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CBT Associate Dean Larry Wall (left), 2007 CBT Distinguished Alumnus Jack Brannigan and CBT Dean Tom Erekson.
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Brannigan Named 2007 CBT Distinguished Alumnus

November 13, 2007

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MACOMB, IL -- A 1976 industrial technology graduate received the Western Illinois University 2007 College of Business and Technology (CBT) Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Jack Brannigan is the former executive vice president of Hanley Wood, LLC, a leading business-to-business media company serving the residential and commercial construction industry with 40 trade and consumer magazines, 30 events, 15 trade shows, custom publishing, research and 15 websites. Under his leadership, Hanley Wood successfully launched several of these innovative publishing entities and further developed existing initiatives, all of which were instrumental in Hanley Wood's explosive growth and dominance of the market.

Prior to his 16-year role as a partner in Hanley Wood, Brannigan worked in the publishing business, including Cahners (now Reed Business) and Penton Media, since 1978. Brannigan currently serves on the board of directors for BuilderFusion, Inc., a leader in technology, and Parade of Homes solutions for home builders associations and building industry associations.

A Chicago-land resident, he is a member of the CBT Advisory Board and also serves on the President's Advisory Committee. Brannigan received his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.

"It's a great honor to recognize Jack as this year's College of Business and Technology distinguished alumnus," said CBT Dean Tom Erekson. "He is a positive role model for our students. We look forward to continuing to work with him to advance the college and the University."

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