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Published: Spring 1998
Don F. Carlson, MBA '72, past president/CEO of Acme Manufacturing Co, Madison Heights, has been named president of the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT). Carlson served on the AMT board of directors from 1991-97. He was chair of the government relations committee from 1992-94, and was elected secretary in 1994. Carlson was with Acme Manufacturing for 30 years and also served two terms as mayor of Bloomfield Hills.
Larry C. Koskela, '80, president of Mertik Maxitrol, Quedlinburg, Germany, an affiliated company of Maxitrol Co., has been named executive vice president of Maxitrol Co. USA, Southfield. He remains president of Mertik Maxitrol. Prior to joining Maxitrol, he was co-owner of an international transportation company and worked for a shipping company in international and domestic sales. Koskela and his wife Bonnie are members of the MSU Presidents Club.
Gloria Robinson, M.A. '73, assistant to the Secretary for Community Empowerment at the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Washington DC, has been named an honorary affiliate member of AIA Detroit, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, for her beautification work with the Detroit Office of Planning and Development. Prior to joining the administration of Mayor Dennis Archer, she was director of planning for Wayne County and also worked 13 years in the private sector as a consultant.
Stanley W. Kozlowski, '74, manager of marketing and sales, Digital Satellite Systems (DSS)/Thomson Consumer Electronics, Indianapolis, IN, has been named senior vice president of sales and marketing for the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative, Herndon, VA. Kozlowski was sales manager for RCA Consumer Electronics, Denver, CO from 1984-86; national account manager for Thomson Consumer Electronics from 1986-88; and president of Burdco Group Inc., Detroit from 1988-91.
Marilyn G. Knepp, '71, director of the office of Academic Planning & Analysis at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, has been named assistant provost for university budget and planning. Knepp taught third grade at Baxman Elementary School, Bay City, 1971-73; was a buyer in interior design and home furnishings for Knapp's Dept. Store, Lansing, 1973-74; and secretary to the director of Development at Alma College, 1974-76. She joined Michigan in 1979.
Andy Hopping, '81, senior vice president of finance at Jackson National Life Insurance Company, Lansing, has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer. Hopping, a CPA, has held senior management responsibilities with Countrywide Credit, SunAmerica, and Deloitte and Touche in the Los Angeles area. He joined Jackson National in 1994 as senior vice president of reengineering.
Margaret Spaniolo, '74, vice president and general manager of the men's division of Bergdorf Goodman, New York, has been named senior vice president and general manager of the division. She joined the company in 1992 as a buyer of women's coats and furs. Prior to that, she spent 14 years with Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, in various administrative positions including buyer of men's accessories and furnishings.
Richard K. Goodstein, '61, senior vice president for Health Alliances and New Business Development for Physician's Online, has been named vice president, Scientific Relations, Bayer Corp. Pharmaceutical Division North American, West Haven, CT. A medical doctor, he held positions at Merck & Co., Point, PA and Carrier Clinic Foundation, Belle Mead, NJ. He also did post-graduate training in clinical psychiatry and related fields at the flight Surgeon School of Naval Aerospace Medicine, Pensacola, FL.
Peter H. Trivers, '58, retired vice president of sales for Pepperidge Farm, Norwalk, CT, has been named senior vice president of sales of The Bach Corp., South Pasadena, CA. He was store manager of Market Basket Stores, Los Angeles, CA, 1951-65; Pantry Food Markets, Pasadena, CA, 1965-73; owner of Market Place Supermarket, Pasadena, 1973-76. Trivers held several top posts at Pepperidge Farm, 1976-92. He was named MSU's Eli Broad College of Business Outstanding Alumni in 1995. Trivers and his wife Mary Jo are members of the MSU Presidents Club.
Gary Topolewski, '80, executive vice president and chief creative officer of Bozell Worldwide, Detroit, has been named an inductee into the American Advertising Federation's 1997 Hall of Achievement (honoring outstanding industry professionals 40 and under). He worked in the creative units of several Detroit agencies including Lintas: Campbell-Ewald and J. Walter Thompson. He received the Grand Prix Trophy at the Cannes International Advertising Festival in 1994 for his 30-second Jeep commercial 'Snow-Covered.'
Hajime Hayashi, '57, M.A. '59, Ph.D. '61, director of the Histocompatibility Lab, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, has been presented the distinguished career award for outstanding contributions to patient care, medical teaching, and scientific achievement by the Henry Ford Medical Association. He founded the first Histocompatibility Lab in Michigan at Henry Ford Hospital in 1968. Hayashi is president of MSU's College of Natural Science Alumni Association and won the 1981 Difco Award of the American Public Health Association.
Jan D. Starr, M.A. '75, executive vice president, managing director of Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, Detroit, has been elected president of the Adcraft Club of Detroit. Adcraft, established in 1903, is the world's largest advertising club with over 4,000 members. Starr previously worked in New York at Grey Advertising and Young & Rubicam for Procter & Gamble and Kraft and in Detroit at Young & Rubicam for Manufacturers Bank and Ford and McCann-Erickson for Buick.
Michael Watson, '75, liaison between Wendy's 4,368 U.S. restaurants and the company, has been named vice president of operations for Wendy's International, Dublin, OH. Watson worked for Somerset Inn for one year after graduation and then spent three years with Westin International Hotels where he helped to open the Renaissance Center in Detroit, becoming catering sales manager. He has received Wendy's R. David Thomas Outstanding Management Award.
Steve Zamiara, '63, executive director of the North Carolina Manufactured Housing Institute, has been named State Association Executive of the year by the national Manufactured Housing Institute at their awards banquet in Boca Raton, FL. Zamiara has organized successful fund-raisers for U.S. Senators and members of Congress and for the NC Commissioner of Insurance. He served 15 years as executive director of the Michigan Mobile Home Commission from 1977-1992.
Charles McReynolds, M.S. '80, associate professor of natural resource management at the University of Wisconsin/Stevens Point, has been elected president of the Association of Nature Center Administrators. McReynolds was director of the Howard Christensen Nature Center, Kent Co. Intermediate School District, 1975-85. He was an adjunct faculty member at MSU from 1982-85. Since 1985, he has been director of Treehaven, College of Natural Resources, U. of Wisconsin/Stevens Point as well as associate professor.
Robert B. Zuehlke, '82, foreign service officer, has been named Chief of the Nonimmigrant Visa Branch in the Consular Section at the American Embassy in Manila, Philippines. Zuehlke worked full time with the U.S. Postal Service, Lansing, while getting his MSU degree and then was selected to join the Foreign Service. He has served in Zurich, Hong Kong, the State Department and Bangkok.
Patricia Sisson, '75, vice president of marketing for Quest Diagnostics, Inc., Teterboro, NJ, has been named vice president for marketing and strategic planning for ChromaVision Medical Systems, Inc., San Juan Capistrano, CA. She was vice president of marketing at the Nichols Institute in Southern California.