Microsoft to Mayor: More Ways to Use Your Gannon Degree

Dennis J. Donohue ’80M
Religious Education

I began my business career in Silicon Valley with Atari, at the time the fastest-growing company in the world. I also worked in sales for Microsoft and Verbatim before returning to my hometown of Salinas, Calif., in the late 1980s. In agribusiness since 1988, I worked for River Ranch, Fresh Express and Fresh Western before joining European Vegetable Specialties in 1996, becoming president of the company two years later before moving on as president of Royal Rose, LLC. In 2006, I was elected mayor of the City of Salinas, and won reelection in 2010.

I am proud to have proposed and ignited many successful movements toward strong economic development and public safety. I was named the 2006 Citizen of the Year by the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce and received the 2008 Peace Builder Award from Partners for Peace, a Salinas-based nonprofit.

Peter J. Pearson ’85
Marketing

I have nearly three decades of experience in the transportation industry, starting in 1984 when I joined FedEx, holding several management positions in Chicago and Pittsburgh. In 1997, I joined Student Transportation of America (STA) as vice president of operations, based in Pittsburgh. I direct the operations and fiscal performance of STA’s western Pennsylvania locations. The company is a leading-edge, service-oriented student and special services transportation provider, operating in 12 states and one Canadian province. I am also involved in many community and business associations, serving as an executive board member of the Pennsylvania Bus Association and an associate member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, among others.

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