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School of Business Dean's Advisory Council

The Dean’s Advisory Council represents a wide cross section of leadership.

Dean's Advisory Council

The School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC) includes 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. Four committees work throughout the year to help meet the goals of the Council and the School of Business. These committees include: Jobs & Internships, Business Environment, Fundraising, and Student Engagement.

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 DAC 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.

Current Members

Bob Baker, President, Clark Investment Group

B.J. Bayer, Plant Manager, Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp.

Scott Bender, Director, Automation & Modernization, Koch Industries, Inc.

John Blaufuss, Managing Director, Deloitte LLP

Michael Burbach, Assistant VP/Asst. General Counsel, Security Benefit

Karl Burrell, Financial Services Professional, New York Life Insurance Company

Brad Clark, Managing Director, C3-Clark Corporate Consulting

Craig Clark, Board Member and Co-Founder, STRUXUS, L3C

Brad Cochennet, Retired, CEO, Pagosa Springs Medical Center

Aron Dunn, Senior Vice President, Assurance Services, Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, CPAs

Tom Fangman, Retired, Vice President - Population Health Management, Cerner Corporation

Jason Fanning, Director of Enterprise Risk Management, Black & Veatch

Tony Forcum, Retired, Principal, Deloitte LLP

Joyce French, Retired, Vice-President, S & S Oil & Propane Co., Inc.

Ron Frierson, Director of Economic Policy, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Michael Gonzales, Retired, Leader of Corporate Diversity & Inclusion, Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Cory Haag, Director of Operations, Haag Management, Inc.

Ken Harmon, IT Audit Director, Koch Industries, Inc.

Eric Hazen, Partner, Edgehill Venture Partners

Kent Heerman, President, Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas

Matt Hertig, Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Alight Analytics

Troy Johnston, Audit Partner, KPMG LLP

Jim Kessler, Retired, President/Owner, Modern Air Conditioning, Inc.

Brad Kraft, President & CEO, Hopkins Manufacturing Corp.

Craig Kuckelman, Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP

Mike Law, Vice President - Programming; Program Director, Steel City Media - KC; Q104 KBEQ

John Lohmeyer, Retired, Director of Development, ESU Foundation

Teresa Martin, Executive Vice President, Lockton Companies, LLC

Jeanine McKenna, President/CEO, Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce

Tim Miller, VP Sales & Commercial Operations, Mylan Specialty

Mark Ohm, President/CEO, Metal-Fab Inc.

Ron Ott, Retired, Investment Banker, Ott Financial Corp.

Bob Peterson, Retired, New Business Development Manager, Florida Gulf Coast University

Bill Pickert, Partner, BKD LLP

Jeremy Rusco, Owner, Dynamic Discs

Steve Sauder, President, Emporia's Radio Stations KVOE/KFFX

Mark Scoles, Partner, Grant Thornton, LLP

Gary Sherrer, Retired, Consultant, Overland Park Chamber of Commerce

Karen Sommers, Vice President/Marketing, ESB Financial

Jan Steinert, IT Senior Manager, CRM, Spirit Aerosystems

Randy Steinert, Sr. VP & Internal Audit Director, Emprise Bank

John Stibal, SVP, Sales & Client Management, Unum

Brad Stratton, President/CEO - Investment Advisor, Overland Park Wealth Management

Gary Tenpenny, Master Certified Coach, Halftime Institute

Mel Wagner, CEO, INDATEL Services, LLC.

Chris Waldeck, President, Lee/Rock & Republic

AngelaWatson, Corporate Tax Accountant, Garmin International

Brian Wilkinson, Partner, GJ & Company, LLC

Bob Wright, CEO, Newman Regional Health

Tim Wright, Retired, President, Wright CPA Group, PA

Brad Yount, Executive Vice President, Lyon County State Bank


Diane Beatty, Retired, General Manager Upstream Financial, ConocoPhillips

Dale Davis, Retired, President/CEO, Sauder Custom Fabrication, Inc.

Paul DeBauge, Retired, President, DeBauge Bros, Inc.

John Dicus, President/CEO, Capitol Federal Savings

Ed Eilert, Chairman of the Board, Johnson County Board of Commissioners

Russ Everhart, Executive Director - New Channel Development, Catalina Marketing

Steve Fitzwater, Retired, Executive VP, COO, CFO, Secretary, LabOne, Inc.

Dale Gibbens, Consultant, Koch Industries, Inc.

Bill Graves, President/CEO, American Trucking Association

Kieth Hiesterman, Retired Consultant, Hiesterman & Associates, Inc.

Don Landoll, President/CEO & Founder, Landoll Corporation

Ralph Laster, Private Investor, Self-Employed

Nick Laurent, Owner, F & N Leasing, L.C.

Jason McClelland, President/CEO, Pratt Industrial

John McPherson, Retired, President/COO, Florida East Coast Railway

Ed O'Malley, President and CEO, Kansas Leadership Center

Bob Palmer, Retired, Human Resources Director, Koch Industries, Inc.

Kim Pember, President, Glendo, LLC

Carl Ricketts, Executive Vice President, Corp. Services Division (Retired), Capitol Federal Savings - Topeka

Cal Roberts, Retired, President/CEO, Cal Roberts & Associates

Janet Schalansky, Retired, President/CEO, KS Children's Service League Foundation

Jim Schwartzburg, Retired, President/Owner/Inventor, Packer Plastics, Inc.

Susan Thomas, Founder/President, 10Fold Communications

Nestor Weigand, Chairman of the Board, CEO & President, J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

Errol Williams, V.P. Human Resources (Retired), Security Benefit Foundation

Richard Zahn, Corporate VP, Merck & Co., Inc.