Steve Selfridge

President – SOC LLC

Day & Zimmermann

Class of SBC 1979

Steven G. Selfridge – Biography

Steven Selfridge is a dynamic international executive with a 30 year history of establishing and growing multi-million dollar businesses to significantly increase profits and market share, working across 6 continents in highly competitive global industries. Adept at elevating business to new heights of success, Steven is skilled at optimizing product lines and operations, as well as identifying and capitalizing on both buy and sell M&A opportunities. He generates support from investors, community, and public and private entities, forging tactical worldwide relationships. A visionary leader with necessary financial, operational and strategic experience, Steven is known for building and leading high-performance multinational teams and uniting parties on a common mission and goals.

His career includes his current role as VP of Corporate Development at Day & Zimmermann, the 53rd largest privately-held, family-owned business in the US. With over 24,000 employees Day and Zimmermann provides industrial, defense and workforce solutions to commercial and government customers, In his role, Steve is responsible for Strategy and Merger and Acquisitions.

Starting his career as a CPA at KPMG in Philadelphia he then moved on to provide CFO leadership to a small architectural and engineering firm in Delaware and ultimately sold the firm to publicly held Tetra Tech. As COO, Steve helped grow Thorofare based retail security provider Checkpoint Systems, Inc. from $35 million to $360 million through a number of public financings and acquisitions. As CEO of Marlton based logistics software company Acsis Inc., Steve grew the Company from $4M to $25 million before selling it. He remains on the Board.

Steve then took a break and fulfilled a lifetime passion before joining Day & Zimmermann. He invested in national franchise Snap Fitness and built two gyms from the ground up…one in Marlton and one in Deptford NJ. His passion for providing a fitness facility where his customers can work out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in a friendly helpful environment has been a huge success.

Steve was born in Woodbury NJ, attended Woodbury HS, and Rutgers University in Camden where he serves on the Leadership Council of Rutgers School of Business. He resides in Gloucester Township with his wife of 31 years and has two children.

Steve has won numerous awards including “Entrepreneur of the Year” Finalist (2X) – Ernst & Young; “Top 10 Award” for being an outstanding alumnus – Rutgers University School of Business; “1 of the Finest Award” as 1 of Top 50 graduates at Rutgers’ 50th Anniversary; Inc.’s “1 of the Top 500 Fastest Growing Companies of the Year” – Acsis; PriceWaterhouse’s “Company to Watch” – Acsis; Inc.’s “1 of the Top 500 Fastest
Growing Companies of the Year” – Checkpoint

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BLDP Application

The Fall 2020 Application is now open! 

Priority will be given to applications received by Monday, May 25, 2020. Applications are accepted until all seats are filled.

The seminar application process is our gateway for entry into the program. Upon acceptance into BLDP, students will be emailed their acceptance letter plus a special permission number allowing registration for the BLDP seminar.

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Rutgers-Camden students are invited to apply to apply for enrollment in the BLDP seminar. All applicants are expected to meet both of the following selection criteria:  Have sophomore standing or above and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above. First-semester transfer students will be evaluated based on their GPA earned at Rutgers. Students who fail to meet these admission criteria may still be allowed to apply for (and possibly enroll in) the BLDP seminar, but they will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The director balances evaluations to make final decisions on people accepted for the seminar (up to a maximum of 15-20 each semester).

Students who are admitted to the BDLP are rquired to adopt the BLDP Code of Conduct. A signed contract is required from each student.

Students may count activities toward “leadership units” that were initiated prior to taking a seminar, as long as those activities occur primarily during their enrollment in their academic program.

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