College of Business & Technology

CBT Alumni

Over 30,000 CBT alumni are making an impact worldwide! They are teachers, managers, directors, entrepreneurs, financiers, analysts, executives, vice presidents, strategists, presidents, and CEO's (just to name a few).

Distinguished Alumni Award History

In 1987, Dean Robert Jefferson developed a vision for an award of excellence that would recognize the commendable efforts of WIU business alumni. Since that time, the College of Business and Technology has honored numerous business alumni who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and outstanding career success.

In addition to their stellar success after leaving the university, they’ve remained loyal and cherished friends of WIU and the College of Business and Technology. We’re truly honored by their dedication!

Past Distinguished Alumni


Holly Deem

Holly Deem


Alfred D. Boyer

Alfred D. Boyer


Edward J. McManus

Edward J. McManus


Robert L. Nardelli

Robert L. Nardelli


David F. Hodnik

David F. Hodnik


Paul A. Bobzin

Paul A. Bobzin


Michael J. Litwin

Michael J. Litwin


John C. Bower

John C. Bower


Lawrence L. Grypp

Lawrence L. Grypp


William J. Lucky

William J. Lucky


Michael P. Kelly

Michael P. Kelly


William O'Toole

William O'Toole


Lorraine Epperson

Lorraine Epperson


Frank Horton

Frank E. Horton


David J. Vogel

David J. Vogel


Nancy C. Pechloff

Nancy C. Pechloff

CBT Alumni in Western News

View the latest issues Western Alumni News

Summer 2016 Issue of Western News

  • Student Scholarships
  • Faculty Awards
  • Social Responsibility
  • Engineering technology breeds innovation
  • WIU aggies in Brazil 2016
  • WIU hosted 44th annual bull sale
  • Clayton Diez, WIU Engineering Technology chair appointed Senior Fellow for ATMAE
  • Living tribute to Bruce A. Engnell
  • CBT celebrates 50 year - logo contest
  • Professor Emeritus, John Carlson service to USDA recognized

Spring 2016 Issue of Western News

  • Artwork commissioned to honor Engnell
  • Graphic communication student, Mariah Bartz, designs WIU Fourndation holiday card
  • Alumni Spotlight, Todd Lester '90
  • Employee Spotlight, Margie Carle
  • Fall 2015 Executive in Residence, Matt Bierman '97 MBA '03
  • Retirement: Becky Smith
  • Program Open Houses: Agriculture, Engineering, and Supply Chain Management
  • WIU gets innovative in manufacturing field
  • Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) Golf Outing
  • A family affair: Hoener brothers serve Ag Mech Show since 2008
  • MBA student, Alex Epkes, winds award for CMA exam distinguished performance

Winter 2015 Issue of Western News

  • Students gain valuable lessons from internships
  • Alumnus, Jan Junker MBA '06, puts MBA to good use to create his own company
  • IBHE approves new graduate program in Applied Statistics and Decision Analytics
  • ADM announces donation to WIU Supply Chain Management Program
  • 'Ag Day' celebrated WIU football season opener
  • CBT Professional Development Series 2015
  • 2015 Ferguson Lecture
  • CBT Celebrating 50 years of success! Save the date - September 2016 will mark fifty years since the School of Business officially opened its doors in 1966.
  • WIU Farm Manager, Livestock Judging Coach Bruce Engnell passes away
  • Economics chair, Tej Kaul, and office manager, Debbie McDaniel, work together for 30 years
  • Faculty members receive 2015 Teaching Innovation Award Honey Zimmerman '02 MBA '04

Fall 2015 Issue of Western News

  • WIU professor, Rafael Obregon MS '91, giving students hands-on, real-world opportunities while bringing upgraded technology to campus
  • Management and marketing class travels to Ireland
  • WIU alumna takes her teaching experience to the international level - Carol Mathis '72
  • Employee Spotlight: Martin Coe: 2015 Outstanding Educator Award
  • Alumnus collaborates with Cold Stone Creamery to produce international product - Tim May '81
  • WIU CBT offers hybrid MBA
  • Bailey named Interim dean of WIU CBT

Summer 2015 Issue of Western News

  • CBT student scholarships
  • Faculty awards
  • New student lounge
  • Employee Spotlight: Amy Ford '01 M.Acct '02, accounting instructor
  • Once-in-a-lifetime trip: Bogota, Columbia
  • John Distefano '80, named WIU CBT Distinguished Alumnus
  • WIU CBT maintains AACSB International accreditation
  • Alumni Spotlight: Lori T. Chesser '84, WIU alumna appointed chair of the American Imigration Council Board of Trustees
  • Study abroad in Australia
  • WIU performance tested bull sale posts record high average
  • Leathernecks Ag Day Football Game

Spring 2015 Issue of Western News

  • 45th annual WIU Ag Mech Farm Expo
  • School of Agriculture greenhouse
  • Western hosts three Fulbright students from around the world
  • WIU Alum Selected to Share Farming Expertise at Yale University's Agrarian Studies Program
  • Jeffrey Schoon '04 MS '05: WIU Spring 2015 College of Business and Technology Executive in Residence
  • In memory of Richard Voss
  • Save the Date: Delta Sigma Pi and Beta Alpha Psi Golf Outings
  • Employee Spotlight: Michelle Terry '78, Academic Advisor
  • Students' "Save the Earth with Shirts" Project in Top 45 of International Entrepreneurship Contest
  • Western Illinois University to host Illinois State Academy of Science annual meeting April 10-11
  • CBT student commitment to social responsibility

Winter 2014 Issue of Western News

  • WIU alumni family named Illinois Farm Family of Year-Kate (Wedekind) Niemeier '10
  • Professor Joe Dobson: My time in Romania
  • USDA NRCS' Kirk Hanlin: WIU 2014 CBT Executive in Residence
  • Brothers, WIU School of Agriculture alumni featured in IL AgriNews-Aaron Wolf '10 and Jeremy Wolf '13
  • Weed Science Team brings home awards
  • WIU welcomes visiting scholars from China
  • Professional development series
  • College Career Fairs
  • Neumann named Interim CBT Dean
  • Westen awarded Outstanding Adviser Award-Cheryl Westen '92 MBA '00

Fall 2014 Issue of Western News

  • Edward Bridge II '10
  • Derek Bloomfield ’11
  • Joe DeBold '02 M.S. '06
  • School of Agriculture greenhouse breaks ground
  • CBT Advisory Board contributes to student scholarships
  • MBA available online
  • In memory of: Professor Emeritus Lewis Wall, Professor Stephen Axely, Professor J. Pat Spicer
  • Engineering technology students present winning design at national conference
  • CBT welcomes new faculty and administrators: John "Jack" Elfrink, William Polley, Chad Hankins
  • Staff and adviser spotlight

Summer 2014 Issue of Western News

  • Janene Finley '98 M.Acc. '99
  • Amy Kerr ’00
  • Kim Limkeman '83
  • CBT celebrates student success
  • Boyer awarded service honors
  • State Farm donates to WIU's Computer Sciences
  • WIU named Best for Vets Business School
  • WIU students visit John Deere
  • WIU approves new Finance 101 course
  • WIU part of $70 million Department of Defense grant project
  • Ag Students Selected for GROWMARK Summer Internship Programs

Spring 2014 Issue of Western News

  • David Erickson ’80
  • Markus Keller MBA '08
  • Martin O'Connor '78, 2014 CBT Distinguished Alumnus
  • Students prank Professor Dobson before Fulbright trip
  • 56th annual Ralph Dirksen WIu Engineering Technology Exhibit
  • 44th Annual WIU Ag Mech Farm Expo
  • WIU football players excel on the field, in the classroom
    Mason Howington, Ryan Ricketts, Jimmy Holtschlag

Winter 2013 Issue of Western News

  • Craig Allaman '91
  • Monique Rocourt ’81 MS ’82
  • Catherine Hadley '98
  • CBT Professional Development Week Recap
  • CBT Executive in Residence: Nancy Cardea
  • WIU student tour Guardian Glass
  • Magoon: 2013 Ferguson Lecturer
  • Supply Chain Management Day - Sept. 30 2013 Recap
  • WIU students benefit from welding equipment grant from Lincoln Electric Co.
  • Ag Mech Show to include new agriculture alumni weekend
  • CBT National Advisory Board

Fall 2013 Issue of Western News

  • John Distefano '80 (iPad project)
  • Lori Sundberg ’95 MBA ’98
  • Janice Wyffels '78, Abby Wyffels '09, Megan Wyffels '13,Kelly Wyffels '14
  • New department chairs and directors in CBT (Conrad, DeVolder, and Baker)
  • WIU MBA students excel in national exam results
  • Allison Farm Field Day offers lessons on nutrient management
  • Four CBT majors designated as "Signature Programs"
  • WIU agronomy team places first in summer contest

Summer 2013 Issue of Western News

  • Shane "Mac" McSimov '08
  • Honey Zimmerman ’02 MBA ’04
  • Oscar Aguirre M.A. ‘99 MBA ‘00
  • Alpha Tau Chapter of AGR celebrates 50th Founder's Day
  • CBT adds online graduate certificates
  • Finance alumnus builds Zaarly
  • CBT Fresh-I Program beneficial to students, businesses
  • Facilities Management donates equipment to CBT program
  • Dobson named Fulbright Scholar to Romania

Spring 2013 Issue of Western News

  • Stella Owusu-Ansah MBA '02
  • Linsey (Froelich) Ackerman ’01 M.A. ’02
  • Christina Frank '98
  • Pat Smith '80
  • Holly D. Deem '77
  • ADM donates to WIU Supply Chain Management
  • Beta Gamma Sigma celebrates 100 years
  • WIU Livestock Judging team takes third overall
  • Students study abroad with help from Caterpillar donation
  • B.A. in graphic communication earns national ACCGC accreditation
  • Bachelor's in fire protection approved

Winter 2012 Issue of Western News

  • Gerry Salzman ‘71
  • Mona Sawyer ’55 & Wayne Yard ’34 M.S. ’47
  • Peter Tronick ’04
  • Jordan Danner ’01
  • WIU professor completes 1,000th skydive
  • WIU engineering program achieves ABET accreditation
  • Visiting scholar: Soon Suk Yoon

Fall 2012 Issue of Western News

  • John Distefano '80
  • Sam Annable '11
  • Enrique Arce B.A. '90
  • WIU plays host to annual Allison Farm Field Day
  • CBT Study Abroad Advisor travels to Cuba
  • CBT announces new department leadership
  • Atlantis program celebrates fifth year

Summer 2012 Issue of Western News

  • Ember Keithley '94 MBA 01'
  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visits Macomb
  • Keithley named outstanding advisor by National Organization
  • WIU Team in Finals of Case Competition
  • CBT announces new human resource management major at WIU-Quad Cities
  • Ekena serves as 13th Executive in Residence
  • CBT to offer new minor in entrepreneurship
  • Six CBT students awarded CAT scholarships for semester in China
  • Accounting and finance sponsors panel on identity theft
  • CBT develops new 'integrated' MBA programs

Spring 2012 Issue of Western News

  • Sean Moore '09
  • Nick Padgett '88
  • Students participate in "Fusion TECH Week"
  • Engineering Technology programs receive accreditation
  • Electric Leatherneck racing team on track with educational entry
  • Supply Chain Management program receives scholarship donation from Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
  • Economics Day held in February on Macomb campus
  • Students compete in Fed Challenge

Winter 2011 Issue of Western News

  • Jay Solomonson '92
  • Ford recognized as top performer on CMA
  • WIU Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter recognized as "Premier"
  • WIU partners with local business to build better engines
  • Keithley named outstanding advisor
  • Chicago business author recognizes alma mater
  • McDonald's senior-level marketing director returns to WIU as CBT Executive in Residence

Fall 2011 Issue of Western News

  • Kami Kates '08
  • Laura Belville '04
  • Bryan Schullian '10
  • WIU finalizes $20 million contract for QC Manufacturing Lab
  • CBT faculty send thousands of books to Africa
  • Retired urban forestry professor receives international award
  • WIU student poses question to the President during his visit to her family's business
  • CBT Dean maintains longtime connection with educator's conference

Summer 2011 Issue of Western News

  • Donald Tomnitz MBA '75
  • Kathleen McEntee '74
  • Derek Bloomfield '11
  • Michael Ortman '95 MBA '97
  • Derek Kane '04 and Jason Strimpel '05
  • CBT sees increase in strength, number of internships
  • SCIMA student team advances to nationals
  • Ford receives Mentor of the Year from the IMA

Spring 2011 Issue of Western News

  • Ed McManus '73
  • Baker named Distinguished Teacher by national association
  • Rock appointed to task force reviewing MAP grant proposal
  • Engineering scholarship established at WIU-QC
  • WIU-QC adds new major
  • WIU MBA: 40 years in the making
  • Ag/IIRA capacity building project recognized
  • Illinois Soybean Association establishes new scholarship
  • New scholarship established for international women

Winter 2010 Issue of Western News

  • Douglas Reese '85 MBA '86
  • Rich Myers '73
  • Nancy Pechloff '73
  • Baker, educators participate in National Agriscience Institute
  • Forestry Club honors professor with tree-planting ceremony
  • Johnson selected as Distinguished Faculty Lecturer
  • Information Systems major named Lincoln Laureate

Fall 2010 Issue of Western News

  • Steve Orwig '95 MBA '97
  • David Vogel '70 MA '71
  • CBT sees reorganization, merged departments
  • Saying so long...
  • Conduct-ing research, one track at a time

Summer 2010 Issue of Western News

  • Jay Solomonson '02
  • Nick Padgett '88
  • Kathleen Hensel '02 MACC '03
  • Patrick Leyendeckers '98
  • CBT names Distinguished Alumnus
  • The 'Tripp' of a lifetime
  • CBT, accountancy maintain AACSB accreditation
  • A year-in-review: WIU School of Engineering
  • Business professor can to true 'tunes' of business ethics

Spring 2010 Issue of Western News

  • John Carroll '02
  • Engineering Technology students win award at invited competition in Taiwan
  • Ethics Day 2010: 'The Ethics of Debt'
  • Eastern Opportunities
  • Gabler Fund supports teaching and learning

Winter 2009 Issue of Western News

  • Rob Grove '80 MBA '85
  • Lori & Craig Glattly '81
  • Bryan Lunt '98
  • George Potter '88
  • Student organization gathers support for member in Iraq
  • From basement rooms' to alternative crops
  • WIU faculty provide expertise on health care reform panel
  • McDonald's executive speaks at WIU
  • Kelloggs continue legendary commitment to WIU
  • Modern Woodmen Invests in the WIU-QC Riverfront Campus
  • Riverboat Development Authority Funds WIU-QC Classroom

Fall 2009 Issue of Western News

  • Julia Oßenbrügge '02
  • Ribbon-cutting held at new WIU-QC engineering facility
  • Western renames Department of Agriculture to School of Agriculture
  • CBT Faculty Spotlight: Barb Ribbens
  • Seeing the future in development for CBT
  • Alternative Crops Day points out the possibilities

Summer 2009 Issue of Western News

  • Kimberly Aldridge '94
  • CBT unveils Beta Gamma Sigma Key
  • 2009 CBT Ferguson Lecture
  • Professor Emeritus John "Jack" Daniels passes away

Spring 2009 Issue of Western News

  • Mark Dempsey '87
  • Charles Carey '75
  • Tim Heth '93
  • Kimberly Hughes '05
  • Bradley Will '06
  • Accreditation 101
  • CBT conducts MBA survey
  • Fimmen retires
  • CBT appoints diversity officer
  • End of an era
  • CBT hosts economic outlook events

Winter 2008 Issue of Western Online

  • Patty Sullivan '88 MBA '89
  • Terry Kestner '84
  • Emily Knox '02
  • Steve Larson '78 MBA '79
  • John Garvey '78
  • C-FAR Day at WIU
  • CBT officially unveils new coffee shop
  • An 'amusing' business
  • The World Series on a "Little" level
  • Marx, founder of WIU economics department, dies
  • WIU student selected as National Agricultural Ambassador
  • University Relations launches Web 2.0 resource site
  • Hallwas's "Dime Novel Desperadoes" blends bio with true crime
  • Housing changes on the horizon
  • WIU-Quad Cities: A five-year retrospective

Fall 2008 Issue of Western News

  • Joe Maxwell '71
  • WIU Allison Farm organic field day
  • Computer science celebrates 25 years
  • Peek named academic mentor of the year
  • SCIMA chapter wins national competition
  • Richard Longworth to speak on campus
  • WIU hosts visiting international students
  • Pi Kappa Phi Fellowship