Graduate Alumni

Class Notes

Michael McDaniel ('00 MBA)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

Michael McDaniel is the regional director of the Dallas Metroplex for Responsive Education Solutions, the largest charter school district in Texas.

Travis Smith ('95 BBA)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

Travis Smith is the COO of Jo-Ann Stores Inc., and will become the retailer’s president. Smith, who will keep his current responsibilities of overseeing Jo-Ann’s marketing, merchandising, sourcing, inventory management, supply chain and store operations, will assume responsibility for information technology. Smith has been with the company since July 2006.

Jason Konesco ('94 BBA)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

Jason Konesco has been named president of Harrison College, which was formerly known as the Indiana Business College. Konesco joined Harrison College in 1999. Most recently, he was Harrison’s senior vice president of operations.

Mark Lambert ('94 MBA)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

Mark Lambert (MBA)has joined Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, as CFO. He will oversee all areas of financial management, drawing on more than 15 years of leadership experience in finance, strategic planning, operations and mergers and acquisitions.

James Lucot ('94 MNA)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

James Lucot was honored in December with the Robert I. Goldman Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education.

"This award is presented annually to a teacher who demonstrates excellence and creativity in his teaching of the Holocaust," said Stanlee Stahl, executive vice president of The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (J.F.R.). "He is the type of teacher you would want your kids to have."

"Every year the J.F.R. reunites a Holocaust victim with their rescuer. This year they reunited Bronislaw Firuta with Joseph Bonder, the Jewish teenager he and his family saved. The two had not seen each other since 1945. Words cannot even being to describe how amazing this was to experience," Lucot said.

Lucot was nominated for this prestigious international award by Dr. Edie Naveh, the director of the Holocaust Center of the United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh.

Tim O'Neill ('94 BBA)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

Tim O'Neill has found new inspiration to record more lullaby piano music—the birth of his twins, Owen and Gabrielle. Tim and his brother Ryan (’97)—The O’Neill Brothers—sold more than 800,000 copies of their songs in the last three months of 2009 alone. Channeling their business savvy and musical talents, The O’Neill Brothers are working with large manufacturers to add a $5 bonus sticker for five theme-specific free songs onto retail products.
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K.C. Mathews ('93 MBA, BBA ’85)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

K.C. Mathews has been promoted to executive vice president and CIO of UMB Bank, the lead banking subsidiary of UMB Financial Corp. As CIO, Mathews is responsible for executing UMB Bank’s investment strategy and overseeing the day-to-day management of the bank’s investment activities.

Mathews is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute. He is past president of both the Kansas City CFA Society and CFA Society of Oklahoma. He is on the board and executive committee for Junior Achievement, serves on the board for the University of Central Missouri’s Harmon College of Business Administration, and serves on the faculty of the School of Banks.

Vince Pryor ('93 MNA, BBA ’85)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

Vince Pryor has been named senior vice president of finance/chief financial officer for Edward Hospital & Health Services. He previously was with Ingalls Health System.

Matthew Knott ('92 BBA)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

has been promoted to senior vice president, strategic planning and performance management of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. He previously served as vice president of planning. In his new role, Knott is responsible for the development of the organization’s strategic plan. He works with the executive team and board of directors to establish and evaluate organizational outcomes and assess performance against goals. He also provides assistance to member food banks in the areas of strategic and operational planning and analysis.

Mary Kay Ladone ('88 BBA)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

Mary Kay Ladone has been appointed to serve as an officer of Baxter International Inc. Ladone, currently vice president of investor relations, has served in her current position since 2004. Previously, she held numerous positions within the company’s finance, business development and supplier management functions. Ladone has been with Baxter since 1988.