The College of Staten Island Department of Athletics and Recreation has named Alberto Sanchez as its new Assistant Athletic Director/Finance & Business Manager, it was announced today. Sanchez, a long-time Brooklyn College staffer who has been serving as a Senior Accountant in its Comptroller’s Office, will take over in this elevated capacity on June 9. He will take over for retired CSI staffer Fran Mitilieri, who left the program in January, 2016.
“After an extensive search process, chaired by Associate Athletic Director David Pizzuto, we are thrilled to bring Alberto on as a member of our staff,” said CSI Director of Athletics Charles Gomes. “Alberto’s extensive background in the field made him the ideal candidate and his knowledge of the CUNY system will ease his transition into his new role. We feel confident that Alberto will take a leadership role in the department and bring a high level of organization to our business and financial operations.”
As CSI’s newest Assistant Athletic Director, Sanchez will oversee principal responsibility of finance and business operations within the Athletics Department, to include long- and short-range budget forecasting, team budget management and fundraising operations and membership and rental services for the campus’ Sports & Recreation Center and surrounding facilities.
“I am deeply humbled and honored by the opportunity,” said Sanchez. “CSI is an amazing college campus, with passionate fans, coaches and student-athletes. I am very excited at the opportunity to channel my energy towards making their experiences even better and I’m looking forward to engaging with the campus community and surrounding Staten Island area. I can’t wait to get started.”
Sanchez has familiarity with the College and the CUNY system. Recently completing his 10th year at Brooklyn College as a Senior Accountant, one of his primary responsibilities included management and oversight of the College’s athletics budget, preparing yearly audit portfolios and tracking and reconciling expenses for nationwide travel taken by its intercollegiate teams. He was a central figure to the program, preparing monthly balance sheets, general ledger trial balances, and profit and loss statements. On top of the support for athletics, Sanchez was responsible for accounts totaling over $14M of discretionary funds at the College, insuring compliance and accounting in accordance with GASB and GAAP standards.
In 2014, Sanchez took his duties in Athletics further, becoming an Event Coordinator for the Bulldogs’ intercollegiate athletics program, which included general set-up and break-down gameday duties, managing gameday staffing, locker room assignments, and crowd control. At CSI, Sanchez will be responsible for similar duties of event management with outside rentals to the facilities as well as intercollegiate athletics. He will also lend himself to revenue generating projects and oversight of several marketing and promotions endeavors.
“I enjoy working on the finance side with budgets,” he remarked. “I want to delve deep into the budget at CSI to allow us to be more efficient at what we do, and help us market ourselves better to the campus and the Staten Island community, doing so in a way that is fiscally responsible and stimulates revenue generation and the ability to fundraise.”
Sanchez recognizes the number-crunching angle of his duties, but is equally excited to connect with the lifeblood of the program: its student-athletes.
“Especially at this level of athletics, the goal is to improve their experience, to improve the things that they do that help them grow as students in the classroom and the field of play,” he noted. “I am also looking forward to engaging with the community, many of whom are alumni who are coming back because of their experiences with our program. To be able to reach out and thank them for their support and to engage with them to better our programs is going to be a thrilling experience. It truly is an exciting time and I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a dynamic program.”
A Brooklyn native, Sanchez graduated from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business, Management and Finance in 2007, and earned his Master of Science in Business Economics in 2012. He returned to the College and earned a secondary Master of Science Degree in Sports Management earlier this month.
Sanchez will begin his duties with the College of Staten Island on Thursday, June 9.