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Leon Hess Business School

Meeting in the “winners circle” were (left to right): John F. Heims, director of racing; Sen. John B. Paolella, member of the Business Council; Kelly Breen, leading horse trainer; Richard Ricciardi, chair of the Business Council’s membership committee; Paco Lopez, leading jockey at the Monmouth 2019 meet; Donald Moliver, dean of the Leon Hess Business School; Greg Johnson, business student and Monmouth Park intern; John Roos, associate athletic director at Monmouth; and David Howell, director of advancement for the Leon Hess Business School.

Members of the Business Council
Enjoy a Day at the Races

The Leon Hess Business School Business Council at Monmouth University, under the leadership of Dean Donald Moliver, enjoyed an impromptu “Day at the Races” at nearby Monmouth Park. Sen. Paolella, sporting the lime green colors of Cavalino Racing Stable, hopes to grow the relationship between Monmouth University and Monmouth Park with an inaugural Business Council “Day at the Races” in 2020.

True to his commitment to Monmouth University and the Leon Hess Business School, Sen. Paolella does not only provide financial support to the University, but is also a strong advocate for collaboration among business and academia. He currently serves as an executive mentor in the SEEMA (Student Engagement and Enrichment through Mentoring Activities) program, where he lends his business expertise to students—bridging the gap between academics and practice. In addition to being a professional mentor, he is also dedicated to identifying internship opportunities where students translate their classroom learning into practical application.

In his capacity as an executive mentor, Sen. Paolella was instrumental in creating a new internship at Monmouth Park Racetrack through a collaborative effort with John Heims, director of racing. Greg Johnson, a Monmouth University business student, was the first recipient of this internship. Heims intends to approve at least one additional internship for the summer of 2020.

Through the coordinated efforts of Sen. Paolella, the groundwork has been laid for a productive relationship with Monmouth Park and the Monmouth University business school going forward.

Sen. Paolella is currently a member of the Leon Hess Business School’s Business Council. Established in 1985, the council serves as a continuous source of consulting, advising, and financial support to the school while fostering an ongoing relationship between academia and the business community.