Students for a few years, alumni forever. Across the nation, Saunders alumni are adding value to their communities and establishing themselves as leaders in their fields through their businesses. They are changing the world to provide needed goods and services while providing jobs and careers for those they employ in their communities. Whether you’re looking for an intimate NYC cafe, a massage therapist, or a consultant for your own business, the Saunders alumni network has something for your needs.

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Finance and Wealth Management

Fiscal Partners, LLC

Michael Browne ‘84 (accounting)
Scottsdale, AZ
Fiscal Partners offers bookkeeping, controller, and advisory services. Micheal founded the company on the premise that “new, emerging, growing, and even struggling businesses require all the same back-office services and support (and sometimes more) than established businesses.”

Gelsomino & Co., CPAs

Philip C.Gelsomino II ‘86 (accounting)

JXA Investments LLC 

Joanna Kha ‘06 (business management)
Apopka, Florida

Higgins Financial Advisors

Mark Higgins ‘97 (marketing), ‘03 (finance)

Parks Capital

Rajiv N Dixit ‘01 (finance)
Pittsford, NY
Parks Capital is a boutique investment advisory firm in Pittsford, New York with a mission of helping its clients “achieve their long term financial goals and overall financial success.”

Business Consulting

Epic Ventures Group

Tom Fecteau ‘76 (accounting)
Syracuse, NY
Tom has been supporting business for 30 years and has become an expert at diagnosing root issues across entire business life cycles.

Buffalo Letter Shop

Craig Aichinger ‘87 (management)

South Florida Web Advisors

Philip Levine ‘03 (management information systems)
Boynton Beach, FL
South Florida Web Advisors aims to utilize reliable, cost-effective, and quality solutions to satisfy their clients' objectives. Their services include website development, branding, email marketing, content management, search optimization, and more.

Epicenter Innovation; SCOUTbox

Christopher Tarantino ‘13 (marketing)
Denver, CO
Epicenter Innovations works with clients in emergency management, deployment support services, and public safety transformation. They deliver value to their clients through trainings, consulting, assessments, and more.

NicDad Enterprises Inc. dba NC Transmission

Daniel J Fenti ‘94 (business management)

Certified SEO

David Smith ‘03 (finance)
Bradenton, FLThis digital marketing agency covers all things SEO, including pay-per-click ads, display advertising, email marketing, and more.

Dino Novak ‘19 (service management)
Dino is an avid gamer who creates 3D art. 

Restaurants, Cafes, Bars, and Bakeries

Master's Donuts 

Eric Senna ‘91 (management)

Scottsville Spirits and Lottery

David J. Principino ‘89 (management)
Scottsville, NY

Erie Ale Works

Mark Higgins ‘04 (marketing)
Erie, PA
This young and fun brewery is a community hub for unique beer and events. The brewery gives back to local farmers and charities.

Vin Sur Vingt

Rakesh Chandiramani ‘04 (finance)
New York, NY and Washington D.C.
Vin Sur Vingt is an intimate french wine bar designed to transport its patrons to France with a relaxed ambiance, regularly rotating wine menu, and light fare menu. 


Drew Nye ’04 (business, management, marketing, and related support services)
ROAM Café is a restaurant and bar offering Italian and American cuisine to Park Avenue. Drew Nye, Saunders alum and owner of the café, kept the ROAM name from its previous owner and made it his own through a complete renovation of the interior and the menu.

ROC Brewing Company

Chris Spinelli ’09 (MBA finance), Nick Mesrobian ’08 (photographic illustration), Jonathan Mervine ’07 (international economics)
Co-founded by three RIT alums, Nick Mesrobian, Chris Spinelli, and Jonathan Mervine, ROC Brewing Company began as a single brewing kit, bought by Spinelli’s mother to get him and his friends off the couch. Today, ROC Brewing beers are sold in over 15 local venues, including their fun and stylish brewhouse on Union Street.

Good Luck

Charles Cerankosky '03 (industrial design)
Good Luck restaurant and bar is one of four food-based businesses owned by Charles Cerankosky. Offering American and Italian fare in a smart-casual setting, Good Luck was named one of Esquire magazine’s 18 Best Bars in America in 2016. In the same year, Good Luck tied for 13th on Rochester Business Journal’s list of Fine-Dining Restaurants in the region.

The Angry Goat Pub

Kevin Barton ’04 (hospitality and tourism management)
Saunders alum, Kevin Barton, owns The Angry Goat Pub: a restaurant and bar with an “urban country” vibe. Offering burgers, beer, and chocolate-covered bacon, The Angry Goat Pub resides on Clinton Avenue.

Blue Toad Cider

Scott Hallock ’02 (environmental management)
Starting its life in the blue-ridge mountains of West Virginia and working its way to Rochester, Scott Hallock co-created Blue Toad Cider to make the most authentic, responsibly produced cider he could. Blue Toad’s New York operations have gone through several iterations; from a tasting room in a train car, to a taproom in a historic building, Blue Toad is always reinventing itself.


Charles Cerankosky '03 (industrial design)
Cure is an intimate French charcuterie owned by Charles Cerankosky. After four years of success with Good Luck, Cerankosky opened Cure in 2012, designing it to offer a completely different experience from Good Luck. In this regard, Cure delivers through its intimate venue, focused menu, and characteristically French design philosophy.

Lock Stock Bar & Grill

Kevin Barton ’04 (hospitality and tourism management)
Lock Stock Bar & Grill is Kevin Barton’s most recent business venture. Located next to Bristol Mountain Ski Resort, Barton sought to provide a year-round family-friendly restaurant and bar to the local families and winter sports enthusiasts.

The Old Stone Tavern

Marc Taranto ’92 (electrical engineering), Jeffrey Wilczewski MS ’11 (electrical engineering)
Engineers by day and restaurateurs by night, Marc Taranto and Jeffery Wilczewski came up with the idea for The Old Stone 10 years ago while they were working for Harris Corporation. Offering quality bar food at affordable prices, Taranto wanted to make a friendly local joint where regulars would come to eat multiple times a week.


Charles Cerankosky '03 (industrial design)
Formerly the Wintonaire, Lucky’s is Charles Cerankosky’s latest endeavor. Opened in early 2020, Cerankosky and his business partners created a thriving “neighborhood joint” at the outset of a pandemic. Today, Lucky’s continues to offer casual diner food in a pleasant atmosphere.

Fifth Frame Brewing

Jonathan Mervine ’07 (international economics)
After getting a taste for brewing when he co-founded the ROC Brewing Company, Saunders alum, Jonathan Mervine couldn’t get enough. He founded two more brewhouses, with Fifth Frame Brewing being his most recent. Fifth Frame offers locally made microbrews in the heart of Downtown Rochester.

Personal Lifestyle

Crisp LLC

Jordan Daniels ‘15 (management information systems)
Crisp is a lifestyle brand that offers accessories, art, and home decor.

Miranda Joly Photography

Miranda Joly ‘16 (advertising photography)
Miranda is a wedding and portrait photographer serving Western New York State who loves love and connecting with her clients.

Beauty and Wellness

Southern Belle Products L.L.C.

Courtney Graf ‘15 (hospitality and advertising photography)
Southern Belle Products sells affordable handcrafted wellness items like skin care, aromatherapy, paracord products, and survival essentials. 

Massages by Miller

Tom Miller ‘84 (food service administration)
Camp Hill, PA
Massages by Miller aims to bring relief to their clients from a variety of stress related issues. They offer on-site chair massages for office locations, massage parties, prenatal massage, and hot stone massages.

Personal Services

Medicare Matthew

Matthew Weit ‘07


Tara Locastro ‘98 (MBA)

RAM Detailing

Ryan Miller ‘19 (management information systems)

Windermere Real Estate

Michael Woods ‘92 (business)
Windermere is one of the largest real estate brands in the country, with over 300 offices and 6,500 agents throughout the Western United States and Mexico. They are committed to building thriving communities with integrity and professionalism at the core of what they do.

The Farnsworth Family Agency

Justin Farnsworth ‘14 (business administration)
Summerville, SC
This family-owned insurance agency provides auto, home, life, and business insurance solutions with friendly, personal service.