July 12, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
The Mount Saint Mary College MBA Class of 2019 and award recipients.
Mount Saint Mary College’s MBA Class of 2019 reflected on their current successes and looked forward to their future achievements at a special reception held in the college’s School of Business.
Jacob Gaydos of Newburgh, N.Y. received the Best Project Award for his study of strategies for increasing employee volunteerism. He currently works as the community relations coordinator at Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.
“I wanted to see what was prohibiting and inhibiting people from donating their time,” he explained. “I surveyed all our employees and got the data, and analyzed it to see how we could incentivize and recognize them.”
Gaydos earned his MBA with a Healthcare concentration from the Mount this May.
Killian Markuson ’19 of Wallkill, N.Y., who graduated Magna Cum Laude, was presented with the Mount’s Excellence in Business Award by Veronica McMillan, professor of Healthcare Management and Business Graduate Program Coordinator at the Mount. The award is given to an Orange County resident by The Orange County Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, Mount alumna Debra Zambito ’98, president and CEO of Elant, Inc., was presented with the Service to the MBA Award.
The group also celebrated the success of David Koenigsmann ’18 MBA ’19, who was recently hired as an accounting assistant at EA Engineering, Science and Technology. Inc., PBC in Newburgh, N.Y. Koenigsmann handles expense reports for the company, a national firm, and he will be branching out into other areas including accounts payable and project billing in the future. Because of the specifics of the job, “there was a lot of on-the-job training, but it was easy to get into the position because of the education I received here at the Mount,” he said.
A. Reza Hossain, associate professor of Economics at the Mount, praised Koenigsmann for his skill: “Federal compliance and regulatory requirements – it’s a lot of responsibility,” he said. “They don’t have someone to go to, to get approval from a boss. They have more responsibilities than many of those who go to work in an accounting firm. These students reflect what kind of graduates we produce.”
Connor Bacci ’18 MBA ’19 of Queens, N.Y. completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the Mount quickly, thanks to the college’s five-year bachelor’s and master’s degree program. In October, he will begin a new job as a global and mobility services tax associate at KPMG in Stamford, Conn, one of the top accounting firms in the nation. He credited Tracey Niemotko, professor of Accounting, for helping him to take the first steps toward his new career.
“Professor Niemotko knew an alumni there who let her know about the opening,” Bacci explained, so he applied. “In a couple of days, everything happened, and I had a job.”