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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

John Perrotti-Gleason


It's the middle of February, and John Perrotti has just returned home to Rochester from a business trip to India and China. As the president and CEO of Gleason Corp., Perrotti literally sits in the hot seat of strategic command, and is able to switch "gears" in conversation rapidly-whether he's talking about the company's strong infrastructure or building business relationships in the global market.

And gears are the backbone of Gleason-a 142-year-old company which designs, manufactures and sells tools and machinery for the production of bevel and cylindrical gears. True to its company motto, "Keeping the World in Motion," Gleason's customer base ranges from trucks, automotive and power tools, to construction, aerospace, marine and agriculture.

"The hottest need right now is energy, for mining equipment, oil exploration, and wind energy-like the turbines you see in California," Perrotti explains. "Gleason has been going through dramatic change, and I'm pleased to say the company has record high sales and operating results."

In 2007, Perrotti predicts the sales will be in excess of $500 million, five times the amount registered in the early '90s.

With 10 manufacturing plants to oversee-three in the U.S., four in Europe, and three in Asia (one just opened in China)-Perrotti is a man on the move.

"Being responsible for a privately-held, international, multi-million-dollar company is pretty demanding," Perrotti says. "My style is to be hands on, and often on Saturdays, I spend time on the shop floor and visit with some of the employees who are working overtime. It's a good opportunity to find out what's critical."

Perrotti joined Gleason in 1986, starting out as a senior financial analyst on the corporate staff. In a natural progression, he moved up the corporate ladder as director of accounting, controller, executive vice president, chief financial officer and VP operations-to his current position which he has held since 2005.

"I received my undergraduate degree in accounting from RIT's E. Philip Saunders College of Business in 1982, then started my career at one of the 'big eight' accounting firms, Peat Marwick, now called KPMG," says Perrotti, "where I earned my CPA."

Later, while working at Gleason, Perrotti attended the Simon School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester and earned his MBA degree in 1991.

"I have to visit major customers worldwide, but this is part of the job, and it's a good way to build relationships when you see people face to face," Perrotti says. "You learn to respect and enjoy their culture."

Perrotti says his "ease in business situations early in his career" is partially because of what he learned through participating in RIT's co-op program. "I was exposed to a business environment and had to learn how to behave within the dynamics of the office place," says Perrotti, who worked at Harris RF Communications. "It's an important learning tool because you get exposed to the tangible things rather than the technical.

"I learned how good work ethics, a positive attitude and being a good team player are keys to success in business. As a result, I continue to have high expectations for myself as well as for our employees at Gleason-which enables us to consistently exceed our customer expectations."


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