Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana adds 10 business and education professionals to advisory council

June 28, 2010

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. - The Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana has added 10 new members to its advisory council. They join 13 other business and education professionals who provide perspective and guidance to the Purdue Technology Center, assist with client companies, and serve as a resource to the center's management.

The council's impact is far-reaching, said Kathy DeGuilio-Fox, director of the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana.

"These leaders strengthen our mission to aid entrepreneurs in developing their companies," she said. "Bringing together these diverse professionals is a fine example of how leaders in Northwest Indiana and Chicago are working together to build and keep our economy strong."

Howard Cohen, chancellor of Purdue University Calumet and chairman of the advisory council, described the technology center's impact.

"The Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana was created to assist its client businesses in establishing themselves in our region. Through their growth, they will contribute to the diversification of the economy of Northwest Indiana and provide well-paying professional careers," he said. "Our advisory board members bring a range of expertise that will play an important role in helping this happen."

Council members include:

    * Mike Baird, community leader, Valparaiso

    * David Bochnowski, president and CEO of Peoples Bank, Munster

    * Thomas Boyt, dean of the Valparaiso University College of Business Administration, Valparaiso

    * Chuck Carlson, CEO of Dow Theory Forecasts, Hammond

    * Howard Cohen (council chairman), Hammond

    * Gregory Deason; Purdue Research Foundation vice president for real estate and research park development, West Lafayette

    * Kathy DeGuilio-Fox, Crown Point

    * Steve Deppe; president of A.J. Antunes & Co., St. Charles, Ill.

    * Martine Duchatelet; dean of Purdue University Calumet's School of Management, Hammond

    * John Hanak, statewide director of Purdue Technology Centers, Indianapolis

    * David Hodde, director of Purdue Research Foundation's real estate and facilities, West Lafayette

    * Joseph B. Hornett, Purdue Research Foundation senior vice president, treasurer and COO, West Lafayette

    * Robert E. Johnson III, president of CIMCOR, Merrillville

    * Niaz Latif, dean of Purdue University Calumet's School of Technology, Hammond

    * Mark Maassel, president and CEO of NWI Forum, Portage

    * Stephen Massa, senior partner and co-founder of Golden Technologies, Valparaiso

    * Stewart McMillan, president of Task Force Tips, Valparaiso

    * Jill Ritchie, manager of USS Steel Corp.'s public policy and governmental affairs, Gary

    * Jon Schmaltz, partner, Burke, Costanza & Cuppy, Valparaiso

    * John Sydnor, president and COO of Melvin Securities, Chicago

    * LeAnne Tourtellotte, vice president of Illinois Technology Association, Chicago

    * Tim Trela, principal, Trela and Associates, Munster

    * Nick Wilson, president of Morrison Container Handling Solutions, Glenwood, Ill.

About the Purdue Research Park of Northwest Indiana

The Purdue Research Park of Northwest Indiana is located on 386 acres west of I-65 in Merrillville. This laboratory and office facility serves as the anchor for the state-certified technology park - AmeriPlex at the Crossroads - under development by Purdue Research Foundation and Holladay Properties. The 48,000-square-foot Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana is slated to expand to 60,000 square feet this year. It opened as Purdue's first satellite technology center in January 2005 and currently serves 11 technology-based tenants, four non-technology tenants and six affiliate client companies. Employment within the center currently numbers approximately 60, including researchers with advanced degrees, recent college graduates and interns.

Purdue Research Park contact:
Steve Martin, 765-588-3342, sgmartin@prf.org

Kathy DeGuilio-Fox, 219-644-3683, kjdeguilio-fox@prf.org

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