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Alumnus: Chauncey Shey
International: Kirsten Rasmussen
Undergraduate: Jeff Cote
Faculty: Rimer Cardillo
Graduate: Jessica Purcell
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Chauncey Shey '86 is recognized as one of the top 50 active venture capitalists in China. He is the president and CEO of Softbank China Venture Capital, a company that assists top entrepreneurs build world-class Internet companies, and co-founder of UT Starcom, a telecommunications group that works with service providers worldwide. In addition, he is personally responsible for the invention of "little smart," a product that has had a huge impact on China's wireless market and stimulated much debate within the industry. Before this, however, he was a graduate student at SUNY New Paltz.

Shey came to New Paltz to study business after receiving his bachelor's degree in engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. Adapting to life in New Paltz was a transition for Shey. "Initially language was an issue," said Shey. "Learning methodologies were different at New Paltz." Now, running two companies that operate internationally, Shey often finds himself traveling to foreign countries, exposed to diverse cultures and ways of thinking. "You see a lot of different ways to do things and are given the opportunity to learn all the time," he said.

Shey has fond memories of New Paltz: the students, faculty and beautiful countryside views. He attributes his training at New Paltz as one of the important factors in acquiring the skills necessary for his career.

Motivated by: "Something new, something mentally challenging, something that can have a profound impact on people's lives, motivates me to get involved and keeps me going."

Why New Paltz? Shey's father had a friend that lived near New Paltz that helped him arrange to study at the college.