Stephen AkardStephen Akard is Director of International Development for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). In 2005, the IEDC replaced the Indiana Department of Commerce as the premier entity charged with state economic development.
Akard is a native of Indianapolis and earned undergraduate degrees in economics and French from Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis (1986), a law degree from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis (1989), and an MBA from the Indiana University Graduate School of Business (1989). Prior to joining the IEDC, Akard served as a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. At the Department of State, he held positions as a Special Assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell, as a Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, and as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai (Bombay), India.
EYAL H. BARASH
Eyal Barash is of counsel in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, concentrating his practice in patent prosecution, counseling, and patent litigation, particularly in the pharmaceutical and chemical fields. Mr. Barash spent the past eight years with a large intellectual property firm in Washington, DC. His scientific experience includes solid-state, physical, analytical, and synthetic chemistry as well as chemical instrumentation. He has drafted patent applications on new chemical entities, chemical processes and solid forms, and has advised clients on how to obtain effective patent protection in these areas. Mr. Barash also has experience with patent infringement litigation with particular emphasis on cases relating to solid form and chemical synthesis patents. He holds a B.S in chemistry and a B.A. in history from Indiana University, and an M.S. in physical chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Barash obtained his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law where he served as Articles Editor for the Northwestern Law Review. Mr. Barash is admitted to practice law in Indiana, Illinois, the District of Columbia and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
JONATHAN S. FREEMAN
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education & Technology
Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa
Master of Science in Manufacturing Management
Kettering University – Flint, Michigan
Jon started with Packard Electric Division of General Motors in 1985 and worked in various manufacturing and supply chain roles within the U.S. and Mexico, including two years as Plant Manager.
I. L. (IGNACIO) GARCIA
Vice President-Global Purchasing and Manufacturing SupportGarcia
Born in Mexico City, where he studied his elementary school but later he moved with his family to San Luis Potosi. Ignacio has a BS in Industrial Engineering with specialization in Production Systems from the Technological Institute of San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
He worked 6 years in the start up of General tire Mexico Plant, but in 1982 he accepted a job in Cummins, Inc for the start-up of the Cummins’ Plant as an Assembly Quality Engineer.
BRION G. ST.AMOUR
Brion St.Amour is an associate in the Intellectual Property Group. He assists clients in drafting patent applications and responses to official office actions from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He also helps clients whose patents have been challenged in litigation proceedings, conducts intellectual property audits and coordinates projects working directly with in-house counsel of large corporate clients. He received his juris doctorate from the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis in 2004, where he competed in Moot Court, served as vice justice for Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, served as president of the Law and Technology Association, and worked on the Student Bar Association. He is actively involved in EPICS (Engineering Projects In Community Service) at Purdue University where lectures to the group on intellectual property topics and serves as a contest judge. Mr. St.Amour is registered as a patent attorney, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in patent cases. He also is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.
Craig began his career with Philip Morris in 1980 as a Quality Assurance Supervisor. He advanced through various levels of leadership in the Quality Function before joining the Operation’s Strategic Planning group in 1994. Craig began his Purchasing career in 1997 followed by a five year term in Manufacturing. Craig rejoined the Purchasing department in his current role in 2004 after a two year assignment as the Operations Director of Philip Morris Limited in Melbourne Australia.
ROGER C. STEWART
Roger Stewart is an adjunct professor in the Krannert MBA, teaching International Finance and Fixed Income to second year MBA’s. He began teaching in West Lafayetee in 2005. Prior to that he taught International Finance in Purdue’s German Executive Master’s program in Hannover, Germany. He has been named a distinguished teacher, enjoys advising students on career planning, and has lectured numerous times on campus.
THOMAS J. WARD
Vice PresidentThomas Ward
Integrated Supply Chain
Thomas J. Ward joined Air Products in 1981 as a development engineer for applied research and development. He subsequently held a variety of positions in product management and global marketing, as well as general management within the company’s gases businesses. Ward was named business director of SAP in 2001, during which time he oversaw the first four releases of SAP, and assumed his current position in July 2004. Ward is responsible for Continuous Improvement, Process Management, Knowledge Management, Supply Chain Master Data and Supply Chain Planning.
Dan Weinfurter is an accomplished entrepreneur and currently the Chief Executive Officer of Capital H Group, a rapidly growing consulting firm that helps companies create value through people for better business results. With significant private equity backing, Capital H Group has embarked on a major expansion in the human capital consulting area and, in the last two years, has opened seven offices coast-to-coast.
Partner & COO, Baker Street Solutions, LLC.
Alex is a result-oriented and customer-focused executive with demonstrated record of P&L success in the U.S., European and Emerging Markets. He possesses solid background in General Management, Operations, Finance and Customer Service.
Presently, Alex is a Partner & COO of Baker Street Solutions “(BSS”), a consumer insights & product innovations company. BSS has developed a proprietary methodology, called ‘The Right to Succeed™’ to help companies create, manufacture and bring to market superior (consumer preferred) products and services. To do so, BSS has forged global alliances with top tier, multinational R&D and manufacturing companies.
Marc Hochman is the Vice President of Global Operations. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the strategic sourcing field, with specific expertise in chemicals and energy. Marc has prior work experience with American Cyanamid, where he was the Director of Purchasing for Chemicals and Energy, and with Air Products, where he held a variety of roles including: procurement of chemicals and energy, finance, applied research and development and cost engineering. Marc served as Vice Chairman of the Georgia Industrial Group in 1990-91 and on the Rate and Quality Subcommittees of the Tennessee Valley Industrial Committee in 1990-91. He holds an M.S. in Management from Krannert Graduate School of Management from Purdue University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering also from Purdue.
Gary L. Griswold
Mr. Griswold is President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of 3M Innovative Properties Company. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University, an M.S. in Industrial Administration from Purdue University, and a J.D. with honor from the University of Maryland. He has practiced intellectual property law at 3M and E. I. dupont de Nemours and Co. for a total of 24 years. For a 6-year period Mr. Griswold managed the Dental Products Division of 3M. He is Past President of the Intellectual Property Owners, Inc., Past President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Past Division and Committee Chair of the American Bar Association-Intellectual Property Law Section, Chair of the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations, Member of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s Industry Functional Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property Rights for Trade Policy Matters, and was an alternate member of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce's Advisory Commission on Patent Law Reform, 1991-1992.
William E. Kassling
Bill Kassling is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wabtec Corporation. Kassling was initially appointed to these roles in 1990 when he and other management purchased the company from American Standard Incorporated. In February 2001, Kassling relinquished his responsibilities as president and CEO to Greg Davies, but remained chairman of the board. When Davies resigned from the company in May 2004 for health reasons, Kassling was reinstated.
Director - Procurement
He joined Rolls-Royce in 1998, previously working in various purchasing and supply roles with the Ford Motor Company in the UK, USA and Germany. He was appointed to the Group Executive in 2000.