Category Archives: Zarb Alumni

HAMA Recognized with Award

The Hofstra American Marketing Association (HAMA) was recently awarded the 2016 Reginald Andre ’04 Endowed Award for Zarb School of Business Student Activities. This award is granted by Reginald Andre (BBA ’04) and sponsors a new program, event, or initiative.

In the fall of 2016, HAMA members (some of whom are pictured below) will be organizing a marketing pitch competition. Groups will be led by one alumni each, and together they will create a marketing plan for the different companies that are selected. A panel of marketing professionals will judge the competition and network with students and alumni. The goal of this event is to cultivate alumni connections and assist the local business community while also improving students’ presentation, communication and teamwork skills.


The Zarb School Congratulations ALL 2016 Graduates

Sunday May 15, 2016 was a day for new alumni and their family and friends to celebrate the graduation of both undergraduate and graduate students at Hofstra University. The Zarb School of Business gives a big shout out for a job well done.

Stay in touch with your alma mater. Here are some great links for you. Please join sign up and join us:



Three Resources for Your Career Planning

As we wrap up the spring 2016 semester at the Zarb School of Business, we would like to congratulate ALL of our new graduates, our continuing students, and our alumni for a job well done!!

We’d like to offer some more career advice via these three very different types of information that should aid you in career planning:

“How much you make is a topic few people like to reveal. It’s considered impolite in many circles and it’s also fairly subjective, depending on your position and skill level, as well as gender, age, and race, among other factors.”

“To better understand where you really fall on the income scale, broke down the median income in the U.S. by education, age, race, geography and gender using Census Bureau data. How does your paycheck stack up?”

Click on the chart to see a very information-filled slideshow.

“Becoming a successful entrepreneur is no easy feat. However, just about every business owner who has created a sustainable self-employed career, will tell you that they wouldn’t have achieved their goals, without guidance from others. They’re not afraid to ask for help, take great business advice, and adjust their strategies based on insights from those who’ve done well before them.”

“Most accomplished entrepreneurs are successful in a large part, because they’ve made it a point to surround themselves with trusted advisors, mentors, and industry experts. That’s why we asked these top business leaders to share their single most impactful piece of advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.”

Click the link above to read more by Robinson and take a look at the video below.

“You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways — for men and women, new grads, and mid-career workers.”


Zarb at 50: All Video Clips

Recently, we made six video posts on a spectacular Zarb School event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the business school. In this post, all of the video clips are made available in one spot.

Zarb at 50 (1): Overview Video with President Rabinowitz

Zarb at 50 (2): Presentation by Kathyrn V. Marinello, Distinguished Alumna

Zarb at 50 (3): Presentation by Stella M. Mendes, Distinguished Alumna

Zarb at 50 (4): Presentation by Julio A. Portalatin, Distinguished Alumnus

Zarb at 50 (5): Presentation by Debra A. Sandler, Distinguished Alumna

Zarb at 50 (6): Presentation by Michael Venuti, Distinguished Alumnus


Zarb Alums: Appearing On ABC’s May 6 “Beyond the Tank”

Zarb’s “Shark Tank” Winners (see 1, 2) have done it again. They are scheduled to be on ABC’s “Beyond the Tank.” 

As Hofstra’s Marilou R. Giammona reports:

“Just a year after Zarb School of Business ’05 alumni Avin Samtani, Rob Peck, and Jonathan Kinas successfully pitched their portable safe, AquaVault, on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” the trio has been selected to appear on an episode of the network’s “Beyond the Tank,” which will air May 6 at 8 p.m. EST.  “Beyond the Tank” is the follow-up show to the Emmy-winning “Shark Tank.” The new series tells the story of what happens after entrepreneurs hook an investor. As the investors travel across America to mentor the entrepreneurs, assess the businesses, and provide their industry expertise, the audience gets a glimpse of the challenges the entrepreneurs face.”

“’Our last year has been a complete roller coaster,” said Samtani. ‘Since appearing on ‘Shark Tank,’ we’ve experienced a tremendous increase in sales, but with that comes pressure to keep that momentum going after all the buzz.’ The AquaVault team, which invented an outdoor travel safe that can be used at the beach, pool and water parks, as well as during activities such as boating and biking, reeled in investor Daymond John on the original show.”

“The AquaVault executives have continued to expand their reach, teaming up with big industry players like HSN in addition to many world class hotels including Ritz Carlton, Hilton, Marriott, Loews, and W from Florida to California. And they’ve enhanced their product line, as well. Sales continue to increase for the AquaVault, a 120-square-inch cargo hull made of durable high-impact ABS thermoplastic that is roomy enough for wallets, watches, mobile phones, jewelry, keys, and other valuables. New this year is the FlexSafe, which is a soft-sided personal portable vault to secure valuables during all sorts of outdoor activities. When empty, the FlexSafe collapses, making it simple to pack in your luggage or carry-on bag.”


April 27th Speaker: Kathleen Stanley, Senior VP of Capital One Bank

Capital One Bank’s Senior VP and Regional Sales Manager Kathleen M. Stanley (a Zarb BBA) will be speaking as part of the Zarb Undergraduate Executive Speaker Series at Hofstra on April 27, 2016 at 11:15 AM. Shapiro Alumni House, South Campus, Hofstra University. Advanced RSVP required. Limited seats available. To register, email Andrea Dempsey at

With more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Ms. Stanley directs a staff of 10 and is responsible for the sales of cash management products and services for the Northeast Commercial Bank. Prior to joining Capital One, Ms. Stanley launched the Treasury Management Department for both Empire National Bank (2008-2010) and State Bank of Long Island (2004-2008) and worked as a treasury sales advisor for Bank of New York (1991-2004).

In 2009, she was recognized as one of Long Island’s 40 rising stars under the age of 40; and in 2007, as a Woman of Achievement in Banking and Finance by the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women. In 2012, Ms. Stanley was a Butterfly Award recipient at the Inaugural Girls Incorporated of Long Island Butterfly Awards Dinner and most recently was honored as Woman of the Year for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.
Stanley Marketing FGZ Alumni Pres 4-27-2016

April 20th Speaker: Ellen Deutsch, Senior VP of Marketing, Hain Celestial

Hain Celestial’s Senior VP Ellen Deutsch will be speaking as part of the Zarb Executive Speaker Series at Hofstra on April 20, 2016 at 6:00 PM. Cultural Center Theater – Guthart Cultural Center Theater – Hofstra University. Please RSVP on Handshake for all Events!

Ms. Desutch is a Zarb School BBA and MBA, both in Marketing. She is Senior Vice President of Marketing at Hain Celestial Group (a food company with annual sales approaching $3 billion). Hain Celestial, headquartered in Lake Success, NY, is a leading natural and organic food and personal care company. Hain Celestial markets Celestial Seasonings®, Terra®, Garden of Eatin’®, Health Valley®, WestSoy®, Earth’s Best®, Arrowhead Mills®, DeBoles®, Hain Pure Foods®, FreeBird™, Hollywood®, Spectrum Naturals®, Spectrum Essentials®, Walnut Acres Organic™, Imagine Foods™, Rice Dream®, Soy Dream®, Rosetto®, Ethnic Gourmet®, Yves Veggie Cuisine®, Linda McCartney®, Realeat®, Lima®, Grains Noirs®, Natumi®, JASON®, Zia® Natural Skincare, Avalon Organics®, Alba Botanica®, and Queen Helene®.

Ms. Desutsch honed her skills in advertising and public relations before joining Hain in 1996. She has been a contributor to many industry publications as well as a guest speaker at many events. She often acts as an industry and government liaison for Hain Celestial. She has also been instrumental in the launch of many consumer products, driving sustained brand growth. Ms. Deutsch was a long-term member of the Strategic Partnership Board of the Zarb School and has been honored as a distinguished alumnus. She is on the Board of Directors of Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank, and was a trustee of the Children’s Leukemia Research Association for many years. She is also a classical pianist. Ms. Deutsch resides in New York with her three children.
Ellen Deutsch