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PhD Alumni News

Dominique M. Hanssens has been appointed executive director of the Marketing Science Institute (MSI), a role in which he will oversee MSI-sponsored research and coordinate the interests of corporate members and academics from some 200 universities around the world. Hansenns is the Bud Knapp Professor of Marketing at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, where he has been on the faculty since 1977.


Talya Bauer has been awarded the status of Fellow in the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, an honor granted to only a small percentage of members. This was Bauer’s first year of eligibility, and she was the youngest of 10 recipients. Bauer is a professor of management at the Portland State University School of Business Administration in Oregon.

Kathy Parkison has been awarded a Fulbright for research and teaching in Tbilisi, Georgia, for fall 2005. Parkison has been at Indiana University–Kokomo since 1993 and has served as the MBA director there since 2001.

Neven Valev has been promoted to associate professor with tenure at Georgia State University. A member of the economics department, Valev previously served as an assistant professor.

Yasin Ozcelik has joined the information systems and operations management faculty at Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business in Connecticut as an assistant professor of management.

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Master's Alumni News

Steven N. Hirsch, MSIA, has joined BioMimetic Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Franklin, TN, as executive vice president, orthopedics, and chief operating officer. Hirsch comes to BioMimetic from Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics, where he was president of its European business.


Charlotte Otto, MSM, has become only the second woman to chair the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, a business advocacy group she recently helped rename the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. Since 2002, Otto has served as global external relations officer for Procter & Gamble Co., where she has worked for nearly
30 years. She is P&G’s first female corporate officer.

Scott E. Schubert, MSIA, has joined TransUnion as its new chief financial officer. Schubert comes to the Chicago-based global information solutions company from NTL Inc., where he was executive vice president and CFO. Schubert has also served as CFO for Williams Communications, vice president of global financial services for BP Amoco, and vice president of worldwide financial services for the Amoco Corporation.

Dominique M. Hanssens, MSIA. See PhD Alumni 1977


Matthew Mohr, MSM, has recently published his fifth book, titled Bringing Balance to Your Life. All five of the books Mohr has published deal with life issues surrounding entrepreneurs and leading a fulfilling life. He also presents motivational seminars and speeches to businesses in transition, along with giving general motivation-orientated public speeches.

Kent Thomas, MSM, has been appointed by the governor of Missouri to serve on the state’s Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission, which works with communities that are affected by military issues. Thomas is chancellor of Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU)–West Plains. He served in the U.S. Army for
24 years, achieving the rank of colonel, before joining SMSU.


Cynda Clary, MSM, has been promoted to assistant to the provost for academic affairs at New Mexico State University, where she works in the areas of student grievances, university accreditation, transfer student issues, and student retention. Clary was a faculty member for nine years and has also served the university as interim associate dean for academic programs in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics.


John Larson, MSM, has been appointed Pontiac-GMC divisional marketing general manager in Detroit, MI, and will continue as Buick, Pontiac-GMC general manager. Larson joined General Motors in 1986 and has held a variety of marketing and finance positions at Cadillac, GMAC, and GM Fleet and Commercial. He also is a member of the GM National Dealer Council and the GMAC Dealer Advisory Board.


Paul C. Varga, MSM, has been named CEO of Brown-Forman Corp. in Louisville, KY. Varga joined the company while working on his master’s degree at Purdue and became a full-time employee in 1987. He progressed through a series of increasingly responsible positions before becoming CEO of Brown-Forman Beverages, the corporation’s largest operating segment, in 2003. He is only the third leader of the company to come from beyond the Brown family.


Kathy Parkinson, MSM. See PhD Alumni 1994.


Evan W. Fleisher, MSM, has accepted a position as a business process consultant with Eagle Point, a civil engineering firm in Dubuque, IA, and a leader in land development business solutions. He previously was an independent consultant Tri-State Logistics Inc. and president of his own consulting firm.


Ken Klemme, MSM, has been named to lead the Indiana Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing Agency, a program that reduces risk to grain producers through licensing and inspections of grain handlers. Klemme has been with Indiana agribusiness and investment group Demeter LP since 1979, and was most recently a member of the BioCrossroads Ag Strategy Advisory Board.

Doug Elkins, MSM, has been named chief information officer of the state of Arkansas by Governor Mike Huckabee. Most recently, Elkins served as Arkansas’ executive director of the state’s Department of Information Systems.

Gail Farnsley, MSM, has been promoted to vice president and chief information officer for Cummins Inc. in Columbus, IN. In her new role, Farnsley will implement a global IT strategy to drive standard processes, architecture, and applications across Cummins. She joined the company in 1997 as an internal consultant, and held several positions of increasing responsibility prior to her current appointment.


Darren Lehrich, MSM, has joined Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.’s Global Markets division in New York City as a managing director covering the healthcare facilities sector, including acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient dialysis facilities, behavioral hospitals, and hospice providers. Lehrich previously was a managing director and senior analyst covering the healthcare facilities sector at Piper Jaffray and Co.


Yisel M. Ramos, MSM, writes, “After six years as a consultant for CGI-AMS (formerly AMS), I’ve recently accepted a senior consultant position at Booz Allen Hamilton with their Defense Systems group in the Washington, DC, metro area.”


Gregory T. Carter, MSM, married Megan L. Brown on September 18, 2004. He is a senior business analyst with Caterpillar Logistics Services Inc. in Morton, IL.


Andrea Sjovall, MSM, has accepted the position of corporate responsibility manager with Wal-Mart. She has relocated to Bentonville, AR, to work in the company’s corporate office.


Gerardo Discepolo, MBA, has been named executive vice president of marketing and product development at Gemeinhardt Co. LLC in Elkhart, IN. An accomplished flautist, Discepolo previously was president of the Haynes Flute Company and vice president of Boston-based Eastman Winds. Gemeinhardt is the world’s largest exclusive manufacturer of flutes and piccolos.


Cheryl (Guderjan) Getten, MBA, married Brian Getten (BSAE 1997) on April 16, 2005. She is a senior projects accountant at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Jose V. Proano, MBA, and his wife, Margarita Munoz, announce the birth of their son, Jose Manuel, on July 15, 2004. Proano is director of finance for Enlace Negocios Fiduciarios in Pichincha, Ecuador.


Khrystyne Heard, MSHRM, has taken a position with LifeScan, a Johnson & Johnson Company, in Milpitas, CA.

Jessica W. Pettry, MSHRM, is a human resource management associate in the rotational program for Northrop Grumman Mission Systems in Alexandria, VA.

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Bachelor's Alumni News

Vice Admiral Michael P. Kalleres, BSIM, has been promoted to national advisor for emergency disasters services on the Salvation Army’s board of directors. In addition, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) awarded Kalleres the 2005 Medal of Freedom for public and charitable service. Kalleres retired in 1994 after 32 years in the U.S. Navy, and currently serves as president of Dare to Excel Inc. in Jacksonville, FL.

Bullet1965 40th Anniversary Year

David Scott, BSIM, has authored David Scott’s Guide to Investing in Common Stocks and David Scott’s Guide to Managing Credit and Debt, both recently published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Scott is a professor of finance at Valdosta State University in Georgia.


Henry “Hank” Mayer, BSIM, and his wife, Sandy, have moved from Annapolis to the Maryland eastern shore and opened the Old Gratitude House Bed & Breakfast on Chesapeake Bay. Mayer is executive director of Urban Studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey.


Larry E. Juday, BSIM, has been inducted into the Purdue University Reserve Officer’s Training Corps Hall of Fame. A retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Juday has received numerous awards and decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross. He is an attorney in Vancouver, WA.


William “Dick” Dugger II, BSIM, has retired from Philip Morris USA after serving the company in a variety of sales and sales management positions. He and his wife, Rachel, reside in Granger, IN.


Mark A. Bruner, BSIM, writes “I joined O’Neil Color & Compounding Corp. as president in March 2005. O’Neil is a leader in the production and sales of plastic resin color masterbatch and specialty thermoplastic compounds with plants in New Jersey and Tennessee. My wife, Sue, and I will be relocating to Chattanooga later this year.”

Nick Synko, BSIM, founder and principal partner of Synko Associates, has relocated his company’s corporate office into the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) building located in Ann Arbor, MI. Synko Associates has also opened its new Career Transition Education Center at the NCMS building.


Warren Haruki, BSIM, a longtime and now retired executive with GTE Hawaiian Tel and Verizon Hawaii, has been named president and chief executive officer of Grove Farm Co. of Kauai. Haruki also serves on the boards of First Hawaiian Bank, Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Co., Blood Bank of Hawaii, and the Parker Ranch Foundation Trust.

Bullet1975 30th Anniversary Year

Samuel Allen, BSIM, has been named president, Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division, at Deere & Company in Moline, IL. Allen joined Deere in 1975 and has held a variety of management positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently, he served as president of Global Financial Services. In addition to his new role, Allen will continue to have responsibility for John Deere Power Systems and Corporate Human Resources.

Scott E. Schubert, BSIM. See Master’s Alumni 1976.


John A. Higgins, BSIM, has begun a new retirement career as a Certified Surgical Technologist for Indian River Memorial Hospital. He and his wife Jeanine are building new home in Vero Beach, FL.


John H. Gott, BSIM, recently relocated back to southwest Florida and accepted new position as LAN Administrator for Lynx Services.

Tim Bauer, BSIM, is managing director of the Phoenix, AZ, office of Stratera, a business and technology solutions provider. Bauer has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry, most recently serving as practice manager for Microsoft’s Consulting Services Southwest District.


Tom J. Grasson, BSM, has joined GIE Media in Cleveland, OH, as editor of Today’s Medical Developments (TMD) magazine. Prior to joining GIE, a leading business-to-business publisher, Grasson served Penton Media Inc. as editorial director for American Machinist, Cutting Technology, and Welding Design & Fabrication magazines. He has won numerous awards for his articles and editorials.


Michael B. Berry, BSM (ACCT), has been promoted to senior vice president of corporate development at Standard Management Corporation in Indianapolis, IN. In his new role, Berry will continue to perform the duties of treasurer for Standard Management while also focusing on strategic acquisitions for the company.


Amy Martich, BSM, has been appointed national account director for Janus Global Adviser. She is based in the Chicago area and has an office in Denver, CO. Martich has more than 11 years experience in mutual funds at Scudder and Kemper, where she was a vice president and senior account manager in the broker-dealer division.

Spencer Rakes, BSIM, and his wife, Carie, welcomed a new daughter to their family on November 23, 2004. Rakes serves as regional finance director for Kmart in Palatine, IL.


Jessica Sommer, BSM, has been named senior project manager at Dulce Design Co., a boutique graphic design agency in Seattle, WA, specializing in illustrative designs for lifestyle products and services. Most recently, Sommer served as product manager for Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit, where she led creative development and production efforts for global marketing campaigns and product packaging.


Shannon Knobel, BSM, and her husband, Jeff, have returned to Ball Corp.’s U.S. headquarters in Broomfield, CO, after two years in Europe, where Jeff served as vice president and treasurer of the company’s Germany operations. The couple’s son, Nicholas, was born while they were abroad. “Nick has been able to visit 14 countries, meet the Queen of England, and see the world,” she writes.

Peter Lemire, BSM, became a founding member of the law firm Leyendecker, Lemire and Daley in 2004. The firm specializes in patents, trademarks, copyrights, business law, and contract law. He and his wife, Sarah, welcomed their new son, Lucas Charles, on December 10, 2004, and report that he already loves his Purdue football jersey.

Yisel M. Ramos, BSM. See Master’s Alumni 1999.

Kevin Schulhof, BSIM/BSM (ACCT), is controller at Spraying Systems Co., an international manufacturing and engineering firm. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Aurora, IL, and have two children, Nathan and Megan.


Geoff McCuen, BSM (ACCT), writes, “In February, I became the human resource manager for Elkhart General Hospital in Elkhart, IN. I will be responsible for coordinating recruiting and hiring processes as well as employee relations and retention issues. Although we hire in a wide range of fields, I could use a bunch of great Purdue nurses right away!”


Cheryl (Guderjan) Getten, BSM (ACCT). See Master’s Alumni 2004


Jennifer (Buell) Bowman, BSM, married Jeremy Bowman on June 11, 2005. She is an account supervisor with Leo Burnett in Chicago, IL.


Gregory T. Carter, BSIM. See Master’s Alumni 2001.

Andrea Livesay, BSM (ACCT), is the venue accounting manager for Kroenke Sports Enterprises (KSE) in Denver, CO. KSE owns the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Pepsi Center, and Colorado Rapids, Mammoth, and Crush teams. Livesay was previously the director of finance and administration at Colorado Ballet.


Ross G. Harmon, BSM, writes, “I completed my master of science degree in computer information systems at Colorado State University in December 2003. I am now employed as a consultant with Hitachi Consulting in Denver. I also recently completed both the CPIM and CIRM certifications through APICS.”

Royce Lippert, BSM, and Jennifer (Farrington) Lippert (BSIE ‘03) were married in Pensacola, FL, on September 4, 2004.

Lori Szczypiorski, BSIM, is a purchasing agent with Conn-Selmer in Elkhart, IN. She was previously with Ferguson Enterprises in South Bend.


Aaron King, BSM, was recently spotlighted in an article in the South Bend Tribune about Better World Books, where he serves as Great Lakes regional director. The company organizes book drives to fund literacy initiatives locally, nationally, and around the world.


Brandy M. Brandt, BSM (ACCT), is engaged to Steve Meyer (BSA ’04). She lives in Batesville, IN.

Bart Collins, BSM (ACCT), has been named assistant athletic director at Brebeuf Jesuit in Indianapolis. He previously was a marketing coordinator for Arlington Park horse track in Arlington Park, IL. Collins is expected to advance the data and information technology systems of the Brebeuf athletic department.

Aaron J. Drake, BSM, is working as a technical consultant for Aprimo Inc. in Indianapolis, IN.

Karlene Gomes, BSM, is working at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis as an information analyst and was recently added to the Pacemate squad for the Indiana Pacers.

Angela M. (Kopka) Green, BSM, is assistant manager of Bob Evans restaurant in Lafayette, Indiana.

Usman Qayyum, BSM (ECON), has a new position as an analyst for Union National Bank in Abu Dhabi, Pakistan.


Adam C. Markovich, BSIM, has accepted a production position with Cargill/Sunny Fresh Foods in Monticello, MN.

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In Memoriam
Dick Wittink, PhD 1975, the George Rogers Clark Professor of Management and Marketing at the Yale School of Management, died on June 4, 2005, at his home in Connecticut. Before joining the Yale faculty in 1998, Wittink taught at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He also was a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and had been editor of the Journal of Marketing Research since 2003.
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