2022 Best & Brightest Business Major: Colin Lamar Robinson, St. John’s University (Tobin)

Colin Lamar Robinson

St. John’s University, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

“I consider myself to be serious and self-driven, but also easygoing, outgoing, and compassionate.”

Fun fact about yourself: I am a huge New York Knick’s fan.

Hometown: North Baldwin, New York

High School: Baldwin Senior High School

Major: Accounting

Minor: Business Law

Favorite Business Course: Government and Business

Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles During College:

School Awards and Honors:

St. John’s University President’s Society

National Society of Leadership and Success

Phi Eta Sigma National Freshman Honors Society

Extracurricular Activites:

Tobin Diversity & Inclusion Task Force

St. John’s University Student Ambassador

Phi Alpha Delta: Law Fraternity: St John’s University Chapter

St. John’s University Pep Band                                                     

Community Work and Research Roles:

Denver, CO Campus Ministry Service & Urban Poverty Plunge Leader: St. John’s University: October 2021 – Present

Rendu Service Experience Service Plunges (August 2018, 2019, and 2021) Rendu Service Participant: St. John’s University: August 2018 and Rendu Service Leader: August 2019 and 2020

Washington, D.C. Campus Ministry Service & Advocacy Plunge Participant: St. John’s University: March, 2019

Alpha Phi Omega Alpha Eta Pi Chapter: National Service Fraternity: St. John’s University: Lambda Pledge Class: Spring 2019/Fundraising Chair: Fall 2019/Bylaw Chair: Spring 2020

V.I.T.A.L (Vincentian Initiative to Advance Leadership): St. John’s University: September 2018 – May 2021

St. Vincent de Paul Society: St. John’s University: September 2018 – May 2019

Midnight Runs: St. John’s University: September 2018 – May 2019

Where have you interned during your college career?

New York County District Attorney’s Office: 2022 Spring Semester Internship Program: New York, NY: January- April

Ronald H. Brown Foundations Program: St. John’s University School of Law: Jamaica, NY: June-July 2019

Kings County Supreme Civil Court Judicial Internship: Hon. Carolyn E. Wade: Brooklyn, NY: June-July, 2019

Where will you be working after graduation? I will attend law school after graduation

Who is your favorite professor? Dr. Anthony M. Sabino, Esq. is my favorite professor. He is very passionate about what he teaches, and he make the course very practical for everyone, regardless of what their majors are.

What is the biggest lesson you gained from studying business? Business ethics and transparency are key in promoting trust and protecting your reputation.

What advice would you give to a student looking to major in a business-related field? If you like to work in groups and collaborate towards a common goal, business might be the right career choice for you.

What has surprised you most about majoring in business? The similarities between each business major are what has surprised me the most about majoring in business. At first, I thought that accounting and marketing had nothing to do with one another. However, after taking business courses, I realized how interconnected business majors are to one another, and how decisions in one department could drastically affect the performance of another.

Looking back over your experience, what is the one thing you’d do differently in business school and why? I would probably take more technology courses. I never realized how interconnected business and technology are to one another until recently. Computer science skills is a wonderful asset to have. Although I have taken a few technology courses at St. John’s, I probably would have taken more if given the chance to do so.

What business executive do you admire most? Bill Gates is my favorite business executive because he has worked towards creating a company that has transformed our lives, while serving the underserved through significant philanthropic initiatives.

Which academic, extracurricular or personal achievement are you most proud of? I am proud of the service projects and initiatives I participated in through St. John’s University Campus Ministry. As a St. John’s student, I have worked towards fulfilling the University’s Catholic Vincentian mission. The core values of this mission are principles that I have lived by from a young age, and I am glad that I have stood by my commitment to service as a St. John’s student.

Which classmate do you most admire? Huy Le is my favorite classmate. Huy always has a positive attitude, and he is a wonderful student and leader on campus that I look up to for encouragement when the going gets rough.

Who would you most want to thank for your success? I would like to thank Professor Biagio Pilato, CPA, CFE, J.D., LL.M for my success. Professor Pilato has been a wonderful Pre-Law advisor and mentor. He has made a tremendous impact on my educational trajectory and my desire to pursue a career in business law.

What are the top two items on your professional bucket list?

Working for the Securities Exchange Commission

Working as a Chief Compliance Officer

What are your hobbies?

I play recreational soccer and basketball. I also enjoy college and NBA Basketball, long-distance running, especially during the summertime.

What made Colin Lamar such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2022? (

“Mr. Robinson and I are currently working on a research paper focusing on Robotic Process Automation risk. While working with him, I find that he has an inquisitive mind and an affinity for learning. Moreover, Mr. Robinson is a scholar who is unafraid to seek out and understand sophisticated business and technology concepts. I highly recommend Mr. Robinson.”

David Y. Chan, Ph.D., CPA, CIA, CISA, CFE
Associate Professor – Department of Accountancy




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