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JNEWS: Bruns, George [MC1966] ABA star; now winning coach


SportsHigh SchoolBoys Basketball
Manhasset coach George Bruns has fond memories of Coliseum

  • Bruns played there with the ABA Nets in the 1972-73 season and now is returning with the Indians, who are competing for the Long Island/Southeast Regional Class A championship.

By Roger Rubin @rogrubin
Updated March 9, 2019 3:50 AM

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The rise of the Manhasset boys basketball team has been one of the feel-good stories on Long Island this season. Having improved from 9-10 a year ago to 19-3, and having won only their second Nassau title in 22 years, the Indians — led by 73-year-old coach George Bruns — will face Wyandanch on Sunday night at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum in the Long Island/ Southeast Regional Class A championship game.

For Bruns, walking into Long Island’s basketball cathedral will be filled with nostalgia and memories. It will be the first time he’s been in the building for a basketball event in more than 45 years.

The Coliseum, you see, was home for the most exciting time in his basketball life: when he played for the 1972-73 New York Nets of the ABA, coached by Lou Carnesecca.

“Things happen in funny ways, but I expect that it will jog a lot of great memories for me,” Bruns said during an interview at the Floral Park home he and his wife, Elene, have shared since 1970. “I wasn’t there long but, for my time in basketball, it was great times.”

What has paved Bruns’ road back to the Coliseum is a scrappy team of overachievers who dedicated themselves to making the most of this season in the wake of last season’s disappointment. The Indians competed together in summer leagues at Hofstra, in Hicksville and in Hempstead and bought into Bruns’ vision for what it would take to be winners.

“They are one of those teams where the whole is greater than the sum of their parts,” he said. “I am proud of them, but they should be proud of themselves . . . They find a way to win on the day they play.”
Long road to Coliseum

It was a much more circuitous route to the Coliseum the first time. Bruns was the late-blooming, fundamentally sound point guard at the since-repurposed St. Augustine Diocesan High School in his native Brooklyn. He was a walk-on at Manhattan College and ultimately improved into a starter who would, as a senior, make the 1966 all-Metropolitan team.

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Bruns, George [MC1966]


JNEWS: Geary, Michael [MC2002] Director @ MEP Technical Services Group


CNY Appoints Michael Geary as Director of MEP Technical Services Group

CNY, one of New York City’s leading construction management firms, today announced the appointment of Michael Geary as Director of CNY’s Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Technical Services Group.

In his new role, Mr. Geary will be responsible for managing CNY’s Technical Services MEP professionals, who oversee all aspects of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, including alternative construction engineering studies and procurement.

“We are pleased to have Michael join CNY as Director of our MEP Technical Services Group,” said CNY President Ken Colao. “CNY is known for taking on some of the most complex and challenging projects in New York, and Michael’s nearly two decades of experience in the engineering, design, and construction industry handling large-scale jobs makes him a valued addition to our team.”

Prior to joining CNY, Mr. Geary held various positions at construction management firms, including Director of MEP, Project Executive and Senior Project Manager, as well as Principal at a distinguished engineering firm. He has worked on large projects in the residential, hospitality, commercial and gaming sectors throughout New York City, such as Admiral’s Row at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Resorts World Casino, Brooklyn’s Edge Buildings, and the Moxy Downtown hotel.

Mr. Geary received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and French from Manhattan College. He is a licensed NYS Professional Engineer and is OSHA 10 Certified.

About CNY

CNY is a forward-thinking, client-driven leader and innovator in open shop construction of large-scale and high-rise developments, complex reconstruction and repurposing of buildings, and build-outs of sustainable and uniquely designed spaces. The company is based in New York City and provides construction management at-risk (CMAR), design assist and advisory services with a collaborative, open forum style of management. Its success is deeply rooted in creating value for its clients during the design and construction process and enhancing the vision and economics of its projects. For more information, visit

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Geary, Michael [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Michael is a member of the Class of 2002.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Geary, Michael [MC2002]

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MNEWS: Alma Mater is represented in the Camp Fire recovery


Widespread contamination
Paradise water contamination widespread, could affect home plumbing
By Meredith J. Cooper
This article was published on 02.28.19.

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Alfonso Magdaleno would love to reopen Celestino’s Pizza and Pasta in Paradise, which sustained damage but did not burn in the Camp Fire. A lack of potable water is holding him back.

“We do want to open up, but we want to make sure it’s done safely and properly,” he said by phone. “The town has already been through enough. We want to make sure we are in no way putting anyone in the public at more risk than they’ve already been.”

Magdaleno has been keeping a close eye on water updates from the Paradise Irrigation District (PID). One thing that worries him is that the warnings keep changing—first, there was a boil-only advisory, then benzene contamination was found so people were told not to drink the water at all. On Monday (Feb. 25), a new set of guidelines was released warning homeowners not to rely on filtration systems, that continued testing is necessary.

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The PID’s latest guidelines were released online after its board meeting last week, during which Whelton’s team, which includes engineers from Purdue and Manhattan College, presented its findings after studying the situation for the past month. They have extensive experience with widespread water contamination issues, like chemical spills, though none that mirrors what Paradise is dealing with. One thing that worries Whelton most is a lack of information being given to residents.

“People are just being left to fend for themselves,” he said.

While Whelton and his team are no longer contracted with PID, he said they are still very much invested in helping. They field phone calls from PID personnel and have offered advice via social media.

“People need help in their homes, where they live. We are trying to help them by gathering information from them,” he said. That information includes how people are testing, who is doing the testing, what they’re testing for and how often—plus the results of those tests.

Adequate testing is complex.

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JNEWS: Paniccia, Dominic [MC1995] CEO @ Integra Partners


NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Integra Partners today announced that Dominic Paniccia has been appointed its new CEO, effective March 31, 2019. Paniccia succeeds Andrew Saltoun, who will continue to serve as a senior advisor to the organization.

Dominic Paniccia has been appointed as CEO of Integra Partners

Paniccia joined Integra Partners in 2016, first serving as chief financial officer, and was appointed president in 2018, assuming the day-to-day activities of the organization. In the past year under his leadership, the company has seen significant growth and looks to continue upon that progress as it continues to expand its network. Among Paniccia’s more recent achievements at Integra is the creation of a new customer-centric model which has improved operations and increased revenues.

Tom Croswell, president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan, and an Integra Partners board director, said:
“This is a great time in the history of Integra Partners. We are grateful to Andrew for bringing the company to where it is today, and we are looking forward to working with Dom and his team to continue upon the positive results and momentum they have achieved in the past year.”

“I’m honored to be appointed to this position,” said Paniccia. “Integra is growing, and we’re focused on doing what we can to achieve our mission of reducing the friction in health care – making things easier for our clients, which includes health plans and providers – as we manage these benefits.”

Paniccia’s career has spanned several industries, including financial services, information management and health care. Prior to joining Integra Partners, he held leadership positions at American Express, AIG and CB Insights. He earned his M.B.A from Fordham University and his B.S. from Manhattan College.

About Integra Partners

Since its founding in 2005, Integra Partners has been recognized as a thought leader on durable medical equipment and prosthetic and orthotic services. With headquarters in New York City and a second location in Michigan, Integra Partners has an unparalleled nationwide network that helps to meet the needs of more than 15 million patients. Integra Partners is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tufts Health Plan, which acquired Integra in 2015.

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Paniccia, Dominic [MC????]

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Dear John,

                 I believe that Dominic is a member of the Class of 1995.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Paniccia, Dominic [MC1995]

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JNEWS: Buffa, Vincent [MC1985] CEO @ HDT Global


HDT Global Announces Vincent Buffa as President & CEO
Feb 25, 2019, 08:00 ET

SOLON, Ohio, Feb. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — HDT Global (HDT), a leading provider of highly engineered solutions for extreme environments across military, public and private sectors, announced today the appointment of Vincent Buffa as the new President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Buffa brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience in US and international manufacturing of electrical and mechanical components, systems and finished goods for Aerospace, Defense, Commercial and Industrial markets. He replaces Frederick Strader, a current member of the HDT Board of Directors, who had served in the role on an interim basis.

Mr. Buffa is an accomplished executive with 33 years of related leadership experience. Before joining HDT, he was President and CEO of Data Device Corporation (DDC), a $250M electronics manufacturer of high-reliability data business, motion control and solid-state power controller products for aerospace, defense, commercial and industrial automation applications. During his seven-year tenure at DDC, Mr. Buffa successfully developed and executed a comprehensive organic growth strategy that included new technology development, quality system implementation to improve operational efficiencies, and sales and operational planning improvements.

Mr. Buffa also served as the President of Crane Energy Flow Solutions, a $400M global provider of specialty and custom valve products serving industrial, power, oil and gas markets, managing operations in Beijing, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Belgium and Canada.

Prior to his tenure at Crane, Mr. Buffa served as the President of Rexnord Industries Aerospace Group, a provider of highly specialized bearing, machined component and mechanical seal operations supplying large transport, regional, business and military aircraft OEMs, engine builders, gearbox suppliers and industrial customers. During his career, he also held leadership positions at Honeywell International, AlliedSignal and Harris Corporation. Mr. Buffa holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College and an MBA from Hofstra University.

“Vince brings solid operational experience and a record of success. His broad range of skills, combined with his drive and passion for strategic growth, make him a perfect fit to take HDT to the next level,” said Sam Bartlett, Managing Director at Charlesbank Capital Partners, an investor in HDT Global since 2014.

Added Josh Klevens, fellow Charlesbank Managing Director, “Vince has built a reputation for thoughtful leadership, intense customer focus and collaborative pursuit of excellence. We are delighted to have him on board.”

“It is an honor to join HDT Global,” said Mr. Buffa. “I admire the company’s legacy and the dedication of the HDT team to our warfighters, and all of our customers. Together with my new HDT colleagues, we will meet the demanding needs of our customers while growing HDT for the future.”

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Buffa, Vincent [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Vincent is a member of the Class of 1985.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Buffa, Vincent [MC1985]

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JNEWS: Bishop, Nick [MC2004] VP EHS @ Skanska USA


Skanska USA names new vice president
February 25, 2019

New York-based Skanska USA has promoted Nick Bishop to vice president of environmental, health and safety (EHS) for its Southeast civil operations. He will be based out of the Virginia Beach office.

Bishop has 28 years of experience in the construction industry, including 12 years with Skanska. He most recently served as EHS director for Skanska’s civil operation at the national level. He was also the national coordinator for the integrated ISO14001/OHSAS 18001 Safety Health & Environmental Management System (SHEMS) for occupational health and safety management systems.

He has a bachelor of science degree in industrial management from Manhattan College in New York City.

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Bishop, Nick [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Nick is a member of the Class of 2004.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Bishop, Nick [MC2004]

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JNEWS: Walker, Melissa [MC2009] VP Emp Benefits @ Newtek Insurance Brokerage


Congratulate Melissa for starting a new position as Vice President of Employee Benefits at Newtek Business Services Corp. (NASDAQ: NEWT)

Walker, Melissa [MC2009] 
Vice President of Employee Benefits at Newtek Insurance Brokerage Solutions
Greater New York City Area

Accomplished Employee Benefits executive with a proven track record for driving revenue and growth. Concentrated on implementing creative benefit solutions and customer retention. Able to thrive in a demanding work environment by consistently exceeding expectations for clients on a national level. Deep understanding of the ACA and how it impacts insurance needs and decision making. Effectively audit companies to ensure compliance with applicable government agencies. Known for turning a complicated industry into simplicity for the everyday consumer.

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