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Western's CBT Hosts Husband-Wife Executives

October 21, 2008

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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University's College of Business and Technology (CBT) presents another installment of its "Executives in Residence" (EIR) series this week as it hosts accomplished business executives, Chicago-based husband and wife John and Sarah Garvey.

WIU alumnus John Garvey, segment leader of the Economics Practice of Navigant Consulting, Inc., and Sarah Nava Garvey, retired vice president, corporate relations of The Boeing Company, will be at Western Tuesday, Oct. 21 and Wednesday, Oct. 22. The Garveys will meet with and address CBT faculty, staff and students, as well as WIU administration, in a variety of venues, including at a college-wide presentation at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Stipes 121, as well as in accounting and marketing classes on campus Tuesday and Wednesday.

"The purpose of the Executive in Residence program is to equip our students with the tools to navigate beyond their Western experience," said CBT Dean Tom Erekson.

The EIR program was initiated through the generosity of Jim and Carolyn Tripp, emeritus professors in WIU's marketing and finance department, Erekson added.

John Garvey, an Illinois-licensed CPA, received a Bachelor of Business degree (1978) in accounting from Western Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is the former president of Chicago Partners, and he has testified in or directed complex litigation matters regarding fraud and forensic accounting, securities fraud, accounting irregularities, merger-and-acquisition disputes, derivative disputes, professional liability, bankruptcy and solvency, business valuation and general damages issues.

Sarah Nava Garvey recently retired as the vice president for Corporate Relations of The Boeing Company, where she served as the company liaison with government, civic and community groups and leaders, as well as with the international political and business community in the Midwest region. Prior to joining Boeing, Sarah Garvey held several leadership positions in tax and merger-and-acquisition areas. She was a partner with the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche, where she led several functional groups.

According to Erekson, CBT's EIR program invites successful alumni and friends of the college to share how they have charted successful careers.

"Through our eight departments, the CBT is developing global leaders in accounting, agriculture, computer science, engineering technology, economics, finance, information systems, management and marketing," he said. "Building on the diversity of these disciplines, we are preparing tomorrow's leaders to solve problems and initiate global change. The unique character of the college develops graduates who are able to manage the complexities that result from the intersections of business and technology."

For more information about CBT's EIR program, contact Schuyler Meixner, assistant to the dean, at (309) 298-2442 or

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