Apr 21, 2004 — Organized and run by students, the Annual Awards Dinner of the Sy Syms School of Business honoring the 2004 graduates, was held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. Ari Spodek, a junior, led the festivities as MC and Sy Syms, founder of the school and Bernard Madoff, chairman of the board, greeted students and guests.
The first award was presented by Syms Dean, Dr. Charles Snow, to Jeremy Bodek-Rosenbaum who delivered a valedictory address. Stressing Jewish values taught at YU Mr. Rosenbaum said, “It’s incumbent upon us to carry on the traditions that came before us and to incorporate Judaism into the totality of our lives.” Ethics in business was a theme expressed in many of the remarks offered by faculty and students. Fellow valedictorians Tara Rabinowitz and Justin Klein were also recognized.
Prof. David C. Kahn received the Lillian F. & William Z. Silber Professor of the Year Award and Dr. Peter Lencsis was given the Sy Syms School of Business Student Council Professor of the Year Award. These awards are determined by a vote of the Syms student body.
Other highlights included cash prizes for winners of the Dr. William Schwartz Business Plan Competition. Gideon Shiffman was first prizewinner, receiving $5,000; Rosa Aspir and Liana Biniashvili shared second prize of $3,000 and Reuben Kerben received $2,000 for third prize.
Alumni award recipients were Bruce K. Taragin and Naema Henley. Mr. Taragin is a partner at Blumberg Capital and Ms. Henley is an account executive at Accessory Network Group.
More than 300 people attended the lively event including Sy Syms board members and prominent corporate leaders representing major accounting, real estate, banking and investment firms.