College of Business Hall of Fame 2010 - 2011 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees
Each year the College will name a small number of alumni to the Hall of Fame from nominations submitted by alumni, friends, faculty, and staff. Alumni are recognized for significant career accomplishment and outstanding service to others.
A committee of faculty and staff assembled by the dean chooses the honorees from those nominated. The inductees are honored on a permanent display near the Dean's Office in the College of Business.
New Hall of Fame members are inducted each year during Business Week. During their visit they have the opportunity to interact with faculty, receive their award at a formal induction ceremony and share their expertise through classroom presentations.
Scott Carr ’85 (marketing)
Scott Carr is a managing director for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Schaumburg, IL. During a college internship with the company Carr became a licensed financial representative and qualified as 8th out of 1200 interns nationally for his production level. Upon graduation he moved to the Chicago suburbs and became at top producer for Northwestern earning top 10 honors nationally in each of his first 3 years.
At age 25, Scott opened The Carr Group, a scratch District Network Office. Today it has 50 producers, 40 support staff, generating $6 million in insurance premiums and $3 million of investment commissions with $600 million of assets under management. The Carr Group has consistently been a top performing office in production and in the development of new financial representatives nationally for the past 15 years.
The mission of The Carr Group is “To create an environment that challenges people to grow and develop personally, professionally and financially.” That has translated into five individuals becoming managing directors and two developing into managing partners under Scott’s tutelage. Leading by example, Carr has provided significant service within Northwestern Mutual. In 2009 and 2010 he was the president of the National Board of Directors for the Managing Directors Association.
The Carr Group was instrumental in the formation of The Professional Sales Institute (PSI) at Illinois State University and was one of its originating corporate sponsors. Scott is a frequent guest speaker for sales classes and actively hires financial representatives from the college.
Carr resides in Long Grove and has been married to Beth for 25 years. They have two children Megan 19 and Matt 17.
Michael E. Keane '77 (accounting)
Michael E. Keane is executive vice president and CFO of Clipper Windpower, Inc., and also serves on the company’s board of directors. The company designs advanced wind turbines, manufactures the 2.5 MW Liberty wind turbine, and develops wind power generating projects. Keane oversees multiple functions within the company including global finance and accounting, investor relations, information technology, internal audit, and corporate planning. In 2009, Clipper had 477 Liberty wind turbines installed and operating at 18 generating sites and revenues exceeding $744 million.
Before joining Clipper, Keane was corporate vice president and CFO of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), a fortune 200 company. He served as senior vice president and CFO of UNOVA Inc. for eight years following the spin-off of UNOVA from Western Atlas, Inc., where he held the same positions since 1996. Prior to that Keane was assistant treasurer and director of pensions and insurance at Litton, a predecessor to UNOVA. Keane began his career as a certified public accountant in the Chicago office of Price Waterhouse.
Michael serves as a member of the board of directors of City of Hope and MRV Communications, Inc. He is chairman of the audit committee of MRV. Keane was a member and audit committee chairman of the Zixcorp board of directors from 1998 to 2006, and served on the advisory boards for FM Global and Savi Technology, Inc. He has an M.B.A. from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.
Miron Marcotte '85 (accounting)
Miron Marcotte is a managing director with Protiviti Inc., a global business consulting and internal audit firm where he is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s operations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul. Prior to relocating to Minnesota in 2008, Marcotte was global leader for a supply chain consulting practice in Protiviti’s Chicago Office.
Before assisting in the founding of Protiviti in 2002, Marcotte spent 17 years in the Chicago Office of Arthur Andersen, where he progressed to an assurance and business advisory partner responsible for various audit, financial consulting, and outsourcing activities across a wide array of companies and industries. His career with Arthur Andersen began with an internship he obtained his senior year at Illinois State University.
Since graduation, Marcotte has remained connected to his alma mater. He was the founding president of the Chicago West Alumni Chapter and participated for more than a decade on the Department of Accounting Advisory Council. Marcotte was also involved in the establishment of the Arthur Andersen Distinguished Professor Endowment Fund for the Department of Accounting.
Marcotte has a passion for mentoring and developing others and is involved in a number of activities and organizations which support those priorities. Miron enjoys golf and has completed more than two dozen marathons. He, his wife Anne, and daughter Nicole share their lives with three horses, three dogs and cat.
Jeff Stempora '95 (M.B.A.)
Jeff Stempora is CEO and board member of the Evogi Group, a collection of companies focused on providing commercial and consumer global telematics technology and information based products and services to the insurance, automotive, and finance industries. Through this role Stempora serves as CEO of the individual companies - MileKeeper, FleetDaddy, and NavSeeker.
Previously he founded the Stempora Group, a consulting firm specializing in executive coaching, mentoring, and organizational and strategy development within the financial services and insurance industries. Prior to that Stempora was senior vice president, CIO and board member of the Erie Insurance Group where he was responsible for the transformation of Erie’s strategy, information technology, infrastructure services, products, and business processes critical to the company’s turnaround.
Prior roles held by Stempora include executive vice president, chief administrative officer and global head of strategy at Citigroup, assistant vice president at State Farm Insurance Companies, assistant vice president at CNA Financial, and executive account manager at Hewlett-Packard. He served as chairman of the Executive Committee for Risk and Security of the Financial Services Roundtable, BITS in Washington, DC and was directly involved in the recovery of the financial markets during and after the attacks of September 11. In addition to that role, he was appointed to a special presidential task force to address the risks of and develop controls for the US financial services critical infrastructure.
Jeff serves on a number of boards within startup and established companies and is active with community youth groups.
Keith Wakeman '86 (marketing)
Bill Kirkendall is the CEO of D.A. Weibring/Golf Resources Inc., a worldwide golf course design, management and consulting firm. Prior to joining Golf Resources, Kirkendall was CEO of Pure Motion Inc., which develops and markets technology-based training aides for recreational sports.
Kirkendall’s executive experience and in- depth knowledge of the athletic retail, sporting goods and golf industries has enabled him to provide several companies with valuable guidance in management, brand building, operational issues and assessment of business and industry trends.
From 1999 through 2002, he was CEO of Orlimar Golf, a manufacturer and distributor of golf equipment worldwide. For 18 years he held various senior management roles at Etonic Inc. (Etonic/Tretorn/Puma USA), a manufacturer, distributor and licensee of athletic footwear and apparel brands worldwide, including serving as President from 1991 to 1998. During his tenure Kirkendall was a driving force in developing these worldwide brands into industry leaders within their respective fields. He has served on the Board of Directors of the public company, Finish Line, a 665 store mall-based specialty retailer of athletic footwear and apparel since 2001, was Chairman of the Audit Committee and currently serves as the Chairman of the company’s Compensation Committee.
Kirkendall, who attended Illinois State on a golf scholarship, was inducted into the Illinois State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. A native of Galesburg, he lives in Frisco, Texas with his wife Corinne ‘74. They have two daughters, Molly and Maggie, and two grandchildren.