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W. Anthony Gamron '71
Gamron is a retired Vice President and Treasurer for Kimberly-Clark Corporation (Dallas, Texas) and a member of the Dean’s Executive Council for the Scott College of Business. He joined Kimberly-Clark in 1980 as a business analyst, was named assistant treasurer in 1984 and became vice president and treasurer in 1986. Prior to his work at Kimberly-Clark, Gamron held financial and management positions with Pfizer, Inc., and Chrysler Corp. Gamron was a first-generation college student from Seymour, Indiana. After ISU, he earned his MBA from IU and later earned his private pilot's license.
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Daniel Gmelich '01
Vice president and corporate banking officer with Old National Bank, Gmelich previously served as a team leader for the commercial credit analyst group and as a commercial analyst, also with Old National. In addition to his finance degree, Gmelich earned his master's in business administration (MBA) also from ISU. He is also a member of the Scott College of Business' inaugural Young Professionals Board.
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Benjamin Gradle '06
Benjamin Gradle is a risk management examiner with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was formerly an analyst with the Office of Thrift Supervision, a branch of the Department of the Treasury, in Seattle, Washington. There, he helped to oversee the safety and soundness of banks nationwide. In addition to finance, Gradle also majored in business administration, with a minor in insurance and risk management. He's a member of the Scott College of Business' inaugural Young Professionals Board.
Jon Greenlee '85
Jon Greenlee, (ISU degree in finance, 1985) is Managing Director of Financial Services Regulatory Practice, for KPMG, LLP, in Washington, D.C., and was formerly with the Federal Reserve Board there as Associate Director of the Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation.
He brings over 24 years of senior bank regulatory experience dealing with financial services risk management issues, developing regulatory policies, and representing the Federal Reserve in Congressional and public forums. His experience as a member of the Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System allows him to help clients identify and address key regulatory and risk management issues facing the financial services industry and develop effective responses to the challenging regulatory environment.
He was the "Leader in Action" 2011-2012 and on September 22, 2011 delivered a presentation named "After the Crisis: The Transforming of Financial Services"
Bob Heaton '08
Bob Heaton, played alongside Larry Bird on the 1978-79 men's basketball team that competed for a NCAA championship. He was known as "Miracle Bob" for his late-in-the-game shots that kept the Sycamores' dream season alive.
Heaton is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and was a Blue Beret while he earned a business administration degree with a concentration in marketing.
President of Heaton Financial Services since 2003, Heaton (R-Terre Haute) has represented District 46 in the Indiana House of Representatives since 2010. He was voted chief majority whip of the House Republican caucus and serves on the financial institutions committee as vice chair, insurance committee and natural resources committee. Heaton previously worked for Forrest Sherer Inc. as an insurance sales person.
Heaton and his wife, Jane Ann, have two children and four grandchildren. Lifetime residents of the Wabash Valley, he serves the community through several community organization boards including the Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau, Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club, Wabash Valley Youth for Christ and Leadership Terre Haute Class 5.
Jason Hendrickson '03
Hendrickson, who teaches business at Danville Community High School, received the Emerging Professional Award from the Indiana Business Educators Association in 2006. He has served as an advisor for Danville's BPA chapter and has been a member of the Indiana Business Education Association. "My program within the College of Business allowed me to discover who I was as a person and professionally advance to become the educator that I am today," Hendrickson said. He is continuing his education at ISU by pursuing his master's in curriculum, instruction and media technology.
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Christi Hill '93
Christi Hill is senior director of Global Customer Engagement for Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis. Prior to this, she was Senior Director of Marketing and also Neuroscience Director of Sales for Lilly. She is a member of the Scott College of Business' Dean's Executive Council and the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors and is very involved in the life of the university as well as her local community.
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Kris Hughes '97
Kris Hughes is Logistics Center Manager for Caterpillar Logistics Services, Inc. in South Carolina. She was formerly global account manager and Six- Sigma/CPS (Caterpillar Production System) Black Belt in Manufacturing Logistics for Caterpillar. She led teams in the use of SixSigma and LEAN tools to reduce waste in material handling and distribution processes. She has worked in several positions for Caterpillar including Server Administration, Data Center Planning and Logistics Operations. She graduated from ISU in 1997 with a double major in Operations and Supply Chain Management and Management Information Systems.
Dena Irwin, ’94
Business education is about more than teaching for Dena Irwin, ’94. The Indiana State University graduate and teacher is ready to take her passion for the subject to the state level after being named the state program leader for business, information technology, entrepreneurship and marketing education.
“I was invited by the Indiana Department of Education to apply for the position this fall, and I was honored to be a candidate and to be interviewed,” she said. “As program leader at the Indiana Department of Education, I will work with Indiana business teachers and school administrators to develop new courses and update existing ones with new standards and content. I will be working with Indiana’s universities on their pre-service education programs while seeking educational resources that help teachers to be more effective.”
Michael Jack '65
Michael Jack was only 17 when he graduated from high school and headed off to college. “I didn’t have a sense of what I wanted to do,” he said.
However, he quickly discovered that finance and business were a good fit for his interests. So Jack became a member of the first class to graduate from Indiana State University — which actually not as long ago as it sounds. The Class of 1965 was the first to graduate when Indiana State College changed its name to Indiana State University.
The class will celebrate its 50th reunion on Aug. 1. “My first reaction is it can’t be 50 years,” Jack said. “My second reaction is it is great to remember and celebrate one of the memorable times in my life and to also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Indiana State becoming a university.”
To help honor the occasion, Jack and close classmate Ed Andrews have established a 50th anniversary scholarship fund.
“Ed gets the credit for coming up with the idea,” Jack said. “It seemed like a terrific idea to me. Scholarship and availability of funding were very important to both of us, and we felt it would be an excellent recognition for our class if we could create the same type of help for potential candidates.”
Having companies come to Indiana State to recruit potential employees provided a big boost in his career, Jack added.
“I received a number of offers and picked one that in retrospect gave me a sound foundation to build on for my next career moves,” he said.
When Jack retired as senior vice president and corporate controller for Telephone and Data Systems Inc. — a Fortune 500 company with co-locations in Madison, Wisconsin, and Chicago — he and his family moved from Madison to Fishers, Ind. Jack and his wife, Judi, have four children: Jennifer, Michael, Amy and Christina.
But Jack is not one to rest on his laurels. “I flunked retirement,” he joked. “I am engaged in the CPA peer review process and have volunteered for nonprofit projects.”
He is also enjoying his lifelong interests in racecars and photography. Growing up in the Indiana community of Brazil, Jack said he “finally got on the race track in the 1980s and have been hooked ever since.
“Initially I did track days, eventually got my SCCA license and raced briefly. After that, I graduated to being an instructor for students at high-performance driving events. Those who understand what goes on, know one has to be mentally ill to get into a fast car with a student and have no control other than voice. “
Meanwhile, Jack started taking photographs at major races which piqued his interest in photography. This year, he said, “will be the first year I have completely given up the track for photography. My track car has been sold and a portion of the money reinvested in photography equipment and travel related to photography. I take mostly landscape, architecture and car images and have a website and exhibit my work in some galleries.”
Looking back over the past half century, Jack said he is so glad he discovered Indiana State and would recommend it to prospective students.
“It has a focus on the needs of the student, it offers a wide variety of educational opportunities and outstanding educators, it is right-sized — neither too small, hence expensive or too large, thus impersonal, and it offers a great educational value for the expense,” he said. “March on!”
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Maulik Khatadia ’06, Gr ’09
Maulik Khatadia knew exactly where he wanted to go to college. “The reason I preferred the Midwest was to be somewhat central to places I could easily visit outside of college,” he said. “I chose ISU, because it has a reputable College of Business program and faculty.”
Although his parents still live in India, Khatadia now lives in Indianapolis and is a senior in the audit and assurance services at Sponsel CPA Group. As a 2009 master’s degree graduate of the Scott College of Business, Khatadia says his college experience prepared him well for his career and for personal success.
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Kent Kramer '90
As a high schooler, Kent Kramer worked part time in a grocery store in his Muncie hometown. That’s when he discovered the profession he would like to pursue.
“I loved working at the grocery and knew that I wanted to get into the retail business,” he said. “Although retail is just a part of what I do today, I still enjoy it a great deal.”
In his senior high school year, Kramer was offered an Indiana State academic scholarship and visited the campus. “I fell in love with it,” he said. Once a Sycamore, Kramer became involved in campus activities, which added immensely to his college experience and future career.
“I greatly appreciate the leadership opportunities that ISU provided,” Kramer said. “I held officer roles with my Sigma Nu fraternity, was an SGA senator, participated in Leadership Task Force, worked on Tandem and Greek Week steering committees. I also enjoyed the classes and internship opportunities provided by the school of business.”
Mindy Krol '00
Mindy Krol is a quality engineer in the Diabetes Care division at Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc. at their North American Headquarters in Indianapolis. She supports the diabetes test strip manufacturing operations by leading product investigations and implementing process improvements. She also assists the processing development group with determining various requirements for validations. She graduated from ISU in 2000 and later earned her master's in technology from IUPUI.