Summer Honors Institute students at the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp listen to Rosemary Roser (Post '81, BS in Accounting), left, share her career experience in the NFL as Tom Buonaiuto, president and chief operating officer of Empire National Bank, looks on.

As part of LIU Post’s Summer Honors Institute, 120 high school students came to the special Entrepreneurship Bootcamp event at the College of Management where they got to meet eight top CEOs and senior executives from the New York area.

For students who aspire to manage their own businesses and for creators who hope to bring their innovative ideas to life, this week-long program offered them an ideal opportunity to work with successful entrepreneurs and business executives and to hone the skills they’ll need for their future success. At the two-hour event, they got to ask questions about career opportunities, proper interviewing techniques and preparing their resumes.

On hand to share their experiences were David Antin, CEO of the Ned Davis Research Group; William Brennan, managing partner, audit transformation, for PwC LLP, one of the big four accounting firms; Tom Buonaiuto, president and COO of Empire National Bank; Michael Groverman, retired CEO from Bill Blass, the luxury clothing line; James Maher, retired managing partner, PwC LLP; Joseph Roberto, president, New York banking operations and senior executive vice president, BankUnited, N.A.; Rosemary Roser, retired vice president and controller of the National Football League and founder of CFO Interactive; and Nick Signorile, former chief financial officer and chief operating officer, Solus Alternative Asset Management.

“This event gave students an unforgettable experience to see what our campus life is like and to have access to major players in the business world,” said Dr. Rob Valli, Dean of the LIU Post College of Management.

Throughout the week, participants were mentored by successful start-up founders, established executives, leading AACSB-accredited faculty, and college students in the early stages of starting their own firms. The students also spent  a day in New York City visiting start-ups, technology firms and major corporations. The learning and networking opportunities they gained from their week at LIU Post will benefit them throughout their academic and business careers.