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Beck A. Taylor
was recently named the W.H. Smith Professor of Economics at Baylor University. He has been assistant professor in Baylor's Hankamer School of Business since 1997. In addition, he received the 2000 Young Researcher Award and the 2000 Outstanding Teacher Award.

Charles Trzcinka has accepted the appointment as the James and Virginia Cozad Chair of Finance at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. His monographs and articles dealing with mutual funds and institutional money management have received widespread attention in the national press. He is the author of the Forbes Stock Market Course, a well-known guide for individual investors. His academic and professional assignments have included professorships at both SUNY Buffalo (for nearly 20 years) and New York University; director of the U.S. Commerce Department's MBA program in the People's Republic of China; and senior economist with the Office of Economic Analysis of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Prof. Das Narayandas of the Harvard Business School received the class of 2000 Student Association Faculty Award in recognition of his excellent teaching at the school. He was also elected by the Harvard Business School Student Association Class Day Committee to give the faculty speech for the parents and guests of graduating students during graduation ceremonies. The committee said that Narayandas is "a teacher of possibly the most popular course on campus, due in no small part to his dynamic, entertaining, compassionate ... and extremely educational style."

Barbara K. Brown has been named research director of Sterling-Rice Group, Boulder, Colo., a brand development and integrated marketing firm. She will be responsible for expanding the firm's in-house research portfolio to include more quantitative work, and will be involved with all client engagements, providing guidance on overall research designs, directing quantitative and qualitative research tools, and developing and implementing new proprietary research tools for the firm. Brown recently relocated to Boulder from Berlin, Germany, where she was a consultant for global corporations and taught international management to MBA students at the German International Graduate School of Management and Administration.

Prof. Byunghoon Lim of Inha University, South Korea, is the author of two widely used marketing texts in Korean. His text titled "Marketing Research," which is in its second edition, has become the most popular text used in the business schools in Korea. His other text is titled, "Marketing Strategy." Lim has also recently co-authored a book on major trends in marketing.

Master's Alumni

Fred J. Steininger, MSIA, writes: "After an extensive 34-year career in sales, marketing, alliances venture management, and new product development at Exxon Mobil Chemical, I have moved on to the world of consulting in Scottsdale, Ariz., while looking for a marketing position with a start-up company."

Jerry L. Beto, MSIA, is a branch manager and a new senior vice president-investments with A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., in Boise, Idaho. He also was recently appointed as an officer of the company and awarded Chairman's Council status (a corporate recognition program).

Robert E. Gadomski, MSIA, is an executive vice president, gases and equipment group, with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., in Allentown, Pa. He received an honorary doctorate of engineering from Purdue in May 2001. His daughter, Elizabeth, graduated from the University of Rochester in May. His son, Andrew, has married Shara Gutman.

Gayle L. Bolinger, MSM, writes: "I recently became the director of Lebanon Valley College's Camp Hill. The main campus is located in Annville, Pa., with off-site centers in Lancaster and Camp Hill. At these sites, we offer part-time, evening, and weekend undergraduate and MBA degree programs. In addition to oversight of the Camp Hill/West Shore center, I teach one undergraduate business or MBA course a semester."

Gail (Zacune) South, MSIA, writes: "I continue to love my position as associate professor at Montgomery College (Germantown, Md.), teaching computer applications, business, and management. I am constantly enrolled in courses to keep my skills current. I'm an involved mother of two (ages 9 and 13) and am proud of Krannert! Send my best to everyone there, especially Professor Moskowitz."

15th Anniversary Year
Scott Sandefur, MSIR, has been promoted to director, industrial relations-GM vehicle manufacturing-truck group, with General Motors in Pontiac, Mich.

Mark Phillips, MSIA, writes: "In August, we will relocate to Stillwater, Okla., and I will begin a PhD in management at Oklahoma State University with plans to teach mangement at a university after completion."

Paolo de Ruggiero, MSM, has a new position as CFO with GE Capital-Global Consumer Finance Italy. He writes: "Finally back to Italy after four years in Hong Kong and Mainland China!"

William J. Van Beek, MSM, has been promoted to manage a multi-account portfolio of non-automotive accounts with Schneider Logistics Inc. (SLI), Green Bay, Wisc. SLI provides supply-chain management services.

Marcy Greenberg, MSHRM, is a training and recruiting manager with Intel Corp. in Santa Clara, Calif. She recently earned her doctorate in learning and instruction from the School of Education at the University of Southern California.

Patti Herrera-Hamann, MSM, is an electronic stethoscope program manager with Agilent Technologies-Healthcare Solutions Group in Andover, Mass. She writes: "Currently managing the worldwide acoustic and electronic stethoscope business. I have a husband, Darrell, and daughter, Leah, who just turned two years old."

Julie Ann (Williams) Walker, MSM, has been promoted to associate director, human resources information systems, with American General Finance (AGF) in Evansville, Ind. She will be responsible for AGF's human resource systems administration and payroll functions. She joined the company in 1993 and most recently served as manager, human resources information systems.

Thomas Ostebo, MSIA, has been selected as a Senior Harvard Fellow at the JFK School of Government. He is attending the year-long fellowship beginning summer 2001 after having completed a tour as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Air Station in Traverse City, Mich.

Ece and Ozgar Kahramanzade, both MSIA, write: "We have a baby boy! He was born April 28 at 9:42 a.m. He is 7.9 lbs. (We didn't have the time to calculate the ounces, since we use kilos in Turkey. He is 3.590 kg.) He's 50 cm. tall. We named him Mete, the name of an ancient Turkish emperor (son of Genghis Khan - he was very handsome and brave)."

Adrian A. Bendeck, MSM, is an executive business analyst with Texaco Inc. He writes: "I am completing a two-year general management development program that allows me to rotate around four to five new areas of the company to prepare for further leadership opportunities. I have been with Texaco since graduation and have had increasing responsibility in various roles."

Daren L. Cox, MSM, has been promoted to director-business diagnostics with Holophane, a division of Lithonia Lighting Group, in Newark, Ohio. He and his family moved from Conyers, Ga., to Newark in December 2000.

Thomas K. Dobson, MSM, writes: "I'm now working in Moscow as the deputy director of the representative office of Lockheed Martin. We are doing various things involving disarmament, but will probably be doing more commercially oriented things in the future."

Andrew D. Campbell, MSM, is a financial analyst with Fidelity Investments Canada, Ltd., in Toronto. He writes: "On May 4, my wife and I welcomed our first child - our daughter, Julianna, was born at 3:19 a.m., weighing 7 lbs., 13 oz. Baby is anxiously awaiting her first trip to Lafayette to purchase Purdue Pete sleepers and bibs."

Aaron H. Lai, MSM, has a new position as manager, database marketing, with Charles Schwab in San Francisco.

Kevin J. Ferguson, MSM, Captain USN (retired), writes: "Wanted to let you know that the Krannert reputation is alive and well in the Pacific Northwest. Despite the Rose Bowl loss to the Huskies, Purdue is well-thought of here and certainly aided in securing my new position as the assistant superintendent of schools with the Issaquah (Washington) School District. I continue to be a proud graduate of Purdue and the Krannert School of Management, and hope I can properly represent the fine efforts of all the staff."

Jason M. Dickelman, MSM, writes: "I have been working with the HB Fuller Co. for nine months now. It is a leadership development program for the first year involving four separate three-month projects to give exposure to MBA students for the different business units and divisions within HB Fuller. I am currently working with my mentor to locate myself into a permanent role with the company. My wife and I were married in January of this year. We have since spent some time in Germany on an international work assignment and have both relocated to the Saint Paul/Minneapolis area. She is looking for work as a science teacher. We are currently beginning to do a home search."

Undergraduate Alumni

Karl L. Zimmermann, BS (IND ECON), is a broker/salesman, manager, commercial division, with Michael Thorpe Real Estate in Vero Beach, Fla. He retired as a county tax collector on January 1, 2001.

William L. Kidney, BS (IND ECON), is retired and lives in The Villages, Fla. He writes: "I will be an escort for eight Civil Air Patrol cadets going to the Netherlands this summer as part of the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE)."

Thomas S. Pearson, BS (IND ECON), is a senior materials planner group leader with AT&T Broadband in Glendale Heights, Ill. He writes: "Switched careers late in life. All my employees, peers, and boss are young enough to be my children! Talk about a generation gap."

VADM Michael Kalleres, BSIM, has been selected as one of the year 2001 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients by The Ellis Island National Ethic Coalition of Organizations (NECO). He writes: "I was actually stunned and thanked God when I read the letter ... thinking about my father, mother, family members, and friends who came here from Greece and other nations and who gave me the model of work ethic and spiritual determination that made this possible." Admiral Kalleres and his wife, the former Georgine "Cookie" Karras of Melrose Park, Ill., currently reside in Jacksonville, Fla.

Charles W. McCoy Jr., BSIM, is a judge, complex business litigation court, in Los Angeles Superior Court. He is the author of a new national hardcover book to be published in fall 2001 by Prentice-Hall entitled Why Didn't I Think of That? - Sharper Thinking for Those Who Think for a Living.

Robert E. Gadomski, BSM. See Master's Alumni 1970.

Vicky Bailey, BSM, president of PSI Energy, the Plainfield, Indiana, -based subsidiary of Cinergy Corp., has been nominated by Pres. George W. Bush to be assistant secretary of energy for international affairs and domestic policy. She worked for the Federal Regulatory Commission before joining PSI.

Barry A. Jaffe, BSIM, is a vice president and CFO of Jaffe Drug Stores Inc. in Kankakee, Ill. He ran for City of Kankakee alderman in spring 2001. He has been appointed to the Purdue Presidents Club, been appointed by the Kankakee County Board to the County Regional Planning Commission, and elected first vice president of the Kankakee County Training Center for the Disabled.

Richard M. Rella, BSIM, writes: "I recently launched RMR Consulting in Indianapolis. We focus on financial and operational consulting for small to medium-sized businesses. I married Beverly Young, University of Toledo, on July 7."

Ronald L. May, BSM, was promoted to district manager with Pfizer Inc. Specialty Sales Division, Indianapolis, in January 2001. He formerly served as assistant to the regional manager, Great Lakes region. He and his family have relocated from Chicago to Indianapolis.

Mitchell J. Shively, BSIM, has been honored by Computerworld magazine in its March 26, 2001, issue as one of the business world's Premier 100 Information Technology Leaders. The award recognizes exceptional technology leadership, innovative approaches to business challenges, and effective execution of comprehensive IT strategies. Shively currently consults independently with his clients to apply e-business, customer relationship management, supply-chain management, and enterprise resource planning technologies across a wide range of industries. He resides and works in Dublin, Ohio.

David R. Zimmerman, BSM, is president and CEO of Lafayette Community Bank. He writes: "We successfully raised more than $9 million in capital to fund the start-up of Lafayette Community Bank. This is the first de novo and state-chartered bank in 67 years in Lafayette, Ind. With two locations, we opened for business on November 1, 2000."

Scott Sandefur, BSM. See Master's Alumni 1986

Gail (Zacune) South, BSIM. See Master's Alumni 1984.

Barbara K. Brown, BSM. See PhD Alumni 1992.

Sarah L. Hannemann Ditmore, BS (ACCT), is a real estate agent with Fonville Morissey Real Estate Co. in Raleigh, N.C.

Daren L. Cox, BSM. See Master's Alumni 1994.

10th Anniversary Year
Cynthia Elliott
, BS (ACCT), writes: "I have relocated to a ranch in Groveland, in central Florida, and have opened NorAust Kennel, my own dog boarding and training facility."

Jai Joon Lee, BSM, writes: "After six and a half years of research experience at the Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI), I will start my PhD study (strategic planning and policy) at the University of Pittsburgh this fall."

Adrian A. Bendeck, BSIM. See Master's Alumni 1994.

David E. Omholt, BS (ECON), is a senior manager with Accenture in Dallas, Texas. He writes: "My wife, Laura, and I brought home our second daughter, Kirsten Anne, on April 20, 2001."

Theresa (Perry) Whalen, BSM, lives in Columbus, Ohio. She married in 1996 and she and her husband, Richard, have a nine-month-old daughter.

Tony and Kathy (Ho) Mirabelli, BSIM and BSM respectively, live in Lake Zurich, Ill. Their second daughter, Teah Rose, was born December 27, 2000.

Michele L. Thomas, BSM, is a development director with the Indiana University Foundation in Indianapolis. She graduated from the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series (Class XXIV) in June 2000 and earned an MS in higher education administration in December 2000.

Angelica Beauchamp-Ringeisen, BS (ECON), is an agent with State Farm Insurance in Lafayette, Ind. She is a member of the Tippewa board of directors, LAIFA, CTM, the Hanna Community Center board of directors, Junior Achievement, a registered representative for Variable Products, and a notary public.

James A. Simpson, BS (ECON), has accepted a new position as associate director of derivatives marketing with the American Stock Exchange in New York City.

5th Anniversary Year
Shannon K. (Garland) Knobel, BS (ACCT), has a new position as a consultant in Westminster, Colo. She writes: "I got married to Jeff Knobel (Miami University of Ohio) on December 31, 1999. Jeff is the director of accounting and analysis for Ball Corp. headquartered in Broomfield, Colo., relocated from Muncie, Ind. We met when I consulted for Price Waterhouse at Ball."  

Clayton A. Brizendine, BSIM, is a systems analyst with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. He writes: "I married Heather De Rita (BS [ACCT] 1998) on April 21 in Fort Wayne, Ind. We have moved into our newly built home here in Cincinnati."

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