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.
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.
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
The December 2018 issue of Vanguard Law Magazine profiles Marc Nichols, Wabash Class of 1992, and his career path from market analyst for Chemical Bank, to his current role as executive vice president and general counsel for Saab Defense and Security (SDAS), which has entered into a $9.3 billion joint contract with Boeing for the U.S. Air Force. Following his time as an analyst and trust officer for Chemical Bank, Marc earned his J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1998. From there, he has served in a number of legal roles, including inspector general for the U.S. Government Printing Office, and lead counsel and compliance director for Rolls-Royce.
You can read more about Marc at Vanguard
Dubois County Commissioners have announced that Greg Schnarr will take over as the county attorney at the beginning of January. Greg previously served in an elected seat on the Jasper Common Council, and was a member of the City of Jasper Utility Service Board’s wastewater subcommittee. In January, he will also take over as the attorney for the Dubois County Contractual Library Board and Jasper Public Library Board when their current attorney retires.
Following his 2000 graduation from Wabash, Greg received his J.D. degree from the IU School of Law, and has worked as an attorney at Rahman Law Office in Ferdinand for 14 years.
Bob Grand ’78 will be presented with the 2018 Hoosier of the Year award by the Indiana Society of Chicago at their annual gala on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Bob is firm managing partner of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and is resident in the firm’s Indianapolis office. Formerly managing partner of the Indianapolis office, he is a member of the Government Services and Finance Department.
The Best Lawyers in America has recognized Bob every year since 2005. In the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America, he was listed as a “Lawyer of the Year” for his work in government relations practice and municipal law. Bob has also been recognized on the Indiana Super Lawyers list.
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Condé Nast has named John Deschner managing director of Condé’s new CNX group, the area that will now oversee all advertising and branding work for outside clients. John spent nearly all of his career working in advertising, most recently as chief innovation officer and managing director at TBWA/Chiat/Day LA, where he oversaw the growth of their content and digital capabilities, and worked with clients ranging from QuickBooks and Airbnb to the Grammys.
“John is an innovative leader in the industry and has extensive experience building and expanding content and digital businesses at some of the most successful agencies in the industry,” said Pamela Drucker Mann, chief revenue and marketing officer of Condé Nast, to whom he will report. “Pairing John’s expertise with the new global network of editorial talent and influence available through CNX, immediately puts Condé Nast at the forefront of the creative agency business.”
John Gastineau ’73, has published his second novel, Fourth Person No More, a police procedural and courtroom drama set in rural Indiana. John is also the author of The Judge’s Brief, published in 2017.
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels and Purdue Research Foundation President Brian Edelman have jointly appointed David Broecker as the foundation’s chief innovation and collaboration officer.
David has a long history of industry and entrepreneurial experience at Fortune 500 and startup medical device and biotechnology companies in Indianapolis and the Boston area. He will oversee strategic innovation and collaboration initiatives at the Purdue Research Foundation, a private, nonprofit foundation established in 1930 to advance the mission of Purdue University. He will continue to serve as chief executive officer and chairman for Zorion Medical, an Indianapolis-based medical device startup he founded.
Following his 1983 graduation from Wabash, David earned a graduate degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Chicago, and has served on the Wabash College Board of Trustees since 2009.
You can read more at Inside Indiana Business.
Todd Spurgeon of New Albany advanced to the office of president-elect of the Indiana State Bar Association for 2017-18 at the association’s annual meeting in Indianapolis. His term will expire in October, after which he will become the association’s president. As president, he will represent the single largest legal organization in the state.
A partner at Kightlinger & Gray LLP in New Albany, Todd is a member of the Floyd County, Indiana State and American bar associations; the American Board of Trial Advocates; Defense Research Institute; Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana; and the Sherman Minton American Inn of Court.
Following his 1996 graduation from Wabash, Todd earned his law degree from the Indiana University Mauer School of Law.