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Spring 2012

BusinessExchange A Magazine for the James F. Dicke College of Business administration



Business Exchange Spring 2012

EDITORS/WRITERS Josh Alkire Carol Flax Laurie Wurth Pressel DESIGNER Jeni Bible PHOTOGRAPHY Kenneth Colwell

Spring 2012

Business Exchange is produced by the Ohio Northern University Office of Communications and Marketing and published by The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration at Ohio Northern University 525 S. Main St. Ada, Ohio 45810 419-772-2000

Message from the Dean Reciprocity is the hallmark of any solid relationship, whether it’s a friendship, marriage, business partnership or teacher-student bond. In reciprocal relationships, both parties respect and support one another, and they both give and receive.

The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration prepares students to become successful business and community leaders in a changing world. The college offers nationally accredited academic programs in six majors and five related areas of study. The integration of theory and practice and ongoing mentoring opportunities are hallmarks of this outstanding academic program.

The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration recently created the Pinnacle Award to honor individuals who have generously shared their time, talent or treasure with the college on a sustained, significant basis. The Pinnacle Award is a small way for us to reciprocate the kindness of alumni and friends of the college and say, “thank you.” We hope these individuals also experience the joy and satisfaction that comes from knowing they’ve positively impacted many lives through their gifts. On Feb. 3, 2012, at a dinner on campus attended by 170 people, five honorees were presented this award. Their accomplishments are highlighted in this issue. Also featured in this issue are two ONU “power couples” that met as students in the college and went on to forge successful marriages and business careers. Another wonderful, reciprocal relationship is featured in the “Live Case” story. The Meijer Business Challenge gives seniors in the college’s required senior capstone course the opportunity to work on a team to research, brainstorm and create solutions to real, integrated business problems. The students benefit from the invaluable learning experience, and Meijer benefits from a young, fresh perspective on its current challenges. We thank Rick Keyes, BSPh ’92, executive vice president of Meijer, for working with us to establish the Meijer Business Challenge. As always, we thank you for your interest and support for your college and University. We invite you to return and visit whenever possible. Sincerely,

James W. Fenton Jr., Ph.D. Dean and professor of management

Spring 2012

contents A Message from the Dean


Difference Makers


Power Couples


The Live Case


Transitions 16-17 Experiential Learning


Faculty News


Dean’s Lecture Series


College News and Events


Advisory Board


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From Great Heights


hen you’ve reached the pinnacle, you’ve reached the top, the highest point of development or achievement. The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration recently created its Pinnacle Award to recognize those individuals who have made the highest level of commitment to the college. “We wanted an avenue to publicly say ‘thank you’ to the people who have made significant and sustained gifts to the college,” says Dr. Jim Fenton, dean of The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration. “Through their generosity, they’ve had a tremendous and transformative impact on our students and the business college generally.”

The College of Business Administration erected a fabricated sculpture on the ground floor of Dicke Hall for Pinnacle Award recipients. The contemporary display, designed and crafted by Audra Keiber of American Trim in Lima, Ohio, incorporates architectural features and colors found throughout Dicke Hall. Constructed of mixed materials, including copper, aluminum and

stainless steel, the display stands as a public and enduring testament to the individuals who have reached a pinnacle in their generosity and service to the college. The inaugural Pinnacle Award Ceremony took place on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, in the McIntosh Center Ballroom with a dinner and special program.

James F. Dicke Sr.

In August 2001, Dicke and his wife, Eilleen, announced a major gift to ONU, earmarked toward the construction of a new facility for the business college. Construction began in fall 2001, and James F. Dicke Hall was formally dedicated on Sept. 13, 2004. After an additional major gift, ONU’s business college was officially renamed The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration on April 2, 2007, recognizing the Dicke family’s past and continuing support of Ohio Northern.

James F. Dicke Sr., Hon. D. ’00, chairman emeritus of Crown Equipment Corporation, was born in January 1922 and raised in Dayton, Ohio. He attended Ohio Northern University in the early 1940s before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

James F. Dicke II

After the war, Dicke returned to Ohio and started Crown Controls Company Inc. in 1945 with his father and other family members. When his father died in 1952, Dicke was left with full responsibility of the company, which soon moved to the manufacture of small electric forklifts. Today, Crown Equipment Corporation has 8,500 employees globally and is the world’s largest manufacturer/distributor of this type of product.

James F. Dicke II, Hon. D. ’06, is chairman and CEO of Crown Equipment Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of electric lift trucks.

Ohio Northern presented Dicke with an honorary doctorate in 2000. The Dicke House, located on campus, opened in September 2000 and serves as the official home of the University’s president.

Dicke graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he is a current trustee and past chairman of the Board of Trustees. He also has received distinguished alumnus and distinguished service awards from the university.

Dicke also graduated from Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind., where he received distinguished service, man of the year, outstanding leadership and honorary cum laude awards and served as an officer on its board of trustees for more than 20 years. He also has received honorary degrees from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, and Ohio Northern University. Currently, Dicke serves on the board of directors of Westervelt Corporation in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and is active in political and philanthropic efforts. He served as international president of the Young Presidents’ Organization (199293) and as a member of the commerce department of President George W. Bush’s President’s Export Council.

The Dickes gave us the use of their good name and its sterling reputation in the field of business, in the state of Ohio, in our country and in the world. — James W. Fenton Jr., dean of the College of Business Administration

Dicke has served as chairman of the Smithsonian American Art Museum Board of Commissioners, is a past member of the Smithsonian National Board, and past director of the Kennedy Center. He is chairman emeritus of the Dayton Art Institute.



Roger Goldberg As an instructor and professor, Goldberg was an active participant in the faculty governance system and served two terms as chair of the University Council. He was awarded the Patton Chair in Economics for several years and was an active member of the Ohio Association of Economics and Political Scientists, serving on the group’s Executive Board and as president.

A native of New York City, Dr. Roger Goldberg earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Cornell University in 1967. He earned a master’s degree in 1969 from Indiana University before beginning his academic career at ONU as an instructor in economics in September 1969.

If we were to ask ourselves what we remembered from our college years, for most of us the most vivid and treasured memory is that teacher who made a difference in our life, who changed the trajectory of our life. Roger Goldberg is that teacher.

In 1992, Goldberg accepted a new challenge and became ONU’s assistant vice president of academic affairs. During his tenure in the academic affairs office, he provided direction and oversight to the annual Honors Day program, summer school, editing of the University catalog, the development of the Honors Program, faculty governance system, and international student regulations. Goldberg retired in 2010, and the University awarded him status as associate vice president of academic affairs, emeritus, and professor of economics, emeritus, in 2011.

Bob has been recognized as one of the top decision makers in the greater Cleveland area. Bob is a man for all seasons – he is able to do things at all times. – John Bishop, BSBA ’72, chair of ONU’s Board of Trustees Smith is deeply committed to civic leadership. He is chairman of the Board of Trustees of ideastream, WVIZ/WCPN, the Public Broadcasting System television station and National Public Radio station serving the greater Cleveland area. Smith currently serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of the ClevelandCuyahoga County Port Authority and is on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. From 2004-07, Smith served on the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and chaired its Investment Committee. Smith also is a member of the Board of Directors of Motorists Insurance Group, the Board of Directors and Executive

– Richard P. Meininger, associate dean of the College of Business Administration

While teaching at Northern, Goldberg continued working on his doctoral dissertation and earned his Ph.D. from Indiana in 1981. He was named professor of economics at ONU in 1987.

Robert C. Smith Robert C. Smith, BSBA ’75, is president and CEO of Spero-Smith Investment Advisers Inc. He earned a BSBA in accounting from ONU and an MBA in finance from Duquesne University.

Bob is a trusted businessman and civic leader, and his leadership style is that of collaboration, inclusion and discussion. His leadership is admired by all. – Oscar Mifsud, BSBA ’70, ACIT ’09, vice chair of ONU’s Board of Trustees

Committee of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Board of Directors of Team NEO, and the Board of Directors of Lake Ridge Academy, where he is vice chair. Smith is an independent member of the Board of Directors of St. John Medical Center, former chairman of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, and former chair of the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) in Cleveland. Smith is the immediate past chairman of the Board of Trustees at Ohio Northern. In 2009, he became the first recipient of The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration Outstanding Service Award.

Roger Young

Wall of Honor The College of Business Administration erected a fabricated sculpture on the ground floor of Dicke Hall for Pinnacle Award recipients. The contemporary display, designed and crafted by Audra Keiber of American Trim in Lima, Ohio, incorporates architectural features and colors found throughout the Dicke building.

colleagues. In 1972, he was named an Outstanding Educator in America, and in 1975, Young became the first winner of ONU’s “Professor of the Year” contest. In 1994, he was named the George Willard Patton Chair, and in 1995, he received an Excellence in Teaching honor.

Roger Young, ACIT ’98, received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Miami University of Ohio in 1959 and his MBA in accounting from Xavier University in 1964. After five years as an income tax auditor and budget officer for the city of Middleton, Ohio, he became a professor of accounting at Ohio Northern in 1964, a position he would hold until his retirement in 1998. During his initial 34 years as a faculty member at ONU, Young served a variety of leadership roles and was recognized several times by students and

Young was vice president for financial affairs from 1989-93, interim dean of the College of Business Administration from 1984-86, and chair of the Department of Business Administration and Economics from 1974-79. Shortly after retiring in 1998, Young went back to work as an accounting professor at Bluffton University. After eight years at Bluffton, he returned to ONU as visiting professor of accounting emeritus in 2008. He continued in this role until 2011, when Young was named ONU’s interim vice president for financial affairs.

Roger Young has been and is so much more than an educator; he is a mentor, an encourager and a supporter. He instilled the technical knowledge we needed, but he instilled more than that. He went above and beyond to give us the confidence we needed to succeed. Hopefully every generation will have a Roger Young. – Joanne (Griffith) Lipski, ACIT ’71, BSBA ’72, University trustee





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DEAN AND LIBBIE PENMAN Dean, BSBA ’90, and Elizabeth “Libbie” (Byers) Penman, BSBA ’91, prove that success comes in many sizes. “We’re both hard workers and driven to excel,” says Libbie. “But he took a small business and grew it larger, while I started out at a large company and went smaller.” 1

Dean, president and owner of Seal & Design Inc., spent the last 22 years growing his family’s start-up company into a world-class manufacturer and distributor. Libbie, who began her career at accounting giant Ernst & Young, went into business for herself as a tax consultant.

The couple met at ONU, where they found not only love, but also confidence and career direction. They fondly recall the business professors who mentored and inspired them. “ONU just felt like home,” says Libbie. “There were so many people who helped you to believe in yourself.” Shortly after they married, the Penmans settled in Dean’s hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. – a lakefront city famous for its chicken wings and abundant snowfall. Dean joined the company his father founded in 1989, Seal & Design Inc., a fabricator of die-cut seals, gaskets, O-rings and other molded rubber products. Working alongside his dad, whom Dean describes as “tough as nails,” Dean helped to grow the business from $365,000 in sales its first year of operation, to more than $30 million in sales in 2011. Today, he sits

at the helm as president and owner, overseeing all aspects of the company’s operation. Dean’s business edge is his competitive spirit, which he honed at ONU as captain of the wrestling and rugby teams. He’s so driven he even turns fishing – a supposedly relaxing hobby – into a competition, he says, with a laugh. He faces a slew of competitors in his industry, yet manages to expand his sales by 10 to 30 percent each year. Seal & Design Inc.’s reputation for world-class service and products is the reason for the continued growth. The company consistently receives high marks and quality awards from its Fortune 500 customers in the automotive, medical, aerospace and other industries. “We aren’t always the cheapest supplier in our industry, but we strive to be the best,” says Dean.

The competition keeps things exciting for Dean and his 100-plus employees in Buffalo and Toronto who all embrace quality measurements and continuous improvement. “I get a huge kick out of being the best and trying to outthink, outsmart and outperform my competitors,” Dean explains. While Dean enjoys management and the big picture, Libbie prefers numbers and details. She began her career at Ernst & Young, rising to a tax manager before making the decision to embark on her own. Founding Penman Tax Consulting, she established a small, but loyal, client list.



Libbie provides tax services for companies that do not need a full-time tax director. She specializes in implementing new corporate structures after a merger or acquisition and in U.S./Canadian tax issues and reporting. The complicated tax codes are always changing, but Libbie manages to stay current. Her clients tell her they can sleep at night, knowing their tax returns are in her capable hands. “I’ve always liked numbers and complexity,” she says. Libbie also enjoys the flexible work schedule her consulting business provides. Working parttime enables her to devote more time to the couple’s identical twins. Active teenagers, the boys are the couple’s greatest accomplishment, says Libbie. “They seemed to have inherited the best traits from both of us,” comments Dean. “They have Libbie’s brains and kind and upbeat demeanor and my athletic ability and work ethic.” The Penmans spend their free time attending their sons’ sporting events as well as boating, fishing and golfing. Huge baseball fans, they follow the Boston Red Sox and take family trips to various ball parks to watch games. Dean also coaches their local travel baseball team in the summer.

Dean and Libbie also give back to the Buffalo community and to ONU, the place that brought them together and set them on the path to achievement and happiness. “Ohio Northern was a great decision for us,” says Dean. “It’s where we grew up and matured into adults. We shared experiences with each other and forged lifelong friendships with faculty and fellow students. We will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary this June; it would be hard to imagine how different our lives would have been without Ohio Northern.”

C.J. AND WENDY FISHMAN Charles “C.J.,” BSBA ’77, and Wendy (Berger) Fishman, BSBA ’75, built a successful life together centered on 2

commitment. They are 100 percent committed to giving their best to everything they do, whether it’s running a business, supporting their community, serving clients, or raising a daughter. C.J. is the founder and owner of Fishman and Associates Inc., a commercial kitchen design and restaurant equipment sales firm in Venice, Fla. From initial concept to grand opening, his firm creates dream kitchens for restaurants, country clubs, schools, hospitals and more across the U.S. and overseas.

“This business was in my karma,” says C.J. “I learned from the best.” He started out in the industry when he was just 13, spending summers helping out his dad and uncle at their restaurant design and equipment company in Cleveland, Ohio.

After graduating from ONU, C.J. worked in sales for almost a decade. At first, he was determined to be the kind of guy who worked a normal workweek. But he discovered he was just wired to be an overachiever, so he ventured out on his own in 1986. “I treated everyone else’s business like it was my own, so I figured I might as well become a business owner,” he says. C.J.’s days start at 4:30 a.m. and end past sundown. Wendy describes him as a “type-A-plus-plusplus” personality. He pours his heart into his work. And his dedication, positive outlook and sense of humor win him many allies among his employees, clients and the Venice and Sarasota business community. His firm, Fishman and Associates Inc., is known for providing exceptional service and products. Although many clients come to the table with unprecedented ideas or unusual obstacles, the “p word” (problem) is never uttered by C.J. or any of his employees. “We prefer the word challenge,” says C.J. “The customer is always right. We strive for perfection and never settle for mediocrity.” C.J. enjoys the process of turning a client’s kitchen concept into a reality. His team has designed many unique projects through

the years, including openair display kitchens on the waterfront and innovative café models for public schools. Some of his favorite projects have been overseas in Aruba, the Bahamas, Bonaire (Dutch Caribbean Island) and the Dominican Republic. While C.J.’s clients are concerned with food service, Wendy’s clients are concerned with family finances. Wendy is a vice president and trust officer at the Caldwell Trust Company, a Florida chartered private trust company with $500 million in assets located in the Venice/Sarasota area. She provides investmentmanagement and estateplanning services to a wide range of high-net-worth clients.

At Caldwell, Wendy has the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. Her clients rely on her to guide them through financial situations, often during vulnerable moments in their lives, such as an illness, death or family dispute. She feels privileged that her clients place their trust in her and goes out of her way to exceed their expectations. She makes herself available to her clients around the clock, building solid, professional relationships with them based on respect, kindness and understanding. “It is only and all about the client,” she says. “They are paying me to do a service, and they deserve to get the very best of me.”

Although Wendy thrives on the interpersonal side of her work, she also likes the technical side. She appreciates the quiet hours spent at her computer immersed in tax codes and legal issues. “I’m exactly where I want to be,” she says enthusiastically. “I have no intention of retiring at 65. I don’t need to retire to do what I love, I’m doing it now!” The Fishmans are community leaders in Venice and Sarasota County. “I was raised to believe you give back more to the community than what you take,” says C.J. His volunteer positions include past president of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce; board chair with Boys & Girls Club of Venice; board member of All Faiths Food Bank of South County; and board trustee at State College of Florida.

Wendy serves as board chairperson of the South County Family YMCA and chairs its annual Black Tie Celebration fundraising event with 450 people in attendance. She’s passionate about the YMCA because “they do it all with programs for 5-year-olds to 95-year-olds.” The Fishmans also are supportive of ONU, even extending a welcoming hand and career support (if needed) to ONU alumni who move to southwest Florida. “The importance of ONU in our lives is always on our mind,” says Wendy. C.J. and Wendy have enjoyed almost 35 years of marriage. They have one daughter, Kati, who is their pride and joy. Recently married, Kati lives in New York City, where she works as a buyer for Lord & Taylor. With their strong commitment to their family, careers and community, C.J. and Wendy don’t have much time for sleep. But as C.J. says, “You only get one shot at this. You can sleep when you die.”

Wendy joined Caldwell after 24 years at a large commercial bank. She left a senior vice president position in the trust/wealth management department, with responsibility for 25 plus employees and $18 billion in assets, to return to her true love – serving clients.



The ‘Live Case’ Steve Dulisse never knew that working on a business team could be so challenging, or so much fun. A senior marketing major from Danbury, Conn., Dulisse has spent the past few months immersed in a team project to help supercenter giant Meijer maximize its market share on college campuses. His team members learned how to manage their work-style differences and draw on each other’s strengths. After extensive research and brainstorming, they created what they hope will be a winning proposal. Even if Dulisse and his team members don’t place in the “Meijer Business Challenge,” they’ll still come out on top because they’ve gained invaluable experience on a real business case.

“I put my best foot forward on a really exciting project,” says Dulisse. “I know I will be able to apply what I’ve learned through this experience on my first job.” The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration requires all seniors to take a senior capstone course – a team project dubbed the “live case.” Each team tackles a real project for a real client, not a hypothetical case out of a textbook. According to Dr. Michele Govekar, professor of management, it’s highly unusual for undergraduates to have the opportunity to work on a live case. While some business colleges engage their top students in consulting projects, ONU engages all of its seniors. Govekar believes this gives ONU graduates an edge.

“They have an awesome success story to communicate to their potential employer in the interview process, plus some real problems they’ve learned to deal with during the project,” she explains. “Beyond an internship, it allows them to work as part of a real business team, rather than as individuals. They get a head start adapting to the corporate environment.” This year, seniors could select from one of four Meijer Business Challenge projects, an e-Team project with the Smull College of Engineering, or a project of their choosing.

The Meijer Business Challenge resulted from a corporate partnership between ONU and Meijer, thanks to the efforts of Richard Keyes, BSPh ’92, executive vice president of supply chain and manufacturing at Meijer, who sits on the Raabe College of Pharmacy Advisory Board. “We see this as an excellent opportunity to not only provide needed funds to support key programs within the University, but also increase the level of engagement that Meijer has with the students at ONU,” says Keyes. The Meijer Business Challenge is funded through a $10,000 annual grant from Meijer. Student teams that take on a Meijer challenge compete for cash prizes in the spring. They present their project proposals to a panel of judges comprised of faculty members and Meijer representatives for a chance at first, second or third place. Keyes says the Meijer Business Challenge is a win-win for his company and for students. His company benefits from the fresh perspective. “ONU students are in a unique position to combine what

they are learning in the classroom with their experiences as young adults and apply it to the challenges we put in front of them,” he explains. “In the business world, we are sometimes stuck in our own paradigms, and it’s a great opportunity for us to reach outside the walls of our organization and have someone take an unbiased look at the challenge and formulate new opinions and solutions.” Students, meanwhile, benefit from the knowledge and feedback they gain through the process. “It gives them a perspective on the breadth of leadership and business, and the critical thinking necessary to solve business problems,” says Keyes. “They get to test and apply the knowledge and skills they learned at ONU and receive feedback from our leadership team on their approach and the viability of their solutions.” Brandy Wilson, a senior marketing major from St. Marys, Ohio, says the chance to win a cash prize lit a fire under her team. They planned a strategy for Meijer to move into the urban Chicago area, including

an optimal store size, store layout, departments and products offered, store locations, and target market. They worked hard on a feasible and creative proposal, intensively researching the competition, figuring out the needs of the urban shopper, and canvassing local stores for ideas. “The competition pushed us a little harder because we want to win,” she says. “But I also learned so much during this project. It was exciting working with a big corporation and knowing that they may actually implement a few of your ideas.” While many seniors chose the Meijer challenge, a few elected to pursue an e-Team project with the Smull College of Engineering or a different project. These live cases also presented the students with enlivening experiences. Kyle Norman, a senior finance major from Indianapolis, Ind., and his team helped a Michigan entrepreneur with a financial forecast and expansion strategy for his business. The founder and owner of the Ugly Dog Distillery, based in Chelsea, Mich., wanted to capitalize on an opportunity to move to a bigger facility, increase production, and sell his specialty liquor in Indiana and Ohio. One of Norman’s team members interned at the Ugly Dog Distillery over the summer and offered his assistance. “Our team was extremely fortunate to have the chance to work with a real small-business owner who valued our ideas and opinions,” says Norman.



Samantha Zalesak, a senior pharmaceutical business major from Rossford, Ohio, and her e-Team wrote a grant proposal and developed a marketing strategy for an R/C helicopter that ONU engineering students were designing and building. Her team struggled to learn the ins and outs of the complex robotics market – something they knew absolutely nothing about in the beginning. “Sometimes we had to ask the engineering students to please just talk to us in plain English,” Zalesak says, with a laugh. “I learned to work with a lot of different personality types, which will be helpful in the future. I am proud of my team’s work on this project, and I can’t wait to see where it goes.” The 86 seniors who tackled a live case this year will graduate in May. They leave ONU prepared to make a contribution on their first job because of experiential learning like the senior capstone course. “This is really different from the typical undergraduate experience,” says Govekar. “The live case is challenging, uncertain and frustrating. In other words, it’s great preparation for the real world!”

2012 Meijer Business Challenge winners First Place: Young Professionals – College marketing program. Katelyn Early, senior accounting major from Upper Arlington, Ohio; Justin Good, senior pharmaceutical business major from Miamisburg, Ohio; Aaron Madison, senior finance major from Alliance, Ohio; Sarah Pine, senior accounting major from Cleveland, Ohio; and Anna Swartz, senior pharmaceutical business major from Vandalia, Ohio. Second Place: Point-of-Sale Technology – Cody Fisher, senior finance major from Helena, Ohio; Joseph Gutter, senior pharmaceutical business major from Mayfield Heights, Ohio; Jill Leiendecker, senior accounting major from Lucas, Ohio; Lauren Lightcap, BSBA ’12; and Jeremy Smith, senior marketing major from Macedonia, Ohio. Third Place: Polar Bears – College marketing program. Steven Dulisse, senior marketing major from Danbury, Conn.; Antoine Noameshie, senior international business and economics major from Lima, Ohio; and Jordaan Williams, senior marketing major from Grayslake, Ill.

The Drive to Give Back There are many ways to engage with Ohio Northern University and The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration. The annual golf outing has brought together alumni not only for fun, but also for a great cause – support for student scholarships. Two alumni of the College of Business Administration have combined their love of the game with their love for ONU!




Fourth Annual Scholarship Event Golf Outing and Fishing Charter Monday,

I give back because I had a great experience at Northern, and I know I received a first-class education. Doing the golf outing each year is my way of helping make student-scholarship support available through our sponsors. Golf is a great sport and a wonderful way to gather fellow alumni and pay tribute to Ohio Northern.

July 30, 2012

Catawba Island Club 4235 East Beach Club Road, Port Clinton, OH 43452

– Paul C. Carbetta II, BSBA ’90 Chair of the College of Business Administration Advisory Board and an annual sponsor of the college’s golf outing I support the golf outing each year because I believe in the mission of The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration. Scholarship support is a great cause, and, as an alumnus and parent of young children, I want to set an example of how important philanthropy is. My employer is New York Life, a great company with a 1:1 match for gifts to higher education, so my gift is essentially doubled. – Jeffery T. Gillson, BSBA ’92 Member of the College of Business Administration Advisory Board and an annual sponsor of the college’s golf outing

Contact Dacy Wilcox, director of development for The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration, at or 419-772-4022

Meininger plans retirement

After 39 years of service to ONU, Dr. Richard Meininger will retire as associate dean of The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration in July 2012. Dr. Robert Kleine, associate professor of marketing, has been named as Meininger’s replacement. Kleine also will be given the first James F. Dicke Endowed Professorship. “One of Rich’s legacies as an upper-level administrator has been his care, empathy and willingness to meet with literally thousands of students through the years in order to help them with issues that only he could help them with. Along with his attentiveness to students, Rich has been a wonderful colleague – patiently and wisely dealing with ‘the devil in the details,’ sharing his vast institutional memory, and just sitting down with us in his and our offices, where we have spent good times relaxing and enjoying his wry humor on all kinds of topics.” – Dr. Dexter Woods, BSBA ’79, JD ’82, professor of business administration

Dr. Richard Meininger Meininger spent his entire career at ONU, witnessing four decades of campus growth. He played an important role in the transformation of the business department into a

College of Business Administration, including the college’s attainment of its initial AACSB accreditation in 2003. Among his many duties, he managed study-abroad opportunities for domestic students and worked

with international students attending ONU. “I’ve seen a lot of changes through the years, including three different facilities for the business college – the second floor of Hill, Huber and the current Dicke building,” he says. Meininger came to ONU in fall 1973 and taught economics before moving into administration. He started as the assistant dean of the business college in 1990 and was later promoted to associate dean. A no-nonsense type of administrator, Meininger specialized in fixing problems and getting things done. “My primary goal was to advocate for the student,” he says. “I wanted each student to be successful and graduate in a timely manner, and I tried to remove any obstacles that stood in the way.” Throughout his long and productive career, Meininger enjoyed the strong sense of

“I’ve known Rich for 33 years, and he has been one of the hardest-working members of this college, showing great dedication to the success of our students. Few students ever realize how much work he devotes as associate dean to ensuring their successful graduation on a timely schedule. Personally, I feel blessed to call Rich one of my very best friends. You know you have a special friend when you always look forward to talking and spending time with them. I can honestly say that I have never walked away from conversing with Rich without being humored and maybe feeling just a little bit better about my day. Rich was supportive of me as a young new faculty member at ONU and has continued that support right up to today. What more can one ask from a colleague, and most importantly, a friend?” – Randall Ewing, associate professor of marketing

community found at ONU. Northern reminded him of his undergraduate experience at Duquesne University. “ONU was a good fit for me,” he says. “It’s a friendly place that gives students a wellrounded education. I’ll miss my daily interaction with students, colleagues and University personnel.” “Dean Meininger spent his entire professional career here. He is recognized for his excellent teaching and his administrative role, in which he was basically responsible

for the day-to-day operations of the college,” says Dr. Jim Fenton, dean of the College of Business Administration. “Throughout his career, he was known for his advocacy of our students, his integrity, knowledge base, both as a teacher and administrator, work ethic and sense of humor through it all. I speak for myself and the other constituencies of the college when I say that he will be missed.”

to stay in Ada during his retirement. He’s an active member and past president of the Ada Rotary Club and the Ada-Findlay Chapter of Children’s International Summer Villages, an organization devoted to an international youth exchange program. Meininger and his wife, Jane, also plan to travel. Australia, Cuba and Russia are high on the couple’s list. “Wherever we go, we plan to look up former students and stop by to say hello,” he says.

Meininger is involved in the Ada community and plans

Kleine named associate dean Dr. Robert Kleine Dr. Kleine joined the ONU faculty in 2002. He received his Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of New Hampshire and his Doctor of Philosophy in marketing from the University of Cincinnati. He previously taught at Miami University and Arizona State University. “Kleine exemplifies the ‘teacher-scholar’ model,” says Fenton. “He’s an excellent classroom teacher and a productive and

published researcher in the areas of consumer behavior and marketing research.” The Marketing Science Institute designated one of Kleine’s articles as one of the “Essential Readings in Marketing.” Since coming to ONU, Kleine championed many new programs and initiatives in the business college and University-wide. He co-chaired the University committee that developed ONU’s new General Education program, and he chaired the committee that developed the pharmaceutical business major in collaboration with the Raabe College of Pharmacy. This program

currently enrolls more than 55 students. In collaboration with Dr. J.D. Yoder, professor and chair of mechanical engineering, he secured approximately $650,000 in grant funding for ONU’s Entrepreneurial Mindset Initiative, which seeks to impact every student on campus. “As the associate dean, Kleine will function as the ‘chief operating officer’ at the business college,” says Fenton. He’ll assume responsibility for student success, faculty and course scheduling, college policies and procedures, FERPA compliance, building safety, and representing the

business college on many university-wide committees. “The higher education market is very dynamic and competitive,” says Kleine. “My main goal will be to leverage all resources as effectively and efficiently as possible.” Kleine also hopes to mirror the dedication of his predecessor. “Rich Meininger has done a great job as associate dean. His commitment to the position, the business college, and to ONU sets a high standard that I aspire to emulate,” he says.



Preparing for the real world These days, it’s not enough for business students to learn about their chosen majors. Their studies must move beyond accounting or management or economics to include skills that will not only help in their job search, but also prepare them for the ins and outs of the business world. At the helm of these efforts at Ohio Northern is Matt Lambdin, director of experiential learning in the College of Business Administration. Lambdin oversees business students as they transition their classroom knowledge into professional outlets.

Welcome, freshmen All incoming freshmen in the College of Business Administration must take an orientation class, “Biz Lab 1,” a course developed by Paul Govekar, associate professor of management. Course topics include an overall familiarization with the college, requirements of majors and general education, planning sequences of courses, and the University catalog. The course also introduce the Student Leadership Challenge® as a vehicle for improved student leadership in the college. The Student Leadership Challenge was developed by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, authors of The Student Leadership Challenge and creators of the Student Leadership Practices Inventory. Today, these works are part of what is widely considered to be the most comprehensive student leadership development program available.

Using the Student Leadership Challenge, freshmen are introduced to the concept that everyone in the today’s job market needs leadership skills to compete.

The sophomores Lambdin himself teaches another required course, this time for sophomores, titled “Career Planning and Preparedness.” “I teach them everything from résumés to cover letters, how to network, how to dress appropriately for interviews,” he says. “We have class networking events, and I do one-on-one advising for their professional documents.” To date, more than 230 sophomores have taken the course, which began in fall 2008. In addition to career-search techniques, students are taught what to look for as future recruiters. This allows

the student to understand how to act on their job search now, and what will save their organization time and money when recruiting in the future.

“I encourage students to complete more hours,” he says. “Those students who complete 400-500 hours are more unique in the job-search process.”

The class also utilizes business professionals and alumni, as guest speakers, who provide real-life examples of what employers are looking for and explain how to ethically participate in the job-search process.

The rationale behind requiring internships is simple, says Lambdin. Students who do internships are 50 to 75 percent more likely to get a job offer, he explains.

A unique aspect of the class is its “syllabus negotiation” phase, in which students have the opportunity to broker changes to assignment dates, point distribution and other areas in an attempt to create the best learning environment for the classroom as a whole. “Students see how the negotiation process may get you everything you want, but sometimes at a price,” Lambdin says.

The internships Beginning with the 2009 entering class, the College of Business Administration has required every student to complete an internship, regardless of major. These internships are typically one-time work or service experiences related to the students’ major or career goals. The students generally work in professional settings under supervision of practicing professionals.

Relationships and outreach In recent years, the college has seen a significant increase in partnership activities with outside organizations utilizing professors and students as resources. The college has worked with Fortune 500 organizations, local companies, nonprofits and service organizations to examine specific or broad-based business issues within their mission. As such, students have created products ranging from marketing plans, training materials and business plans and have assessed market research to help organizations successfully implement a goal or value. Many of these outreach projects have centered on organizations that are tied to alumni or local communities that ONU and the College of Business Administration can positively impact because of its mission and resources.

“We’re not just here to serve our students, we’re here to actually serve the community good when resources are available,” Lambdin says. “In return, if a community leader can help our students, we like to establish that relationship.”

The results Lambdin’s efforts seem to be working. The six-month job and graduate school placement rates for the College of Business Administration remain high, despite the weakened economy. “Even with the recession, we had a very high placement rate,” Lambdin says. “Within six months, we were placing at 87-89 percent. The national figure was 82 percent. We were exceeding, even in a recession, other schools.” Over the last five years, ONU’s business graduates have scored at the 93rd, 93rd, 93rd, 88th and 89th percentile, respectively, on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Major Field Test (MFT) for the Bachelor’s Degree in Business, which is given to each of the college’s graduates. In fact, ONU students have recorded solid scores in the 88-94th percentile range since 2000. The ETS MFT for the Bachelor’s Degree in Business contains 120 multiplechoice questions designed to measure a student’s subject knowledge and the ability to apply facts, concepts, theories and analytical methods.

To earn the internship’s three credit hours, a student must record at least 150 hours of professional work. This is a number that Lambdin would like to see increase.

Six-month job and graduate school placement rates for the College of Business Administration 2002









85% 63% 77% 88% 97% 92% 92% 87% 89% BUSINESS EXCHANGE


Faculty Research David McClough

David McClough, assistant professor of economics, has had two abstracts selected for publication. The first, “STEM: A Path To SelfEmployment and Jobs?” was accepted by the Journal of Entrepreneurship Education. This paper examines the selfemployment path of STEM graduates and whether selfemployed STEM graduates are associated with larger firms compared to their non-STEM counterparts. The second, “Is Education The Great Equalizer? An Examination of Race and Higher Education Attainment on Earnings” was accepted by the Pennsylvania Economic Review. Using college-educated individuals as the unit of observation, this paper examines racial earnings differentials after controlling for educational attainment, academic major and occupation.

Tammy Schakett

Tammy Schakett, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, had her paper, “Effects of Social Bonding in Business-to-

Business Relationships,” published by the Journal of Relationship Marketing. This study investigates the social relationship between buyers’ key contact employees and sellers’ key contact employees in businessto-business marketing relationships in service industries.

David Savino

In addition, Savino presented “Working to Achieve FirstRate Training Using Second Life” at the MBAA/North American Management Society Conference in Chicago in March 2012. His presentation dealt with organizations that have embraced virtual human resource development (VHRD) in the transfer of job knowledge and the training of employees. One such VHRD technique is known as Second Life, which uses avatars in work-related situations to simulate training scenarios.

Robert Kleine David Savino, associate professor of management, has had two recent publications. The first, “The Failure of Corporatism in Twenty-First Century America,” was published in Franklin Business and Law Review Journal. This paper deals with the Obama administration’s attempt to manage the American economy based on a political and economic ideology seen during the Roosevelt administration in the Depression years. Savino also co-wrote a second paper, “Human Asset Measurement: A Comparison of the Artifact-Based Approach Versus Input Methods,” which was published in Journal of Management Policy and Practice. In viewing employees as human assets, many organizations, through their human resource departments, are attempting to determine the value that employees provide through their work and output versus the amount of cost it takes to train and develop them.

Robert Kleine, associate professor of marketing, and John-David Yoder, professor of mechanical engineering, collaborated on an article, “Operationalizing and Assessing the Entrepreneurial Mindset: A Rubric Based Approach,” which was published in The Journal of Engineering Entrepreneurship. Kleine and Yoder also made two presentations at the 2011 KEEN (Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network) Fall Conference in Milwaukee. Both presentations involved the assessment of the entrepreneurial mindset.

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Endowed scholarships help business students achieve their dreams. Kendra Zedaker

Senior accounting major Bryan, Ohio Kendra Zedaker made ONU her No. 1 choice because of the high-quality academics offered in the College of Business Administration. “The scholarship means so much to me and my family,” she says. “I am the first person in my family to attend college, and without my scholarship I wouldn’t be here.” Zedaker has been active on campus and in the Ada community. “ONU places a real emphasis on being involved,” she says. “In my time here, I’ve been exposed to and learned from a lot of people from different backgrounds. As a result, I’ve become a well-rounded person.” After graduation, Zedaker plans to seek employment at a medium- to largesized manufacturing company as a cost accountant or financial analyst. She also dreams of one day opening a restaurant in her hometown. “I would like to say ‘thank you’ to the person who established my scholarship,” she said. “Without this scholarship, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” The Pamela S. Hershberger-Ernst & Young Endowed Scholarship Fund was established by Pamela S. Hershberger, BSBA ’87, for students majoring in

accounting. “My motto is to pay it forward. My experience in the College of Business Administration was the foundation for my successful career, and I hope this scholarship fund will help the next generation of accountants receive that same foundation,” says Hershberger.

Matt Annan, BSBA ’12

Finance major Marysville, Ohio Matt Annan decided on ONU because of the small class sizes and dedicated professors. Scholarships made it possible for Annan to attend the college of his dreams while keeping it affordable. “Being a finance major, I really appreciated the ability to have a much lower financial burden leaving school so I could start saving at a much quicker rate,” he says. During his time at ONU, Annan forged strong bonds with his professors. “They made learning enjoyable and helped me find what I was passionate about,” he says. A recent graduate, Annan is employed as a financial analyst at Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in Marysville, Ohio. He plans to become a CFO or an entrepreneur in the future. “I know my ONU education will be a strong foundation for my future success,” he says.

The Kenneth R. and Lea A. Elshoff and The Ohio League of Financial Institutions Scholarship Fund was established in 1997 to honor Dr. Kenneth Elshoff, Hon. D. ’97, for his outstanding service to the business profession, and Lea Elshoff, for her extraordinary commitment to community service. “Because we came from a generation whose parents were not able to graduate even from high school, we were encouraged to get an education and wanted young people to have that advantage, too,” says Lea Elshoff.

Rita George

Senior pharmaceutical business major Columbia Station, Ohio Rita George selected ONU because of the friendly people and the one-of-akind pharmaceutical business major. “It was a major that wasn’t offered at the other colleges I visited, and it combines science and business, the two subjects that most interest me,” she says. At ONU, George became more confident and developed leadership, communication and organizational skills through experiences such as interning at the Pharmacy Management Group of Ohio and serving as social chair for the Delta Zeta sorority. “ONU believes in empowerment and hands-on learning, which I really enjoy,” she says. After graduation, George wants to be a “top-performing employee” at a company where she can continue to learn and take on additional responsibilities. She greatly appreciates the scholarship she received and plans to support future students someday. The Henry (Harry) C. and Frances L. Richards Scholarship Fund was established in 1998 by Henry C. Richards Jr. and Susan J. Richards in honor of Mr. Richards’ parents, Henry C. and Frances L. Richards. The scholarship is to be awarded to students enrolled in the College of Business Administration with preference given to residents of Lorain County, Ohio. BUSINESS EXCHANGE


Dean’s Lecture Series

The digital, mobile and social consumer

Carol (Applegate) Kline, BSBA ’86, enlightened an ONU audience on the “digital, mobile and social consumer” last September as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Kline, former executive vice president and chief information officer at

TeleTech Holdings Inc., has more than 20 years experience in managing dynamic technology environments and global operations teams. Her past experience includes serving as executive vice president of operations at EchoStar and serving as CIO and executive vice president at American Online. Kline described a “customer revolution” sparked by new technologies such as the iPad and iPhone. Many consumers today spend more time online than they do watching television, she said. “A huge shift is taking place in how we think of

customers and how we serve them,” she added. The new consumer is connected, knowledgeable, empowered, impatient and wary. In the past, companies controlled the conversation, said Kline. But today, consumers can rate products online, share their customer service experiences (good and bad) on YouTube and Facebook, and surf the Web to compare pricing. “Customers are in the driver’s seat, and they have a big megaphone,” she said. Companies that want to survive in this climate need to stay on top of technology trends and invest in social media. “The ROI of social media is that your business will still exist in five years,” she said, wryly.

“When I first started in this business, medical reference books were printed annually and information updated every three years,” said Kerscher. “Today, a clinician can click ‘update’ on their handheld device and receive information that is only three minutes old.” Lexi-Comp’s products help to reduce the incidences of adverse drug events and improve the quality of patient care. In addition to its core drug information databases, Lexi-Comp offers a growing number of laboratory, diagnostic medicine, dental, natural, custom formulary and patient education products.

It all started in Ada Robert “Bob” Kerscher, BSBA ’70, founder and retired CEO and chairman of Lexi-Comp Inc., shared the story of his entrepreneurial journey on Feb. 2, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Dicke Forum. When Kerscher arrived on ONU’s campus as a student in the mid-60s, he lacked direction. But he found his path once he became a business major. “Professors like Roger Young helped me to find my own true North,” he said. Kerscher used the knowledge and experience he gained on his first job at Chi Corporation, a computer and database service firm, to launch his own company, Lexi-Comp Inc., in Hudson, Ohio, in 1978.

Starting with $100,000 in capital, Kerscher said survival was his only goal the first year of operation. He showed the audience a picture of a converted gas station that served as an early office building and a copy of his first bank loan. He admitted to moments of doubt and worry. “Statistically, all odds are against startups,” he said. “But I never lost confidence. I have no regrets. Looking back, it could not have turned out any better.” Over a 30-year period, Kerscher grew Lexi-Comp Inc. into an industry leader in providing drug information and clinical content for the health care industry. Advanced technology, such as the Internet and mobile handheld devices, spurred Lexi-Comp’s growth in the last two decades. Lexi-Comp’s diverse information databases enable medical professionals to make informed decisions about patient care. The company’s publishing model focuses on frequent updates, often daily, to its online and handheld databases, ensuring the most upto-date information is available.

Kerscher said his key to success was to surround himself with bright and talented people. He also created a corporate culture that emphasized a family-like atmosphere. In fact, The Plain Dealer named Lexi-Comp one of the “best places to work” in Northeastern Ohio in 2010 and 2011. Kerscher serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at ONU. He earned his MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1978. He and his wife of 41 years, Barbara, have three children.



College News & Events

Lipski honored The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration honored Joanne (Griffith) Lipski, ACIT ’71, BSBA ’72, with an Outstanding Service Award on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011.

Idelle Wolf visited auditing class

truly do almost anything they choose in business, and Idelle was a great example of that.”

Idelle Wolf, board member and audit committee member of A.O. Smith Corporation, shared her career experiences with ONU accounting students on Feb. 7, 2012.

Wolf was vice president of Barnes Group Inc. and president of Barnes Distribution before her retirement. A CPA, Wolf has extensive executive-level financial and operating experience. She serves on several not-for-profit boards, including Jewish Federation of Cleveland, the Montefiore Foundation and the Benjamin Rose Institute.

Wolf came to ONU at the request of Matthew Phillips, assistant professor of accounting, and was a guest lecturer in his Auditing II course. “Idelle made quite a positive impact. She is very approachable and did a wonderful job drawing the students into her career choices by telling her story,” says Phillips. “The students learned not to be defined by your degree or discipline, but to allow yourself to think and do whatever you set your mind to. Given that accounting is the ‘language of business,’ accounting majors can

Tax help provided ONU business and law students provided free income tax assistance to elderly and low-income taxpayers in Hardin and surrounding counties through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). As part of this program, the students received training and became IRS certified to help prepare basic tax returns and identify special credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly. The students offered their assistance several evenings a week from mid-February to April 12.

“Joanne Lipski is a great example of an alumna who has given, and continues to give, sustained service to the college and University,” says James Fenton, dean of the College of Business Administration. “She has always been a strong supporter of ONU is dedicated to the University and the College of Business Administration and has always strived to help our students and graduates.” Lipski is a certified public accountant who resides in Perrysburg, Ohio. She currently is a trustee of Ohio Northern University and has served in that role for 36 years. Currently, Lipski chairs the committee on admissions, enrollment and financial aid. In past years, she has served as chair or vice-chair of the academic affairs committee, the audit committee, and honorary degree committee of the board of trustees.

Polar Innovation Exchange The College of Business Administration hosted the Polar Innovation Exchange on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. The competition was designed to encourage creativity, innovation and the spirit of the entrepreneurial mindset while challenging ONU student teams and individuals to create and share ideas that will improve our global community. To participate, competitors were required to prepare a concise two-minute presentation of a new business idea or product. They could choose to participate in any of three categories: ideas that improve society, commercialized product ideas or new businesses that create jobs. After the presentation, they answered questions from a panel of judges.

The first-place, $350 winner was the “Hydro Catch” team. Team members were Adam Pagan, a senior electrical engineering major from Ellicott City, Md., Thomas Vraja, a third-year pharmacy

major from Medina, Ohio, Michael Johanek, a third-year pharmacy major from Mentor, Ohio, Chance Moore, a junior nursing major from New Albany, Ohio, and Andrea Schmitt, a third-year pharmacy major from Mayville, N.Y.

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College News & Events Student report published by ITA A report titled “The Chinese Men’s Cosmetic Market: Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macau,” produced by ONU business students, was accepted for online publication by the International Trade Administration (ITA), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The students wrote the report for an international marketing class taught by Dr. Peter Banfe, associate professor of international business and economics. The ITA has very high publication standards. Reports must be accurate, well-researched, particularly informative and deemed of value to U.S. businesses considering the region. ITA specialists with graduate degrees or other professionals write the majority of ITA reports.

“The acceptance of this invaluable research by the ITA shows that ONU’s College of Business Administration is making an impact on both the national and international business markets,” says James Fenton, dean of The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration. “This shows that ONU is maintaining its reputation as a school that provides its students with the opportunity to garner real-world research experience while working as undergraduates.”

market dynamics, market demand, consumer behavior, market entry strategies, politics, regulations, hygiene licensing, testing and labeling requirements, and advertising regulations.

The ONU student report serves as a starting point for American businesses gathering information about selling cosmetics to men in China, specifically in the cities of Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macau. It provides information on

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Business College advisory Board George Atkinson BSBA ’72 Senior Vice President and Managing Director TriVista Business Group 1208 Archer Dr. Troy, OH 45373 Lawrence C. Barrett, CLU, ChFC BSBA ’71, ACIT ’97, H of F ’04 President Independent Pharmacy Consulting Group LLC/ Sagemark Consulting 28601 Chagrin Blvd. Suite 300 Cleveland, OH 44122 Deeann Beatty BSBA ’91 Bank Examiner Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland East 6th St. & Superior Ave. Cleveland, OH 44144 Shawn Bogenrief BSBA ’82 Partner/Director Gardner & White 5925 Wilcox Place, Suite D Dublin, OH 43016 Larry Boord BSBA ’71, JD ’75 Principal Jacob, Haxton & Boord, LLC 100 W. Old Wilson Bridge Rd. Worthington, OH 43085

Paul Carbetta II BSBA ’90 Financial Advisor Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. 150 E. Wilson Bridge Road Suite 100 Worthington, OH 43085

Mark Henschen BA ’77 President Minster Bank 95 W. 4th St. Minster, OH 45865 Betty Kemper President The Kemper Company 10307 Detroit Ave. Cleveland, OH 44102

Phillip Caris BSBA ’82 Vice President of Sales Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. P. O. Box 550 Findlay, OH 45840 Jason Duff BSBA ’05 Founder and CEO Community Storage & Properties Ltd. 9016 State Rt. 117 Box 151 Huntsville, OH 43324 Jeff Gillson, CLU, CFP BSBA ’92 Financial Services Professional New York Life 1336 Woodman Drive Suite 100 Dayton, OH 45432 Patricia Maslen-Goeke BSBA ’82 President and CEO Nomadic Display 5617 Industrial Drive Suite E Springfield, VA 22151

Carol (Applegate) Kline BSBA ’86 Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Tele Tech Holdings Inc. 9197 S. Peoria St. Englewood, CO 80112 Anmarie Gladieux-Kolinski BA ’94, BSBA ’94 Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Harbor Capital Advisors Inc. 111 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 3400 Chicago, IL 60606 Paul Kramer BSBA ’76, ACIT ’05 President Kramer Enterprises 116 E. Main Cross St. Findlay, OH 45840 Rob Lydic BS ’97 President Layer 1 Design 903 S. Latson Rd. #228 Howell, MI 48843

Jay Molter BSBA ’81 Senior Vice President Marketing and Sales Glasstech Inc. Ampoint Industrial Park 995 Fourth St. Perrysburg, OH 43551 Deann (Fishpaw) Newman BSBA ’83 Partner Deloitte Tax LLP 200 Renaissance Center Detroit, MI 48243 Sheri L. (Schweitzer) Stoltenberg BA ’81 President and CEO Stoltenberg Consulting 1013 Christine Place Bethel, PA 15102 Dennis Stripe BSBA ’79 President and CEO OrthoHelix Surgical Designs Inc. 1065 Medina Rd., Suite 500 Medina, OH 07401 Mark White BSBA ’85 President Vancrest 120 W. Main St. Suite 200 Van Wert, OH 45891

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