Smeal Alumni Panel Discussion - Hosted by: Penn State Northern NJ Alumni Chapter

The Penn State Northern NJ Alumni Chapter is pleased to host our second series of our Alumni Panel Discussion, which is focusing on the Smeal College of Business. We’re very fortunate to have 3 local alumni in various business positions that are spending their evening with us to discuss their careers, Penn State stories, advice, and more. This is a great opportunity for incoming students, current students, recent graduates, and those looking to change career paths, and those interested in learning more about the College of Business. This is a great networking and mentoring opportunity for all.

This event will take place on Tues. May 18th at 7 PM on Zoom. Our 3 alumni volunteers will be asked pre-determined questions in a panel format. Below you can view the biographies of the Alumni participants.

Register for this event at the Chapter email provided: pennstatenj@gmail.com with your name and preferred email address.

Alumni Biographies: 

  1. Michael S. Cocco, CFP®, ChFC® – graduated 2005 Smeal B.S. in Economics with a Concentration in Money and Banking. He is employed at Beacon Wealth Partners and helps individuals planning for retirement implement strategies that empower them to control their financial destiny by utilizing a comprehensive approach to financial planning. For more than a decade, Mike has created customized comprehensive strategies for his clients to improve their financial situation. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, a Chartered Financial Consultant®, and has attended the Equitable Institute at Harvard University, an advanced learning curriculum focusing on Asset Allocation and Wealth Management. The combination of Mike’s experience and demonstrated commitment to strengthening his knowledge base can enable his clients to reach their goals. Mike and his wife, Katie, reside in Montclair with their children, Rosie and Charlie. When he is not working, Mike enjoys spending time with family, playing golf, all things Penn State, cheering on the New York Yankees and Kansas City Chiefs, and good wine and good food.
  2. Pamela DeLaNuez– has been employed as a Senior Account Executive – Team Lead at Amazon within their Advertising organization for the past 9 years, with 18 years experience in the Digital Advertising industry. Previous employers include Vibrant Media, Microsoft, Undertone Networks, and started her career at Bloomberg LP. Pam graduated from Penn State in 2003 with a Major in Marketing/International Business and Minors in French & International Studies. Personally, she sits on the Boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern New Jersey and Rescuzilla, a small nonprofit dog rescue that is volunteer-run, of which she has been involved for 5 years and 10 years, respectively. Her passions include; cooking, reading, knitting, traveling, fine wine, dirty martinis, home improvement projects, trying new restaurants, Crossfit, and spending time at the Jersey Shore. Pam resides in Ridgewood, NJ with her rescue pitbull, Muggsy.
  3. William Gleason– graduated in 1988 with a B.S. in Business Logistics. Bill currently is a Supervisor of Import, Export, and Domestic Logistics. for Drew Marine, where he has worked for the past 20 Years. Drew Marine is a Major Global Supplier of Products and Technical Services to the Ocean Shipping Industry. Drew is heavily involved in Water Treatment and Fuel Additives, and onboard Cleaning Supplies, Water and Fuel Testing Products, Industrial Gases, Industrial Greases, and Welding Products. Prior to working at Drew, he worked with Consumer Products Company for 2 Years and in the Air and Project Services Division of a Freight Forwarder in Philadelphia. While at the Freight Forwarder, Bill Established, and supervised their New Project Services Division for 4 of his 10 Years, where he worked for 4 Years as A Contract Logistics Specialist for the Chemical Products Division of a Major Oil Company, out of their Somerset NJ and Edison NJ offices. Bill is an active member of the local Alumni Chapter, Our Lady of the Mountains Knights of Columbus Council 3533 Livingston NJ, where he is Treasurer, Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Roseland, and St. Philomena’s Men’s Ministry. Bill and his wife Janice are very active in Social Outreach projects, helping at the Community Food Bank, making Food Deliveries to a Pantry in Newark, and helping to run a Christmas Party for less fortunate children. Bill is also very active with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, organizing a team for an Annual Light the Night Walk, and the National MS Society, having participated in their Bike MS City to Shore Rides, from Philadelphia to Ocean City, NJ.



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