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Accounting Alumnus of the Year Award

The Accounting Alumnus of the Year award was created in 1990 to honor the achievements of distinguished Fisher accounting alumni.

The recipient must not only exemplify Fisher's core values, but must meet three basic criteria of noteworthy career achievement, significant humanitarian effort, and outstanding contribution to the Fisher community.

2020/21 Recipient

Herb Engert ’89

Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP New York Office

St. John Fisher College honored Herb Engert ’89 as its 2020/2021 Accounting Alumnus of the Year during the 31st annual Accounting Awards Celebration, held on April 27, 2021 via Zoom.

Herb Engert ’89

Engert is the managing partner of Ernst & Young LLP’s New York City office, the firm’s U.S. headquarters.

Prior to his current role, Engert served as the firm’s global private equity leader, where he worked with leadership across regions, service lines, and sectors to build solutions and drive quality service for private equity funds and their portfolio companies. He has also led many of EY’s most dynamic growth-oriented companies, supporting them through their transformation, digital strategies, and growth.

Engert is a true believer in authentic leadership, committed to making an impact on diversity and inclusiveness efforts — including LGBTQ+ equality — in the workplace, youth mentorship, and next-generation talent. A supporter of the arts, he serves on the board of the Roundabout Theatre Company and is active with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He is also actively involved with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, the entrepreneur networking nonprofit, Endeavor, and The Kauffman Foundation, which provides funding so that enterprising individuals may achieve financial success.

In 2019, Engert was recognized by City & State as one of the most influential and powerful finance leaders in New York City.

Past Recipients

Recipients 2020 -

2020/2021

Herb Engert ’89
Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP New York Office

Recipients 2010 - 2019

2019

Lauren Gleba Burns ’82
Vice President, Business Development, for TalentBridge LLC

2018

David Pitcher ’78
Partner and Shareholder, Davie Kaplan, CPA

2017

James P. Brennan '92
Partner, Deloitte & Touche, LLP

2016

Keith Senglaub '81
Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO, Feld Entertainment

2015

Jill Knittel '94, '03 (MBA)
Financial Advisor, Sage Rutty & Co., Inc.

2014

Steven Terrigino '89
Partner, The Bonadio Group's Small Business Advisory Group

2013

Cheryl Yawman '86
Practice Director of Accounting and Finance, Cochran, Cochran and Yale

2012

Thomas Walpole '74
Owner, Thomas P. Walpole, CPA

2011

Richard Brienzi '81
Executive Vice President and CFO, Ovation Payroll, Inc.

2010

Robert E. Tokarz '71
Retired Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Recipients 2000 - 2009

2009

John F. Magee, CPA '81
CFO, The Bonadio Group

2008

Raymond J. D'Agostino '74
Partner, Deloitte

2007

Michael C. Goonan '75
CFO & VP, University of Rochester Medical Center

2006

James J. Leo '71
CFO, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

2005

Victor E. Salerno, Jr. '66
CEO, O'Connell Electric Company

2004

Kristin M. Clark '86
Partner, The Bonadio Group

2003

John F. Heveron '69
President, Heveron & Heveron, CPAs

2002

Martin Mucci '81
Senior VP of Operations Paychex

2001

P. Gerald Sokolski '63
Tax Partner Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co.

2000

Nancy E. Catarisano '83
Partner, Insero & Co.,

Recipients 1990 - 1999

1999

Stanley D. Konopko '76
Partner, The Bonadio Group

1998

Gary J. Scott '69
Administrative Director, Westfall Surgery Center

1997

Gerald J. Archibald '74
Partner, The Bonadio Group

1996

Edward J. Lynd '56
Financial Consultant, Retired

1995

James T. Sorenson '70
International Managing Partner, KPMG

1994

Gerald E. VanStrydonk '66
Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

1993

David A. Niermeyer '63
President, Stakmore Company, Inc.

1992

Paul E. Haney '63
Monroe County Legislature

1991

Thomas B. Hogan '67
Managing Partner, Deloitte

1990

Thomas F. Bonadio '71
Managing Partner, The Bonadio Group