2016 RCC Foundation Leadership Awards Luncheon
2016 RCC Foundation Leadership Awards Luncheon
Keith Braunfotel ’89 is a valued contributor to the RCC community and respected attorney in Rockland. He has taught Business Law at RCC as an adjunct since 2000 and has offered free legal services to RCC students since 1997. He is also chairman of the Assigned Counsel Plan of Rockland County, which provides legal assistance to eligible individuals.
“RCC represents the steppingstone for me to every successful undertaking I have had since high school graduation,” he said. “It has been an integral part of my life. Anything I can do to help the College, I am glad to do it.”
Braunfotel is a partner in the New City law firm Braunfotel & Frendel, concentrating on criminal defense, labor relations, real estate, trusts and estates, personal injury and workers’ compensation. He is a member of the Rockland County and New York State Bar Associations, New York State Trial Lawyers Association and The New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Community involvement is important to Braunfotel, who serves on the New City Rotary Club, the American Heart Association and the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority.
Braunfotel earned an AA in Business Administration from RCC, a BS in Finance and International Business from NYU, and a JD from Touro College’s Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.
Martin Lecker, EdD, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Professor of Business, has been faculty member since 1985 and a full professor since 1991. He has taught 18 courses across four disciplines, and his leadership propelled the creation of the AS in Business Administration. His innovations in educational technology, student mentoring and course development serve as a model for web-enhanced and online courses.
Dr. Lecker authored two editions of the textbook, Conducting Business Ethically: A Philosophical Approach, and edited two books on multiculturalism in business. He has published numerous articles on ethical behavior in application to business practices. He served as coordinator of RCC’s Business Honors program for 12 years and as chair of Business. For 28 years, he has been advisor to the Alpha Beta Gamma international business honor society. He also is co-founder and co-coordinator of the Entrepreneurial Business Plan Competition for high school and college students.
Dr. Lecker was named a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2012 and won the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994. He earned a BBA in Marketing and an MBA in Professional Management from Pace University, and MEd and EdD degrees from Columbia University in College Teaching and Academic Leadership.
“I view myself as a servant leader, serving my students to enable them to accomplish their academic and career goals,” Dr. Lecker said.
Catherine Roche, Chair, Business and Professional/Public Service, has taken a leadership role at RCC in many business-related programs and initiatives during her 25-year tenure with the College. She has been a full professor since 2012, and earned the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013.
An early advocate of using Internet technology for education, Roche created RCC’s first online business course in 2000 using Lotus Notes through the SUNY Learning Network. Since then, she has developed five additional online courses using various learning management systems and has web-enhanced her classroom courses. Roche is a strong supporter of experiential learning and the use of ePortfolios as a form of direct assessment. She also serves as a mentor in RCC’s business internship program.
Roche brought SUNY COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) to RCC and assists faculty in providing a globally networked learning experience for students. She has co-authored three articles for the Journal of Educational Technology Systems.
Roche has also served as a discipline coordinator, department chair, and coordinator of RCC’s Business Honors program. She earned a BBA from Pace University and a master’s from NYU, both in business education.
The NYS Small Business Development Center at RCC shares an essential mission with the College: “Advancing our communities by advancing one person at a time.” Since 1987, SBDC Director Tom Morley has managed the center’s work with 21,600 small businesses and entrepreneurs who have invested a collective $702 million, creating more than 10,000 jobs in local communities.
The SBDC under Morley’s guidance has spearheaded many special projects, such as post-disaster Business Recovery Centers, including assisting flood victims during Superstorm Sandy; local business resource programs for small and disadvantaged businesses; joint projects with the NYS Department of Transportation to study airport sustainability and the aviation marketplace; and the NYS Department of Labor’s Self-Employment Assistance Program to serve those choosing self-employment.
Morley holds advanced SBDC certification specializing in technology and has worked with top companies in fields ranging from satellite communications systems to pharmaceuticals, medical devices, environmental remediation, pollution control and other technologies. Internationally, he has helped introduce New York small businesses to export opportunities on trade delegations to China, and has worked with economic development programs in China, Hungary, France, St. Lucia and Canada.
Morley was recognized as NY SBDC Director of the Year in 1997 and was named as Business Leader of the Year by the Journal News.
York Analytical Laboratories recently relocated its executive headquarters to Nyack under the Start-Up New York program, a move that will enable RCC students and alumni to gain greater exposure to the burgeoning field of environmental science. For new and expanding businesses that create new jobs in New York State, Start-Up New York offers the opportunity to operate tax-free for 10 years on or near eligible university or college campuses in the state.
York Labs works with engineering companies to provide sample analysis of test soil, water and air for regulated contaminants. The company is an owner-operated business that has operated in Connecticut for more than 20 years. In addition to a laboratory in Stratford, CT, it also maintains a client service center in Prospect Park, Senior Vice President Michael Beckerich, a longtime Rockland resident, has assumed leadership of a company started by his father 30 years ago. He has guided it to a position as one of the leading NELAC environmental labs in the Northeast. York Labs has been tapped to provide its services for many large projects in the region, including construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.
“The relationship with RCC accelerates new job creation and invigorates our existing staff with academic engagement,” said Beckerich.