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New York Gala 2024

Join us for the 2024 John Cabot University New York Gala 
Stephen J. Squeri
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
University Club
1 West 54th Street, New York NY 10019
6:30 pm Cocktails | 7:30 pm Dinner

The Board of Trustees and President Franco Pavoncello, invite you to join us at the 2024 New York Gala, honoring Stephen J. Squeri, with the Frank J. Guarini Award for Leadership in Business. 

Stephen J. Squeri

Stephen J. Squeri is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express, a leading, globally integrated payments company. Since becoming Chairman and CEO in February 2018, Steve has been executing an enterprise-wide strategy focused on delivering sustainable, long-term growth by strategically investing in the company’s colleagues, customers, and brand.

Under Steve’s leadership, American Express has launched innovative new payment, financial management and lifestyle services, expanded strategic partnerships, enhanced its digital capabilities, repositioned its international organization to seize on growth opportunities, and expanded its merchant network globally. The company’s investments have helped drive generational relevance with consumers, including Millennial and Gen Z customers, and expand its offerings for small and medium-sized enterprises. Steve’s commitment to backing customers, colleagues, and communities has enabled the company to successfully navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and introduce an ambitious new long-term growth plan in January 2022. 

Prior to becoming Chairman and CEO, Steve served in a number of senior roles across the company, leading its enterprise-wide shared services functions, commercial services business, technology functions, and Establishment Services in the U.S. and Canada. Steve joined American Express in 1985 as a manager of the Travelers Cheque Group. 

Steve is a member of the Business Roundtable, where he chairs the Corporate Governance Committee, as well as The Business Council and the American Society of Corporate Executives. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and The Valerie Fund, as well as the boards of both his alma maters, as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Manhattan College and a member of the Board of Governors at Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School.

A native of Queens, NY, Steve lives in New Jersey with his wife, Tina, and together, they have four daughters.

All proceeds from the evening support John Cabot University's Annual Fund program. The Annual Fund provides unrestricted assistance that is vital to the success of JCU, allowing the University to utilize resources where they are most needed and can have the biggest impact. 

Thank you for supporting John Cabot University!

Comm. Sal Salibello, Chair
Certified Public Accountant
Vice Chairman, National Italian American Foundation
New York, New York

Comm. Avv. Frank J. Desiderio, Vice Chair
Partner, Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP
New York, New York

Cav. Prof. Portia Anne Prebys, Vice Chair
President, Association of American College and University Programs in Italy
Curator, Centro Studi Bassaniani, Ferrara
Rome, Italy

Comm. Stefano Acunto
President, Beacon Intl Group, Inc.
Greenwich, Connecticut

Rosemary Alito, Esq.
Attorney at Law, K&L Gates
Newark, New Jersey

Cav. Lav. A. Reza Arabnia
Chairman and CEO, GECOFIN S.p.A.
Milan, Italy

Robert Leon Buly, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery
Weil Medical College of Cornell University
Hospital for Special Surgery
New York, NY

Cav. Vivian Cardia
President, Vivicar, LLC
New York, New York

Mr. William A. Cavendish
President and CEO, Healthcap S.r.l.
Rome, Italy

Mr. James Colucci
President and CEO, Gurkha Cigar Group
Tamarac, Florida

Frà John T. Dunlap, Esq.
Attorney at Law, Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller, LLP
New York, New York

Mr. Frank L. Fekete
Managing Partner, Mandel, Fekete & Bloom CPAs
Jersey City, New Jersey

Mrs. Kristin Frohring Kushlan Finkelstein
Founder, ShareBaby, Inc.
Reisterstown, Maryland

Ms. Paula Frohring
Frohring Foundation
Annapolis, Maryland

Angelo J. Genova, Esq.
Chairman and Managing Partner, Genova Burns LLC
Newark, New Jersey

Avv. Prof. Lucio Ghia
Ghia Law Firm
Rome, Italy

Hon. Frank J. Guarini, Chair Emeritus
Attorney at Law, Guarini & Guarini
Former Member of Congress
Jersey City, New Jersey

Dr. Munr Kazmir
Founder and CEO, Direct Meds
CEO, Quality Home Health Care
Leonia, New Jersey

Hon. William J. Martini
U.S. District Court Judge
Former Member of Congress
Newark, New Jersey

Ms. Carol M. Maurer
Partner, Guarini and Guarini
Jersey City, New Jersey

Ms. Amy Mazzolin
Managing Partner, Mazzolin Family Limited Partnership
Chairman of the Board, Rex Carton Company, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois

Mr. John Meditz
Managing Director and Co-Founder, Horizon Kinetics, LLC
New York, NY

Steve Menzies
Founder and Chairman, Applied Underwriters
National Corporate and Philanthropic Leader
New York, NY

Mr. Alexander Mirabella
Commissioner, Union County Board of Commissioners
Elizabeth, New Jersey

Mr. Joseph A. Panepinto, Sr.
President and CEO, Panepinto Properties, Inc.
Jersey City, NJ

Dr. Franco Pavoncello
President, John Cabot University
Rome, Italy

Mrs. Ruth Rabb
Board Member, MIC Industries
International Advisory Board, Auburn University
Cardinal Cook Inner-City Scholarship Fund
New York, New York

Mr. Robert Robotti
President and CIO, Robotti & Company Advisors, LLC
New York, New York

Mr. Francesco Ruspoli
Private Banker, Banca Generali
President, John Cabot University Alumni Association
Rome, Italy

Mr. Braden Smith
President, Wintrust Private Client
Chicago, IL

Mr. Angelo Vivolo
Vivolo Consulting, LLC
New York, New York

Hon. Frederick Vreeland
Chairman, Noor Web
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco
Rome, Italy

Frà Richard J. Wolff, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, NHSA
New York

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