Run-off Candidate: Steven Shuldman
To the Fordham Law student body:
My name is Steve Shuldman and I would be honored to serve as your SBA Treasurer. I’m running because I know my proven skills in budgeting and financial management in both professional and academic environments will ensure our clubs get the funding they deserve.
I have extensive professional budgeting and financial management experience.
I am an accounting major and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), as licensed by the New York State Board of Accountancy. I worked for two years before law school at a large, international accounting firm. In my role, I was exposed to audit engagement budgeting and helped coordinate the budget-to-actual of work-hours and time/expenses for an audit engagement which commanded fees in excess of $500,000. I also worked extensively in Microsoft Excel-driven audit documentation, which used financial formulas, cross-workbook linking and macros.
I also have proven experience managing undergraduate clubs and organizations. As a freshman, I was my university’s Choral Arts program treasurer and managed a $40,000 budget. I helped collect and apply progress payments for a 100-singer choral tour of mainland China. I also served as the treasurer and business manager of my a cappella group. During that time, I met or remained below budget every year and produced a professionally-licensed group album. I also solicited paid performances through a partnership with the University’s admissions department. Under my leadership and fundraising initiatives, the group collected gross receipts of over $1,100 in admissions and merchandise sales at one concert alone. In the recession year of 2009, I successfully lobbied our Student Senate for a year-to-year club funding increase while the school overall had instituted an 8% across-the-board funding cut for student groups.
I’m also extremely dedicated to the Fordham SBA. This year, I served as the 1L Section 8 rep and successfully coordinated bar nights with other sections, SBA event ticket sales and an all-you-can-drink sushi dinner.
My platform is two-fold. First, I aim to increase the transparency in funding decisions for the clubs and organizations on campus. Our students deserve to know how, when, and why their funding has changed from the prior year, whether positively or negatively. Fordham will try to cut club budgets by 20-30% next year and it is imperative the school elect a treasurer who has successfully fought back. Second, I intend to streamline the process of funding reimbursements so when cash-strapped law students put out money for their group, they know they can expect to be paid back promptly. I know that I can achieve these goals due to my expertise with budgets and financial statements, experience with Microsoft Excel and general respect for the hard-earned dollar.
In all, I know that my proven experience and familiarity with finance and budgeting in both an academic and professional environment will make be the SBA Treasurer who will fight for you. I look forward to working with our law school’s clubs and organizations and I hope to get your vote!