Gold Ribbon Committee

The Campaign for Pleasantville
Transforming the Pace experience

These alumni and friends played a central role in plans for the 50th Anniversary Celebration and serve as ambassadors to bolster support for the Campaign for Pleasantville.

"Pace University was the perfect place for me to attend college. The faculty I had gave me an excellent education and the coop program grounded me with real world business experience. I made friendships for life. Pace truly started me on the right path."

Robert Caporale '85
Managing Director
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Peter Porrino '78
Chief Financial Officer
XL Group

"One of the most impressive things for me at Pace was the quality of professors. They were excellent... really excellent. When I think back to my fondest memory... it was really the first month on campus. The men's dorm now had women in it and so it had to be renamed that year as North Hall. We had a wing on the third floor that was mostly Freshman guys... Long Island, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Westchester, New Jersey, Upstate NY. Well, we connected and before the end of the semester (December 17, 1982), we had petitioned and formed the second fraternity on campus. AXE is still going 30 years later. It makes you feel good to start something sustainable. It really came from the friendships that we formed and have kept through the years."

Carl Caputo '86
Corporate Finance
Estee Lauder
John Rossello, Jr. '78
Partner, retired

"When I think back to the education I received at Pace I realize it has been instrumental to my success in life. In fact, I can't think of anyone I graduated with who hasn’t done well. And we all have Pace University to thank for that!"

Greg Durkin '83
Stamford Office Furniture
Michael J. Smeriglio, III '83
Brian Finnerty '72
1st VP - Investments
Raymond James & Associates
Geraldine (Zanfardino) Smeriglio '83
TJ McDonald '85
Business Analytics Sales Manager
Edward Stack '56, '91

"My life didn't get better by chance, it got better because of my Pace education. "

Nadine Mentor '99
Senior Vice President
Samuel A. Ramirez & Co.
Geoff Thompson '69
Thompson and Bender Inc.

"I have so many fond memories from all my years at Pace. I started there at 17 years old and met so many talented folks who helped shape my life and career. I made lifelong friends and colleagues. Pace will always have a special place in my heart!"

Audrey C. Murphy, Esq. '82, '87, '92
Executive Vice President &
Chief Legal Officer
Hackensack University Medical Center

"I am one of the few who was on the Pleasantville campus in 1963, 2013 and every year in between and have watched it's development go from quaint to functional, to beautiful to outstanding and contemporary with even greater plans and dreams."

Gene Westmoreland '65
Senior Consultant
Metropolitan Golf Association (MGA)
MGA Foundation
Joseph Paladino '73, '78
Adjunct Faculty
Lubin School of Business
Pace University

"My mom is a grad during WW2 of Pace, AAS degree, and went on to NYU nights for a BS not achieved due to War. I am a proud daughter of hers, a BA grad of Pace in the 60's. I was a survivor and determined leader. As of 2009 I am a Retired Colonel, US Army at 31.6 years. Now we (my husband Gene is also a Pace grad) have a terrific grandson Mychal who is as of Sept 2013 is a senior at Pace U and loves it too!"

Mary Westmoreland '67
Colonel, US Army Retired

"50 Years and 50,000 Stories. Having been a part of the Pace University faculty and administration for 37 years means I have probably heard about 75% of those stories in one form or another. But, the beauty of the past is the legacy it bestows on today and tomorrow. I am looking forward to seeing the past return in its present form on October 26 and rehearing many of those stories. See you soon, I hope!!"

Joseph Pastore, Jr. Ph.D. '66
Professor Emeritus in Residence
Lubin School of Business
Pace University


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