Luke Messer ’91 Joins Faegre Baker Daniels

Luke Messer has joined Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting as a principal in Washington, D.C. where he will advise businesses and other entities across the nation on federal regulatory and policy developments. While serving Indiana’s 6th Congressional District from 2013 to 2019, Luke successfully authored legislation addressing banking, taxation, immigration, federal deregulation, foreign affairs, and education issues. He served on the House committees on financial services, education and the workforce, budget and foreign affairs, and chaired the Republican Policy Committee.

Following his 1991 graduation from Wabash, Luke earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1994.

The Indiana Lawyer

Ben Whitehouse ’99 Joins Butler Snow Law Firm

Butler Snow has announced that Ben Whitehouse will join their Nashville office, practicing with the firm’s regulatory and business group. Prior to joining Butler Snow, Ben served as supervising attorney and assistant general counsel of insurance for the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance, and as assistant attorney general for Tennessee in the law enforcement and special prosecutions division.

Following his 1999 graduation from Wabash, Ben received his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, and a master of laws in taxation from Boston University School of Law.

Euro Investor

Tom Modrowski ’78 Named President of Braidy Atlas

Braidy Industries, Inc., an Ashland, Kentucky-based manufacturer of metals for the global transportation and defense industries, has named Tom Modrowski as President of its subsidiary, Braidy Atlas. Having served as Executive Vice President of Construction for Braidy Industries since June 2017, Tom will head Braidy Atlas’ operations, overseeing mill completion and integrated aluminum sheet production.

Tom has extensive leadership experience at leading steel, coating technology, and merchandising companies. As an employee of US Steel from 1985-1995, Mr. Modrowski managed a team that directed the design, installation, setup and subsequent management of Double Eagle, a producer of nearly 900k tons annually of exposed coated metal sheet product for the automotive industry. As President of Electric Coating Technologies, he spearheaded the re-opening of its processing facility that was later acquired by Esmark Steel Group. He later served as President of Esmark Steel. Tom has served on the boards of Mountain State Carbon, LLC, Wheeling Nisshin, Inc., Ohio Coatings Company, Great Western Steel and Wheeling Specialty Processing.

Congratulations, Tom!

Business Wire

Mark Bains ’06 becomes Partner

The Fort Wayne law firm of Barrett McNagny LLP has announced that Mark H. Bains was elected Partner effective January 1, 2019. Mark concentrates his practice in the area of real estate law, including commercial and residential real estate transactions, land use planning, real estate litigations, and construction law.

Following his 2006 graduation from Wabash, Mark earned his J.D. cum laude from IU Maurer School of Law. He serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne, and previously served on the Board of Directors of Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana. In 2017 and 2018, he was selected as a “Rising Star” by the Indiana Super Lawyers© publication.

Congratulations, Mark!


Jim Hall ’98 – Chief Operating Officer for N2 Publishing


Authority Magazine recently published an interview with Jim Hall ’98, Chief Operating Officer for N2 Publishing. Described as having an “unstoppable drive and intense work ethic”, Jim initially worked in sales following his graduation from Wabash but found he was most interested in leadership and business, especially startups. His focus as COO for N2 Publishing is on high product quality, improving the client experience, and daily operations.

You can read more about Jim at Authority Magazine