Three SVC alumni of the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government have claimed the title of author published this past summer, including Ron Monack, MS. Michael Gross, MS. , CSSGB; and Louis Tate, CSSGB.
Monack graduated from SVC in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Economics. He continued his education in college and earned his Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence in 2018.
He is currently working as the HR Operations Analyst at Adelphoi Village and is a native of the Latrobe area. A graduate of Latrobe Senior High School, Monack is in his third year coaching the 7th grade girls’ basketball team at Latrobe Junior High School.
Of his initial interest in writing, Monack said, “I’ve always had an interest in writing, but it’s never been more than children’s books, which started during my college career and never got beyond manuscript.” With so many factors coming together, the whole process of writing his book, “A Culture of Legacy: Developing the Next Generation of Strong Ethical Leaders While Winning Championships,” began during one of his master’s courses, Organizational Culture, taught by Dr. Michael Orek, dean of the McKenna School.
Inspired by Dr. Edgar Schein and his framework for organizational culture, which was the subject of discussion during the course, Monack has compiled his essential ingredients for a winning culture in hopes of applying it to his coaching and professional career.
He was heavily involved in athletics outside of his professional work, and was an active member of the Bearcat cross country team. Monack recognized Urik. Dr. Andy Herr, associate professor of economics and former men’s cross country and track coach; and the late Steve Snyder, assistant coach for men’s cross country and track and field, as inspiring influences on his writing. His book is available through Amazon and Mascot Books.
Grus, MS. , CSSGB, Graduated from St. Vincent’s College in 2018 with a BA in Finance with an emphasis in Financial Management.
He received a Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence from SVC in 2019. During his five years at Bearcat, Grus was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, Finance Club, Operational Excellence Club, Men’s Lacrosse Team, and Spanish Immersion Program.
He is currently the Lean Director at Turner Construction Company and Assistant Coach of the Men’s Lacrosse Team at La Roche University. Grus is also Six Sigma Green Belt certified.
Grus’ book Young, Learned, and Broken: How a Questioning Mindset Can Fight an Epidemic of Financial Literacy came to fruition following remarks he made at the conclusion of his second internship with a financial firm.
By creating a dummy financial portfolio and showing his work to his manager, Grus learned of many people’s lack of knowledge when it came to financial literacy.
“I wanted to make sure I was doing what I thought was my role to educate in a way that wasn’t a lecture or a heavy book,” said Gross.
Without the title of the published author in his vision of his future, Grus took time during the COVID-19 pandemic to get his thoughts together. With the help of a friend who was writing a book at the same time, Grus was excited to bring the book to life.
Co-founder of Ruck 41.2, Grus has found a passion for volunteer work and charitable giving opportunities. Gross and his friends “hike” around Pittsburgh each year with a 50-pound backpack to win pledges from local residents to donate to the Ronald McDonald Charity. His book is available on Amazon.
Tate, CSSGB, is a 2018 graduate of St. Vincent’s College where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Operational Excellence. While a member of the SVC community, Tate was a Campus Ministry lecturer, treasurer and trainer for the SVC Fitness Club, a member of the Operational Excellence Club, and a Bearcat BEST volunteer. Tate is also Six Sigma Green Belt certified.
Tate has a passion for cooking, and is currently part owner of Luigi’s Ristorante and Luigi’s Pizzeria of Clymer. In addition, he enjoys participating in public speaking events that discuss leadership styles recently offered at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana Regional Medical Center and others. Tate enjoys exercise, travel, and adventures that push him outside his comfort zone.
Always well challenged, Tate has used his knowledge of SVC and his Benedictine values and analyzed the values set forth in the workplace, recognizing the similarities.
His book Luigi’s Method: Benedictine Values Proven Effective in Leadership brings home the impact of having consistent values in leadership roles.
The challenges of the pandemic have brought many trying times for small businesses, but Luigi has stayed strong. “The root of Luigi’s success is the values that management and the team share. The values we built on still apply today, and we built more than just a company, but a community,” Tate said.
Using both a Benedictine and non-religious perspective, Tate aims to show how Benedictine values are interrelated and transcend their religious connotations in his writing.
Although writing a book was not on his to-do list, Tate was pleased with the positive feedback on his work. “It was more than a challenge for me,” said Tate.
“I love people and what I do in my profession. Writing a book was my way of sharing the message of what we believe in and how others can apply it in their lives.”
Tate is always looking for new speaking opportunities, and is open to conversations about his work. His book is currently available in hardcover, paperback and as an e-book through Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and all other online book retailers and an audiobook is expected soon.