NY Area Spartan of the Week: Bill McPharlin

Posted by admin | March 07, 2011

Bill McPharlin 

Bill has been involved with our Alumni Club for 20 years, he has served as a Vice President on our board in the past and he provided the inspiration not to mention the wine for our Wine Dinner, which has become the best event the club has each year. Bill will once again be providing the wine this year and you will not meet someone who is more enthusiastic about wine and the Spartans.

This year’s Wine Dinner will be on Friday May 13 and we look forward to seeing you. Please save May 13th in your calendar for the best Michigan State event in NYC for this year.

A few Spartan questions for Bill McPharlin:

Q: What was your major at MSU and what year did you graduate?
A: Advertising, 1989.

Q: What are you doing now for work?
A: Sales. Northeast Area Manager for Rodney Strong Wine Estates.

Q: Where do you live?
A: Centerport Long Island, NY with my Wife Eileen and our four daughters, Carolyn 11, Katherine 9, Meredith 7, and Megan 4.

Q: Favorite NYC restaurant?
A: Sparks Steakhouse, 210 East 46th Street, NYC.

Q: What is best part of living in the NY area?
A: The Top 100 Golf Courses. According to Golf Digest, New York has 12 Top 100 Golf Courses. I have played 11 of the 12.

Q: What is best part of being a Spartan in New York?
A: The MSU Alumni! I moved here from California back in 1991 and my sister Amy, a 1990 MSU Alumnus, brought me to my first MSU Alumni Event and I have been associated with the Club ever since.

Q: If you could invite 3 people from any time who were associated with Michigan State to dinner who would they be?
A: First, Greg Hauser. A true green Spartan who helped make the MSU Alumni Club of Greater New York what it is today. The last two are easy, Larry Alterman and Bob McGee. Two Gentlemen who greeted me the very first time I came to an MSU Alumni event at the Polo Grounds Pub on East 83rd St., NYC. I enjoy reminiscing with these two about the 20 years we have been interacting through the MSU Alumni Club and I just don’t get to see them as often as I would like.