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Meet Allied’s Leadership Team

We have highly qualified full-time staff that bring real-world knowledge and expertise to Allied Business Schools, Inc. They comprise an effective team of professionals that oversee all of the school’s operations and ensure that students have the best educational experience possible. They are in the top of their fields and have a pulse on the educational world – their qualifications, skills and training make them assets to our students and school.

Mr. Jay Achenbach, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Jay Achenbach founded Allied Business Schools, Inc. in 1992 with a vision to offer quality real estate, medical and business courses to students through distance education. He made his vision reality and grew the company to more than 250 employees and over 1 million enrollments since 1992. He brought extensive real estate experience to Allied, having owned and operated several real estate companies and built over 7,000 homes and apartments as well as commercial and industrial projects. Achenbach is a member of Young President’s Organization, World’s Business Council, Resselaer Council, Chief Executive Association, N.A.R, C.A.R., and more. Additionally, he has authored books on real estate and goal setting. Mr. Achenbach is a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Graduate (Engineer).

Mr. George Achenbach, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. George Achenbach oversees all of the operations of Allied Business Schools, Inc. while developing new and innovative courses and materials that keep the company moving forward. He helped lay the initial groundwork for the school in 1992, and today is responsible for the overall management of Allied. He supervises the day-to-day affairs and makes decisions that are in the best interest of the staff, faculty and students. Achenbach brings vision, dedication and strong leadership to Allied Schools and continually strives to find the best possible way to educate students worldwide.

Mrs. Beth Tripodi, President

Mrs. Beth Tripodi provides the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that the company as a whole operates in a smooth manner. She makes certain that the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people are in place to make Allied the strongest, most effective distance education school available. It is Tripodi’s duty to oversee growth, ensure financial strength and keep the company operating efficiently. She thinks that distance education is important because it enables students to get the education and training they need 24/7 from home. Tripodi has an M.A. degree in Communication Arts from the New York Institute of Technology and an M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of New Haven.

Mr. Stephen Catanzaro, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Stephen Catanzaro has the important task of supervising accounting and financial reporting within Allied Business Schools, Inc. His solid achievement in finance, accounting and operations enables him to effectively manage the company’s day-to-day financial needs. His demonstrated ability to improve offerings and streamline operations makes him an asset to Allied Schools. Catanzaro is a Certified Public Accountant, with a B.S. degree in Accounting from City College of New York and an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and California State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Eric Sharkey, Chief Academic Officer

Mr. Eric Sharkey oversees the teams responsible for curriculum development and design, as well as educational support and career services. Sharkey earned an M.A. in Education Technology from Aspen University.

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