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 2015-2016

Antoinette Borgens - Campus Recruiter, Bemis Company, Inc.

Antoinette graduated from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management, minoring in Supply Chain.  She has been with Bemis Company going on 2 years, started out as an HR intern and then becoming the Campus Recruiter.

Patrick Carroll - Financial Analyst, S.N. Phelps & Co.

Recently, Patrick was appointed to the equity committee for Saratoga Resources, an oil and gas company in New Orleans, LA. He spoke with current APMP and finance students about the bankruptcy process, the accompanying challenges for equity holders, and evaluating oil and gas companies.

Patrick Graduated Michigan Tech in 2012 with a double major in Finance and Business Management. During his time at Tech he was a member of the 2011 APMP team and a 4 year GLIAC All Academic football player.

Upon graduation he accepted a position at S. N. Phelps & Co., an investment company in Stamford, CT. There he helps manage a portfolio of wholly-owned subsidiary companies in the agriculture, energy, real estate, and technology industries. In addition, the firm also has a portfolio of publicly traded securities.

Currently, Pat resides in Connecticut and is pursuing an MBA at NYU with concentration in finance, banking, and strategy. He enjoys playing sports, investing, and travelling back to the Upper Peninsula.

Lisa Genslak - Manager of the IT Strategy at Ford Motor Company

Lisa spoke in MIS2200 Web Programming class and MIS3200 Systems Analysis & Design. 

Lisa is the Manager of the IT Strategy, Culture and Learning Services at Ford Motor Company which includes organizational change management and communications activities.  In this critical role, Lisa is responsible for the overall development and implementation of the strategy to move IT forward into the digital era.

Additional, Lisa leads all IT learning and development activities, research services and driving the transformation of IT through effective communications.

Lisa has been with Ford Motor Company for over 26 years.  During this time, Lisa held many roles within IT.  She managed IT strategic planning for business functions, large scale application development and infrastructure consolidation programs, as well as, IT engineering and operations.

Lisa has a B.S. in Computer Science Engineering from Michigan Technological University and MBA from Wayne State University.

Keith Johnson - co-founder and CEO of ThermoAnalytics

ThermoAnalytics was founded by Keith Johnson along with Al Curran back in 1996 as a spin-off from Michigan Technological University. We had a singular mission then that remains at the core of the company’s driving principles today: to develop and deploy the most robust, intelligent and accurate thermal modeling technologies and methodologies in the world. Our vision was to become the leading total thermal solutions provider of software and services.

Barbara Johnson-Rossi - Consultant at Essentia Health

Barbara has worked in the health care industry for nearly 30 years.  The first was Marshfield Clinic, based in Marshfield, Wisconsin.  Her career with Marshfield started as an Internal Auditor which led to CFO for Security Health Plan.  She served for 9 years on the Board of Trustees of the Marshfield Clinic Retirement Plans. 

In 2009, she took a job as CFO for SMDC Health System out of Duluth, Minnesota overseeing approximately 500+ staff in Accounting, Business Intelligence and Revenue Cycle.  SMDC was part of Essentia Health which included hospitals and clinics across Northern Minnesota and North Dakota.

In 2010, she was appointed to be the Vice President of Financial Operations for Essentia Health.  Recently retiring from Essentia Health, but continues to work as a consultant helping with payer contracting and data around cost of care.

Igor Kliakhandler - Energy Trader, Houston Texas area

Kliakhandler received his PhD in Applied Mathematics in 1997 from Tel-Aviv University. He held positions at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Northwestern University before joining the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Michigan Tech University as an assistant professor in 2001. He was promoted to associate professor in 2005 and left the University in 2007 to work in the energy sector in Houston, where he is now involved in trading energy futures.

Amanda Massaway - Sr. Manager, Inventory Controls at Walmart US

Amanda has worked for corporate Walmart for 13 years in various accounting-type roles: Internal Audit, internal controls development, balance sheet analysis, and inventory controls. 

Currently she is the Sr. Manager - Inventory Controls for the Walmart US and has SOX ownership for all merchandise inventory in our retail stores and distribution centers.

Sean Mcleod, Director with Public Investments, Northwestern Mutual Investment Company

Sean McLeod is a director with Pubic Investments, Northwestern Mutual Investment Company, LLC on the Concentrated Equity Portfolio.  Prior to joining in 2011, Sean was a small cap growth portfolio manager at M&I Investment Corp. and FAF Advisors.  During his tenure as portfolio manager of a publically traded mutual fund, Sean was in the top quartile of small cap growth managers.

Sean received a BBA and an MS degree from the University of Wisconsin and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Tyler Pullano - Site Buyer/Coordinator, CertainTeed Ceilings

Tyler presented in OSM3600 Procurement and Supply Management class, about purchasing, buying, managing inventory and control at CertainTeed, a Saint Gobain company, in L'Anse Michigan.

Tyler purchases all the maintenance items as well as raw materials (assorted minerals, chemicals, and paper product). He works with the corporate team to develop cost savings/avoidance strategies. Pullano also coordinates logistics for the raw materials ensuring they arrive according to the production schedule. He is in charge of sourcing and qualifying suppliers for any capital expenditure project. Also responsible for all inventory management throughout the facility (ensuring accurate inventory, adjusting inventory stocking levels, ensuring cycle counts done regularly). 

Mayur Ranpara - Internal Auditor II, Bemis Company, Inc.

Mayur started his career with Bemis Company in 2012 in the IT department as an IT Financial Analyst intern. He worked in IT for 3 years prior to accepting a role in the Internal Audit department. Mayur is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and currently is pursuing the CPA certification.

Jason Robinson - Owner of Brickside Brewery

Jason Robinson had a dream, he wanted to brew beer for a living.

Jason put his dream out on Kickstarter hoping the beer loving community would lay down some of their hard earned cash to help him launch the first craft brewery in Keweenaw County in more than 100 years.  And the movement started, and had quickly snowballed, resulting in over $20,000 in funding for his new venture, Brickside Brewery.  The brewery opened in 2012, in Copper Harbor.

Carrie Schaller - I/T Director for Manufacturing & Engineering, Dow Chemical

Carrie Schaller spoke with the students in ACC4800 Accounting Systems. She focused on the internal controls and security essential for safe communication of data in large, global companies like Dow Chemical. She included a discussion of the levels of information that run the various processes, including the machines in the chemical plants.
She also spoke to the MIS3500 User-Centered Design class. That talk was primarily focused on the SAP implementation that recently concluded at Dow. Her team was instrumental in the successful conversion from their approximately 20-year-old enterprise system to the current, updated SAP ECC system. She also answered numerous questions about job and internship opportunities.
Schaller has been with Dow for 25 years and is currently leading a team that is implementing the next generation of SAP-based tools and work processes for manufacturing. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Michigan Tech. Schaller serves on the North American steering team for the Women's Innovation Network (WIN) at Dow. She resides in Midland, MI with her husband and three children.

Glen Simula - Founder and President of GS Engineering

Glen founded GS Engineering in 2001 based upon his previous 19 years’ experience in the development of military vehicles. Glen leads GS Engineering on all tracked vehicle programs, leads new business initiatives, and serves as the Chairperson of the Green Forces Board. Glen has been involved with every tracked vehicle program for the US Department of Defense, except for one, since 1983. In addition to his daily responsibilities at GS Engineering,

Glen also teaches classes for the Society of Automotive Engineers, based upon his previous military vehicle development experience. Through Glen’s direction, GS Engineering has maintained significant growth across a variety of economic times.

Ashley Sudderth - Chief Information Compliance Officer (CICO) for Michigan Tech

As CICO, Ashley oversees and manages University IT compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and related controls that govern Michigan Tech's business processes. Ashley is also responsible for the strategic management of the University's information security and compliance training program.  

Siddertj is a  certified information systems auditor (CISA) with over 10 years of IT audit experience throughout various industries and service sectors.  She also provides information security risk consulting services to System Administration, Networking, and Security Institute (SANS).  She received her BS in Business Administration with a concentration in MIS from Michigan Tech and will complete her MS in Information Assurance and Security from Capella University in December 2015.  Ashley also servers on a number of advisory boards. 

Cindy Watson - Manager of the IT Operations, Ford Motor Company

Cindy Watson is the Manager of the IT Operations – Strategy & Planning at Ford Motor Company which includes leading the Director of ITO Staff Meetings, metrics reporting, and management meeting.

Additionally, Cindy leads all the Ford Motor Company campus recruiting teams at Michigan Tech and serves on the Corporate Advisory Board for the Career Services Center.  

Cindy has been with Ford Motor Company for over 13 years.   During this time, Cindy has held many roles within IT. She managed IT application support for business functions, large scale application development and infrastructure security programs.

Cindy has a B.S. in Mathematics from Michigan Technological University and M.S. in Finance from Walsh College. 


Guest Speakers 2014-2015

Karen Blunden - CEO of IFM Americas at Infomedia Ltd.

Ms. Karen Blunden joined Infomedia in 2010 as the CEO of IFM Americas Inc.

With over thirty years of executive leadership experience in the IT and Automotive industries, Karen has been involved in business turn-around and growth across many verticals. 

Karen has held executive positions in engineering, marketing, automotive retail and aftersales.  Prior to joining Infomedia, Karen was the Chief Operations Officer for a medical diagnostic product manufacturer and also consulted with Automotive Suppliers in the area of M&A transactions. 

Karen spent much of her career at EDS, a global Information Technology Services company. While at EDS, Karen was the Division President of the Automotive Retail Group supplying Dealer Management Solutions (DMS) solutions to dealerships.  During her tenure at ARG, the exclusive Saturn DMS agreement was secured.  Her career with EDS also involved divisional leadership for the Onstar, Service Technology Engineering and Cadillac Engineering units.

Karen holds degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science along with being certified in Quality Management. She and her husband Don live in Michigan and have four children.

Bill Boehm - Vice President, Wealth Management Consultant

Bill has been with RBC for ten years and has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. He has earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation and is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association. Bill also holds the Series 7, 63, and 65 securities licenses.

As part of his responsibilities, Bill helps RBC Wealth Management Financial Advisors address the investment and retirement planning needs of high net worth individuals. Bill provides expertise to financial advisors who work with endowments, non-profits and foundations. He also assists financial advisors in using internal and external wealth management tools, including sophisticated software programs, to help provide appropriate solutions for clients’ needs. He frequently makes presentations at seminars and client meetings, giving overviews of RBC Wealth Management’s fee-based wealth management platform and other capabilities.

Maggie Chen - Assistant Portfolio

Maggie Chen is currently an Assistant Portfolio Manager with SAFE Investment Company in Hong Kong focusing on investing U.S. equities.  Previously, she worked at China Everbright Capital Management investing in Chinese equities.

In addition, Maggie has experience with Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and AIG in New York and China Investment Corporation in Beijing.

Maggie received a Bachelor of Science summa cum laude in Business Administration from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from Yale University. 

Danielle (Lorenzetti) Cyrus -  Director of Material Management, Portage Health LLC

Danielle oversees all the purchasing for the clinics and the hospital.  She serves as a member of the Portage Health's Executive Team.  Cyrus plays a major role in working with the UP wide Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) that works collaboratively with all the healthcare organizations in upper Michigan to ensure cost effective group buying to minimize costs.  Cyrus is involved with any aspect of procurement or material management, both products and services, needed to support the successful operations of the health care organization.  Cyrus is a 1993 graduate of the School of Business and Economics with a B.S. in Business Administration.

David Kneisler - VP of Global Quality, Dana Corporation

David is a 1983 graduate of the School of Business and Economics. He received his Masters from the University of Michigan – Flint.  He began his career with General Motors, Central Foundry Division, in IT and then transferred to Saginaw Steering. While there he moved into Finance.  He left General Motors and went to TRW Vehicle Safety Systems for 8 year and then moved to Dana Corporation where he has been for the past twenty years. In 2006 he became the VP of Global Quality and has since taken on the responsibilities of Safety and Reliability.  Kneisler is also Chairman of the Board of the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), discussed automotive industry trends, his role in leading AIAG, and what Dana Corporation seeks in hiring graduates.   Dana offers high-quality automotive product solutions in three core areas of the vehicle – drivetrain, sealing, and thermal-management systems. This lineup of technologies from one source is designed to offer flexibility to vehicle manufacturers around the world.  He oversees the technical aspects of quality engineering for design and manufacturing. In 1982 AIAG was founded by visionaries from the three largest North American automotive manufacturers – Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors. Membership has grown to include Japanese companies such as Toyota, Honda and Nissan, and many of their part suppliers and services providers. It is one of the largest non-governmental agencies establishing industry standards. 


Mike Kolasa - VP & Trust Officer, Stephenson National Bank and Trust

In April 2012, Mike opened the Marquette Trust & Investment Services Office. He has 20 years of financial and legal services experience. In addition, Mike has been licensed to practice law in Michigan since 1993. As a Marquette area resident for over 20 years, his primary focus is on financial, tax, and estate planning and account investment management for clients in Upper Michigan and beyond.

His professional experience also includes serving as an Adjunct Professor at Northern Michigan University and at the Cannon Financial Institute.

Mike received a Bachelor in Science cum laude from Northern Michigan University, Juris Doctorate cum laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Master of Laws in Taxation LL.M. from Wayne State University Law School.

James Leckinger - Senior Vice President

Jim is a Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Northern Trust’s Foundation and Institutional Advisors national investment team. Jim is responsible for guiding overall investment strategy and providing leadership for the design and implementation of a working investment process for the Foundation and Institutional Advisors practice. Jim serves on Northern Trust’s Investment Policy Committee (IPC) and Investment Guidance Committee (IGC) two firm wide investment committees responsible for overall investment policy and strategy at Northern Trust Company. He also serves as portfolio manager for a select group of relationships. Jim has over 20 years of experience in various investment roles both with Northern Trust and other financial organizations. 

James Lenz - Director at John Deere

Lenz opened and was the first Director of the John Deere's Technology Innovation Center located on the campus of the University of Illinois. He later started a similar research center for Deere located in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Through Lenz's career he has worked for Boeing, Honeywell, and the University of Minnesota, and has been involved with more than 100 new product developments, working with hundreds of innovators and engineers. In the past he has served as a member of Michigan Tech's School of Business and Economics National Advisory board and the Dean's Advisory Council.

Stephen Mattson - Regional Brokerage Manager, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

The LSGI Trading Room hosted guest speaker Stephen Mattson on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.  Mr. Mattson is a Regional Brokerage Manager and Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Advisors.   As a Regional Brokerage Manager, Mr. Mattson is responsible for Wells Fargo Advisors financial advisors across his midwest U.S. region.   In particular, Mr. Mattson presented a "how to" on becoming a financial advisor to the students in the Applied Portfolio Management Program.  Steve also discuss his role and responsibilities in the firm.  The SBE and the APMP thank Steve for his long-time connection to Michigan Tech.

Tyler Pullano - Site Buyer/Coordinator, CertainTeed Ceilings

Tyler purchases all the maintenance items as well as raw materials (assorted minerals, chemicals, and paper product). Pullano works with the corporate team to develop cost savings/avoidance strategies. Pullano also coordinate logistics for the raw materials ensuring they arrive according to the production schedule, sourcing and qualifying suppliers for any capital expenditure project. He is also responsible for all inventory management throughout the facility (ensuring accurate inventory, adjusting inventory stocking levels, ensuring cycle counts done regularly). 

Hal Tearse - Senior VP - Branch Director, Private Client Group, RBC Wealth Management

Hal has been working in the financial services industry as a financial advisor since 1976, and has held several positions in management. He is a member of the FINRA Board of Arbitrators. Hal is also registered as an Investment Advisor Representative. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Minnesota. Since entering the financial services industry, Hal has continued his education through a number of advanced training programs and seminars, including the Accredited Wealth Management (AWM) program and the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) program.

Guest Speakers 2013-2014

Joseph R. Dancy - President of LSGI Advisors, Inc.

Upon completion of his BS in Metallurgical & Material Engineering from Michigan Tech, Joseph Dancy completed his MBA from the University of Michigan in 1978, and his Juris Doctorate from the School of Law at Oklahoma City University in 1983. Since 1993 Dancy has been an adjunct professor teaching Oil & Gas Environmental Law at the SMU School of Law and more recently at the SMU Cox School of Business. He has published two textbooks and numerous research articles.  In addition to his academic commitments he also manages the LSGI Venture Fund, a private investment partnership that invests in small publicly traded companies. Dancy and the LSGI Advisors Inc. have been long-time supporters of Michigan Tech’s Applied Portfolio Management Program, with his serving on the Program’s Advisory Board since 2000. Dancy has been appointed by the Governor as a Texas delegate to the Interstate Oil & Gas Commission, and also serves on the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors of Arts Way Manufacturing, a public agricultural sector manufacturing firm out of Iowa.

Grant Fenner 

Dr. Grant Fenner taught Organizational Behavior and Business Strategy to undergraduate students as well as Organizational Behavior and Business Ethics at the MBA level at Arkansas State University before retiring in May of 2013.  Prior to earning his Ph.D., in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Behavior and a minor in Business Strategy from the University of Memphis, he spent 23 years in the environmental business.  He organized and led an entrepreneurial start-up in Greenville, MS that was sold 6 years later to a global waste services company.  He served the remaining 7 years of his business career as general manager and president of Marathon Equipment Co., a subsidiary of Dover Corporation - the world’s leading manufacturer of on-site waste processing and recycling equipment headquartered in Vernon, Al.

Narayana Kocherlakota - President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Narayana Kocherlakota is an American economist and is the 12th and current president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. He oversees the operations of the bank including  payment services and member bank assistance.  Additionally, he serves on the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee directing Monetary Policy for the United States.

Mitzi Montoya - Professor of Management, Arizona State University

Dr. Montoya is a Professor in the Management Department of the W.P. Carey School of Business and serves on the board of the Center for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Montoya received her Ph.D. in Marketing and Statistics and a B.S. in Applied Engineering Science, both from Michigan State University.

Jeff Petchey - Professor of Economics, Curtin University Perth Australia

Jeff teaches microeconomics, public finance and game theory. He is also Director of the Fiscal Federalism Research Unit and has published issues in fiscal federalism and public economics, both in Australia and internationally. Recent publications include papers in prestigious international journals including the Journal of Development Studies, Regional Studies, and Regional Science and Urban Economics.

Guest Speakers 2012-2013

Marie Cleveland—Corporate Account Executive

Marie Cleveland a worldwide corporate account manager for Federal Express, she handles six major accounts and is responsible for bringing in $50 million in sales each year.  FedEx has recognized her contributions with numerous accolades over the years, including Rookie of the Year, Senior Account Representative of the Year, Corporate Account Executive of the Year, Ambassador’s Club Award, and the Largest Corporate Account Close Award. In 2010, she received the highest honor at FedEx, the President’s Club Award.

Elizabeth Hoffman—Professor of Economics

Elizabeth (Betsy) Hoffman is currently Professor of Economics at Iowa State, where she was Executive Vice President and Provost from 2007 to 2012.  Previously, she was President of the University of Colorado System.  She is a 1968 graduate of Smith College, hold doctoral degrees in econcomics and history, and has been an accomplished university administrator, faculty member, and researcher over a career spanning 40 years.

Alice Stuhlmacher—Professor of Psychology

Alice F. Stuhlmacher is a Professor of Psychology at DePaul University in Chicago.  Her research interests include negotiation and conflict in organizations, particularly relating to gender,  labor mediators, and virtual communication. 

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.