2010 Volunteer of the Year

Andrew Brenneman

Andrew Brenneman 1986, 1988
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Saunders College of Business

"This award recognizes Andrew's dedication and service to the RIT community; including his impact on student success and his demonstration of outstanding leadership skills. This award not only honors Andrew for his successes, but also expresses our appreciation for his support of the University."


Andrew Brenneman received a bachelor's degree in Business Management (1988) from the E. Philip Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology and an associate degree in accounting (1986) from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

While in college, Andrew served as a peer tutor for the Saunders College of Business and General Education Learning Center. He was the first deaf member of RIT's Alpha Sigma Lambda Honorary Society, which recognizes academic achievement and leadership in college organizations. In addition, he was the corresponding secretary for a fraternity and served as the business manager for the Student Television Network.

Andrew is currently a Senior National Account Executive with Sprint Nextel based in Reston, Virginia. He has been with Sprint for nearly 15 years and is currently responsible for nationwide sales and customer relations for Sprint Relay, including acquisition and retention of state, federal and national offerings through competitive bid procurements. Andrew began his career with Sprint as an Account Manager and was promoted to National Account Executive. He is a four-time recipient of Sprint's President's Club Award, given to the top one percent sales performers company wide.

Prior to Sprint Nextel, Andrew worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan & Company, Inc. He was recruited after college into the firm's prestigious Management Training Program and held several positions, the last of which was as a Business Support Analyst.

Andrew is a past member of the Advisory Board of Visual Language Interpreting, Inc., and served on the Alumni Campaign Leadership Committee for NTID, and is the first deaf alumnus to serve on the RIT Board of Trustees. He is also Chair of the RIT Building and Grounds Committee. Andrew just completed his term as the Chair of the NTID National Advisory Group (NAG) and continues to serve on the NAG. He received the NTID's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2007. He is also a member of the Nathaniel Rochester Society and continues his volunteerism through community speaking and various service ventures.

Andrew was born and raised in Camillus, NY. He is married to Mary (Fracassini), also a graduate of RIT/NTID. They reside in Leesburg, Virginia, with their two children, Andrew and Hannah.

In Andrew's own words, "RIT/NTID holds a special place in my heart because of the fine people that I have been associated with at the Institution. With many of them I have created life long friendships. RIT's reputation, academic excellence, and fast paced environment prepared me for the competitive workforce which in turn has led to a successful career."