Who got their start at SU?
Nearly 2,800 people in the Atlanta area can say they got their start at Syracuse University. Armed with their degrees and shaped by their experiences on and off the SU campus, these individuals are making a difference and finding success in Atlanta and beyond. Click on their names below to meet just a handful of them!
- When Tracy Barash ’89 joined the Syracuse University Alumni Association Board (SUAA) in 2010, she brought a wealth of brand-building expertise that guides the board in helping SU programs reach new audiences. In the Atlanta area, Barash’s membership on the SU Atlanta Regional Council allows her to more actively spread the word about SU.
Tanya Forrest Hall ’93 is the executive sales director for the Southeast region of American Urban Radio Networks (AURN), the largest African-American-owned radio network, with more than 300 radio affiliates nationwide and an estimated 25 million listeners.
- Shanti “Shoestring” Das ’93 is an accomplished music industry and marketing executive, consultant, mentor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and author. She is also the founder/CEO of Press Reset Entertainment, an Atlanta-based firm that serves as an entertainment concierge service, providing marketing and strategy for music acts, artist development, talent booking, brand influencer marketing, and special event assistance.
As an SU student Reinaldo “Rey” Pascual ’85, enjoyed his first experience not only living away from home, but living in a different country and cultural environment altogether. “SU opened the world to me and proved that everything is possible for committed people who work hard and dedicate themselves to excellence,” he says.
Reginald “Reggie” Acloque ’99 began life in New York City, the youngest of four children born to Haitian parents who divided their time between the islands of Haiti and Manhattan. While Acloque spent most of his formative years in Port-au-Prince, he graduated from high school in New York before heading upstate to attend Syracuse University.
- As the national tour director for the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation (AHLF), Miko Horn ’95 combines her passion for sports with her fondness for helping others. Horn leads planning and execution of the foundation’s “Father Knows Best” Basketball Retreat, FISLL Curriculum, and other organizational events.
- Syracuse University is where Keri Potts ’98, G’99 learned to love communications and media, combined her education with her passion for sports, and laid the foundation for a gratifying career—not just a job.
For Kathryn Stone L’07, the diploma hanging on her office wall serves as a proud, daily reminder of how Syracuse University’s College of Law laid the foundation for her legal career. “Our rigorous course of study tested my analytical, writing, and time-management skills, but also developed my curiosity and sense of community,” she says.
- Joe Trino ’70 has made a career of turning struggling companies into successful ones, so much so that he’s come out of retirement twice to do it.
Chris Bray ’00, G’01 never thought he’d leave central New York, but with his whole family now living in Atlanta and the ability to return to Syracuse for work, he has the best of everything. Since graduating from SU with bachelors and masters degrees in accounting, Bray has enjoyed a rewarding career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Benjamin Ordover ’53 knows great things can come from taking chances. After all, he gained the foundation for a stellar marketing career while a Syracuse University student—though it required some risk on both sides.
- Angela Y. Robinson ’78, is a firm believer in giving back, especially when it comes to Syracuse University. A television and radio graduate of the Newhouse School, Robinson established the Angela Y. Robinson Endowed Student Scholarship Fund, is a member of the Newhouse Advisory Board, and serves on SU’s Atlanta Regional Council.