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School of Business - Business Alliance


School of Business Council of Advisors include prominent business professionals and public figures from Kansas and across the country.

The council represents a wide cross section of leadership.  Members and former members include governors of Kansas, past president of Dillon's supermarket chain, the past president of Schering Laboratories, a vice chairman of Black and Veatch, the president and COO of Sprint, and many other company presidents, directors, partners, attorneys and government leaders.

The council meets once a year to address issues of importance to the School of Business and to provide insight and help with assessing the School's programs and activities.

The Dean meets with some members individually throughout the year to provide additional opportunities for members to become better acquainted with the School and provide feedback.

The members of the SBCA have been instrumental in raising funds for the School. This group considers and responds regularly to the appropriateness of the School of Business mission and other strategic decisions.


Students getting advice
Students taking notes
Students conversing
High fives

Current Advisors


Name Title Organization
Diane Beatty General Manager - Financial Services (retired) ConocoPhillips
Scott Bender Corporate Controller Flint Hills Resources
Dale Davis Chairman of the Board of Directors Sauder Custom Fabrication
Russell Everhart CEO and Founder Retail Me Now
Steven Fitzwater Executive Vice President, COO, CFO, and Secretary (retired) LabOne, Inc. 
Tony Forcum Retired Deloitte Tax LLP
Joyce French 3 J Fuel Carriers, Inc. 
Dale Gibbens Vice President of Human Resources Koch Industries, Inc. 
Cory Haag Director of Operations Haag Management, Inc. 
Kent Heermann President Regional Development Assoc. of NE Kansas
Kieth Hiesterman Consultant
Larry Irick General Counsel Westar Energy Inc. 
Jim Kessler President Modern Air Conditioning, Inc. 
Brad Kraft President and CEO Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation
Craig P. Kuckelman Partner Deloitte Tax LLP
Ralph Laster Private Investor
Nick Laurent
John Lohmeyer
Teresa Martin Producer/Vice President Lockton Companies, Inc. 
Ed O'Malley President and CEO Kansas Leadership Center
Kim Pember General Manager Glendo/GRS Corporation
Bill Penny CEO Penny Ready Mix
John C. Prather Vice President, Corporate Relations (retired) Groendyke Transport, Inc. 
Bob Purinton Partner (retired) Purinton, Chance and Mills, LLC
Carl Ricketts Executive Vice President Capitol Federal Savings
Calvin Roberts President Cal Roberts & Associates
Jeremy Rusco Owner Dynamics Discs
Steve Sauder Chairman of the Board of Managers ValuNet
Janet Schalansky President and CEO Kansas Children's Service League
Mark Scoles Grant Thornton
Jim Schwartzburg Executive Vice President (retired) F & L Manufacturing
Gary Sherrer Kansas Lieutenant Governor (retired)
Karen Sommers Vice President of Marketing  ESB Financial 
Jan M. Steinert IT Customer Relationship Management Spirit AeroSystems
Gary Tenpenny President Tenpenny Group
Susan Thomas CEO 10Fold
Chris Walker Editor and Publisher Emporia Gazette
Errol Williams Vice President Human Resources Security Benefit
Tim Wright Owner Wright CPA Group
Richard Zahn President (retired) Schering Laboratories

Emeritus Members                 

Brad Cochennet CEO Pagosa Mountain Hospital
Paul DeBauge President (retired) DeBauge Bros., Inc. 
John B. Dicus President and CEO Capitol Federal Savings
Ed Eilert Former Mayor City of Overland Park 
Bill Graves President American Trucking Assoc. (ATA)
Jerry Hedrick Managing Partner Capitol Consulting
Don Landoll Chairman Landoll Corporation
Jason C. McClelland
John McPherson President and COO (retired) Florida East Coast Railway
Arthur C. Piculell Jr. President The Piculell Group, Inc. 
Nestor R. Weigand Jr.  Chairman and CEO J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.