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Kudos to our mentors for a successful semester! We thank you for your dedication, hard work, and commitment to helping our students.

The Business Council of the Leon Hess Business School at Monmouth University welcomed two new members, Philip Forlenza and Ryan Campbell, at its November 10, 2017 meeting. The Business Council was established, in part to provide the university with a continuous source of consulting, training, advising and financial support from the business community.

Philip Forlenza, Esq., is a partner with the Red Bank, N.J., law firm of Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, P.C., and is the chair o...f its Strategic Planning Committee. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities law, and general business law. He also counsels clients in raising capital in the public and private markets.

Additionally, Forlenza represents purchasers and sellers of businesses, including transactions involving mergers, consolidations and asset sales and advises clients in the formation and establishment of businesses, including corporations, general partnerships, limited partnerships, investment funds, joint ventures and limited liability companies. He is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and New York.

Ryan Campbell is a Senior Business Development Manager for Direct Energy, where he manages a book of business with goals around margin, volume, growth, and retention and implements energy solutions and services, such as device level monitoring, solar projects, CHP, and oil to natural gas conversions. He also works with customers to develop their natural gas and power procurement and hedging strategy.

Prior to joining Direct Energy, Mr. Campbell served as a Senior Account Manager for Hess Corporation where led a team of regional marketing representatives and was charged with creating, executing, and tracking of all marketing efforts in support of the sales team.

One of the aims of the Business Council is to stimulate an ongoing relationship between the faculty and business, thereby maximizing the utilization of both as a resource to assist the other. With the addition of Forlenza and Campbell, 28 business leaders now serve on the council.

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Meet Matt Manheimer!

“I had no idea that coming into college would give me the experiences that I have. I am so grateful for the close-knit community Monmouth fosters and provides for its students. I would have never imagined growing academically, professionally, and personally as much as I have during my three and half years at Monmouth. The Leon Hess Business School and Monmouth University offer resources to students. I would tell any student to take of the SEEMA program, and other initiatives that are available to them. You never know how your involvement can bring opportunities that will impact your life.” - Matt Manheimer ’18, BSBA with Accounting Concentration

Matt Manheimer is currently a senior at Monmouth University majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. Throughout his time at Monmouth University, Matt has utilized different resources and opportunities around him to make the most of his college experience. Matt is actively involved in the Monmouth campus community as a member of a fraternity Tau Delta Phi where he served as the Philanthropy and Community Service Chair. Matt also works as a Resident Assistant and as a New Student Orientation Leader for the University. These experiences have enhanced Matt’s connection to Monmouth and developed his academic and personal growth, which were significant stepping-stones for his personal and professional development. In his first two years, Matt had the opportunities to work for a local CPA office, Steven T. Spinello CPA, as a Tax & Accounting Associate and as a Service Assistant for Federated Insurance.

From his junior to senior years, Matt participates in the Student Enrichment and Engagement through Mentoring Activities, or better known as the SEEMA program. Through SEEMA, Matt collaborates with executive mentors who provide him with unparalleled career advice relating to accounting in private and public sectors. His mentors, Mr. John Macrae, CFO - Shore Point Distributing Company and Mr. Thomas Cardinale, Tax Partner – EisnerAmper, have helped Matt prepare and secure internships at Withum Smith & Brown where he worked as Tax Accountant Intern in the spring, and a position at Commvault Systems where he served as an Accounting & Finance intern this summer. These internships were outcomes from the Accounting Honors Employment Program where Matt is a member. Matt will continue to intern with Commvault Systems until he begins his full time job. Matt receives multiple full time offers from public accounting firms for the fall of 2018. He plans to accept an audit associate position offered to him by Johnson Lambert LLP.

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Current students are invited to a panel discussion on the impact of branding, social media, and global trends on marketing careers. The event will be held on November 8, 2017 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Pozycki Auditorium.

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On October 17th we kicked off the Financial Literacy Workshop Series at Leon Hess Business School at Monmouth University thanks to the students and staff of
Asbury Park Board of Education

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Explore this photo album by Janeth Merkle on Flickr!
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The SEEMA program provides students an opportunity to work one-to-one with corporate mentors for career planning and counseling.

As we kick-off our Financial Literacy Program, we welcome a group of students from Jackson Liberty High School.

Thanks to our student instructors: Kylie Seka, Gregory Nardiello, and Joseph Madaio.

Congratulations to the newly inducted chair, vice-chair, and newly appointed treasurer of the LHBS Business Council!

William MacDonald ’81, Chair
Senior Vice President/Group Manager
CNJ Commercial Banking ...
PNC Bank

Mr. John Macrae, Vice-Chair
Chief Financial Officer
Shore Point Distributing Co., Inc.

Mr. Thomas Cardinale, Treasurer
Tax Partner
EisnerAmper LLP

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For the second consecutive year, the Leon Hess Business School will be holding a series of workshops on Financial Literacy. Beginning on October 16, a team of business students will teach high school students about the importance of college education and personal finance. Our partners include Jackson School District, Long Branch, Asbury Park, Manasquan and Keyport high schools.

We recognize our student instructors - Joseph Breen, Katarena Brannick, Joseph Madaio, Gianni Mazzone, Vincent Miele, Gregory Nardiello, Kylie Seka and Casey Selleroli.

For more information about the program, please contact Jeffrey Christakos (Specialist Professor) at or Janeth Merkle (Assistant Dean) at

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The Leon Hess Business School executive mentors renewed their commitment to working with business students through a one-to-one professional mentoring pairing. Business students who participate in the SEEMA program work directly with industry executives and have access to professional career counseling and planning.

For information about the SEEMA program, contact Janeth Merkle, Assistant Dean at

Attention Current Students!

The McNamee Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley is seeking to hire three interns for fall 2017 semester. If interested please email your resume to on or before Friday, July 21st.

For more information, visit the company website at ...

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

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