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Rita Calligaris Reicher ’74
President of Market Research Firm KS&R

Major: Math and Economics

Leadership roles: Student trustee, William Smith Congress Secretary, Head Resident – Blackwell House

Extracurricular activities: Student Congress, music - studied organ with Lindsay Lafford, Women's Lacrosse

Further education: Received a PhD in Economics from Yale University

First job after College: Worked for Syracuse City Government focused on municipal issues at the national level.

On leadership
I think it was first at William Smith that I realized that people don't fall into positions of leadership; they take the opportunities available to them to become leaders.

On the coordinate system
Not so much on the academics but from a leadership perspective, the coordinate system encouraged me to hold leadership roles that I might not have otherwise

Current events
I am currently President of KS&R, a custom market research company headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y., employing 350+ people and recently listed as #41 on the Honomichl list of the Top 50 market research companies in the United States.

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