Jenny Garringer was appointed Academic Admissions Advisor for the new regional location of Franklin University in Beavercreek, Ohio.
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The Department of Economics is pleased to announce that Economics major Darnell Brown has been named one of this year's "40 Under 40" winners by the Dayton Business Journal. The award recognizes up-and-coming business and community leaders in the Dayton area. Darnell is currently employed at Sinclair Community College. Past winners associated with the Department include Professor Tom Traynor, alum Melissa Aldridge, and Center for Economic Education Director D.R. Fannin.
C.H. Dean Inc. has promoted Edward Wright to trader/portfolio analyst. Wright, who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business in 2008, joined C.H. Dean in July. Wright was also one of four students to pass the Chartered Financial Analysts Level One examination. On average, only thirty five percent of professionals nationwide pass the examination the first time.
Malav Raiji was named vice president at J.P. Morgan Chase in August 2004. Working in the Jersey City, New Jersey office, Raiji is responsible for executing strategic finance projects. Prior to this new position, he worked for BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting) and served as a consultant to J.P. Morgan Chase and other corporations, providing financial technology consulting. Crediti keep my feet firmly on the ground.” Within nine months of his graduation from WSU, Raiji was married. He and his wife had their first child, a son, in July 2004.
Khanh Huyen Nguyen has begun a new career conducting economic research for the Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C. Masters in Social and Applied Economics (2009).
Mandi McKinley is a financial specialist for the Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. She was hired as a full-time employee with AFRL in January 2005 after completing a co-op for the organization that began in April 2004.
McKinley’s responsibilities include working on special projects related to the headquarters’ financial management of the research labs, gathering data to be sent to the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, and distributing information to the technical directorates regarding obligations and expenditures.
AFRL is a full-spectrum laboratory, responsible for planning and executing the Air Force’s entire science and technology budget, basic research, applied research, and advanced technology development. AFRL’s partners include the Air Force major commands that operate and maintain the full spectrum of Air Force weapons systems
Mandi and her husband of three years recently moved back to their hometown of New Carlisle, where they enjoy being close to family and getting involved in the community.
Brian Gillis has been hired into a research position with the SEIU labor union in Columbus. B.S. in Business Magna Cum Laude, Business Economics (2007).
Stacey Barhorst experienced what it would be like to work for the largest independent certified public accounting firm in Dayton as a intern at Battelle & Battelle during her senior year at Wright State. The job helped focus her career goals, and spurred her on to pursue a Master of Accountancy degree from Wright State University. She proved to be on the right track: upon graduation she was offered a full-time position with Battelle as a staff accountant.
Stacy explains that the firm provides accounting, auditing, taxation, and various business consulting services, while her duties involve primarily assisting with audit engagements. “I have experience with tax engagements as well,” she says. “My Wright State education undoubtedly prepared me for a successful future in the accounting profession.”
In fact, the future has never looked brighter for the Tipp City resident: In November 2003, she passed all four parts of the state CPA exam on her first attempt, placing her 9th in the state of Ohio.
“This accomplishment was the first of many goals that I would like to achieve in the accounting profession,” she says. “Now, as a certified public accountant, I would like to continue advancing my career in public accounting, perhaps ultimately becoming partner of a firm.”
Manuel Torrealba has taken a position in project management with Allianz SE Group Operations Process Architecture in Munich, Germany. Since graduating receiving his MBA, Mauel has resided in Germany and worked in various international businesses.
Ryan Johnson, an equity research analyst at Fifth Third Bancorp in Cincinnati, was promoted to assistant vice president.
John M. Donnelly (M.S.) had an article published in the January/February edition of APICS magazine titled “The Role of Supply Chain in Healthcare.”
Natalia Jones (M.B.A.) was hired as client services executive by TriComB2B, a Vandalia, Ohio–based agency involved in business-to-business marketing of technical products and services that include electronics, refrigeration, millwork, engineering, and construction.
Stephanie D. Geter, a CPA and MBA graduate from Wright State University, participated in the 2012 PhD Project held November 14-16, 2012. The Ph.D. Project, an award winning program by invitation, only aims to create diversity in management. Created in 1994, the program addresses the under-representation of minorities in management by diversifying the “front of the classroom” with the goals of encouraging minority students to pursue business degrees and to increase the pool of minority applicants in the corporate environment.
Stephanie is an Ohio native with over 14 years of business experience including being an alumni of Deloitte & Touche LLP. During her career at Deloitte, Stephanie obtained her CPA and MBA with a concentration in finance from Wright State University. After having a successful career with Deloitte working in Dayton, Memphis and San Francisco in Audit, Internal Controls, and Mergers and Acquisitions Stephanie created her own Consulting & Investing company, Temple Building LLC.
Business has always been a passion of Stephanie’s since the age of ten when she began selling candy in her neighborhood and coaching a traveling basketball team at the age of 14. Stephanie completed her undergraduate degree with a B.S.B. in Accounting and Finance, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati where she was also a 1,000 plus point Women’s Basketball player.
Thousands of people are now on their feet, cameras are poised, children jump up and down in anticipation, the news media is on standby. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Flight Demonstration Team rolls down the heat-shimmering runway and blasts away to create thunder in the sky.
At air shows around the world, the six F-16 jets with their distinct red, white, and blue Thunderbird insignia wow the crowd with cutting-edge aerial maneuvers. With unbelievable accuracy, the F-16s fly as close as three feet apart, and as low as 150 feet off the ground. Speeds can reach 500 miles per hour. The Thunderbirds demonstrate a boldness and beauty unmatched anywhere.
In the cockpit of Thunderbird #1, heading up the entire team, is a graduate of Wright State University, Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Thomas. He has earned the title “The Boss.” Each officer of the team serves for two years. When Colonel Thomas took command of the Thunderbirds at the Thunderbird Hangar at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas.
He became the 32nd leader of the “Ambassadors in Blue. ”
He commands the squadron of 11 officers and more than 120 enlisted Airmen. “We show Americans what the Air Force does for them every day,” he says. “We can’t show them everything but we can demonstrate the pride, professionalism, and precision.” Colonel Thomas and his fellow Thunderbirds have performed for thousands of people around the world. At air shows in the summers of 2008 and 2009, the team performed in the Far East, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and across the continental U.S. The Thunderbirds were the headline act at the Dayton air show last July, bringing the largest crowd (80,000 people) in the show’s recent history.
The appearance of “The Boss” on The Colbert Report in June 2009 got much media attention, as Colonel Thomas charmed Steven Colbert while joining in the fun. It was all part of Colbert’s one-week special on the Iraq war. “Steven Colbert was a nice man,” reports Thomas.
Thunderbird #1 has met former President George W. Bush, Vice President Joe Biden, and a variety of other governmental leaders and celebrities.
Remembering his Wright State years
When Gregory Thomas was about to graduate from Anderson High School in Cincinnati, the time came to make a decision about college. “My brother went to Wright State, and it seemed like a good choice for me,” Thomas recalls. He began work on the degree he would earn in management information systems.His brother also talked to him about the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). “Before that, I had no intention of going into the military,” admits Thomas. “But when I became medically qualified for a pilot slot and received a scholarship, the decision was easy. I joined ROTC at Wright State my freshman year.” Thomas lived on campus his freshman year, then off campus for the rest of the time. One of his best memories was meeting the woman who would become his wife. Michele Sipes, a graduate of Centerville (Ohio) High School, was an education major at Wright State. “My roommate was dating Michele’s best friend, and that’s how we met,” he says. The future Thunderbird Commander enjoyed his time at Wright State and talks proudly about the education he received. “The professors were outstanding, and I really got a great foundation at Wright State,” he said. Thomas graduated from Wright State in December 1991, and entered the Air Force in 1992. He soon distinguished himself as an exceptional airman. He has logged more than 2,700 hours as an Air Force pilot, with more than 240 hours of combat experience. Before being selected to head the Thunderbirds team, Colonel Thomas was director of operations at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska.
In the cockpit
The Thunderbird squad began more than 50 years ago when the Air Force’s air demonstration team was activated at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, flying the F-84G Thunderjet. The name “Thunderbirds” was soon adopted, influenced in part by the strong Native American culture of the southwest. To demonstrate the most advanced air power in the world, Colonel Thomas and his team fly the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft.
Crowds roar their applause as the Thunderbirds perform maneuvers in tight formation—loops, extremely close passes, rolls, and very tight turns. A new maneuver, the brainchild of Colonel Thomas, was added to the performance: the Thunderbirds now perform a loop during take-off. Colonel Thomas himself was the first to try it out. “I had to analyze it at every aspect, including what could go wrong,” he reports. “Safety is always number one.”“The Boss” heads up the team in the skies and when the Ambassadors in Blue meet children from the Make a Wish Foundation, as well as other outreach efforts such as visiting hospitals and schools. “Representing the entire Air Force is a humbling opportunity and a huge responsibility,” he says. “The Boss” is on the road 235 days a year, away from Michele and their children. “But there are many military men and women who are gone from their families for a year at a time,” he points out.
Editor’s note: Lt. Col. Greg Thomas served as commander of the Thunderbirds for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He is now the 57th Operations Group Deputy Commander at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas, the home of the Thunderbirds.
In competing at four Paralympics over 12 years, James Terpenning went from the swimming pool to the volleyball court.
The 41-year-old Beavercreek man won a gold medal in the relay and a bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke in the 1988 Paralympics and swam in the 1992 Paralympics as well. Then he switched to sitting volleyball for the Paralympics in 1996 and 2000.
"It was pretty awesome", Terpenning recalled of his medal-winning experience. "You got to represent the United States, receiving the medals-especially the gold-and listening to the national anthem being played. You can't ask for anything more than that".
While at Wright State, Terpenning played on the basketball club team and worked for Disability Services and Campus Recreation. He graduated in 1998 with a major in human resource management.
Today, Terpenning works in computer support for the Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The father of four also goes into the schools and does wheelchair exhibitions and presentations, putting students and teachers in wheelchairs to educate them about what it is like to play wheelchair sports.
Terpenning also tries to inspire people with disabilities.
"Being disabled doesn't mean you are actually disabled", he said. "My goal is to teach them how to adjust to their disability and that there are resources out there to help them. Even with a disability, you are able to do whatever you want to do".
In August 2009, Terpenning and his family were surprised with a new 3,300-square-foot disability-accessible house thanks to ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. An estimated 8,000 supporters turned out for the unveiling.
"It was a pretty cool experience", Terpenning said. "I was amazed at how much I actually touched the lives in the community. I just go out and do my job, take care of people, and don't expect anything in return".
At the age of 33, Danielle Rolfes is already a partner at her law firm, Ivins, Phillips & Barker, a Washington, D.C., practice specializing in tax and employee benefits law. Achieving a goal at a young age is nothing new to Rolfes. After all, she earned her bachelor’s degree after just three years at Wright State, graduating summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA. She also passed the CPA exam with the highest score in Ohio.
At Harvard Law School, she was an editor on the Harvard Law Review, won the Williston Contract Negotiation Competition, and, along with five teammates, won Harvard’s moot court competition. Rolfes is quick to credit Wright State for laying the foundation for her success.
“When I reflect on my Wright State experience, even after attending an elite institution like Harvard, I continue to be blown away by the personal attention, the quality of the education, and the career counseling I received there,” said Rolfes. “For me, Wright State really was about the people and the personal touch.”
After being appointed to complete the term for the Montgomery County Treasurer in February 2007, Carolyn Rice was elected to a four year term this past November. In addition to her duties as Montgomery County Treasurer, Carolyn serves on the County’s Investment Advisory Committee, the Budget Commission, the Community Improvement Corporation, and the Data Processing Board. Additionally, she also serves on the Board of Directors for Dayton Council on World Affairs and the Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services. Carolyn is a long-time resident of Centerville, Ohio, and is married with two adult children.
Prior to her role in government, Carolyn had 17 years experience in the private sector working for a variety of organizations including Reynolds & Reynolds, LexisNexis, Dames & Moore, and Wright State University. Her leadership and organizational skills saw her promoted to positions of increasing responsibility within the organizations she served. As County Treasurer, Carolyn is applying her wealth of experience in management and leadership to better serve the citizens of Montgomery County.
The following are highlights of a recent interview with Carolyn about how her MBA has helped advance her career and shape the future priorities and vision for the Montgomery County Treasurer's office.
Montgomery County and the Dayton area have experienced some of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation. What programs and services does your office provide to help homeowners and local governments faced with this local situation?
We find that property owners who have difficulty paying their mortgage also often have trouble paying their property taxes. My office works hard to reach out to property owners who owe on past due real estate taxes so they will understand their payment options in order to meet their tax obligations and avoid further penalties and consequences such as tax liens and foreclosure. The Treasurer’s office has a unique opportunity to assist citizens to get the help they need to address their financial challenges. All a homeowner needs to do is contact us and explain what their situation is.
For example, in the summer of 2007, my staff cross-trained with United Way’s HelpLink 2-1-1 team so that my office could learn more about all the resources available to citizens in Montgomery County who face financial challenges, including foreclosure. These services can range from credit counseling to mortgage counseling to legal aid. Likewise, the HelpLink 2-1-1 team gained a better understanding of real estate taxes and payment options. A dedicated phone number was established between our two offices so we can connect homeowners who come into our office with the many community resources that may be available to them to help them stay in their homes and tackle their financial problems. The hardest step for so many homeowners is simply admitting there is a problem. The Treasurer’s office partnership with United Way’s HelpLink 2-1-1 is a very important first step that we hope will help homeowners take control of their situation.
Foreclosures have impacted every local jurisdiction in Montgomery County. My office welcomes opportunities to work with local government officials and administrators to share information on overall real estate tax collection, establishing real estate acquisition programs to address vacant and abandoned property issues, and alert them to properties that qualify for the tax lien certificate sale or face or have undergone foreclosure.
What other key priorities and innovative services are you considering for the Montgomery County Treasurer's Office over the next four years?
One of the key challenges our county faces is to address the problem of vacant and abandoned properties. The Ohio legislature recently granted authorization for the Cuyahoga County Treasurer to establish a land reutilization corporation modeled closely after the Genessee County, Michigan landbank. I am working with our local Ohio legislators, officials and community leaders to gain authorization for Montgomery County to have this option.
Since receiving your MBA from Wright State in 1990, you have held leadership positions in the private sector and now in government. What were some of the most valuable insights and skills you have been able to apply as a result of getting your masters degree in business?
I received an outstanding education at Wright State. My MBA program gave me a strong foundation in business fundamentals and principles and prepared me well to make sound, informed decisions and solve problems. One of the key lessons I learned at Wright State that has been verified throughout my professional career is the importance of communication, communication, communication. Wright State also instilled in me the value of teamwork and the fact that the most important resource of any organization is its people. I continue to use many of the techniques, principles, ideas and values I learned at Wright State in the way I tackle issues and embrace opportunities I encounter today.
What advice do you have for potential students considering an MBA and current students who are working on their MBA?
Earning an MBA will provide any individual with a broad-based spectrum of knowledge and skills that will be beneficial to you no matter what career path you may take. Your MBA degree will be of great value to you because regardless of what field you enter, you will belong to an organization and will have problems to solve. An MBA degree can open doors for you, but you must then step through the doorway and make the most of any opportunity that comes your way. Go for it and enjoy every step of the journey!
Kevin Rettig and his wife, Anjeanette, left their jobs, sold their house and cars, and embarked on a one-year adventure around the world starting June 2002. The San Diego Union Tribune did a story on the trip, and published a monthly column, entitled "Roamin Holiday", written by the Rettigs. Additional photos, journal entries, and information can be found at http://www.anjeanette.com.
James Purvis is chief operating officer for guggenheim Life and Annuity.
Kathryn A. Pothier just celebrated her first anniversary as a senior vice president of commercial banking at Citizen's Bank in Oakland County, Michigan. At Citizen's Bank, Pothier is part of the leadership team for Southeast Michigan, an area in which the bank is experiencing rapid growth, recently opening two offices hubs and 14 new branches. Prior to her move to Citizen's Bank, Pothier worked in commercial banking at Bank One for 13 years. Her community activities include serving as the chair of the board of directors for the Children's Leukemia Foundation, and as a mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. In 2002, Pothier was named a distinguished nominee for Executive Woman of the Year.
Billy Ray Osborn
Billy Ray Osborn was recently promoted to controller at Stolle Machinery. He and his wife, Dawn Osborn ('95 B.F.A.), reside in Dayton.
Pavan Mediratta the senior director of marketing communications for LexisNexis, is responsible for the long-term planning and execution of integrated communications programs for the corporation's North American legal market. In 2004, Mediratta's strategic advertising and promotional campaigns garnered LexisNexis 10 ADDY Awards, including two prestigious Gold ADDY/Hermes Awards, from the Dayton Ad Club. Additionally, Focus, the LexisNexis monthly online employee newsletter was awarded the highest honor from the Dayton/Miami Valley Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). And for two years in a row, lexisnexis.com has been awarded Forbes "Best of The Web" distinction. Before joining LexisNexis in 1997, Mediratta spent eight years as a public-sector IT consultant. He serves on the Board of Directors for ThinkTV and also on WSU Raj Soin College of Business Department of Information Systems and Operations Management Advisory Board.
Joletta McQuinn was recently promoted to vice president of human resources at Setzer Corporation. She has been employed at Setzer Corporation since 1997 and formerly held the position of manager of human resources. Bret Spinks (B.S.B.'92 M.B.A.) joined Cobra Compliance Systems as vice president, sales and marketing, in 1992.
James Lance was named Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer of BonTon, effective November 2003. Lance now reports to James H. Baireuther, Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to joining BonTon, Lance was Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, for The Elder-Beerman Stores Corp. of Dayton, Ohio. He was with Elder-Beerman for 33 years, beginning his career in systems development, and serving in a number of development and management roles before being named Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, in 1987. Lance is a graduate of Wright State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. He was recently appointed as a founding member of Wright State's Information Systems Advisory Board.
Julie (Mills) Edmonson just celebrated her 10th anniversary with LexisNexis in Dayton. During those years she has worked in Royalty Accounting, Public Records Business Management, Content Services Information Analysis and Technology Business Management. For the past two years, Edmonson has served as a senior financial analyst in Shared Services Accounting. Since her oldest child was born in 2000, she has worked part time. Edmonson's younger brother, Joe Mills (M.I.S., '00), also works for LexisNexis. Joe, who has Muscular Dystrophy, works from home using his voice-activated computer. After Edmonson's graduation from WSU, she obtained a masters degree in business administration from the University in Dayton, with a concentration in MIS. She married another WSU alumnus, Chuck Edmonson (B.S., '94), and the couple is expecting their third child in January.
Robert Dils is a supervisor at Delphi Inc. He also has two grandchildren.
Dennis Nagle is co-author of How to Save a Failing Project: Chaos to Control.
Steve Brady is co-author of How to Save a Failing Project: Chaos to Control.
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Bob Goodman (B.S.B.) was hired as vice president of strategic sourcing and programs for the Dayton-based Peerless Technologies Corp.
Terry Bouquot (B.S.B. 1990) Terry Bouquot has been named senior director of business operations for the Northern Cincinnati market by Cox Media Group Ohio. He has been with Cox for more than 18 years in various sales and management roles, beginning at the Dayton Daily News and including stints at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and CMG Ohio’s Southwest Ohio Newspaper Group.
Dan Young is chief executive officer of Young’s Jersey Dairy, one of the most visited attractions in the Dayton region, with more than 1.1 million visitors annually. He currently provides leadership and training for a 300-person workforce, directs marketing and positioning of the company, leads the strategic planning process, and is responsible for the company’s financial performance.
Bruce Robertson, police chief of the Centerville (Ohio) Police Department, has earned a master’s degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Valerie Van Winkle
Valerie Van Winkle (B.S.'86) has 18 years of banking experience, and has helped start a successful community bank, Canyon National Bank, in Palm Springs, CA. Canyon National Bank is owned in part by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and is one of approximately ten Native American owned banks in the country. She currently heads the Tribal Services division of the bank as vice president. She was also recently installed as the president for the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce.
As the Vice President of Rock Promotion at Epic Records, Cheryl Valentine has become a force for bringing bands, such as Korn, Incubus, Mudvayne and Chevelle, into the mainstream. The dream job for any metal head in college, Valentine always knew this was what she wanted.
She started out as the metal director for radio station WWSU. “It was all part of my plan to work in the music business,” said Valentine. Interviewed by phone from her office in New York City, she vividly remembers her first trip to music-industry central.
“I went to New York for a New Music Seminar,” Valentine recalls, “and met as many record company folks as I could. Then I moved here just to make sure they knew I was serious. So when someone would ask me, ‘When can you start?’ I could say, ‘Right now!’”
Valentine’s love of rock and roll, and metal bands in particular, blossomed at home at an early age. “I guess it started with my brother, blasting out the speakers in our living room playing Black Sabbath. I remember listening to albums in the farthest room in the house, so I wouldn’t drive everyone crazy,” she says. “And I was so distracted by the music, my mom always had to call me to dinner.”
She credits her years at Wright State with much of her success today. “The biggest thing college allows you to do is make all your mistakes early,” said Valentine. “You can screw up and fall on your face, and still be okay.”
But what could Wright State possibly teach anyone about a career in the high-powered music industry? “First of all, organization. Second, people skills. If I can’t relate to a program director, how can I get them to spin a record?”
Today, Valentine arranges “meet-and-greets” for her clients, and ticket giveaways for radio stations across the country. “Touring is a big part of this business,” she said, “but the main idea is getting records spun – and then getting them spun some more.”
She loves bringing new groups to the public’s attention, but she still has time for the older metal bands. In January, she spent two weeks squiring Judas Priest’s lead singer, Rob Halford, on a six-city publicity swing before joining his band mates for their European tour. Immediately afterward, Mudvayne’s new album debuted, keeping Valentine – as always – happily distracted by the music.
David Stacy has been named CFO and director of operations for the Dayton Art Institute. He was previously CFO for the Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield. Stacy resides in Kettering,OH, with his wife, Virginia.
A Daughter's Lasting Tribute - Marketing Professor and MBA Alumni Establishes Scholarship.
Rose (Romanick) Plummer (BS Accountancy 1982, MBA 1989) was recently promoted to CFO at Projects Unlimited Inc. in Dayton, Ohio. Projects Unlimited Inc. is a contract manufacturer for the electronics industry focusing mainly on the aerospace and defense market.
Rose holds an active CPA license in the State of Ohio and is member of the Ohio Society of CPA’s. Rose joined Projects as Controller in June 2006.
For a guy who prefers working for smaller companies, Don Myers has a problem. He helps turn them into big ones—really big ones.Today, the 51-year-old Myers is senior vice president of corporate development for the Florida-based Jabil Circuit Inc., a global electronics manufacturing giant that had $12.7 billion in sales in 2009.
Christopher Moyer, professor of business administration at Thomas More College, recently joined the board of Wright State University’s alumni association and was appointed president of the Greater Cincinnati Wright State University Alumni Network.
David R. McSemek is a senior vice president of investments in the Dayton office of Smith Barney, the nation’s second largest retail brokerage firm. A Certified Financial Planner, McSemek previously served as resident manager of Smith Barney’s Dayton Branch until 1996. He also is a member of the firm’s Alchemist Club, a group of leading investment management consultants. Away from work, McSemek has served on the board of trustees of United Rehabilitation Services, and also is active in the Dayton Boys/Girls Club. McSemek was recently inducted into the WSU Hall of Fame for his tennis prowess. He remains involved with Wright State, fundraising for the new Raj Soin Trading Center for the School of Business. McSemek and his wife Sandy reside in Beavercreek with their four children.
Chris McAtee will become managing principal of Brower Insurance Agency LLC in January. McAtee is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and a construction risk and insurance specialist. McAtee is on the board of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers, a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the AICPA.
Martin is the chief financial officer of Summit Insurance Company, a health insurance company that Martin was instrumental in forming and managing. After graduating from Wright State, Martin worked as a financial analyst for Dayton Power and Light, and then as a staff accountant for Children’s Medical Center. In 1983, she joined Upper Valley Medical Center, starting out as a staff accountant and was then promoted to director of accounting services and then controller. As CFO of Summit Insurance Company, which is owned by Upper Valley Medical Center, she currently is responsible for all major fiscal transactions and also for about half of the company’s departments. A contributor to the Raj Soin School of Business, Martin also utilizes the Wright State placement office for potential job candidates due to the high caliber of its graduates. Martin is married and lives in Oakwood with her husband Terry, her nephew Aaron, her niece Liz and her cat Bacall. She is a member of Oakwood United Methodist Church.
Bill Kintner recently left his position as sales representative for Friedman-Swift Market Research in Cincinnati to write a book, which takes his career full circle as Kintner started out as a writer. Due for publication in the summer of 2005, his book will rank the nation's top 100 college basketball arenas (see his website at www.cbsportsbeat.com). Kintner continues to sell market research on a contract basis, and also writes a syndicated on-line college basketball column, carried by www.RaiderRoundball.com. Kintner officiates high school baseball, volleyball and basketball, and plays for an Over Thirty baseball team.
He is a WSU basketball season-ticket holder and a financial contributor to the WSU basketball program. He also is an active member of the Crossroads Community Church in Cincinnati. Following his graduation from Wright State in 1985, Kintner worked for the Louisiana Republican Party. He served as a campaign manager for several congressional campaigns and then he worked in the 1988 Presidential Campaign. After politics, Kintner took what he had learned as a writer for WSU’s Daily Guardian and wrote for several publications including the Cincinnati Business Courier. He finally found his way into sales in the early 1990s as a sales representative for Crown Marketing Group.
Jeffrey Joseph received a Master of Public Administration from the University of Dayton in December 2002. He currently works at Wright- Patterson Air Force Base as a contracting negotiator.
Brian Cooper is one of the many individuals responsible for this edition of the Dayton Daily News. As executive vice president of Cox Newspapers, Inc., Cooper manages 17 daily and 26 non-daily newspapers with a total circulation of 1.2 million each weekday and more than 1.6 million on Sundays.
Andy Blizzard is now classified advertising director at the Dayton Daily News, responsible for managing all automotive, real estate, employment and on-line advertising sales for the daily newspaper. He began working in this new position in September 2004, following two years as the retail advertising director. Blizzard began his career at the News 26 years ago in circulation sales, moving up through sales and account management positions. He is a member of the Newspaper Association of America, Marketing Federation, and the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association. Blizzard and his wife Judy (Schwieterman) Blizzard (B.S., ’86) have four sons and are actively involved in school activities, and cub scouts and boy scouts in Englewood, Ohio.
Amy Twarek, treasurer at Upper Valley Career Center in the Mad River Local School District in Piqua, Ohio, has been named treasurer of Princeton (Ohio) City Schools.
Tom Clayton is an industry consultant for the financial services and insurance practice within HP’s Imaging & Printing Division’s Enterprise Software business in Seattle.
Jonathan Hargis was named executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Charter Communications Inc., overseeing sales and marketing activities for the St. Louis–based broadband communications company and cable operator.
Sparling a financial executive in the airline and manufacturing industries, was named to the National Aviation Hall of Fame board of trustees.
Creating a Legacy of living. Wright State University is where rob and Ann Weisberg met and fell in Love. Now more than three decades later, the sugar land, Texas couple is giving back to their alma mater by endowing scholarships for future generations of Wright State Students.
Raymond Umstead is currently vice president and assistant chief legal officer, Anthem, Inc. In July of 2001, he was listed as a member of the executive officer of Anthem in the acquisition of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas.
Dale True owns and works as a financial advisor at True Financial Strategies, an investment management firm in North Carolina. He is also the executive director of Conservation Partners of North Carolina, funding conservation research projects.
M. Randall Thaman
M. Randall Thaman is the President/CEO of Marketing Research Services, Inc. in Cincinnati. Thaman joined MRSI in 1984 and then purchased the company from the founder in 1989. Under Thaman’s leadership, MRSI has been recognized as one of the fastest growing marketing research firms over the past five years. MRSI’s success is based on its ability to identify business opportunities for our clients through the use of marketing research. The company’s clients include many industry leaders including Kellogg, Eli Lilly, Heinz, P&G, McDonalds and many others. MRSI’s expertise in new product research has helped our clients launch many successful new products. In spring 2005, the company is launching Enfoque, a complete research system to measure the Hispanic marketplace. Prior to MRSI, Thaman worked for Heublein and Burke Marketing Research. Thaman will be one of several alumni participating in Wright State’s Student-Alumni Communications Luncheon in April. He lives in Verona, Kentucky, and is married, has four children and is a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Milton, Kentucky.
Terry Simonton retired from Navistar International, was recently promoted to auditor III at the State of Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation, Employment Security Division Las Vegas Field Audit Office.
David Rose was recently named 2003-2004 Volunteer of the Year for Junior Achievement in the Michigan Great Lakes region. Rose, a senior vice president and controller at United Bank of Michigan in Grand Rapids, has been a Junior Achievement volunteer for twelve years. He teaches basic economics in elementary grades one through four in both the Wayland Union and Byron Center school districts. Rose tells every class he works with that the skills he learned in elementary school – reading, writing, math and problem solving – are used every day in his job. He also tells students that their most important job today is being the best student that they can be. His most important goal is to make the connection in students’ minds that school will impact their lives as adults.
Tom Roddy is a vice president in the Dayton office of Legg Mason, a national investment management firm headquartered in Baltimore, MD. After graduating from Wright State with a degree in accounting, Roddy worked for Deloitte Touche for ten years, rising to manager in charge of the Dayton/Cincinnati management consulting practice. In 1986, he joined Wright State as the associate vice president for business and finance, i.e., chief financial officer and treasurer. In 1994, Roddy, a certified public accountant, went back into private practice, specializing in investment and financial management services for retirement plans and private clients. At Legg Mason, Roddy was recently honored as a top consultant in the firm’s investment consulting group for fee-based-only business. In 1971, Roddy married Joan Meyerhoefer, also a WSU alumna, and now a partner with the Thompson Hine law firm. The Roddys spend their free time riding horses and Harleys.
Steve Renz is a partner with Creative Dining Services, a regional hospitality management company founded in 1990, which recently won the 2004 Winning Workforce Award (non-commercial category) from the National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation. Creative Dining provides services to clients in academics, conference centers, business and industry, retirement and church communities. Renz’s career in the hospitality industry goes back more than 25 years. His employment experience includes three international corporations and one regional company. Prior to co-founding Creative Dining Services, he held positions including cost analyst, director, senior operations director, and district manager. Renz, who resides in Holland, Michigan, is a current member of the Society of Food Service Management and Food Service Purchasing Association.
Cynthia Preston has been promoted from associate professor to professor at the University of Northwestern Ohio. She currently teaches finance and economics courses.
Rita (Mulligan) McNabb works as a revenue agent group manager for the Internal Revenue Service. Rita recently served as the treasurer of the Pendleton, Indiana, youth soccer association. She is currently treasurer of “Hear Indiana,” a statewide nonprofit organization supporting speech by deaf and hearing impaired children.
Gerald Martin was appointed to the board of directors of the Louisville branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Martin is vice president and member of River Hill Capital, LLC, in Louisville, Kentucky. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Louisville Water Company and is a member of the board of directors of Concord Custom Cleaners.
Gregory Gordon Lockhart is United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. He was nominated by President Bush on September 4, 2001, confirmed by the Senate on October 11, 2001, and sworn in on October 17, 2001. From 1987 to 2001, Lockhart was an Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting all violations of federal law, including contract fraud, murder, firearms, drugs, money laundering, mail and wire fraud, organized crime, gambling, bank robbery, grand jury investigations and wire intercepts. Additionally, Lockhart has been responsible for the civil defense of all manner of lawsuits brought against the United States and its employees. Lockhart has mentored students while teaching at the University of Dayton's College of Law and Wright State University's Colleges of Political Science and Business. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Wilberforce University, Wilmington College, and Central State University.
David Livingston an employee for the Department of Defense, serves as a trained and certified federal mediator for the Office of Complaint Investigations in Dayton, Ohio. In May 2003, Livingston was presented the Master Mediator award by this organization at their annual conference.
Hopkins is the administrator for Samaritan North Health Center in Dayton, the outpatient center of Good Samaritan Hospital. Hopkins is responsible for the operations at the 303,000-square-foot outpatient center, as well as the radiology, physical therapy and outpatient services offered at Good Samaritan Hospital. Her achievements include the implementation of a highly successful strategic plan for world-class diagnostic services at Samaritan North Health Center. Due to her focus on creating a culture of customer satisfaction, Samaritan North has reported a customer satisfaction rating above the 90th percentile for five years.
Michael P. Holtz formed a privately held company in early 2003 called MPH Hotels, Inc., which develops, constructs, manages and sells limited service hotels throughout the United States. Holtz has developed over 120 hotels in the U.S. over the past seventeen years as president and CEO of Arlington Hospitality, Inc. During his tenure with Arlington, he developed nearly 100 AmeriHost Inn hotels and was responsible for the creation and growth of the AmeriHost Inn hotel brand. MPH Hotels, Inc., based in North Barrington, Illinois, is designed to continue this same strategy as a private company – develop limited-service hotels, typically 70 to 120 rooms in secondary markets; operate these for a period of time; then sell the hotel and realize the potential gain. In less than two years, Holtz has acquired two hotels, developed, constructed and opened one hotel and has two other hotels under construction that will open shortly.
Harris, a consultant with the Ohio Education Association for 16 years, is currently serving on Governor Bob Taft’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Financing Student Success. Prior to his work with the Association in governmental services, Harris served as an expert witness and case manager of several state school finance cases nationwide. He was a Ford Foundation Fellow at Syracuse University, and served as the director of school finance for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
After two years in the Navy, Richard Greenwald enrolled in the College of Business, attending classes at night while working a full time day job, earning his degree in management in 1978. Subsequent career moves included working for Computer Task Group in Houston as a systems development project manager and as a marketing rep at AGS, a large IT consulting firm in Houston.
All the while, he was learning the consulting business, which evolved in 1994 into his own business. Greenwald & Company places contract programmers at companies that need temporary systems development help. Greenwald’s WSU education gave him the confidence, and the knowledge-of marketing, accounting, business law, and personnel management-to price his services competitively, treat people fairly and grow his business. Greenwald does all his own marketing, keeps his own accounting records, and writes his own contracts with his consultants and his client companies. And the contracts always pass muster with attorneys.
Some of Greenwald’s consultants have worked for him since he started, a sign that he practices good personnel management. "I believe that Wright State’s business curriculum is one the most comprehensive and best-taught in America. My education at Wright State is still paying off."
Drennen is the Senior Marketing Manager on Abbott's ZonePerfect Nutrition business. She took over marketing responsibilities for the brand with the acquisition in August 2003. Prior to that she was responsible for new products marketing. She received her B.S. in Marketing from WSU and is an active contributor to the WSU Marketing Department fund and the alumni "wall of honor." Mary has also supported the WSU Raj Soin College of Business as a participant in the College’s annual Student-Alumni Connections event. As a former WSU varsity Tennis player, she also supports the athletic programs and still is an active tennis player, bicyclist and masters' competitive rower.
Steven Christian recently completed a one-year term as president of Kappa Beta Delta International Honour Society. The honour society is for a two-year program accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. Steven is currently a professor of accountancy and finance at Jackson Community College in Jackson, Michigan.
Shook National Corp. has hired Irene Patterson as a marketing intern. Patterson will be responsible for assisting the business development group with its marketing. Patterson has an associate's degree in business administration from Sinclair Community College. She is a senior at Wright State University studying marketing.
Turner Property Services Group Inc. has hired one and made several promotions. Jack Turner has been promoted to assist in the property management division. Turner, who joined the firm three years ago in the maintenance division, is a graduate of Wright State University.
The Ohio State Patrol has promoted Sgt. Richard Albers to the rank of lieutenant. Albers will transfer from the Wapakoneta Post to be commander at the Piqua Post. He has a bachelor's degree in marketing from Wright State University.
The city of Dayton has promoted Lynn Donaldson to deputy director of the law department. Donaldson has worked 21 years for the city, including four years as a senior city attorney. He has a bachelor's degree and master's degree in business administration from Wright State University and a law degree from the Ohio State University.
The December Generation Dayton Professional of the Month is Joseph Drayer. Drayer is a wireless broadband account executive for P&R Communications. Drayer is involved in Generation Dayton, Knights of Columbus, A Special Wish Foundation, Church of the Incarnation High School Religious Education and its young adult ministry. Drayer is a past volunteer for the Washington Township Fire Department, as well as the Bacchanalian Society of Greater Dayton.
Lastar Inc. has promoted Brian Minchew to director of sales for its newly launched SI-VAR sales division. This group will pursue business with AV and IT systems integrators and resellers. Minchew previously grew Lastar's audio- video sales team and expanded distribution channels for Lastar's Cables to Go business unit. Minchew has a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Dayton and a master's degree in business administration from Wright State University.
Jeff Lightner has become a principal of the Brower Insurance Agency LLC. Lightner joined Brower as a property and casualty insurance agent in 2004 and has 15 years experience in the industry. A graduate of Wright State University, Lightner sits on the Wright State University Foundation Board, is a member of the Professional Insurance Agents Association, Society of Certified Insurance Counselors and the Dayton Rotary Club.
DayMet Credit Union Inc. has appointed Rob Rutherford as chief lending officer. Rutherford has more than 18 years experience in management, business development, consumer and business lending. He has a bachelor's degree in financial services from Wright State University.
Christopher Moyer is professor of business administration at Thomas More College, recently joined the board of Wright State University's alumni association and was appointed president of the Greater Cincinnati Wright State University Alumni Network.
Stock is the chairwoman of the upcoming American Cancer Society Bark for Life mini-relay fundraiser. The event is a pet friendly spin off of the Relay for Life and features dogs and their owners walking a mile route to earn money for the American Cancer Society.
"I learned to volunteer, because my mother did a lot of volunteering," Stock said, who worked in accounts payable at WorkflowOne for four years before leaving to study management information systems and management at Wright State University. "My goal is to work for a nonprofit organization after I graduate."
In 2009, Stock decided to recruit friends and coworkers to walk in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life after reading a brochure about the event. Her team raised more than $1,000 during the 24-hour fundraiser.
A 20-year veteran of the assembly automation industry, Bill Budde is regional director for corporate business development at Assembly & Test Worldwide Inc. in Dayton, OH. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Kettering University and a master's degree in international business and finance from Wright State University.
L. Tarlton Thomas III
CareSource has promoted L. Tarlton Thomas III to chief financial officer. Thomas previously was vice president of finance and interim CFO. He has more than 17 years of financial leadership experience. Prior to joining CareSource in 2007, he was part of the finance team at Standard Register. Thomas is a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs. He has a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from Wright State University.
llinois Tool Works Inc. announced that its board of directors has elected Sundaram Nagarajan ("Naga") executive vice president, with responsibility for the company's global welding businesses.
Nagarajan, 47, has been with ITW for 19 years and has held a series of engineering and management roles within the company's welding businesses. Most recently, he served as group president, welding international. He holds a bachelor of science degree from South Gujarat University, India, a master of science and Ph.D. from Auburn University and an MBA from Wright State University.
"I am pleased to welcome Naga to ITW's senior leadership team," said David B. Speer, chairman and chief executive officer. "His proven management and leadership skills will serve him well in his new role, especially as ITW's welding business continues to grow and expand its global footprint."
With $13.9 billion in 2009 revenues, ITW is a multi-national manufacturer of a diversified range of value-adding and short-lead time industrial products and equipment. The company consists of nearly 800 business units in 57 countries and employs approximately 59,000 people.
Wamsley joined the School of Information as director of development and alumni relations in January. An experienced development professional with six years in higher education fundraising, Wamsley most recently was director of development for the Raj Soin College of Business a Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Prior to joining Wright State, Wamsley had been vice president of institutional advancement at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio and director of development, East Coast Region, for the University of Dayton. He has also worked in development for the AIDS Resource Center and as a political fundraiser in Dayton.
Brennan manages several national open- and closed-end municipal bond funds. Mr. Brennan began his career in the investment business in 1991, as a municipal credit analyst, before becoming a portfolio manager in 1994. He joined Nuveen Investments in 1997, while at Flagship Financial which Nuveen acquired. He earned his BS in Accountancy and Finance from Wright State University. He is a CPA, has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and currently sits on the Nuveen Asset Management Investment Management Committee.
Dayton Christian School System has hired Rich Anglin as director of business services. Anglin practiced corporate/tax law for 10 years as a partner with Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur before joining Angell Manufacturing Co. He has a bachelor's degree in accountancy from Wright State University and a law degree from the University Of Dayton School Of Law.
Wilson Memorial has made two hires. It added Larry Meyers as chief information officer and Roger McKinstry as director of pharmacy services. Meyers takes over for Shelly Frasure who had been serving as the interim CIO. He has more than 19 years of health care experience, previously working at the Children's Medical Center of Dayton as IT customer support manager. Meyers has an associate's degree in biomedical engineering technology from Kettering College of Medical Arts, a bachelor's degree in business and administration from Urbana University and a master's degree in business administration from Wright State University.
Two Fifth Third Bank executives- Lea Ann Stevenson and Peg Jula- have been promoted to senior vice president, the bank said. Stevenson, a Wright State University graduate and Miamisburg resident, oversees marketing, promotion, sponsorship, public relations, and community events for the bank's Cincinnati affiliate, executives said. She previously led the bank's consumer- lending marketing team.
Shannon Grissom recently accepted a position as Senior Marketing Operations Specialist at Luxottica Retail. It is the parent company for LensCrafters, Pearle Vision and similar optical stores. Shannon works in the vision insurance department called EyeMed, supporting the sales team in benefit package bids. Shannon received her bachelor's degree in international business and marketing from Wright State University as well as her master's degree in business administration.
Behymer has been promoted to manager. Behymer, who has more than 11 years of consumer finance experience and works in the audit department, has a bachelor's degree in accountancy and management information systems from Wright State University.
James Investment Research Inc. has promoted Matt Watson to research associate. Watson will be responsible for research, operations, and compliance. He has been with James Investment since 2007 when he began as an intern while receiving his degree in accountancy and finance from Wright State University. Watson also has a master's degree in accountancy from Wright State and is a designated Certified Public Accountant.
Jon Ramey UBS has hired Jon Ramey as complex director for the Dayton complex, comprised of the Dayton and Centerville branches. Ramey previously worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. He is a graduate of Wright State University.
Robert J. Blommel, CFP, recently joined the Board of Trustees of Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley for a three-year term. He currently serves as president and resident director at Merrill Lynch, Private Client Group; and has more than 28 years of experience in investments, employee benefits, retirement planning and estate planning. Blommel, a certified financial planner and certified employee benefits specialist, received his Bachelor of Science from Wright State University and an MBA from Miami University.
Gerald R. Martin was appointed to the board of directors of the Louisville branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Martin is vice president and member of River Hill Capital, LLC, in Louisville, Kentucky. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Louisville Water Company and is a member of the board of directors of Concord Custom Cleaners.
Douglas Allen Talmage completed a specialized educational program in professional divorce analysis and is now a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst ™ (CDFA™). Talmage is one of only two CDFA™ professionals in Dayton, Ohio. He is an owner of Pohlman & Talmage CPAs, Inc.
Has (B.S.B.) and his wife, Sara, own and operate Evergreen Farm, a 15-acre horse boarding facility in Cincinnati. Haas is vice president for International Theme Park Services, Inc. (ITPS). With ITPS, he has been involved in opening numerous parks and attractions worldwide, including the Newport Aquarium and the Purple People Bridge Climb.
Chad Cherokee Creviston was named a 2010 honoree of San Diego Metropolitan Magazine's "40 Under 40" awards. The magazine recognizes 40 members of the greater San Diego community under 40 years old for their professional achievements and dedication to community involvement.
Stanforth has been hired by Brady Ware as chief operating and financial officer. Stanforth previously was the CFO of a large quick-serve franchisee where he was responsible for the company's financial operations. He also spent 10 years with a global accounting firm before serving two CFO positions in the Dayton region for 16 years. Stanforth has a degree in business administration from Wright State University.
Named as the new general manager of City Utilities of Springfield, Scott Miller has been the Associate General Manager for Electric Supply at City Utilities of Springfield (CU) and has been with the Utility since 2002. His current responsibilities include the safe, reliable and efficient operations of the electric generating system, electric dispatch/market interface, transmission planning, generation planning and fuel procurement for the generating assets. Scott also is a member of the CU Executive Committee and is involved with the overall management of the Utility through involvement on the key oversight committees of Project Steering (budget), Compensation (Human Resource/employee performance), Information Technology Steering (Chair), Natural Gas Options (customer risk management) and Compliance.
Engineering Inc. has hired Jerry DePoy as an account manager and sales engineer. DePoy has many years experience as a sale engineer, account manager and applications engineer. He has a bachelor's degree in manufacturing engineering from Miami University and a MBA from Wright State University.
Day Air Credit Union has hired Scott Rife as a mortgage loan originator. Rife is responsible for helping those seeking home mortgages as well as those looking to refinance. He has a bachelor's degree from Wright State University.
Zachary Allen received the Recent Graduate Award. Allen, who holds a bachelor's degree in business from Wright State, is a commercial and life insurance producer for Trojan Insurance. He has increased their business and revenue bookings nearly 18 percent since last August. Allen also has assisted his alma mater with corporate appeal initiatives.
Senior Development Specialist for the City of Dayton's Office of Economic Development, works with business owners and entrepreneurs. She matches business owners with venture capitalists and helps gain entry into mentoring programs. Jantonio holds a bachelor's degree in management and a master's in business administration from Wright State University.
Mohammad Khalil has been hired by Brady Ware as a staff accountant. Khalil has a bachelor's degree in accountancy and finance from Wright State University.
CFP, a senior financial planner with Buckingham Capital, has received a master's degree of business administration through Wright State University with a concentration in finance.
David A. Gilliam
Dr. David A. Gilliam has been appointed Assistant Professor of Marketing, University of Arkansas in Little Rock. Dr. David A. Gilliam's research interests focus on boundary spanner issues for salespeople and service workers, especially those regarding communication and relationships.
He received a Ph.D. from the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University this year and holds an MBA from Wright State University and a B.A. degree in economics from Ohio University. Prior to graduate school, he spent four years as a field representative for Heidelberg Eastern Inc., Division of East Asiatic Corp. in Copenhagen, Denmark, and then 17 years in an Ohio-based entrepreneurial venture in the graphic arts machinery industry.
Swindon, Springer & Co. Inc., CPAs in Tipp City has hired Elisabeth Cress, CPA, as a staff accountant. Cress has more than four years experience primarily in financial audits of privately closely-held companies and retirement plan audits. She is a graduate of Wright State University.
Steven J. Heitbrink
Heitbrink has been promoted to Vice President of Engineering & Business Development for Pentaflex, Inc., a Springfield-based contract manufacturer of metal stampings and assemblies, primarily for the Class 8 truck and trailer industry. Steven has been with Pentaflex for nine years and has over 25 years of manufacturing industry experience.
Swadeep Nigam was appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval to the State of Nevada's Equal Rights Commission. Nigam has worked for the Las Vegas Water District for 20 years. Prior to that, he was a financial manager for a national home health care company. Nigam has over 30 years of experience in accounting, finance, economics, and investment management. Along with his regular volunteer work with numerous organizations, he established a scholarship program at the Nevada Policy Research Institute for graduating high school students in Clark County.
Kevin St. John
Kevin St. John is executive director of Wright Nursing and Rehabilitation in Fairborn, Ohio. A Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, he has managed long-term care facilities in Celina, Ohio, and Columbus, Ohio.
Mullins has been named a senior portfolio manager for U.S. Bank's Institutional Asset Management Group. Mullins is responsible for providing customized investment solutions for U.S. Bank Institutional Trust & Custody clients, making use of strategic and tactical asset allocation, income and growth strategies, including equities, fixed income, commodities and real estate, and both traditional and alternative investments.
Tobe has been promoted to the position staff level II accountant at Clark Schaefer Hackett accounting firm.
Jergens has been promoted to the position senior accountant at Clark Schaefer Hackett accounting firm.
Lawrence has been promoted to the position manager accountant at Clark Schaefer Hackett accounting firm.
Yake is one of 65 fellows selected for the inaugural class of the Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship. Yake received a $30,000 stipend to complete a special intensive master's program at the University of Cincinnati. Every fellow makes a commitment to teach for at least three years in a high-need urban or rural school in the state of Ohio.
Commuter Advertising in Dayton has hired Nate Brinkman as account director. Brinkman is responsible for growing new business clients in a number of Commuter Advertising markets. He has a master's degree in business administration from Wright State University.
Woods Financial Group Ltd. in Vandalia has hired Amber McIlvain as a staff accountant. McIlvain, a CPA, compiles financial statements and prepares tax returns for both business and individual clients of the firm. She previously worked with Western & Southern Life Insurance Co. Before that, McIlvain spent 10 years with New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank. She has an accounting degree from Wright State University and is a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs.
LLP in Dayton has hired Kim Saylor as senior accountant. Saylor has more than 10 years of experience in public accounting and as a controller for a group of steel service companies. She has a master's degree in accountancy from Wright State University
Carrie Cook Bray has joined Buckingham Financial Group in Dayton as a senior wealth manager. Bray leads their marketing and public relations strategies, including social media. She also manages comprehensive financial planning for individual clients.
Graves has been chosen by Prime Controls, Inc., of Dayton to be the new marketing manager. Graves will be responsible for brand management, company communications, market research, distribution expansion strategy, as well as sales and engineering support.
Wright was honored with five others at "Celebrating Visionaries" in November. Presented by the Columbus Young Professionals Club, the awards program and gala benefited the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Kimberly DeWeese has been named treasurer of the Wilmington City Schools. She is the former treasurer of New Lebanon Local Schools.
Bouquot has been named senior director of business operations for the Northern Cincinnati market by Cox Media Group Ohio. He has been with Cox for more than 18 years in various sales and management roles, beginning at the Dayton Daily News and including stints at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and CMG Ohio's Southwest Ohio Newspaper Group.
InfoSystems' director of software services, has co-authored the book IT Governance: Policies and Procedures. Wallace has worked as an application developer, systems analyst, and technical and business consultant and has assisted the state of Ohio in developing statewide information technology policies.
Jim Bennett has been appointed the director of Revel Consulting's mobile discipline. Bennett brings nearly 20 years of experience in the wireless industry as a senior executive and consultant to his new role.
Preston has been promoted from associate professor to professor at the University of Northwestern Ohio. She currently teaches finance and economics courses.
Charles L. Downard
Downard has served as Chief Financial Officer at the Cancer Prevention Institute in Dayton, Ohio since 1996. Previously known as the Hipple Cancer Research Center, the organization recently transitioned from basic science research to a new focus on cancer prevention and early detection, especially among the uninsured and underinsured. The Cancer Prevention Institute conducts population-based research and offers free mammograms and prostate screenings to qualified individuals. Downard's staff is responsible for all financial, administrative and information services activities. Three Wright State School of Medicine faculty members serve on the board of trustees of the Cancer Prevention Institute: Dean Howard Part, M.D., Margaret M. Dunn, M.D. and Robert D. Reece, Ph.D. Prior to joining the Cancer Prevention Institute, Downard worked for NCR for more than 30 years, serving in various financial management positions including CFO of NCR’s subsidiary in Austria and CFO of Worldwide Information Systems.
Stephen P. Donovan
Donovan is serving as Audit Manager for Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland, Ohio. In this capacity, Donovan manages financial and operational audit programs covering the following areas of the bank: Accounting, Check Processing, Electronic Payments, Supervision & Regulation, Credit Risk Management, Data Services, Savings Bond Clearing, and Economic Research. He also is charged with reducing bureaucracy and promoting staff empowerment. He directly supervises a staff of six. Prior to joining Federal Reserve Bank, Donovan worked for KeyCorp for 12 years, first as regional auditor in Dayton, then as vice president and regional auditor in the Toledo office.
Tom Carlisle professor of industrial engineering technology at Sinclair Community College, was one of three honored as Outstanding Industrial Technology Faculty Members by the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT).
Jim S. Neitzke
When Wright State graduate Jim Neitzke (B.S.B.) learned that his 10-year old son, Matt, had Hodgkin's Lymphoma, his world was turned upside down. For seven arduous months, Jim and his wife, Christine, lovingly supported their son through chemotherapy and radiation. From this family's greatest challenge sprang forth a new beginning - The Dragonfly Foundation, created to bring comfort and joy to kids with cancer.
Wagner was named executive vice president and senior commercial lender for Richland Bank, which serves the Mansfield (Ohio) area.
Schwinn is a professor of management at Lansing Community College and a part-time consultant in the college’s Small Business and Technology Development Center. He is also a consultant in systems and organizational development with InGenius and INTERACT Associates and an associate of PQ Systems. Schwinn worked with W. Edwards Deming, Ph.D, at Ford Motor Co.’s corporate quality office.
Amy M. Herald
Herald will join the internal accounting staff of Brady Ware as corporate accountant on May 1. Herald joined Brady Ware July 2008 after two internships with the firm. She brings a wealth of accounting, auditing, and tax skills to the job. Herald is a 2008 Wright State University graduate, with a bachelor of science in accountancy and finance.
Peerless Technologies Corp. in Fairborn has hired Bob Goodman as vice president of strategic sourcing and programs. Goodman will lead Peerless' human talent, security and quality activities. He has more than 18 years of experience in the defense contracting, banking and information technology industries. Goodman has a bachelor's degree in business from Wright State University and a master's degree in business administration and human resource management from Central Michigan University. He is a member of Dayton Area Recruiting Alliance and has served on advisory boards for numerous organizations.
Solid Blend Technologies Inc. in Dayton has hired Richard McEnheimer as a bookkeeper. McEnheimer will be responsible for accounts receivable and accounts payable, payroll, collections, inventory and tax matters. He has a bachelor's degree in business from Wright State University.
Graphica in Miamisburg has hired Richard Kaiser as an account manager for client Momentive Specialty Chemicals, and as an account strategist. Kaiser has a background in digital media, social media marketing and search engine optimization. He has a bachelor's degree in marketing from Wright State University and is on the boards for Muse Machine, Dayton Opera, Generation Dayton, and others.
Torrealba has taken a position in project management with Allianz SE Group Operations Process Architecture in Munich, Germany. Since graduating receiving his MBA, Mauel has resided in Germany and worked in various international businesses.
Thinkpath Engineering Services LLC in Miamisburg has hired Lori Fout as a corporate senior technical recruiter. Fout is responsible for the recruitment of technical positions for the company's four U.S. offices and one Ontario based office. She has more than 13 years of technical recruiting experience. Fout has a bachelor's degree in business from Wright State University.