Daniel D’Aniello – You Should Know His Story

Daniel D’Aniello

Daniel D’Aniello is an alumnus of Syracuse University, and also a military veteran. You should know his story, because it’s a Syracuse University story – one that speaks to our past, our present, and our future.

Daniel D’Aniello grew up in Butler, Pennsylvania and was raised by his Italian Catholic mother and grandmother. As a “good Italian boy” as he put it, he used to help his single mother pay the bills by bagging groceries at his uncles produce company, while she earned a living working four jobs.  D’Aniello’ s childhood consisted of his working at an early age, being an altar boy and singing in the church choir, and competing on the gymnastics team. He was voted most popular in high school, but higher education would be what “changed his life”.

Opportunity presented itself: Daniel D’Aniello was accepted to Syracuse University to study transportation economics. He graduated magna cum laude in 1968 and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor society for business students and scholars. Drafted in the U.S. Navy that same year, D’Aniello spent the next three years serving as a supply officer before continuing to Harvard Business School. He received his M.B.A. in 1974 and was also a Teagle Foundation Fellow.

He served as a financial officer at PepsiCo and Trans World Airlines (TWA), developing skills he would need when he later served as Vice President for Finance and Development at the Marriott Corporation from 1981-1987. While at Marriott, he was responsible for the valuation of major mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, debt and equity offerings, and project financings.

With his partners William Conway Jr. and David Rubenstein, he cofounded the Carlyle Group in 1987. They used politically connected advisors such as former President George H.W. Bush and former British Prime Minister John Major to buy defense-oriented firms, turning them around and selling them for profit. He serves as Chairman of the Board, running the firm’s daily operations. Today the firm manages around $203 billion across 129 buyout, leveraged finance, real estate, and venture capital funds. The Carlyle Group bought pipeline outfit Kinder Morgan for $22 billion, acquired Philadelphia Energy Solutions in 2012 saving 850 local jobs, and even has minority investments in Beats Electronics. It has become a famed Washington-based private equity firm with expansions and investments internationally, and was even inducted into the Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst Hall of Fame. The Carlyle Group’s geographical reach spans the globe in 23 countries on six continents, making it one of the largest private equity firms in the world.

Currently, D’Aniello serves as Vice Chairman of the American Enterprise Institute’s Board of Trustees, in addition to serving on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Syracuse University, and on the Corporate Advisory Council of the Whitman School of Management.

According to the Forbes 400 richest people in America this year, Daniel D’Aniello made #229, with a net worth of $2.8 Billion, which he has made through private equity. The Carlyle Group’s big returns have made D’Aniello and his family rich and continues to show his gratitude through donations to several institutions, one of which is Syracuse University. The D’Aniello Entrepreneurship Internships, an internationally recognized initiative, are named after him as a testimony to what he stands for: the entrepreneurial spirit, hard work, imagination, aggressiveness, tenacity, and strong moral values. D’Aniello also made a huge contribution to the American Enterprise Institute of $20 million, in order to help the conservative think tank move into its first permanent home in history.

Daniel D’Aniello has also been married to his wife Gayle for thirty-six years and are the parents of two daughters. They currently reside in Vienna, Virginia.  His rags to riches life has inspired other entrepreneurs and will continue to do so.

Daniel D’Aniello is an alumnus of Syracuse University and a veteran of the U.S. military. You should know his story.


Bernard R. Kossar – You Should Know His Story

KossarBernard R. Kossar is an alumnus of Syracuse University, and also a military veteran. You should know his story, because it’s a Syracuse University story – one that speaks to our past, our present, and our future.

A man with a vision of expansion and philanthropy, Bernard “Bernie” Kossar started his journey in higher education. He graduated from Syracuse University with his Bachelor’s of Science degree in 1953, followed by his law degree in 1955 from the SU College of Law. Upon graduation he served in the United States Marine Corps, stationed in Camp Lejeune in ’57.

After his service time, he continued to practice law in the civilian sector. From 1960 to 1965, Kossar worked with the firm of Van Buren, Schreiber & Kaplan. His experience in law working for Van Buren, Schreiber & Kaplan, in addition to the skills he developed while at SU’s College of Law, provided him with many opportunities, including his tenure from 1965 to 1978 as  President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Franklin Stores, which operated 278 retail apparel and discount department stores throughout the United States. After a successful thirteen years at Franklin Stores, he continued to improve other corporations, becoming the  President and COO of Vornado, a company engaged in retail and real estate ventures from 1978-1980. By 1981, Kossar was President and the COO of Regal Accessories and Special Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, but left a year later to serve as a Senior Vice President in W.R. Grace & Company’s retail group.

In 1984, the chemical manufacturing company, W.R. Grace & Co., decided to enter the home improvement retail business by creating an American Chain of “big box” home improvement stores named Home Quarters Warehouse (HQ). Kossar, with Frank Doczi, became the head of this new chain, based in Virginia Beach, VA. As founder, Chairman and CEO, Kossar purchased from NYSE-listed W.R. Grace & Co. and sold it later to Hechinger. Four years later, Kossar moved on to found OW Office Warehouse, an office supply store that used a logo and branding similar to HQ. From 1988 to 1994, Kossar was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. The OfficeMax division of K-Mart Corporation in 1994 later acquired OW Office Warehouse.

In the early 2000s, Bernard R. Kossar was still full of entrepreneurial ambition, founding the Millennium Partners, LLC, a private investment partnership focused on investment opportunities. He served for over 20 years as a principle. Within that era, he also invested time in philanthropy. For example, in 2003, he helped build the Israel Air Force Center Foundation (IAF) and has been a proud supporter for nearly a decade. In 2010, Kossar joined Augme Technologies’ Advisory Board, a leading developer and provider of patented and innovated smart mobile marketing technology. In 2011, he was presented with the Whitman School of Management’s Distinguished Service Award. Kossar’s service and support is evident also with his recent work with the Tel Aviv-Yafo Foundation, an international fund-raising arm of the City of Tel Aviv-Yafo, the epicenter of Israel’s economy. Kossar focused his efforts on educational reform by dedicating three new projects to the foundation: a resource center for the Nofei Yam Elementary School, a fitness center for the Tkuma Special Education School, and a new elementary school in Palm Beach and Boca Raton, Florida. As the Major of Tel Aviv-Yafo stated, “For decades now, this remarkable family has been on the forefront of important municipal development: building kindergartens, libraries, daycares, and home environment centers in the lower income neighborhoods…improving the lives of Israel’s young generation.” Kossar’s philanthropy has proven to have an international outreach.

Currently, Kossar is a Trustee, active Board of Advisors member, and guest lecturer at Syracuse University, his alma mater. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Tel-Aviv Foundation-American Committee, amongst many other companies and corporations.

Bernard R. Kossar is an alumnus of Syracuse University and a veteran of the U.S. military. You should know his story.


J. Michael Haynie Appointed to Newly Created VA Advisory Committee

IVMF-Haynie-620_72We are proud to announce that Dr. Mike Haynie, founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families and Vice Chancellor of Veterans and Military Affairs at Syracuse University, was appointed to the newly created MyVA‬ Advisory Committee today.

VA Secretary Robert McDonald launched the MyVA initiative in September 2014, as part of the department’s effort to better align the VA with the needs of the nation’s veterans, and to empower VA employees to improve the veteran experience. The MyVA Advisory Committee will provide advice to the secretary and VA leadership related to the department’s efforts to rebuild trust with veterans and other stakeholders, improve service delivery and set the course for longer-term excellence and reform.

McDonald appointed Haynie to serve as the vice chairman of the MyVA Advisory Committee. Major General (ret.) Jose Robles, president and chief executive officer of United States Automobile Association, will serve as chairman. Other committee members include former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona; Dr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic; Teresa Carlson, vice president for Worldwide Public Sector at Amazon; Nancy Killefer, vice chair of the Defense Business Board and Christopher Howard, president of Hampden-Sydney College.

Haynie serves as the vice chancellor for veterans and military affairs at Syracuse University, the executive director of the University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and the Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management.


Notable Veteran Alumni: Louis J. Giuliano

LJGLouis J. Giuliano is an alumnus of Syracuse University, and also a military veteran. You should know his story, because it’s a Syracuse University story—one that speaks to our past, our present, and our future.

Louis J. Giuliano is a man of principle and an American businessman who graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (’68) and Master of Business Administration in Marketing (’69) from the Whitman School of Management. Giuliano is also a U.S. Army veteran who made the rank of First Lieutenant and served honorably in Vietnam.

In the business world, Mr. Giuliano began working with the Aerospace group at Allied Signal. He served at Allied for nearly 20 years and rose to President of the Avionics Systems Group, responsible for seven operating units nationwide. In 1988, Mr. Giuliano joined ITT as Vice President of Defense Operations and, in 1991, became President of ITT Defense and Electronics, a position he filled for another eight years. As President and CEO of the ITT Defense and Electronics department, Mr. Giuliano received an important contract in 1997 with the U.S. Army’s Communications and Electronics Command. This partnership would transform tactical communications with the development and implementation of a new U.S. Army combat radio, the SINCGARS. Then, from 2001 to 2004, he led ITT Industries as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure, his chief priority was to improve operating performance and he oversaw significant increases in ITT’s market capitalization (250%) and stock price (170%).

In November 2004, former President George W. Bush appointed Mr. Giuliano to governor of the U.S. Postal Service. The Senate confirmed him in 2005 to serve a full nine-year term.

Mr. Giuliano attributes his time in the service for his success in the corporate world. He stated in a USA Today article about fellow veteran corporate leaders, “there is debate over whether it was combat or military training that gave them a leadership edge. The military teaches the responsibility of serving, not just fulfilling your own needs.”

Currently, Mr. Giuliano serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Vectrus, a leading provider of global service solutions in areas of Infrastructure Asset Management, IT, and Network Communication services, and Logistics and Supply Chain Management Services. He is also Senior Advisor to The Carlyle Group and is the Operating Executive to the Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, and Transportation and Industrial Groups. He is actively involved with the CEO Forum and the Advisory Board for the Princeton University Faith and Work Initiative. In addition, he is the Founder of Workforce Ministries, Honorary Chairman of the Westchester County Red Cross Armed Force Emergency Services, and he holds several other board positions for organizations including Accudyne Industries and Meadowkirk Retreat Center.

Notably, Mr. Giuliano is also a sponsor of Syracuse University’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) based out of the Whitman School of Management and Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Mr. Giuliano is married to his wife Barbara and they have two daughters and six grandchildren.

Louis J. Giuliano is an alumnus of Syracuse University and a veteran of the U.S. military. You should know his story.



Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management Ranked #2 Best Business School for Vets

B9316532260Z.1_20150309110925_000_G2QA3U1RK.1-0Military Times released their ranking of top 75 Best for Veterans Business Schools. Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management is ranked #2 Best Business School for Veterans, highlighting Syracuse University’s enduring commitment to veterans, military connected students, and military family members.

More schools than ever responded to this year’s Military Times survey. Competition was stiff to make the list.

Some of the findings from Military Times’s survey:

  • Among respondents this year, the focus on veterans typically starts at the top. Better than four in 10 have a service member, veteran or military spouse in a senior leadership position within the business school. Another four in 10 reported such a senior leader not at the business school but the larger university.
  • On average, service members and veterans accounted for a little less than 13 percent of the graduate student population at business schools.
  • A graduate degree is typically more expensive than a bachelor’s, and the MBA is no exception. More than 8 in 10 responding schools indicated that their costs exceeded the $250-per-semester-hour cap associated with military tuition assistance in the last school year.
  • Costs at a little more than half the schools outpaced veterans’ Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. But about 7 in 10 such schools participated in the Yellow Ribbon program to help make up the difference, and most — but not all — of these schools made up the full difference for all eligible students, thus insuring they didn’t have to pay tuition out of pocket or through loans.
  • More than a third of schools either waive or discount application fees for veterans or service members.
  • Three-quarters of business schools told us that their larger university has a veteran or military group, but fewer than one in 10 has a separate such group unique to the business school.
  • Nearly six in 10 graduate business programs accept, in at least some cases, recommendations from the American Council on Education on awarding academic credit for military training. But limitations on the acceptance of such credit are common.
  • Nearly two-thirds of responding schools require incoming students to take either the Graduate Management Admission Test or the Graduate Record Examination as part of their applications. Only about 8 percent of schools typically waive that requirement for vets, although about a quarter of schools gave vets some sort of admissions preference.