Stack Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The annual Siena College Maddalone Entrepreneur Wall of Success induction ceremony was held virtually on October 20 from the College’s Stack Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The Maddalone Wall, made possible through the generous support of Guy Maddalone ’89, founder and CEO of GTM Payroll Services, provides a highly visible platform to honor Siena alumni who have launched their own successful businesses, and to inspire current students who have entrepreneurial plans, according to Michael J. Hickey ’83, executive director of the Stack Center. Inductees have a plaque with their business’s logo featured on the wall. 

The 2020 Maddalone Wall honorees are:

John Finneran ’81 - The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast  - Salisbury Mills, NY 

Recently named a top 25 Bed and Breakfast in the United States by, and a member of the prestigious Select Registry and Diamond Collection of Inns, the Caldwell House features 14 rooms and event space.

Ken Hayner ’82 and Norm Hayner ’85  - Hayner Brothers Baseball, Inc./The Sports Barn - Halfmoon, NY 

The Sports Barn baseball and softball academy offers private and group lessons as well as camps and clinics. 

Kerry Leo ’89 

DaVinci Education and Research - St. James, NY 

DaVinci Education and Research provides diagnostic and prescriptive strategies to students, parents and school districts to help them support learning needs, classroom-based models and teacher development.

Joy Rafferty ’89 and Sean Rafferty ’88 

California Closets Upstate NY - Albany, NY 

The California Closets franchise creates closets and storage spaces in its state-of-the-art design studio. 

William Zeronda ’78 

Lutz, Selig & Zeronda, LLP  - Latham, NY

Lutz, Selig & Zeronda, LLP is a financial and tax services firm for privately owned businesses, their owners and families. 

Maddalone told those gathered virtually that he created the wall “to highlight the risks Siena graduates have taken to learn, to innovate products and services, and to create value along the way with their own tenacity.” 

“The Wall of Success will undoubtedly inspire future Siena entrepreneurs who, with their own determination, hope to place their own companies’ names on the Wall.” 

Sureet Pabbi ’21, president of Siena’s Entrepreneurship Organization, provided the student perspective on the annual induction:

“We are extremely grateful and incredibly lucky to have such a strong group of leaders, role models and risk takers to look up to,” he said. “For us students, being on the Wall of Success is an aspiration, a goal to achieve. Every business that is inducted is a guiding beacon of what is achievable through our community, and a helping hand that doesn’t hesitate to give back.”