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Irv Kaage is president of Transor Filter, a machine tools company in Elk Grove, IL that manufacturers a patented oil filtration system. Transor is a global company that has placed units in more than 30 countries. In his role, Mr. Kaage travels extensively to promote the company's product, and this has exposed him to many cultures and ways of conducting business. Four years ago, Transor opened an operation outside of Shanghai, China and most recently has begun marketing its product in Brazil.
Before joining Transor in 1984, Irv worked briefly in the family's newspaper distribution business and then began his career in the machine tool business with Ex-Cell-O corporation based in Newington, CT. He then became national sales manager for Sodick, Inc., a worldwide leader in the building of electrical discharge machines serving the tool and die industry.Irv is a 1973 Lakeland College graduate with a sociology degree. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for 39 years and has three grown children. A staunch believer in Lakeland, he supports the college in a variety of ways and has recently been elected to the college's board of trustees.
John Kolbus is the senior vice president for Cole Taylor Bank headquartered in Chicago, IL. Cole Taylor is a $5 billion institution traded on the Nasdaq stock exchange and is the sixth largest commercial bank headquartered in the Chicago metropolitan area based on assets. John has been in his current position for five years and oversees the bank's team of commercial bankers serving middle market companies.
Prior to Cole Taylor, Mr. Kolbus spent nine years with LaSalle Bank in Chicago as a senior vice president for commercial banking and thirteen years with Citibank in various capacities that included residential and commercial real estate lending.
John is a 1985 Lakeland College graduate with a degree in business administration. In 1990, he earned an M.B.A. from DePaul University. John is married and has two children.
Irv W. Paul is the retired president & chief operating officer for North American Sheets, a division of Temple-Inland. Mr. Paul's division was responsible for 300 employees working in four manufacturing sites in California, Texas, Missouri and Indiana. The division had sales exceeding $350 million per year. North American Sheets specializes in manufacturing small runs of high quality corrugated sheets to consumer product companies in over 20 states and in Mexico. Under Mr. Paul's leadership, the division became known for using state-of-the-art technology and processes that allowed them to be the low cost leader in their sector.
Irv started his professional career as the assistant business manager at Lakeland College but quickly staked out a career in the paper manufacturing industry. He worked for Georgia-Pacific in Sheboygan, WI and Green Bay Packaging in Madison, WI in general administration and sales before rising through the ranks at Weyerhaeuser Company to become the general manager at its facilities in Warren, MI and Anaheim, CA. The Anaheim site is one of the largest corrugated facilities in the United States.
Irv is a 1970 Lakeland College graduate with a degree in accounting. He and his wife, Katie, have three grown children. Mr. Paul is a member of the college's 1862 Society (a leadership giving group) and has been on the board and president of the Lakeland College Alumni Association. Irv is also active in his church as a board member and Sunday school teacher.
Dale W. Schueffner is a founder and principal of Triangle Three Associates. Established in 2009, the company provides commercial insurance to the trucking industry. In just three years, Triangle Three has developed a team of more than 40 employees and this year will write more than $90 million in premiums.
Before founding Triangle, Dale had a successful career as the vice president for agency development at Northland Insurance Companies in St. Paul, MN. In this role, he was responsible for all agency management, consulting and company-wide marketing activities. In the marketing area he developed and implemented programs and marketing plans that assisted and motivated agents to more effectively sell the company's products. Mr. Schueffner also worked for nine years in a major international management consulting group specializing in small business consulting, management training, executive recruitment and compensation.
Dale is a 1970 Lakeland College graduate with a degree in business administration. He and his wife, Janice, live in Stillwater, MN and have two grown children.
Megan Stock is the supplier diversity manager and the marketing category manager in Global Procurement for Motorola Solutions, Inc. in Schaumburg, IL. Motorola Solutions is an $8 billion dollar corporation with more than 10,000 employees world-wide. The company provides mission-critical communications products and services to enterprises and governments around the world. Megan has been in her current position for a year, but with Motorola Solutions for the past 2 1/2 years.
Prior to Motorola Solutions, Megan was a graduate assistant working for Lakeland College's Marketing Department while earning her M.B.A. Megan graduated with her bachelor's degree from Lakeland in 2008 with a double major in Marketing and Business Management. She then went on to earn her M.B.A., graduating in May of 2010. While an undergraduate, Ms. Stock was the president of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE).
Today, Megan volunteers with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on the Chicagoland Community Walk Planning Committee and the Survivor Outreach Program.