A group of successful business executives have formed the Berg Business Board to guide, promote, advise and support the School of Business’s mission to become a premiere business school.
Alumna Stacy Cox, ’94, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Croghan Colonial Bank in Fremont was chosen as the first chair of the 11-member BBB. Three others are Heidelberg alumni, including vice-chair Mark Beliczky, ’77, managing director of Salus Sciences, LLC, in Baltimore; Scott Hicks, ’89, president and CEO of the Clyde-Findlay Area Credit Union, and Jerry Ross, ’80, executive director of the National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando, Fla.
Also lending their expertise to the board are:
- Willard Heddles, CEO and president, Tiffin Metal Products
- Cary Cox, manager of business development, Marathon Petroleum
- John Bolte, executive vice president, National Machinery, LLC
- Richard Focht, president and CEO, Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corp.
- John Detwiler, president and CEO, Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Cynthia Dennison, senior director of finance, Mercy Tiffin Hospital and Mercy Willard Hospital
- Andrew J. Felter, president and COO, Webster Industries.
School of Business Dean Dr. Haseeb Ahmed said formation of the BBB is an important component of the new business model for the school.
“These are high-level executives, getting attached to us, getting familiar with our curriculum, our students and our programs, and becoming vested with us,” he said.
Programs such as the BBB, the Heidelberg Business Institute, the Executive-in-Residence and Entrepreneur-in-Residence programs add quality and relevance to the School of Business, reinforce a forward-looking perspective and create a mindset that connects practice with theory, Ahmed said.
The BBB also maintains a continuing dialog between the school and the business community. “We now have a two-way exchange taking place, and that’s very important,” he added.
The group will meet once each semester. Following the initial meeting, Ahmed was pleased with the “unprecedented willingness and excitement of the board to be involved with us.”
“They will be extremely valuable in terms of internships, job placement, as guest speakers and resources, and will be involved with student activities.” BBB members also will participate in admissions and other events on campus.