Marketing Advisory Board


The Marketing Advisory Board is comprised of successful alumni and friends of the Department of Marketing. 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 Marketing Advisory Board.

Dan Boehm

Dan Boehm

Position: Executive Vice President
Toledo, OH


Dan is a performance-driven and customer-focused marketing professional with areas of expertise in strategic business planning, profit & loss management, coaching/mentoring, market research, and more. Currently he serves as an Executive VP at LiveShopperSassie, and is responsible for managing the Shopper Insight functions of the company along with consulting for a variety of clients. Previously, he was an Executive VP at Kantar Retail, in Management and Leadership positions from 2014 - 2018.


BGSU, Bachelor’s of Arts, Business, Minor: Psychology ‘85

University of Toledo, Master of Business Administration, Finance and Marketing


Patrick Bruen

Position: Director of Marketing
Kyle Media Inc.
Toledo, OH


Patrick is a marketing leader with a proven record for increasing sales. He has a passion for creating a culture of consultative selling, and currently serves as the Media Sales Consultant at WTOL. He is also an adjunct professor at BGSU and Terra State Community College, teaching marketing and business courses.


BGSU, Master of Business Administration, Business ‘10

Franciscan University, Bachelor’s of Arts, Communications


Jillian Downey

Position: Territory Manager
Terumo Medical
Toledo, OH


Jillian is a performance driven sales representative with a record for turning around underperforming sales territories. With areas of expertise in strategic selling, needs based selling, and coaching/mentoring. Currently she serves as a Territory Manager for Terumo medical and is responsible for advising surgeons during various endovascular procedures. Previously, she was an Account Manager for 8 years with Stryker Medical.


BGSU, B.S. Secondary Language Arts, 2005


William H. Ficken Jr.

Position: Realtor
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
Westlake, OH


For the past 13 years, Bill has been serving as a realtor at the Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. He has an extensive career in the housing and automotive industry. He spent his first 11 years working for IBM in Northeast Ohio, then proceeded to serve in senior management sales and marketing with Moen Faucet, Merillat Cabinetry, Gerber Plumbing Products and Fields Automotive Group. He is also a member of Schmidthorst College of Business’ Leadership Council.


BGSU, B.S. Business Administration ‘63


Jerry Foy

Position: Area Manager
Liberty Mutual Insurance
New Albany, OH


Jerry is an experienced area manager with a demonstrated history of working in the insurance industry. During his 26 years at Liberty Mutual Insurance, he has served in the Area Manager role for over 12 years, and is responsible for new business growth, retention, customer satisfaction and acquisition cost for the state of Ohio. He was the Regional Director of Sales at Liberty for more than 3 years before assuming the current position.


BGSU, B.S Business Administration, Finance, General ‘88

Ohio University, Master of Business Administration ‘02


Davida Frick

Position: Director of Sales
CTIA [Retired]
Washington, D.C.


Davida is currently retired from her position as the Director of Sales at CTIA (The Wireless Association) after having spent over 6 years at the company. Prior to retirement and CTIA, she led sales activities at DecisionHealth, XO Communications, and The Paragon Group.


Kent State University, Bachelor of Business Administration, Economics and Business Management ‘95

Jon Harding

Jon K. Harding

Position: Managing Director
Engine US
Toledo, OH


With over 29 years of experience in the market research industry, Jon currently serves as the Managing Director of Engine US, a marketing solutions company. Prior to joining Engine US, Jon held a number of senior level positions at TNS, NFO WorldGroup (acquired by TNS), Nielsen, and Harris Interactive.


BGSU, B.S. Business Administration, Marketing ‘85


Grace Heese

Position: Marketing & Sales Consultant
Cleveland, OH


A proven sales and marketing professional, Grace is currently a Sales and Marketing Consultant. Most recently, Grace was Underwriting Account Manager with ideastream WVIZ-WCPN-WCLV, public broadcasting for Northeast Ohio, for 11- 1/2 years.  Prior to that, she worked in various marketing/account/sales positions at Northern Ohio Live Magazine, Wolf Group Advertising Agency, Penton Publishing, and others.


BGSU, B.S. Business Administration, Advertising ‘78
Kent State University, MBA Marketing '83


Ben Kister

Position: Manager
Centric Consulting
Columbus, OH


Ben currently serves as the Senior Consultant with the Columbus Operating Unit of Centric Consulting, a business consulting and technology solutions firm. During his tenure, he has served in various positions within the firm, including Business Analyst, Iteration Manager, Project Manager, among other duties.


BGSU, B.S. Business Administration, Marketing ‘16


Stephanie Kuharik

Position: Worldwide Readiness Program Manager
Apple Inc.
Cupertino, CA


Stephanie joined Apple in 2019 and currently serves as a Program Manager in Global Operations for New Product Introductions. Previously, she spent over 4 years at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, where she managed the product plan and determined the feature offerings for the next generation Jeep Grand Cherokee.


BGSU, B.S. Business Administration, Marketing ‘11

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, Master of Business Administration ‘15


Collin Levandowski

Position: Technical Account Manager
Chicago, IL


Collin is passionate about the intersection of business and technology, and currently serves as the Customer Success Account Manager (CSAM) within Microsoft’s Enterprise Commercial Manufacturing vertical. In this role, he was primarily responsible for the overall growth, quality, and satisfaction of each customer relationship. During his internship at Gartner, he finished #1 out of 180+ other sales interns, creating 110 sales cycles within 10 weeks & beating out the company’s intern record. He also won 1st place in BGSU’s Sales Competition in 2018, and was given the outstanding senior award within the Sales/Marketing specialization for the 2019-2020 academic year.


BGSU, B.S. Business Administration, Specializations in Sales & Services Marketing and International Business ‘20


Mike Metzger

Position: Marketing Manager
Terra State Community College
Fremont, OH


Mike was the Senior Graphic & Digital Designer at the Terra State Community College, handling print and digital media materials and campus photography for the marketing department, before assuming his current role as the Marketing Manager. Prior to joining the college, Mike was a Prepress Production Artist at CMC Group, responsible for preflighted and output files for multiple press operations. Mike used to be a teaching assistant in the Visual Technology Communication program at BGSU.


BGSU, Bachelor of Science, Visual Communication Technology ‘06

BGSU, M.Ed. Career and Technology Education ‘09


Adam Pancoast

Position: Digital Marketing Manager
Buckeye Broadband
Northwood, OH


Adam currently serves as the Digital Marketing Manager for Buckeye Broadband, where he manages all aspects of the Digital Strategy which include: website and app user experience, social media, SEO, SEM, E-Commerce, media buying, marketing automation, blogging and content marketing. Previously, he has worked with WTVG-TV and NBC-24.


BGSU, Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication ‘03