Hofstra University and the Alumni Organization will host the 2014 Alumni Awards Dinner at the Garden City Hotel on Thursday, September 18. Alumni and friends will celebrate the personal and professional accomplishments of eight distinguished alumni and friends of Hofstra University.
Tickets are $150 per person; undergraduate alumni from the past decade may attend for $125. To make a reservation visit www.hofstra.edu/alumniawardsdinner or contact Jessica Foglietta, special events coordinator in the Office for Development and Alumni Affairs, at (516) 463-5284 or Jessica.Foglietta@hofstra.edu.
The eight distinguished individuals to be honored by Hofstra are:
Alumnus of the Year
Thomas Sanzone ’82 is CEO of Black Knight Financial Services, a technology, data and analytics company, where he is responsible for the overall management of its technology, data and analytics offerings. Mr. Sanzone has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and has served as chief information officer and chief administrative officer at some of the world’s largest global financial institutions.
Prior to joining Black Knight Financial Services, Mr. Sanzone was executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led the firm’s commercial financial services business. He also has served as chief accounting officer at Merrill Lynch and as chief information officer and a member of the executive board at Credit Suisse. During his distinguished career, Mr. Sanzone has designed and run multiple programs that have achieved over $1 billion in bottom line savings while improving performance. He also has successfully led many large-scale IT transformation programs.
Thomas Sanzone earned a BS in computer science from Hofstra and currently serves on the University’s Board of Trustees.
Donald M. Schaeffer, CPA, JD is an owner and president of Schaeffer & Sam, CPAs, P.C., where he specializes in representing families and their businesses. Mr. Schaeffer serves as a trustee of The DeMatteis Family Foundation as well as numerous DeMatteis and other family trusts, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of GTJ REIT, Inc., a public REIT.
Mr. Schaeffer practiced tax law in Philadelphia at the Schnader and Wolf Block law firms before moving to New York and joining a predecessor of his present firm. Mr. and Mrs. Schaeffer are active in various charitable organizations and have been generous supporters of Hofstra. Mr. Schaeffer also serves as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
During her sophomore year, Danielle (Dani) Horowitz ’05 started the DaniWeb.com IT discussion community as a hobby project. She turned it into a full-time business when she graduated. Since then, DaniWeb.com has developed into a thriving online community of more than one million IT professionals and 10 million visitors a month, making it not only one of the largest social media websites in its niche, but also one of the largest publications on the Web to date.
In addition to running and doing the majority of the Web development work for DaniWeb.com, Ms. Horowitz hosts events throughout Manhattan during Internet Week, Advertising Week and Social Media Week, with each event seeing more than 1,000 attendees on average. She also hosts a bimonthly meet-up group for techies on Long Island and eastern Queens. In March 2014 Ms. Horowitz launched DaniPad, a brick-and-mortar co-working community for the tech industry in Queens, making it the first technology-only community center east of Manhattan.
Frederick E. Davis, Jr. ’85 is the tax managing partner in the New York office of Mitchell & Titus. He has more than 20 years of public accounting experience, specializing in serving tax-exempt organizations and public and private companies. Mr. Davis provides tax services for a range of industries such as media and entertainment, financial services, major consumer market, insurance, real estate, telecommunication and service organizations. Many of his clients are among the Fortune 1000.
Mr. Davis is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Black Accountants. He was appointed to serve on the AICPA’s Tax Practice and Procedure Committee for the 2014-2015 volunteer service year. He also coaches middle school basketball and teaches youth bible study at the Bethany Church’s Center of Champions in West Orange, NJ, and serves as a Sunday school teacher and on the Scholarship Ministry at the First Baptist Church of South Orange, NJ.
Terry Lamantia ’83, ’86 has been providing tax advisory, accounting and compliance services to the world’s largest financial institutions for the past 23 years. In addition to her day-to-day global client responsibilities, Ms. Lamantia serves on KPMG’s national banking industry leadership team, which sets the strategic priorities for firm’s financial services accounts.
Prior to joining KPMG, Ms. Lamantia spent 16 years with other Big Four accounting firms. She also practiced tax, corporate trust and estate law with a New York City law firm and worked as a financial auditor with another Big Four accounting firm. She is an active member of the Tax Professional Liaison Committee for KPMG at the Institute of International Bankers and is an active participant at the Bank and Capital Markets Tax Institute.
Susan L. Martin ’87 is the Cypres Family Distinguished Professor of Legal Studies in Business for the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra.
Professor Martin has had articles published in law reviews and refereed journals on patronage employment practices, securities regulation, direct shipment of wine, the siting of cellular telephone towers and windmills, litigation financing, and the life settlement industry. Her work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, federal circuit courts of appeals and other courts. She was editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal and a member of the executive committee of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. Professor Martin is currently researching and writing about the liability of compliance officers.
Jeffrey Phlegar ’88 is chairman and CEO of MacKay Shields LLC, a fixed income focused investment management firm that specializes in the management of income-oriented investment strategies. He joined MacKay Shields in December 2011 after 18 years of service at AllianceBernstein, where he served as president of special opportunities and advisory services.
From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Phlegar co-led AllianceBernstein’s fixed income division as executive vice president and chief investment officer. Other roles at AllianceBernstein included director of U.S. fixed income and insurance, director of liquid markets/MBS, portfolio manager for Taxable Fixed Income & Insurance.
Michael W. Roberge ’92 is president, chief investment officer and director of global research at MFS Investment Management. As CIO, Mr. Roberge has worldwide oversight of the company’s investment management and research divisions, and also helps set investment and general business strategy. He serves on the firm’s board of directors and is a member of its management committee.
Prior to joining MFS, Mr. Roberge was a municipal credit analyst and portfolio manager for the Colonial Group from 1995 to 1996, and was a credit analyst with Moody’s Investors Service Inc., from 1991 to 1994.