Jody has been named by The Daily Record in Baltimore, Md., to its list of 2016 Influential Marylanders. Fifty-one of Maryland’s top leaders were selected by the editors of The Daily Record for their leadership and significant contributions to the fields of civic leadership, communications, education, finance, general business, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology. The Daily Record launched the Influential Marylanders award in 2006. Jody is the chief operating officer of Beatty Development Group, LLC, based in Baltimore, and a trustee of Kalamazoo College.
Jill is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. She has 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, 23 of them for Darden Restaurants, Inc. Jill earned her M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. At K she majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France.
Sam works for the national real estate firm Draper and Kramer, Inc., which won two annual Chicagoland Apartment Marketing and Management Excellence (CAMME) awards in November. Both awards recognized the firm’s Wheaton Center community, a six-building, 758-unit rental development in downtown Wheaton, Ill. Sam won one of the awards, in the category of Assistant to Property Manager, for his excellence in managing the day-to-day operations at Wheaton Center. Sam has held various positions at Draper and Kramer since joining the firm in 2012. He was the operations manager at Wheaton Center for the past two and a half years, and last month became a pricing manager at Draper and Kramer’s corporate headquarters. Prior to his role at Wheaton Center, Sam was an assistant property manager for Draper and Kramer’s Prairie Shores Apartments and a leasing consultant for 1350 N. Lake Shore Drive. At K Sam earned his B.A. in economics and played intercollegiate soccer for the Hornets.
Carol was named director of customer service for Eaton Corporation’s Aerospace Group’s Aftermarket Division. Carol joined Eaton in 2005 after working in a variety of customer service roles at Northwest Airlines. Most recently at Eaton she served as director of customer service for the Fluid and Electrical Distribution Division. She earned her bachelor’s degree at K in psychology.
Shivangee has been named the new director of Lawyers for the Creative Economy, a program of Creative Many Michigan, a statewide economic development organization for the arts, culture, and creative design industries. The program delivers free to low-fee intellectual property and creativity-related legal resources and services to artists, creative practitioners, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Shivangee helps identify legal issues likely to affect artists and other creative persons and enterprises, and she determines the appropriate legal support and resources needed. She also prepares Michigan attorneys to provide artists with basic intellectual property knowledge and resources through her work at periodic workshops, public lectures, orientations, and forums. At K Shivangee earned her bachelor’s degree with a double major in religion and economics and business. She studied abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland. Shivangee earned her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.
Phil was awarded the David R. Whitwam Outstanding Achievement Award, one of the highest honors bestowed by Cornerstone Alliance, a business retention and expansion organization serving Berrien County, Michigan. Phil is treasurer of the Southshore Companies, a real estate investment and development team in St. Joseph, Michigan. He has been with Southshore for 30 years. Prior to that he was senior manager for Price Waterhouse for nine years. The Whitwam award annually recognizes a community member who has achieved success through corporate leadership and involvement in community improvement. Phil is a long time member of the Cornerstone Alliance Board of Directors and its executive committee. He also serves on the City of St. Joseph Planning Commission and the board of directors of the St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation. Additionally, he is a trustee of the Berrien Community Foundation, and is the co-leader on the Michigan’s Great Southwest Leadership Council’s Best Practice Governance, Government Support and Economic Development committee.
Ryan leads the acoustics, audiovisual, and theatre consulting practice at Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm. Ryan works in the company’s Chicago office. At K, he majored in physics and economics. He earned a master’s degree in sound and vibration studies from the University of Southampton. Since joining Arup in 2005, Ryan has been involved in providing technical expertise and project management skills for various building types. He is an active proponent of performance-based design, constantly evaluating the prescribed criteria and standards for different facilities whose users’ needs and requirements are incorporated into the project. He strives to implement integrated acoustic and audiovisual solutions into the design using innovative tools and techniques. Some of his projects include the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, Greece; the St. Louis Art Museum Expansion in St. Louis, Missouri; and the public address system redesign for the O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois.
Since her return last year from her position as chief strategic communications adviser to the Afghan National Security Forces in Kabul, Kimberly has built a successful international consultant practice with clients in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Africa. Last June she was selected as a Fulbright Specialist and will work on various educational capacity building projects at foreign institutions. And this fall she became the first person to hold the endowed C-SPAN Chair at the Brian Lamb School for Communication at Purdue University. She teaches and builds programs at the nexus of public policy and mass communication.
Gary has joined Amherst Partners in the firm’s Birmingham (Mich.) office as a new partner. Gary has more than 15 years of investment banking, private investing and operational experience, including involvement in transaction and advisory assignments. Most recently, Gary co-managed and served as a managing director with a regional investment banking and private investment firm. He began his career in investment banking with Banc of America Securities. He then worked as a private equity investor with Winona Capital Management, Bainbridge Ventures and Goense & Co. In addition, he previously held an operating position as a vice president for acquisitions and business development with a health care services organization. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree at K in economics, and he studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He also holds a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Jamie has been accepted into Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He will attend the school’s Cross Continent M.B.A. program for mid-career professionals, a program that includes residency components in Shanghai, New Dehli, Santiago and Istanbul. That squares well with Jamie’s K experience. He majored in international and area studies and studied abroad in both China and Ecuador.