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The Impact Zone

Rob Johnston

"I had a desire to gain financial and strategic training to further advance my career, and I got it at Tippie."

The Impact Zone

Alumni Participation This Fall

Tippie is lucky to have such engaged alumni. Here are some highlights of the many who have contributed to our programs this fall. Thank you for your support!

Full-time MBA Program

Alumni Scott Pfeiler and Adam Plamer address members of the Finance Academy Alumni Scott Pfeiler ('07) and Adam Plamer ('07)
address members of the Finance Academy
Carl Schumacher ('10) spoke with the Finance Academy and conducted full-time and internship interviews for Johnson & Johnson’s LDP program. Scott Pfeiler ('07) and Adam Palmer ('07), both of Rockwell Collins, and Kathy Dore ('84), former CEO of Bravo Entertainment, also shared their expertise with the Finance Academy.

Matt Cardoni ('06) is partnering with more than 20 student volunteers from the Marketing Academy to implement methods available through Google Grants and Ad Words training. The students will gain actionable skills while supporting select non-profit organizations in generating website traffic and expanding outreach.

The Strategic Innovation Academy looks forward to a visit from Vijay Ramnathan ('00), who will discuss innovation in the B2B sector later this semester.

Serving as judges for the IMPACT Case Competition were:

  • Jafar Azmayesh ('05)
  • Mindy Billingsley ('10)
  • Linda Farkas ('92)
  • Kent Peterson ('93)
  • Mark Roach ('99)
  • Jeff Roseman ('94)
  • Michael Sculli ('05)

Tara From ('11), Eliot Weiner ('09), Jason Carlson ('11), Miles Kirkpatrick ('10), and David McAllister ('12) assisted Admissions staff at MBA Recruiting Fairs.

Quintin Harris ('05) organized the info session for Lancaster Pollard and made the trip back to campus and Al Adams ('10) held an info call for Amazon.

Alumni greatly supported us in holding mock interviews in person, over the phone and via Skype:

  • Aric Asplund ('11)
  • Linda Farkas ('92)
  • Tara From ('11)
  • Scott Hamilton ('00)
  • D.J. Heil ('09)
  • Rob Johnston ('12)
  • Siva Kamesh ('11)
  • Samantha Lane ('10)
  • Arindam Majumdar ('10)
  • James Miernicki ('09)
  • Sridip Mukhopadhyaya ('08)
  • Barkha Punjabi ('08)
  • Anil Ramchandani ('10)
  • R.Jayme Reynolds ('11)
  • Akila Rengaswamy Panneer ('10)
  • Megan Schuelke ('11)
  • Megan Scott ('11)
  • Keith Tindall ('05)

Mike Albert ('98) and Chris Rupp ('97) returned to campus for Homecoming and met with students for a patio reception in late September. Mike, who is VP of Institutional Sales at Oppenheimer Funds, expressed willingness to offer advice and help to those who reach out to him, whether they are current students or other alumni.


Alumni helped with the Fall 2012 MBA-PM New Student Orientation in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and the Quad Cities.

The CR alum included:

  • Jessica Graham ('12)
  • Amber Matz ('11)
  • Randy Matz ('11)
  • Jennie Ocken ('12)
  • John Sturtevant ('12)
  • Rocky Tiwari ('11)
  • Larry Trujillo ('11)

Next week, Garrett Black ('09) and Greg Spragle ('10) will participate in a roundtable for the CR Management in Organizations class, sharing their real-world experiences and challenges with delegation, employee engagement and motivation. Greg Williams ('97) will be speaking to the Evaluating Innovation Opportunities class about Intellectual Property (IP) in general and specifically the IP issues in The Social Network movie about the startup Facebook.


The Executive MBA Program would like to thank the following alumni for their participation in serving on the Alumni Panel during Residency Week:

  • David Nylen ('10)
  • Dawn Gifford ('12)
  • Allen Hanson ('12)
  • Andrea Lee ('11)
  • Mike Rizor ('11)

We would also like to thank:

  • Dr. Azeemuddin Ahmed ('10) for his EMBA endorsement and participation at the 2012 Corridor Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 luncheon
  • Dr. Alan Reed ('12), Dr. Azeemuddin Ahmed ('10), Brian Rosenboom ('09) and Darin Rosenboom ('09) for speaking with Executive MBA prospective students and being personal ambassadors for the program
  • James Seifert ('01) for serving as a Venture Capitalist during EMBA Residency Week and recruiting colleagues to also serve as VC’s to create a robust experience for the business simulation activities.