nATIONAL aDVISORY bOARD

The National Advisory Board is made up of prominent College of Business Administration alumni throughout the country. The board provides an external point of view that provides COBA with vital resources to connect with important external constituencies for information, financial support, expertise and information.

Members

 

Timothy D. Eippert, Board Chair, National Advisory Board, College of Business Administration at Kent State University

BOARD CHAIR

Timothy D. Eippert

Owner and President, MC Sign Company

Timothy D. Eippert is the Owner and President of MC Sign Company, which he purchased in 1994. He serves on the Kent State University Alumni Foundation Board and is a member of the Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce, The Executive Committee (TEC), and is a member of the President’s Council. In 2004, Eippert was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and was featured in Crain’s Cleveland Business 40 Under 40. Mr. Eippert graduated from Kent State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in marketing and management.


VICE CHAIR

R. Louis Schneeberger

President and Chief Executive Officer, Panther Premium Logistics

Louis Schneeberger is President and Chief Executive Officer of Panther Premium Logistics. Prior to his services at Panther, he worked for Olympic Steel and OM Group, as well as one of the largest private international producers of commercial explosive products, Austin Powder Company. He has been engaged in several business turnarounds, as well as being involved in 100+ acquisitions and the sale of 30+ companies, both public and private. Mr. Schneeberger graduated from Kent State University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in accounting.


Joe Artiste

Former President of Smart Business

Joe Artiste is the former president of Smart Business Network. Mr. Artiste graduated from Kent State University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management.

 

 

 


Gary Brahler

Principal - Polcar, Brahler, Heil, Belden Wealth Management Group

Gary Brahler is a Principal in the Polcar, Brahler, Heil, Belden Wealth Management Group. Mr. Brahler is Chair of the Kent State University Foundation Board and graduated from Kent State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in marketing.

 


John S. Brinzo, National Advisory Board Member, College of Business Administration, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

John S. Brinzo

Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cliffs Natural Resources

John S. Brinzo is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE-CLF). Mr. Brinzo graduated from Kent State University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in marketing and earned a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University.

 


Donald C. Brown

Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration, CFO of FedEx Freight

Donald C. Brown is Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration, and CFO of FedEx Freight. Mr. Brown graduated from Kent State University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Business Administration where he majored in accounting.

 

 


Dennis C. Cuneo

Former Senior Vice President, Toyota Motor North America

Dennis C. Cuneo is the Managing Partner of the Washington D.C. office of Fisher & Phillips, LLP. He serves on the Boards of AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) and Borg Warner (NYSE: BWA). Mr. Cuneo graduated from Kent State University in 1973 with a Master of Business Administration.

 

 


Renée DeLuca Dolan

Founder and President of Contempo Communications

Renée DeLuca Dolan is Founder and President of Contempo Communications and Publisher of Cleveland Business Connects (CBC) magazine. Deluca Dolan graduated from Kent State in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications.

 

 


James P. Even

Vice President Finance and Assistant Controller, Eaton

James P. Even is Vice President of Finance and Assistant Controller for Eaton, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Even received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bowling Green State University in 1984.

 

 


Janet Haughn

Janet Haughn

Owner, Haughn & Associates Insurance Agency Inc.

Janet Haughn, owner of Haughn & Associates Insurance Agency, Inc., an independent full service insurance agency that specializes in commercial and agricultural risks, bonding, benefits, life and personal lines. Janet is licensed in Property and Casualty and graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a BS degree in Merchandising and Marketing. 

 


Matthew E. Likens

Former President and CEO, Ulthera

Matthew E. Likens is Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Ulthera Division, Merz Pharma GmbH. Likens graduated cum laude from Kent State University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in marketing.

 

 


Gregory A. Long

President and Managing Partner, Long, Cook & Samsa, Inc., CPA's

Gregory A. Long is Co-Founder, President, and Managing Partner of Long, Cook & Samsa, Inc. Mr. Long graduated from Kent State University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in accounting and business management.

 


Patrick S. Mullin

Retired Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche

Patrick S. Mullin is a Certified Public Accountant and retired Managing Partner of Deloitte & Touche. Mr. Mullin graduated from Kent State University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in accounting.

 

 


Robert Noyse

Robert A. Noyse

Vice President, The Noysegroup

Robert A. Noyse is Vice President of The Noysegroup. Mr. Noyse earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Kent State University in 1975 with a major in marketing and finance.

 

 

 


Edward C. Thompson Jr.

Senior Vice President & Controller, Global Finishes Group, The Sherwin-Williams Company

Edward C. Thompson Jr. is a Senior Vice President & Controller, Global Finishes Group, of The Sherwin-Williams Company. Mr. Thompson graduated from Kent State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in accounting.

 


Andrew G. Traicoff, National Advisory Board Member, College of Business Administration, Kent State University

Andrew G. Traicoff

Vice President of Sales and Customer Development, Goodyear

Andrew G. Traicoff was named Vice President of Sales and Customer Development, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s North America Business Unit in 2012, having joined Goodyear in 2000. Mr. Traicoff graduated from Kent State University, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications in 1984 and his Master of Business Administration in 1986.

 


James R. Unger

James R. Unger

President, Miller Transfer

James R. Unger joined Miller Transfer in 1971 where he has held various positions serving as Treasurer and Executive Vice President before becoming the President in 1996. Mr. Unger graduated from Kent State University in 1967 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in management science.

 

 


David Webster

President and CEO, Electrical Components International

David Webster is President and Chief Executive Officer of Electrical Components International, based in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Webster graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.