Shevon Gregory ’20
Business was not Shevon Gregory’s first choice when he began school. He started out studying applied sciences for automotive technology. However, after working for a couple of years in the automotive field as an automotive technician, Gregory decided that he wanted to pursue business and finance. After graduating with his automotive degree, he began going to business school while working full-time. While he was in school, he landed an internship, which eventually led to a job as a financial analyst in the banking industry.
Gregory received his bachelor's degree in business administration with a minor in accounting from SUNY Brockport. The MBA program at St. John Fisher College appealed to him because of the huge community that surrounds the School and the successes of its alumni. He was also drawn to the friendliness he felt at the School and the intellectual conversations that he had with other students in the program.
“The program has been a great experience for me; I feel as though the courses have expanded my thought process. The expansion has resulted in looking at the problems faced in the work field from multiple angles in order to overcome challenges,” said Gregory.
He feels that the professors are very knowledgeable on current workplace needs and are always willing to make sure students fully grasp the content. Gregory hopes to use the knowledge gained from the MBA program to progress in his career and help the Rochester community grow as a whole.
Eric Johnson ’17, ’18
Constellation Brands, Inc.
Eric Johnson ’17, ’18 (MBA), is exploring the world of finance one department at a time. As a financial analyst at Constellation Brands, he is pioneering a new multi-year employee program that includes rotations in four departments over three years. This unique opportunity allows him to explore a broad range of career paths in finance, and to gain a rich understanding of key business areas.
Johnson credits the small class sizes, group projects, and one-on-one conversations with his professors at Fisher for preparing him for life in the workplace. “The ability to connect with others and establish relationships helped me get the most out of my Fisher education and is now helping to kickstart my career,” he shared.
As an undergraduate, Johnson searched for his niche within the accounting field. With the help of faculty, he connected with Fisher alumni to discuss their professional experiences and ask for their advice. He added a second major in corporate finance and later obtained an internship at Constellation Brands, moves that ultimately led to his current role.
Johnson enjoys the range of projects, challenges, and initiatives he has the opportunity to participate in and looks forward to growing professionally at Constellation Brands. He encourages students to take advantage of the Fisher alumni network. “Fisher has a strong, wide, passionate network of alumni who are more than willing to share their experiences and provide advice,” he said. “Use that network and don't be afraid to return the favor, there will always be Fisher students seeking advice about life after Fisher.”
Rochester Colonial Manufacturing Corp.
A key component of Fisher’s MBA program is the capstone project, a field experience where student teams consult with local businesses to address a business challenge or need. Participating businesses benefit from high-quality student research and professional-grade recommendations, and MBA candidates receive valuable real-world experience working with clients. One business that has worked with Fisher’s MBA program is Rochester Colonial, a local company serving residential, industrial, and corporate customers for more than 70 years.
In his role as a division director for at Rochester Colonial Manufacturing Corp., Tim Forster has worked closely with MBA candidates from Fisher. He was impressed with their professionalism and efficiency. “They were excited about the project and looked at this less as a class assignment, and more as a legitimate opportunity to help their customer,” he commented.
Forster described the capstone process as both valuable and enjoyable. He emphasized the value of the research and data provided during the span of the project. When asked whether he would recommend a student from the Fisher MBA program to a colleague or industry peer, he didn’t hesitate to answer. “Definitely,” he replied, describing the students he worked with as strong and “a cut above.”
Maya Smith ’19
Wegmans Food Markets
When Maya Smith was researching local MBA programs, she found Fisher’s philosophy of building skills in collaboration and personal relationships resonated well with her.
“I really connected with this approach and looked at this program as more than just me receiving an MBA, but an opportunity to build my character and sharpen my skills as I strive for advancement in my career,” she recalled.
While in the program, Smith said the array of classes available meant she could take a deep dive into topics that sparked her interest. Through courses in lead innovation, social marketing, and creative and critical thinking, Smith was able to relate class material to her job.
“I was challenged to think of innovative ways to enhance the current state of my workplace, understand how the world is becoming more digital, and identify different bias as a way to more cohesively interact with others,” she explained.
A nine-year employee of Wegmans Food Markets, Smith currently serves as a merchandising intern and is on a path to work within the merchandising department.
“I see myself as a future leader in the company and have goals of one day serving in more senior roles where an MBA is required,” she said. “Once I get to this level, I will have great work experience under my belt along with an education received from the Fisher MBA program to help me succeed in my future career endeavors.”
Andrew Callaghan ’19, ’20
Andrew Callaghan began the MBA program at St. John Fisher College after completing his B.S. in accounting with a minor in finance. He chose Fisher because he knew it would be a smooth transition from the undergraduate to graduate program. Callaghan also knew that getting his MBA at Fisher would allow him to fulfill the 150 credits he needed to sit for the CPA exam.
During his time as an undergraduate, Callaghan was actively involved in numerous organizations through the School of Business, including serving as portfolio manager for Investment Club, vice president of sales for the American Marketing Association, vice president of finance for the Entrepreneurship Association, and founding brother and vice president of chapter operations for Delta Sigma Pi Omega Psi Chapter.
Callaghan likes the flexibility and innovation the MBA program allows him. “I enjoy exploring new ideas and ways of thinking of complex topics and initiatives,” he said.
Callaghan is completing his MBA in May 2020 with an eye towards becoming a CPA and starting at The Bonadio Group next December. He plans to use his MBA to become more fluent in the many sectors of business and to advance in his career at Bonadio and in the commercial banking industry.
Alex Goodermote ’19, ’20
While completing his undergraduate degree in finance at St. John Fisher College, Alex Goodermote noticed that entrance to the MBA program was seamless and cost effective, and that the program offered great value.
Today, Goodermote is pursuing his MBA with plans to graduate in May 2020. At the same time, he returned to his previous position as a sales analyst at First American Equipment Finance. He interned at First Equipment Finance while he was an undergraduate student, but left the position to study full-time for the LSAT. He is now continuing this internship until he begins law school.
Goodermote feels that what sets Fisher’s MBA program apart is the support system that surrounds it.
“The MBA provided me the perfect transition from undergraduate to graduate level education. Coming from the finance program at the institution, Fisher made it possible to obtain a high-quality graduate education at a great value,” he said.
The MBA program has also given Goodermote a vision for the future. He plans to begin law school in August and eventually work in mergers and acquisitions, securities, bankruptcy, or other finance related law.