The Power of One

Barry Bruno '94

Originally from Bristol, R.I.; currently lives in Princeton, N.J.

Wife, Hanna; son, Nicholas; daughter, Aerin

What he did at Holy Cross
Holy Cross Sailing Club, president of the Purple Key Society, dreamt of Cape Week through long Worcester winters

The lasting impact it had 
"Holy Cross exposed me to a host of different ideas, ways of thinking and alternate world views. All of those challenged my preconceptions, helped to alter how I think and, in the process, helped make me who I am today."

The working life
Director of marketing at Johnson & Johnson, "I've been in a variety of global marketing roles for the past six years and was on the road outside of the United States for almost 100 days last year. I'm happy to have recently taken over marketing for an operating company within Johnson & Johnson, where I can make a difference and still make it home at the end of the day."

Memorable Holy Cross moments
"Debating 'guns vs. butter' during introductory economics with Dr. Ajit Ranade, along with a very long car ride to Winston-Salem, N.C., to watch our men's basketball team play Arkansas in the first round of the 1993 NCAA tournament. We lost by 30 points, but it was great to be there surrounded by so many friends who had made the trek all the way from Worcester in a snowstorm to cheer on our team. I'm still waiting for our first modern-era NCAA victory."

Why he stays connected to Holy Cross
"I still feel close to Holy Cross even though I'm far away and don't make it back to campus too often. It has to do with the friends I made, the fantastic experiences I had and the belief that Holy Cross truly makes a difference in people's lives. I also feel like I owe Holy Cross for the great education I received."

Why he believes in Holy Cross
"The combination of the College's consistent focus on academic excellence and its small size makes it an ideal place to learn and thrive. I also believe our base of alumni is a secret weapon that can be under-appreciated until you come across one and find out just how willing they are to go out of their way to help out a fellow alum. I owe many of them for helping me along my career path."

Why he gives to Holy Cross
"I feel very fortunate to have been able to attend Holy Cross, and I want others to be able to benefit from the same very high quality education that I received. I like believing that every little bit I give helps someone else experience Holy Cross in the same way I did."