Leadership Council

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Melisa Ackerman

Position: Associate Vice President, Human Resources
Nationwide Insurance
Columbus, Ohio

Currently

Associate Vice President, Human Resources
Nationwide Insurance

Melisa Ackerman is an Associate Vice President, Human Resources, and a proud policy holder at Nationwide Insurance. Melisa’s HR career spans over 20 years including the last 12 years with Nationwide, where she currently serves as the Executive Human Resource Business Partner for the member service and processing organization (5,000 + associates) where she is responsible for delivering people strategies that link human capital to strategic business results through key HR disciplines like talent management, leader and organization effectiveness, change management, HR analytics and culture.

Education

Melisa earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Allied Professions from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Labor and Human Resources degree from The Ohio State University

Certification

Melisa’s HR credentials include the Senior Human Resource Professional (SPHR) designation, is certified in Prosci Change Management and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Melisa is an active member of the United Way of Central Ohio and its Women’s Leadership Council and is an active member of the BGSU College of Business Insurance Advisory Board. Melisa resides in Dublin, Ohio. 

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James Adams

Position: Vice President Strategy & Performance Management
Owens-Illinois
Perrysburg, OH

Currently:

Vice President of Finance, North America
Owens-Illinois (O-I)

Jim has overall responsibility for O-I's global tax function, such as developing and implementing O-I's global tax strategy and related tax planning to optimize the overall corporate effective tax rate and cash taxes paid.  He leads, grows and develops talent and develops strategy for global transfer pricing, M&A strategy and due diligence, accounting for income taxes, global compliance, and tax audits.

Previous Positions:

  • Assistant Treasurer, Owens-Illinois
  • Director, Global Tax Planning, Owens-Illinois
  • Senior Manager, International Tax Services, Ernst & Young LLP

Education: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting [1992] 
    Bowling Green State University

Certifications:

  • Certified Public Accountant 
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt 
  • Owens-Illinois Global Leadership Program

Why I serve on the College of Business Leadership Council:

I serve on the College of Business Leadership Council first and foremost because it is a way for me to give back to BG and the College of Business. My time and experience at BG provided me with the opportunities, education, and contacts to develop myself and find my calling which has allowed me to work at companies where I am able to live out my vision and satisfy my passions. I want to make sure that those opportunities continue to be available for the current and future students. In addition, it also provides me an avenue to connect my company to BG and identify arrangements where we can both mutually benefit from each other.

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Scott Beaverson

Position: Global Sales & Marketing Controller
Owens Illinois
Perrysburg, Ohio

Currently:

Global Sales & Marketing Controller 
Owens-Illinois (O-I)

Scott has been with the Perrysburg company since 2009.

Previous Positions:

  • Senior Manager -Audit, Ernst & Young LLP

Education: 

  • BSBA, Accounting, 1999
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Gary D. Benz

Position: Senior Vice President Strategy
FirstEnergy Corp.
Akron, Ohio

Currently:

Senior VP/Strategy & Chief Strategic Officer
FirstEnergy Corp.

FirstEnergy Corp. is a holding company with ten electric utility operating companies and several unregulated subsidiaries. FirstEnergy is one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving over 6 million customers in six states in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions.

As a senior management member, Gary oversees a nearly $4 billion per year spend across the entire FirstEnergy footprint. He is responsible for leading a staff of 200 sourcing professionals in strategic and tactical initiatives activities that ensures what is spent across the entire FirstEnergy system is managed appropriately. Gary is located at the Akron, Ohio, facility.

Gary also served as the Associate General Counsel and Executive Director of Business Development and has been at the company since 1989.

Previous Positions:

  • Attorney - Schwartz, Einhart, Wood & Szuter - Cleveland, Ohio, practice focused on counseling and representing several small, mid-size and large employers in labor relations and employee benefits matters

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Political Science [1981] Bowling Green State University
  • Juris Doctor [1984] University of Toledo, College of Law

Memberships:

  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
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Scott Billman

Position: Director of Marketing
Cardinal Health, Inc.
Dublin, Ohio

Currently:

Director of Marketing
Cardinal Health, Inc.

Scott is a sales and marketing executive with a solid track record and has experience building, developing and leading teams leveraging new business development initiatives. He has demonstrated strategic management expertise, keen customer-service orientation and effective follow-up techniques. Scott is responsible for strategic planning, portfolio management, sales execution, intra-organization leadership and product development synergy.

Previous Positions:

  • Area Vice President, Integra LifeSciences – Integra Surgical
  • Regional Vice President, New Business Development, Marketing, PrimeSource Surgical
  • Vice President – National Sales and Product Marketing, Medibuy.com
  • Vice President, Corporate Marketing, OhioHealth
  • Vice President, Hospital and Health System Pharmacy Marketing, Cardinal Health
  • Executive Sales Management and Marketing Positions at Baxter Health Care
  • Senior Account Manager, Owens-Illinois, Libbey Glass Division

Education:

  • MBA, Business Administration and Marketing (1979) Bowling Green State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Selling and Sales Management/Advertising (1978) Bowling Green State University

Why I serve on the College of Business Leadership Council:

I serve on the College of Business Leadership Council for two reasons.

First to give back to the University that prepared me for my vocation as a sales and marketing manager. Today I recall many of the educational topics taught by the impressive educators at BGSU and continue to draw upon the subject matter as I perform my current responsibilities.

Secondly, I have been blessed with the opportunities to success and fortunate to have been rewarded well for my efforts. Now I would like to pay back those rewards by making a difference – to my profession, my organization, my business associates, my college and others who could benefit from my experiences.

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Roger Bostdorff

Position: President
B2B Sales Boost, LLC
Pemberville, OH

Currently:

President/Founder
B2B Sales Boost, LLC

B2B Sales Boost specializes in improving small and medium business companies grow their top line revenue and bottom line profit. Studying the businesses’ current processes and making recommendations to improve a company's sales and profits is the key objective.

Roger has experience in all aspects of business management, including: strategic planning, sales and marketing management, operations management, customer service, human resource development, project management, acquisitions, and training. He has extensive experience in working with key business executives to successfully identify and analyze business problems, define strategic solutions, and implement these solutions. 

Previous Positions:

  • President/COO at Gateway Defender 
  • IBM Global Solution Sales Executive IBM, his branch was in the top 5 for five consecutive years relative to revenue produced/headcount.
  • Branch Manager at IBM 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Math, Speech [1973] Bowling Green State University

Why I serve on the College of Business Leadership Council:

I graduated from BGSU back in 1973. Subsequent to that, my wife and I have had three children graduate from BGSU with various degrees. My children and I each have had and continue to have excellent results relative to our careers. I believe that BGSU, although not being the sole contributor, is a significant contributor to that success. I want to say thanks and assist BGSU's College of Business in helping many others attain success going forward.  

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Cindy Clark

Position: Wholesale Marketing Manager
Marathon
Findlay, OH

Currently

Wholesale Marketing Manager
Marathon

Ms. Clark began her career with Marathon in 1995 as a Brand Marketing Representative in Detroit, Michigan.  After 7 years she accepted a position in Asphalt Marketing as the Region Analyst before moving to Findlay in the role of Advertising Specialist.  She then moved back to the field as Brand Sales Manager in Detroit.  In 2007 Cindy returned to the Findlay office in the Supply Distribution and Planning organization as the Midwest Exchange and Terminaling Negotiator.  This led to an opportunity in 2012 as a Senior Business Development Advisor in Business Development’s Planning and Strategy group.  While in Business Development she participated on the team responsible for the acquisition of the Galveston Bay refinery.  Cindy was named Real Estate Manager in December of 2013 where her team assisted with the Hess Retail acquisition.  She assumed her current position in November 2016. 

Education

Ms. Clark holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University    

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Craig Donnan

Position: Managing Partner
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Cleveland, OH

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Mark Eisle

Position: Vice President
Applied Industrial Technologies Inc.
Cleveland, OH

Currently:

Vice President, Applied Industrial Technologies Inc.

Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. (Applied) is a North American distributor of industrial products. The Company also provides fluid power, mechanical, and rubber shop services. It offers technical application support for the products and provides solutions. It has two reportable segments, service center-based distribution and fluid power businesses. In August 2008, the Company acquired Fluid Power Resource LLC.

Previous:

  • Senior Audit Manager, Deloitte & Touche, LLP

Education:

  • BS, Business Administration/Accounting, 1978, Bowling Green State University
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William Ficken Jr.

Position: Realtor
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
Westlake, FL

Current Career:

Realtor
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
Westlake, Ohio

Previous:

OFFICE EQUIPMENT INDUSTRY:

IBM Corporation, Cleveland, OH;  Office Products Division;  National Accounts & Federal Government Accounts Manager

HOUSING INDUSTRY:

Building Products Manufacturer
Residential & Commercial Construction

Moen Faucet, Cleveland, OH;  Vice President, Sales, Wholesale Division & Builder Division

Merillat Cabinetry, Division of Masco Corp., Adrian, MI;  Vice President, Marketing

Gerber Plumbing Products, Chicago, IL;  Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY:

Fields Automotive Group, Chicago, IL;  Sales Manager, Infiniti & Volvo dealerships

Education:

BGSU College of Business B.S.B.A. 1963
Specializations: Marketing, Finance, Speech (RTVF)

Why I serve on the College of Business Leadership Council:

My service on the Dean’s Leadership Council began in 1992 when I was invited to join the Dean’s Advisory Council as it was then known.  The acceptance of this invitation was based on the need for closer communications between the actual business world and the academic business world as was being taught at that time.  Having served on the Alumni Board of Trustees in various capacities including President during the mid 1980’s, this was a natural extension of those activities.  For the past 26 years I have witnessed five full time Deans and two interim Deans.  My enthusiasm for serving the College of Business in this manner grows continually.  A wonderfully fresh direction for the College began in 2006 with the appointment of Rodney Rogers as Dean and has been enhanced by Ray Braun’s appointment where his non-academic and successful business career has been implemented.  Students in CoB are experiencing a “business world” atmosphere which is reflected in their attitudes and enthusiasm for their selected areas of specialization and the activities in which they choose to participate.  My passion for assisting students has always been in mentoring and advising in a variety of programs within the college.  The current spirit of the college enhances everyone’s ability to learn and grow.  I was honored as an “Emeritus” member of the Leadership Council in 2017 and will continue to serve for many years to come.

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David Hainline

Position: CEO
CSI Florida
Key West, FL

Currently:

CEO
CSI Florida

David brings diverse experience to his role as CEO of CSI-Florida. As owner of CSI-DC, the award winning sister company that CSI-Florida is modeled after, David ensures consistency in what clients can expect in either destination.  CSI continues to expand with new offices in The Virgin Islands, soon to open in Texas and in a joint partnership in The Bahamas.  David resides in Key West, Florida, and is strategically positioned to serve client needs in the area as only a local resident can!

Previous Positions:

He has always had a passion for results. Formerly, he spent 16 years in the broadcasting industry, where he sold and managed national accounts totaling over 12 million dollars for Infinity Broadcasting. David has served in a leadership capacity within many prestigious associations throughout the hospitality industry.

Education:

Bachelor of Arts, College of Arts & Sciences [1983] Bowling Green State University

Honors:

David was a member of the Leadership Committee of the Professional Conference Management Association, served on the Annual Meeting Committee of the Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association, chaired the Marketing Committee of the DMC Network, and sat on the Tourism Committee of the Washington, D.C. Convention & Tourism Corporation (now Destination DC).

David was a recipient of the 2006 Accomplished Graduate Award for the College of Arts and Sciences.  He also served on the Alumni Board.

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Steve Hanson

Position: President/CEO
Hanson, Inc.
Toledo, OH

Currently:

President & CEO/Founder - Hanson Inc.

In 1981 Steve founded Hanson Productions Inc., specializing in film and video production, which later became Hanson Inc. evolving it into a global digital agency which continues to thrive on understanding, innovating, and delivering on the promise of strategic interactive communications.

He formed a team of the best and brightest website designers, engineers and marketing strategists. Under Steve’s guidance, the interactive group joined Hanson’s expert video and live production staff to create a formidable, full-service digital agency. Steve maintains client partnerships, oversees Hanson’s executive management team, and directs the company’s long-range vision.

Steve has a 30-year career in communications and strategic planning, ranging from photojournalism and public relations to film and visual communication, to sales promotions and online marketing.

Previous Positions:

  • Producer - Stephenson + Taylor, Inc.
  • Founding partner at Packo, Mitchell, Hanson, & Comer, a leading regional sales promotions agency
  • Assistant Director of Public Relations - Bowling Green State University
  • Contract photojournalist - materials published by UPI, AP, TimeNewsweek, and Sports Illustrated

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism [1975] Bowling Green State University

Honors:

  • Inducted into the Dallas-Hamilton Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame - 2010
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Michael Hart

Position: President/CEO
Hart Associates Inc.
Toledo, Ohio

Currently:

President & CEO - Hart Associates Inc.

Hart Associates, Inc. is a service-oriented advertising agency founded by his father, Tom.  Although in business for 50 years, the agency has nearly doubled in size over the last five years becoming the region's integrated marketing & communications business.  More than just an advertising firm, they do digital, creative, media, branding, public relations, video production, social media marketing, and more - all under one roof.

Education:

  • BA, Sales Management, 1983, Bowling Green State University
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Pam Heminger

Position: VP Business Operations
Honda
Marysville, Ohio

Currently:

VP Business Operations
Honda

Pam Heminger, vice president of Honda of America Mfg. (HAM) is responsible for the management and direction of the company’s Administration, Purchasing and Business Divisions. 

Previous Positions:

Prior to this role, Heminger oversaw the HAM Business Division, which includes the Facilities, Accounting, Information Systems, New Model Center and Production Control and Planning departments. 

Heminger joined HAM as a Purchasing buyer in 1996. She was promoted in 1998 as a team leader. Two years later, Heminger was named Purchasing manager of the Functional Engine Team and assumed the same role with the Electrical Team in 2001. 

In 2003, she became manager of the Purchasing Strategic Development Group. Following an assignment as leader of HAM’s MRO purchasing unit that included Purchasing unit manager responsibilities, she was promoted to department manager of Cost Planning in 2011, responsible for North America Supplier Sourcing and Cost Management. 

In 2012, Heminger was promoted to Division Manager of the HAM Purchasing Operations division, responsible for ensuring outsourced products met the expected quality, delivery and packaging requirements. 

Prior to joining Honda, Heminger worked for Lennox Industries as a commodities manager. 

Education:

Heminger has a Bachelor of Science degree in procurement and materials management from Bowling Green State University. She received her MBA from Capital University in 1994. 

Honors:

In the community, Heminger has served as a guest speaker at Bowling Green State University. In addition, she was an institute member of the university’s Supply Chain Management Institute from 2004-10, as well as a Board Member for the Institute from 2006-10. 

Heminger served as a Governing Board Member for the Children’s Hunger Alliance from 2013-17 and is a currently a Board Member of the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association and the HAM Foundation. In 2017, she became a member of the Honda Patent Technology Steering Committee. 

In 2015, Automotive News selected Heminger as one of “100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry”. 

Originally from Clarion, Pa., Heminger currently resides in Dublin, Ohio, with her two children, Joel and Isabel. 

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Cynthia Hoffman

Position: Tax Director
Schneider Downs & Co., Inc.
Columbus, Ohio

Currently:

Tax Director, Schneider Downs & Co., Inc.

Education:

  • BS, Accounting, 1984, Bowling Green State University
  • JD, Law, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
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Joe Hoffman

Position: President
Timco Rubber Products, Inc.
Cleveland, Ohio

Currently:

President
Timco Rubber Products, Inc.

Having been in business since 1956, Timco Rubber Products is a family owned rubber components supplier to industrial OEM’s both domestically and internationally.

Joe began his career with Timco in 1989 as an outside salesperson where he served in that capacity for over 18 years.  In 2008, he was appointed Vice President of Operations and Sales while also being selected to serve on the company’s Board of Directors.  Beginning on January 1, 2014, Joe took over the reins as the 5th President of Timco Rubber Products. Joe is commissioned to uphold the company’s mission statement of “…delivering complete customer satisfaction while offering opportunities to it’s employees…”

In 1985, he married his “Falcon Flame”, Lynn (Lisker) Hoffman, ’84.  Joe and Lynn have two girls; recent BGSU CBA graduate Julia, and current BGSU student Maria.

Previous Position:

Vice President of Sales and Operations, Timco Rubber Products

Education: BSBA, Bowling Green State University – 1983

 

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Michael Howick

Position: Midwest Technical Sales Manager
DeFOREST Enterprises
Boca Raton, FL

Currently:

Sourcing Specialist, PVS Nolwood Chemicals

Through Michael’s current position, he manages vendor special pricing requests and sources new products for 20 field sales representatives. Michael manages the strategic sourcing program to determine the most efficient response to its customer base and maintains a sales territory of approximately $2 million.

Previous Positions:

  • Field Sales Manager, Young Chemical
  • Territory Sales Representative, Young Chemical
  • Plant Manager, Cuyahoga Molded Plastics
  • Manager of Research & Design and new Business Development, Cuyahoga Molded Plastics
  • Chemist, Architectural Commercialization, The Sherwin-Williams Company

Education:

  • Master of Science, Chemistry, Specialization in Organic Synthesis [1999] Bowling Green State University
  • MBA – Marketing and Finance [1996] Bowling Green State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry and Biology [1989] Bowling Green State University

Why I serve on the College of Business Leadership Council:

I serve on the College of Business Leadership Council for several important reasons:

I have been a long time Falcon fan since attending BGSU Hockey camps in the 1970s.  I am proud of my education and my experiences at BGSU. The attraction and retention of quality students to a college program is as competitive, if not more challenging in many ways than private business, and requires input from many sources.  It is my hope that this long history of involvement will be beneficial to the CBA Dean as he/she develops a strategic plan to attract the right type of student to BGSU.  I hope that my contribution will be beneficial as we strive every day for greater excellence in the College of Business.

Leadership Council committee he serves on:

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Jill Kouri

Position: Chief Marketing Officer
Americas at Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated
Chicago, IL

Currently:

Chief Marketing Officer, Americas at Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated

Jill serves as a member of the firm’s Americas Executive Committee and Global Marketing Leadership Team. She is based in Chicago and oversees all aspects of the firm’s marketing and communications programs that include business development, branding, public relations and internal communications. Ms. Kouri drives the strategies to promote JLL’s modernized brand and advance the firm’s growth.

Previous Positions:

  • Managing Director & Global Head of Marketing, Accenture
  • Corporate Communications Director, Commerx

Education:

  • BS, Journalism/Public Relations, 1992, Bowling Green State University
  • APR (Accreditation in Public Relations) certification from the Public Relations Society of America
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Michael Laming

Position: Senior Vice President
Genworth Financial, Inc. (Retired)
Richmond, VA

Currently:

Senior Vice President-Human Resources at Genworth Financial Inc., a subsidiary of GE Capital

Genworth Financial, Inc. is a financial security company providing insurance, wealth management, investment and financial solutions.

Previous Positions:

  • Senior VP of GE Insurance, a business unit of GE Capital
  • Senior VP at GE-FAHI and its predecessor companies
  • Various human resources roles at operating units within GE Capital

Education:

  • Master’s of Organization Development [1983] Bowling Green State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Human Resources Management [1974] Bowling Green State University

Certifications:

  • General Electric Manufacturing Management Certification Program [1978]
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Edward G. Leedom

Position: Senior Vice President
Registered Principal of Harbor Funds Distributors, Inc.
Northbrook, IL

Currently:

Senior Vice President
Registered Principal of Harbor Funds Distributors, Inc.

Ed started his career with Harbor Capital Advisors, Inc. in 1989 and held various positions in the sales/marketing area from 1989-1996.  From 1997-2001, Ed was Regional Marketing Director in the Great Lakes Region for First Mercantile Trust Company.

Ed rejoined Harbor Capital Advisors, Inc. in 2001.  As a Senior Vice President of Harbor Funds Distributors, Ed’s responsibilities include developing and maintaining new and existing institutional client relations in the Lower Midwest region as well as managing internal sales support activities.

Previous Positions:

  • Marketing Director – Great Lakes/South, Harbor Capital Advisors
  • Senior Account Executive
  • Harbor Funds Distributors, Inc.
  • Regional Marketing Director, First Mercantile Trust Company

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration [1989] Bowling Green State University

Certified Financial Planner, College for Financial Planning, Denver, CO

 

 

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Marilee MacAskill

Position: Training Consultant/Business Development Manager
Dale Carnegie Training of Northeast Ohio
Cleveland, OH

Currently:

Training Consultant/Business Development Manager, Dale Carnegie Training of Northeast Ohio

Marilee is a certified Dale Carnegie Instructor as well as a consultant for businesses, and organizations that wish to offer professional development for their employees.  She has been with Dale Carnegie since 1995.

Previous Positions:

  • Vice President, Account Management and New Business Development, Griswold Advertising
  • Account Manager, 2nd Street Advertising 
  • Barnhart Advertising  

Education:

  • BSBA, Advertising, 1986, Bowling Green State University
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Douglas MacRae

Position: President
MacRae & Associates, LLC
Cincinnati, OH

Currently:

President, MacRae & Associates, LLC

Douglas works as Executive Advisor to Private Equity with focus on platform development, target & opportunity assessment, and growth strategy.

Previous Positions:

  • President, DuBois Industrial
  • President, Tremco Roofing, & Building Maintenance
  • Vice President, Global Business Segment Management for BASF Construction Chemicals
  • President & CEO/Vice President Business Management for Degussa Building Systems
  • Harris Specialty Chemicals
  • Tappan Appliances (White Consolidated Industries)

Education:

  • BSBA, Human Resources/Industrial Relations, 1984, Bowling Green State University.
  • Executive Leadership Program, INSEAD, Fontainebleu, France
  • Certificate in Financial Management, Cornell University
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Joseph McAleese

Position: Chairman
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
Elyria, OH

Currently:

CEO and President
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

Joe has strong executive leadership skills with diverse industry experience with more than 30 years at Bendix and Honeywell/AlliedSignal which previously owned Bendix prior to 2002.

Previous Positions:

  • Leadership roles at Bendix and Honeywell/AlliedSignal
    • Vice President of Finance
    • Vice President of OE Enterprise
    • Vice President of Six Sigma
    • Vice President of E-Business
    • Vice President of Operations

Education:

  • Master of Accountancy (1982) Bowling Green State University

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting (1981) Bowling Green State University

Why I serve on the College of Business Leadership Council:

I serve on the leadership council to give back to BGSU.  I had an outstanding experience at BGSU as a student, and I received an excellent business foundation that has enabled me to have a very successful career.  I would not be where I am, or who I am, if not for my BG experiences.  

I am on the board so I can provide my insights, as a business leader, to help BG continuously improve the business school curriculum / experience, to enable our graduates to flourish once they are in the business world.  I am proud to be a BGSU graduate, and proud of my continuing affiliation with the university thru the business school Board of Advocates.

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William D. McCleave

Position: Brand Marketing Director
Marathon Petroleum Company
Findlay, OH

Currently:

Brand Marketing Director
Marathon Petroleum Company

Previous Positions:

Positions at Marathon Petroleum

  • Manager, Terminal, Transport and Marine
  • Manager, International Risk Management and Trading in London
  • Multiple Marketing Management positions
  • Advanced Senior Trader within Supply, Distribution and Planning
  • Trader within Crude and Feedstock Acquisition

Education:

  • Graduate of Wharton Advanced Management program and the Oxford Institute for Energy
  • Master of Business Administration [1987] Houston Baptist University
  • Bachelor of Science, Human Resource Management [1982] Bowling Green State University
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Michael McGranaghan, Chair

Position: Vice President, Group Finance for J&J Pharmaceuticals Business
Johnson & Johnson (Retired)
Nashville, TN

Currently:

Vice President
Group Finance - Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals Business

Michael is a financial leader and member of the management board for the $25 billion global pharmaceuticals business, one of the fastest growing and most successful major pharmaceutical businesses in the world

Previous Positions:

  • Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer, Johnson & Johnson
  • Vice President, Group Finance for various J&J business
  • Vice President & CFO, Ethicon Endo-Surgery
  • Vice President & CFO, J&J - Merck Joint Venture
  • Vice President & CFO, Iolab
  • Vice President, Total Quality, Iolab

Education:

  • MBA (1982) high honors, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting (1980) magna cum laude, Bowling Green State University

 

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D'Aun Norman, Vice Chair

Position: Partner, Assurance Services
Ernst & Young, LLP
Detroit, MI

Currently:

Partner, Assurance Services
Ernst & Young, LLP

Ernst & Young (EY) has a globally recognized portfolio of services that combine core advisory strengths in protecting and improving organizations' performance with deep capabilities in assurance, tax and transactions.

D’aun is an Assurance Partner with 27 years of assurance and advisory experience in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.  D’aun has extensive experience leading audits of public and private companies that operate globally, including coordination of audit teams in over 40 different countries.  She has significant experience in SEC registration statements and reporting requirements and a variety of technical accounting issues.  D’aun is experienced in serving companies in the manufacturing, automotive, distribution, retail, and technology industries.

She served as the Assurance People Leader for our Michigan and Northwest Ohio area practices where she had significant involvement in mentoring, development and retention programs.  D’aun earned the 2016 Americas Inclusiveness Award at EY, recognizing leaders who actively work to create diverse high-performing teams by regularly practicing inclusive leadership. She is also a member of the Ernst & Young Global Account Partner Group.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting [1988] Bowling Green State University
  • Ernst & Young Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Memberships:

  • Member, AICPA and Michigan Association of CPAs

Certification:

  • Certified Public Accountant
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Michel Nouafo

Position: Vice President of International Household Sales
Vitamix
Cleveland, OH

Currently:

Vice President of International Household Sales
Vitamix

Michel’s origins and experience give him a rich and diverse cultural and professional background.  Born and schooled in Cameroon, Michel moved to France and then the US for his college education.  He graduated with an MBA in International Business from Bowling Green State University.

Following his education, he worked as a Business Consultant and a Financial Planner prior to joining Libbey Glass as an Export Sales Manager.  Michel held various positions at Libbey before he was promoted to the position of Vice-President, International Markets.  While working at Libbey, Michel also taught International Marketing classes at The University of Toledo.

Michel joined Vitamix in early 2011 and has been charged with helping the company grow its International Household business.  Michel and his family reside in Solon, OH (a suburb of Cleveland) where they enjoy the great family environment and surroundings.

Previous Positions:

  • Vice President, International Sales and Marketing, Libbey Inc.
  • Vice President/Commercial Director, International Markets, Libbey Inc.
  • Vice President, International Sales, Libbey Inc.
  • Vice President, International Marketing, Libbey Inc.

Education:

MBA, International Business [1987] Bowling Green State University

Associate of Science, Business Administration [1982] Institut Commercial Lyonnais

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Linda Parcher

Position: Executive Supply Chain Partner
Gartner
Akron, Ohio

Currently:

Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer
Diebold Incorporated

Linda has overall responsibility for center-led global manufacturing, procurement, supply planning, logistics and facilities operations for $3B publicly-traded corporation. She manages a team comprised of 9 direct reports and 1300 employees.

Previous Positions:

  • Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer- Diebold Incorporated
  • Vice President Direct Procurement- Diebold Incorporated
  • Director, Global Procurement- Diebold Incorporated
  • Director, Materials Management- Aultman Hospital

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science Business Administration, Bowling Green State University

Certifications:

  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM)
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Craig Parker

Position: Part Owner and CFO
Northeast Box Company
Ashtabula, Ohio

Currently:

Part Owner and CFO
Northeast Box Company

Previous Positions:

  • CFO - Nordic Air Inc.
  • Part Owner and CFO - Geneva Pipeline, Inc.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting (1979) Bowling Green State University
  • Master of Business Administration, (1981) University of Toledo

Certifications:

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
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Chris Pilkington

Position: Senior Vice President, International Division
Huntington National Bank
Columbus, Ohio

Currently:

Senior Vice President, International Division, Huntington National Bank

Chris acts as Product Specialist for Global Treasury Products including Canadian Treasury Management, Foreign Currency Accounts, and Foreign Item Deposits. He also supports the international banking needs of Huntington large corporate and middle market clients in several geographic areas. Products provided include global treasury, trade finance products, Export-Import Bank financing and other international structured finance, and credit insurance.

Previous Positions:

  • Senior Vice President, & Manager, Foreign Exchange and International Business Development, FirstMerit Bank
  • Vice President – Global Trade & Treasury Sales,National City Bank

Education:

  • BSBA, Operations Research, 1983, Bowling Green State University
  • MBA, Business Administration, 1985, Bowling Green State University.
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Charles Pona

Position: Partner
Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA
Cleveland, Ohio

Currently:

Partner with Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA

Charles also serves as the Managing Partner of its Consumer Collection Division. He practices in the areas of retail collection litigation and insurance subrogation and is a member of the Ohio Bar and Pennsylvania Bar. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is also Legal Advisor to Knights of Columbus-Council #310.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration [1982] 
    Bowling Green State University
  • Juris Doctor Degree [1986]

The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Memberships and Boards:

  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Fraternal Order of Police
  • Board of Schnurmann House Secretary
  • Mayfield Heights Board of Zoning Appeals [Jan. 1992-Dec. 1993]
  • Mayfield Heights City Council  [Jan. 1994-Dec. 2001]

Honors:

  • Past President of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys
  • Past P resident of Mayfield Heights City Council [Jan. 1998-Dec. 2001]
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Emil J. Ragones

Position: Independent Director & Adjunct Professor
Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston & Boston College
Boston, MA

Currently:

Director
Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston

Adjunct professor - Boston College

Emil has significant experience with information systems including design, evaluation and reporting on IT and financial controls.  His expertise includes planning and performing integrated financial statement audits and SOX 404 compliance, reporting on internal controls at service organizations (SAS70), and reporting on internal controls and subject matter other than financial statements.

Previous Positions:

  • Audit partner, Ernst and Young National Professional Practice Assurance and Advisory Business Services group
  • Partner, Ernst & Young

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting [1968] Bowling Green State University
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Ron Ranallo

Position: Vice President, ERP Implementation
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.
Toledo, Ohio

Currently:

Vice President, ERP Implementation, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

Ranallo supervises numerous business process owners who are tasked with designing and configuring the enterprise resource planning business processes and enabling software.

In March of 2008, Ron became the Director, Internal Audit at Cooper Tire & Rubber Company.  He is a Senior Executive with diverse management, financial leadership and international experience.  He has a reputation as a natural leader of people, impactful communicator with ability to deliver results.  He has strategic and operations planning and policy setting responsibilities.   Board of Directors reporting relationships and profit and loss accountability highlight a career of rapid advancement.

Previous Positions:

  • Vice President and Corporate Controlle, Owens Corning
  • Vice President – Owens Corning Construction Services
  • Vice President of Audit and Internal Consulting, Eaton Corporation

Education:

  • BS, Business Administration, 1981, Ohio University
  • MBA, 1982, Bowling Green State University.
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Jack Randolph

Position: Chief Information Officer
ProMedica Health System
Toledo, Ohio

Currently:

Chief Information Officer
ProMedica Health System

Mr. Randolph was President of Paramount Health Care since 1992.  Paramount Health Care is a diversified insurance company with four product lines:  Commercial, Medicare, Medicaid and Workers Compensation.  He has more than 35 years of experience in administration and financial management at The Toledo Hospital and ProMedica Health System.

Previous Positions

Before joining Paramount, Mr. Randolph was Vice President of Finance/MIS at The Toledo Hospital.  In this capacity, he had responsibility for medical records, admitting, and patient accounting and information systems.  Prior to becoming Vice President, Mr. Randolph served in a variety of capacities in The Toledo Hospital's Finance Department over the course of his career. 

In addition to his responsibilities as President of ProMedica’s Insurance division, Mr. Randolph has also served as the Chief Merger, Joint Ventures and Acquisitions Officer, Chief Construction and Property Management Officer as well as being responsible for corporate oversight of the expanded system-wide Customer Satisfaction Services, Call Center Departments and Corporate Operational Performance Improvements for ProMedica Health System at various points in his career.

Mr. Randolph currently serves on the Ohio Association of Health Plans (OAHP) Board and the Bowling Green State University Insurance Advisory Board.  He served as an Executive Committee Member and Chairman/Past-Chairman of the Health Plan Alliance Board and currently serves on the Membership Sub Committee; he served as President of the Boy Scouts of America, Erie Shores Council, and currently serving on the Executive Committee as well as the Trustee Committee.  He has served on the Executive Committee Board for the YMCA and as a Board member of the Lima Memorial Health System and Chairman of the Leadership Council for the American Diabetes Association of Northwest Ohio. Mr. Randolph was the Honorary Chair for the 2012 March of Dimes Campaign.

Education

Mr. Randolph is an American College of Healthcare Executive Fellow.  He holds a BBA from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from the University of Toledo. 

He is married and resides with his wife in Sylvania, Ohio.

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Phil Ridolfi

Position: CEO
NAS Recruitment Innovation
Cleveland, OH

Currently:

CEO, NAS Recruitment Innovation

Phil took the reins of NAS, an organization with a 67-year tradition of excellence in HR recruitment strategies. The HR landscape has changed dramatically in the last decade, and NAS has responded with products and services that expertly leverage the Internet and social media.

With a full complement of experts in media, technology and creative, NAS Recruitment Innovation offers an integrated approach to attracting and engaging talent. They help clients make the smartest online and offline media choices, and offer bold ideas to maximize SEO, SEM and social sharing. Their candidate attraction platform, ACTIVATE™, optimizes client’s jobs and delivers mobile and talent network options. Finally, they help clients implement, understand and act upon analytics at every turn to foster data-driven decision making and increase client’s results.

Previous Positions:

  • President, Ridolfi & Associates
  • Partner, SPS Partners LLC
  • CFO, Decker Forklifts
  • CFO, GALLO
  • Proprietor, NowDiningDeals.com.
  • Chief Financial Officer, American Environmental Group
  • President, BDS Financial Services
  • President, America’s Body Company
  • President, Great Lakes Truck Equipment
  • President, Buckeye Truck Equipment
  • Senior Accountant, Arthur Anderson

Education:

  • BS, Business Administration/Accounting, 1977, Bowling Green State University
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Martha Rogers

Position: Partner
Trustability Metrix
New York, New York

Currently:

Partner
Trustability Metrix

Recognized for more than 20 years as one of the leading authorities on customer-focused relationship management strategies, Dr. Rogers is an acclaimed author, business strategist and a founding partner of Peppers & Rogers Group, the world's premier customer-centric consultancy.

Business 2.0 magazine named Martha Rogers one of the 19 "most important business gurus" of the past century. The World Technology Network cited her as "an innovator most likely to create visionary 'ripple effects.'" In 2013, Martha Rogers was inducted into the Direct Marketing Association Hall of Fame. She has co-authored numerous international best-selling books and published extensively in academic and trade journals.

Previous Positions:

  • Copywriter and advertising executive

Education:

  • Ph.D., University of Tennessee
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting [1968] Bowling Green State University
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Mike Romanello

Position: President
PRO Financial Network
Rocky River, Oh

Currently:

President
Pro Financial Network

I specialize in working with families and business owners with their life, disability, long term care insurance and retirement needs.   

Education

Business Administration
Bowling Green State University 2002

Certifications

  • CEP
  • The Corporation For Long Term Care Certification Inc.
  • Million Dollar Round Table, Top of The Table

 

 

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Marta Rubcich

Position: Director of Mergers & Acquisitions Expertise Center
Dow Chemical Investment Co. Ltd.
Saginaw, MI

Currently:

Director of Mergers & Acquisitions Expertise Center, Dow Chemical Investment Co. Ltd.

She previously held M&A Director for Divestiture Carve-Outs, Audit Director for the Asian Pacific Division and Site Controller positions for the Dow Chemical Company. She led the Union Carbide Accounting System Conversion Project after Dow acquired the company. She is an expert on understanding and implementing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. She has been a guest speaker at several corporate financial seminars and workshops.

Education:

  • BS, Accounting, 1984, Bowling Green State University (summa cum laude)
  • MA, Accounting/Information Systems, 1988, Cleveland State University
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Scott Saunders

Position: Sr Vice President Leading Global Supply Chain Management
HAVI
Downers Grove, IL

Currently:

Sr Vice President Leading Global Supply Chain Management, HAVI

Previous Positions:

  • Vice President Global Supply Chain, Moen
  • Sherwin Williams Company
  • Hoffmann LaRoche Pharmaceuticals
  • Barnes Group.

Education:

  • BS, 1982, Business Administration, Bowling Green State University
  • MBA, Quantitative Business Analysis and Marketing, Cleveland State University
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Spencer Seaman

Position: First VP Wealth Management
UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Rocky River, Oh

Currently

Vice President
Wealth Management

Education

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Bowling Green State University 1979

 

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Lori Siegworth

Position: President/CEO
Grais Partners
Upper Arlington, OH

Currently:

Chief Strategy and Organization Effectiveness Officer
State Auto Insurance Companies

As Chief Strategy and Organization Effectiveness Officer, Lori directs the State Auto Group’s corporate communication, marketing and brand, community relations and human resources areas and serves as a member of the senior executive team. Lori is a seasoned executive with multi-functional experience in the areas of strategy, marketing, sales, corporate communication, business process improvement and organization development/human resources.  She has worked at the executive level including positions in international financial services serving the European, Latin American and Asian Markets.

Previous Positions:

  • Executive leadership positions - Nationwide Insurance Co.
  • Multiple strategic and operations management roles – Sprint Corporation

Education:

  • Master of Organization Development [1999] Bowling Green State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication [1989] Cum Laude, Bowling Green State University

Certifications:

  • Certified Executive Coach designation- Hudson Institute
  • Graduate of the Leadership Columbus Program
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Elizabeth Smith

Position: Global Supply Chain Solutions Lead
Owens Illinois
Toledo, OH

Currently:

Global Supply Chain Solutions Lead, Owens Illinois

Elizabeth helps the VP resolve complex and minor day-to-day issues with regional teams and other functional leaders. She has been with OI since 2014 when she was a Supply Chain Global Process Leader.

Previous Positions:

  • Global Program Manager, Tenneco
  • Honeywell

Education:

  • BSBS, Management, 1992
  • MBA, Operations & Supply Chain Management, 1994
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Sheila Spradlin Reich

Position: Owner/Partner
The XPat Desk
Cincinnati, OH

Currently:

Owner/Partner
The XPat Desk

Previous Positions:

  • Managing Director, International Banking, Huntington National Bank
  • Senior Vice President and Director; Government and Institutional Banking, Fifth Third Bank
  • Sr. Vice President, Large Corporate and International Banking, Fifth Third Bank
  • Sr. Vice President, International Banking and Foreign Exchange Trading, Fifth Third Bank

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science, International Business (1987) Bowling Green State University

Why I serve on the College of Business Leadership Council:

As an International Business Major at Bowling Green, I was given the unique opportunity to intern overseas and graduate with strong Japanese language skills.  This experience and skill set prepared me for a very rewarding career in international finance.  As a member of the Business Leadership Council, I am passionate about sponsoring similar international opportunities for BG’s current students to prepare our future business leaders for what is truly a global economy.

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Mark Sponseller

Position: CPA
Alvarez & Marsal Transaction Advisory Group, LLC
New York, NY & Cleveland, OH

Currently:

CPA
Alvarez & Marsal Transaction Advisory Group, LLC

Senior Financial Leader / Chief Financial Officer with over 20 years of finance and accounting experience across manufacturing, distribution and services sectors with a significant focus in consumer products.

Previous Positions:

Former partner with both PricewaterhouseCoopers & Alvarez and Marsal with a proven track record of driving accounting, finance and control best practices & process improvements for PE-backed, private and publicly held firms. Deep financial, accounting, and mergers & acquisition experience including working with various ownership and capital structures. Successfully executed roles as Interim C.F.O. and Global Finance Director through employing a positive and pragmatic management style in working to foster collaboration and effectively liaise with multiple stakeholders in executing company strategy (e.g., private equity client team, senior management team, other professionals and staff, cross functional teams, customers, lending sources, attorneys, etc.). 

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Greg Stefani

Position: First VP
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
COO in Fourth Federal Reserve District
Cleveland, OH

Currently:

First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Greg is the second ranking official of the bank which represents the Fourth Federal Reserve District, comprised of Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky and the northern panhandle of West Virginia. He chairs the bank’s Executive Leadership Team and oversees all operating, financial, and support activities in the Cleveland headquarters, as well as the bank’s branches in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.

Previous Positions:

Held positions of increasing responsibility throughout various functions including:

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Credit and Risk Officer
  • Senior Bank Examiner
  • Assistant Bank Examiner

Education:

  • MBA (1993) Bowling Green State University
  • Graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (2011)
  • Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado (1986)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance (1983) Bowling Green State University

Why I serve on the College of Business Leadership Council:

I serve on the College of Business Leadership Council because it affords me a great opportunity to give back to BGSU. I have such positive memories from my undergraduate and graduate experiences on campus. BGSU provided me with a strong foundation, valuable contacts, and opportunities necessary to enter the business world. With my 30+ years of work experience at the nation’s central bank, I’ve learned that “education” is a key driver of economic growth. It is my hope that BGSU’s business program remains a strong and vital component to the learning system and that its students and alumni continue to play an important role in helping our region prosper.

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Rich Wallack

Position: Vice President, Government Business Unit
Regional Vice President
Medical Mutual of Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio

Currently:

Vice President, Government Business Unit Regional Vice President, Medical Mutual of Ohio

Wallack is responsible for retaining and growing business with groups of all sizes and market segments in the five-county region served by Cleveland-based Medical Mutual. Wallack has many contacts in the area after years of managing contracts with healthcare providers and various aspects of sales for Medical Mutual. Richard has been with Medical Mutual for over 25 years. Most recently, Wallack served as vice president of public sector. He was responsible for sales and customer service for Medical Mutual’ s publicly supported customers, such as the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. Previously, 2002 – 2005, he had been VP, Network Development, for UnitedHealthCare, serving the greater Cleveland/Akron area.

Education:

  • BSBA, Accounting, 1985, Bowling Green State University.
  • MBA, Finance, 1995, Cleveland State University.
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Michael Ward

Position: Attorney
Reminger Co., L.P.A.
Cleveland, Ohio

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Steve Zerby

Position: Vice President and CIO
Owens Corning
Toledo, Ohio

Currently:

Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Owens Corning


Steve Zerby is the vice president and chief information officer of Owens Corning, a world leader in building materials and composite systems and solutions. Mr. Zerby leads the Global Information Services (GIS) organization, which includes all Owens Corning project portfolio management and information technology.
 
Mr. Zerby has 14 years of information technology experience at Owens Corning, during which he has led all aspects of information technology. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Zerby served as vice president of application delivery and Europe information technology. In this role, he had accountability for systems delivery, project management, web technology, business information and the GIS European team. In 2013, Mr. Zerby was recognized by Computerworld as one of the 100 premier IT leaders in the U.S., leading Owens Corning to recognition as one of Computerworld’s 100 best places to work in IT in 2014.
 
Previous Positions:

Before joining Owens Corning in 2000, Mr. Zerby had 13 years of experience at Marathon Oil Company in Findlay, Ohio, and Houston, Texas; and NCR Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. At Marathon, he had various roles providing technology leadership to finance, legal, production, refining and marketing.
 
Education:

Bachelor of Business Administration, Management Information Systems (1987)
Bowling Green State University

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Steven R. Zirkel, Immediate Past Chair

Position: President
Blue Everest LLC
Monclova, Ohio

Currently:

President Metl-Span
NCI Building Systems, Inc,

Previous Positions:

Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Commercial Excellence
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Positions within Owens Corning

  • General Manager, Global Thermoplastics Business
  • Director Commercial Buildings & Strategy
  • Director Global Marketing & Communications
  • Director Global Marketing and Strategic Growth
  • Managing Director, General Manager Asia Pacific & Chairman Owens Corning Japan
  • Managing Director Global Automotive & Marketing
  • Director of Sales & Business Development Manager Asia Pacific
  • Global Product Manager – Composite Solutions
  • Country Manager United Kingdom & Ireland

Education:

  • MBA (1992) Saint Joseph’s University
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology (1984) Bowling Green State University

Why I serve on the College of Business Leadership Council:

My passion for closer collaboration between Bowling Green State University and Companies, regionally and globally, is one of the main reasons I serve on the College of Business Leadership Council. As the relationship get closer everyone benefits, especially the students. Having my undergraduate degree from Bowling Green prepared me for a successful life after graduation.  My hope is more and more students that graduate from Bowling Green State University have even greater opportunities.