Brian Baldasare, a native of New Jersey, is the 2013 recipient of the Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Alumni Award. This award honors a WVU alumnus or alumna who graduated fewer than 10 years ago and who has provided exceptional service to the Alumni Association or a local chapter. Baldasare received his bachelor?s degree in finance from WVU in 1997. After graduation, he worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. In 2005, he seized the opportunity to return to his home hometown to work for his family business?Hardscape Supply?at the Jersey Shore. Baldasare took the valuable skills he learned while attending WVU, along with his job experiences in New York City, to help his father successfully expand the business to include Landscape Supply Yard. As president and co-founder of the Jersey Shore Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association, Baldasare works with fellow Mountaineer to enhance the gold and blue spirit through game watches and other special events. He is also a life member.