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Business Advisory Board

The Business Advisory Board consists of prominent executives, academic leaders and industry experts, who provide advice and guidance for developing the future directions of the School for Business at MCNY. The Board has met regularly each term since 2010 to review and discuss curricula and degree programs, the School's educational objectives, program outcomes, and offer suggestions for change/revision in order to keep them current. The Board has been instrumental in various initiatives including curricula redesigns, ACBSP accreditation, and providing guidance and support on the direction and trends within business and industry that affect students and graduates. The School for Business and the Board aim to build partnerships among the business community to be able to bring great benefits to our students.

Board Members

Dr. Charles E. Williamson,
Executive Director
JP Morgan Chase
Chair of Business Advisory Board
Events Committee Chair

Dr. Charles E. Williamson has senior management experience in both public and private industry. Dr. Williamson devotes his career towards motivating others in achieving their own visions of success. He has coached many developing and seasoned professionals in career development, organizational development, process reengineering, and many areas of strategic business development. Dr. Williamson received his Masters of Science in Leadership and Strategic Management from Manhattanville College and Doctorate in Management and Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Williamson is currently the Chairman of the Advisory Board for Metropolitan College of New York, former Assistant Vice President at Citigroup, former Director for New York County District Attorney's Office, private business consultant, reviewer of the Academy of Management Journal and Oxford University Press, and adjunct professor for several colleges.


Sunil Badlani,
Vice President, Lead Information Risk Manager
JP Morgan Chase
Vice Chair of Business Advisory Board

He has eighteen years of experience in the financial and retail industries. His career began with retail industry where he was instrumental in designing and implementation of technology solutions for Shoppers' Stop, one of the leading department stores in India. He has devoted last fourteen years in technology and operations risk management for capital markets, equities, fixed income, investment management, and mutual funds lines of business. He has executed pragmatic information technology risk strategies for direct market access, algorithmic models trading, order routing, order management, prime finance and trade execution services. He was Senior Vice President at Citibank managing operational risk. He currently works at JP Morgan Chase as Lead Risk Manager for Asset Management business where his primary mission is to manage information risk. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems Management from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Bachelor degree in Financial Accounting. He is certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) from ISACA. His interest includes new technologies, and photography with focus on landscape and time lapse.


Charles A. Archer, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer
Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving Persons In Need, Inc.
Marketing Committee Chair

Charles A. Archer was born and raised in Brooklyn, and studied Business Administration and Accounting at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in 1996. He resumed post-graduate studies in Brooklyn, earning a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School in 2001, and subsequently earned his Masters of Public Administration degree from Baruch College. Mr. Archer is also a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional and a Certified HealthCare Compliance Professional. Upon graduation from Law School, Charles accepted a prosecutor's position as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County. Three years later he assumed a lobbying role as the Associate Executive Director for The InterAgency Council on Mental Retardation and Developmental Disability Agencies. In 2006, he joined the faculty of Baruch College, serving as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Affairs. As an attorney, he is admitted to practice in the courts of New York State, the District of Columbia, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, and The United States Supreme Court. In his present role he leads a staff of more than 500 men and women dedicated to meeting the needs of more than 1000 mentally retarded and developmentally delayed persons and their families. At an "All Staff" meeting in my first year as CEO, I talked to my staff about the importance of teamwork and working together, using the metaphor that we were all in the same boat, and emphasizing how it would be critical that "Everyone Paddles - at the Same Time, in the Same Direction, towards the Same Goal."© Today, "Everyone Paddles" is now just part of our culture. Affiliated with numerous professional associations, Charles has been called upon to lecture and research on a variety of topics important to organizations providing Policy, Leadership, Development as well as Community, Day and Residential services to the disadvantaged and relishes the opportunity to make the case for services to those in need. Most recently, in late 2011 he was a Cuba Research Delegate with the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. In 2012, he was selected to participate in the Harvard University Kennedy School "Driving Government Performance" consortium; and a recipient of The Network Journal Forty under 40 award. Charles enjoys travel (having visited more than 20 countries in the past decade), running marathons, skydiving, freelance writing on a wide range of topics, as well as meeting new people in new settings. He still manages to find time for community service as a member of One Hundred Black Men of NYC, as a volunteer with PENCIL, Inc. and proud alum of Brooklyn Law School.

Charles A. Archer firmly believes that "Everybody is required for Everything!"


Thomas Dzimian
Director of Career Services
German American Chamber of Commerce

Thomas Dzimian was born in upstate New York. He attended Canisius College in Buffalo where he received his undergraduate degree Political Science and German. He earned his Master's degree in German at Middlebury College, VT and the Johannes Gutenberg Universit├Ąt in Mainz, Germany. As the Director of Career Services Mr. Dzimian heads a team that recruits students from Germany for corporate internships in the U.S. He develops training programs, coaching candidates, conducts site visits of host-companies and evaluates interns' performances. He also heads the Chamber's J-1 Exchange Visitor visa program. Mr. Dzimian works closely with the U.S. Department of State, Department of Consular Affairs and Homeland Security on cross-border issues between Germany and the U.S. Mr. Dzimian is an expert on the German and American educational systems and has administered a vocational training program for German banks in New York City. He organizes Human Resources seminars for German companies, supports study trips to Germany and conducts cross-cultural training for business professionals. He advises American students on career opportunities at German companies in the U.S. Mr. Dzimian is an ardent promoter of the study of German. He frequently speaks on this topic at universities throughout the U.S.


Leigh Mulligan, M.B.A.
Business Consultant

With over twenty years' management experience in the international hospitality and leisure industry, she has a unique global perspective on marketing, leadership, management and business operations. Specializing in academic study abroad, her expertise was key to the design and development of our current MBA international field practicum program. In actively supporting non-profits in the US and Europe, Leigh has built an impressive portfolio of skills focused on recruitment, training design and community outreach. A dedicated instructor, mentor and coach, she holds a BA in French and German from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, an MBA in General Management from MCNY and a Diploma in Integrative Counseling. In addition to teaching and consulting, she volunteers as an adult literacy tutor and career advisor, works as a freelance photographer.


Peter Schelfhaudt
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Creative Partners
Curriculum Committee Chair

Peter Schelfhaudt oversees the overall development of Creative Partners' capabilities, network affiliate integration, resource management and expansion. Mr. Schelfhaudt has over 25 years of experience in advertising and public relations. He began his career at Benton & Bowles (Los Angeles/New York) and Grey Advertising (Los Angeles). Peter was Managing Partner at Panoramic Communications (New York) before becoming head of mergers and acquisitions at Monster Worldwide. Mr. Schelfhaudt has a bachelor's degree in fine arts from University of Massachusetts, has an MBA in media management from Metropolitan College of New York and attended Massachusetts School of Law. Peter is also co-founder of Unconditional Love Productions, a film production company, and was Executive Producer of Vanished, Failing Better Now and Ma Femme, Ma Blonde et Ma Roulotte. Mr. Schelfhaudt is an investor in the Broadway play, Peter and the Starcatcher, which is now being turned into a movie by Disney. The University of Bridgeport recently named its art gallery after Mr. Schelfhaudt.


John Gramer, CPA
Vice President and Regional Managing Director
The Mergis Group

John Gramer is a graduate of Monmouth University. Upon graduation, John joined PricewaterhouseCoopers and worked 10 years in their audit practice. He left PWC as a senior manager and joined Revlon as the international audit director. John left the accounting world to become an executive recruiter in 1981 and has remained in that field for the past thirty two years. Currently, Mr. Gramer is Vice President and Regional Managing Director of The Mergis Group in charge of the New York Metro region. John specializes in the placement of accounting and finance professionals with salaries ranging from $75,000 to $3,000,000.






Alrick Davis
Business Engagement Leader
Taproot Foundation

Alrick is a C level finance executive with over twenty years of experience at Big Four Public Accounting and Fortune 50 corporations with exposure to a variety of organizations, cultures and operations through international and domestic assignments. He has held a number of Chief Financial Officer and Controllership positions. He also managed a Global Shared Service financial operation with centers in UK, India and Arizona. An excellent leader and teacher with extensive managerial experience who has managed staff in excess of 350, Alrick is highly effective at problem solving and developing strategy. He has demonstrated accomplishments in reorganization/restructuring, financial reporting, process improvement, financial operations, mergers & acquisitions, planning & forecasting, financial analyses, building a business and is very knowledgeable in human resource processes. He is currently a business Engagement Leader performing Pro Bono work for the Taproot Foundation. Alrick has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and an MBA in Corporate Finance.


R. Emanuel Scott, Jr.
Managing Director
George-Green Associates, LLC

Emanuel is the managing director of George-Green Associates, LLC, a securities compliance consulting firm, which provides regulatory compliance, financial, operational and risk mitigation solutions to broker-dealers, investment banks, hedge funds and investment advisers, domestically and abroad. He is also the managing partner of Galico Associates, LLC ("Galico"), which provides business consulting services to a broad spectrum of corporate clients, including equity, debt and donor-based crowdfunding firms.

Emanuel was a principal examiner in the New York office of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Incorporated ("FINRA"), where he investigated broker-dealers, registered investment advisors and other securities firms. His work included ensuring securities firms' compliance with United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and FINRA (formerly the New York Stock Exchange and National Association of Securities Dealers) rules, regulations and by-laws. He is a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists ("ACAMS"). Prior to joining FINRA, Emanuel was an audit manager at Citigroup, Incorporated, leading audits of the company's infrastructure-related businesses located along the eastern sea board between New York and Tampa, Florida. Emanuel began his career as an auditor with KPMG LLP in New York City. Emanuel received his BBA degree in Accountancy from the Zicklin School of Business of Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York.

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