School of Business Welcomes Thomas Grape ’80, Chair of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees, on Tuesday


Contributed by Paul Deamer

Join us on Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in BUS 111, for a lively discussion with alumnus Thomas Grape on “An Entrepreneur’s Journey and Lessons Learned.”

Tom is Chair of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees and Founder, Chairman and CEO of Benchmark Senior Living, the largest provider of senior housing in the Northeast.  Benchmark’s 46 communities total $1.4B in value, $315M in annual revenue and employ 4,500 associates.  

Tom was recognized as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003 for Real Estate/Hospitality in New England, and has been honored with the First Annual International Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the YPO.

While at IC, Tom was Student Body President, founded the IC Marketing Club, was on the Business School Dean’s Student Advisory Council, and an inaugural Peer Career Counselor.


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