Donald E. Knebel pur65, Chairman
Retired Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Donald E. (“Don”) Knebel retired as partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP on December 31, 2013, after spending more than 39 years in the Indianapolis office of that firm as an intellectual property litigator. During that time, he was involved in cases in 23 states and tried cases to verdict in 10 states. He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since the first edition in 1983 (Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Antitrust, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Copyright Law, Patent Law) and was named in 2011, 2012 and 2013 as the Indianapolis Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year. He now serves as counsel to Barnes & Thornburg.
Since 2011, Don has been Adjunct Professor and Senior Advisor to the Center for Intellectual Property Research at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He teaches courses on antitrust and intellectual property law. One course, now in its second year, seeks to teach law students the principles and techniques of intellectual property litigation by engaging them in the preparation and trial of a hypothetical patent case, tried before a jury and an actual federal judge. This course, thought to be the first of its kind in the United States, now includes law students from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, where Don is an adjunct professor.
Don has long been active in a number of civic and charitable organizations. He was the 2010 Campaign Chair for United Way of Central Indiana and the co-chair of the 2013 Classical Fellowship Awards for the American Pianist Association. He was the moderator for the 2013 Ardath Burkhart Leadership Series and was on the Steering Committee for the first Festival of Faiths held in Indianapolis in October 2013. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors/Trustees of the American Pianists Association, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, Christel House International, Christian Theological Seminary and United Way of Central Indiana. He is the founding Board Chair of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation and Vice Board Chair of the Triangle Education Foundation.
Don is passionate about the need for members of all religious traditions to have a better understanding of each other and is a frequent speaker and lecturer to churches and community groups on comparative religion and religious history. He and his wife Jen are frequent international travelers and he often speaks on topics related to that travel. He writes a weekly column on travel for the Current newspapers and is a regular blog contributor to the Center for Civic Literacy, especially on matters related to religion and law. He and Jen live in Zionsville and Nashville, Indiana. They have three children, Mary Knebel, Caitlin Battles and Chase Johnson.
John P. Pritchard is82, Vice Chariman
Retired Co-Founder & CEO of Flatirons Solutions
John Pritchard is a business executive, entrepreneur, and former Air Force Officer. Pritchard is the former Co-Founder and CEO of Flatirons Solutions Corporation. The company provided systems and software engineering for the design and development of next generation air traffic management systems for the FAA. The young company was also a recognized leader and innovator in the field of Enterprise Content Management. Under his leadership, and without venture capital funding, the company grew to $30M annual revenues in six years. The company garnered numerous awards including 87th on the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies (4th fastest in its industry) and Colorado Top Company of the Year. Pritchard sold the company in 2007 and retired.Since then he has founded or acquired several businesses in the aviation, construction, and real estate sectors.
Prior to Flatirons, Pritchard held executive and leadership roles in other public and private companies including IBM and Sterling Software. Pritchard began his career as an Air Force Officer and Satellite Systems Analyst. He designed and developed enhancements to the Air Force’s premier space-based intercontinental ballistic missile launch detection system.He led the development of a new system capability that enabled the detection of Scud missile launches. During Operation Desert Storm the system enabled rapid notification of impending Scud missile strikes to coalition ground forces in theater. In a subsequent assignment at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Pritchard conducted live-fire lethality assessments of the AMRAAM air-to-air missile system then under development.
Pritchard is a proud member of Triangle Fraternity where he has served as both Undergraduate and Alumni President of the Iowa State Chapter. He has served on the board of the Triangle Education Foundation since 2012 and is a board member of the Iowa State Alumni Organization. Pritchard has also donated countless hours to speak at Triangle events and to chapters, and to advise and mentor Triangle undergraduates and alumni.
Mr. Pritchard holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University (1986) and an M.C.I.S-Software Engineering from the University of Denver (1994).He is married to his former high school sweetheart Syndi and they have two children. Ryan is an Air Force officer and pilot and Jenn is a recent graduate of Colorado State University.
Scott E. Bova, CFRE, President
President, Triangle Education Foundation
Mr. Bova currently serves as the President of the Triangle Education Foundation.Mr. Bova joined the Triangle Foundation staff in June of 2000. As President, Mr. Bova is responsible for the daily operations of the Foundation as well as for its national fund raising efforts.
Previously, Mr. Bova served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Phi Kappa Theta National Foundation, where he joined the staff in 1995 as the Director of Alumni Affairs and Development.He was then elevated to the position of COO in January of 1997.
Mr. Bova received a Bachelors degree in Sports Marketing and Media Relations from Ohio University. During his tenure at Ohio, he was employed by the Vice President for Administration and was involved primarily in the development, planning, funding and construction of the new $24 Million student recreation facility.Following his graduation, Mr. Bova was employed by the Detroit Lions’ Marketing Department.
Currently residing in Carmel, Indiana, Mr. Bova is active in the Indianapolis community. He is a former member of the Downtown Optimist Club and a current member of the Indiana Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In addition, he has volunteered for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships, Big Ten Basketball Championships, Indy Reads Adult Literacy Program and various other special projects.He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Options in Education Charter Schools and Foundation.
As a side hobby, Mr. Bova is currently an Indiana State licensed football, basketball and baseball official, in addition to, being an NCAA football and baseball official.Bova spends time throughout the year refereeing and umpiring competitive college and high school baseball, basketball and football.
Mr. Bova is a past chair of The NIC Foundations Seminar and AFP Indiana Chapter Marketing Committee, Operations Chair for Indiana Fund Raising Day and Co-Chair of the Indiana Philanthropy Awards Dinner. He has presented for several groups and seminars on alumni relations, volunteer management, board operations, and basic fund raising. Mr. Bova earned his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in the fall of 2002.
Gordon K. Mortin mich63, Treasurer
Managing Director, Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc.
Gordon was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and moved to Detroit with his parents in 1950. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and of Georgia State University with a Masters of Business Administration. Gordon served as a pilot in the United States Air Force from 1966 to August 1977, spending a year in Vietnam during the Vietnam War receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal.
He has been an Investment Banker, specializing in financing of public projects since 1971, beginning with his family owned firm until its sale in 1995 and with Raymond James since 2012. Board positions include chairman of the Finance Committee and President of Southern Polytechnic State University Foundation. He has also been chairman of his church finance committee, member of the building committee and chairman of the administrative council.
He has been married to the former Malinda Delle Jolley since 1971. They reside in the Atlanta, GA area.
John C. Gargani pitt82, Secretary
Retired Vice President & General Manager Strategy, Performance & Innovation, Southwestern Energy Co.
John has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Pittsburgh. John is currently Vice President and General Manager, Strategy, Performance & Innovation at Southwestern Energy Company where he is responsible for leading and overseeing initiatives focused strategically on the future and designed to support business performance, growth and innovation. John moved into this role in August 2013 after having served as Vice President and General Manager, Midstream Services since January 2010 and Vice President, Economic Planning & Acquisitions for the Company’s Exploration & Production segment since January 2005. Prior to joining Southwestern Energy in 1993, John held various engineering positions with Conoco Inc. in its Midland, Texas office. John is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and is a member of several energy industry organizations including SPE, SPEE, AAPG, IPAA, and TIPRO.
John has been married to his wife, Melissa, since 1987 and they share four children. John has served as National President for Triangle Fraternity. He has also previously served as Chairman of the Gulf Coast Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). John serves on the Board of Child Legacy International, a non-profit organization which helps build viable and sustainable communities through clean water, medical care with a focus on mother and child health, and vocational training programs in Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Lt Gen Ted F. Bowlds (USAF) miss72
President and CEO, Innovative Perspectives, LLC
Retired Lieutenant General Bowlds is a 1973 graduate of Mississippi State University, majoring in Electrical Engineering. LtGen Bowlds also holds the following degrees: MS, Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology MS, Engineering Management, University of Dayton
PhD Studies, Systems Engineering, George Washington University.
Ted Bowlds possesses over 35 years of experience in aerospace research, development and engineering management, to include aircraft flight test and production for the US Air Force (USAF). Throughout his military career Ted demonstrated assertiveness, intuition, and innovation—an achiever of exceptional rather than expected results.
Throughout his military career, General Bowlds has served in a variety of weapons system acquisition leadership positions to include flight test engineer on the F-117, director of avionics development for the B-2, program director of the C-17, and commander of the AF Research Laboratory. Additionally, Ted served in two Program Executive Officer positions, was the commander of the Electronic Systems Center and has served multiple tours on the Air Staff. In his last assignment, General Bowlds was responsible for the acquisition of the Air Force worldwide command and control network and upgrade of the IT infrastructure. Finally, General Bowlds attended numerous military leadership and management schools as well as the USAF Test Pilot School Flight Test Engineers Course.
Ted is currently an independent consultant assisting companies in strategic planning and contract proposal efforts.
Michael Butler, marq93
President and CEO, Life Spine
Mike Butler is the president, CEO and Founder of Life Spine.Since the company’s inception in June 2003, Butler has turned Life Spine into one of the fastest growing spine companies in the world, bringing six new products to market.Butler’s innovations in the engineering process have reduced the time from product conception to FDA submission to seven months and engineering time from concept to prototype to five weeks.
Butler has served in various management capacities at Abbott Laboratories, Inter-Med, Richard Wolf Medical, Visionary Biomedical, Microbrush and Eli Lily.During that time, he successfully brought more than 200 separate medical products to market.
Butler graduated from Marquette University in 1995 with a degree in biomedical mechanical engineering. He resides in the Chicagoland area.
RADM Melvin H. Chiogioji (USNR) pur58
President & CEO, MELE Associates, Inc.
Retired Admiral Chiogioji is a 1961 graduate of Purdue, has received an MBA from the University of Hawaii and a DBA from George Washington University. Admiral Chiogioji has served on the Triangle Foundation Board of Directors since 1996.
In addition to Triangle, he serves as Chairman of the Board of the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, as a member of the Board of the Japanese American National Museum and as a member of the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association.
Retired Admiral Chiogioji currently resides in Rockville, Maryland with his wife, Pallas. He has two adult children, Wendy and Alan, and five grandchildren, Jennifer, Matthew, Amanda, Kathryn, and Christopher.
Dr. Monte S. Dirks MD sdm71
Chairman, Black Hills Regional Eye Institute
Born in Canton and raised in Harrisburg, South Dakota, Dr. Monte S. Dirks received his bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering in 1974. He currently serves as the chairman of Black Hills Regional Eye Institute (BHREI) in Rapid City. Dirks is a highly respected lecturer, a prolific author, a successful businessman, and an entrepreneur; he has established BHREI as a premier health care resource while significantly expanding clinic services and research activity.
Prior to returning to Rapid City in 2000, Dirks served as a military medical officer for 25 years. His final duty assignment was as the chairman of Ophthalmology at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dirks was responsible for the ocular health care of 15 million eligible service men and women and supervision of 130 ophthalmologists. He directed the Army ophthalmic research activities in pharmacologics, laser surgery, and combat eye armor. He was also the co-chairman of the Ophthalmology Residency Program, which trained 15 ophthalmology resident physicians annually.
Dirks is a notable ophthalmic clinical researcher who has been a primary investigator on 73 protocols. His work has been instrumental in the Food and Drug Administration approval of numerous ophthalmic pharmacologics and has contributed to the development, approval, marketing, and sales of ophthalmic products which have combined annual worldwide sales of approximately $1 billion dollars. Dirks was among the primary developers of frequency doubled YAG laser treatment for glaucoma and has performed 5,400 laser trabeculoplasty procedures.
Dirks is an active member and leader in several organizations, including serving on his second term as a trustee of the SDSM&T Foundation and a Director of the Triangle Education Foundation.
J. Steve Flannigan rose62
Retired Vice President, HP & Co-Founder of Compaq
Steve Flannigan graduated from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in 1968 with a BSEE.After graduation he joined Bell Telephone Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff.
In 1971, Flannigan joined Texas Instruments as a Senior Member of Technical Staff.He was heavily involved with the early work in the use of early microprocessor technology to replace large combinational logic circuits with firmware-based control systems.This resulted in several patents on highly portable lightweight thermal printing data terminals, impact printers and bubble memory based data systems.
In 1982 Steve joined with a small team who left TI to found Compaq Computer Corporation, which developed the first truly compatible PC to the IBM PC. Flannigan was responsible for developing the compatibility software strategy, creating the first compatible BIOS, operating system (MS-DOS) and BASIC software, establishing partnerships with all the leading PC software developers at the time to create and support software on both the IBM PC and the Compaq PC. This strategy allowed Compaq to become the fastest growing company at that time and achieve $1B in sales faster than any company before. He helped develop the first Industry Standard Server, the Compaq SystemPro. This allowed Compaq to grow beyond the desktop areas into the backend servers that powered large corporations and established early market leadership. Steve also was responsible for the world wide alliance between Compaq and Microsoft, who grew up together in the PC industry and maintained close ties throughout the PC revolution.
When Hewlett Packard acquired Compaq, Flannigan worked through the integration of the companies with the core integration team. He was also responsible for the overall alliance between Hewlett Packard and Microsoft on a global basis until his retirement in 2005.
Greg Lang mom74
President and Chief Executive Officer Nova Gold Resources
Gregory Lang is President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Gold Resources, a position he has held since 2012 and he is also a Director of several other natural resource companies. Prior to his current role, he served as President of Barrick Gold of North America. where he had executive responsibility for the North American Business Unit. He also held the position of Managing Director of Barrick Gold Australia, Greg gained much of his earlier mining experience with Homestake in North America. He was General Manager of three operations in the U.S. and Canada and was responsible for the development of the Ruby Hill and the Agua de la Falda mines. He later served as Vice President, U.S. and International Operations and as Vice President Development, before his transfer to Australia.
He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering from Missouri S&T in 1978. Greg is also a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program. In 2004, he received a Professional Degree in Mining Engineering from Missouri S&T.
Lang is the oldest of three brothers who graduated from Missouri S&T (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) with degrees in Mining Engineering. His father, Eugene Lang, earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Missouri S&T. Greg is a supporter of the Eugene A. Lang Family Scholarship, which was established by his parents, Gene and Rose Lang, to provide financial support to earth sciences students at Missouri S&T. Greg and his three brothers, Gene, Steve, and Paul, and their father, Eugene, were all recognized by the Mining Engineering Donor Hall of Fame in 2005.
Lang has received numerous industry awards including the Society of Mining Engineers Jackling Lecture Award for contributions to mine safety. Greg and his wife, Sharon, have four children and live in Sandy, Utah.
Nathan Nash csu13, Undergraduate Director
Nash currently serves as the president of the Colorado State University chapter and as the Interfraternity Council Vice President of Scholarship. Nash also serves as a New Student Orientation Leader for CSU.
Nash's most recent internship was at K2M in Leesburg, VA where he helped redesign over 25 surgical instruments to aid in the treatment of spine deformities. He has also interned at Zimmer Biomet Holdings and Hewlett-Packard.
Nash is pursuing a dual degree in mechanical and biomedical engineering and would like to pursue a career in spinal treatment engineering. He will graduate in May 2018.
Michael H. O’Connor marq74
President, AFG Construction Management, Inc.
Mr. O’Connor has been in the construction management business for the past 25 years. He received his BSEE from Marquette in 1975 and a MSEE from the University of Colorado in 1982. He is currently involved in raising and training guide dogs for the blind, and both youth soccer and youth hockey. Mike is also the alumni advisor for the the Virginia Commonwealth University chapter.
Mr. O’Connor, his wife, Cheryl, and two children, Patrick and Caitlin, currently live in a suburb of Washington D.C.
James Schier ky66
President, Schier Construction Co, Inc
Jim has served as President of Schier Construction Co., Inc. in Houston, TX for 36 years.
He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1969 with a BS in Civil Engineering. Jim was initiated into the Kentucky Chapter of Triangle Fraternity in the fall of 1966. In 1975 he received a Master of Science Degree in Structural Engineering from Memphis State University and has been a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas since 1978. He has been a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers since 1970.
Mr. Schier began his career with Chicago Bridge and Iron in 1969 and remained employed with them until 1979. While employed by CB&I he held the positions of project engineer, design engineer and contract supervisor over all water tower construction in the southwestern United States. In 1980 he formed Schier Construction Company, Inc., a general contracting company, that constructs water plant facilities in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
Jim attends Prince of Peace Catholic Church and has served on the building committee since 1991. He is a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council 8482 founded in 1983. He currently serves on the Cypress Creek YMCA Board and was elected to the YMCA of Greater Houston Association Board in 2012.
Jim is a native of Buffalo, New York. He has been married to Andrea Creevy since August 29, 1970 and they have four children and nine grandchildren. Jim and Andi have lived in Houston since September 1976. Andi is active in the music ministry at church and recently retired as the music director of a local elementary school.
John Storm pur71
CEO, Contour Hardening, Inc.
John serves as the CEO of Contour Hardening, Inc. (CHI), a company he founded in 1986 to provide cost-effective heat treatment solutions. CHI developed an advanced computer controlled induction heating technology known and patented as the Micropulse™ Process, used on a majority of car and truck powertrains worldwide.
Building on the CHI tradition of technological excellence, in 2003 an engineering development extension of his work with PTO gears, CHI developed the Real Power® line of PTO driven generator systems. These systems have helped people working in municipal, fire-rescue, construction, healthcare, mining, farming and many other vocations to perform work that was previously not possible. These systems can be found around the world.
A native of Indianapolis, John graduation with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue. He worked for US Steel and General Motors prior to the founding of CHI. He is the primary "inventor" on many of the patents owned and maintained by CHI.
John and his wife, Mary Ann live in Indianapolis and have two daughters, Emily and Allison.
Mark Tolliver ill70
Retired CEO of Palamida, Inc
Mr. Tolliver has been in the technology field for over 40 years. Tolliver started his career at HP where he spent 16 years. While at HP, Tolliver held technical and management positions in Test & Measurement and Information Technology. Tolliver led the acquisition of Apollo Computer, HP’s largest acquisition to date at that time, resulting in the formation of HP’s workstation business unit and the introduction of a generation of advanced computing products. After leaving HP, Tolliver joined venture-funded MasPar Inc., a pioneer in massively parallel computing.
In 1993, Tolliver was recruited as the VP of Market Development for Sun Microsystems Inc., at that time the world’s largest network computer company and later pioneer in Java and the internet, with revenues exceeding $4B annually. While at Sun, Tolliver led a number of product initiatives including as President of Sun’s Consumer and Embedded business which developed small footprint Java platforms for what we would now term IoT ( internet of things), with products for automotive, mobile, consumer electronics and embedded industrial applications. Later Tolliver led iPlanet, a joint venture with Netscape, which combined both Netscape’s and Sun’s products into the industry’s first comprehensive internet infrastructure software platform (web, application server, identity, mail, messaging and commerce products). Under Tolliver’s tenure as President of iPlanet, revenue grew rapidly to over $600M/yr.
Additionally, while at iPlanet, Tolliver initiated a review of Netscape software to document intellectual property ownership, a task requiring thousands of hours of development and legal time. During this time, use of open source software was rapidly becoming a widespread practice within development projects, and licensing options for open source software were proliferating. As a result, first commercial software companies and later all development organizations recognized the legal exposure that results from use of open source and other third-party software and began to take steps similar to those at iPlanet.
Post iPlanet, Tolliver returned to Sun Microsystem as Executive VP of Marketing and Corporate Development. In this position, Tolliver led negotiations with Microsoft which successfully resolved legal disputes regarding the use of the Java technology. This paved the way for the expansion of Java to additional operating systems and mega vendors.
In 2005, based on Tolliver’s extensive technology and IP background, he was recruited as CEO of Palamida Inc., an early stage company backed by venture firms Hummer Winblad and Walden Venture Capital .Palamida developed a special purpose search engine designed to simplify the task of identifying open source software already present within software projects and reporting on the licensing risk associated with those findings. While at Palamida, Tolliver worked closely with industry analysts to define a new product category, Software Composition Analysis, and expanded the product functionality to include identification of security vulnerabilities as well as more extensive IP license analysis, therefore greatly increasing the value of the Palamida application. Palamida’s 500+ customers included Microsoft, Cisco, Adobe, HP, Airbus, Sony, Wells Fargo etc. among others. Palamida reached profitability mid-way through Tolliver’s 11 year tenure and remained that way until October 2016 when the company was acquired by Flexera Software Inc.
Tolliver served on the board of Intalio Inc. for 10+ years prior to its acquisition byServiceMax in 2015 and currently serves on the board of the non-profit Triangle Education Foundation. Mr. Tolliver holds degrees from the University of Illinois (EE), and University of Chicago (MBA). He and his wife Cindy live in Saratoga, California.
Alex P. Ver ar65
Retired Vice President, Ford & Retired CEO, Automotive Components Holdings, LLC
Al Ver is a retired Ford vice president and chief executive and chief operating officer of the Ford-managed, business entity – Automotive Components Holdings, LLC – formed to oversee 23 component and manufacturing plants and facilities in the U.S. and Mexico after their transfer from Visteon Corp. Ver was appointed to this position shortly after Ford announced its intent to form the new business entity in May 2005.
Ver previously served Ford as vice president, Advanced & Manufacturing Engineering, a position he had held since January 2000. His organization developed product program technology and advanced manufacturing processes and ensured alignment between product creation and manufacturing operations. Ver also served as executive director, Ford Vehicle Operations, for two years.
Ver joined Ford Motor Company in 1972 as a manufacturing process engineer at the Mt. Clemens, MI Paint Plant. For the next 21 years, he held engineering and production positions in paint, vinyl, plastics and transmission operations, including plant manager posts at Batavia, OH Transmission Plant and Milan, MI Plastics Plant.
In 1993, Ver was appointed manufacturing director, Alpha Simultaneous Engineering, an advanced engineering organization that studied and developed new manufacturing processes. The following year he became director, Manufacturing Technology Development; and later served as director of the Manufacturing Business Office.
Stan Walker neb67
Walker graduated from the University of Nebraska with a BSCE in 1970. After graduation he worked for Shell Oil Company as a construction engineer. Walker then joined Vulcraft Nebraska division of Nucor Corporation in October 1973 and held several positions while at the Nebraska division. In January 2005, Walker was transferred to Utah as the General Manager of the Utah division. In January 2006 Walker was appointed Vice President of Nucor Corporation. Walker retired from Nucor Corporation in 2012 after 39 years of service.
Since retirement, Walker has been actively involved in establishing the University of Utah chapter of Triangle.
He enjoys photography, reading and target shooting.
Walker and his wife, Chris, have one son, Grant, who resides in Indianapolis with his wife, Betsy.
Charles (Charlie) Barbour ps43, Director Emeritus
Retired Executive Director, Triangle Fraternity & Triangle Education Foundation
Robert (Bob) Mosborg ill45, Director Emeritus
Retired Assistant Dean, College of Engineering, University of Illinois
James A. McShane marq65, Director Emeritus
Chairman & President, The McShane Companies
Dr. Robert Rosenberg ar55, Director Emeritus
Richard Sudheimer minn52, Director Emeritus
Retired Engineer & Office Manager, Trend Builders