Executive-in-Residence Program

The Executive-in-Residence Program (EIRP) is a unique feature of The Peter J. Tobin College of Business in that it provides to both the undergraduate and graduate students in-school opportunities to engage in real-world business consulting with actual business and non-profit organizations. The mission of the Program is closely aligned with that of the College: to enable students experiential learning opportunities that are reflective of the real world of business into which they will graduate, and to make students more effective leaders through such experiences.

Admission into EIRP classes is competitive and students must apply and receive a notice of acceptance from the Program Director prior to registration. This ensures students, faculty and participating organizations of the highest quality consulting and learning experience. A variety of organizations choose to utilize the Executive-in-Residence Program for fresh perspectives on business problems, new ideas for product development or solution of other common and uncommon business challenges. Students receive academic credit for their work in EIRP and are regularly partnered with organizational executives throughout the course, which is supervised by a senior Tobin College faculty member.

A maximum of 18 students are admitted to each Executive-in-Residence class.

For more information about the program, contact:

Christopher P. Long, Ph.D.
Director, Executive-in-Residence Program
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
St. John's University
8000 Utopia Pkwy
Jamaica, NY 11439
[email protected]

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  1. To develop strategic thinking, critical thinking and business consulting skills. Students work on real-world strategy challenges, applying analytical and creative skills towards achieving business objectives across a variety of organizational functions. 
  2. To develop team-building skills. All Executive-in-Residence Programs projects are team-based. Students develop both the leadership and follower-ship skills necessary for attaining a common goal while working with a diverse group of individuals.
  3. To improve oral communication skills. The Programs place a great deal of emphasis upon the development of communication and presentation skills in a business context by first familiarizing the student with those essential skills and subsequently providing feedback to each participant on an individual as well as team basis.
  4. To improve written communication skills. Students teams are required to present an executive-ready report containing their analyses and recommendations to participating executives and supervising faculty members. 
  5. To enhance student capabilities in the design and development of managerial presentations.  Students further develop their skill-set through development of multiple managerial presentations that are ultimately critiqued and evaluated.
  6. To develop assessment skills. At the completion of each project, students are required to assess the performance of all team members through an evaluation process modeled after those used in business organizations.
  7. To aid students in the job search process. Participation in the Executive-in-Residence Programs enables students to differentiate themselves from others through practical experience gained and through frequent interaction with executives. Organizational recruiters often devote a significant portion of job interview to a discussion of the student’s Program experience.
  8. To develop business social skills: Each organization's participation culminates with a social event with company executives, enabling students to interact with executives on social level.
  9. Networking Opportunities: The Executive-in-Residence Program provides students

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
Robert Kalenka
COO, ICS & Chief Financial Officer

Catholic Medical Mission Board
Thomas Gray
Chief Financial Officer

Center for Wealth Preservation/Mass Mutual
Craig E. Smith
Managing Director, Marketing & Affiliation

Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
Joseph A. Fabrizi
Executive Director

Developmental Disabilities Institute, Inc.
John Lessard
Executive Director

Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc.
Rex L. Davidson
President & CEO

Henry Schein, Inc.
James P. Breslawski
President & COO

KPMG
Kathleen Fitzgerald
Global Head of Communications

Leerink Swann
Joe Gentile
Chief Administrative Officer

National Grid
Kenneth D. Daly
Chief Financial Officer, Gas Division

New York Stock Exchange
Greg Reisert
Market Data

Ridgewood Savings Bank
William C. McGarry
President & CEO

RR Donnelley
Robert J. Bruno
Area Vice President of Northeast Sales

Sceptre Tours
Bert Accomando
Chief Executive Officer

Standard & Poor's
Owen Ruhnke
Vice President, Financial Analysis

United Cerebral Palsy, Suffolk
Stephen H. Friedman
Chief Executive Officer

Weiser LLP
Walter Timoshenko
Chief Marketing Officer

The projects that are undertaken for the participating organizations vary greatly. They do, however, have several characteristics in common including the following:

  • The projects focus on issues and problems that are of concern to upper level management.
  • They are broad in scope. Since participation in the EIRP serves as a substitute for the capstone/integrative course in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, it is vital that the projects incorporate issues that touch on financial, marketing and managerial issues.

Since one of the basic elements in the educational process employed by the EIRP is team-based activity, it is important that the projects have both sufficient breadth and depth to present a challenge to such an analysis.

Among the projects that have been undertaken are the following:

  • Develop a strategic plan for Standard & Poor's U.S. Equity Research Services' expansion.
  • Formulate a strategic plan for R.R. Donnelley's middle market account expansion
  • Develop a plan to position State Bank of Long Island as the bank of choice for women and minority-owned businesses.
  • Develop a plan to facilitate Henry Shein, Inc's penetration of the dental implant market
  • Develop strategies for implementing best practices at Weiser LLP for attracting, retaining and developing staff
  • Determine how KeySpan's value can be integrated with National Grid's current focus resulting in maximization of shareholder value in the newly formed organization
  • Develop a plan for establishing new Goodwill Industries' stores in Queens and Staten Island boroughs