2014 Hall of Fame Inductees
Jeffrey Goffman '80 is the chairman, CEO, and founder of Integrated Oncology Network, LLC (ION), an oncology management and development company that provides services to physician groups and hospitals. ION is a minority investor and manager in cancer centers focused on partnering with multi-specialty oncologic physician groups and hospitals that provide radiation oncology services. From 1998–2007, Goffman held various positions at OnCURE Medical Corp. (OnCURE), which he founded, including president, CEO, and COO. OnCURE was one of the largest providers of outpatient radiation oncology care in the United States, and Goffman grew OnCURE from its inception in 1998 to over $120 million in revenues with $32 million in EBITDA with 40 centers owned and managed. Goffman is also an owner and serves on the board of directors of Affiliated PET Systems, LLC, a private company that provides Positron Emission Tomography services in the Maryland and Washington D.C. area in partnership with two hospital systems. He was the founder of U.S. Diagnostic, Inc. (USD), a leading consolidator of outpatient diagnostic imaging facilities. From its inception in June 1993 until 1997, Mr. Goffman served as USD’s chairman and chief executive officer, and took USD public in 1994. While at USD, Mr. Goffman grew USD to 120 centers in 19 states and over $225 million in revenues. Goffman is a member of the board of directors of Solis Women’s Health, one of the largest providers of mammography services in the United States. Goffman is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Cancer Society’s CEO’s Against Cancer, and is chairman of the board of CureDuchenne, a nonprofit dedicated to saving the lives of young boys.
Jerry Orefice '66 wasted little time after moving to the West Coast from Connecticut in 1972 in establishing his own firm. The J.A. Orefice & Company provided life insurance, estate, and business-succession planning to high net-worth business owners. As a CLU (chartered life underwriter), Orefice was invited to speak at numerous business meetings and conventions throughout the country. Subsequently, he formed the internet-based business www.SurvivorshipLife.com, selling large life-insurance policies to wealthy families to help pay their estate taxes. In addition,Orefice has been a principal in various real estate projects, both income and residential, primarily in Southern California. He serves on the executive board of the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, has been chairman of the Crest Advisory Board at Pepperdine University, and has been active as an overnight counselor and volunteer for the Conejo Valley Homeless Shelter. Duriung his UHart days, Orefice was president of the Student Faculty Association, was elected to Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and was a recipient of the Wall Street Journal Achievement Award, chosen by the faculty as a top business student leader. Athletically, Orefice was a four-year member of the baseball team and served as captain. In 1997, the University of Hartford Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame awarded him the Vincent B. Coffin Professional Achievement Award. Orefice served on the University of Hartford Board of Regents and was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1993. He is an active triathlon participant, especially in the swimming division. An experienced open water swimmer, Orefice has successfully completed the difficult Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim across the San Francisco Bay.
Jeffrey and Jerry were selected from among more than 18,000 Barney alumni. The Alumni Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements of prominent alumni who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the business community, in order to provide a source of inspiration for students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the Barney School.
The Induction Ceremony
Barney School Board of Visitors chair John Flynn introduced and presented commemorative plaques to Goffman and Orefice. Framed photographs of the two men will be hung alongside 10 other members of the Hall of Fame in one of Barney’s executive classrooms. Both inductees spoke of their experiences at the University and the people who had influenced them during college and helped them find their personal success.
Goffman spoke of his time at the University of Hartford, studying psychology for his first two years. He acknowledged his respect for his father and his influencing him to study accounting and how valuable his degree turned out to be, advice passed on to the many students in attendance. Goffman also spoke of his “three requirements for success: luck, passion and drive” as described by one of his professors here in Hartford. He thanked his family for their continued support and the University of Hartford community for honoring him.
Orefice was similarly humbled regarding his induction. He is nonetheless proud to receive his reward. He comments that his award belongs not only to him but also to the many people who helped him to achieve personal success. He describes the perseverance of his brother and sister as well as their respective dedications to helping others. He likewise spoke of his time at the University of Hartford, in particular his determination to succeed academically and the impact his baseball coach being the team’s captains has had on him. He then continued to dedicate his success to his wife who always believed in him and, with her stability, allowed him to embark across the country to begin his own business and find his own definition of success.
Scholarships were given in the name of each new inductee to two Barney School students. Orefice presented Brady Sheetz BSBA Class of ‘15 and Goffman presented the award to Monica Harrison MSAT Class of ‘14. The ceremony was followed by a networking reception for alumni, students, faculty, and business leaders.