Business Advisory Council Speaker Series to Feature Alumni Entrepreneurs
Providence College alumni who launched their own businesses selling apparel and fashion accessories will be the first speakers in this year’s School of Business Advisory Council Speaker Series, which will begin on Thursday, October 25, at 4 p.m. in the Bowab Studio Theatre in the Smith Center for the Arts.
About 100 students are expected to attend the one-hour program, which will be moderated by Robert J. Reilly ’86, executive director of UBS Investment Bank and a member of the Business Advisory Council.
The speaker series is intended to educate students about industry trends, hot topics within fields, and potential career paths, according to Robert Ferreira ’83, assistant vice president for alumni relations.
The first panelists will be Christopher Riccobono ’01, who invented UNTUCKit, a button-down shirt meant to be worn untucked, and Keri Murschell ’94, who began keri golf, a line of golf bags and accessories for women.
Riccobono, who earned an M.B.A. at Columbia Business School after studying finance at PC, was frustrated at his inability to find a shirt that wasn’t too long when he didn’t tuck it in. He worked with 11 shirt specialists and 30 samples before finding the right fit for his shirts.
“No one understood how to factor in length,” said Riccobono.
Based in New York, the company sells its products online.
Murschell, who studied psychology at PC, started keri golf in 2003, combining her love of travel, fashion, and golf to create a feminine golf bag that would appeal to professionals and amateurs. The bags and accessories, which include totes and head covers, are sold at pro shops and retailers in North America and Europe.
In 2008, the company formed a partnership with Adams Golf Inc. Murschell continues to independently design and produce the keri golf line while consulting on design and development for Adams Golf.
The Business Advisory Council Speaker Series, which will continue throughout the academic year, is sponsored by the School of Business, the Business Advisory Council, the Office of Alumni Relations, and the Center for Career Education.
— Vicki-Ann Downing
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