for Jason Aymerich

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    Jim Barbato

    Executive MBA, Class of 2008

    President
    Pride Mark Homes Inc.

    “Obviously, Simon has a great reputation,” Jim says. “But I felt their brand would also help me as I worked with banks and other businesses. Even when you travel, people recognize that name.”

    >> See the full profile for Jim Barbato

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    Martin Birmingham

    Executive MBA, Class of 2013

    President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
    Five Star Bank and Financial Institutions, Inc.

    “I’m delighted that we have six alumni in senior leadership positions who have gone or are going through the Simon Executive MBA program. It allows us to collectively leverage the analytical skillsets and frameworks we learned to deal with some of the uncertainties of business.”

    >> See the full profile for Martin Birmingham

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    Dan Burns

    Executive MBA, Class of 2011

    Senior Vice President and President – Rochester Division
    M & T Bank

    “I’ve acquired insights and skills that today help me lead internal committees, make better decisions for my commercial clients, and manage people more effectively. I owe it all to my Simon experience.”

    >> See the full profile for Dan Burns

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    Alex Castro

    Executive MBA, Class of 2007

    Senior Vice President of Operations
    PathStone Corporation

    “And I knew it was either Simon or no program at all,” he says. “The recognition factor is key. If you are making a long-term investment like this, you might as well get the best of the best."

    >> See the full profile for Alex Castro

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    Catherine Chase

    Executive MBA, Class of 2001


    Catherine Chase has been a Marine since the early 80’s, and is currently an activated reservist on military leave from her job at Hewlett-Packard in Austin, TX.

    >> See the full profile for Catherine Chase

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    Jonathan Chase

    Executive MBA, Class of 2013

    Senior Vice President and Consumer Lending Director

    Catherine Chase has been a Marine since the early 80’s, and is currently an activated reservist on military leave from her job at Hewlett-Packard in Austin, TX.

    >> See the full profile for Jonathan Chase

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    David Curry

    Executive MBA, Class of 2013

    Executive Vice President of Engineering and Technology,
    OneStream Networks

    “The Simon Games is your introduction to the quantitative element of a Simon MBA. Success in the simulation, and the program, depends on how well you can convert data into information that you will use to make managerial decisions and monitor your performance in the market. These skills are essential in any business.”

    >> See the full profile for David Curry

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    Sean Cutt

    Executive MBA, Class of 2014

    President and Chief Operating Officer (BNL and BRE Commercial Division)
    Broadstone Real Estate

    “I was looking to advance my education and build a stronger foundation in finance. Simon helped me reach those goals by strengthening my ability to understand and analyze information while developing my skills to communicate the results.”

    >> See the full profile for Sean Cutt

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    Jessica DeGroote Nelson

    Executive MBA, Class of 2013

    Director of Engineering
    Optimax Systems, Inc.

     “I learned to approach problems differently, to see the larger picture, and to become more knowledgeable about the financial and strategic aspects of business. It’s important to realize what a small business goes through."

    >> See the full profile for Jessica DeGroote Nelson

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    Josh Dennie

    Executive MBA, Class of 2013

    Manufacturing Manager
    Optimax Systems, Inc.

    “One of the big benefits of the Simon coursework was interacting with the other EMBA students. It was so helpful to hear about the real-world problems they were facing and get feedback on my issues,” notes Dennie. “Our study group became very close and I’m certain we’ll remain great friends.”

    >> See the full profile for Josh Dennie

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    Paula Dolan

    Executive MBA, Class of 1988

    Director of Human Resource
    Five Star Bank

    “Simon teaches an analytic approach to decision-making, which has been an important element in my career. There is sometimes a perception that human resources is a touchy-feely sort of business, but in reality there’s a huge financial element to it.”

    >> See the full profile for Paula Dolan

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    Lance Drummond

    Executive MBA, Class of 1985

    Director, Board of Directors Freddie Mac
    TD Canada Trust

    “The Simon EMBA program gave me an economic framework that both shaped my business thinking and helped me develop as a leader. Each day, as I interact with others to solve tough, complex problems, I apply what I learned at Simon.”

    >> See the full profile for Lance Drummond

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    Sean Flaherty

    Executive MBA, Class of 2006

    Executive Vice President, Strategy
    ITX Corp.

    "I built relationships there that I'll have the rest of my life. And now, some of our key business offerings at ITX—like Technology Strategic Planning—have parts and processes that come directly from classes I took at Simon."

    >> See the full profile for Sean Flaherty

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    Stephen Fraum

    '12S (MBA), Executive MBA

    Principal
    Sidecar Capital Management, LLC

    “Simon gave me a lot of the quantitative tools I needed. More than anything, it gives you a solid base – the background and depth you need continue to teach yourself new things.”

    >> See the full profile for Stephen Fraum

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    Michael D. Grover

    Executive MBA, Class of 2015

    Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer
    Five Star Bank

    “It had been twenty years since I was in a classroom. I knew Simon was going to be challenging, but what I’m learning in the Executive MBA program has me thinking more strategically. Simon is introducing and reinforcing concepts that are useful as I progress in my career.”

    >> See the full profile for Michael D. Grover

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    Charles J. Guarino

    Executive MBA, Class of 2015

    Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing
    Five Star Bank

    “One of the things I value the most out of the Executive MBA program is the team setting and the opportunity to work in groups. I have a great study team, which includes a doctor, a state trooper, and two engineers.”

    >> See the full profile for Charles J. Guarino

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    Tamu Hutchinson-Brown

    Executive MBA, Class of 2007

    Director of Information Technology and Resource Management
    Center for Youth Services Inc.

    "Our interactions really helped propel me forward," she says. "I learned so much listening to how people from different professions solved problems. And I could bring their approaches back to my job to give us all a different perspective."

    >> See the full profile for Tamu Hutchinson-Brown

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    Rufus Judson

    Executive MBA, Class of 2006

    President & Chief Operating Officer
    The Pike Company

    "I built relationships there that I'll have the rest of my life. And now, some of our key business offerings at ITX—like Technology Strategic Planning—have parts and processes that come directly from classes I took at Simon."

    >> See the full profile for Rufus Judson

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    Tom Kelly

    Executive MBA, Class of 2010

    CFO
    Optimax Systems, Inc.

    "I built relationships there that I'll have the rest of my life. And now, some of our key business offerings at ITX—like Technology Strategic Planning—have parts and processes that come directly from classes I took at Simon."

    >> See the full profile for Tom Kelly

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    Linda Marshall

    Executive MBA, Class of 2010

    Product Development Manager
    Carestream Health

    “While I was in the program, I was promoted from director of strategic planning to assistant controller of finance. That job required me to do exactly what I was learning at Simon in my first year."

    >> See the full profile for Linda Marshall

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    Nathan Martin

    Executive MBA, Class of 1996

    Engineering Officer, Submarine Squadron 11
    United States Navy

    After having graduated from North Dakota State University in 1988 with a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering.

    >> See the full profile for Nathan Martin

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    Louise McDonald

    Executive MBA, Class of 1999

    President
    Herman Miller Healthcare

    “I am a strong believer that continuous learning is a career-long requirement, especially in a very competitive global economy. The investment in the Simon Business School Executive MBA helped me pull together 17 years’ experience in various sales, marketing and operations roles to become a more effective business leader.”

    >> See the full profile for Louise McDonald

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    Diana Nole

    Executive MBA, Class of 2001

    CEO
    Wolters Kluwer Health Division

    “The Simon EMBA program helped me make better decisions. I became more confident and more open to using different approaches. Also, learning how to get things done efficiently within a team structure was extremely important for me.”

    >> See the full profile for Diana Nole

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    Kevin Pickhardt

    Executive MBA, Class of 1990

    President
    Pharos Systems International

    "Simon's quantitative method was something that I preferred, instead of the softer case study approach," he says. "When an opportunity arose to acquire an ownership stake in an existing company, I had to convince a bunch of investors this was the best thing for them. I used all the tools I had picked up at Simon."

    >> See the full profile for Kevin Pickhardt

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    Sarah Plasky-Sachdev

    Executive MBA, Class of 1999

    Founder and CEO
    Aquavation

    "I was surrounded at Simon by senior executives running worldwide operations, doctors overseeing ERs," Sarah recalls. "For some it might be the ultimate intimidation. But I wasn't there to compare myself to others; I was there to learn from them."

    >> See the full profile for Sarah Plasky-Sachdev

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    Rick Plympton

    Executive MBA, Class of 1999

    CEO
    Optimax Systems, Inc.

    “We were put on teams of four or five students, and we worked on projects and homework together. I also studied in Paris for a week where we collaborated with students from the sister program in Bern, Switzerland,” he says. “Through it all, we were practicing collaboration, which has served me well throughout my career.”

    >> See the full profile for Rick Plympton

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    Ken Syme

    Executive MBA, Class of 2006

    Senior Vice President Global Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Procurement
    Xerox Corporation

    “I enrolled in the program because I wanted to find out what I didn’t know,” Syme says, “What I discovered was that in every single course I took, I could immediately apply something I learned to my work at Xerox.”

    >> See the full profile for Ken Syme

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    Natasha Thompson

    Executive MBA, Class of 2009

    President and CEO
    Foodbank of the Southern Tier

    "It was definitely the hardest thing I had done in recent memory," she says. "But everyone was interested in ensuring that I succeeded. The professors were very approachable."

    >> See the full profile for Natasha Thompson

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    Patrick Tobin

    Executive MBA, Class of 2008

    Director of Business Development
    Wright Beverage Distributing

    "Simon Business School provided me with the tools necessary to take my professional growth to the next level. The background I received in accounting, finance, operations management, and marketing, among others, has been invaluable. My Simon MBA gave me the ability to analyze complex business problems and develop innovative solutions."

    >> See the full profile for Patrick Tobin

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    Michael Van Meter

    Executive MBA, Class of 2013

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Oncology and Angiogenesis
    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

    “The EMBA Business Simulation afforded me two things: A glimpse into the professionally and personally challenging world of the Simon MBA and an opportunity to participate in a world-class program I would have been unable to without.”

    >> See the full profile for Michael Van Meter

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