Tune in and hear real stories from Macaulay Honors College alumni who graduated during the 2008 financial crisis. They will share practical tips, real-life advice and a positive perspective to students graduating in this uncertain time.
Eamonn Colman ’09
Sr. Business Development Manager, Strategic Initiatives
Amazon Web Services
I’m a cloud-native alliance guru with 10 years’ experience driving ‘on-demand’ business with partners. I take great pride in leading by example and inspiring others through my own effort, drive, and relentless positivity in the art of getting things done! Having grown up in NY, after college I moved around quite a bit and finally landed in Seattle, WA about 8 years ago. In my free time I enjoy video games, camping, paddle-boarding and Gaelic football. I’m also a die-hard NY Giants fan.
Ethan Frisch ’08
Owner, Burlap & Barrel
I was class of 2008, graduated at the worst possible time and have bounced around between several different careers and around the world. But I now own my own successful spice business that builds on all of my experiences and pays me a decent salary and gives me tons of freedom and flexibility to pursue projects I’m interested in.
Andrew Mahabir ’08, CPA
Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory
Andrew is a Macaulay Honors College Graduate from Baruch College, Class of 2008, where he graduated with a degree in Accounting.
Andrew is currently a Senior Manager within Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory (RFA) specializing in helping organizations to build, mangage and maintain compliance programs to enable organizations to strategically assess their vendors, suppliers, and business partner relationships. Andrew spent the first 7 years of his Deloitte career in their New York offices, before moving to San Fransisco in 2016. Throughout his 11 years at Deloitte, he has served several Fortune 50, 100 and 500 organizations to help execute compliance programs focused on intellectual property licensing, software licensing, and more recently contingent labor. He is currently help manage the financial compliance and vendor management of a contingent labor program for a Fortune 50 technology company, where he leads a team focused on identifying process gaps, program misspend, and enhancing the internal user experience with their contingent labor organization.
During his time at Deloitte, Andrew spent three years serving as an officer for Ascend, which is largest, non-profit Pan-Asian membership organization for business professionals in North America, focused on Student Affairs, for Ascend’s 10+ student chapters in the NY / NJ area. Andrew is a CPA license holder in both his native New York, as well as California.
Renee Rizzo ’09
Special Education Teacher
I graduated with a Bachelors in Science Letters and Society (Elementary General Education) in 2009. During that time there was a hiring freeze in General Education, so I decided to do something similar but more “in demand” and went straight through for my Masters Degree full time. I received a Masters in Elementary Special Education in 2011. However, I obtained employment in a high school setting and had to take an additional three classes to extend my teaching license. I have now been working in Special Education at the high school level for 9 years and could not picture myself doing anything else.
Brian Scher ’09
Founder, Succeed Test Prep
After graduating Hunter in 2010 with a degree in Economics and Classical Studies, Brian joined Fortune 500 financial services firm INTL FCstone as a trader on the physical commodities desk. The job offered him the opportunity travel the world, making deals for copper, lead, aluminum, and zinc. After three years there, Brian was recruited by BTG Pactual, the largest investment bank in Latin America, to help with the bank’s push into the physical commodities space. After BTG, Brian moved to Dubai to help build an African mining, trading, and logistics business headquartered there. A year later, he helped jumpstart a recycled metals processing and export startup in Mexico.
In 2017, Brian came back to NY ready for a change. In between consulting gigs, he helped a school teacher friend with a tutoring program in the South Bronx and fell in love with working with high school students. Shortly after, Brian started a tutoring business, partnering with non-profit Beat the Streets to provide SAT prep to at risk youth. A few months later, Brian took a part time teaching position at Hunter College High School. The following year Hunter College High School asked him to come back full time.
Between managing his tutoring business and full time teaching position, Brian coaches wrestling, reads voraciously, and follows financial markets closely. He is passionate about investing, learning (about almost anything), spirituality, and service.