Distinguished Guest Speakers

The School of Business and Economics features a diverse group of Distinguished Guest Speakers each year. Speakers connect with students, faculty, and staff by sharing knowledge and real-world business experiences. Explore some of the School’s past guest speakers below.

Distinguished Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers 2011-2012

Jim Beran—Account Executive for Barrington Broadcasting

Jim Beran is currently an Account Executive for Barrington Broadcasting’s Marquette affiliates, WLUC TV6, FoxUP and UpperMichigansSource.com . Mr. Beran has over 30 years of business management experience in a variety of industries, including banking, telecommunications and computer software. He uses his broad business experience to help small businesses effectively navigate the complex world of advertising. A loyal Iowa Hawkeye (computer science major, physics and pinball minor!), Jim resides near Marquette and works with clients throughout the UP and northern Wisconsin . He is an active member of the Hancock Business Professionals Association, is currently the Men’s Ministry Leader at Lake Superior Christian Church and is the father of 3 college-age daughters.
 


Jim Bogan—Marketing in Healthcare

The fall 2011 principles of marketing class welcomed Jim Bogan, President and CEO of Portage Health, based in Hancock, Michigan.  


Charmaine David - Ad Agency & Creative Strategy

Charmaine David, who most recently led the development and implementation of the biggest federal account in the United States -- the 2010 U.S. Census, will be a guest speaker for the Integrated Marketing Communications class. 

As a Client Service Director for IW Group, Inc., she has been in the advertising agency industry for close to fifteen years, and is a seasoned brand strategist and integrated marketing communications specialist with valuable experience in direct, database and e-commerce marketing. Prior to joining IW Group, Charmaine worked at McCann-Erickson Philippines where she managed multiple clients such as Coca-Cola, Gillette, Braun and Citibank. 


Pallas Huang—Director of Insights and Strategy in McDonald's China

Huang presented on Building a Brand to students in the Integrated Marketing Communications course.

She is responsible for business analysis, identifying future business growth drivers, pricing, and to assist the Chinese leadership team with the development of strategy.


John McCadden—Personal Marketing as a Finance Professional

With over 30 years of experience, John McCadden spoke to the Principles of Marketing class about his career path and future goals.

McCadden is an accomplished consultant, practitioner and financial specialist. He prides himself on the high net worth clientele that he has cultiatved through the years. He is a member agent at The Nautilus Group.


Dot Proux—Maximize your Personal Brand and Secure Career Opportunities

Michigan Tech’s School of Business and Economics hosted alumnus Dorthoy (Dot) Proux ’86  as part of the Scott Pattullo Visiting Executive Speaker Series. The series is designed to give students access to influential alumni in business and engineering fields.

Dot is a partner in Ernst & Young’s National Tax practice, and is based in Chicago. She is currently the Americas Director for EYU Tax and Resource Management, overseeing the learning, development, and deployment of tax professionals in North America, South America, and Israel. In this role, she is also involved in the development of Ernst & Young’s tax campus recruiting strategy and the successful integration of new staff into the firm. In the past, she led Ernst & Young’s Midwest State and Local Tax practice, and continues to serve Fortune 500 companies related to their state and local tax service needs.


John Rockwell—Venture Capital Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Rockwell, the inaugural speaker in Michigan Tech’s Scott Pattullo Visiting Executive Series, visited campus to address business and engineering students and meet with faculty. 

Rockwell is now founder and managing director of Element Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm that specializes in green technologies. During the last 20 years, he has invested his time and money in numerous green-tech companies, from Luxar, a manufacturer of carbon dioxide lasers, to EdeniQ, a biofuels company now deriving sugars from cellulose.


James Studinger of JPStudinger Group out of Bloomington Hills, MI

James presented to Applied Portfolio Management Program (APMP) students about wealth management.

Studinger is the owner of the wealth-management company JPStudinger Group out of Bloomington Hills, Michigan. He has also authored the book "Wealth is a Choice". To learn more, visit www.jpstudinger.com.

Guest Speakers 2010-2011

David Chaudier—Project Management in Healthcare

David Chaudier will be speaking to the Project Management course and discussing how project management is undertaken in his firm.  He will also be holding a Q and A session with the MBA Association.

David M. Chaudier (93) graduated with a degree in business administration from Michigan Tech. He is the VP of Operations at Aurora St. Luke's Health Medical Center in Milwaukee and lives in Belgium, Wisc.


Bill DeGenaro—Business Intelligence

Bill DeGenaro previously taught Business Intelligence fundamentals to graduate students in the School of Business & Economics and has been a featured guest speaker on the topic in a number of class sessions and workshops.  He will be speaking with the Systems Analysis & Design undergraduate class and, separately, with the Strategic IS Management MBA class. 

Bill is the President of DeGenaro & Associates, providing consulting services on a variety of business intelligence needs, including: Intelligence collection, analytical assessment, personality profiling, warning processes, counterintelligence, and business intelligence system design.


Paul Dejarnatt—Strategic Planning for Digital Marketing

Paul will be speaking to students taking the Digital Marketing course.

Paul Dejarnatt is the director in charge of the Blackberry account from Starcom Worldwide Media Group. He oversees a team of media buyers and planners in the interactive space and is responsible for driving strategies regarding client advertising, coordinating cross-platform initiatives, and managing an online media team to provide efficient and effective media plans.


Anne Herron—Business Intelligence in Information Technology

Anne Herron will be speaking to the campus community as part of the ongoing “Women in IT” series.  She will hold and informal a question and answer session with students following the prepared presentation. Anne will also interact with undergraduate students in Accounting Systems in the afternoon.

As Business Intelligence Director, Anne Herron’s responsibilities include new business development, current client/project development and managing a team of information researchers and analysts. Over the past decade, she has assisted in the development of educational/training sessions in the field of business intelligence – including information collection & analysis and information systems. Speaking and training engagements include Fortune 500 companies, professional associations, Business Management Graduate School Programs and the Harvard Business Club.  Prior to her thirteen years at AIM, she was an Analytical Chemist in Polymer Sciences for The Dow Chemical Company.


Laura Konkel—Practical Advice for Creating and Protecting Trademarks

Speaking to students taking the Intellectual Property Law, Technology, Society and Innovation course.

Laura Konkel is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group in the Milwaukee office of Michael Best & Fredrich LLP. Her practice focuses on all aspects of trademark law including managing domestic and foreign trademark portfolios, prosecuting U.S. trademark applications, assisting in opposition and cancellation matters and infringement litigation proceedings.


Jim Lenz—Technology and Innovation Management

Jim will be speaking to undergraduate and MBA students.

Jim is currently the Director of the John Deere Technology Innovation Center located on the campus of the University of Illinois. Over the past two years he started and created this new innovation center and a new way of doing innovation for Deere and Co. He is now also starting a similar research center for Deere which will be located in Kaiserslautern, Germany.


Jim Northey—Financial Institutions

Jim Northey is speaking about the use of technology in financial institutes and the changing structure of global FX markets in Banking and Financial Institutions and the Global Finance course.

Jim Northey serves as a partner at LaSalle Technology Group in Hancock, MI. His main business focus is in providing consulting services and products for messaging and transaction processing to improve the quality of financial services in terms of efficiency, reliability, and performance. A commitment to open international standards, such as FIX and ISO 20022, is a key part of this focus.


Dave Olsson—Strategic Marketing in Healthcare

Dave is speaking with students in the Principles of Marketing course about strategic marketing measures in health care systems.

Dave is the Director of Strategic Marketing and Growth at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


John Soyring—International Organizational Behavior

John Soyring will be addressing students in Organizational Behavior and Managing Change about organizational behavior practices in IBM. Specifically, he will address how they view and convert the challenges that arise out of operating in 174 countries with diverse cultures as IBM's strategic strength. Soyring will be speaking on Sept 30th at 10:45 am in Academic Office Building (101) within the School of Business and Economics.

After graduating from Michigan Tech with a BSEE in 1976, John joined IBM. During his career with IBM, John has held a variety of technical, professional, managerial and executive positions within the company. He is currently an IBM corporate vice president and the senior global executive for the IBM Software Services & Support business unit. John currently lives in Texas, but his second home and his heart are on the shores of Lake Superior near the mouth of the Huron River.


Dr. Sheneeta White—Operations and Supply Chain Management

Dr. Sheneeta White presented to students, faculty, and staff on “A model for efficiency-based resource integration in services.” During her time on campus, Dr. White also took part in a student networking event with undergraduate and graduate students. 

Sheneeta W. White is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She received a doctorate in Management Science from Virginia Tech, an MBA from North Carolina State University, and a bachelor’s of science degree from Xavier University of Louisiana.