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Alumni Success Stories

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

Recipe for Success


Entrepreneurs can be measured like a recipe for success.

Take volumes of intuition; add equal amounts of risk-taking, boldness and confidence. Mix everything together with pride, passion and perseverance. Boil the recipe down and you have the essence of an entrepreneur: fully balanced yet willing to stand alone, a person who can take a thought or idea and run with it.

Take Ronald Ricotta for instance, a 1979 graduate from RIT's E. Philip Saunders College of Business and Rochester-based entrepreneur who is president and chief executive officer of Century Mold Company, Inc.

The former East Rochester High School student-who wrestled, played football, and excelled in math-asked his guidance counselor one straightforward question before deciding to attend RIT.

"We talked about curriculum and whether I should major in business or accounting," recalls Ricotta with a laugh. "I asked which of the two had the least homework (it was accounting) and that's how quickly I made accounting my future career."

But in reality, Ricotta has always done his homework. Century Mold is a $42 million injection molding company with 300 employees that has grown 50 percent in two years under his leadership.
"One of the best things I ever did was choose RIT because of the co-op program, the pace of RIT's quarter-system, and faculty like Dan Tessoni who helped me jumpstart my career," says Ricotta, who exited college and spent the next 14 years in public accounting-this time, "majoring" in manufacturing clientele.

Although Ricotta continues to work long hours, he takes time out for vacations and rounds of golf at Locust Hill. He has two sons, Matthew, an '03 RIT alum with degrees in manufacturing and engineering, and Jeffrey a 2004 graduate of Boston University with a degree in manufacturing as well.

"Success takes lots of hard work and we all have stories to tell on how we turned our companies into successful, thriving ventures in spite of the economy," Ricotta says. "I participated in the conference because I wanted to give something back to the community and the institution that have helped me along the way.

"I'm not an entrepreneur like Bill Gates or Donald Trump, but I do believe I have learned how to grow a company," he explains. "Growing a company is like making a stew. You need several good ingredients to have a good taste. That includes technology, people, customers and luck.


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