The Foundry grew out of Fordham University’s effort to provide entrepreneurial students with a beyond-the-classroom support structure for their businesses.
Recognizing that great business ideas don’t emerge only from business schools, the Foundry is open to students, alumni, parents, and friends of all of Fordham University’s nine schools and colleges, especially those from liberal arts backgrounds.
The incubator was launched in 2012 under the leadership of Christine Janssen-Selvadurai, PhD, the director of the Gabelli School of Business’ undergraduate entrepreneurship program. It is now managed by the following team members:
Interim Executive Director
Chris Meyer is the interim executive director of the Fordham Foundry and a clinical assistant professor at the Gabelli School of Business. He teaches strategy and other management courses based on his substantial work experience as a manager, entrepreneur, and academic.
Outside of his academic work, Dr. Meyer has worked primarily in the financial services and technology industries. Most recently, he was the chief operating officer of an algorithmic proprietary trading firm. He has worked in managerial and consulting roles in banking and alternative investments. In addition, he has worked as an engineer, consultant, and manager with several technology firms and startups.
Dr. Meyer has a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MBA from Northwestern University, and a PhD in organizational studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Foundry Manager and Adjunct Instructor
A consumer product marketing entrepreneur with more than 35 years of experience, Sussberg runs the Foundry’s daily operations and has taught undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship and marketing. His career includes a tenure as president of the company that launched the food processor in the United States.
For more than 25 years, Sussberg has operated his own marketing consultancy, Sussberg & Co., Inc. He has worked with Sonicare on its sonic toothbrush, with Thermoscan on its ear thermometer, and with Foodsaver on vacuum packaging. He has consulted for Royal Philips, Gillette, Jarden, and Medicus Golf. Sussberg also has owned and operated a luxury-goods manufacturing company and a Class A minor-league baseball team.
Sussberg received a BBA in management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA in marketing from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.
Entrepreneur in Residence
Albert J. Bartosic is a serial entrepreneur who has extensive experience with cloud-based applications and their interface with medical devices. He spent the last 12 years of his 30-year management career as CEO of Standing Stone Inc., a medical software company focused on subspecialty clinical decision support, now part of the global medical-device company Alere, Inc. Bartosic has worked across diverse industries, including private equity, financial services, consumer products, technology, entertainment, and public accounting. He advises startups, serves on the boards of Ridgefield Academy and other nonprofits, and is a director of SecLingua, a cybersecurity company serving the medical industry. A certified public accountant, Bartosic holds a MBA from New York University and a BS from Fordham University.