Jeremy J. Ballaro ’02

As a 2002 Gannon graduate with a Bachelor of Science in finance, Mr. Ballaro was immediately enticed by the relationship of finance and economics, and earned a Master of Arts in economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo the following year. Shortly after, his career began at M&T Bank, a Buffalo-based commercial institution, performing analyst roles in both business banking credit risk and interest rate risk as part of the asset-liability management group. It wasn’t long before a deeper passion emerged for Ballaro, however, in the area of supply chain management.

In 2006, Mr. Ballaro began work at Fisher-Price in East Aurora, N.Y., joining the business team responsible for forecasting and replenishing the toy department for Target stores. While in this role, he built a proprietary forecasting tool used in collaborative business planning, receiving credit for having developed what was regarded by Target as a “Best Practice”. This transition to operations led Mr. Ballaro to continue his education, first obtaining an MBA from Canisius College in Buffalo, and then successfully achieving his APICS (Association for Operations Management) Certified Supply Chain Professional designation. He continued in retail planning by also serving as a category manager to Walmart’s toy department, and was able to influence the setting of in-store planograms and promotional feature spaces across Walmart’s retail footprint.

In January 2012, Mr. Ballaro was appointed senior associate of strategy and planning, dedicating his time entirely to the improvement of Fisher-Price’s Baby Gear division in an internal business consultant role. Currently, Mr. Ballaro is leading a manufacturing project aimed at strengthening functional relationships between Baby Gear engineers and designers and their counterparts at plants in Mexico and China. Initial results are already indicating sizeable cost savings, lead-time reductions and internal margin improvements.

While at Gannon, Mr. Ballaro served as Student Government Association treasurer and president, as well as a brother in the Delta Chi fraternity. Since graduation, he has remained closely connected to the University by serving a six-year term (2006-12) as a director on the National Alumni Board, with a mission of strengthening the affinity of Gannon’s young alumni nationally.

Mr. Ballaro resides in his hometown of Buffalo with his wife, Mollie. Outside of work, he has a fond penchant for wine, travel and spending time with his Australian shepherd, Blue.

(Published 2012)