2000 Alumni Achievement Award Luncheon

Alfred R. Wassler '71, Con Ed Executive Honored

"When I was treasurer of Con Ed, I came down to Pace to meet some students," remarked Alfred R. Wassler (MBA '71), the principal honoree at the Lubin School's Eighth Annual Alumni Achievement Award Luncheon. "Each of the students I met had a part-time job in accounting. They all seemed to have a clear mindset and a good idea of where they were headed. Not one of them was going to divert from that path. I think their attitude helped to contribute to the perception in the business world that Pace produced the kind of worker you needed."

Alfred R. Wassler '71
These words of praise for the calibre of current Pace students apply to this year's outstanding alumnus, Alfred R. Wassler, tenfold. He exemplifies the professional leadership and dedication to community service that Lubin looks for in an alumnus. This year's luncheon was held on December 1 at the Chase Manhattan Bank's executive banquet room and raised over $60,000 for student scholarships. The event, which was co-sponsored by Chase Manhattan Bank and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, drew a large gathering of distinguished alumni, faculty, and corporate leaders. The souvenir program sponsor was Consolidated Edison Company of NY and the invitation sponsor was Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Wassler, vice president of Purchasing for Consolidated Edison and this year's honoree, was lauded for his outstanding professional achievements and numerous contributions to the Pace community.

"Alfred R. Wassler is an example of how we produce successful professionals by providing opportunities for people to study, learn, and grow," said Lubin Dean Arthur L. Centonze, in his introductory remarks. John E. Boyd, (MBA '76), president and CEO of Con Edison Solutions, member of the Lubin Advisory Board, and a co-chair of the Luncheon Committee, remarked that Wassler, who is vice chair of the Pace University Corporate Representatives Committee, had been tireless in his efforts to build relationships between Lubin and the business community. "He is a role model for both alumni and students," said Boyd.

More praise for Wassler came from the other co-chairs of the Luncheon Committee, Susan L. Malley, president and CIO of Malley Associates Capital Management, and John T. Rossello, Jr., '78, chairman of the Pace University Corporate Representatives Committee and last year's honoree.

Challenges Students to "Come Back and Make a Contribution!"
In keeping with his commitment to promoting educational excellence, Wassler, in closing his acceptance remarks, challenged the current generation of Lubin students not to forget where they came from. "Whatever you do, continue to be involved with the school and its commitment to education," he urged. "Constantly learn and develop yourself, but be sure to come back and make a contribution."

Wassler himself seemed humbled by the award, which was presented by Dean Centonze and Pace President David A. Caputo. He said that he was grateful to have received an education at Pace and spoke glowingly about his enjoyment in interacting with Lubin's students, faculty, and alumni.

Wassler first joined Con Edison as a senior financial analyst in Treasury in 1972, a year after earning his MBA in financial management from Lubin. He was promoted successively to manager of Cash Control in 1974, to director of Treasury Operations in 1977, and to assistant treasurer in 1978. In 1980, he was elected treasurer. A decade later he became vice president of Purchasing and in 1994 began to oversee Con Ed's Transportation and Store Operations and, ultimately, the company's procurement and materials management. He is involved in a number of industry associations, including the Purchasing and Supply Leadership Council of the Conference Board and the National Association of Purchasing Managers.

A tireless community service activist, Wassler has also been involved with an array of educational foundations and social causes. In addition to serving as a mentor to Lubin undergraduate and graduate students, he has headed up the Queensboro Public Library Foundation and served on the board of directors of the Notre Dame School. He also coordinated charitable activities as president of his parish council at Our Lady of the Snows in Floral Park, N.Y.

Recognizing Students and Recent Alumni
Before the presentation of the Alumni Award, an outstanding student and two dedicated recent alumni were recognized for their considerable achievements. After opening remarks by Lester J. Stephens, ('66 & '70), a retired senior vice president and controller at Chase and a member of the Lubin School Advisory Board, Dean Centonze presented the Lubin Alumni Scholarship Award to Jessica Rubin '02, a BBA/MBA accounting student and a six-time nationally ranked figure skater.

Recent Alumni Service Award recipients Keyla Hernandez'92 & '95(left) and Raquel Del Monte '92(right) flank Lubin Alumni Achievement Award Scholarship
Afterwards, Dean Centonze and Jack L. Salzman '68, president of Salzman Capital Management and a past recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award, presented the Recent Alumni Service Award to Raquel Del Monte, BBA '92, and Keyla Hernandez, BBA '92, MBA '95. Del Monte, who holds a degree in finance, is senior associate in Equity Operations for Nomura Securities International, Inc. She has been an active member of Lubin's Seminar Day Committee and the Pace Alumni Cultural Events Committee. Hernandez, who once worked for Governor Pataki as a liaison to the Hispanic community, is currently a manager of Community Relations and Media for the New York State Department of Health. She has also been actively involved with the Seminar Day Committee and Cultural Events Committee as well as the Recent Alumni Committee.

In closing the luncheon, Dean Centonze announced that next year's Alumni Achievement Award will go to Maria Fiorini Ramirez. Ms. Ramirez, who earned an MBA in Finance from the Lubin School in 1972, is president and CEO of Maria Fiorini Ramirez, Inc., a financial services firm.