Heidelberg alumnus and Board of Trustees member Lee Shobe, whose career spans sales, marketing and executive management primarily with DowBrands, will serve as the Executive-in-Residence for the School of Business the week of Feb. 17.
Shobe, who graduated from Heidelberg with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1960, has worked in diverse businesses in industrial as well as branded consumer products in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia. He began his career with Dow as business director of Dow Ag Products and Dow Latin America. He became vice president of sales and marketing of Dow Plastics and eventually became president and CEO of DowBrands Inc. in Indianapolis, serving in that capacity through 1996.
Additionally, Shobe has served on a number of boards, including the Society of the Plastics Industry as its chairman, DowBrands Inc. as its chair, the Dow Chemical Co.’s Corporate Management Board, Wolohan Lumber Co., Abtec Industries and the El Rio Health Foundation in his Tucson, Ariz., community.
Following his graduation from Heidelberg, Shobe earned his master’s degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He also served for a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Economics at the Rotterdam School of Economics in The Netherlands.
During his time as executive in residence, Shobe will meet with individual business classes and will spend time individually with students in a mentoring role. He also will participate in a panel discussion, “Classroom to Career: Entry, Establish & Enhance” and will give a presentation about his personal career journey.
Heidelberg’s Executive-in Residence program provides students with realistic career advice and a linkage to the corporate world. Executives bring real-life, practical perspectives that are melded with theoretical knowledge presented in business classes. They are successful professionals with experience in running for-profit and non-profit organizations. During their time on campus, they serve as guest lecturer, interacting with students and faculty in various settings. An added benefit, they frequently provide networking opportunities.