Alumni conference Krannert grads and their families gathered in early April for the School of Management's 2019 Alumni Conference and Reunion. (Photo by Jackie Knotts)

Class Notes

News and announcements from Krannert Alumni


MICHAEL BORKOWSKY (MSIA ’62) was elected to the United States Tennis Association Foundation Board of Directors. The foundation works to bring tennis and education together for 225,000 under-resourced kids through a national network of more than 350 National Junior Tennis and Learning organizations.

LARRY COLE (MSM ’64, PhD ’69) served as honorary captain of the Military Relay Team at the 2018 Boston Marathon Cole, an army veteran who served in the Korean War, has participated in the Boston Marathon twice as a runner.

LAWRENCE DOROCKE (BSIM ’68, MSM ’70) completed 12 years as a trustee of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity’s board, including two terms as secretary and one term as national president. He is a of-counsel attorney at Rubin & Levin.

PAUL RUBIN (MS ECON ’68, PhD ’70) has retired from Emory University as the Samuel Chandler Dobbs Professor of Economics. Rubin is a past president of the Southern Economics Association and former editor of Managerial and Decision Economics.


WILLIAM STRONG (BSIM ’73), chairman and managing director of Longford Capital Management LP, announced the final closing of a $500 million fund focused on investments in commercial litigation finance, making it the largest private equity fund of its kind in North America.

JOHN WELCH (BSIM ’78) was inducted into the National Academy of Construction. He is the president and CEO of CAN Surety Corporation.


TIM MARSHALL (BSIM ’80) was elected to the board of directors of the University Musical Society Marshall is president and CEO of Arbor Bancorp Inc. and Bank of Ann Arbor.

JAMES MITCHELL JR. (BSM ’81) has joined Palladian Hill Strategies as a partner following a 35+ year career in business and government. Most recently, Mitchell worked with Rock Creek (RC), an $11B asset management firm.

RANDALL LEWIS (BSM ’84, MSM ’89), executive director of the Krannert Professional Development Center (KPDC), was inducted into the Hammond Sports Hall of Fame as a former cross country and middle-distance track runner at Hammond (IN) High School.

ROBERT CLARK (PhD ’89), Bangor, ME, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. He is the president of Husson University.

DAVID DIETERLE (MAT ’83) is a professor in the Finance and Economics Department at Walsh College. His book, Economics: The Definitive Encyclopedia from Theory to Practice, was named one of Booklist’s Top 10 Reference Books of 2018.

DARRIN SHEETZ (BSIM ’89, MSIA ’89) was named principal in the business performance management consulting practice of SC&H Group. He was previously a director at KPMG.


TIM COLEMAN (BSIM ’90), vice president of information technology in the Medicines Development Unit at Eli Lilly and Co., was elected to the Economic Club of Indiana’s board of governors for a three-year term.

MARLO LEAMAN (BSM ’90) and MARK LEAMAN (MSIA ’91), recently purchased Rancho Pacifico, a luxury boutique hotel in Uvita, Costa Rica.

ARI PAXINOS (BSM ’90) was recognized by Forbes as a Best-In-State Wealth Advisor for 2018.

STACEY BAITINGER BURR (MSIA ’91), former VP of Wearable Sports Electronics at Adidas, was named VP of product management for Wear OS and Google Fit.

KELLY BLANCHARD (MS ECON ’94, PhD ECON ’96), a continuous term lecturer in economics at Purdue’s Krannert School, honored by Poets & Quants as one of 2018’s Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professors.

MERIDITH SANDERS (MSM ’96), a former standout on the West Lafayette (IN) High School women’s basketball team, was elected to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

TODD LADY (BSIM ’97) was named to the Taft Stettinius & Hollister executive committee for 2018. He is a partner in the firm’s Indianapolis office.

ROSE KELLY-FALLS (MSM ’98), has joined Proxima, a leading international procurement services provider, as vice president of sourcing and customer engagement.

GHLEE (GT) COZAD III (BSM ’99), Creve Coeur, MO, was elected to the Midwest BankCentre West Region Advisory Board. He is the president of Cozad Commercial Real Estate.

CHAD GILEZAN (MSM ’99) has accepted the position of senior technical product manager at General Electric.

DAVID JENKINS (MSM ’99) has joined Deque Systems, a software startup, as director of product management.


MICHAEL BROWN (BSM ’00), Monroe, MI, was appointed judge of the First District Court in Monroe County by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

RAM PALANIAPPAN (MBA ’00), Palo Alto, CA, was featured on Forbes’ “2019 Fintech 50” list as president and co-founder of Earnin, a company that allows workers to access their pay instantly with no fees or interest.

JAMES MOMON (MSM ’01), senior director of global diversity and inclusion at General Mills, was named a 2018 Top Executive in Corporate Diversity by Black Enterprise magazine.

MICHELLE WARBLE (BSM ’01) recently returned to the West Lafayette campus as the tour manager for STOMP, a percussion group that performed in February at Purdue Convocations.

BRIAN SCHUTT (BSM ’03), co-founder of Homesense Heating and Cooling and Refinery46, was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Class of 2019.

YOUNG LEE (BS ’05), West Lafayette, IN, was recognized on Forbes’ Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors List. He is a vice president and wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch.


SAMUEL MUSE (BS ACCT ’11), a partner at Fi3 Financial Advisors LLC, was one of five Indiana CPAs presented with a 2018 INCPAS Emerging Leaders Award.

RUTH L. STONE (EMBA ’19) was recently appointed as the vice chancellor for development at Purdue University Fort Wayne.