Michael Carper '13 — Classics Major into Tech Career

Michael Carper ’13 was a Classics major at Wabash, and now he’s a Tech Analyst at the managed IT services company Apparatus in Indianapolis.

Click here to read the online article about Michael’s natural progression from studying Classics to a career in Information Technology.  In between, he used his Wabash class experiences and internships as a student to achieve his position with Apparatus.

In the Techpoint article, Michael states, “The Latin and Greek studies help me with syntax and understanding how logical languages, including computer languages work.  I think all the liberal arts research and writing made me a good investigator, a problem solver, and that’s what IT is all about — collecting data, asking questions and deep diving to solve problems.”

Wabash Men at Apparatus include: Chris Rozzi ’90, Aman Brar ’99, founder and CEO Kelly Pfledderer ’96, Michael Carper ’13, Ben Frame ’03, Michael Tucker ’93, Brad Vest ’11, artist-in-residence Prof. Greg Huebner H’77, Eric Borgert ’97, Matt Vest ’08, and Sam Spoerle ’13.

Thank you to Classics Prof. Jeremy Hartnett ’96 for the news tip!




Photo by Kim Johnson

Dan Peters '82 named Pres/CEO of E-ONE

Dan Peters ’82 has been named as President and CEO of E-ONE, Inc., an industry-leading manufacturer of first responder apparatus.  E-ONE is a division of Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV), a manufacturer of leading brands serving Commercial, Fire & Emergency and Recreational vehicle markets.  Click here for the news release.

Dan has more than 15 years of experience in the first responder industry – four years in an executive role with a fire apparatus manufacturer and 12 years with a fire industry supplier where he served as president from 1998 to 2008 and Vice President of sales and marketing from 1996 to 1998.  Congratulations, Dan!



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Steve Ferguson '63 named Business Leader of the Year

Steve Ferguson ’63, chairman of Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc., has been named Business Leader of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. As Chairman of Cook Group, Steve oversees a company that employs 11,000 workers and generates annual sales of approximately $2 billion.

The annual awards dinner was held on November 12.  “Steve Ferguson is a class act and has a thoughtful and calming way about him. He is a perpetual optimist and has a good way of getting people to focus on the right things, the task at hand and getting it done,” offers Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar. “I think we all should aspire to be like Steve in terms of his approach to business and in particular his approach to interpersonal interactions.”  Click here to read the details of the  award and Steve’s accomplishments.

Congratulations, Steve!

Addendum added November 21:

Steve is the cover story for the Nov/Dec issue of Indiana Chamber of Commerce Bizvoice magazine.  Click here to read the entire story, an interactive magazine on the web site, so you will be able to read the actual magazine pages.



Photo courtesy of Bizvoice.





Chris Braun '81: Local Litigation Star

Indianapolis Attorney Christopher J. Braun ’81 has been listed as a “Local Litigation Star (2014) – Indiana, Plaintiff” in the category of General Commercial by Benchmark Litigation for its 2014 Indiana rankings.  “Local Litigation Stars” reflect state and national lawyers who are recommended by peers and clients to have established consistent reputations as trial attorneys.

Chris is a name partner in the law firm of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, where he focuses on litigation, transactional, administrative and legislative matters.  Chris was a Political Science major at Wabash, studying at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Oxford University, Oxford England.  After Wabash he earned his JD from Southern Methodist University.  In November 2008, the Wabash College alumni awarded Mr. Braun the Wabash College Alumni Spirit of the Monon Bell Award.

Congratulations, Chris!



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Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

Brad Jones '10: a foodie road trip lasted all summer

Brad Jones ’10 spent the summer on the road, teaming up with a fellow Boston University gastronomy student to travel the U.S. documenting discovery of food crafters, and now they are chronicling the trip through an anthology of online shorts of stories, videos, and journals about their experiences.  Click here to read about their project in the Boston Globe.

Brad was a history major at Wabash, studied abroad in Italy as a student, and was president of the Wabash Cooking Club.  He is currently a graduate student in the Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy program at Boston University.  He also works as a cheesemonger and buyer at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, MA — “the best cheese shop in the country!”

Brad Jones, left, and Chris Maggiolo stirring strawberry preserves at Quince and Apple in Madison, Wis. Credit: Sarah Makoski for the Zester Daily.

Their web site is To Cure the Food – which shows videos from their travels and even has an interactive road map of the food sites they visited.