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JNEWS: McAvoy, John J. [MC1980] has a sense of humor



Editor’s Note
Class of ’14
Get ready to meet Crain’s 40 Under 40 picks.
By Glenn Coleman
March 30, 2014 4:00 a.m.

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A memorandum dated Nov. 17, 1995, crossed my desk in February.

An old-time stamp showed it had been sent via fax(!) by Consolidated Edison Inc.’s public information office, and its author was nominating a young utility executive for Crain’s New York Business’ annual 40 Under 40 feature: John McAvoy, 35, manager for the Indian Point 2 nuclear-power plant in suburban Westchester County. The precocious Mr. McAvoy had graduated from Manhattan College at age 19 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, the memo reported, and the nuke he oversaw produced almost one-fifth of the electricity used by Con Ed’s millions of customers at the time.

It’s hard to tell from the notes scribbled in the margins why the editors at Crain’s back then hadn’t chosen this young man, who seemed to be going places. (I’m guessing it’s because he didn’t work in the five boroughs of New York City, one of the cardinal rules of our annual 40 Under 40 search these many years.) Naturally, I showed a copy of the memo to Mr. McAvoy, now 53, when he visited our office last month as the newly elevated chief executive of Con Ed. He laughed. I shrugged. Hey, it’s not like any editor in the long history of Crain’s has ever claimed we always get it right.

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JFOUND: One comment in support of Paluszek, Mike [MC1980]


Letters to the Editor: Manhattan College basketball fan should keep game ball

Summary I have never been more ashamed of the treatment of a visiting Manhattan College fan than I am after reading last week’s article by Conor Berry in The Republican. I hope that an apology as well as the ball will be given to Mike Paluszek so that he can look with favor on the people of Springfield rather than leaving with a real bad taste in his mouth.

[JR: I agree.]

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JNEWS: Paluszek, Mike [MC1980] get the game ball stolen



Whose ball is it, anyway? Manhattan College basketball fan forced to give up game-winning ball at MAAC championship game at MassMutual Center
By Conor Berry | cberry@repub.com
on March 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM, updated March 12, 2014 at 4:00 PM

SPRINGFIELD — Mike Paluszek, a diehard Manhattan College basketball fan from New York, made the drive up I-91 for Monday night’s MAAC championship game at Springfield’s MassMutual Center.

Everything was going great for Paluszek, whose beloved Jaspers defeated the No. 1 Iona Gales in a final clash pitting the Catholic college rivals – one in the Lasallian Brother tradition, the other in the Christian Brother tradition – against each other.

Not only did Paluszek’s team defeat the Gales, 71-68, but he managed to score the game-winning ball after Jaspers guard George Beamon hurled it high into the stands, sending Manhattan fans scrambling for a game keepsake.

A guy in the row behind Paluszek caught the ball, much to Paluszek’s dismay.

“The ball has great value and significance to me as an alum,” said Paluszek, a 1980 graduate of the Bronx college who’s had season tickets to the Jaspers for more than a decade.

The New Yorker, incapable of accepting defeat, began negotiating with the local man, who was with his two sons.

Paluszek first offered $100 for the ball, but the man who caught the ball didn’t budge. “He wavered, talked to his kids, and decided that they wanted to keep the ball,” Paluszek said.

The Jaspers fan waited a few more minutes before upping his offer to $200, piquing the father’s interest. The man conferred with his sons and, eventually, a deal was struck.

Alas, the ball was Paluszek’s – or so he thought.

“With the celebration still going on on the court, and me in my state of exhilaration, excitement and happiness with our big win, I turned toward the court where the players and coaching staff were pointing to and thanking us, the fans in the stands, who had come to support them,” Paluszek said.

He said he raised the winning ball up over his head, and made the No. 1 sign with his other hand. A couple of minutes later, Paluszek said he was approached by MassMutual Center staff, who told him to return the ball.

Paluszek explained that he had just given the man who caught the ball $200, but the officials were apparently unmoved by his story. A security guard and a city police officer were now on the scene, telling Paluszek to either give up the ball or go to jail.

“I told the officer my story and said I was willing to get arrested if I could take the ball with me to the police station,” Paluszek said.

At that point, he said, the ball was punched out of his hands, ending the brief standoff.

Paluszek wasn’t criminally charged, but he did leave the MassMutual Center with mixed feelings – elation for the Jaspers’ big win, but disappointment over losing the ball.

And, for losing 200 bucks.

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Paluszek, Mike [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Michael IS a member of the Class of 1980.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Paluszek, Mike [MC1980]

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JEMAIL: McAvoy, John J. [MC1980] leads ConEd per McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


Dear John,

Tuesday’s NY Times has an article about the new head of Con Ed, John McAvoy, class of 1980.

Another Jasper does well!


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Not Even a Rate Freeze Deters Con Ed’s New Chief

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With no rate increases on the horizon, running New York City’s main provider of electricity, Consolidated Edison, might seem like the biggest challenge of its new chief executive’s career. But John J. McAvoy has already been tested by fire — literally.

Mr. McAvoy, who ascended to the top job at Con Edison on Jan. 1, was 26 when the hydrogen dryer he was operating inside the Indian Point nuclear power plant started spitting flames at him. He suffered severe burns on his face, chest, arms and hands, wounds that left him in a hospital in Westchester County for several weeks.

Sitting in his corner office 27 years later, Mr. McAvoy reluctantly recounted the accident, not as a horror seared into his memory but as a brief and rare setback. “It never deterred me,” he said, leaning forward in a wrinkle-free, button-down white shirt.

Once he had healed, Mr. McAvoy said, he “went right back” to Indian Point and resumed his climb through the ranks of Con Edison. By the time he left the nuclear plant in 1997, he was running it.

He clearly enjoyed that first half of his career, working with what he called “very advanced technology that requires surgical precision, meticulous attention to detail, a really technical prowess that you don’t see in a lot of businesses.” But, he said, he has never been back to Indian Point since Con Edison sold it in 2001, and he does not oppose Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s efforts to have the plant shut down.

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McAvoy, John J. [MC1980]

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JHQ: Dale Malik ’80 AT&T’s No. 1 Innovator



How Failure Becomes Invention: AT&T’s No. 1 Innovator Unveils Secret to Success

Alumnus Dale Malik ’80 discusses his transformation from struggling freshman to tech industry leader.

Innovator Dale Malik ’80 always has an array of top-secret developments at his fingertips.

With more than 170 patents to his name, the No. 1 innovator at AT&T Labs has led the PC, Internet and wireless revolutions. His inventions are so prolific, they’ve become woven into our current culture of connectivity — he delivered voice caller ID before caller ID became commonplace, banned the annoying dial-up Internet busy signal and made your iPhone capable of setting DVR.

Malik remembers the day in early 1980 when his career path first became clear. It came in the form of a casual yet pointed suggestion from James Ley, Manhattan College’s then chair of electrical engineering: “You should work for Bell Labs.”

Bell Labs was the birthplace of the laser, Unix operating systems and C programming languages, as well as the first single-chip digital signal processor. Bell contacted him directly, following Ley’s referral, and after interviewing with four different departments, Malik found himself with four resounding offers on the table.

Malik’s reaction? Disbelief. Just three years earlier he was struggling to maintain a 2.1 GPA.

“Everybody would like to believe that life is linear, but it’s far from it,” Malik says. “Believe it or not, I was not your model student when I arrived on campus. I was full of ideas and potential, but a work in progress. Thankfully James Ley, head of the department, saw that in me and was patient as I evolved from a C student to an honors graduate.”
Learning to Succeed

Malik, a lifelong tinkerer, attended Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens. It’s where he took his first hands-on electronics course, learning to program on paper tape machines and fix transistor radios.

“I loved to figure out how things worked, and I was fascinated by computers and what they might be able to do when connected to other things,” says Malik. “I was lucky my high school was fairly forward-looking at the time because I never considered going into anything else in college having had that exposure.”

But Malik adds, “I had no idea what studying and homework was like because I could get by — a good SAT score got me into the College.”

An electrical engineering major, Malik first met Ley in a freshman computer science class and admits he would have rather been playing basketball—for him, the material was mostly review. He approached Ley after the first class and said, “Look, I know this stuff. I did this in high school. Can I just come for the test?”

They eventually struck an agreement: If he could complete a coding project, he’d be awarded an A for the course.

Malik happily squirreled the four-inch thick paper printout assignment back into his dorm room and ran it across the floor, literally “walked his code” and corrected lines with pen. He earned the A and Ley’s respect, which eventually translated into a graduate fellowship at the College. Malik earned his first 4.0 GPA during his first graduate semester.
Early Career

Malik worked in Bell Labs for his first three years out of college where he says he was “just swimming in possibility.” During that time he got involved with a digital music project for Stevie Wonder. A colleague needed his digital and analog electronics design expertise and programming skills to integrate an array of musical instruments into a digital music system, which helped the blind musician compose the Woman in Red album.

In 1983 he transferred to a new division at Bell to help launch personal computers. He participated in product consortiums with his peers including industry heavyweights Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, and he returned from California with one of the first 5 ¼-inch hard disc drives designed for PCs.

“I was fortunate enough to participate in the writing of the original interface standards for PC disk drives,” Malik says. “It was an important step in miniaturizing computers systems to go into home and offices.”

He left AT&T in 1989 to pursue his own entrepreneurial endeavors in the early medical emergency response business, and helped to found Link Technologies. It was a valuable crash course in business and marketing but ultimately, in 1992, he relocated to Atlanta to run the BellSouth innovation lab, where he developed early smart telephone services and led the war on Internet spam and viruses.
A Prescription for Success

Today, Malik is the director of AT&T’s Home Solutions Foundry efforts, a relatively new area of the company that is focused on innovation, technology and accelerating changes into the broadband and home entertainment market.

“There’s something exciting about being able to step back from something, asking the question, ‘Is this the best you can do? Is that right — it may have been then— but is it now? Maybe it’s not right and we’ve just accepted it to be that way.’”

Although his work projects are top-secret, Malik reveals that he is busy breaking into the customer service arena in the hopes of updating the way that people communicate to solve problems with customers.

Looking back on his journey but ahead in his industry, he reminds himself, “You’re always a work in progress.”

“I’m very fortunate,” says Malik. “My experiences at the College really set me up to do some awesome things in my career — things that most people could wish they could get involved in. If you feel you really have something and are looking to figure out how to turn it on, Manhattan is a great place to do that.”

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JFOUND: Carroll, Christopher [MC1980] VP of Sales and Marketing at JTH Holding



Christopher Carroll
VP of Sales and Marketing at JTH HoldingBiography

Christopher Carroll, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Mr. Carroll was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the Company in May 2006. Prior to joining the Company, from September 1999 to September 2005, he was Senior Vice President and Director of Worldwide Marketing for Subway Franchise Advertising Fund Trust in Milford, Connecticut. Mr. Carroll received a degree in Management Science from Manhattan College in 1980.

Source: Cosi; filed on 4/18/2008

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Carroll, Christopher [MC1980]

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JFOUND: Karakis, John [MC1980] let his daughter go to Bucknell


Victoria Karakis
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Scotch Plains, N.J.
High School: Scotch Plains-Fanwood

High School: “Member of the varsity lacrosse team … president of French Club … member of the French National Honor Society … on Student Movement Against Cancer executive board … AP Scholar with Distinction.

Personal: Mother, Erica Karakis, graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute … father, John Karakis, graduated from Manhattan College … both parents are electrical engineers … majoring in chemical engineering and intends to minor in economics … brother, Alex, wants to study music in college.

Why I chose Bucknell: “Bucknell is everything I ever wanted in a college. The small size, the strength in its engineering program, the beautiful campus, the proximity to home, and the amazing, energetic, and involved people all contribute to the love I have for this school. I knew I’d fit in and be extremely happy here.”

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Karakis, John [MC????]

[JR: Obviously he didn't serve enough green Kool Aid at home! (Laff!!!!)  ]

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1980.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Karakis, John [MC1980]

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JFOUND: Pietrantonio, Frank [MC1980] Cooley Godward Kronish LLP



Frank Pietrantonio
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP
Law Schools: George Washington University Law School
Polytechnic Institute of New York
Manhattan College

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Pietrantonio, Frank [MC1980]

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JFOUND: Hall, Charles [MC1980] Senior Technical Manager Parsons Brinckerhoff



Charles Hall Joins Parsons Brinckerhoff
October 23, 2013
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Charles Hall

Charles Hall has been named a Senior Technical Manager in the New York City office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering, and program/construction management organization.

Mr. Hall has over 24 years of experience, with an extensive background in the construction, start-up, testing, and maintenance of various rail/transit systems and process plants. Prior to joining Parsons Brinckerhoff, he was Director of Construction for a New York electrical contractor, responsible for managing the installation of electrical systems at the Croton Water Treatment Plant. He previously worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff in London on a major rail modernization program. He also has held engineering positions with Amtrak and MTA-New York City Transit.

Mr. Hall received a bachelor of electrical engineering degree from Manhattan College.

Parsons Brinckerhoff is a leader in developing and operating infrastructure around the world, with 14,000 employees dedicated to meeting the needs of clients and communities in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia-Pacific regions. The firm offers skills and resources in strategic consulting, planning, engineering, program/construction management, and operations for transportation, power, mining, water/wastewater, and community development projects. Parsons Brinckerhoff is the professional services division of Balfour Beatty, an international infrastructure services organization that also provides construction services, support services, and infrastructure investments (www.pbworld.com).

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Hall, Charles [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Charles is a member of the Class of 1980.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Hall, Charles [MC1980]

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JFOUND: Hanna, Robert [MC1980] NJ Board of Public Utilities



Honorable Robert Hanna, Esq., President
NJ Board of Public Utilities

2 Gateway Center, 8th Floor
Newark, New Jersey 07102
ph: (973) 648-2503
fax: (973) 648-4195

Robert M. Hanna, Esquire, was named by Governor Christopher J. Christie as President to the N.J. Board of Public Utilities (BPU) on December 21, 2011. President Bob Hanna also serves as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. The BPU has jurisdiction over the rates and facilities of electric, gas, water and wastewater, telephone and cable television companies and works to ensure that consumers have access to safe, reliable, and efficient services at reasonable costs. In addition, the BPU is working to foster innovation, competition and consumer choice in the energy and telecommunications markets.

Prior to his nomination, Bob served as Director of the Division of Law within the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety. As Director, Bob was responsible for overseeing a division with more than 500 attorneys and for the supervision of Division of Law matters, including advice and litigation on Christie Administration initiatives, including pension and benefit reform, property tax cap and other “toolkit” items; development and defense of legislation, regulations and Executive Orders; State budget, financing, contracting and “pay-to-play” matters; affirmative civil enforcement actions against consumer fraud, securities fraud, government fraud and healthcare fraud; civil rights enforcement; election law matters; environmental enforcement, permitting and counseling; OPRA and OPMA matters; cy pres and CHAPA reviews and enforcement; DYFS child abuse/neglect matters; education and higher education matters; employment and labor law litigation and counseling; State Police, Homeland Security and Corrections Services; representation of the N.J. Board of Public Utilities, New Jersey Transit, Department of Transportation and UMDNJ; construction, condemnation and debt recovery matters; representation of the Department of Labor and Civil Service Commission; representation of the Department of Banking and Insurance; defending Tort Claims Act claims and actions.

Prior to joining the Office of the N.J. Attorney General in January 2010, Bob was a director in the Newark-based law firm of Gibbons P.C., where he began working in May 2006. In private practice, he represented clients in a wide variety of complex white-collar criminal matters, civil matters and attorney-ethics matters. He also has served as a court-appointed receiver.

Previously, Bob joined the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey in May 1990. There he handled a wide array of affirmative and defensive civil matters, including appeals, on behalf of the federal government. His affirmative civil matters included, among others, a successful civil RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) action to rid Local 54 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union in Atlantic City of organized crime influence. Bob’s civil matters included defending the U.S. Attorney, federal judges and other federal officials in civil rights actions, litigating significant Freedom of Information Act cases, and opposing the municipality of Secaucus’s attempt to halt a major federal rail transportation project.

In 1997, Bob joined the Frauds Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, later serving in a variety of roles, including Chief of the Securities – Health Care Fraud Unit and Criminal Health Care Fraud Coordinator. Among his many white-collar criminal cases, Bob was lead prosecutor in suits regarding the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and major pharmaceutical concern Bristol-Myers Squibb. As a federal prosecutor, Bob also tried complex, lengthy securities and health care fraud criminal cases.

Bob graduated from Manhattan College in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. After working for a year at a national public accounting firm, he attended Fordham University School of Law School in New York, serving on the Fordham Law Review staff and graduating in 1984 with a Juris Doctorate degree. Following law school, Bob was a litigation associate at the Cahill Gordon & Reindel law firm in New York, working on a broad range of commercial litigation matters. He is admitted to the practice of law in New Jersey and New York. Born in Teaneck and raised in New City, Bob has lived in Madison for 22 years.

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Hanna, Robert [MC1980]

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