CFA Career Day 2017 (NYC)

CFA Members & Friends,

I’d like to personally thank the alumni that participated in the April 7th Cornell Football, “CFA Career Day” in New York City! Coaches Archer, Hurd, Nice and myself took 35 of our student-athletes to NYC for a networking and connection experience with 30 Cornell alumni. The day began at the Northwestern Mutual building for a brief reception hosted by Matt Russo, followed by welcoming comments preparing our players to meet their alumni host(s) for a day of mentoring and career advice. We concluded this event with a discussion about the world of consulting coupled with tips for resume writing, interviewing techniques and the value of connectivity and networking presented by Cari Hills and her staff at Accenture.

The day was a big success for our players and assists them with their efforts to secure internships and future employment; it is this true commitment to Cornell Football and the contribution to the professional lives of our student-athletes which makes these career advancement activities so impactful. The feedback has been tremendous and the players were very appreciative and full of thanks, appreciation and gratitude for this experience.

Special thanks to the Cornell Football Association (CFA) for their generosity in sponsoring this event!!

The willingness of our alumni professionals to give of their valuable time and expert advice with our players made this trip a true success – THANK YOU!

Alumni Hosts:

Patrick Arangio, Vice Chair CBRE
Del Barnes, JP Morgan
Pat Blackmore, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Howie Borkan, Howie Borkan law
Andrew Boseman, YEXT
Ty Bostain,
Evan Brovender, Barclays
Maurice Campbell, BNY Mellon
Christopher Dieck, JP Morgan
Matt Doneth, JP Morgan
Lou Eliades, Styrker
Taylor Engstrom, Seamless Docs
Emani Fenton, PWC
Josh Gajdos, Deutsche Bank
Sarah Gilman, NBA
Ashley Higgins, Fortress Investment
Cari Hills, Accenture
TJ Hochanadel, JLL Real Estate
Brandon Kerns, General Atlantic
Anna Leiman, PWC
Dr. William Levine, NY Presbyterian
Dr. Stewart Mackenzie, NY Presbyterian
Kevin Marcus, IPREO
Kurt Ondash, Varagon Capital
John Paci, Morgan Stanley
Jessi Petrosino, Ernst & Young
Tom Piselli, AI Media Group
Kyle Reidy, Deutsche Bank
Randye Ringler, MLB Advanced Media
Matt Russo, Northwestern Mutual
Jessica Soloman, NYSC

Additionally, please mark your calendars for this year’s on campus “CFA Career Day 2017” event; Friday & Saturday April 28/29th. It promises to be another all-star group of professionals gathered to assist our student-athletes in their career development.


Pete DeStefano
Director of Player Personnel, Alumni
Community & Career Programs
(607) 255-5638


Coach Archer’s philosophy: “EVERYONE CAN DO SOMETHING” – please help spread the word!