Wesley Zirkle ’98 Joins Keller Macaluso LLC

The law firm of Keller Macaluso LLC has announced the addition of Wes Zirkle to their team. Wes will be representing entrepreneurs, agencies, sports and entertainment properties, and sponsors.

Prior to joining Keller Macaluso, Wes spent 12 years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of global marketing agency, JMI, now part of CSM Sport & Entertainment, and nearly five years as Corporate Counsel at CMG Worldwide, an innovative celebrity marketing agency.  While at JMI, he served as the primary legal advisor to the executive team as they grew the agency into a global leader with offices in Zionsville, London, and Hong Kong.  In 2008, Wes led the process of selling JMI to a New York-based private equity firm and then several years later led the legal aspects of the sale of JMI to Chime Communications.  Following the sale, Wes was promoted to General Counsel of Chime USA, leading all legal and administrative functions of Chime’s United States business holdings.

Following his 1998 graduation from Wabash, Wes earned his J.D. in 2001 from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Wes is a member of the Board of Directors of the United Methodist Foundation of Indiana and is a member of the 2014 class of the Indiana Business Journal’s Forty Under 40.

Josh Minkler ’85 Appointed to U.S. Attorney Advisory Committee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has appointed Josh Minkler one of nine new U.S. Attorneys to serve a two-year term on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys (AGAC). AGAC was created in 1973 and reports to the Attorney General through the Deputy Attorney General. AGAC represents the U.S. Attorneys and provides advice and counsel to the Attorney General on matters of policy, procedure, and management impacting the Offices of the U.S. Attorneys.

 The Senate confirmed Josh to be the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana in October 2017.

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Kevin Bennett ’14 Joins Riley Bennett Egloff, LLP

Indianapolis law firm Riley Bennett Egloff, LLP announced that Kevin Bennett has joined the firm as an associate attorney practicing in multiple substantive areas, including business law, transactional matters, employment law, litigation, and estate planning. Following his 2014 graduation from Wabash, Kevin earned a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Congratulations, Kevin!

Brian Kopp ’98 played role in changing the NBA

SportVU, developed by Israeli scientists Gal Oz and Miky Tamir, uses high-resolution tracking cameras in the catwalks of NBA arenas to capture the precise movements of players thousands of times per minute. This technology changed the way basketball teams make decisions, basketball players are valued, and basketball fans understand the sport. It even changed the game itself.

 Stats LLC, a sports-data company based in Chicago, wanted to acquire their business; that is where Brian comes into the picture. An employee of Stats at the time, Brian aided in the acquisition of SportVU and the subsequent sale of the technology to the NBA.

 Read the full story at The Wall Street Journal


Ryan Dombkowski ’00 appointed Dean at Trine University

Ryan Dombkowski has been appointed Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Trine University. The appointment will take effect Jan. 1, 2018.

Following his 2000 graduation from Wabash, Ryan obtained a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Notre Dame and an MS in leadership from Trine University.

Currently chair of the university’s pre-medical professional track and professor in its Doctor of Physical Therapy program, Ryan has been a member of the faculty since 2014. He previously served on the faculty at Saint Mary’s College, the IU School of Medicine – South Bend, and the University of Notre Dame.

Congratulations, Ryan!

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Dudley ’64 and Judy Burgess receive William D. Barth award in recognition of service

Dudley and Judy Burgess were honored with the 33rd annual William D. Barth Award from Tri-City Family Services.  They were recognized for the significant and positive impact they have had through community service in the central Kane County area.

“Judy has always been a volunteer, and I had a corporate career, so she always followed me around,” said Dudley, a retired vice president of government affairs at AT&T. “After I retired, she got me involved at TriCity Family Services”, Dudley said.

But Judy claims it was Dudley who brought his expertise to the agency when he helped launch a quality control committee and program dedicated to continuous improvement, one that would help it through the national accreditation process. “The agency needed someone who understood quality control, and Dudley worked in that area at AT&T,” Judy said. “It was a natural.”

TriCity Family Services established the Barth Award in 1985 to honor William D. Barth, a founder of the agency and a dedicated community leader.

Click here to learn more about the work Dudley and Judy have been doing in their community.

Kevin Chavous ’78 Named K12 Inc. President of Academics, Policy, and Schools

K12 Inc., a technology-based education company and leading provider of proprietary curriculum and online school programs for students in pre-K through high school, has announced that national education reform advocate Kevin Chavous has been named the company’s President of Academics, Policy, and Schools.

 A 1978 graduate of Wabash, Kevin is a noted education reform leader and innovator with a well-chronicled track record of empowering families with education choice, and driving change and opportunity for children of all backgrounds and circumstances.

 Click here for more information about Kevin and K12 Inc.


Jacob Bradley ’01 Named Partner at Quarles & Brady

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Jacob Bradley ’01 has been named a partner, effective October 1, 2017.

 Jake joined the firm in January 2015 in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He represents a diverse range of clients in the areas of commercial litigation, appellate litigation, and white collar criminal defense.   You can read more about Jake at

 Congratulations, Jake!


Taimur Baig ’94 Joins DBS as Chief Economist

DBS Bank has announced Taimur Baig ’94 will be joining the bank as Chief Economist and Managing Director for Group Research. He previously worked with Singapore Monetary Authority, Deutsche Bank Asia, and the IMF.  Taimur’s areas of specialty include international finance, macro risk spillover, exchange rate and fixed income analytics and forecasting.

Taimur earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The Economic Times

Terry Sweeney ’85 Named President and CEO of Downtown Lexington Partnership

Terry Sweeney ’85 has been named president and chief executive officer of the Downtown Lexington Partnership, a consolidation of the Downtown Lexington Corporation and the Lexington Downtown Development Authority. He currently serves as director of the Corpus Christi Downtown Management District in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Terry begins his new position December 4, 2017.

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