Perrella honored as ‘Person of the Year’ by Notre Dame Club of New York

Author: Carol Elliott

Perrella honored as ‘Person of the Year’ by Notre Dame Club of New York

Patrick Perrella, the director of Notre Dame MBA Career Development at the Mendoza College of Business, has been named as the recipient of the 2013 Rev. Michael J. Shea Person of the Year Award by the Notre Dame Club of New York. Perrella was chosen for this year’s award due to his leadership as a past president of NDNY and continued involvement in the 13,000-member NY/CT/NJ regional club network, said current NDNY President Dyan Rohol (ND ’96).

Established in 1943, the Shea award honors the Rev. Michael J. Shea, who founded the New York Club in 1916 and is credited with writing the music to the Notre Dame Victory March.  The annual award is conferred on an alumnus or alumna (living or deceased) who has exhibited outstanding leadership in the New York community.

Born in Manhattan, Perrella is a 1990 Bachelor of Architecture graduate from Notre Dame.  After receiving his MBA from the Kelley School of Business in 1996, he began a 12-year international banking career with Citi.  After moving back to New York from Europe in 2001, he began organizing numerous activities and events on behalf of the club that strengthened the University’s recruiting efforts in the New York/New Jersey area, as well as helped to increase the number of applications to Notre Dame. Perrella also served as treasurer (2002) and club president (2003-2006) before becoming a regional alumni board representative.

In 2007, Perrella returned to the University to work in Notre Dame MBA Career Development, where he continued to build relationships with New York area employers and increased the successful placement of ND students. He currently is working on a detailed history of the club in anticipation of the 100th Anniversary of its founding in 2016.

Perrella will receive the Shea Award on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 during the club’s Universal Notre Dame Night at the Union League Club in New York City.  

The event – NDNY’s primary scholarship fundraising event – features a silent auction. Keynote speaker is  James “Jimmy” Dunne III (ND ’78), senior managing principal of Sandler O’Neill + Partners and a member of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees. Also participating as masters of ceremony are Anne Thompson (ND ’79), NBC chief environmental affairs correspondent and University trustee, and CNBC news reporter Mary Thompson (ND ’85).

Details about NDNY’s Universal Notre Dame Night, including tickets and sponsorship options, can be found on the Notre Dame Club of New York’s website or by contacting Nicole Lawrence (ND ’96) at