Success Stories


Entrepreneurial Studies Major Re-Launches E-Commerce Site

Fitzgerald Robertson (SHU '18 ), with assistance from the Wukich Center, has re-launched his e-commerce website, The Fitzgerald Collection, "an online retail store for men’s and women’s fragrances with the aura of simple elegance and sophisticated style."

Two Creative Businesses (And Counting)

Tony Marghella (SHU MBA ’14) has already created a full-production media company, Mayoflux, and an online service that coordinates administrative functions for summer camps, called Rusty Tent. Read more about these successful businesses, and Tony’s plans for the future, in GoForward magazine

Pleasant Lane Farms Launched by MBA Grad

Carolyn Frey (SHU MBA '12) launched Pleasant Lane Farms with her husband Todd as a new business in 2012. A small farm/specialty food retailer, Pleasant Lane Farms offers homegrown produce as well as farm-raised meat and honey products. Handcrafted items are available in the farm's gift shop.

Business Created by Recent Student One of 15 Startups (Out of 150!) to be Invited to Pittsburgh Business Incubator 

Seton Hill University MBA alumnus and Army veteran Richard Amos Behana (SHU MBA '12 ) earned one of 15 spots in a new Pittsburgh startup business incubator called the Hustle Den. Amos earned the spot by presenting the business plan for Private Lender Nexus, a commercial real estate investing exchange he hopes to create, at a Business Bout competition last fall. He developed his business plan in Seton Hill's MBA courses Intro to New Venture Development, New Venture Feasibility Analysis and Financial Concerns of Entrepreneurs. Amos is also an alumni member of the Seton Hill Entrepreneur's Club, leading the project to launch a foundation for blind returning veterans.

MBA Grad Honored with "40 Under 40" & Distinguished Alumni Leadership Awards

Matthew Galando (SHU MBA ’04) began his career at the global law firm of K&L Gates as a college intern. In the 12 years since, he has advanced into a global management role with responsibilities ranging from curriculum development and global associate training to managing the firm’s continuing education accreditations and lawyer compliance. In addition to serving on the Seton Hill Board of Trustees and Alumni Association Board, Matthew is active on the board of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra and with Pittsburgh’s City Theatre. In 2011, he participated in a three-day, 60-mile walk, raising nearly $5,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Matthew is also a musician, having played the trumpet since fourth grade. Matt was introduced to the trumpet by Annette Russell, a Seton Hill alumna and music educator, who continued to guide Matthew’s playing through grade school and high school. His music – and collaborative leadership style - has also been inspired by Kathy Campbell, alumna and professor of music at Seton Hill. In 2012, Matthew was honored with a “40 Under 40” Award from Pittsburgh Magazine and PNC Bank for being one of 40 individuals under the age of 40 making an impact on the Pittsburgh region.

Click here to learn more about the Distingished Alumni Leadership Award.

Mental Health Professional Receives Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award in June 2013

Krista Boyer (SHU '03 and '07 MBA) earned both her undergraduate degree in art and her MBA degree from Seton Hill before receiving a Master of Science degree in counseling psychology. She recently received her doctoral degree in psychology from Carlow University. She teaches at both Carlow and Chatham while working in private psychology practice. She created an outreach program and delivers individual, group and family therapy to a wide range of clientele. Krista engages in volunteer and outreach opportunities aimed at reducing mental health stigma and has begun promoting the awareness of ageism. She prepares future counselors to understand the unique needs of a growing geriatric population. Krista is a sought-after professional, who has presented papers at numerous conventions and appears frequently on a regional television show that addresses that topic. Click here for more information on the Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award.