College of Business & Technology
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
- Kate (Wedekind) Niemeier '10
- Aaron Wolf ’10 and Jeremy Wolf '13
- Cheryl Westen '92 MBA '00
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
Alfred D. Boyer
Edward J. McManus
Robert L. Nardelli
David F. Hodnik
Paul A. Bobzin
Michael J. Litwin
John C. Bower
Lawrence L. Grypp
William J. Lucky
Michael P. Kelly
David J. Vogel
Nancy C. Pechloff