Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology (ECOBIT) honored four alumni with induction into the Hall of Distinction during Lt. Col. Charles B. Stevenson Memorial Business Day on March 30, 2011, held at the new Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.
Photo, from left: Business Hall of Distinction 2011 inductees Donna J. DeFilippi, Eugene J. O’Sullivan, Florence J. Mauchant, and Joseph C. Manzinger
Business Day, in its thirty-third year, is the college’s premier event, bringing together more than seven hundred students with business leaders for networking and business career programming.
Hall of Distinction honorees for 2011 are Donna J. DeFilippi, tax partner, Sisterson & Co. LLP, Pittsburgh; Joseph C. Manzinger, president and CEO, the Hillman Company, Pittsburgh; Florence J. Mauchant, CFA, Partner HT Capital Advisors, LLC, New York; and Eugene J. O’Sullivan, CFO, Elliott Co., Pittsburgh.
The goal of the Hall of Distinction is to recognize the professional success and good citizenship of graduates of the college and others associated with its advancement.
“The Eberly College is extremely proud to be inducting four new members into its Hall of Distinction,” said Dr. Robert Camp, ECOBIT dean. “They are being honored for their commitment to professional excellence, their status as role models within the business community and to the broader society, and their long-term support of the university.”
DeFilippi, ’78, Accounting, of Center Township, Beaver County, is Sisterson’s first woman partner since its founding in 1926. She is the firm’s partner-in-charge of tax services to individuals, and also directs the firm’s personal financial planning practice.
DeFilippi is involved with Sisterson’s recruitment, performance management, alternative work arrangement, and professional development initiatives that promote expertise and talent retention throughout the firm. Sisterson has been named as one of the Best Accounting Firms in the nation to work for in 2009 and 2010 by Accounting Today.
She is a certified public accountant, a certified specialist in estate planning, a personal financial specialist, and a general securities representative with securities and state insurance licenses.
In 1999, DeFilippi was named one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. She was also honored with the 1999–2000 Outstanding Accounting Alumni award by IUP’s Accounting department.
She served as a board member and treasurer for various organizations, including the Girl Scouts Trillium Council, Executive Women’s Council, and Pittsburgh Disabilities Employment Project for Freedom. She has also maintained strong ties with IUP through her involvement with the Business Advisory Council, with her dedication to the annual recruitment of accounting students from IUP for entry-level positions with the firm, and with presentations to the Student Accounting Association membership. Eight members of Sisterson’s professional staff–including DeFilippi—are IUP graduates.
Manzinger, ’81, Accounting, of Baden, Pa., began his professional career at the Pittsburgh office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a member of the auditing staff. After graduating from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, in 1986 he joined Parker/Hunter Inc., a regional investment bank in Pittsburgh.
Manzinger joined McKinsey & Co. in 1988. During his two years at McKinsey, he worked on several client engagements focused primarily on value creation through strategic acquisitions. Although based in Pittsburgh, he spent considerable time in McKinsey offices in New York, London, and Paris.
In 1990, Manzinger joined the Hillman Co. in Pittsburgh. He was elected to the board of directors in 2000 and appointed president and CEO in 2004. He has served on several boards of public and private companies in the past.
Manzinger served one term on the board of directors of the Foundation for IUP. In 2006, he completed ten years of service and retired as chairman of the board of Pittsburgh Vision Services, a nonprofit organization providing comprehensive services for the blind. Manzinger is currently on the board of trustees for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. He has also served two terms on the board of directors of the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh.
Mauchant, MBA ’85, of New York, has spent her professional career in the field of finance. In her current position, she heads the firm’s asset management activity and has overall responsibility for all cross-border new business activity.
Before joining HT Capital Advisors in 1999, Mauchant worked for Banque Nationale de Paris, a French Bank, as a credit analyst covering European companies; Generale Bank, a Belgian Bank, now part of the Fortis Group; and Schroders, a U.K.-based merchant bank, as a vice president in their Structured Investments Group.
She is active in various nonprofit and civic groups. She volunteers and serves as a trustee at the Lycée Français de New York, a leading French-American K-12 school in the United States, and was chairperson for the school’s investment committee.
Mauchant earned a graduate degree from the Institut Commercial de Nancy (France). She is a chartered financial analyst. She is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the Financial Woman’s Association.
O’Sullivan, ’71 Accounting and Economics, of Pittsburgh, got his first job in public accounting with Schneider Downs & Co., a regional firm based in Pittsburgh. O’Sullivan earned his CPA certificate while there.
O’Sullivan later moved to Joy Manufacturing in a corporate tax position. Over seventeen years, he was promoted to positions of tax director, general auditor, treasurer, and CFO. After he was elected treasurer in 1986, Joy received a hostile tender offer, culminating in a leveraged buyout of the company, and O’Sullivan was given the opportunity to join the LBO group.
O’Sullivan then left Joy to join the Conair Group, a closely-held manufacturer of equipment for the plastics industries. Following eleven years at Conair, O’Sullivan joined Elliott Co. in Jeannette as CFO, a position he has held for the past eight years.
O’Sullivan is president of the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre and serves on the Council of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. He spent six years as a member of the board of the Foundation for IUP, chairing the investment committee for five years, and was actively involved in Phase I of IUP’s Residential Revival. He is a member of the ECOBIT Business Advisory Council.
The Eberly College of Business and Information Technology has been recognized for seven consecutive years in the Princeton Review’s Best Business Colleges guidebook. In March 2010, the college was selected as one of the top fifteen graduate business programs in the nation by the Princeton Review’s second annual Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools.
The college was recently notified of its continued business accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International following a peer review, in which the college demonstrated that it continues to meet the association’s accreditation standards.
The college first achieved accreditation of its bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business administration from AACSB in May 2001.