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RIT alumni make amazing things happen in the world. Below you will find stories of Saunders College alumni who have gone on to apply their business degrees in successful and meaningful ways. For more information on Saunders alumni who have been recognized by the RIT Alumni Association through several  major awards, please visit the following webpages:


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Saunders Graduate Alumni Spotlights

Saunders College of Business students come from around the globe to study and learn the skill necessary to apply in to real-world business solutions. Upon graduation, our alumni pursue ambitious careers and make the successful transition into the workforce. We couldn't be more proud to showcase a few of our Saunders alumni as they reflect on their RIT experience.


Emily Duke

Master's of Business Administration (MBA), Class of 2015

"I would recommend RIT because I feel the degrees offered are worth the time and money. The goal is to prepare you for the real world."

Employer: Cuba Memorial Hospital

Home Country: United States

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Carmen Carbone

MBA in Accounting, Class of 2015

"The feeling of accomplishment has never been so great.."

Employer: PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers)

Hometown: United States

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Harsh Gupta

Master's of Business Administration (MBA), Class of 1999

"My company is beating the industry trend each year and registering growth of 15 - 20% year to year. I have no words to thank RIT enough for this."

Employer: Precision Stamping

Hometown: New Delhi, India

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Emily Hart

Master's in Entrepreneurship and Innovative Ventures, Class of 2015

"Saunders’ distinctive advantage is that the faculty and staff have strong ties with industry players. This is an asset, which students can leverage to find diverse job opportunities and internships."

Employer: Seating, Inc.

Hometown: Toronto, ON, Canada

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Bokang Khoarai

Master's in Management, Class of 2015

“I loved simulations and the capstone project, as they gave me near practical experience and a chance to apply the concepts taught."

Employer: Nalane

Home Country: Lesotho

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Pallav Mazumdar

Master's of Business Administration (MBA), Class of 2011

“The professors were all top notch and they brought in so many of their real life experiences in our classes that the studying part became more relatable and not just textual."

Employer: The Lacek Group

Hometown: Bhopal, India

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Ken Radzyminski

Master's of Business Administration (MBA), Class of 2015

“Outside of the classroom, I was able to collaborate with students from multiple colleges and educational backgrounds to give me a more realistic approach to real world application."

Employer: Cleveland Cavaliers

Home Country: United States

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Seerat Sodhi

Master's of Business Administration (MBA), Class of 2014

"Saunders’ distinctive advantage is that the faculty and staff have strong ties with industry players. This is an asset, which students can leverage to find diverse job opportunities and internships."

Employer: Deloitte

Hometown: New Delhi, India

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Chang Su

Master's of Finance, Class of 2013

"At Saunders, you’re not 1 of 100. There is individualized attention to determine what’s beneficial for you."

Employer: Siemens

Home Country: China

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Nan Yun

Master's of Finance, Class of 2012

"The education from RIT prepared me well for the job market. Through the co-op program, I was able to gain internship experience that helped with my job search post graduation."

Employer: Merrill Lynch

Home Country: China

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Saunders Alumni Success Stories

At Home and Back to Business


What's in a name? Maybe a business.

Ask Bob Witmeyer and Terry Doherty, who chose the moniker, Robert George Sales Inc. - a combination of their two middle names - to identify their new Rochester business in 1993.

They also were cementing a more than three-decade-long friendship that began when they met as E. Philip Saunders College of Business students at RIT. Witmeyer ('71), who grew up in the 19th ward and attended West High School, was majoring in business. Doherty ('70), an Irondequoit native who graduated from East Ridge High School, decided on a co-op program in the School of Retailing.

Both remember RIT's downtown campus as being "dynamic, a hub of activity where students would make things happen. The city streets were our campus."

"My father, Stanley, was director of RIT's School of Art and Design for 32 years," Witmeyer says, "So as a toddler, I was taking my first steps at the old Bevier building where he taught. It was nice spending one year at the downtown campus before moving to Henrietta."

Doherty gave college tours on the new campus. "At that time, the quarter mile didn't have trees and there was minimal landscaping," he notes. "All I could remember was the wind and how cold it could be. But going to RIT was worth it; there were very few schools in the country with a retail co-op program."
After graduation, Witmeyer worked as an admissions counselor at RIT, while Doherty went to work for the paper company, Kimberly Clark. Their lives continued to crisscross and both alumni ended up working in various sales and marketing positions for Mobil Chemical.

"Our generation is the first generation suffering from downsizing," Witmeyer says about his decision to leave the corporate life, "and Terry and I had been discussing for years how we wanted to work for ourselves."

Robert George Sales, Inc. realizes that servicing the customer is key. Their approach is business focused with a select number of key product lines that allows them to develop a strong understanding of the product and its market. The manufacturing rep firm provides services to companies that outsource their sales and marketing requirements. Robert George Sales sells paper, plastics and packaging products to the food service, supermarket, janitorial and industrial markets. The business covers New York, western Pennsylvania, northeast Ohio and northern West Virginia.

It took a lot of hard work and personal sacrifice to succeed as entrepreneurs. "We'll be celebrating 14 years in September since we opened Robert George Sales and we've held our own in an industry where many have failed," Witmeyer says. "We had to work long hours every day of the week, and sometimes, still do. And it was risky because we had to put everything on the line to get started, but we had confidence in ourselves that we could do it."

Doherty believes their confidence started years ago as students at RIT. " Bob and I learned something very valuable from our business teachers-educators like William Gasser and Eugene Fram-who encouraged our personal growth and brought relevance to what we were learning," Doherty explains. "Although we probably didn't realize it at the time, they gave us invaluable tools for a lifetime of success."


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