2015 Outstanding Alumni Award

Andrew Brenneman

Andrew Brenneman 1986, 1988
Saunders College of Business

Andrew Brenneman is a celebrated member of the RIT community.

He has been making an impact at RIT since he was student the 1980s, serving as a peer tutor in Saunders College of Business and the General Education Learning Center, managing the Student Television Network, and becoming the first deaf member inducted into RIT’s Alpha Sigma Lambda Honorary Society.

Andrew is the first deaf alumnus to serve on the RIT Board of Trustees. He is currently the Chair of the RIT Conflict of Interest Committee and formerly chaired the Building and Grounds committee. Andrew was also appointed to serve on the NTID National Technical Institute for the Deaf National Advisory Group by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

He received the NTID’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2007 and the RIT Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010. Andrew is a past member of the Advisory Board of Visual Language Interpreting, member of the Nathanial Rochester Society and continues his volunteerism through community speaking and various service ventures.


He and his wife, Mary (Fracassini) Brenneman ’84, ’86, established a scholarship in their name in 2014 to provide support to deaf and hard-of-hearing students at RIT/NTID who have a secondary disability. He also made significant contributions to Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall, Robert F. Panara Endowed Scholarship Fund, and the Rosenfield Endowed Scholarship


After graduating, Brenneman, who is a fifth generation salesman, was recruited into J.P. Morgan’s Management Training Program. He was one of only 100 graduates to be chosen for the original pool of 1,500 who applied. Brenneman worked with J.P. Morgan for seven years, holding various positions from system liaison to business support analyst.


From there he went to Sprint based in Reston, Va., as an account manager. At Sprint he was promoted to national account executive, then to senior national account executive, then to senior national account executive, responsible for all nationwide sales. He is a four-time recipient of Sprint’s President’s Club Award, given to the top one percent of sales performers.


Andrew was born and raised in Camillus, NY., and now resides in Leesburg, Va. with Mary and their two children, Andrew and Hannah.