The Norm Brodsky College of Business Hall of Fame

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Honoring Distinguished Alumni

The Norm Brodsky College of Business Hall of Fame honors the contributions of outstanding individuals who shape and strengthen the University, the community and their profession. The College inducted the first members into its Hall of Fame on May 3, 2018, and will celebrate new inductees on a biennial schedule.

We are proud to announce that the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees are:

William H. Kurtz '79

Barry M. Pelletteri '77, '83

Lisa VanPatten '87

H. Edward Wilkin III '74

Please join us as we honor these distinguished Rider alumni at the 2020 Norm Brodsky College of Business Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame Inductees

James P. Bush ’80

James P. Bush ’80 is the president of Global Network and International Consumer Services (GNICS) at American Express, which includes the consumer business outside the U.S. and all global bank partnerships in 130 countries and territories. Under his leadership, GNICS has become one of the fastest growing divisions of American Express, a company he joined in 1986. Bush is a sought-after expert on customer service and engagement; under his leadership, American Express earned eight consecutive J.D. Power & Associates awards for highest customer satisfaction among U.S. card companies. He has also been featured in several notable books on customer experience strategies. Bush earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Rider, where he graduated cum laude. In addition to being an active alumnus, he is a senior advisor to Table to Table, a community-based food rescue program in northern New Jersey.

Howard Cohen ’71

Howard Cohen ’71 has more than 40 years of experience in the fields of public accounting and consulting. He is currently an executive advisor to Wells Fargo's New Jersey Middle Market Banking Group and was previously the chairman of EisnerAmper LLP and the managing partner and CEO of Amper, Politziner & Mattia, LLP. He earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Rider and a master’s in taxation from Pace University. In addition to serving on many boards and committees, Cohen is actively involved with Rider. He is the immediate past chairman of the University’s Accounting Advisory Council and a member of the Executive Advisory Council for the Norm Brodsky College of Business. Previously, Rider has honored him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award and inducted him into Beta Alpha Psi, a national honors fraternity for financial information professionals.

Patricia A. Hartpence ’78, ’86

Patricia A. Hartpence ’78, ’86 is a corporate giving officer at NJM Insurance Group, where she has worked since she began her career upon graduating from Rider College in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in commerce. She is responsible for the oversight of NJM’s corporate giving, matching program, volunteer program and community outreach. Active in her community, Hartpence has served on the boards of several organizations, including HomeFront and Kidsbridge. She returned to Rider to earn a Master of Business Administration in 1986 and continues to be involved with the University in several capacities, including as a member of the Rider Women’s Leadership Council.

Vincent J. Milano ’85

Vincent J. Milano ’85 is the chief executive officer of Idera and the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of ViroPharma, which was acquired by Shire Pharmaceuticals in January 2014. Under his stewardship, ViroPharma became a leading developer of innovative therapies for rare diseases, with the approval and commercialization of its lead product, Cinryze, for the treatment of hereditary angioedema in the United States and Europe. Milano received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Rider. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Spark Therapeutics, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, VenatoRx and Life Sciences Pennsylvania.

We also honored Johnson & Johnson for their long tenure as Corporate Partner of the Norm Brodsky College of Business.

For more information about nominating alumni for the 2020 Hall of Fame, please contact [email protected].

Legacy Inductees

Accounting Hall of Fame Inductees
Accounting Hall of Fame inductees are the legacy inductee members of the Norm Brodsky College of Business Hall of Fame

Name Award Year Received
Ronald Spair Achievement in Corporate Accounting 2016
Jules Frankel Achievement in Service to the Community 2016
Thomas Marino Lifetime Achievement 2016
Dr. Marianne S. Battista Faculty Lifetime Achievement 2016
Richard Fair Achievement in Governmental Accounting 2014
Theresa Richardson Achievement in Service to the Community 2014
Anthony Dimun Lifetime Achievement 2014
Alan Sumutka Faculty Lifetime Achievement 2014
Sherise D. Ritter Achievement in Public Accounting 2013
Robert S. Schimek Achievement in Corporate Accounting/Finance 2013
Peter A. Inverso, State Senator Lifetime Achievement 2013
Professor George L. Battista Faculty Lifetime Achievement 2013
John C. Layton Achievement in Governmental or Not-for-Profit Accounting 2011
Donald R. Richards Achievement in Public Accounting 2011
Stephen Cosgrove Achievement in Corporate Accounting/Finance 2011
Frank Sonnenberg Achievement for Service to the Community 2011
Clair M. Raubenstine Lifetime Achievement 2011
John J. Gorman Faculty Lifetime Achievement 2011