R. Max Williamson '59
Max Williamson is the former president and chief operating officer of Scottsdale Insurance Company where he also served as chairman of the board. Prior to joining Scottsdale, a subsidiary of Nationwide Insurance Company, he was president and chief executive officer of ACCEL International Corporation. A 1959 graduate of the College of Business Administration, Williamson previously served on the BGSU Foundation Board from 1995-1997 and 2005-2010, the BGSU Alumni Association Board, and the College of Business Administration Dean’s Council. He is also a generous supporter of the University with the Max Williamson Scholarship and gifts across campus including the College of Business Administration, Alumni Legacy Scholarship and Athletics. Williamson resides in Dublin, Ohio.
Michael E. Kuhlin ’68
Mike Kuhlin is the former senior director of corporate contributions for SBC/Ameritech in Chicago. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism-public relations in 1968 from Bowling Green State University. As a student, he was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity; Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society; and was selected as the Outstanding Greek Man in 1968. He received the BGSU Distinguished Service Award. Kuhlin previously served on the Foundation Board of Directors from 2006 to 2010. He is currently serves as a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Council and is a member of The Presidents Club. He and his late wife, Sara, were Falcon Flames. The Michael & Sara Kuhlin Center is named in recognition of their financial support. The state-of-the-art facility is home to the School of Media and Communication and opened in the Fall of 2016.
David A. Bryan
Position: Immediate Past Chair
David Bryan is a partner with the Toledo law firm of Wasserman, Bryan, Landry and Honold, LLP. Before his legal career, he taught in Toledo Public Schools. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1969 from Muskingum College and his juris doctor degree in 1976 from the University of Toledo. Bryan previously served on the BGSU Board of Trustees, the Advocates Board for the College of Arts and Sciences and as the chair of the School of Art's Medici Circle. In 2009, Bryan was recognized as an Honorary Alumnus of the University. He has previously been active with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwest Ohio, receiving its HERO Award in the Business and Labor category. He is a former director of Mid American National Bank and Trust Co. and Sky Financial Group Inc., the holding company for Sky Bank. He and his wife, Myrna, are recognized in The Presidents Club and reside in Perrysburg, Ohio
Eugene "Gene" A. Novak '74
Treasurer/Chair, Financial Affairs Committee
Eugene “Gene” Novak is chief financial officer of Dwellworks and is responsible for all aspects of finance and accounting, and the oversight of the administrative, human resources and information technology functions. Founded in 2007, Dwellworks has more than 30 years of experience, leadership and service in the relocation and real estate industries. Before joining Dwellworks, he was chief financial officer and executive vice president for SIRVA Relocation. He began his career with Price Waterhouse & Co., is a certified public accountant and a member of various professional organizations. Novak earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration/accounting from John Carroll University and earned a master’s degree in accounting from BGSU in 1974. He is a board member of Project Love, a character-building education and training organization. He and wife, Robin, have supported the Excellence Fund for BGSU. They reside in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
Emerick Corsi ’72
Emerick Corsi is president of Forest City Enterprises Real Estate Services. He has been with the company for 35 years dividing his time between leasing, asset management, development and third-party business. In his career, he has overseen the development of more than 13 million feet of shopping centers across the United States. As a 1972 graduate of BGSU, with a degree in Business Administration/Advertising, Corsi was a member of Theta Chi fraternity. In 2014, he was honored as an outstanding BGSU Alumnus. He also received a master’s degree in Business Management from Central Michigan University. Corsi is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Urban Land Institute, has taught at the ICSC Executive Learning Series level, is a former member of the ICSC's CenterBuild Advisory Board, and served on the Advisory Board of central Michigan's Undergraduate Real Estate Program. He and his wife, Donna, live in Novelty, Ohio.
Susan Finn ’66
Susan Finn, CEO of the global consultancy Finn/Parks & Associates, is a recognized leader and a respected communicator in the food, nutrition and health arena. As a top-level advisor to professional societies, educational institutions and industry, Finn evaluates, interprets and brings context to nutrition research and its implications. Finn has been honored for her leadership in health and nutrition and is widely published in professional journals and consumer magazines. She was named one of BGSU’s most prominent 100 alumni during the University’s Centennial celebration. After graduating from BGSU in 1966, she earned a master’s degree in public health nutrition from Case Western University and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. She and her husband, Jim, reside in Columbus.
Jan Heppe '74
Position: Chair – Nominating and Governance Committee
2016 - 2019
A 1974 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in home economics, Jan Heppe recently retired as president of Burberry for the Americas, which experienced substantial growth with her leadership. She previously served as vice president of stores for Burberry USA following leadership in the retail industry including serving as senior vice president and director of stores for Loehmanns. She previously served on the Alumni Association Board.
Richard Kappel Jr. ’69
Richard Kappel Jr. is the retired president of Advanced Computer Systems in Dayton. Kappel graduated from BGSU in 1969 with a bachelor’s in business and was a member of Phi Delta Theta. Kappel is also a member of the Falcon Club and has active memberships in both the Dayton and Southwest Florida Alumni Chapters. He will inducted into the Dallas-Hamilton Hall of Fame in April 2015. The family has continued the BGSU tradition with Kappel’s daughter, Kimberly, graduating from the University in 1993. Richard Kappel III received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BGSU in 1996 and 1998, respectively. Outside of the University, Kappel has also been involved with the Children’s Medical Center in Dayton. Kappel and his wife, Alicia, live in Xenia, Ohio.
Charles "Charlie" Kowal '75
2016 - 2019
Charlie Kowal graduated from BGSU in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and earned a juris doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University. He joined Ernst & Young following his graduation from law school and rose through the ranks to partner before retiring. While at BGSU, he was a member of Sigma Chi and Omicron Delta Kappa and pitched for two years on the BGSU baseball team.
Mitch McLeod ’85
Mitch McLeod is chairman and founder of ARCOS LLC. His focus is on the company's long-range business plan and overseeing the company's executive committee. Before becoming chairman, McLeod was president and CEO from 2006 through 2011. Prior to founding ARCOS LLC in 2005, McLeod was president and founder of McLeod & Associates Ltd. This consulting firm, founded in 1993, specialized in the design, development, implementation and support of complex software applications for Fortune 1000 companies and state and local government. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from BGSU in 1985. He and his wife, Julie, are Falcon Flames. She earned her degree in social work from BGSU in 1985. They have established the Mitch McLeod Scholarship in Mathematics. They reside in Naples, Florida and Columbus, Ohio.
Christina “Tina” Norton '79
Tina Norton earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from BGSU in 1979, a law degree from Georgetown University in 1989, and a Master's of Divinity degree from the Catholic Theological Union in 2012. While a student, Norton worked at WBGU-FM and WFAL-AM. She was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, the Society of Professional Journalists and Women in Communications. She and her husband, John Biek, also an attorney, have established the Norton & Biek Scholarship at BGSU. She currently works as a pastoral associate in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Norton and Biek reside in Oak Park, Illinois.
Thomas Orchard '76
Thomas Orchard is Senior Vice President, Investments, for UBS Wealth Management in Columbus, a Senior Portfolio Manager in the UBS Portfolio Management Program and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). He received a bachelor's degree in business in 1975 from Bowling Green State University. He served on the National Campaign Steering Committee for the Building Dreams capital campaign, the College of Arts and Sciences Advocates Board and The Presidents Club. He is married to Martha Anne (Zink) Orchard. They reside in Westerville, Ohio.
Don Poling '70 '72
Don Poling is a principal with Financial Management Partners, a multi-family office advisory firm. He joined FMP after a 36-year career as a partner at Deloitte where he specialized in providing income tax, financial and estate planning services. He is a double graduate from BGSU with a bachelor's degree in accounting and an MBA in finance. He also attended the Stanford AMP. As a student, he was a member of Beta Alpha Psi accounting honorary, Beta Gamma Sigma business honorary, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honorary, and the World Student Association. While at BGSU, he was a resident advisor and participated in intramurals. He is member of the Missouri Society of CPAs and currently serves on the boards of the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation and the Cultural Festivals of St. Louis. He resides in St. Louis with his wife, Susan.
Judith Pryor ’85
Judith DelZoppo Pryor, a 1985 graduate with a bachelor of arts in interpersonal and public communication, is vice president for External Affairs at OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation), the U.S. Government’s development finance agency. Before being appointed to this position, she ran the global communications operation for WorldSpace Inc., a multi-billion dollar satellite radio start-up serving developing markets worldwide. Pryor held similar positions with COMSAT and Orion Network Systems, and began her career in the Washington, D.C. offices of Gray & Company, continuing with the firm after it was acquired by Hill & Knowlton Public Affairs.
John Riedl ’65
2017 - 2020
Charlie John Riedl graduated from BGSU in 1965 with a bachelor of arts in marketing. He is a retired telecommunications consultant having spent a career in television sales and marketing management. Most recently he served as Director of TV Advertising Sales & Marketing for Metro Networks in Los Angeles. While attending BGSU, John was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, serving a term as their president. Recently, as a member of the Class of 1965 50th reunion committee, John provided a lead gift for the campaign, making a $1 million commitment to BGSU. His generosity impacted a variety of areas on campus including student scholarships, the library, athletics and capital projects for the College of Business Administration and School of Media and Communication.
Thomas Shanklin ’91
Russell Tom Shanklin is a 1991 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He is a principal with Vertex Investments, LLC based out of Victor, Montana. As a student, Tom was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and continues to be an active supporter of the BGSU chapter today.
W. Russ Stewart ’69
Russell “Russ” Stewart is managing director and president of Camargo Investment Management Ltd. in Cincinnati. Stewart earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from BGSU in 1969 and an MBA in Finance in 1977 from Xavier University. He serves on Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board in Cincinnati. He and his wife, Dawn, are Falcon Flames. She is a retired high school business education teacher. They have gifts to BGSU in support of the College of Business Administration, the College of Education and Human Development, The Excellence Fund for BGSU, and the Gilbert and Lottie Cooke Fund.
Christopher J. Wade '83
Chris Wade is a senior vice president and residential loan officer with Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, a commercial, community and investment management firm. He supervises all loan processes and loan officers. He is a member of the American Bankers Association, the Bankers' Association for Finance and Trade, the American Institute of Banking and the Institute of Certified Bankers. Wade earned a bachelor’s degree in 1983 in interpersonal/public Communications from Bowling Green State University. As a student, he was a tour guide and is currently a member of The Presidents Club. He was a 2008 Accomplished Graduate for the College of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Dean's Circle. He has established the Wade Family Scholarship and has a bequest benefitting the Excellence Fund for BGSU. He participated in the pre-campaign consultants' survey interviews in August of 2012. Wade resides in W. Somerville, Mass.
Michael Winner ’85
Michael Winner earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration/accounting from BGSU in 1985 and now serves as president of commercial lines for Grange Insurance. As president, Winner is responsible for the overall growth and profitability of the company’s commercial lines, including product development, underwriting management, risk control and operations. Prior to his move to Grange in 2014, he served as president of Liberty Mutual’s Mid-Atlantic Region for business insurance and was responsible for managing an eight-state regional insurance operation with nearly $700 million in commercial premium. He is immediate past chairman of the leadership council of The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation and is a member of the board of directors for the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross. He and his family reside in Maineville, Ohio.