Alumni C - E
Scott Cantlon '73
Scott Cantlon is currently chief administrative officer for DCI Donor Services out of Nashville, Tennessee. Formerly he served as vice president and chief information officer for Lexon Surety Group and Cummins Components Group and Cummins Filtration as Executive Director of Information Technology. At Cummins was responsible for leading the business processes improvement and systems architecture design, software development, support and maintenance for units with $2.3 billion in sales in 160 countries. Prior to Cummins, he was with Griffith Laboratories, CNA Insurance, and Marriott International, to name a few. In addition to his bachelor's in business administration from ISU, Cantlon earned a master's in systems management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Paul '88 (Finance) and Susan '92 (Fashion Merchandising) Chaney
Despite their busy schedule, the Chaneys return to Indiana State at least four times a year, including every Homecoming. Paul is the newest president of the Indiana State University Alumni Association. Paul chose to attend Indiana State because it has an excellent ROTC program. “It was part of the Simultaneous Membership Program, which allowed me to engage in school along with ROTC plus drill with an active reserve unit.”
A graduate of Northwest High School in Indianapolis, Susan said she decided to attend Indiana State “because it was a smaller university that offered my major” and “was close to home so I could go back home frequently to visit my family.”
Susan graduated in 1992 with a bachelor’s in fashion merchandising. Paul graduated in 1988 with a bachelor’s in finance and earned an MBA from Webster University in St. Louis in 1998.
Both credit State with giving them the foundation to be successful business owners. “In addition to learning about business at ISU, I really enjoyed meeting many new friends that have become my lifelong friends,” Paul said. “In addition to ROTC, I was involved with my fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi. I was also in a business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi and worked at the registrar’s office. I served two terms as an election commissioner during the SGA elections.”
Active in the Indiana State University Alumni Association, Paul will assume the role of association president on July 1, 2016. “The blessings that Susan and I have received have been an opportunity for us to reach back and help those that need the same helping hand that was afforded to us,” Paul said. “My motto is ‘Each One, Reach One.’”
The couple were named as Distinguished Alumni in 2021.
Distinguished Alumni Award winners announced (September 7, 2021)
Paul '88 and Susan '92 Chaney (June 30, 2016 - Internet Archive)
Jonathan Clark '07
Clark, a financial manager for the Department of Defense, is a member of Scott College of Business' inaugural Young Professionals Board (he serves as chair). He also was a former president of ISU's successful Student Investment Club and earned his MBA from the Kelley School at IU. He also is very involved as a motivational speaker.
Ben Coe '10 (Insurance and Risk Management)
Congratulations to Ben Coe, a 2010 Insurance and Risk Management graduate and now partner at Shepherd Insurance who has been named as a 2022 Insurance Business America Rising Star!
Since joining Shepherd Insurance after graduating, Ben has worked faithfully for individuals and businesses all over the country. He has a passion for solving issues and coming up with creative solutions to complex problems. He believes that his approach of putting his clients first and maintaining a high level of professionalism on their behalf is what makes clients eager to refer him to their family and friends.
Brent A. Craven 92 (B.S Criminology, A.S. Business Administration)
Craven established RedVector.com, Inc., to offer on-line courses to professionals in engineering, architecture, interior design, construction and more. RedVector.com, Inc., was nominated in March 2003 as the fastest growing company in the Florida High-Tech Corridor. Craven has played a major role in gaining endorsements and partnerships for RedVector.com, Inc., from community colleges, more than 80 professional organizations and three universities including ISU. His success and service has been recognized locally and nationally in feature stories on the Bay News Television and CNN.
Alumni Association announces G.O.L.D. recipients (September 4, 2003)
ISU, RedVector.com form continuing education partnership (April 30, 2002)
Michelle Cronk '02 (Business Education)
Michelle Cronk has earned many honors in the teaching and business fields since graduating summa cum laude in 2002. She took a position at South Central Junior-Senior High School in Elizabeth, Ind. as the only business teacher and has become very involved with her students by advising organizations such as the high school student council. She also was a driving force in establishing a Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter.
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Four alumni honored with GOLD Awards (November 2, 2006)
Myra E. Janco Daniels
Myra E. Janco Daniels received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1966. Daniels graduated from Indiana State Teachers College with a bachelors degree in 1948 and a masters in 1954. She gained recognition for the depth of her research and market planning in the interest of clients, particularly in the fields of transportation, packaged goods, and fashions. When she received the Distinguished Alumni Award, Daniels was president of Draper Daniels, Inc., Chicago, Illinois.
Myra is originally from Gary, Indiana and her first taste of business was selling part favors while still in grade school. Myra completed a master's degree in 1958 and she taught marketing briefly at both Indiana State and Indiana University. Terre Haute Star editor Marsee Cox refused to hire her, so she went to the Meis department store where advertising manager Sol Korshak hired Daniels on the spot.She eventually launched her own agency, Wabash Advertising, and built it into a $1 million per year business in its first year.
At 38, Daniels became executive vice president of Roche, Rickerd, Henri, Hurst in Chicago, an agency formed by the merger of two firms. She was the first woman to hold that position for either company, the first woman to head a national advertising agency and the youngest woman to win the National Advertising Federation's "Advertising Woman of the Year" award.
Myra died on June 22, 2022, aged 96.
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I Married a Mad Man (Chicago Magazine, July 21, 2009)
'48 Alumna Still Working to Change The World (September 13, 2010)
Even at 86, Myra Janco Daniels is Still Making a Difference in her Community (AdAge, March 05, 2012)
Celebrating the newly named Myra Janco Daniels Public Media Center at FGCU (Florida Weekly, June 23, 2016)
I am an American: Myra Janco Daniels of Naples (Naples Daily News, June 17, 2017)
Myra E. Janco Daniels: Make Something From Nothing (Myra's personal website)
Myra Janco Daniels (Video biography, Vimeo, video, 9:47, 2018)
Myra Janco Daniels (Video interview, YouTube, video, 12:25, 2018)
Myra Daniels, Artis—Naples founder and leader, dies at 96 (Naples Daily News, June 22, 2022)
Myra Janco Daniels: An Appreciation (Fort Myers Florida Weekly, June 29, 2022)
Diminutive Myra Janco Daniels stood tall in business world (Yahoo! Money, July 2, 2022)
Ad executive, seeking retirement project, created arts center in Naples, Fla. (Wall Street Journal, July 2, 2022)
Kelsey Darin, ’17 (Marketing)
Kelsey Darin, ’17, is still benefiting from the connections she made on campus as a student and it’s kept her rooted to her alma mater. As a student, Darin found a mentor in Indiana State University economics Professor Bob Guell, whose help extended beyond the classroom to opportunities that would help her find her passion and earn her position as a product developer at McGraw-Hill. Darin now spends her days serving as the liaison between the authors, editorial team and production team – all tasks she was more than capable of tackling on day one of her position thanks to the education and leadership opportunities she amassed during her time as a student at State.
McGraw-Hill Education had a product developer position open, and Darin immediately applied. She started her full-time job with the company in October 2017, working with textbook authors and contributors to enhance and design products.
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Debbie Davidson '83
A business teacher at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Davidson was recognized in 2004 as the Indiana Business Educators Association's Outstanding Classroom Teacher. She also was the 2002 Wayne Township Teacher of the Year and 2003 Top Ten Finalist for Indiana Teacher of the Year. She also received the AES IPALCO Golden Apple Award in 2002. In the classroom, she strives to infuse new technology into the curriculum (programs related to web development and design) and motivate and inspire students as they put real-world skills into practice.
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ISU School of Education: Points of Pride (September 26, 2002)
ISU Alumnus Awarded Indiana Business Educator of the Year (2004 video, 2:31)
Herman L. Davis, '61 (Business Administration), Gr. '63 (Secondary Education)
Herman is a nationally recognized expert in financial aid resources for higher education, Dr. Herman L. Davis received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002. Herman earned his bachelor's in business administration from ISU in 1961, his master's in secondary education, guidance and counseling from ISU in 1963, and his doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1978. At the time he received the DAA, Davis was executive director of the National College Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
He served as director of financial aid at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md. For 15 years before founding and developing College Financial Aid Counseling and Education Services, Inc. and the CASHE Financial Aid System. He also is co-author of "College Financial Aid for Dummies" and the "College Financial Aid Emergency Kit," and author of "College Aid Resources for Education."
Herman met his wife at Indiana State: A special day was the homecoming parade of 1958 when I met my wife. She was riding in an AOPi convertible and I was sitting on the street curb. When she went by, I asked my roommate who she was. He knew her well and introduced me to her that night. We have been together ever since. I was a Navy veteran from a relatively low-income family. To know that Indiana State accepted me after four years in the service and realizing that I could attend college on my GI Bill was in itself a memorable occasion.
ISU to honor Distinguished Alumni (October 28, 2002)
Indiana Court of Appeals to Hear Case at Indiana State University (February 27 2006)
Lora DeVault '02
A member of the Scott College of Business’ inaugural (2008) Young Professionals Board, Lora graduated magna cum laude from ISU’s nationally recognized insurance and risk management (and management) program in 2002. She is a licensed commercial and personal lines agent for Old National Insurance in Terre Haute, and recently moved into her current role as coordinator of the small business insurance division. She frequently comes back to Indiana State to mentor and network with insurance and risk management students.
Sam J. DiGiovanni, '52
Sam graduated from Indiana State Teachers College in 1952. While at Indiana State he was president of the Commerce Club and vice-president of Pi Omega Pi. He joined Arthur Anderson and Co. in 1952, and remained with that company for 34 years, ultimately becoming partner in charge of worldwide utilities. When he received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1997, he was chairman of the board for REGIT, and a director of Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Sam's charismatic nature and enthusiasm for life was evident in his passion for family, golf, cooking. Sam had been married to Doreen, nee Massetti, for 50 years when she passed away in 2004. Sam himself was 87 when he passed away in 2016.
Dr. Nicholas Dopuch '57
Dr. Dopuch is the Hubert C. and Dorothy R. Moog Professor Emeritus of Accounting at Washington University and chair of the Olin School's Ph.D. Committee. He was named Outstanding Accounting Educator by the American Accounting Association and was twice awarded the American Institute of CPAs award for outstanding contribution to accounting literature. He was inducted in 2001 into the National Accounting Hall of Fame.
Buff Dormeier '92 (Business & Urban Development)
As an Indiana State University graduate, Buff Dormeier built a course schedule around classes that interested him – business, economics, and planning – and graduated four years later with majors in both business and urban development and regional planning with an economics minor.
As Chief Technical Analyst at Kingsview Investment Management in Fort Wayne, Dormeier advises the affluent, financial advisors, and other institutional clients with strategies that meet their specified investment objectives in a full host of investment climates. As a portfolio manager, he was featured in Technical Analysis and Behavior Finance in Fund Management – an international book of interviews with 21 successful portfolio managers across the world who utilize technical analysis as a portfolio driver.
In 2007, Dormeier’s technical research on volume analysis received the prestigious Charles H. Dow Award and his book, Investing with Volume Analysis, won both the Technical Analyst’s Book of the Year in 2013 and Trader Planet’s Top Book Resource in 2012. Buff regularly appears in Forbes Magazine’s “Best in State” Financial Advisors.
In 2022, Buff was named the 2022 Technical Analyst Awards Winner for his Volume Factor Risk Overlay which strives to achieve the dual objectives of delivering excess returns throughout bull market cycles while attempting to preserve capital during cyclical bear markets.
Buff Dormeier's Kingsview Investment Management's bio
Partner and Chief Technical Analyst, Kingsview Partners
Buff Dormeier, CMT® provides four important roles to our clientele that of a financial advisor, consultant, analyst, and a portfolio manager. Armed with proprietary indicators and investment programs, Buff dynamically advises affluent and institutional clientele on strategies to help meet their specific investment objectives in what are often uncertain investment climates. As an advisor, Buff has been named a “Best in State Wealth Advisor” by Forbes*. As an analyst in 2007, Buff’s technical research was awarded the Charles H. Dow Award**, distinguishing him as the only financial advisor to thus far win the Award. The Charles H. Dow Award is considered one of the most important recognitions in the field of technical analysis. As an accomplished portfolio manager applying advanced technical/quant analysis, some simply refer to Buff as “the geek”.
However, Buff considers himself to be an evangelist of sorts. He enjoys sharing his investment theories as a foremost expert on volume analysis presenting at international conferences such as TradeStation’s World Conference, Latin America’s Portfolio Manager’s Conference, and the World Money Show.
An award-winning author (2012’s Technical Analyst Book of the Year / Trader Planet’s Top Book Resource 2011), Buff literally wrote the book on “Investing with Volume Analysis” partnering with the Financial Times Press, Pearson Publishing and the Wharton School. Buff’s research has been further featured with press partners including Barron’s, Stock’s & Commodities, Futures and Active Trader magazines, The Financial Times, C-NBC, Market Watch as well as a variety of technical journals. Buff is featured in “Technical Analysis and Behavior Finance in Fund Management” – a European book comprised of interviews with 21 esteemed portfolio managers.
Buff is a former Fort Wayne / Indiana Marathon champion. Although his competitive distance training is on hold, Buff still enjoys a good long run on occasion. Buff is a member of the Chartered Market Technicians Association and Emmanuel Community Church. He is married to his beloved bride Kathy, father of two adored children Hadassah and Kaleo, and best friend to his Rhodesian Ridgeback Dutch.
Kingsview Chief Technical Analyst Buff Dormeier Named as a 2022 Technical Analyst Awards Winner (EIN Newsdesk, June 28, 2022)
Kingsview Chief Technical Analyst Buff Dormeier Named as a 2022 Technical Analyst Awards Winner (Kingsview Investment Management, June 28, 2022)
Buff Dormeier, CMT, Named A 2019 Best-In-State Wealth Advisor By Forbes (CMT Association, February 28, 2019)
Buff Dormeier Named to The Ranking of 2019 Best in State Wealth Advisors by Forbes (Wells Fargo Advisors) (Internet Archive)
Forbes Top Advisor Directory
Tom ('63, Business Administration) and Sandi ('64, Business Education) Druley
At the Florida alumni receptions in Florida in January 2017, Tom and Sandi Druley were presented with Distinguished Alumni Awards by our president, Dan Bradley.
Tom and Sandy have been long-time supporters of their alma mater and have graciously hosted many events for the ISU Foundation Board and others.
Tom, a 1963 graduate, came to Indiana State fresh from the Army and credits his Indiana State education with providing him the foundation needed to be successful in business.
Sandi, a first-generation college student, picked Indiana State for a business education degree because of the reasonable tuition and the support and encouragement she received. She graduated in 1964.
The two met on a blind date arranged by friends. They always had a strong interest in owning their own business and took the opportunity in 1971 to buy a packaged liquor store. They will open their 34th store this spring and now operate in four counties in northern Indiana. Tom has served as president of the National Association of Beverage Retailers and the Wine and Spirits Guild of America. In 1993, he was named Indiana Retailer of the Year.
Image: Sandi and Tom Druley at a CAPA Benefit in December, 2016. Naples Daily News
Tom is front center in this 1963 photo of Delta Sigma Pi, international professional business administration fraternity
President Bradley's Newsletter (January 30, 2017)
Matt Eckert '96
Matt Eckert is the President & CEO at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari and has been with the organization for 15 years. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari employs well over 2,000 employees and has been recognized as a World Leader in the Industry.
Prior to joining Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Matt was a senior auditor with Arthur Andersen in its Indianapolis office.
Matt is a graduate of Indiana State University, where he obtained his Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Insurance. He serves on the Dean’s Executive Council for the Scott College of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant. In addition, he is on the School Board of Trustees for Southeast Dubois School Corporation, the Board of Directors for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Strategic Planning Commission for the Evansville Diocese, the Dubois County Community Foundation Board and its Finance Committee, and is a Certified Attractions Executive with the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. He resides in Schnellville, Indiana with his wife Tonya and three children – Abby, Claire and Drew.
The April 8, 2015 "Leader in Action" presentation was video'd - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5
Matt Eckert named President/CEO (Holiday World, January 8, 2013
Robert J. Edwards (B.S. '93, M.S. '97 Business Administration)
Edwards, a Terre Haute resident, became the vice president investment officer of Signal Capital Management Old National Trust Company in October 2000. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Society, Honor Society for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business Accredited Business Programs and Outstanding Young Men of America. As an ISU student, he received the Wilson M. House Scholarship for Excellence in the M.B.A. program and the William P. Allyn Scholarship for highest achievement in life sciences.
Alumni Association announces G.O.L.D. recipients (September 4, 2003)
Jim Elliott '81
Jim Elliott would likely agree that we are all pawns of the market. We go where the jobs are, and we sell what people want to buy. Were it not for both of these conditions, Elliott — a Lowell, Ind., native who graduated from Indiana State in the winter of 1981 — would have ended up starting his career with a marketing firm in Chicago or perhaps Indianapolis.
Instead, his destiny lay in Texas, where he would log time not only in marketing, but also retail management and high school teaching. All of that, however, was arguably a prologue for Elliott’s signature professional contribution as the entrepreneurial owner and operator of Cedar Creek Brewery nestled in the small town of Seven Points.
Jim Elliott '81 (March 31, 2016 - Internet Archive)
O. Earl Elliott '76
Elliott is President of Sackrider & Co., Inc. Since graduation, Earl and his wife, Tina, have founded and supported the O. Earl and Tina Elliott Scholarship, which is awarded each year to students who are effective leaders and have a well-documented record of community service. Earl serves on the Scott College of Business' Dean's Executive Council. Their son, Mark, was a Networks Scholar at Indiana State and now works for Thompson Thrift Development.
Jim Enicks '90
Jim Enicks joined the army as a Combat Engineer in 1984 and graduated from Indiana State in 1990 with a degree in Business Management under the army’s Green to Gold Program. Jim served as a tank platoon leader during Desert Shield/Storm and retired from the army as a Colonel in 2011 after 25 years of service.
Jim entered the business world with interests in defense communications, IT and cybersecurity, becoming President of Five Rivers Services and Synteras. In January 2020, Jim was named CEO of Corvus Consulting which provides scientific, engineering, technical, operational support, and training services to Federal government and Commercial clients.