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Schroeder ’69 to be inducted into Business Hall of Fame

John C. Schroeder ’69 will be inducted into the Evansville’s Regional Business Hall of Fame on March 9.  The event recognizes icons of Evansville’s commerce and for their business excellence, vision, innovations, inspiring leadership and community service to the greater Evansville area.

John’s inductee bio:  “John Schroeder has led Crescent Plastics, Inc. and Wabash Plastics, Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer for nearly 30 years.  His leadership and management skills led to the successful growth of those companies and their sister companies.  Schroeder’s service on boards includes Signature School Foundation Board, the Board of Directors of Old National Bank Community Board, Wabash College Board of Trustees, and almost 24 years on University of Evansville Board of Trustees, including three years as Chairman.  He is a member of the Indiana Academy, past chair of the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center Board, a life member of Keep Evansville Beautiful, and current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Welborn Baptist Foundation.”

John’s father, John H. Schroeder ’42, Trustee of Wabash College 1982-1994, was a previous Evansville Regional Business Hall of Fame Laureate.



Broecker ’83 – IBRI opens first satellite

David Broecker ’83 is CEO of Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI), which launched its first satellite office yesterday in South Bend, IN.  The new office will allow IBRI, a leader in life sciences research and innovation, to develop new working relationships with the University of Notre Dame campus, much like those already in place with Indiana University and Purdue University.  Click here for the news story with audio comments in Inside Indiana Business.


Trebley ’01 – Panelist at 2017 IBJ Power Breakfast

Dr. Joe Trebley PhD ’01 will be one of six featured panelists at the annual Indiana Business Journal Power Life Science Breakfast Series on April 28 in Indianapolis.  The panel will address questions such as:   What are the latest developments with the new Indiana Biosciences Research Institute?  What can be done to make funding more available for life sciences startups?  What are the big trends in life sciences to keep an eye on in 2017?  Click here for information and reservations.

Joe is the Founder and CEO of Monon Bioventures LLC.  He was a Chemistry major at Wabash, and earned his PhD from Purdue University in Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology.



Farrer ’79 named to 2017 Top Denver Lawyers

Paul Farrer ’79 was named to the 2017 Top Lawyer list by Denver’s 5280 Magazine, for work on behalf of landlords in Colorado.  Paul is a partner and shareholder with the firm of Springman, Braden, Wilson & Pontius PC, which was honored with its three other attorneys also receiving the same recognition.

After Wabash, Paul earned his JD from the University of Denver College of Law.


Hecker ’90 named Sr. VP at LORD Corp.

Andrew Hecker ’90 has been named LORD Corporation Senior Vice President Commercial and Corporate Development and an officer of the company.  LORD Corporation, whose world headquarters is located in Cary, NC, is a global leader in vibration and motion control technologies, sensing systems, adhesives and coatings.  Click here for the news release.

After Wabash, Andrew earned an MBA from Harvard University.


John L. Mikesell ’64 honored by Tax Foundation

John Mikesell ’64 has been honored by the Tax Foundation for Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform.   The Tax Foundation is the premier nonpartisan research organization working for reform of tax systems in the United States.  Click here for the news release.

John retired in 2016 as professor at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.  The tenth edition of his widely-cited textbook Fiscal Administration will be released in 2017.


Jania ’93 – speaker at Private Equity International forum

Greg Jania ’93 was a speaker at the Private Equity International CFOs & COOs Forum 2017 on January 18-19 in New York, a gathering of senior finance and operational executives of the private equity community.   Greg is the Head of Fund Investments for Private Equity at APG US Asset Management, Inc.

After Wabash, Greg received an M.B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago.  His career has focused on private equity investment and investment management.


Brennan ’87 – high school team wins Verizon app challenge

Bob Brennan ’87, an Economics teacher at Zionsville High School, has lead his seniors to a second consecutive win for title of Best in State in Verizon’s Innovative Learning App Challenge.  Their app is called NuTown, designed to help newcomers to a community connect to local services, businesses and places to go.  Click here for the news story.  The win brought the school a prize of $5,000 to be used for STEM in their school, and qualifies them to move on to the Best in Nation Verizon App Challenge in February.

After Wabash, Bob earned an M.A. in Counseling at IUPUI.  He has taught in Zionsville Community Schools since 1995.