Small Business Professional Group

To learn more and join the group, email Stacey Varghese '99C, Director of Leadership Annual Giving and Engagement.

Looking to meet fellow alumni small business owners and professionals? Join us at our monthly networking events every first Thursday of the month and make new connections.

Upcoming Events

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Homecoming: Small Business Professionals Takeover!

Thursday, October 21 at 5 p.m, streaming live on Facebook 

Join us for the next St. John’s Small Business Professionals Takeover as we bring it back home for homecoming with the Chairman of our group, John Ceparano '85CBA. Get to know John and his journey upon graduating from St. John’s! 

Hear our plans for future Takeovers and learn how your business can be our next stop!

RSVP for 10/21 Event

John J. Ceparano ’85CBA  is a Principal and Wealth Manager at  Modera Wealth Management, LLC. John has over 25 years of experience in financial planning, taxation, business consulting, financial counseling for business owners, and serving high net worth individuals. He was formerly A Senior Tax Consultant at Price Waterhouse; Manager and CPA® at Blau, Soloway & Goldstein; President of Business Blocks, Inc., an accounting and tax firm; and President of Joseph & Company Certified Public Accountants, Inc. John served as an adjunct faculty member with St. John’s University and the University of Florida, where he taught classes in business management and finance.   

He graduated with a B.S. degree in Accounting, and a minor in Economics, from St. John’s University. John received his Master of Taxation degree from Florida Atlantic University and holds the Certified Financial Planner™ certification, the Certified Public Accountant, and the Personal Financial Specialist professional designations.   

John is co-author of The Science of Investing: How to Apply Academic Research to Reduce Risks and Increase Investment Returns. He serves as a wealth management panelist for St. John’s University’s “Meet the Expert” Forum. John currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Citrus County and is an active member of his local Rotary Club. He served on the Trinity Catholic High School Board of Trustees, Strategic Planning Committee, and Finance Committee.