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CBT Alumni

Over 27,000 CBT alumni are making an impact worldwide! They are teachers, managers, directors, entrepreneurs, financiers, analysts, executives, vice presidents, strategists, presidents, and CEO's (just to name a few).

CBT Alumni in the News

Read about each of these alums in the Summer 2014 Issue of Western News.

  • Amy Kerr ’00
  • Janene Finley '98 M.Acc. '99
  • Kim Limkeman '83

Alumni featured in past Western News Issues

Distinguished Alumni Award History

In 1987, Dean Robert Jefferson developed a vision for an award of excellence that would recognize the commendable efforts of WIU business alumni. Since that time, the College of Business and Technology has honored numerous business alumni who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and outstanding career success.

In addition to their stellar success after leaving the university, they’ve remained loyal and cherished friends of WIU and the College of Business and Technology. We’re truly honored by their dedication!

Martin (Marty) O'Connor - 2014 Distinguished Alumni

The 2014 recipient is Martin (Marty) O'Connor, 1978 Agriculture graduate. He is currently the president of OCM, Inc., an organization that provides consultant services to the meat and livestock industries for national and international compliance with regulatory and contracting requirements.

Before his consulting work, O'Connor was the director of the Livestock and Meat Standardization Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, DC. Prior to that, he served as the assistant chief of the Meat Grading and Certification branch of the USDA and as an international marketing specialist of the USDA's Livestock and Seed Program.

The college will honor O'Connor with a community luncheon Friday, Feb. 7, during his visit to campus from Thursday, Feb. 6-Saturday, Feb. 8. While on campus, O'Connor will also speak with CBT students and faculty.

Past Distinguished Alumni

2013

Holly Deem

Holly Deem

1999

Alfred D. Boyer

Alfred D. Boyer

1998

Edward J. McManus

Edward J. McManus

1997

Robert L. Nardelli

Robert L. Nardelli

1996

David F. Hodnik

David F. Hodnik

1995

Paul A. Bobzin

Paul A. Bobzin

1994

Michael J. Litwin

Michael J. Litwin

1993

John C. Bower

John C. Bower

1992

Lawrence L. Grypp

Lawrence L. Grypp

1991

William J. Lucky

William J. Lucky

1990

Michael P. Kelly

Michael P. Kelly

1989

William O'Toole

William O'Toole

1988

Lorraine Epperson

Lorraine Epperson

1987

David J. Vogel

David J. Vogel

1987

Nancy C. Pechloff

Nancy C. Pechloff