Student Ambassador Sponsors

Business College Ambassadors

Our Sponsors

Our generous sponsors enhance our program and the Schmidthorst College of Business by funding our uniforms, training, professional development, and travel with the Dean.

Sponsors provide a minimum donation of $1,200 to the Student Ambassador Program. To become a sponsor click on the “Give” link in the top-right corner, then select Schmidthorst College of Business Student Ambassadors under destination.

Current Sponsors


Robert Battaglia

  • Position: Founder & Executive Chairman
    One Legal LLC
    Petaluma, CA

Bob earned his BS, Business Administration [1960] from Bowling Green State University. Bob is a serial entrepreneur having founded and sold five companies for profit. He spent time in both Hong Kong and the Philippines. In Hong Kong he operated two businesses and eventually sold them, then in the Philippines started 8 pizza restaurants in the Metro Manila area, then sold them. After returning to the USA, he bought Snow Lion, brought the company back to life after being bankrupt, and sold it. He is the founder of Fettuccine Bros. And the co-founder and CEO of One Legal LLC.

Bob was inducted into the inaugural class of the Dallas-Hamilton Hall of Fame in 2008. He also was named a Significant Sig by the Sigma Chi Fraternity in 2009.


Joseph & Judith Conda

  • Position: Joseph: President (Retired)
    Owens-Illinois HealthCare Packaging
    Perrysburg, OH
    Judith: Behavior Consultant (Retired)
    Wood Country Educational Services Center
    Bowling Green, OH

Joseph Conda is currently on the Paul J. Hooker advisory board and is retired after 47 years of being dedicated to the pharmaceutical industry. Also, he was the President for Owens-Illinois HealthCare Packaging. His wife, Judith, was recently on the Leadership Council Board for the College of Education & Human Development. She worked for 34 years as a special educator including 14 for the Wood County Educational Services Center, where she was a behavioral consultant. Joseph and Judith are both philanthropists who support Literacy in the Park Saturday at Bowling Green State University’s Field House, The Toledo Museum of Art, and more. They also offer a BGSU academic scholarship that recognizes a college student who is matriculating in Intervention Services and is also employed by Wood County Board of MR/DD, with preference given to students working at wood Lane Residential Services.


Emanuele “Manny” Conti

  • Position: CEO
    Opus Global
    Palo-Alto, CA

Emanuele “Manny” Conti is the CEO of Palo Alto-based Opus Global, having been appointed in September 2016. Opus Global is a provider of SaaS-based compliance solutions, created through a $500 million partnership between GTCR, one of the world's leading private equity firms, and Doug Bergeron, former CEO of VeriFone. Previously, Conti was CEO of Kroll Inc., a leading global provider of investigations, compliance and risk management services, cyber security solutions, ediscovery services, and data and information services. Conti received a Bachelor of Arts in finance from BGSU in 1989 and an MBA from the University of Chicago. As a student, he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity. Conti served as a commencement speaker in 2015.


Joe Fisch

  • Position: Founder, President & CEO
    United States Beverage, LLC
    Stamford, CT

Joseph Fisch, Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of United States Beverage, has over forty years of experience in the premium alcoholic beverage industry. After graduating from BGSU in 1971, Fisch began his business career in the Management Trainee Program at Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc., the world-wide leader in wine and spirits sales based in New York City. Fisch directed Seagram’s entry into the beer business.


John Gawaluck

  • Position: Partner, CPA (Retired)
    Ernst & Young
    London, England

A 1973 BGSU graduate with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, John Gawaluck worked for EY, formerly Ernst & Young, for 41 years until his retirement in 2014. During his tenure with EY as a certified public accountant, he held several key leadership positions and served the firm’s top clients, including many Fortune 250 companies. As a student, Gawaluck was active in Beta Alpha Psi, Delta Sigma Pi, Alpha Phi Omega and was a member of BGSU’s varsity lacrosse team. Gawaluck currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.


Allen “Al” Green

  • Position: Owner/Founder
    A.A. Green Realty Inc. & Allen A. Green Builder & Developer
    Bowling Green, OH

Al is well-known in the Bowling Green community and his name is synonymous with the real estate market. He has more than 40 years of experience in real estate development and commercial, industrial, farm, multi-family and student housing markets. He graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s in agricultural education. Prior to founding A.A. Green Realty in 1975, Al was a science and vocational agriculture teacher for seven years.

Al, along with his wife Mary, have been long-term supporters of BGSU athletic programs and academics through scholarships. Al has been a member of the Presidents Club and the Falcon Club. Al serves is on the Board of Directors for the Bowling Green Community Foundation. 


David Hainline

  • Position: CEO
    CSI Florida
    Key West, FL

David earned his Bachelor of Arts, College of Arts & Sciences [1983] from Bowling Green State University. He now is the 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. 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.


John Harbal

  • Position: CEO & Chairman (Retired)
    Impact Products
    Toledo, OH

John Harbal, II was a Bowling Green State University Schmidthorst College of Business graduate with a major in marketing and a specialization in selling & sales management. He was employed ten years with the Colgate-Palmolive Company as a Sales Representative, Area Sales Manager and Regional Sales Training Executive, and spent two years at Airwick Industries as a National Accounts Manager. In 1985, John joined Impact Products, a family-owned business. He started as the National Sales Manager, moved on to V. P. of Sales & Marketing, and in 2001 became Chairman & CEO of Impact. Between October 2001 and September 2010, the company doubled sales and quadrupled in value. John retired in 2010.


Michael Hart

  • Position: CEO
    Toledo, OH

Michael earned his BA, Sales Management [1983] from Bowling Green State University. He is currently the CEO of 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.


Joe Hoffman

  • Position: President
    Timco Rubber Products, Inc.
    Cleveland, OH

Joe is currently the President of 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 its 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.


Julia Hoffman-Houghton

  • Position: Corporate Meeting Specialist
    JPMorgan & Chase Co.
    Columbus, OH

Paul Hooker

  • Position: Retired President (SFERRA Fine Linens), Founder (Rally Cap Sports)
    Seagirt, NJ

In 1977, just two years after graduating from Bowling Green State University with a BS in Business Administration, Paul Hooker purchased the New York City based luxury household linen importer, SFERRA, from the last of two family members who started the firm in 1891, Enrico and Albert Sferra. Paul recognized the need to maintain the company's identity and encourage growth within the luxury market. With that in mind, he took SFERRA from a one-room office on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan to a 35,000-square-foot distribution facility in Edison, New Jersey, plus a beautiful showroom just off of Madison Square Park in New York City. In the process, Paul grew annual sales from $250,000 when he bought the business in 1977 to over $30 million in 2011.

In 2010, Paul was recognized as one of the top 100 graduates in BGSU’s first 100 years, and he was inducted into the BGSU Dallas-Hamilton Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame in 2012.


Richard Kappel

  • Position: President & CEO (Retired)
    Advanced Computer Systems (ACS)
    Dayton, OH

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 was 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.


David Levey

  • Position: Executive Vice President (Retired)
    Forest City Enterprises, Inc.
    Cleveland, OH

Levey is a retired executive vice president with Forest City Enterprises Inc., an $8 billion, publicly traded real estate firm based in Cleveland. His responsibilities were in the residential, multifamily group, where he handled acquisition and development activities in the eastern part of the country. In his 26 years with Forest City, Levey’s duties also included syndication of public housing projects and development and construction of hotel properties. A nationally recognized expert in Historic Adaptive Reuse Development, he has been responsible for historic redevelopment in Philadelphia; Richmond, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Boston and Dallas, collaborating closely with the National Park Service to accomplish these urban redevelopment projects. Prior to joining Forest City, Levey was executive director of the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority. A frequent speaker at national conferences, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from BGSU in 1971.


Robert & Patricia Maurer

  • Position: Owners
    Greenbriar, Inc.
    Bowling Green, OH

Robert earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting [1965] from Bowling Green State University. Both are business and civic leaders in the community. They are owners of Greenbriar, Inc., a rental-management company with a broad portfolio of residential and commercial properties throughout northwest Ohio.

The Maurer’s have generously supported the University through a variety of philanthropic ventures including the Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center, the new home of the Schmidthorst College of Business opening in fall 2020. They also created an Accounting Chair at BGSU in 2010. They are members of The Presidents Club, the 1910 Society, The Cornerstone Club and Falcon Club. Robert serves as a member of the Leadership Council for University Libraries.


Bruce Misamore

  • Position: CFO (retired)
    YUKOS Oil Company
    Moscow, Russia

From early 2001 until the end of 2005, Mr. Misamore was the Chief Financial Officer of YUKOS Oil Company in Moscow, Russia, and served as a member of the YUKOS Management Committee. YUKOS was the then largest Russian oil company and the 4th largest oil producing company in the world with over 110,000 employees. For periods during that time he was Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Prior to joining YUKOS, Mr. Misamore had been Senior Vice President – Finance and Treasurer of PennzEnergy Company. Mr. Misamore’s prior positions also included Vice President and Treasurer of Pennzoil Company, various middle and upper middle financial management financial positions with Marathon Oil Company/USX Corporation, investment portfolio management for a large trust company and teaching finance at Bowling Green State University (BGSU).


Earle Malm

  • Position: President
    NVMLI Inc.
    San Ramon, CA

Earle received his BS, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration [1971] from Bowling Green State University. He is currently the President of NVMLI, Inc., his private investment company. Earle held Senior Executive positions in Sales, Marketing and General Management. He was responsible for revitalizing RCA’s Consumer Services business, expanding RCA’s Commercial Television business and leading the development of new business ventures into communications and services businesses.

Earle embarked in the investment industry with GT Capital Management, Inc. Initially he was responsible for developing GT Capital’s Institutional Business and later he assumed responsibilities as Chief Operating Officer for the GT Global Mutual Funds.

As Vice Chairman and President of ValueClick, an online advertising company now known as Conversant, Earle was instrumental in defining business strategy, developing key management and successfully completing the company initial public offering in March 2000.

After successfully completing the ValueClick IPO, Earle returned to the investment industry as President and CEO of HighMark Capital Management, Inc., a wholly owned registered investment advisory firm of Union Bank located in San Francisco. During his tenure, Earle was Chairman of HighMark’s Board of Directors, President of HighMark Funds and a Trustee of the HighMark Funds Board. In addition, he was a member of HighMark’s Investment Policy Committee and a member of Union Bank’s Fiduciary Management Committee.

In 2008, Earle was honored as one of BGSU’S Accomplished Graduates from the Schmidthorst College of Business. He has been named to Who’s Who in Finance and Industry. He also was one of five inaugural alumni investors in BGSU’s entrepreneurial program, “The Hatch”, a college version of the television show “Shark Tank”.


Tom McHugh

  • Position: Executive Vice President
    Heidelberg Distributing Company
    Perrysburg, OH

Mike McDaniel

  • Position: Senior Managing Director
    Accenture Operations
    Phoenix, AZ

Mike received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo, a Master of Business Administration degree [2001] from Bowling Green State University. He is currently the senior managing director for Accenture Operations Acquisition and Integration. In addition to his responsibilities in the area of industrialization of pre- and post-acquisition activities, Mike also leads Accenture Operations’ Global Sourcing and Procurement business, with a team of 4500 employees sourcing $137B of spend and managing over 22,000 sourcing projects per year.

Prior to his current role, Mike led operations for the Americas and delivery excellence globally. He also led Accenture’s Utilities services business, leading a team of more than 4000 employees delivering meter to-cash and customer care solutions to 15 global utility clients. Before joining Accenture in 2006, Mike held vice president roles at two Aerospace businesses, overseeing outsourcing operations. Prior to that, Mike held engineering positions at a leading motor vehicle manufacturing company and logistics company.


J. Douglas Miller

  • Position: Partner
    Shumaker, Loop, & Kendrick LLP
    Toledo, OH

Doug is currently a managing member and enterprise architect for MDM Ltd. He has led the development of numerous Private Equity, Preferred Equity and Venture Debt Investments to companies. He Participated in Strategic Planning, Equity and Debt Raise of a National Motor Sports Finance Company Developed and owned Real Estate, Developed Villas and other Real Estate Projects. Doug has also Participated in Accounts Receivable Factoring and Purchase Order Financing to Private Companies. He received his degree in Finance and Insurance at BGSU in 1985.


C. Ray Mullins

  • Position: Chief Judge (Retired)
    United States bankruptcy court, Northern District of Georgia
    Atlanta, GA

The Honorable C. Ray Mullins was appointed to the bench in Atlanta in 2000, becoming the first African American bankruptcy judge in the Eleventh Circuit, which consists of all federal districts in Georgia, Alabama and Florida. In 2012, he became the chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia. In 2013, Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court appointed Mullins to a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Federal Judicial Center, which provides training and research for the federal judiciary. Judge Mullins received his Bachelor of Science in business administration from BGSU in 1974 and his MBA in 1977. As a student, he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and served as their president. He has been married to his Falcon Flame, Beverly Mullins, for more than 40 years.


Valerie Newell

  • Position: Founder & Chairman
    RiverPoint Capital Management
    Cincinnati, OH

Valerie received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree [1975] from Bowling Green State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is the founder and Chairman of RiverPoint Capital Management and Director of the Private Client and High Net Worth Group.

Valerie has received numerous awards including the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce “We Lead” award in Entrepreneurship, 2008; National Women’s CEO Advisory Board; YWCA 1990 Career Woman of Achievement award; Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Business and Professional Woman of the Year, 1985; and Leadership Cincinnati Class X.


Theresa Popp Braun

  • Position: Regional Manager- Midwest
    AccessLex Institute Center for Education and Financial Capability
    Toledo, OH

Theresa has 18+ years’ experience in the higher education and non-profit sectors, including student financial aid, student affairs and personal wellness programming. In addition, her experiences as a student loan borrower navigating the process of financing and paying off her higher education costs have helped shape her perspective on the importance of personal finance knowledge for students. She also offers a Women in Business Leadership scholarship at Bowling Green State University. The Dr. Theresa Popp Braun Women in Leadership Scholarship was established to benefit a rising sophomore or rising second year BGSU undergraduate student who demonstrates leadership financial need.


John Prout

  • Position: President & CEO (Retired)
    TriHealth Inc.
    Cincinnati, OH

As President and CEO of TriHealth Inc., John Prout lead more than 10,000 employees, 80 ambulatory locations, 300 employed physicians and 1,700 independent medical staff to improve the health and well-being of Ohio’s citizens. The organization operates the largest corporate health and fitness program in Greater Cincinnati, the largest not-for-profit hospice in the region, and an active medical research program. Prout also holds the position of president and CEO of TriHealth’s three hospitals, Good Samaritan, Bethesda North and Bethesda Butler County. In 2016, Prout was recognized for his achievements with the prestigious Donald R. Newkirk Award by the Ohio Hospital Association.


John Riedl

  • Position: Vice President of West Coast Sales (Retired)
    Metro Networks
    Houston, TX

 John Riedl graduated from BGSU with a Bachelor of Science in marketing. After three years with Leo Burnett advertising, John joined ABC Television in the station’s division. He spent 28 years at ABC with stints at WLS-TV in Chicago, New York national sales and 22 years at KABC-TV in Los Angeles as general sales manager. He then spent 10 years as vice president of West Coast sales for Metro Networks before retiring. John was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, serving two terms as president. Recently, as a member of the class of 1965 50th reunion committee, John provided a generous lead gift for the Changing Lives for the World campaign, supporting the new Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center building, the future home of the Schmidthorst College of Business opening in 2020, as well as generous support for the Falcon Club and the School of Media and Communication. John served as president of a self-managed homeowner’s association at his second home in Big Bear Lake in California for 14 years before joining the BGSU Foundation Board.


Ron Ranallo

  • Position: Retired Chief Financial Officer
    Velocity, Inc.
    Holland, OH

Chief Financial Officer, Velocity Inc. Holland, OH

Before retiring Ron was responsible for the overall financial leadership of Velocity, a private company specializing in managed services. Velocity provides a wide range of voice, data and wireless solutions across a comprehensive portfolio of services, with the advantage of having single provider accountability.

Previous Positions:

  • Vice President - Business & Information Services - Cooper Tire
  • Vice President - ERP Implementation , Cooper Tire
  • Vice President and Corporate Controller, Owens Corning
  • Vice President – Owens Corning Construction Services
  • Vice President of Audit and Internal Consulting, Eaton Corporation


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

Tom Shanklin

  • Position: Executive Vice President for Business Development (Farran), Owner (Vertex Investments)
    Farran & Vertex Investments
    Missoula, MT

Tom Shanklin graduated from BGSU in 1991 with a BSBA in Marketing. Upon graduation, he joined his family’s business, a startup company in the State of Florida, Crestview Aerospace Corporation (CAC). With his leadership alongside his family, they took CAC from bankruptcy to the foremost aerospace subcontractor in the United States, employing over 1,300 people prior to selling to L-3 Communications in 2006. Currently, Shanklin is partner in Farran Realty Partners in Missoula, Montana as their Executive Vice President for Business Development. Farran specializes in developing luxurious mixed use, multi-family and student housing projects. He is involved as co-founder in two healthcare startups, Natura Health and Wellness Clinics and Ella Functional Medicine, both also based in Missoula. He manages his own investment company, Vertex Investments, and currently lives in Missoula part time and on Vieques Island off the coast of Puerto Rico part time, with his wife Myra.

Shanklin is a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and remains very active, serving on the Chapter Advisory Board. His father, Charles E. Shanklin ’51, chaired all three leadership boards at BGSU, including the Board of Trustees, Foundation Board, and Alumni Board, while remaining an avid supporter of BGSU and Sigma Chi throughout his life. Four of his five siblings also attended BGSU. There are currently multiple scholarship programs at University funded by the Shanklin Family. He loves to hunt, fly fish, and travel with family and friends.


Ed Ward

  • Position: Self Employed Mediator
    Tampa, FL

Edward Ward graduated from Bowling Green State University with his BS in Human Resource Management in 2958 and obtained his MBA from BGSU in 1960. In 1961, he served four years in the U.S. Navy JAG. Ed was an Assistant Professor of Business Law and Assistant to the Vice-President of Student Affairs at the University of Michigan in 1965. From 1975-1979, he was a prosecutor for the Office of the State Attorney. In 1979, he was a Senior Counsel member of the Jim Walter Corp. He was appointed to County Court in 1981 and in 2000 retired from Circuit Court. Ed was a member of Delta Tau Delta and a Member of the Alumni Board from 1958-1961.


Mike Winner

  • Position: President of commercial lines
    Grange Insurance
    Columbus, OH

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.


Steve Zirkel

  • Position: President & CEO
    Blue Everest LLC
    Toledo, OH

Steven R Zirkel is the President and CEO of Blue Everest LLC, a strategic growth consulting and business advising firm. For the past 35 years, he has led the growth of businesses domestically and around the world with several fortune 500 companies, made acquisitions in Asia and NA, and conducted business in over 30 countries. He has lived in London, England, Tokyo, Japan and has traveled to over 70 countries. His clients range from a large social media company, to leading global manufacturers to a leading supplier of custom picture frames. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University and attended business graduate school at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Steven has chaired and participated in key industry conferences/symposia in North America, Europe and Asia and has been featured as guest speaker to graduate and undergraduate students at BGSU. He serves on the Board of TutorSmart, is a member of the Private Director Association, and past Chairman of the Schmidthorst College of Business Leadership Council at BGSU. Steven has served on the Board of Directors for Paramount Insurance, American Red Cross, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and the Planning Commission of Malvern, PA. He has been married for 33 years and has two adult sons. He grew up in Chicago, IL, is an avid Chicago sports fan and currently resides in the Toledo area. Leisure activities include fitness, golf, cooking, reading, travel, and in the process of writing his first book.

Updated: 10/25/2022 02:34PM