The primary purpose of the Alumni-in-Residence program is to provide opportunities for students to gain insights into the business world and into the thoughts and lives of successful Romain College of Business graduates. This is a great opportunity during the spring semester when a graduate is invited to talk with students and faculty.
2015: David Goodman '79, CEO of Advanced Green Technologies
2014: Elizabeth Childers '99, marketing leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
2013: Kyle Fields '06, general manager for the Indiana office of SS&C Technologies
2012: Luke Yaeger MBA '07, senior vice president for commercial lending, Evansville Commerce Bank
2011: Trenton Christian '07, international sales representative, Red Spot Paint & Varnish Co., Inc.
2010: Tracy Zeller '89, owner, Tracy Zeller Enterprises
2009: W. Kerry Jackson '84, executive vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer, Shoe Carnival, Inc.
2008: Donna Harris '93, MBA '01, vice president and senior human resources business partner, Fifth Third Bank Southern Indiana
2006: Derek Faughn '84, senior director for information management, Mead Johnson, a subsidiary of Bristol-Myers Squibb
2005: Travis Hudak '00, finance manager, GE Plastics' Production Center of Excellence in Mount Vernon
2004: Kelly Dillon '92, assistant manager of public relation, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana
2003: J. Edward Wicht '92, staff attorney, Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement
2002: Michael Head '80, president, First Federal Savings Bank
2001: Steve Lowrey '76, president and CEO, Texas-based Franchise Concepts Inc.
2000: Kenneth L. Sendelweck '76, president and chief executive officer of German American Bank in Jasper
1999: Daniel S. Hermann '79, president, Black Beauty Coal Co.
1998: Tina Kern '86, president, Kern Brothers Office Environment Products and Systems, Inc.
1996: Wilder Allen '89, president, Safety Management Corporation
1995: Randall Haaff '84, manager of finance, Total Audio Visual Services, a unit of General Electric Capital Services
1994: Chris Melton '72, National City Bank
1993: Terry Hitch '73, central zone manager, Eastman Kodak
1992: Ron Bonger '81, co-founder, president, and CEO, Firehouse, Inc.
1990: William Fisher '73, senior vice president and COO, Applied Communications, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska
Entrepreneur's Perspective Series
The Entrepreneur’s Perspective Speakers Series highlights speakers who support and convey the fundamentals of the College's entrepreneurial ecosystem, which focuses on education, engagement and entrepreneurial outcomes.
The primary purpose of the Executive-in-Residence program is to provide opportunities for students to gain insights into the business world and into the thoughts and lives of business executives. This is a great opportunity when an executive is invited to talk with students and faculty.
2020: Aditi Deeg, chief financial officer, charity: water (POSTPONED)
2016: Larry May, President & Chairman, Keller Schroeder
2016: Doug Field, VP, Engineering, Tesla Motors, Inc.
- Tesla VP says engineering is art (The Shield)
2015: Doug Joest, executive director of Evansville Regional Airport
2014: Linda E. White, president & CEO of Deaconess Health System
2013: Kent Parker, business executive, entrepreneur and investor
2012: Chris Traylor, CEO of Traylor Brothers, Inc.
2011: Pete Mogavero, CEO of Anchor Industries
2010: Robert J. (Bob) Keller, president & chief executive officer, Escalade, Inc.
2009: Ira G. Boots, president and CEO, Berry Plastics
2008: Tim Stonesifer, chief financial officer, SABIC Innovative Plastics
2007: James C. Thyen, president and CEO, Kimball International Inc.
2006: J.P. Engelbrecht, vice president and chief operating officer, South Central Communications Corporation
2005: Robert G. Jones, president and CEO, Old National Bancorp
2004: Regency Commercial Associates
- James McKinney, president and CEO
- Marian Blackford, vice president and CFO
- Julie Clayton, director of Administration and Project Management
- Jeff Howell, director of Property Management
- Joe Kiefer, director of Sales and Leasing
2003: Charles D. Storms, president, and CEO, Red Spot Paint and Varnish Co., Inc.
2002: Rick Geissinger, president and CEO, American General Financial Services in Evansville, who also serves as vice chairman of Consumer Lending for American International Group in New York
2001: Al Ritz, founder and president, Card Management Corporation (CMC)
2000: Alan R. Brill, president, Brill Media Company, LLC
1999: Kay Forbes-Smith, president, KFS & Associates
1998: Dennis Gage, president, Bradley David Productions
1997: Alan Holaday, vice president, Whirlpool Corporation
1996: John R. Dolan, president, Mead Johnson Nutritionals
1995: John Lippert, chairman and CEO, National City Bank
1994 Fall: Martin R. Imbler, President and Chief Executive Officer, Berry Plastics
1994 Spring: Lawrence Prybil, Daughters of Charity National Health System-East Central Region
1993 Spring: William G. Mays, Mays Chemical Company, Inc.
1992 Fall: Steven J. Schenck, NBD, Indiana
1992 Spring: Margaret Henderson Blair, research systems corporation
1991 Fall: Michael Campbell, Hurco Companies, Inc. and Hurco Manufacturing Co.
1991 Spring: Craig Schnuck, Schnucks Markets, Inc.
1990 Fall: J. C. Anderson, Whirlpool Corporation
1990 Spring: David Russell, The Carnival Shoes & Fashions, DAR Investments Group, Inc.
1989 Fall: Brian Derry, General Electric
1989 Spring: Irwin Teich, Barclay's American Business Finance
1988 Spring: Jack F. Malaney, L. S. Ayers Department store
1987 Fall: Robert Koch, II, George Koch Sons, Inc.
1987 Spring: Victoria Bennett Buyniski, United Medical Resources, Inc.
1986 Fall: John Bolger, CEO, American General Financial Services
1986 Spring: Robert Griffin, Indiana Industries, Inc.
1985 Fall: H. Lee Cooper, president, Citizens National Bank
1985 Spring: Robert W. Swan, CPA, Kemper CPA Group
1984 Fall: J. R. Dick Harris, Southern Indiana Bank and Trust Company
1984 Spring: Robert M. Leich, Jr., Charles Leich & Company and Charter Leasing
1983 Fall: Brian R. Bosworth, Indiana Department of Commerce
1983 Spring: Carolyn Georgette, Indiana Bell Telephone Company
1982 Fall: Ray Egan, Mead Johnson Corporation
1982 Spring: William Snyder, Whirlpool Corporation
1981 Fall: Richard W. Shymanski, Harding, Shymanski & Company
1981 Spring: David H. College, DeZurik Corporation
1980 Fall: Mace Broide, U. S. House of Representatives
1980 Spring: Andrienne E. Savage, Cummins Engine Company, Inc.
1979 Fall: Garth Marston, The Provident Institution for Savings
1978 Fall: Rich Davis, Evansville Courier
1978 Spring: Richard I. Culp, Arthur Andersen & Company of Indianapolis
1977 Fall: Everitt A. Carter, Oak Industries, Incorporated
1977 Spring: Leon T. Kendall, Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation
1976 Fall: Beryl Robichaud, McGraw-Hill, Inc.
1976 Spring: Robert E. Green, Executive Inn
1975 Fall: Wendell L. Dixon, Credit Thrift Financial, Inc.
1974 Fall: Kenneth W. Bradfield, Hahn, Incorporated
1974 Spring: John F. Gaither, Gaither, Hortin & Koewler
1973 Fall: Robert B. Slade, Inland Container Corporation
1973 Spring: Alan B. Graf, Keller-Crescent Company
Innovative Speaker Series
Through its Innovative Speaker Series, the Romain College of Business strives to present a speaker who has displayed leadership and innovation in the world of business. It is an event for the University and the tri-state communities.
2022: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak
- USI to host Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak “The Woz” (USI)
- WEHT's "InDEPTH with Brad Byrd"
- Wowed by The Woz (USI)
2019: General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)
- General Colin Powell to speak at USI
- USI prepares for visit from Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Ret.)
- General Colin Powell offers lessons on failure, leadership
2017: Dr. Oscar Salazar, founding chief technology officer of Uber
- Uber CTO Salazar: Fifth Industrial Revolution is Coming (Evansville Courier & Press)
- View photo album on Facebook
2015: Dr. Ben S. Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve
- Bernanke to speak at USI: The man who led the country out of the 2008 financial crisis (USI)
- Bernanke talks financial crisis, offers advice for students; $40,000 gift will be used for scholarships (USI)
- Ben Bernanke's Blog (Brookings)
- Former Fed chair Ben Bernanke speaks at USI (Evansville Courier & Press)
2013: T. Boone Pickens, legendary entrepreneur and philanthropist
Lessons Beyond the Classroom Speaker Series
The presenters in this series are experts in a variety of business areas, and they are invited to campus to share their experiences and “lessons learned” as they have progressed in their careers. A presentation typically involves hands-on information that is intended to encourage questions and discussion from the participants, and it is hoped the participants will gain knowledge that will be applied in their own lives and in their future careers.
November 28, 2018: Erin Bemis, SCORE Google Tour – “Reach Customers Online with Google.” (USI news release)