2010 Honoree

Michael Buonassisi, BBA '77
vice president, Sales & Marketing
Pepsi Cola Bottling Co
  [Michael Buonassisi]

Michael Buonassisi is vice president of Sales & Marketing for the Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. of New York, He began his career working for PepsiCo (Pepsi's parent company) in 1977 and held various sales positions with increasing responsibility in Pittsburgh, PA; Orlando, FL; Mt. Vernon, NY; Flint, MI; and Moonachie, NJ.

He joined the Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. of New York in 1989 as vice president of Sales & Marketing, and has positively impacted their sales and marketing programs during the last 20 years. Volume has doubled and Pepsi's market share has surpassed its major competitor. In 2007, the Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. of New York received the Don Kendall Bottler of the Year Award, the highest recognition in the PepsiCo system, In 2008, the Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. of New York received the Beverage Digest Bottler of the Year Award.

Michael was born in Italy and emigrated to New York at the age of two, He grew up in Westchester County and received a BBA from Pace University in June of 1977. He is a member of the Pace University Hall of Fame in recognition of his successful college football career.

Michael currently lives in Katonah, NY, with his wife and two children. When he is not working he enjoys attending sporting events with his children. He also enjoys playing golf and hopes to be able to play more in the years to come. Traveling and all outdoor sports are also his favorite pastimes.