News from the Cotsakos College of Business (CCOB)

As the new school year begins, I am happy to share with you several exciting developments that are happening in the Cotsakos College of Business.

Faculty News
Three William Paterson University professors, Cris Beam (english), Bhanu Chauhan (chemistry) and Jim Samuel (marketing and management) are featured in the NJBIZ Vanguard Series: Leaders in Higher Education article on faculty who have made significant contributions to their fields in the past year.  To read more about these notable professors, click here.

Alumni & Student News

The William Paterson Cotsakos College of Business presented its COIN 2018 Boot Camp (Crux of the Industry Niche) the week of July 30 – August 2, 2018. This year’s boot camp focused on four different industry sectors – real estate; healthcare & pharmaceuticals; banking & financial services; and food service &  supply chain. This offered students access to the most recent ideas in the fields that they plan to pursue and provided networking opportunities with a number of industry experts, including WP alumni and friends.

Alumni presenters included: Jeffrey Hipschman ’87, Senior Managing Director, CBRE; LeRoy Wilde ’86, Former Senior Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield; Kevin Lenahan ’90, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer, Atlantic Health System; Okwu “Joseph” Nnanna ’75, Deputy Gov. for Economic Policy, Central Bank of Nigeria, Chairman, Nigeria Export & Import Bank (NEXIM), Chairman, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC); Robert Ortense ’93, Vice President, Broadridge; Levar Thomas ’07, Senior Urology Account Consultant, Allergan; Gregory Makowski ’81, Founding Partner & Managing Member, CFS Investment Advisory Services, LLC; Lesley Weiner ’82, Financial Advisor, MidAtlantic Resource Group, LLC; Alessandro “Alex” Conte ’03, Executive Vice President & Principal, Blau & Berg Company; Chip Ohlsson ’90, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Wyndham Hotel Group; Owner, Urban Fire; Former Owner, Five Guys Burger & Fries (multiple locations in NJ) and Jeffrey Millar ’80, Managing Director, Global Subsidiary Banking, MUFG.

Student News
The 2018 Financial Planning Challenge was held in Chicago, IL from October 2-5, 2018. William Paterson’s team this year included students: Robert Wolfe, Jonathan Hommes, and Maria Velarde Ku.

If you would like to share your success story, be a guest lecturer, or give back to your alma mater by being a mentor or providing a scholarship for a deserving student, please call me at 973.720.2309 or via email at linderj@wpunj.edu.


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