College of Management Advisory Board
Thomas M. Buonaiuto, CPA ’87
President, Chief Operating Officer and Director, Empire National Bank
Thomas M. Buonaiuto serves as President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Empire National Bank, a full service commercial bank located in Islandia, New York.
Before joining the bank, Mr. Buonaiuto held the title of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Union State Bank, a $2.9 billion state-chartered commercial bank headquartered in Orangeburg, New York. Prior to that appointment he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Long Island Commercial Bank and its holding company, Long Island Financial Corp. Mr. Buonaiuto served in those capacities until the financial institution was acquired by New York Community Bancorp in 2005. Mr. Buonaiuto began his career specializing in banking as an auditor for KPMG.
Mr. Buonaiuto earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from LIU Post. He is also licensed by the State of New York as a certified public accountant. A graduate of the Bank Administration Institute’s School of Operations and Technology, his professional memberships include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
A firm believer in “giving back” to the Long Island community, he is past Board President and current Board member of the Child Care Council of Suffolk. He serves as a Trustee, Treasurer and Investment Committee Chairman of the Long Island Museum and is a current Ride for Life Board member. Mr. Buonaiuto is also on LIU Post College of Management’s Executive Board of Advisors and is a member of the Energeia Partnership, a leadership academy dedicated to identifying and addressing the serious, complex and multi-dimensional issues challenging the Long Island region. He was among Long Island Business News’ 2011 “Fifty Or So Around 50” honorees, the publication’s annual salute to area business leaders. Mr. Buonaiuto is New Ground’s 2013 Golf Tournament honoree. The organization is dedicated to meeting the needs and challenges of Long Island’s homeless population.
Mr. Buonaiuto resides in Miller Place with his wife Jakki and three children.
William T. Brennan, CPA '87
New York Office
William Brennan (Bill), an audit partner in our New York office, has been with PricewaterhouseCoopers for over twenty five years and was admitted into the partnership in 1999. For the last fifteen years, he has worked almost exclusively in the retail and consumer packaged goods industries. Currently he serves as the Lead Engagement Partner for Altria Group (F154) where he is responsible for all aspects of the engagement including coordinating the multi-location service team, managing all critical accounting and reporting matters and regular communication with senior management and the Audit Committee. Bill's former clients where he has served as the Lead Engagement Partner include Colgate-Palmolive, Kraft Foods International, Movado Group, NBTY and Weight Watchers International. Bill also serves as the Senior Relationship Partner for Bacardi, Coca-Cola, Masco Corporation, HJ Heinz, Saks and Arrow Electronics where he is responsible for working closely with the engagement team, company management and the Audit Committee in the delivery of industry information and professional services by PwC.
As noted above, Bill serves many multinational companies and has significant experience in dealing with the operational, technical accounting and financial reporting matters facing a global company. As the engagement partner for numerous SEC registrants, he has solid experience with public reporting requirements, including registration statements under the 1934 and 1933 Acts. He has been involved in a number of large acquisitions and has extensive experience in the due diligence process, purchase price accounting and SEC filing requirements.
In addition to his client service roles, Bill is the US Firm's Managing Partner - Audit Transformation, where he leads a PwC team dedicated to enhancing the operations, processes & activities within our audit model. Prior to such role, he served (2009-2012) as the US Assurance Leader for the Consumer & Industrial Products industry teams. Bill is a member of the Firm's US Assurance Executive Leadership Team where, with six other Partners, they oversee the clients, markets, human capital and operations of the Firm.
Bill received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Long Island University – C.W. Post College in 1987 and is a Certified Public Accountant in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Virginia.
Bill lives in St James, New York with his wife Tina and children Jackie and Matt.
George Gatta, Jr. ’82
Executive Vice President, Suffolk Community College
George Gatta, Jr. serves as the executive vice president of Suffolk County Community College where he manages the daily operations of a three-campus institution – the largest community college in the State University of New York system serving over 36,000 credit and non-credit students. He began his career in academia as vice president for workforce and economic development at the college in 2003. In that capacity, he oversaw the college’s corporate training center, continuing education division, downtown center initiatives, sports and exhibition complex, computer information systems and government affairs.
Under his leadership, the college has expanded its partnerships with both public and private organizations to address regional workforce needs. With more than $15 million in new funding, these partnerships have enabled the college to expand its nursing program and develop a new nursing facility in Sayville, develop a new culinary arts school in downtown Riverhead, and establish an advanced mechatronics skills training program for the region’s manufacturing workforce.
Mr. Gatta also served as the college’s interim president in 2009-10. As interim president, he provided effective transitional leadership during a period of serious fiscal, legal, organizational and accreditation challenges.
Prior to his tenure at the college, Mr. Gatta served as deputy county executive for economic development, planning and environment during the administration of Suffolk County Executive Robert Gaffney.
As deputy county executive, Mr. Gatta’s major accomplishments included spearheading the county’s efforts that brought the federal court complex to Central Islip and the Touro College of Health Sciences to Bay Shore. He also coordinated the planning, siting and development of the county’s 6000 seat minor league ballpark in Central Islip.
Mr. Gatta has also served as Islip’s director of economic development where he was successful in securing Islip’s designation as one of the first economic development zones in New York state. Additionally, as executive director of Islip’s Community Development Agency, Mr. Gatta oversaw the development of the 400 unit college woods affordable housing project that received national recognition as a model redevelopment project by the national community development association.
Active in professional and community organizations, Mr. Gatta has served as chairman of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency, chairman of the New York State Economic Development Council, vice president of the Suffolk County Boy Scout Council, vice chairman of the Long Island Development Corporation, board member of the school-business partnership of Long Island and president of the Long Island chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. He also serves on the board of advisors to the College of Management at LIU Post, the board of advisors of the Community Development Corporation of Long Island and the leadership council of the USDAN Center for the Performing and Creative Arts.
Mr. Gatta earned a Master of Public Administration from LIU Post, a baccalaureate degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Albany, and an associate’s degree from Suffolk County Community College. The recipient of a number of honors and awards, Mr. Gatta received the LIU Post College of Management’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1992, the New York State Economic Development Council Robert T. Dormer Economic Developer of the Year award in 1994, the Suffolk County Community College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1998 and the Long Island Business Development Council’s Hall of Fame Award in 2003.
George Gatta and his wife Janice reside in Sayville, N.Y.
President, Kane Concepts, Inc.
Sanford Kane is the CEO of Real Sourcing Network, a print aggregating company in New York. He is also President, for nearly 20 years, of Kane Concepts Incorporated, a management consulting firm providing specialized expertise in the areas of strategic planning, joint ventures, organizational restructuring and site selection, primarily for the hi-tech industry. During his career, Mr. Kane has been a prominent figure in the semiconductor industry. Having risen to the post of Division Vice President, Industry Operations at IBM, Mr. Kane subsequently held senior executive posts in several enterprises that spanned Sematech (a breakthrough initiative consortium of 14 US semiconductor companies) for which he was chairman of the executive committee, followed by his serving as the CEO of US Memories and PCO, Inc., both of which were joint ventures involved in the business of semiconductor memory and fiber optics for applications in the telecommunications and data communications markets. Mr. Kane founded Tower Semiconductor, an Israeli semiconductor manufacturer, in 1993 and served as chairman and CEO, followed by CEO roles in entities from 1999 to the present in semiconductor equipment manufacturing, internet tools for professional organizations and management consulting. Mr. Kane earned a B.S. in industrial engineering from New York University and a M.S. in engineering administration from Syracuse University.
Centerbrook Architects and Planners LLP
Mark Simon is a Founding Partner at Centerbrook Architects and Planners (formerly Moore Grover Harper). His 112 architectural awards include the prestigious American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award that Centerbrook received in 1998. Mr. Simon graduated from Brandeis University (cum laude) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He earned honors in sculpture, and garnered the Memorial Award Prize in Fine Arts. As he believed architecture would touch the lives of more people, he switched his educational emphasis in graduate degree studies. After graduating from the Yale School of Architecture in 1972, Mr. Simon initially built cabinets and houses. After working for Lewis Associates and Warren Platner Associates, he was hired by Charles Moore, his former teacher and dean at Yale. From the start of his career, Mr. Simon has been a pioneer in the practice of “green” architecture, beginning with his design in 1973 of an “earth house,” which continues to take advantage of terra firma’s heating and cooling momentum. He has designed many landmark buildings, among them: Nauticus National Maritime Center (Norfolk, Virginia); Lego Imagination Center at Disney World (Orlando, Florida); Nortel Networks Executive Briefing Center (Raleigh, North Carolina); Shapiro Admissions Center at Brandeis University (Waltham, Massachusetts); the Chemistry Building and School of Business Administration (University of Connecticut, Storrs); and the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center and Kenny Family Field Center (Yale University’s Yale Bowl). Mr. Simon’s latest project , in collaboration with Hopkins Architects of London, is Kroon Hall, (Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies), a pioneering, carbon-neutral facility that is receiving global plaudits for its myriad ultra-green systems and design. Mr. Simon’s dream to “touch the lives of more people” continues.