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Executive in Residence

The Executive in Residence (EIR) program features highly distinguished executives, whose expertise in either business, accounting, finance, management or marketing are appointed by the dean to spend a few days in the college. They will engage with students, faculty and staff to provide perspectives on business, share insights into their profession and create networking opportunities.

Through the insights of these executives via guest lecturer/speaker we seek to obtain:

  • Inspiration for those seeking careers in business
  • Perspectives on the importance of the class subject-matter
  • Insights into what careers are available in a particular field, industry or company
  • Strategies for planning a career path and maintaining momentum in a career
  • Advice for dealing with challenging professional issue

Larry Bailey

Executive in Residence

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Larry Bailey has over 40 years of tax and accounting experience in areas of financial services, real estate, health care, and the sports and entertainment industries. Since 2002, he has served as the president of LDB Consulting, Inc. Bailey obtained an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in accounting from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

Richard Barrett

Executive in Residence

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After earning his degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University, Richard Barrett began his career at the investment firm F.I. DuPont in Chicago. After three years, he moved his financial practice to Blunt Ellis & Loewi, a predecessor firm of Wells Fargo Advisors. In the past 40 years, he has been recognized for his production and for providing outstanding client service as a member of the firm's Chairman Circle of Excellence. Barrett has been featured in the Chicago Tribune's "Ask the Expert" column; was inducted into Southern Illinois University's School of Business Hall of Fame; graduated from the Securities Industry Association Institute held at The Wharton School; and lectured at the University of Illinois. Most recently he has been named to Barron's Top 1000 Advisors for 2009.

Reina Irene Mejia Chacon

Executive in Residence

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Reina Irene Mejia is the CCO for Citi Honduras and CIB Head for Honduras & Nicaragua since September 2013. She has been with Citi for more than 19 years in diverse roles and locations.

Before her designation as CCO, Mejia was director for the Institutional Client Group (ICG) Honduras and Nicaragua for six years. She is the first Honduran woman appointed as CCO in Citi Honduras.

Mejia joined Citi as a senior relationship manager in 1996 and has held several different positions in the company, including global transaction services head, financial institutions and public sector head, and regional manager in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Mejia also has participated in important internal audits in the franchise of Venezuela, Brazil and Thailand. She participated in the sale of the Consumer Business in Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador and led the divestiture process in Honduras as well, as establishing the new Bank in Honduras.

Mejia is a member of the Citi Global Diversity Network representing America’s Women Network (which includes Canada, the United States, Mexico, Brazil and the rest of Latin America). In addition, she is the business sponsor of the Honduras Women network.

She has participated in the “Citibank CITIzen Program,” a two-year rotation program for MBA graduates from top universities in London, the United States and Spain. Part of her participation is to present Citi to previous-year MBA students from these schools, and to participate in the last round of interviews to recruit for the bank.  

Mejia is a founder and board member (representing Citi) of Operation Smile Honduras since 1998. Operation Smile Honduras is the only hospital program in the country to treat children with cleft lip and cleft palate. It has made a difference in the life of more than 4,000 children.

Mejia, who also sits on the Board of the Honduras Banking Association and on the Board of the American/Honduran Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), is a breast cancer survivor – and, as such, has a personal commitment to elevate the awareness of the disease and increase the survivorship rate in Honduras. She does this by participating as a board member of the Honduras Foundation against Breast Cancer (FUNHOCAM).

As if all this wasn’t enough, she is also the treasurer of the Board of Directors of the American School of Tegucigalpa, where her children attend school. Mejia and her husband, Enrique, are the proud parents of three children: Irene, Fernando and Pablo.

Mejia holds a degree in economics with a concentration in money and banking, as well as an MBA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Ted E. Owen

Executive in Residence

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Ted W. Owen was named President of Team, Inc. and elected to its Board of Directors in July 2014, and became CEO in December 2014. Team is a publicly held company traded on the NYSE under the symbol TISI and is the parent company of Team Industrial Services, Inc. and Quest Integrity Group, Inc., providers of specialty inspection and mechanical services throughout the world. Owen was previously executive vice president and CFO of Team, a position he has held since joining the company in 1998.

The first half of Owen’s career was in public accounting where he was an audit partner with KPMG in Houston. Prior to joining Team, he held C-level positions with several industrial companies. Owen, a CPA by background, holds both a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Southern Illinois University.

Diane Schumacher

Executive in Residence

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Diane Kosmach Schumacher is the retired special counsel and chief compliance officer for Cooper Industries, Ltd., a company that engages in the manufacture and sale of electrical products and tools worldwide.

Schumacher was responsible for negotiating and resolving Cooper’s claims against Federal-Mogul Corporation and Cooper’s asbestos liabilities.  She oversaw Cooper’s compliance and ethics program.  Schumacher joined Cooper in 1981 as a staff attorney.  From 1995 to 2006, she served as the company’s senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer, during which time she was responsible for oversight of the company’s legal affairs, environmental affairs, risk management and shareholder relations, as well as compliance programs and employee training.

Schumacher was inducted into the College of Business Hall of Fame in 1996.

Ronald Smith

Executive in Residence

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Ronald Smith completed his M.S. in business and his B.S. in marketing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. In 1992, Smith began supervising the operations of four multi-specialty medical groups for the University of California San Diego (UCSD) through a Management Service Organization (MSO). Prior to Medical Group of North County Inc. converting to a MSO, Smith supervised the operations of the multi-specialty group which grew from a two doctor practice to 17 doctors. Smith also spent eight years as operations/fiscal manager of an award-winning film production and distribution company specializing in health education videos and ten years supervising the operations of a community health care organization.