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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

Food for Thought


Frank Sklarsky is a well-seasoned financial executive in more ways than one.

After being hired at ConAgra Foods Inc. in late 2004, Sklarsky says, "I got five great years of experience in my first year. We've had a new CEO, a new senior team, a little turmoil, but at least we've now proved we've all got strong stomachs."

Sklarsky is ConAgra's executive vice president and CFO, responsible for the financial health and integrity of the third largest packaged food company in North America. The company's brand products are utilized in all segments of society and can be found in more than 95 percent of households. Popular consumer items include: Reddi-wip, Van Camp's, Healthy Choice, Hunt's, Pam, Wesson, Marie Callender's, Swiss Miss, Slim Jim, Egg Beaters, Act II, Orville Redenbacher's and Chef Boyardee, among others.

"I arrived here during a tumultuous time and the company needed major restructuring," says Sklarsky from his corporate office in Omaha. "We had to focus on our most profitable and biggest markets in order to maintain ConAgra's focus and identity."

Sklarsky knows about focus and identity: he's applied it in his own life. After graduating from Williamsville North High School ('74) near Buffalo, he followed his sister's footsteps to RIT, planning on a degree in engineering. However, Professor Eugene Fram from RIT's E. Philip Saunders College of Business successfully ran career interference.

"He was my marketing professor and told me the up and coming profession was accounting," Sklarsky recalls. "He was a great advisor, and I'm glad I took his advice because not only was I very successful in college (graduating with a 3.96 GPA), but I ended up with a very rewarding career."

After earning a degree in business administration and accounting ('78), Sklarsky accepted a position at one of Rochester's big eight accounting firms, Ernst and Ernst (now Ernst and Young), earned his CPA license, then attended Harvard Business School where he earned his MBA in June 1983. A self-proclaimed "car nut," he spent his summer internships at Chrysler Corp. (DaimlerChrysler), where he ended up working in corporate management through 1999.

"I briefly moved my family to Austin, Texas, to work for Dell Computer, going from the industry's big boom in January 2000, through the dot.com bust in April 2001," Sklarsky says. "But then I received an urgent call from DaimlerChrysler, which was undergoing severe difficulties, so I returned to Detroit until I was recruited to become a CFO for ConAgra. I knew this job would be hard work, but nothing is lost in pursuing a new and interesting opportunity."

"And that's what I would say to RIT's business students-don't be a caretaker, be creative," Sklarsy advises. "Come into a job with 100 fresh new ideas, even if only one of them turns out to be useful to the company. Study hard and get a great education because right now there's an incredible imbalance of demand and supply for good accounting people. The good ones have a very bright future."

"And, never bend or break the rules," Sklarsky adds. "Don't compromise your ethics-ever. Your reputation is everything."


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