Michael Avari

Michael has 30 years experience with blue chip companies like IBM. A mechanical engineer based in Dallas, his MBA is from Columbia University.

Dennis Kushner

Dennis works in operations, finance, accounting, business development, and M&A. Based in San Diego, his extensive background is with Deloitte.

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Robert Brancatelli

Robert is the Associate Director of the Silicon Valley Executive Center, Santa Clara University. His Ph.D. is from The Catholic University of America.

Kristen Treglia

Kristen is an award-winning technologist at Fordham University with a wealth of experience in social media, digital pedagogy, and digital citizenship.


FRC grew out of an effort in 2010 to help professional educators develop technical skills. Robert Brancatelli and David Gautschi, dean of Fordham University's Graduate School of Business, created a course that also attracted executives from companies like General Electric and AT&T who wanted to develop the vocational aspect of their careers. The course quickly changed focus from technical skills to vocation.

Today, FRC works with clients in a variety of industries such as retail, insurance, financial services, and higher education. We focus on virtue and its impact on leadership and performance.

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Jian Xiao

Jian teaches accounting at the City University of New York and served as international controller for Merrill Lynch. She specializes in minority & women-owned businesses.