Bio: Mark R. Palermo, JD, MBA
Vice President Operations, Gordon Brothers Capital
Professor, College of Business
Mr. Palermo has 20 years of diversified business experience. His professional career began at The Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A., where he completed the one-year Professional Development training program and then managed corporate clients in his capacity of middle market lending officer for several years. After completing his MBA in Finance at Adelphi University, Mr. Palermo left Chase to take the position of Vice President, Finance for The Neil Automotive Group. After scoring in the top 1% on the law school entrance exams, he returned to school full time on a full merit scholarship, earning his JD from Hofstra Law in December, 1993 and graduating fourth of 284 in his class. Combining his business experience with his law degree, Mr. Palermo practiced corporate law at the New York firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, where he negotiated and documented debt and equity transactions, domestic and offshore hedge fund organizations, and structured finance transactions (securitizations and commercial paper conduits.) After four years of successful law practice, Mr. Palermo accepted a position with Gordon Brothers Capital as Vice President Operations, where he was deeply involved in all aspects of financing private companies in crises. In addition to managing the operations of this finance company, he spent much of his time actively managing companies in crises, and negotiating the sale of corporate assets. Mr. Palermo also has experience financing distressed public companies through uniquely structured private placements of convertible debt instruments.
Mr. Palermo began his teaching career while working toward his MBA at Adelphi University, where he taught entry level courses in quantitative methods. He became an adjunct instructor at the W. Averill Harriman School of and Management Policy (now the College of Business) at Stony Brook University in the Fall of 2000, and a full time faculty member in the Fall of 2002. Since 2002 he has been teaching full time at the College of Business while remaining active in the practice of law. His courses include Managerial Economics, Capital Markets, Money Banking and Financial Institutions, Management Strategy, Legal Environment of Business, Ethics and Law, Investments, and Cases in Finance.