FDU honors top business alumni with “50 Under 50”

Chris, Tom Timko, AndyLeft to right: Chris Capuano, university provost; Thomas Timko, BS'91; and Andrew Rosman, dean of the Silberman College of Business. Timko delivered the keynote address at Silberman College's "50 Under 50" awards gala. (Photos by Bill Blanchard)


By Kaidi Ilves and Dan Landau

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business recently recognized a slate of distinguished alumni with its inaugural “50 Under 50” list, a compendium of business leaders under the age of 50. Alumni were acknowledged at a gala at FDU’s Florham Campus on October 1.

“With the designation of ‘50 Under 50,’ we not only recognize the noteworthy accomplishments of our top alumni, but acknowledge that FDU had a helping role in these achievements,” said Andrew Rosman, dean of Silberman College. “We hold this event as a celebration of them, and also as an effort to re-commit ourselves to our alumni — to once again be their destination.

“We were a destination at least once before when they were earning a degree from FDU. Now, we commit FDU to being their lifelong source of education, a lifelong supplier of young individuals to help them grow their businesses, and their lifelong partner for paying forward,” continued Rosman.

The gala’s keynote speaker, Thomas Timko, BS’91, chief accounting officer and corporate controller at General Motors, spoke about the “ABCs” of success — having a great “attitude and ambition,” finding “balance,” and accepting “challenge with a dash of curiosity.”

He said, “The root of a great attitude and ambition is confidence in yourself and what you have to offer. This starts with a great education — something that we all have, thanks to FDU.”


Also honored at the gala was Lester Owens, MBA’91, managing director at J.P. Morgan (above). Owens was presented with the AACSB Influential Leadership Award.

The AACSB Influential Leadership Award recognizes 100 exemplary alumni chosen from the nearly 800 business schools accredited by the AACSB. Awardees are honored based on their demonstration of an innovative mindset, entrepreneurial spirit, engendering community and/or social change and making significant business impacts.


About the Silberman College of Business
FDU’s Silberman College of Business is a tri-campus, international, AACSB-accredited college of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The college offers undergraduate and graduate programs at the Florham Campus, in Madison, N.J., and the Metropolitan Campus, in Teaneck, N.J. and undergraduate programs at the Vancouver Campus, in B.C., Canada. Silberman College is internationally acclaimed for its globally focused programs, and the professional and personal preparedness of its students.
About Fairleigh Dickinson University
Devoted to the preparation of world citizens through global education, Fairleigh Dickinson University is New Jersey’s largest private university and features more than 100 liberal arts and professional degree programs, two international campuses, dozens of partnerships with internationally renowned institutions, and special programs and status within the United Nations.