David Fabricant '93
BBA in accounting
Senior vice president and deputy controller of American Express discusses his career
David Fabricant '93 chose to attend SFA because he liked the idea of smaller class sizes that would allow him to interact with faculty members. While he thought he'd pursue the typical career route through a public accounting firm, his professional life took different turns.
"I was very driven and had a timeline in mind for how I wanted to progress to the next level," Fabricant said. "I wanted to continue to grow, and there are more opportunities in the headquarters of an organization than in a satellite office."
In 2006, Fabricant was hired by the American International Group, better known as AIG, as vice president and controller for the consumer finance division.
Jodie Thompson '92
BBA in finance
SFA alum provides service to keep the environment clean
A refocus on his faith, and his bachelor's degree in finance, plays a major role in Thompson's leadership of Mister Sweeper, a company his family purchased in 2006.
"When we bought this business, we were blessed that the employees were individuals with a lot of experience. We employ approximately 60 people with a record 610 years of combined service. You don't find that longevity everywhere. We value employees — they are a company's greatest asset. We try to go above and beyond to make it like a family."
Eric Pierre '03
BBA and MPA through the five-year accountancy program
CPA advocates for up-and-coming entrepreneurs
First and foremost, Eric Pierre '03 is an entrepreneur. And it's in that role, as CEO of Pierre Accounting, that he hopes to achieve his biggest accomplishment — serving the needs of his clients while also inspiring minorities to pursue and achieve careers in accounting, finance, law and other distinguished professions.
Vimal "Victor" Patel '91
BBA in economics, BBA in management
Alumnus achieves American dream and offers a dose of Lumberjack hospitality
By age 22, Patel was one of the youngest franchisees with the Bass Hotel Group, now known as Intercontinental Hotel Group. In addition to IHG Holiday Inn properties, he proudly owns and operates more than 20 properties under the Hilton, Choice, Best Western and Wyndham brands. He is now president of Pegasus Hospitality Hotel Group and U.S. Hospitality Management, both of which are based in Irving.
"Rusche College of Business taught me how to communicate. Improving my communication skills was key because English wasn't my first language," he said. "SFA was welcoming and helped me assimilate more comfortably. It felt like home."
He still uses the knowledge he gained in his business law class during deals today.
"That's how I know the right questions to ask and the important things to look for in a business deal," he said.