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COBEC 2017-2018

COBEC - College of Business Executive Council


The College of Business Executive Council (COBEC) is an organization comprised of the Presidents of all registered student organizations recognized by the College of Business. This council serves as the student advisory board to the Dean of the College of Business.  They attend monthly meetings with the Dean and discuss issues within the College of Business that concern both current and prospective students.

Below are the biographies of the current officers for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. Please reach out to them if you have any questions about COBEC or the College of Business. Additionally, please find the College of Business RSO Marketing-Signage Form Below. If you wish to send a soft copy instead of dropping a copy off at the SFHB Dean’s Office 401, please email the Dean's Office at, subject “SFHB RSO Marketing Request Form (organization name)”.

Are you interested in becoming a COBEC Officer for the 2018-19 Academic Year?  Nominations are now open until 4:00pm | Friday, April 20.  The election to fill the 2018-2019 Executive Board will take place on Wednesday, April 25 th , 2018 at 7:00 a.m. in the Afni Executive Boardroom, SFHB 412.  Job descriptions and the nomination form is available HERE.

College of Business RSO Marketing Request Form

Brian Gielow Brian Gielow


Other College of Business RSO Involvement: Delta Sigma Pi, Marketing Analytics Society (Founder)

Brian Gielow is a senior at Illinois State University studying Advanced Marketing Analytics within the College of Business. After transferring to Illinois State from Aurora University for the Fall 2015 semester, Brian began getting involved in College of Business organizations. Brian is involved in Delta Sigma Pi, which is a professional business fraternity where he has held executive board positions of President and Vice President of Marketing. Brian has also co-founded the first Marketing Analytics focused organization on campus titled "Marketing Analytics Society" and served as Vice President. Brian is also the Director of Social Media for the Means Center and Startup Showcase. Brian has held professional experiences as an IT Data & Analytics Intern for Progressive Impressions International (PII),  a Sales and Operations Intern at Penske Truck Leasing, a Marketing Analytics Intern at the Vidette and a Member Services Associate at Campus Recreation. 

Brian discovered the opportunities the College of Business Executive Council (COBEC) offers through his involvement with COBEC during the Spring 2017 academic semester. As president, Brian organizes meetings and overall operations of COBEC and identifies plans of action that the COBEC Executive Board plan to implement. Brian's initial vision is to encourage collaboration and comradery among all College of Business student organizations. Brian’s primary role as COBEC president is to serve as a liaison between the Dean of the College of Business to the COBEC members, as well as the entire College of Business student body.

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Megan Kapala Megan Kapala

Vice President

Other College of Business RSO involvement: Women in Business (founder & President), Alpha Kappa Psi

Megan Kapala is a junior studying Finance with a minor in Financial Planning in the College of Busines. Megan has fully immersed and engaged herself on campus within various student organizations, service opportunities, and maintaining a strong academic record. The student organizations Megan is involved in include: Founder and President of Women In Business, Alpha Kappa Psi (a professional co-ed business fraternity) where she served as professional chair, Vice President of the College of Business Executive Council, Beta Gamma Sigma, Member on the Finance, Insurance, Law Advisory Board, as well as served on a Dean Search Committee. As a member of these student organizations, Megan has had the opportunity to give back to the community through organizations such as American Red Cross, Home Sweet Home Ministries, Illinois State Disability Concerns, and Adopt-A-Street. She interned at J.P. Morgan in their Global Wealth Management division and she hopes to enter into the Wealth Management industry post-graduation. Ever since Megan stepped foot on campus, she has always posed the question to herself, “How are you going to leave your Redbird legacy?” Megan's involvement is a culmination of her footprint forming on the place she has called home for three years.

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Sara Ploch Sara Ploch

Secretary of COBEC

Other College of Business Involvement: Gamma Iota Sigma, Christian Business Leaders, College of Business Ambassador, Innovation Consulting Community, Leadership Fellows Program

Sara Ploch began her College of Business involvement in 2014 as a freshman when she co-founded Christian Business Leaders (CBL). During her time as Vice President of Internal Affairs for CBL, she helped develop and coordinate the organization’s strategy, recruit speakers for meetings, and assisted with building a community culture. During her time on the Christian Business Leaders leadership team, CBL won Small Registered Student Organization of the Year for 2015-2016, and Large Registered Student Organization of the Year for 2016-2017; both bestowed by ISU’s Dean of Students Office. She also represented CBL on the College of Business Executive Council for 2016-2017. In 2015, Sara began her involvement with University Housing as a Resident Assistant. She served as a Resident Assistant for two years. Following, for the 2017-2018 academic year, Sara will be serving as the Director of Professional Development for Gamma Iota Sigma, an insurance fraternity at ISU.  Sara has also been heavily involved outside of the College of Business; as she has held multiple leadership positions through Women’s Club Water Polo.  In addition to her various leadership positions, Sara will be a Student Risk Manager for Illinois State University this year.  During the summer of 2016, Sara was a Commercial Limes Underwriting Intern for West Bend Mutual Insurance. This past summer, she was a Facultative Underwriting Intern with Swiss Re in Chicago.  Sara is excited to spend her senior year mentoring other students and passing on lessons she has learned. 

Sara learned about the opportunities as an officer of the College of Business Executive Council through the other organizations she is involved in. As Secretary, Sara looks forward to helping the COBEC Executive Board members manage the affairs and duties of COBEC, as well as implementing new and current activities with the goal of developing College of Business students through open and clear communication. Sara also hopes to encourage collaboration among all of the College of Business RSOs.

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Katie Jordan Katie Jordan

Activity Coordinator

Other College of Business RSO Involvement: Phi Gamma Nu Professional Business Fraternity

Katie's involvement in the College of Business began in spring 2017, when she transferred to Illinois State University. She joined Phi Gamma Nu Professional Business Fraternity and now holds a chair position on both the Marketing and New Membership committees within the fraternity. Katie is currently a senior at ISU and is studying General Marketing. Before Illinois State, Katie attended Lincoln College and St. Ambrose University where she served on the Student Government Association, played volleyball, planned charity events, and remained involved in campus clubs and activities. Her interest in event planning stems from her high school accomplishments with fundraising and student councils. Katie is excited to take on the position of Activity Coordinator and spend her senior year learning more about the College of Business and its students.

Katie learned about the opportunities as an officer of the College of Business Executive Council through Phi Gamma Nu. The fraternity encourages and sets the standard for student involvement, and she was eager to run for the Activity Coordinator position and better support the College of Business.  As activity coordinator, Katie helps plan and organize COBEC sponsored events in addition to the general meetings, and participates in discussion of amendments, procedures, and events with the executive committee.

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