Patrons: Steve and Becky Whitman
Steve Whitman is a retired executive vice president of Exstream Software, LLC, ranked among the world's fastest growing technology companies and a leading provider of enterprise software that streamlines the creation and delivery of personalized documents and other communications materials. Exstream was purchased by Hewlett-Packard in 2008. At Exstream, Whitman was responsible for the company's distribution and channels internationally and for overseeing worldwide sales. With more than 25 years experience in software sales, Whitman has held senior management, sales management and product marketing positions with a variety of companies, including Xerox, Digital Equipment Corp., and First Data. Some of Exstream's major clients included Bank of America, Fidelity Investments and Xerox.
Steve Whitman talking to students in 2013
"The world was different when I graduated in 1977," said Whitman, an Evansville native who holds a degree in business administration from Indiana State. "I'm not sure I could have imagined at that time the kind of career that I would have. Now, almost all businesses operate internationally in some fashion."
A fund Whitman and his wife Becky established in 2010 covers 90 percent of the cost for up to 10 students and one faculty/staff member per trip. The fund also covers the development of marketing and educational materials for the recruitment and preparation of students. While the program is open to any business major at Indiana State, it especially targets marketing and business administration majors.
"The Whitmans' generosity will extend our students' global business experiences by covering essential European operations. The Scott College of Business is excited to add this study trip to our offerings of trips to Asia and study abroad opportunities worldwide," said Nancy J. Merritt, dean of the college in 2010.