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Hall of Fame Inductees, 2000-2008

Established in 1986, the Hall of Fame honors lifetime achievement and recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to their fields. The inductees are alumni who represent the values and philosophies of the SIU College of Business and contribute to the mission. Members of the Hall of Fame are outstanding examples of achievement and serve as role models for present and future business Salukis. Nominations for the Hall of Fame are accepted year round.

Sean T. Boston

2008 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Division Vice President
Sears Holdings
Hoffman Estates, Illinois

At the time of induction, Boston served as division vice president and was responsible for procuring and negotiating non-merchandise contracts for Sears Holdings Corporation (SHC). Non-merchandise procurement includes the selection and supplier management for core functions such as marketing, finance, ...read full profile >>

Betty L. Brennan

2006 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Co-Founder & President
Taylor Studios, Inc.
Rantoul, Illinois

At the time of induction, Brennan served as co-founder and president of Taylor Studios, Inc. Taylor Studios, established in 1992, was a custom exhibit design and fabrication firm specializing in natural history exhibits for museums and nature centers. Brennan has served on the College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board. || 1989 BS Marketing – SIU

Stephen W. Brodt

2000 Hall of Fame Inductee

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President and Owner
Western DuPage Landscaping, Inc.
Naperville, Illinois

At the time of induction, Brodt served as president and owner of Western DuPage Landscaping, Inc., a company he established in 1976. The company provided landscape architecture, landscape construction and lawn maintenance services for both the commercial and residential markets. || 1970 BS Accounting – SIU

John Chen

2008 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Managing Director
Foster Partners Southeast Asia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

At the time of induction, Chen served as founder, partner and managing director of Foster Partners Southeast Asia, a leading executive search firm. Foster Partner caters to multinational companies in a broad spectrum of industries, ranging from niche manufacturing firms to Fortune 500 companies. || 1985 BS Marketing – SIU

Harry Lee Crisp, III

2006 Hall of Fame Inductee

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President and Chief Operating Officer
Pepsi MidAmerica
Marion, Illinois

At the time of induction, Crisp served as president and chief operating officer of Pepsi MidAmerica. He was responsible for the welfare of over 700 employees, covering five states.  || 1992 BS Business Administration – SIU

Patrick H. Dudasik

2006 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer

Calamos Asset Management
Naperville, Illinois

At the time of induction, Dudasik, CPA, served as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Calamos Asset Management in Naperville, Illinois. He has been a member of a six person executive steering committee. || 1977 BS Accounting - SIU 

Lancert A. Foster

2000 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Vice President of Finance & Administration
Ralph G. Moore & Associates
Chicago, Illinois

At the time of induction, Foster served as vice president of finance & administration at Ralph G. Moore & Associates. He began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co., subsequently started his own company, a private practice providing financial consulting and accounting services in the areas of ...read full profile >>

Edward A. Hamilton

2006 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Chief Marketing and Sales Officer
Delta Dental of Missouri
St. Louis, Missouri

At the time of induction, Hamilton served as managing director of Banc of America Securities, LLC. Hamilton joined the bank in 1997 and has been responsible for a team of traders, research analysts and loan closers who made up one of the largest and most active loan trading desks in the market at that ...read full profile >>

Kenneth H. Hannah

2002 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis
The Boeing Company
St. Louis, Missouri

At the time of induction, Hannah served as vice president of financial planning and analysis for The Boeing Company. He was responsible for providing leadership in the development of the company’s integrated long-range business plan. Hannah has also served on the College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board.  || 1990 BS Finance – SIU

John S. Heakin

2000 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Retired Senior Vice President of Real Estate
Heakin Research, Inc.
Olympia Fields, Illinois

At the time of induction, Heakin was recognized for his services as senior vice president of real estate for Heakin Research, Inc., a large national marketing research service that operated 36 interviewing offices in 16 states at that time. Heakin has also served on the College of Business ...read full profile >>

Elizabeth F. Kepuraitis

2008 Hall of Fame Inductee

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President
F&B Manufacturing
Phoenix, Arizona

At the time of induction, Kepuraitis served as president of F&B Manufacturing, a premier manufacturer of formed metal products. Customers included General Electric, Pratt & Whitney, Honeywell, Boeing, LAM Research, NASA and the United States Military. Kepuraitis has served on the College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board. || 1981 BS Accounting SIU 

Rodney W. Kinzinger

2004 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Partner
Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Parsippany, New Jersey

At the time of induction, Kinzinger served as partner in the Enterprise risk services division of Deloitte & Touche. Deloitte, one of the world’s largest accounting firms serving over one-half of the world’s largest companies, specializes in audit, tax consulting and advisory services.  || 1987 BS Accounting – SIU

Richard W. Klassen

2008 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Chief Marketing and Sales Officer
Delta Dental of Missouri
St. Louis, Missouri

At the time of induction, Klassen served as chief marketing and sales officer for Delta Dental of Missouri, a provider of dental benefits for 1,300 companies serving more than 500,000 primary subscribers. Klassen has served on the College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board. || 1972 Aviation – SIU; 1975 BS Marketing & Management – SIU

Greg A. Lee

2004 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Sears, Roebuck and Company
Hoffman Estates, Illinois

At the time of induction, Lee served as senior vice president of human resources at Sears, Roebuck and Company in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. He has been responsible for leading Sears through culture change to embrace diverse high-performance work styles and productivity advancements through people ...read full profile >>

Michael “Mickey” B. Levitt

2004 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Chief Executive Officer
Consolidated Foam Inc.
Lincolnshire, Illinois

At the time of induction, Levitt served as owner and chief executive officer of Consolidated Foam, Inc., a manufacturer of lawn and garden products for consumer and commercial use. He has also served on the College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board. || 1961 BS Accounting – SIU

Thomas A. Mowatt

2004 Hall of Fame Inductee

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President
Champion Laboratories, Inc.
Albion, Illinois

At the time of induction, Mowatt was recognized for his services as president of Champion Laboratories, Inc., a provider of filtration products for automotive, industrial, marine, fuel dispensing and hydraulic applications. Mowatt was also the founder of CST, Inc., in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. || 1963 BS Management – SIU

Scott M. Pranger

2004 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Senior Vice President and General Manager
Digital Insight Corporation
Atlanta, Georgia

At the time of induction, Pranger served as senior vice president and general manager of Digital Insight Corporation, the leader in internet banking services. Digital Insight offers profit-generating opportunities to its clients through secure, reliable, and scalable products and services. || 1986 BS Marketing - SIU 

Susie Rashid

2008 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Consultant
SWR LLC
Evanston, Illinois

At the time of induction, Rashid was the chief administrative officer/chief financial officer for Element 79 Partners, LLC, a leading full service advertising agency who strategically partners with clients to solve their marketing communications challenges. Rashid has served on the College of Business ...read full profile >>

John M. Renfro

2000 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Gateway, Inc.
San Diego, California

At the time of induction, Renfro served as senior vice president of human resources for Gateway, Inc. Gateway, a Fortune 200 company, was the leader in the consumer PC industry at that time. Renfro has also served on the College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board. || 1982 BS Management - SIU

Kirk E. Siefkas

2002 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Chief Information Officer
Deere & Company
Moline, Illinois

At the time of induction, Siefkas served as chief information officer of Deere & Company, the premier producer of agricultural equipment since 1963. Previously, Siefkas was as a founding partner with Diamond Management & Technology consulting as well as chief executive officer at John Deere food Origins. || 1980 BS Management – SIU; 1981 MBA – SIU

Robert J. Siracusano

2008 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Senior Financial Advisor and Branch Manager
Wachovia Securities Financial Network
Naperville, Illinois

At the time of induction, Siracusano served as senior financial advisor and branch manager of Wachovia Securities Financial Network in Naperville, Illinois. Wachovia Securities Financial Network offers financial advisory, brokerage, asset management and other financial services nationwide. Siracusano ...read full profile >>

Gus E. Smith

2004 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Partner
Accenture
San Francisco, California

At the time of induction, Smith served as managing partner in the Western Region of Accenture in San Francisco, California. Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with net revenues of $11.82 billion in 2003. Smith has also served on the College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board. || 1977 BS Finance - SIU 

Rick E. Winningham

2006 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Chief Executive Officer
Theravance, Inc.
South San Francisco, California

At the time of induction, Winningham served as chief executive officer of Theravance, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company with discovery and development programs in infectious disease, asthma/COPD, and overactive bladder disease and gastroprokinetic disorders.  | 1981 BS Finance – SIU