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Distinguished Alumni

Ottawa University has a long and distinguished history of graduating alumni who have led lives of significance and made a major difference in countless for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. A few of these alumni are worth mentioning by name as examples of Ottawa University business graduates who are determined to leave a mark in the world both personally and professionally.

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Wiley Angell is the CIO and senior portfolio manager for Fiduciary Asset Management Company (FAMCO), a subsidiary of Ziegler Capital Management in St. Louis, Mo. At FAMCO, Angell oversees more than $6 billion in assets. He formerly served as a member of the Ottawa University Board of Trustees, and is the son of Dr. Wayne and Betty Angell.

Peter Difilippantonio, a former nuclear engineer, is the Founder & CEO of CarLocity, an anonymous online shopping platform connecting car buyers with offers from local car dealers and powering hassle-free transactions. He has been in the startup world for 20 years. As a founding member of one of the fastest growing job boards of the 2000s, Difilippantonio helped drive a 100%+ compound annual growth rate for more seven consecutive years from near-zero to more than $50M in top line revenue. He currently serves as a member of OU’s Angell Snyder School of Business Advisory Board.

Tim Dye retired in 2016 after serving for 36 years with VF Corporation, the world's largest publicly held apparel and footwear company. Before retirement, he served as the company's Vice President of Distribution for North America. VF boasts more than $7 billion in annual revenues, and an incredibly diverse, international portfolio of brands and products sold in more than 150 countries.

Jeff Hull served on the Ottawa University Board of Trustees from 2000-13. In 2009, he joined Highlander Partners, L.P., an investment firm that focuses on private equity investments in mid-market companies. Before that, Hull served as Vice-Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Equipment and Supply Corporation, the third largest restaurant equipment supplier in the U.S. with approximately $300 million in annual revenues. In 2004, Hull made the cornerstone gift for Ottawa University’s state-of-the-art Hull Center for Athletics.

Phil Minix is the President and General Manager of MCM Electronics, a broad line distributor of electronic components. MCM is part of the Marketing and Distribution Division within Premier Farnell, offering access to over 4 million products.

Dr. Henry (Hank) Scherich founded Measurement, Inc., an employee-owned full-service educational testing company, in 1980. Today, Scherich maintains 12 offices in eight states and employs more than 375 full-time staff members. He recently received the Durham Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Civic Honor Award in Durham, North Carolina, for his commitment to employee volunteerism in the community. Under the leadership of Dr. Scherich, MI has achieved a national reputation as the nation’s foremost contractor in the scoring of writing and other performance assessment responses. Measurement, Inc. has a sales volume of more than $75 million.

John Sherman is the founder and past CEO of Inergy, L.P., a retail seller and distributor of propane to residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers in 33 states, employing approximately 3,000 associates and has a combined enterprise value of more than  $4 billion. In November 2019, Sherman became the major owner of the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball in a deal worth more than $1 billion.

Jon Williams is a Partner with Deloitte Consulting. Deloitte subsidiaries rank among the nation’s leading professional services firms in audit, tax, consulting, and financial services across more than 20 industries boasting over $10 billion in revenues.

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