Richard A. Cosier
Richard A. Cosier is Dean and Leeds Professor of Management at the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. He formerly served as Dean and Fred E. Brown Chair of Business Administration at the University of Oklahoma and Associate Dean for Academics, Professor of Business Administration, and Chairperson of the Department of Management at Indiana University. He also held a faculty appointment at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to his academic career, he was a planning engineer with The Western Electric Co. Dean Cosier joined Purdue in 1999. Krannert is widely recognized as a leading business school. The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek and U.S. News & World Report consistently rank Krannert among the world’s elite business programs. At Krannert, during the spring of 2000, Dean Cosier announced a $10 million gift from alumnus Jerry S. Rawls. This completed funding of Rawls Hall, which houses a portion of the Krannert School. While at Oklahoma, he concentrated on curricular improvement and private fund raising. In 1997, Dean Cosier announced an $18 million endowment from Wall Street fund manager Michael F. Price and a matching $12 million from the State of Oklahoma. In recognition of Mr. Price, the College of Business at OU was named the Michael F. Price College of Business. In total, Dean Cosier’s fund raising efforts added more than $130 million to the Krannert and Price College’s endowments and fund raising campaigns.
Ryan W MenkeSVP Supply Chain (OFS Brands)
General Manger (Carolina)
Ryan currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for OFS Brands Inc, a 6th generation family-owned and operated commercial office and healthcare furniture manufacturer with operations in Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. OFS has customers and suppliers all over the globe with the most significant footprint in Slovenia, Italy, China, Taiwan, Brazil, India and the Middle East. Ryan is also the acting GM for Carolina, our healthcare furniture division based out of High Point, NC. Before assuming the role of SVP Supply Chain he held the position of VP of Supply Logistics where he had responsibility for five raw material production operations that included lumber drying, machining, veneer lay-up, core cut-up and lamination, as well as all logistical operations including the management of 165 over the road tractor trailers, three warehousing locations, a regional installation company and diesel service operations. His career began with OFS in sales where he worked his way through the sales training program filling such roles as customer service, project sales manager and eventually selling to end users in the St Louis, MO marketplace for 3 years.
Daniel E. SpellmanVice President of Logistics Development & Supply Chain Services
Caterpillar Logistics Services, Inc.
Dan Spellman is Vice President of Logistics Development and Supply Chain Services for Caterpillar Logistics Services, Inc. Cat Logistics is the third-party logistics division of Caterpillar, and serves the supply chain management and logistics needs of outside clients in a variety of industries, including high tech, automotive, industrial products, aerospace and defense and consumer durables.
Roger Stewart is an adjunct professor in the Krannert MBA program, teaching International Finance and Fixed Income to second year MBA’s. He began teaching in West Lafayette in 2005. Prior to that he taught International Finance in Purdue’s German Executive Master’s program in Hannover, Germany. He has been named a distinguished teacher, enjoys advising students on career planning and has lectured numerous times on campus.
William E. Kassling
Chairman of the Board
Bill Kassling is Chairman of Wabtec Corporation. Kassling was also initially President and CEO in 1990 when he and other members of management purchased the company from American Standard Incorporated. In February 2001, Kassling relinquished his responsibilities as president and CEO to Greg Davies, but remained chairman of the board. When Davies resigned from the company in May 2004 for health reasons, Kassling was reinstated. He again relinquished the President and CEO titles to Al Neupaver in February 2006.
Director of Americas Parts Distribution
Doug Sunkel is Director of Americas Parts Distribution for Cummins Inc. headquartered in Columbus, IN. His responsibilities include providing outstanding service parts support for Cummins aftermarket customers in the Americas region. Cummins Parts Distribution Centers (PDC) in Memphis, TN; San Luis Potosi, MX; and Sao Paul, BZ, ship $1.6B in parts annually, processing 20,000 order lines daily. Each PDC operates a customer call center, materials planning & inventory management team, and warehouse & transportation support for their customers.
Throughout his professional career, Alex Zelikovsky has held Senior General Management, Senior Operations and Marketing positions with Procter & Gamble, Amazon.com, RJR Nabisco and Manufacturers Hanover Trust. Alex possesses a well-rounded and balanced portfolio of skills, accomplishments and education. He has a proven record of P&L success in U.S., European and Emerging Markets.