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St. John Fisher College’s Bittner School of Business Honors Alumni


St. John Fisher College’s Bittner School of Business Honors Alumni

On Thursday, April 14, the Bittner School of Business at St. John Fisher College hosted a banquet to honor the alumni winners of the Excellence in Management Award and the Dean's Medal for Outstanding Service. The event took place at the Genesee Valley Club, and awards were presented by Dr. Donald Bain, President, and Dr. David Martin, Dean of the Bittner School.

This year's recipient of the Excellence in Management Award (EIMA) is James R. Reis '79, Vice Chairman of Gainsco, Inc. and Director of the Apollo Group, Inc., the largest online provider of higher education programs for working adults. The EIMA is the preeminent award bestowed by the Bittner School. It recognizes an alumna or alumnus who demonstrates: outstanding leadership and managerial accomplishments in business, academia, or a community-based organization; a proven track record of significant accomplishments in the field of management; a record of community involvement; and a commitment to St. John Fisher College.

Prior to joining Gainsco, Reis founded First Western Capital LLC, a financial services company that provides investment management services. He served as the Managing Director and provided consulting services to a subsidiary of Gainsco Inc.

He is also the former Vice Chairman and co-founder of ING Pilgrim Capital Corporation, where he served from 1991 to 2000 when it was acquired by ING Group, N.V. Prior to Pilgrim Capital Corporation, he was co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Express America Holdings, a publicly traded mortgage banking company.

Reis served as Secretary, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Express America Mortgage Company and held several executive positions at Western Savings & Loan, Metropolitan Savings & Loan Association, Murray Saving Association, and KPMG LLP.

Currently, he is a Director on the Board of Arcadia Biosciences, a privately held biosciences company that engages in the development of agriculture products for environmental and human health in the United States. He serves as the chair of the audit committee.

Reis is a resident of Dallas, Texas.

A second award was also presented at the banquet. The Dean's Medal for Outstanding Service was created in 2007 to honor the exemplary and sustained contributions of individuals in the service of the Bittner School. Outstanding service includes involvement in advisory boards, mentoring, fundraising, community relations, and accreditation.

The 2011 recipient of the Dean's Medal for Outstanding Service is Steven Terrigino '89, Certified Public Accountant, The Bonadio Group. He has been with the firm since 1995 and is one of Bonadio's "homegrown" partners, having risen through the ranks to become a partner in the Firm's Small Business Advisory Group. His practice specializes in closely held businesses in a variety of industries, many of which are physician groups.

Terrigino was on the St. John Fisher College Alumni Board of Directors for six years, serving on the executive committee as Vice Chairman for two years and Chairman for three. Additionally, during the College's 2002-2003 strategic planning process, he was selected by then President Dr. Katherine Keough to serve on the planning committee as an alumni representative. For the last six years, he has chaired the Annual Accounting Awards Banquet Committee, and is one of the founding members and chairperson of the St. John Fisher College Accounting Alumni Society.

He is a member of the New York State Medical Group Management Association, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In addition, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He previously served on the Board of the Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation and was the recipient of the Rochester Business Journal's prestigious Forty Under 40 Award.

Steven Terrigino

Dr. Bain, Steven Terrigino, Lori Hollenbeck (assistant dean of Bittner), and Dr. David Martin.

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