The Alumni Advisory Board of the Anisfield School of Business serves as an advocate for the School and advises and supports the dean. Board members support the students of the business school by participating in networking and career events, mentoring students and serving as speakers. Alumni interested in participating in the board or one of our committees should contact Karen Norton at firstname.lastname@example.org and include background information such as a resume.
George G. Rupp
Year of Graduation: 1994
Degree and Discipline: B.A., International Business
Title: Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor
Company: Merrill Lynch & Co.
Bio: George is a professional downhill skier turned investment banker turned private banker. At Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group in NYC, George currently focuses on investment advisory for ultra high net worth clients, and on film and aviation finance. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch’s private bank, George worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Corporate Finance and Restructuring Group, Merrill Lynch’s Global Energy and Power Investment Banking Group, and Morgan Stanley’s Private Client Services Group. Before starting his Wall Street career, George also worked at Meldisco, a Footstar company, in Mahwah, NJ. George grew up in Budapest, and raced for the Hungarian National Alpine Ski Team competing in the Europe Cup racing circuit. After moving to the U.S. in 1990, he received a B.A. degree in International Business from Ramapo College, and a few years later an M.B.A. degree in Finance from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
James E. Jaworski
Year of Graduation: 1981
Degree and Discipline: BS, Dual Majors – Business & Poli Sci.
Title: Attorney/Administrative Partner
Company: Wells, Jaworski & Liebman, LLP
Bio: Honorable Discharge, USAF, 1979. Attended Ramapo College and New York Law School with Veteran’s assistance under the G.I. Bill. Admitted to practice in both New Jersey and New York, 1985. Law practice based in Paramus, New Jersey focuses primarily on land use development and real estate matters. Happily married to Michele with one child, Michael. Long-time residents of the Borough of Ramsey. Member of the Board of Trustees, West Bergen Mental Healthcare, Member and Past President, Bergen Highlands-Ramsey Rotary. Adjunct, Ramapo College, BBAD.
John G. Brewster
Year of Graduation:1975
Degree and Discipline: BS -Management
Title: Senior Portfolio Manager, Senior Vice President-Wealth Management
Company: UBS Financial Services
Bio: John Brewster has over 30 years of broad financial and business experience on both a corporate and personal level. He has an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a Senior Vice President, Advisory & Brokerage Services, Senior Portfolio Manager, Portfolio Management program with UBS Financial Services, Inc. of Paramus. John and his wife Kathleen are life long residents of Mahwah and have two grown children, Randy and Darrell.
Year of Graduation: 2007
Degree and Discipline: BS– Management
Title: Senior Director
Company: Memory Care for Emeritus Senior Living
Bio: Michael Dillard is the senior director of Memory Care for Emeritus Senior Living. He is responsible for the financial aspects of residents who have memory loss from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or other illnesses. Michael is currently working on his doctorate in higher education at Rowan University and is a member of Ramapo College’s Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Alumni Board. He helps plan events for the EOF program, including recruiting students and increasing services for them. He also serves as a mentor, providing practical advice that will help students in life and at the workplace.
Bio: Cathy Benko is Vice Chairman and Chief Talent Officer at Deloitte LLP, the largest professional services firm in the United States. She is also the co-author of several best-selling books including The Corporate Lattice: Achieving High Performance in the Changing World of Work (Harvard 2010), Mass Career Customization: Aligning the Workplace with Today’s Nontraditional Workforce (Harvard 2007), and Connecting the Dots: Aligning Projects with Objectives in Unpredictable Times (Harvard 2003). Her books have been translated into multiple languages and her byline and insights appear regularly in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, BusinessWeek, Time, Leadership Excellence, and the Harvard Business Review. Ms. Benko has received numerous honors for her professional achievements, including Consulting Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Consultants” and the San Francisco Business Times “Forever Influential” Honor Roll for exceptional women leaders. Ms. Benko is a 1985 graduate of Ramapo College and received her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1989. She currently lives in Northern California with her husband and two children.