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David E. Antin
Class of 1997
Long Island University –
C.W. Post Campus
B.S., Accounting

Nominated by
Dr. David J. Steinberg
President of Long Island University

 

Zevin Auerbach
Class of 1978
Miami Dade College
AS, Radio/Television Broadcast
Programming

Nominated by
Dr. Eduardo J. Padron
President of Miami Dade College

 

Howard Benson
Class of 1980
Drexel University
BS, Metallurgical Engineering

Nominated by
Mr. C.R. “Chuck” Pennoni
Interim President of Drexel University

 

Robert Caporale
Class of 1985
Pace University
BBA, Management Information Systems

Nominated by
Dr. Stephen Friedman
President of Pace University

 

Neil DeKoker
Class of 1967
Kettering University
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering

Nominated by
Dr. Stanley Liberty
President of Kettering University

                 
David E. Antin is Chief Operating Officer of Institutional Investor magazine and Managing Director of Institutional Investor’s Research Group. Since joining Institutional Investor in 2002, David has helped launch several new businesses for the company including Alpha magazine, now the world’s largest hedge fund publication. Prior to joining Institutional Investor, David worked in the Audit and Business Assurance division of Arthur Andersen in New York where he qualified as a Certified Public Accountant. He left Andersen in early 2000 to become the V.P. of Finance and Operations at Argent Trading, a private equity-backed international corporate trading firm with 22 offices in 18 different countries. David is a member of Long Island University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.   While attending MDC, one of Zev Auerbach’s professors encouraged him to go out and get some real world experience. He landed his first internship at Love 94 FM, where he created the “I Love 94” slogan. In 1979, with an initial investment of $47, he officially launched what would grow into a $100 million business. Twenty years later, Jordan Zimmerman, CEO of Zimmerman Advertising, the 15th largest advertising agency in the country, approached Zev about acquiring his company. Soon after, Zev became the creative partner in a $2 billion company. In 2003, he was elected to the City Commission of the City of Aventura. During his tenure, he has made major improvements on traffic, transportation and education in the city. He is also actively involved in several community organizations, including Stop Hunger. He has developed a line of Stop Hunger garbage bags as an innovative fundraising strategy for food banks nationwide.
  Since the late 1980s, Howard Benson has produced dozens of albums in the music industry, including ones by Kelly Clarkson, My Chemical Romance, P.O.D., Papa Roach, the All-American Rejects, and Flyleaf. He broke into the industry when he produced an album by the band P.O.D. which went platinum. Mr. Benson has since received Grammy nominations for hits he produced for the bands Daughtry and Hoobastank, and in 2006 and 2007 Mr. Benson was nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Producer of the Year” category. He previously held a position as Senior Vice President of A&R, Elektra Records. Prior to entering the music industry, Mr. Benson worked as an aerospace engineer. Music was always Mr. Benson’s passion but he studied engineering so he would have something to fall back on. Engineering also provided him with an organized approach to his work in a very chaotic business.
  Robert Caporale is a Managing Director within JPMorgan Investor Services and is responsible for Hedge Fund Services, Private Equity Fund Services and Measurisk, which provide fund administration, back office outsourcing and risk measurement solutions to alternative investment managers and institutional investors. Before joining JPMorgan, Mr. Caporale held various senior sales, business and product management positions at Bankers Trust Company, Fiserv Inc., and IBM Corporation. At Pace, Bob’s ultimate goal was to use computers as a business tool. He started as a co-op programmer at IBM Corporate Headquarters in the technology resources department working on database projects with the IBM patents group. The co-op program gave him the opportunity to apply his academic learning in a real world business environment. He also learned how getting along with people and having the ability to influence others in the workplace was a very important attribute for success. He spent eight years at IBM before moving into the banking industry.   Neil DeKoker, founding president and CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association in Troy, Mich., has been a leader in the automotive industry for many years and played a lead role in the development and organization of Saturn Corp. His contributions and accomplishments have been honored in many ways through the years. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Society of Detroit and is a former “Outstanding Young Engineer.” Tau Beta Pi named him an “Eminent Engineer” in 1990. A member of the Kettering University Board of Trustees, he serves on the boards of the Automotive Hall of Fame, the Center for Automotive Research and the Japan America Society of Greater Detroit and Windsor. He received the 2007 Visionary Leadership Award from the SAE Foundation.