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Peter Kempf ’06 joins DeKalb Chamber

Peter Kempf

Peter Kempf ’06 was one of three new board members to recently join the DeKalb Chamber Partnership.

Kempf currently serves as a financial adviser for Credent Wealth Management. He previously worked as the head of the Business and Vocational Department, head football coach, Baron Television director and educator at DeKalb High School.

Kempf serves the community as a member of the Rotary Club and with the Friends of the Eckhart Public Library. He and his wife, Jackie, have two daughters and a son and have family roots that run more than 140 years deep in northeast Indiana.

“The Kempfs are passionate about serving DeKalb County and are excited for the future of our community,” the chamber said in a news release.

While at Wabash College, Kempf studied history, education and psychology, was a member of Sigma Chi and the football and track teams. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Western Governors University.


Austin Jarrett ’15 named IU lacrosse coach

Austin Jarrett

Austin Jarrett ’15 was recently named as the new head coach of Indiana University’s men’s lacrosse program

Jarrett, who currently works as a private client advisor for JP Morgan, has been the defensive coordinator and assistant coach at IU under former coach Peter Nelson since 2018.

“I’ve got some big shoes to fill for sure,” Jarrett said in a Mens Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) news release. “I’ve been around great coaches across a couple of different sports and Pete is right toward the top. He’s got the Xs and Os down as any coach should, but he also really cares for his players and coaching staff like they are his family.

“My only hope is to continue to build upon the foundation that Pete has set for us and become a perennial contender for the UMLC title and a familiar face at the MCLA national tournament.”

While at Wabash, Jarrett was a student-athlete, rhetoric major and biology minor, and a member of Phi Gamma Delta. He attached the College primarily to play basketball, but fell in love with the game of lacrosse his junior year.

He started his lacrosse career as a defenseman on the Wabash MCLA squad and finished as a captain on the Little Giants’ first-ever varsity squad under the direction of Terry Corcoran — one of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division III.

“I won’t be able to achieve any of these goals on my own,” Jarrett said in the news release.

IU will play in the East subdivision of the UMLC along with Miami (Ohio), Purdue University, Michigan State and Western Michigan.


Leo Priemer ’06 named to Michiana Forty Under 40

Leo Priemer

Leo Priemer ’06, an Edward Jones financial advisor, was named a 2021 Forty Under 40 recipient.

The Michiana Forty Under 40 program spotlights 40 of the South Bend/Elkhart region’s most talented and dedicated young executives, leaders, employees, and adults who demonstrate career success and community engagement, all before the age of 40, according to a news release. More than 180 were submitted this year.

Priemer opened his Edward Jones office in 2008, just two years after graduating from Wabash College, where he studied political science and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. Since then, he has built a thriving financial advisory practice, serving more than 330 clients in 28 states.

For the last five years Priemer’s office has ranked in the top 25% for customer service across all of Edward Jones.

“I’m grateful for this recognition, for my staff who work beside me each day, and the clients who thought to nominate me,” said Priemer, who holds designations as a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Asset Management Specialist.

“My office’s mission is centered on honest, caring, and goal-focused relationships with our clients,” he said. “The nomination alone tells me we are doing something right!”

Leo Priemer (center) stands with his Edward Jones office team members Diane Hui-Wack (left) and Crystal Taberski (right)

In 2019, Priemer attended the Barron’s Top 100 Summit sponsored by Barron’s Magazine. This national conference is by-invitation-only and recognizes top financial advisors across all firms based on industry experience, compliance record, total revenue, and the amount of client assets entrusted to them.

Outside of work, Priemer is passionate about giving back to his community.

He is a 2011 graduate of Leadership South Bend Mishawaka, a member and president of the Studebaker National Museum Board of Trustees, a board member of the South Bend Rotary Club, and involved in the Michiana Estate Planning Council. In addition to raising money annually for the Alzheimer’s Association, Priemer’s office delivers Thanksgiving food baskets to those in need as part of a joint Rotary/St. Vincent DePaul Society initiative.


Michael Langford ’91 joins The Mediation Group

Michael Langford

Michael Langford ’91 recently joined The Mediation Group LLC, an Indianapolis-based law firm, as a mediator and arbitrator.

Previously, Langford worked as a trial and appellate attorney. He litigated high stakes civil lawsuits throughout his 27-year career, and regularly tried jury trials nationwide and argued before state and federal appellate courts.

In his new role as a mediator and arbitrator, Langford will help parties achieve successful resolutions of their cases. He mediates all types of civil disputes including trucking, personal injury and wrongful death, products liability, insurance coverage, bad faith claims, employment law, class actions, real estate issues, and commercial and business disputes.

“I will start mediating in August,” Langford said in a LinkedIn post. “I’m looking forward to the new challenge.”

While at Wabash College, Langford was a member of Phi Delta Theta and studied English and speech. He graduated Order of the Barristers from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington.