Neil Tarallo

Neil Tarallo

Neil Tarallo

Senior Lecturer and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans Program Director
545C Statler Tower
Phone: 607.255.1217
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Professional Biography

Neil Tarallo is an active entrepreneur, academic, and consultant with a proven track record of bringing real-world experiences to students, veterans, and corporate/non-profit clients in the classroom, internationally, online, and through seminars. Tarallo teaches a broad spectrum of entrepreneurship courses for delivery in the classroom and online with a special focus on the practical application of research in real-world situations. He has significant experience developing academic entrepreneurship programs and courses, including centers and institutes, dating back to 1994.

Tarallo is currently a senior lecturer at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and has previously served the school as the academic director of the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship. He also serves as the director of the Cornell University Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), which offers entrepreneurship education to post-9/11 disabled veterans.

Tarallo’s involvement in entrepreneurship as a practitioner and as an academic has allowed him to develop a unique perspective on entrepreneurship with specific expertise in establishing entrepreneurial culture, mindset, and structure for existing corporations/organizations with over 20 years’ experience applying these skills in corporate and academic environments as an entrepreneur and consultant.

When not teaching, Tarallo works with corporations and non-profits to help them create new markets through value-proposition design, customer-segment identification, and business-model evolution. He has worked with the U.S. military, developing and delivering entrepreneurship content as part of the military’s civil-affairs effort to help entrepreneurs start and grow businesses in Djibouti, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Tarallo has also helped entrepreneurs start and grow businesses in the townships near Cape Town, South Africa. His teaching experiences in South Africa, Djibouti, Germany, Italy, South Korea, and Japan have the given Tarallo a global perspective on entrepreneurship that has broadened his repertoire in the classroom and in consulting engagements.

Before coming to Cornell, Tarallo was an assistant professor of entrepreneurial practice at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, where he was recognized for outstanding teaching numerous times and played a key role in the academic development of the Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises program. He has since worked globally with colleges and universities developing entrepreneurship programs.

As an entrepreneur, Tarallo has owned and operated three companies in the fields of photographic retail and quick printing. He has also purchased, rehabilitated, and sold numerous businesses. Tarallo currently has an active consulting practice as well as a commercial real estate development and management company. He is also member of a venture capital partnership and an active angel investor.

Courses Taught

Fall 2017 Spring 2018

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Syracuse University
  • BS, Ithaca College