Albert G. Pastino ’64 to Receive 2018 Hall of Fame Award
By Kevin Kaufman
In his more than five decades-long career, former Saint Joseph’s University Trustee Al Pastino ’64 has worked for some of the country’s most recognizable accounting and investment firms. His passion, however, resides in partnering with, advising for and investing in small companies.
A partner at Laud Collier Capital LLC, a middle-market company-focused firm in Short Hills, New Jersey, Pastino will be recognized for his leadership and positive influence on his profession and Saint Joseph’s University with the Haub School Hall of Fame Award on April 18 at the New York Athletic Club in New York City.
“From his days as the University’s third Hawk mascot to his eight years as a University trustee, Al has always been dedicated to Saint Joseph’s,” says Erivan K. Haub School of Business Dean Joseph A. DiAngelo Jr., Ed.D. ’70. “He is a valued member of the Haub School community and has been a role model for our students as he lives the credo of St. Ignatius.”
Pastino’s interest in small business stretches back to his childhood. Before his death, Pastino’s father was a business owner. Pastino’s mother and stepfather ran a small restaurant, and he worked at his uncle’s cheese company. Through his family, he developed a keen understanding of issues facing small businesses.
“I always liked working with smaller clients because they would bounce ideas off you and you’d get to know their businesses,” says Pastino, a certified public accountant who received an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed the Harvard Business School Executive Management Program for Small Business.
“He is a valued member of the Haub School community and has been a role model for our students as he lives the credo of St. Ignatius.”
Joseph A. DiAngelo Jr., Ed.D. ’70
Pastino started his career at Deloitte, and made partner in 1976. In his 20 years at the firm, he served as managing partner of its Emerging Business Services Practice and High Technology Industry Group in the United States. He moved to the investment banking firm Alex Brown & Sons in 1986, where he worked on mergers and acquisitions and initial public offerings. He also spent time with two private equity firms.
His professional journey began with a conversation with beloved Saint Joseph’s Accounting Professor Edward G. Sutula. The second person in his extended family to attend SJU, Pastino credits Sutula with setting him on his career path. Weighing pros and cons of Pastino’s three job offers, Sutula told him he’d “do very well at Haskins and Sells” (now Deloitte).
“It is the best career advice I’ve ever received,” says Pastino, a Northeast Philadelphia native who met his wife through a Saint Joseph’s connection. “My whole life pivoted St. Joe’s– family, career, outlook.”
His SJU education still plays an influential role in his career. “My professors emphasized ethics and standing for something,” Pastino says. “Ignatian values stick with you for your whole life.”
His desire to give back to his alma mater is evident in his support of myriad interests across the University, including the Dean’s Leadership Program, men’s and women’s basketball and the Class of 1964 Scholarship. Pastino is a member of the Haub Board of Visitors and Advisory Board of the Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Center for Business Ethics.
One of his greatest contributions to the University came as a member of the SJU Board of Trustees from 2000 through 2007. As vice chair and chair of the finance committee, Pastino was integral to the team that structured the 2008 purchase of what is now the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus from Episcopal Academy.
“What I appreciate most about Al is his tenacity for healthy debates, and pushing us to be better and take some chances we wouldn’t have otherwise considered,” says Haub Associate Dean Vana Zervanos ’07 (MBA).
Pastino lives in Summit, New Jersey with his wife, Mim. Avid skiers and travelers, the Pastinos have three adult children, Lisa Pastino Sanders, Ph.D., ’87, Beth Anne Pastino Giannotto, CPA, and Gina Pastino, Ph.D., all of whom are married. The Pastinos have eight grandchildren, one of whom, Kaitlin O’Neill, is an SJU senior.