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NIBCO Speaker Series

Each year, the Decision Sciences faculty of the School of Business and Economics invites a prominent business leader to speak to MS-MIT and Bachelor’s Degree MIS students.

2009
Gary Wilson, CIO of NIBCO, Inc., brought his special perspectives on employment issues in information technology management. The presentation is part of the NIBCO Speaker Series in the School of Business and Economics. The presentation “Career Management in Informartion technology”, on March 9, 2009 at IU South Bend DW Auditorium was attended by more than 200 students.

Gary Wilson joined NIBCO in 1995 and is responsible for NIBCO’s product engineering and
enterprise-wide information technology. He is leading NIBCO’s strategic focus on product
innovation in the pipe, valve and fittings industry and supporting the company’s long-range
business plan. Wilson has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Iowa State
University, and an MBA from the University of Iowa.

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2008 Fall
Jack Uldrich brought his special insight on Nanotechnology and IT management. The presentation is part of the NIBCO Speaker Series in the School of Business and Economics. The presentation “How Nanotechnology will Change the Future of Michiana”, on October 22, 2008 at the Indiana University South Bend Northside Recital Hall was attended by 250 students, community leaders, faculty, and staff of IUSB.

Jack Uldrich is the author of five books, including the award-winning, bestseller, The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business; Into the Unknown: Leadership Lessons from Lewis & Clark’s Daring Westward Adventure; Soldier, Statesman, Peacemaker: Leadership Lessons from George C. Marshall; Investing in Nanotechnology: Think Small. Win Big and, most recently, Jump the Curve: 50 Strategies to Help You Company Stay Ahead of Emerging Technology. He is the president of The NanoVeritas Group—an international leadership and technology consultancy dedicated to helping business, government, and non-profit organizations prepare for and profit from emerging technologies. Clients include Fortune 100 companies, venture capital firms and state and regional governments. Uldrich is also a regular contributor on emerging technologies and other emerging technologies for The Motley Fool, and his written works have also appeared in The Wall Street Reporter, Leader to Leader, The Futurist, The Scientist, CityBusiness, The Futures Research Quarterly, TechStation Central and scores of other newspapers around the country.

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2008 Spring
Patrick McMahon, Executive Director of Project Future and Executive Director of St. Joseph Valley Metronet, Inc., gave a presentation on the historical development and future possibilities for technology based economic development in Michiana area to about 200 students at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the Grille (Administration Building cafeteria), Indiana University South Bend. The presentation was part of the NIBCO Speaker Series in the School of Business and Economics.

Pat McMahon has been the Executive Director of Project Future since its inception in 1982. While focusing upon business attraction, retention and entrepreneurial growth, Project Future has served as a vehicle for the development of various local business development strategies and programs. One such effort resulted in the recent establishment of the St. Joe Valley Metronet, a non-profit, privately financed dark fiber network serving St. Joseph County. McMahon has BS and MS degrees in engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

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2007
Carl Turza, chief information officer of Sigma-Aldrich Corp., brought his special insight on career development in information technology management to a talk at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the Grille (Administration Building cafeteria), Indiana University South Bend. The presentation was part of the NIBCO Speaker Series in the School of Business and Economics.

Turza was named to his position in May 2006. He leads the company's information technology and Internet functions. He has more than two decades of experience in senior IT management. He formerly worked for W.W. Grainger, Honeywell Corp. (formerly known as Allied-Signal Aerospace) and several other large firms. He has a master's in business administration degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and bachelor's in economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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2006
David Lee of Kraft Foods, Inc., Chicago spoke about SAP implementation issues at Kraft Foods. The presentation is part of the NIBCO Speaker Series in the School of Business and Economics and took place in the Grille (Administration Building cafeteria), Indiana University South Bend.

David Lee is the senior Business Systems Manager-SAP Solution Delivery Lead, at Kraft.  He has over 25 years of Information Systems experience in Corporate America. He also has 20+ years of teaching experience at well known colleges. He has been responsible for the system development efforts for Kraft’s SAP Global initiative for a number of years and prior to that as a senior system manager (Global B2B), he was responsible for the strategies and globalization of Kraft’s B2B Program. In this position, he developed long range planning strategies, worked with external vendors on global contracts, saving Kraft millions of dollars in communication expenses, expanded Kraft’s North US Base EDI platform beyond North America including all Kraft Regions (EU, Asia Pacific and Latin America).  This project served as the model on how global projects should work and operate, established an off shore competency center for B2B Global support and development, and led Kraft’s data synchronization effort and achieved industry leadership status. He will discuss why Kraft chose SAP, the Importance of learning SAP, Career opportunities, and the challenges in IT management.

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