Erica B. Garay '73 discussed “The Art of Selling ‘You:’ How to Succeed in Business in These Turbulent Times” as part of Long Island University’s Distinguished Lecture Series. She is a partner in the law firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein, based in Garden City, N.Y.
Jay Walder '80 was confirmed as chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Sept. 10, 2009; his term of service expires on June 30, 2015. According to the MTA, he has extensive experience in public transportation. He started his career in 1983, heading up the MTA's capital program budget office and later became chief of staff, executive director and chief financial officer. He played important roles in the creation of the agency's first capital plan and the implementation of the MetroCard.
Ken Austin '87 was promoted to president of Marquis Jet. He joined the company in 2001 as senior vice president, and recently served Marquis Jet as president of marketing and business development.
Tammy Strachan Severino '87 joined Best Buddies International as the state director of New York. Best Buddies International is an organization that enhances the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing one-to-one friendships with peers and integrated employment. Also, Severino was honored in June 2009 by Long Island Business News as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Alumni.
Joe LaCagnina '00, MA '01 is director of real estate for Giant Food Stores, based in Carlisle, Pa. He had previously served the company as a real estate representative.
Patrick Togni '97 is president of the board of directors of BounceBack Kids, a nonprofit organization that enriches the lives of children with serious medical conditions, and their families, through free year-round athletic and social activities. Patrick practices international trade law with King & Spalding LLP in Washington, D.C.