Welcome back 2015


It was an honor and a great learning opportunity for students to have the chance to meet our alumni at one of our classes. 

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the College of Management next year!

This year's Keynote speaker was: 

Fred VanderVoord

Fred VanderVoord, MSIO '99

Where we were -  Where we are -  Where we are going: 
Attempting to bring awareness to how the framework of our present and past influences our future characteristics.

Fred VanderVoord has spent the last 20 years of his career at the Chrysler Tech Center in Auburn Hills, now owned by FCA (Fiat Chrysler
Fred was hired into the Product Design Office and has spent his entire time in that branch of the company. Fred spent 19 years fulfilling roles in
operations within the Design Office and most recently moved to Planner for Dodge and Ram Studio.
In this new role he has become responsible for workforce engineering, projecting future product budgets for the Product
Design Office, and arranging development activities that support the design and styling of future vehicles for Dodge and Ram design
Previously he was the Manager of the Milling, Digitizing, Rapid Prototype department which accomplished all
industrial operations necessary in the world of automotive design and styling for Chrysler.
Before joining Chrysler, Fred served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps, honorably discharged as a
sergeant, and spent 10 years as the Photogrammetric Mapping Manager of Air-Land Surveys in Clarkston, MI.

Mr. VanderVoord holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Ferris State University.

He is a 1999 graduate of Lawrence Technological University with a M.S. in Industrial Operations.

Fred VanderVoord, MSIO '99

Keynote Speaker: Fred VanderVoord, MSIO '99. Click on the image for full Gallery



Our alumni guest speakers:

Mon, March 16th:

1. MKT 4013 Consumer Behavior (Kiani) - Carrie Devone, Market Trends 11:00-11:30am

2. INT 3803 Database Design (Ku) - Timothy Balogh, Jon Bezak, Ford's College Graduate Program 11:00-11:30am

3. MBA 7063 Project Mgt (Phillips) - Gene Gutt, Visibility vs Meetings 5:45-6:15pm

4. INT 4013 Telecom & Networks (Martella) - Paul Benvenuti, Ford's College Graduate Program 5:45-6:15pm

5. MBA 6073 Global Strategic Mgt (Marx) - Tracey Boltik, Opportunities After Graduation 5:45-6:15 pm

6. MGT 4213 Strategic Mgt (Omrani) - Gene Gutt, Organization Structure 6:15-6:45pm

7. MBA 7063 Project Mgt (Droomi) - Gene Gutt, Visibiity vs Meetings 6:45-7:15 pm

Tuesday, March 17th:

1. HRM 3023 HR Mgt (Egleston) - Althea Hale, Training & Development 11:00-11:30am

2. MGT 4113 Applied Decision Analysis (Paryani) - Gene Gutt, Assumptions 11:00-11:30am

3. MGT 3103 Project Mgt (Phillips) - Gene Gutt, What vs How 5:45-6:15pm

Wednesday, March 18th:

1. INT 3103 Info Tech Mgt (Alexandris) - Jon Bezak, Alex Zarembo, Ford's College Graduate Program 5:45-6:15pm

2. MBA 6053 Strategic Marketing Mgt (Mathur) - Gene Gutt, Critical Focus 5:45-6:15pm

3. INT 3603 eBusiness Strategy (Montgomery) - Gene Gutt, Defined for Use 6:15-6:45pm

4. MBA 6043 Global Leadership (Marx) - Michelle Baker, Global Project Leadership5:45-6:15 pm

5. INT 6113 Database Modeling and Administration (Ku) - Aleksandar Velkoski, Big Data & NoSQL Databases 5:45pm-6:15pm

Thursday, March 19th:

1. MGT 4113 (Paryani) - Aleksandar Velkoski, Decisions Under Uncertainty in the Real World 11:00-1:40pm

2. INT 3203 Technical Infrastructure (Sanford) - Josh Olivera, Ford's College Graduate Program 5:45-6:15pm

3. INT 4303 IT Business Strategy (Neary) - Craig Rasche, From LIT through 35 Years in IT 5:45-6:15pm


Alumni Week 2014

Alumni Week Recap

  • Rosemary K. Bayer

    Rosemary K. Bayer, CIMBA '03

  • Group Picture

    Left to Right: President Virinder K. Moudgil, Rosemary K. Bayer CIMBA '03, Dr. Armand Ash, Dean Bahman Mirshab, Provost Maria Vaz

  • Audience

    Great Crowd!

  • Terry Hall Ford Car

    Terry Hall MSIS '03 and the Ford Hybrid Car

  • THall BMirshab

    Left to Right: Terry Hall MSIS '09, Craig Rasche BSBA '79, Dean Bahman Mirshab

  • Terry Hall

    Left to Right: Terry Hall MSIS '09, Professor Jim Chasse

  • Dr. Vernon Hoffner, Ms. Mina Jena, Paul Benvenuti BSBA '90

    Left to Right: Professor Dr. Vernon Hoffner, Ms. Mina Jena, Paul Benvenuti BSBA '90

  • Ford Car Group pic1

    Left to Right: Professor Vernon Hoffner, Associate Professor Srikant Raghavan, Adjunct Professor Kioumars Paryani, Paul Benvenuti BSBA '90, Professor Shahram Taj, Dean Bahman Mirshab

  • Ford Car Group pic2

    Left to Right: Adjunct Professor Kioumars Paryani, Assistant Professor Matthew Cole, Professor Jacqueline Stavros, Paul Benvenuti BSBA '90, Professor Shahram Taj

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Watch our Keynote Speaker, Rosemary K. Bayer, CIMBA '03 present her topic: "Be a Master Builder (don't follow the instructions)".  

Rosemary Bayer is Chief Inspiration Officer of ardentCause L3C, a nationally-recognized technology company serving the nonprofit and education industries with software solutions that achieve better outcomes through data collection, mining, analysis, visualization and communication of results. The company provides unique capabilities for improving organizational performance and enabling effective collaboration and community impact through cross-organizational information sharing.

At ardentCause, Rosemary is CEO and leads product development. Before ardentCause, Rosemary spent 25 years in information technology at Sun Microsystems, Amdahl and Control Data Corporation; as systems engineer/inventor; engineering management; and General Management of a large global division.

Since August, 2012, Rosemary is also the lead instructor for the Michigan Inforum ACTiVATE® program, a 10 month educational program originally created with the support of the National Science Foundation, designed to help women start technology companies and leverage technology transfer from research universities in the U.S

Rosemary co-founded the Michigan Council of Women in Technology and its Foundation, providing support for girls and women pursuing technology careers and interests.

Our alumni guest speakers:

Craig Rasche, BSBA'79 - Visiting INT 6043 Enterprise Information Technology on Monday, March 17th

Terry Hall, MSIS'09 - Visiting INT 7233 Network Security on Monday, March 17th

Martin Monte, MBA'11, BSET '98 - Visiting MBA 6073 Global Strategic Management on Monday, March 17th

Patrice Banks, MBA'12 - Visiting MGT 3113 Operations Management on Tuesday, March 18th

James Ureel, MSIS'05, MSCS'05 - Visiting INT 5024 Business Application Programming on Tuesday, March 18th

David Broome, MSIS'96 - Visiting MBA 6073 Global Strategic Management on Tuesday, March 18th

James Baumgartner, MGLM'13 - Visiting MGT 3103 Project Management on Wednesday, March 19th

Aleksandar Velkoski, DBA'12, MBA'08, BSBA'06 - Visiting INT 7513 Business Analytics and Data Mining and MBA 5013 Business Application of Statistics on Wednesday, March 19th

Jeffery Creighton, MBA '12 - Vsiting MBA 6043 Global Leadership on Wednesday, March 19th

Robert Stempien, MGLM '13 - Visiting MBA 6053 Strategic Marketing Management on Tuesday, March 25th

Keith Schweizer, MGLM '13- Visiting HRM 3023 Human Resource Management on Thursday, March 27th

Ford's IT Alumni Recruiting Team,
bringing a hybrid car to the Buell atrium! 

Paul Benvenuti, BSBA'90 - Visiting INT 6123 Systems Analysis and Design on Tuesday, March 18th (1:45pm)

Tim Balogh - Visiting INT 6123 Systems Analysis and Design on Tuesday, March 18th (5:45pm)

Wafa Bunney - Visiting MBA 7063 Project Management on Tuesday, March 18th

John Bezak and Alex Zarembo - Visiting INT 6113 Database Modeling & Administration on Thursday, March 20th

Paul Benvenuti, BSBA'90 - Visiting INT 6043 Enterprise Information Technology on Thursday, March 20th

We hope you enjoyed meeting our COM Alumni and welcoming them back to campus.  

Thank you for your participation.

Dean Bahman Mirshab
Faculty and Staff of the College of Management


Alumni Week 2013

Please join the College of Management in welcoming our Alumni back to campus, as we host our inaugural College of Management Alumni Week from March 18th-21st, 2013. 

There are many exciting activities happening with our alumni that you may participate in.  We want our current students to get to know our alumni, and learn from the experience and wisdom that they have gained since successfully making their way out into the business community. 

We'd like to introduce our alumni guest speakers for Alumni Week:

Linda Puzey, MSIS'09 - visiting MIS 6123 Analysis & Design on Tuesday, March 19th
Josue Diaz, MSOM'11 - visiting OPM 3113 Operations Mgt on Tuesday, March 19th
Stephen McCue, BSIT'09 - visiting INT 3503 Project Mgt in IT on Tuesday, March 19th
Robert Bruttell, BSBA - visiting MGT 2203 Mgt & Supervision on Tuesday, March 19th
Chris Kurowski, BSIM'71 - visiting HRM 6023 Human Resource Mgt on Wednesday, March 20th
Eric Yeaster, MBA'06 - visiting MGT 6043 Ethics & Business in Society on Wednesday, March 20th
Jeffrey Creighton, MBA'12 - visiting GLM 6343 Business Sustainability on Thursday, March 21st
Richard VanCleave, BSIM'84 - visiting MGT 6153 Project Mgt on Thursday, March 21st
Fadi Baradihi, DBA'12 - visiting MGT 1213 Introduction to Business on Thursday, March 21st
Mike Daawas, DMIT - visiting INT 4303 IT Business Strategies on Wednesday, April 3rd



Our Keynote Speaker for the week is Cary Wood, MSIO'96. Cary will be giving a presentation on Thursday, March 21st at 12:15 pm in the Marburger Auditorium as part of LTU's Blue Devil Entrepreneurial Venture Series. His topic will be A Case Study from a 21st Century Corporate Turnaround Executive . Cary is President & CEO of Sparton Corporation, and is on the College of Management Board of Advisors. Lunch will be provided starting at 11:45, and students may earn Blue Devil points for attending this event. Cary will also be speaking to our FIN 6013 & GLM 6353 classes in the evening after his keynote address.

We will be hosting a reception for students, alumni, staff and faculty in the College of Management to meet Cary Wood from 5:00-5:30 pm in M336.  All are welcome to attend. 

Finally, the LTU Alumni office is hosting a Lifelong Learning Symposium on Wed, March 20th at 7:00 pm in the Lear Auditorium T429, entitled Social Media in Business.  The inaugural speaker for this program is Karen Untereker, U.S. Social Media Manager, Ford Motor CompanyThe event is free but registration is required.

We hope you enjoy meeting our COM Alumni and welcoming them back to campus. 

Thank you for your participation.

Dean Bahman Mirshab
Faculty and Staff of the College of Management