April/May 2016

Emil Solimine to Be Honored at Charter Day, PINNACLE Society to Induct Five

Fairleigh Dickinson University will hold its 27th Annual Charter Day on Friday, June 10, at the Florham Campus. This year’s celebration will honor alumnus Emil Solimine, BS’75 (Ruth), president and chief executive officer of Spiniello Companies, a global construction company specializing in pipeline rehabilitation and infrastructure. The Charter Day reception will begin at 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 8 p.m. The PINNACLE Awards for alumni will be presented earlier that evening at 5 p.m.

Charter Day honors individuals who have distinguished themselves as outstanding leaders in their professions and their communities. Proceeds from this event support academic scholarships for undergraduate students at Fairleigh Dickinson. Since 1990, Charter Day activities have raised more than $9 million toward scholarships for motivated students. Charter Day Scholars are students who exhibit significant leadership on campus and in the larger community, who maintain the highest academic standards and show a personal commitment to developing the same leadership qualities Charter Day honorees have shown.

Emil Solimine

Solimine has served as president and chief executive officer of Spiniello Companies for the past 12 years. Prior to this, he founded and served as president and chief executive officer of Emar Group, Inc., and its sister company, Walsh Group, Inc., for 39 years.

Emil Solimine
Emil Solimine

Solimine has served as a member of the board of directors of several organizations such as the Strober Organization, MacGregor Sports Organization, DiGiorgio Corporation and National Community Bank, and was a member of the Executive Council of Continental Insurance Company. He founded and was a senior partner of Gemini Acquisition Group.

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

Among the numerous awards he has received are Man of the Year from Tiro A Segno, the oldest Italian-heritage organization in the United States, and Deborah Hospital; The PINNACLE Award from FDU; and an award from the Columbian Foundation. He has also been honored by the 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 BS in business administration from FDU in 1975, and also attended Rutgers University and the College of Insurance in New York.

PINNACLE Induction

The FDU PINNACLE Society will recognize the contributions and achievements of five distinguished alumni at a ceremony preceding the Charter Day reception and dinner.

This year’s PINNACLE honorees are: Marko Costanzo, BS’81 (Metro), a Foley artist; Howard Cowan, BS’66 (Metro), founder and president, Cowan Financial Group; Frances Gormley, BA’78 (Flor), founder and managing partner, Greenwich Marketing Group; Vito Luppino, BS’59 (Ruth), president, V.A.L. Floors; and Lester Owens, MBA’91 (Ruth), managing director, J.P. Morgan.

New PINNACLE Group
This year’s PINNACLE inductees are, from left, Marko Costanzo, Howard Cowan, Frances Gormley, Vito Luppino and Lester Owens.

The annual class of The PINNACLE is chosen by past inductees, based on the following criteria: success or distinction in one’s chosen field of endeavor, significant contributions to society and humanity through public or humanitarian service and outstanding service to the University or reflection of the unique character of FDU in one’s life.

For more information and to register for Charter Day, contact Laura Reynolds, director of special events, University advancement (Metro), at 201-692-7036, email laura_reynolds@fdu.edu or go to http://www.myfdu.net/charterday16.