Business Advisory Council
Advisory Council members are alumni and friends of the school:
Robert I. Fragasso, BS'67
Chairman & CEO, Fragasso Financial Advisors
With more than four decades of experience in the investment management and financial planning fields, Bob leads Fragasso Financial Advisors as chairman and chief executive officer. He has combined his experience in the industry with his entrepreneurial spirit, carefully constructing a vision that has positioned the firm for growth and longevity. He has paid particular attention to refining the firm’s processes and systems in order to make the inner workings of the company extremely efficient, including rigorous investment management processes and personalized financial planning for each client devoid of proprietary product bias. Bob has put a highly evolved management team in place in order to provide unparalleled quality assurance and perpetuity for the firm. Bob also serves as a member of the Fragasso Investment Committee1 and on our management team. He is a certified financial planner™ professional.
Bob has been honored by many national and local organizations including Barron’s Magazine and was named the “2015 Veteran of the Year” by the Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA. He has shared his entrepreneurial wisdom in his book, Starting Your Own Practice: The Independence Guide for Professional Service Providers and is frequently asked for his investment insights by local and national media, including Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Business Times, Wall Street Journal, WSJ.com and Forbes.com among others.
Bob is the son of immigrant parents and grew up in the inner city of Pittsburgh. His love for investment management began early when he saved his earnings from his paper route to purchase mutual funds, which he later used to buy his first home. Bob earned his bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a vocal advocate for veterans. Bob may be best known for his tireless commitment to animal welfare in the region. He serves on many boards including Animal Friends, LaRoche College, Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Veterans Advisory Board for Duquesne University.