Mercyhurst Magazine Spring 2021

’ A native of Chardon, Ohio, he graduated from Mercyhurst in 2006 with a bachelor s degree in business fnance and a minor in computer systems. While attending Mercyhurst, he was an Ambassador and president of Delta Mu Delta business honor society. He and his wife, Jessica, have two children and reside in Orange County, California. Dario Cipriani was a longtime partner at the Historic Square Insurance Agency in Erie and still works part time as a producer for the frm. He is a longstanding member of the Mercyhurst President s Associates and has regularly served on board committees. ’ DeFrancesco led two companies from inception to successful exit acquisitions totaling nearly $100 million in value. DeFrancesco currently serves as the President of SMET Ventures, a business investment and technology consulting frm, and oversees a charitable foundation he founded to empower people to enhance their well-being and overcome hardship. Cipriano ‘74, Ryan Gibson ‘05, and Marc McAndrew ‘88 were elected in February 2020. Brian DeFrancesco is a successful entrepreneur and business executive with a passion for technology and innovation. As CEO, Four elected to Board of Trustees Four Mercyhurst alumni have been elected to the university’s Board of Trustees. Brian DeFrancesco ‘06 was named in October 2019, while Dario One of the frst student-athletes recruited to play a varsity sport after Mercyhurst went coed, he was part of the original golf team and served as sports editor for the Merciad . He was inducted into the Mercyhurst Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001 and has served on the Hall of Fame Committee for many years. He continues to be an avid fan of Laker athletics. He earned a degree in Management in 1974. He and his wife, Donna, live in Erie. They are the parents of a grown daughter and have two grandchildren.





Ryan Gibson co-founded and serves as Chief Investment Ofcer for Spartan Investment Group, LLC, a real estate investment company that specializes in fnding self-storage and residential development investments. He previously worked as an airline pilot while Management, Marketing, and Advertising in 2005. During his student years, he competed with the varsity rowing team and served as an Ambassador. His wife, Jackie Kerper Gibson ‘05, is Director of Operations for Spartan Investment Group. The Gibsons live in Seattle with their two children. Marc McAndrew is the Executive Vice President for Real Estate for PNC Bank. He travels extensively in this role, overseeing capital raising and lending operations nationwide. growing his investment business. He earned his Mercyhurst degree in

’ He has served as a President s Associate for more than a decade and was previously a member of the Advisory Board for the Walker School of Business. He is a 1988 Mercyhurst graduate with a degree in Management. He and his wife, Michelle, live in the Pittsburgh area. They are the parents of two grown children. He has honored his father, longtime English faculty member and sports announcer P. Barry McAndrew, by helping to endow the P. Barry McAndrew Essay in Literature Award, presented annually by the English Department, and by contributing to the Laker for Life Capital Campaign to rename the press box at Saxon Stadium in his honor.


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