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Leigh Mack, ’90

Leigh MackMack’s resume after graduating from State with a degree in marketing reads like the lifetime accomplishments of more than one person. He became a doctor, business owner, educator, medical researcher, Boy Scout leader, cyclist, Army veteran, Ford salesman, Caterpillar marketing manager and much more. When he went to Oxford in England to gain experience in trauma and reconstructive surgery, Mack met the woman who would become his wife. The full story is on the State Magazine pages.

 

TJ Mattick '01, '05

TJ MattickTJ is a member of the Scott College of Business’ Young Professionals Board. After earning his degree, TJ went to work for Fifth Third Bank as a relationship manager for several years, and he has been with Harris Bank since 2009, first as relationship manager, then as vice president. In addition to serving as vice president, he is a manager of Harris Bank’s Central Indiana Business Banking Group. In 2011, he finished as the number one relationship manager in the entire Harris Bank business banking group and was the only employee to qualify for the “Millionaire’s Club,” producing at least $1 million in revenue. He also serves as a mentor to business students and is very involved in college activities and business connections.

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Carolene Mays '85

Carolene MaysAn ISU Experience

Carolene Mays who graduated in 1985 with a degree in management and a minor in marketing, credits her ISU experience for helping her become a successful business woman.

She worked several jobs while attending ISU, but still found time to be a Sycamore cheerleader, and she was active in Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. "Getting involved in college helps tremendously," she said.

True Entrepreneur

Mays has had active careers in business and journalism. A 2002 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, she was also active in community and educational organizations in the Indianapolis area. From 1998-2010, Mays was publisher and general manager of The Indianapolis Recorder, the fourth oldest African-American newspaper in the United States. "The accounting and the business planning skills that I learned at Indiana State" came back to aid Mays in her effort to make The Indianapolis Recorder the success it is today.

Mays also served as a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives (served from 2002 to 2008) and early in 2010 was appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

A Look Back

"I loved Indiana State. The professors in the School of Business had a tremendous impact on my life. They were extremely challenging, but very good and thorough. The business school has got to be one of the best."

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William Jean McFarland, '60 (Merchandising)

William McFarland, 1959William McFarland, 1980William was born on February 21, 1937. A 1960 graduate of Indiana State Teachers College, majoring in Merchandising, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1980. While at Indiana State, he was an active member of Beta Iota Sigma. William headed the nation’s leading olive processing company and largest supplier of bulk wine. He was president of the Early California Foods, Inc. when he received the Distinguished Alumni Award. The firm was the flagship of Early California Industries, Inc.

Matt Mershon, '05

Matt MershonMatt Mershon came to Terre Haute for his freshman year of college at Indiana State University in 2001 and he’s been making a difference in the business world ever since.

Mershon, who is originally from Crawfordsville, Ind., completed several internships before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems in 2005, including one his sophomore year in Indianapolis at Inland Container, a corrugated board manufacturing company, where he worked in the corporate office.

His future in business was a no-brainer. Through high school, he started to see it was the path he wanted to take in life. His mom was in the business field and worked on computers at Inland; when he saw his mom come home and talk about her day, he’d help her troubleshoot. It got him interested in MIS and he knew that was his path coming in to Indiana State.

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Edwin Miller, '68, Gr '69 (MBA)

Edwin Miller

Edwin Miller serves as president and Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Capital Group, a private investment firm with headquarters in Fair Hills, NJ. In 1998, he retired from Eli Lilly and Company as vice president of finance and corporate treasurer, after serving 29 years in numerous key roles. He earned the distinguished Alumni Award in 2004.

Mr. Miller was awarded both a bachelor of science and master of business administration (MBA) degrees, with honors, from Indiana State University. He joined Lilly in 1969 as a financial planning analyst. During his career there, he held positions in corporate finance, treasury, pharmaceutical marketing and financial, business development and served as Chief Financial Officer for two medical device companies.

Mr. Miller serves on the board of directors for Coachmen Industries, Inc., Lynx Capital Corporation, and previously served on the board of the DowElanco Corporation prior to it becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical Corporation. He is active in Indiana affairs, serving as a board member for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana State University Foundation. He has served as a trustee for the Indiana Historical Society.

Edwin & Mary Ann Miller Scholarship

Dawn Minas '03

Dawn MinasDawn Minas came to Indiana State on a softball scholarship and graduated in 2003 with degrees in business administration and psychology. She later opened the Culver (Ind.) Coffee Company with the help of friends and family and, in 2008, celebrated the company's fifth anniversary. Minas is a member of ISU's Alumni Board of Directors and comes back to the College of Business occasionally as a guest speaker.

 

 

Randall Minas, '75 (Management and Accounting)

Randall MinasEye on the Prize

A '75 graduate (cum laude) in management (minor in accounting) at the age of 20, Minas worked hard and graduated early to pursue a future in finance. He is now senior vice president at City Securities Corp., a private client group headquartered in Indianapolis. He and his family reside in Merrillville, Ind.

Investing in the Future

As part of the grand opening festivities for the Scott College of Business' financial trading room, Minas and his daughter, Dawn Minas (Business Administration/Psychology, ’03) shared financial and managerial insights with business students and faculty. Randall and his wife, Nancy, and the Lilly Endowment, Inc. are the benefactors for the College's Minas Center for Investment and Financial Education. The Minas Center supports operations of the Scott College of Business' financial trading room and the Student Investment Club, which manages a portfolio of nearly half a million dollars. "ISU has been an important part of our lives and in our daughter, Dawn's," said Randall Minas. "Establishing this fund allows us to give back to the university and to impact the lives of students and faculty in the future in a unique way."

Randy Minas also was appointed in 2008 by Gov. Mitch Daniels to the ISU Board of Trustees. In 2009, Randy and his wife, Nancy, donated an additional $1.3 million in support of the Minas Center and also an expanded trading room in the Scott College of Business' new home in downtown Terre Haute (the former Federal Building). In 2010, their son, Randall Minas, Jr., became the third ISU alumnus in the Minas family, graduating from the Scott College of Business with an MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree.

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Mark Morgan, '76 (Accounting)

Mark MorganA recognized financial expert, Mark Morgan earned his bachelors degree in accounting from Indiana State University in 1976. He was named a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient in 2003. At that time, he was vice president for finance supporting research for Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company.

since graduating from Indiana State with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, Mark Morgan has used his education, initiative, and work ethic to forge a successful career in business finance. Currently, vice president for finance with Pfizer, Morgan credits his experience at ISU for preparing him for the challenges he meets in his position with the world's largest pharmaceutical company.

Following graduation in 1976, Morgan took an entry-level accountant position with a small automotive radiator manufacturer in Wisconsin. Morgan's future in the pharmaceutical industry began three years later when he became assistant operations controller for Sterling Drug in Bloomington, Illinois. In 1984 he accepted a position at S.C. Johnson Wax and in 1989 was named manager of corporate general accounting. First hired as director of finance with Pfizer, Morgan has been promoted to his current position as vice president. In the process Morgan and his family have moved ten times to seven states and Germany. His experiences with Pfizer have included responsible roles in the company's acquisition of Warner-Lambert and Pharmacea-two of the largest mergers in history.

Today, Morgan is a recognized financial expert. He is author of three articles published in professional accounting journals, one of which received an award of excellence, and is a frequent speaker at business conferences and symposiums including the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University and the Balanced Scorecard Forum at Harvard University. He has also taught as an adjunct instructor at the university-level and serves as a Pfizer Junior Achievement Sponsor. Mark is also on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

Active also with young people and his community, Morgan has coached children's sports teams and led a local Cub Scouts unit. In addition, he has led his church's congregation as a monitor and chaired the financial committee. At Pfizer he co-chairs a group who donates materials and helps maintain Camp Horizons, an assisted living camp for mentally challenged individuals.

Morgan and his wife, Jody, have two sons and reside in Stonington, Conn. 

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Timothy J. O'Neill '69

Timothy O'NeillAn Indiana State University alumnus with more than 35 years experience in the banking industry, O'Neill retired as an executive of First Indiana Bank of Indianapolis. He served as senior vice president and president of the bank's national mortgage operation before retiring in 2005. He served as interim president of the ISU Foundation in 2006 (he had served on the ISU Foundation Board since 1996) and was honored with the 2007 ISU Distinguished Alumni Award. He was a member of ISU's Board of Trustees from 1987 to 1995 and was a member of the ISU Alumni Association Board from 1979 to 1985.

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Todd Osburn '85

Todd OsburnThe Todd A. Osburn and Caroline C. Howe Financial Services Suite (FD105) houses the accounting, finance, networks, insurance and risk management programs in the Scott College of Business.

Todd and Caroline began their professional careers working in the financial services industry. Fittingly, the couple met while working at the same bank. Since graduating from Indiana State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, Todd has held several positions with the financial industry. Since 1996 he has been a founding partner at Greyrock Capital Group, a private investment firm that provides mezzanine debt and equity to finance buyouts, recapitalizations and internal growth needs of middle-market companies. While a student, Todd was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

Todd and Caroline believe in giving back. Todd serves on the Sycamore Holdings Foundation Board and Caroline was the Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Supporting the financial education programs at Indiana State was important to the couple because of the impact Indiana State had on Todd’s career and will have on future graduates from its programs. They know that by supporting Federal Hall, the financial services programs will grow, continue to improve and assist fellow Sycamores to succeed.

On April 28, 2017, the generous couple made one of the largest individual gifts in Indiana State University history. Their $7.5 million planned gift, $5 million of which is for the Scott College of Business, is uniquely structured to both help the most financially strapped students and to ensure their professional readiness upon graduation.

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Warner H. Paige, III, '66 (Marketing)

Paige WarnerWarner graduated from Indiana State University with a bachelors in marketing in 1966. He earned distinction in the field of music as part of his family’s music store which specialized in providing music education and band and orchestra instruments to Indiana schools and residents. Paige received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1966. At that time he was the fourth-generation to run the family’s music store, Paiges Music Shop. 

 

 

James Pajakowski

James PajakowskiJames Pajakowski is Protiviti’s executive vice president, global risk and advisory services. He oversees the delivery of Protiviti’s services in the areas of finance and transactions, operations, technology, litigation, governance, risk, and compliance. Prior to Protiviti, he was a partner with Arthur Andersen, where he started his career in 1982. Throughout the years, he has consulted with clients in a variety of areas, including due diligence, business process improvement, enterprise risk assessment, enterprise risk management, finance transformation, financial reporting process improvement, financial investigations and the execution of internal and external audits. Pajakowski currently serves on the boards of the Chicago Chamber of Commerce and the Salvation Army in Chicago.​

Milos Pavlovic, ’12, GR ’15

Milos PavolvicMilos Pavlovic, ’12, GR ’15, thought he would continue the acting and voiceover work he did in his native Belgrade, Serbia when he decided to pursue his undergraduate study in theater at Indiana State University.

“My interests in business grew and I decided to switch my major to insurance and risk management during my sophomore year after I took the intro class and realized the opportunities the program has to offer,” he said.

Pavlovic joined Sycamore Ambassadors, Gamma Iota Sigma, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Finance Club and worked in the Meis Center, where he taught lectures about business etiquette and diversity while earning his Master of Business Administration with a focus in finance and operations and supply chain management.

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Jennifer Petersen '98

Jennifer PetersenReceived ISU's GOLD Award. Served as a student teacher for Debbie Davidson at Ben Davis while a student at ISU. She now teaches in the business department there. She was the recipient of the National Business Education Association Award of Merit her first year out of college, and earned the North Central Business Education Association Distinguished Service Award as Emerging Professional of the Year in 2002. She has returned to ISU as a presenter for the Business Education Clinic and was part of Networks Financial Institute K-12 Financial Literary Task Force.

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Daniel Pigg '03

Daniel PiggPigg, a partner in Howard Clare Insurance in Terre Haute, has been very involved with his alma mater since graduation. He serves on the Scott College of Business' Insurance Advisory Council and inaugural Young Professionals Board, volunteers his time with our student chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma and occasionally visits to speak to students in our insurance and risk management program.

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Ray Price, '28

Ray Price, 1928Ray Price, 1964Dr. Ray G. Price received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1964. Price, who earned his bachelors degree in education in 1928 from Indiana State Normal School, was recognized for his service to the promotion of business education. At the time of being selected for the award, Price was a professor of education at the University of Minnesota. While at Indiana State, Ray was president of the Commerce Club. Ray was also a charter member of the American Council on Consumer Interests amd president of the organization 1954-56. 

Steven Pruett '78

Steven PruettPruett has a lot of experience in U.S. power markets having been involved in them for over 20 years. He started with PSI Energy (Cinergy), then Goldman Sachs as an advisor to Constellation Power Source, and he later became managing director for Goldman Sachs in New York City. There, he was responsible for establishing and running U.S. Power Business in the Commodities group of Goldman Sachs. In doing so, he was responsible for managing the risks and the profits of the U.S. Power Business. He currently resides in Florida.

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Cecil Puckett, '25

Cecil Puckett, 1962A 1925 Indiana State Normal School graduate, Dr. Cecil Puckett received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1962. Puckett was active in gaining national recognition for the field of business administration. He was vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Kansas and in charge of the Denver, Colorado branch when he received the award in 1962. 

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Rebecca Wray,
Director, Networks Financial Institute
Director, Gongaware Center
Assistant Director, Meis Student Development Center
Adjunct Instructor, MSBE
Scott College of Business
Federal Hall
30 N. 7th St., Room FD108
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809

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