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Beaver alumnus will speak at fall commencement

12/12/2011 —

Brooks A. Canavesi, a graduate of the first baccalaureate degree offered at Penn State Beaver, will be the speaker for the fall commencement ceremony, 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16 in the Student Union Building auditorium, Penn State Beaver.

Canavesi graduated in 2002 from Beaver’s information sciences and technology program, the first four-year degree established at Beaver, which now offers five baccalaureate degrees.
Canavesi is director of interactive media at OpenArc, Wexford, an open-source solutions provider for small and medium-size businesses as well as the education market.

Canavesi was CEO and president of his own company, On Deck Systems of Pittsburgh, when he merged with OpenArc which provided a solid growth platform for Canavesi and On Deck Systems. In addition, more employees were hired to increase overall capacity at OpenArc.

Within the first quarter of the merger, Canavesi had several large corporate accounts, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Georgia Tech University, and the National Association of Convenience and Fueling Retailers. He manages the web development and marketing department and also serves as a sales manager.

Canavesi has been involved in business development for 12 years and has established a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit businesses, including On Deck Systems and Frontline Initiative, Inc., Pittsburgh.

Previous employment included serving as a financial adviser for Stifel Nicolaus; financial adviser at UBS Financial Services, and project manager and software engineer at FedEx Ground.

For information about Beaver’s commencement, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.


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