Professor of the Day Program

The students, faculty and staff of the Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business welcome guest professors each semester. This program connects students with industry leaders in the classroom, providing students an opportunity to learn business concepts from executives. Guest professors visit classes related to their areas of expertise.

2015-16

Michael Brogowicz, B.B.A.'99, Senior Director of Global Marketing, Electronic Arts

John S. VanAlstyne, B.B.A.'81, CEO and President, I-Car

2014-15

Shani Penn, B.B.A.'2000, Senior Strategy Advisor to Governor Rick Snyder

Michael Sansolo, Retail Food Industry Consultant & Research Director, Coca-Cola North and Latin American Retailing Research Councils

2013-14

  • Scott Ochander, B.B.A.'95, Vice President for Enrollment & Marketing, Manchester University
  • John Utter, B.B.A.'84, Senior Vice President of Sales, Central Business Unit, Crown Imports

2012-13

  • Mike Gerfen, B.B.A.'87, President, Biggs-Gilmore
  • Ryan P. Jankovic, MBA'03, Vice President of Strategic Development, Tekna Inc.

2011-12

  • Dan Edwards, B.B.A.'95, Sales Vice President/Industrial and Government, GoJo
  • Michelle Alberda, B.B.A.'89, Co-Founder, SKIRTWorking, Certified Financial Planner

2010-11

  • David Field,  President, CEO and Co-Founder, OneRoof Energy 
  • Mike Williams, Owner, SignArt Inc.

2006-07

  • Michael E. Allen, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Kellogg Company

  • David A. Drayton, CIC, LICC; Sales Manager and Principal, Lyman and Sheets Insurance Agency

2005-06

  • Carl Lally, Dealer Operations Manager, DaimlerChrysler Great Lakes Business Center
  • Linda Brunzell, Senior Marketing Manager, GFY New Platforms Group, PepsiCo

2004-05

  • Thomas Macguire, Director, Grand Rapids Export Assistance Center, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Andy Rent, The River 100.5 FM Morning Show Personality, Regent Broadcasting

2003-04

  • Phil McGratd, Vice President Retail Sales, Nielsen
  • Nancy Edoff, Director of National Event Marketing, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital/American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities

2002-03

  • Aaron Zeigler, President, Harold Zeigler Auto Group
  • Paul Marran, Executive Creative Director, Octane Communications

2001-02

  • Kenneth W. Kaminski, Corporate Vice President and VP, KitchenAid Brand, Whirlpool Corp.
  • John C. Stap, President, Stap—The Integrated Marketing Agency

2000-01

  • Craig Sturken, Chief Executive Officer, Farmer Jack Supermarkets

1999-2000

  • Stephen C. Trivers, President, Fairfield Broadcasting Company
  • Eric Teutsch, Vice President and General Manager, Leibinger Division, Stryker Instruments
  • Charles L. Wimbley, President, The Wimbley Group

1998-99

  • Kimberly Williamson, President, Downtown Kalamazoo Inc.
  • Ed Bernard, President and Owner, Bermo Enterprises
  • Brian E. Barents, Chief Executive Officer, Galaxy Aerospace

1997-98

  • Greg Gerfen, Senior Vice President and Management Supervisor, Doner Company
  • Philip Long, President and Chief Operating Officer, Biggs-Gilmore Communications

1996-97

  • Peter A. Schweitzer, President, J. Walter Thompson Company

1994-95

  • Richard D. Kennedy, President, Kennedy Research Inc.
  • Daniel J. Abraham, President and Owner, Garb-Ko Inc. (7-Eleven) and Savory Foods Inc.

1993-94

  • Lynn K. Imus, President, Polk Direct, R.L. Polk and Company
  • Janet Thompson, Vice President of Sales Operations, Mazda Motor Corporation

1992-93

  • J. Robert Aubuchon, Executive Vice President, U.S. Food Products, Kellogg Company

1991-92

  • Jerry D. Florence, Divisional Director-Marketing Strategy, AC Rochester

1989-90

  • Robert A. Woodrick, Chairman and CEO, D & W Food Centers
  • Frank O'Brien, International and Strategic Marketing Manager, Donnelly Corporation

1988-89

  • James S. Ware, Chairman, President, and CEO, Durametallic Corporation

1987-88

  • Gerald B. Johanneson, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Haworth Inc.

1985-86

  • Jane Schreuder, Director, Business Development, Kellogg Company
  • 1985 Kenneth W. Kaminski, Director, Kitchen Products, Whirlpool Corp.

1984-85

  • 1984 William R. Biggs, President, William R. Biggs Gilmore Associates Inc.

1983-84

  • Paul Boyer, Senior Vice President/Distribution, Meijer Inc.

1982-83

  • Jack Johnston, President, Johnston and Associates Inc.

1981-82

  • Kenneth A. McLarty, General Manager-Business Service, Michigan Bell Telephone

1980-81

  • Burnett W. Donoho, President and COO, Gimbels Midwest

1979-80

  • Robert F. Agne, Director of Marketing Research, Stroh Brewery Company

1978-79

  • Douglas Layne, Corporate Vice President for Marketing and Distribution, Dow Corning

1977-78

  • Frank N. Jarvis, Executive Vice President, Gilmore Stores

1976-77

  • Howard H. Sheldon, General Sales Manager, Dow Chemical Company
  • George A. Markell, Vice President and General Manager, Industrial Truck Division, Clark Equipment Company

1975-76

  • Ronald J. Chambers, Group Vice President, Upjohn International Inc.

1974-75

  • Thomas F. Bartley, General Manager, Marketing Training Services, Whirlpool Corporation