Economics Advisory Board

The Economics Advisory Board is comprised of successful alumni and friends of the Department of Economics. The Board draws upon their professional expertise to advise the Dean, Department Chair, and faculty on strategic planning, curricula, student mentorship, co-ops, job placement, career development, faculty engagement with industry, and alumni affairs. In addition, the Board promotes the Department by highlighting the achievements of faculty, students, and alumni in their professional network. The Board meets once or twice per year. Members are expected to attend meetings and be available to advise the Chair between meeting(s).

Members are selected by the Dean and Department Chair. Prospective members should send a resume and statement of interest to the Department Chair. See the highly successful business leaders who have already made the commitment to serve on the Economics Advisory Board.


Catherine Stange Adams

  • Position: Procurement Manager
    American Eagle Outfitters
    Pittsburg, PA


Catherine currently serves as the Procurement Manager at American Eagle Outfitters, where she has been at for the last 11 years. In this role, she is responsible for sourcing and strategic initiatives related to indirect services and products. Prior to joining American Eagle Outfitter, she was the Manager - Procurement at Eaton Corporation.


BGSU, B.S Business Administration, Economics, Marketing, International Business ‘01

Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper School of Business, MBA, Operations, Marketing, Strategy ‘09


Jacob Dillon

  • Position: Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting
    Columbus, OH

Jacob currently works with Deloitte Consulting, as a senior consultant, specializing in the financial services industry. He enjoys helping clients achieve their strategic, operational and financial goals. Prior to Deloitte, Jake worked with J.P Morgan Chase where he focused on building the client experience strategy.


Patric Fransko

  • Position: Founder & CEO
    Eye Magnet Management Marketing Agency
    Newport Beach, CA


After nearly 20 years employed in corporate positions from territory manager, sales and marketing manager, COO and CMO, Patric decided to leave to start my own company, Eye Magnet Management Marketing Agency, helping small to medium size businesses with their digital marketing needs. His business is currently 5 years old, and they enjoy helping businesses that do not have the time to dedicate to marketing but also do not have the budget for a full time marketer.


BGSU, B.S Business Administration, Economics ‘96




Myron Lewis

  • Position: Underwriter
    JP Morgan Chase
    Chicago, IL


Myron has been with JP Morgan Chase since 2013.


Bowling Green State University, M.A. Economics 2007


William Manson

  • Position: Deputy General Counsel/Lawyer
    The Lubrizol Corp. [Retired]
    Cleveland, OH


Bill recently retired from his position as Deputy General Counsel of The Lubrizol Corporation and the leader of the International Affairs Section in Legal. Since joining Lubrizol in 1995, Bill has provided legal advice in a wide range of matters from questions regarding contracts and product distribution to the resolution of complex commercial and patent disputes. He is now still available to serve as a law consultant or a lecturer.


BGSU, Bachelor of Arts, Economics ‘74

BGSU, Master of Arts, Economics ‘75

Virginia Tech, Ph.D., Economics ‘80

Emory University School of Law, JD ‘85






Summer McVicker

  • Position: Senior Research Analyst
    Columbus, OH

Summer is currently a Senior Research Analyst at JobsOhio, which is Ohio's private economic development agency headquartered in Columbus, OH. She is responsible for analyzing industry trends and helping companies retain and expand existing operations as well as helping new companies establish a footprint in Ohio.

BGSU, M.A. Financial Economics
BGSU, B.S. Economics


Sarah J. Mugel

  • Position: Corporate Responsibility Officer, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel (Retired)
    National Fuel Gas Company

Sarah recently retired from her positions as Corporate Responsibility Officer, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel of National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE:NFG). At the time of her retirement, Sarah also held the position of Vice President and General Counsel of National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation, NFG’s interstate pipeline subsidiary. In these roles, Sarah provided legal, regulatory and governance advice and direction to National Fuel, as well as leading the enterprise risk management (ERM) and sustainability (ESG) programs, all in alignment with the company’s strategic priorities and with the goal of creating and growing shareholder value.


BGSU, Bachelor of Science Business Administration, Economics ‘86

Ohio State University College of Law, JD ‘89

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Erik Peck

  • Position: Vice President, Business Intelligence & Analytics

Eric currently serves as the Vice President, Business Intelligence & Analytics for the Sak, a leader in the designer handbag market. In this position, he controls all data enterprise-wide governance and utilization of information as a company asset, via data mining, analysis and strategy. Eric focuses his vision for business-wide data activities and champions for data ownership, standardization, accessibility throughout the international business. Before this role, he served as the Director of Finance, Pricing & Analytics at Trevco Inc. Throughout all of his career, his expertise has been shaped in the e-commerce and direct to consumer retail markets.


BGSU, Master of Business Administration '20
BGSU, Bachelor of Science in Economics '18


James Pesek

  • Position: Dean Emeritus
    Clarion University of Pennsylvania [Retired]

Jim Pesek is Dean Emeritus at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  In addition to his many years of service as the dean (and interim dean) of Clarion’s College of Business Administration and as a professor of management, at various times he served Clarion University as an interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, special assistant to the provost and vice president for academic affairs and chair of the Department of Administrative Science.  Prior to his tenure at Clarion, he was a faculty member at Mercyhurst College and worked as a labor market analyst/planner for the City of Cleveland.  Since retiring from Clarion University, Jim has provided management consulting services, served as a Certified Volunteer Medicare Counselor, and Co-Chair of Fundraising for Rail 66 Country Trail, a rails-to-trails project in Clarion County Pennsylvania.


BGSU, Bachelor’s of Science, Economics ‘74

Bowling Green State University, Master of Arts, Economics ‘75

University of  Pittsburgh, Ph.D., Business Administration (Human Resources Management & Industrial Relations) ‘84




Robert Thompson

  • Position: Senior Vice President, Senior Resident Director
    Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
    Toledo, OH


Robert joined Merrill in 2008, having begun his financial services career in 1992. Robert focuses on fixed-income strategies for the team and he enjoys working with clients to design approaches aimed at helping them achieve their financial goals.


Bowling Green State University '91 & '93

Updated: 02/28/2024 01:47PM