FDU’s 27th Charter Day raises more than $540,000, honors alum Emil W. Solimine


Above ( L to R): Christopher A. Capuano, president-elect, Fairleigh Dickinson University; Emil W. Solimine, president and CEO, Spiniello Companies; Cynthia Colucci, senior relationship manager, TD Bank; Sheldon Drucker, president, Fairleigh Dickinson University. (Photo by Elena Mitchell)


Fairleigh Dickinson University’s 27th Annual Charter Day on Friday, June 10, at the Florham Campus, honored Emil W. Solimine, BS’75, president and CEO, Spiniello Companies. More than 450 guests gathered at the successful event, which raised more than $540,000 for academic scholarships.

About Emil W. Solimine
Solimine has served as president and Chief Executive Officer for Spiniello Companies, a global construction company specializing in pipeline rehabilitation and infrastructure, for the past 12 years. He founded and served as president and Chief Executive Officer of Emar Group, Inc. and its sister company, Walsh Group, Inc., for 39 years.

Solimine has served as a member of the Board of Directors, for the Strober Organization, MacGregor Sports Organization, DiGiorgio Corporation, and National Community Bank and a member of the Executive Council of Continental Insurance Company. He founded and was a Senior Partner of Gemini Acquisition Group.

He has been involved in philanthropic efforts as a member, Board of Governors — Rutgers University, Hackensack University Medical Center, Deborah Hospital, Eye Institute of New Jersey and the National Kidney Foundation of New York/New Jersey.

His personal awards and honors include: Man of the Year award from Tiro A Segno and Deborah Hospital; Columbian Foundation; The PINNACLE Award from Fairleigh Dickinson University; and honors from National Kidney Foundation of New York/New Jersey and the American Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Solimine serves on the Judicial Selection Committee for the Federal District of the Third Circuit.

Solimine earned a bachelor of science in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1975. He also attended Rutgers University and the College of Insurance in New York.

About Charter Day
Each year since 1990, Fairleigh Dickinson University has honored an individual in recognition of professional leadership and community contributions. Support from Charter Day enables a number of students to attend the University as Charter Day Scholars. These undergraduate students exhibit significant leadership on campus and in the larger community, and earn cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.0. Charter Day Scholars show a personal commitment to developing the same leadership qualities as the Charter Day honorees. 

Since 1990, Charter Day activities have raised more than $9 million toward scholarships for motivated students. This exciting success is due to the goodwill and generosity of corporations, foundations, alumni and friends of Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the dedication and diligence of the individuals who serve on the Executive Dinner Committee each year.


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