Faculty and Administration

Board of Trustees

Ranken Faculty
Michael Train
Chairman of the Board;
Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Emerson Electric Company
Ranken Faculty
Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge
Vice Chairman of the Board; Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
Ranken Faculty
Steven L. Moss
Secretary, Treasurer of the Board; Retired Senior Vice President of New Business Development, Nooter/Eriksen, Inc.
Ranken Faculty
Mike Adorjan
President, FW Electric

Michael Train

Chairman of the Board;
Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Emerson Electric Company

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Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge

Vice Chairman of the Board; Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge was appointed Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport by St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay in the fall of 2009 and assumed the job in January 2010.

The Airport is the primary air carrier facility for the St. Louis region handling nearly 13 million passengers annually. Ms. Hamm-Niebruegge manages 500 employees with revenues averaging 165 million dollars annually. She is also Chairwoman of the 17-member St. Louis Airport Commission.

Prior to Lambert, Ms. Hamm-Niebruegge logged 25 years in aviation management positions with American Airlines, Trans World Airlines (TWA) and Ozark Air Lines; a majority of her career has been based in St. Louis, Missouri. Ms. Hamm-Niebruegge was most recently the Managing Director of American Airlines’ St. Louis operation, a position she held beginning in 2002. Before the American and TWA merger, she held the position of Vice President of TWA’s North American Operations, responsible for an $800 million budget encompassing 100 airports and 8,000 TWA employees.

Ms. Hamm-Niebruegge’s airline management resume began in 1984 as a customer service agent for Ozark Airlines in New York City. Ozark’s merger with TWA brought her to the St. Louis hub where she took on roles of Supervisor Administration, Ramp Supervisor, Manager Passenger Services and ultimately into high-level operations management positions which required negotiations with airports in areas of leases, operations, renovations and security.

Ms. Hamm-Niebruegge is engaged in numerous St. Louis business and civic organizations. She is Chairman of the Advisory Board of John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University. She also serves as a board member for the Regional Commerce and Growth Association (RCGA), the International Women’s Forum, Christian Hospital (BJC) and the St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation. She previously served in executive board positions for Variety, The Children’s Charity and Habitat for Humanity.

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Steven L. Moss

Secretary, Treasurer of the Board; Retired Senior Vice President of New Business Development, Nooter/Eriksen, Inc.

Steven Moss joined the Board of Trustees in February 2014. A mechanical engineer, Moss has been with CIC Group (formerly Nooter Corporation) since 1976, first as a Project Engineer and Sales Engineer and then as International Sales Manager for CIC Group’s subsidiary, Nooter/Eriksen. He then became Managing Director of Nooter/Eriksen’s joint venture with Babcock & Wilcox. He has played a key role in the globalization of Nooter/Eriksen’s supplier base and currently is responsible for exploration and evaluation of new products and product extensions.  A past president of the Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers at Missouri University of Science & Technology, Moss firmly believes in mentoring students. In addition to being on Ranken’s Board, Moss also is a member of the Advisory Board for the Student Design and Experiential Learning Center at Missouri S & T.

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Master of Business Administration, Washington University
Bachelor of Science, Oklahoma City University

Mike Adorjan

President, FW Electric

Michael S. Adorjan, president of Bates Holding Company, is a St. Louis businessman with decades of experience in the management of technical firms. Adorjan joined Bates in 2001 after eight years with Emerson. At Emerson, Adorjan held various positions, including Market Manager at the ALCO Controls Division in St. Louis. He later rose in the organization to become the Director of Marketing for Emerson Ventilation Products in Lenexa, Ks.

Thirteen years ago, Adorjan returned to St. Louis to bring his astute business skills to Bates Holding Company, where, under his leadership, the business has grown from $10 to $67 million. The Bates family of companies has locations across the country, providing mining equipment and other resources for various types of material mining.

As a member of Ranken’s Board of Trustees, Adorjan contributes his strategic insight and years of business experience. His contributions to this group of dedicated professionals have a continuous impact on Ranken’s continuing growth and success.

Adorjan holds a Master of Business Administration from Washington University and a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma City University, where he graduated cum laude after majoring in Business with a concentration in Marketing.

With his wife, Lisa, Adorjan has two children: Dillon, 6, and Abigail, 4. He is active in his community, serving on the Board of Trustees at Rohan Woods Elementary School, as well as a number of professional organizations, including the Power Transmission Distributor Association, the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association, and the Missouri Limestone Producer Association.

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Ranken Faculty
Vicki Dawkins
President, Emerson Hermetic Motor
Ranken Faculty
Philip Evans
Vice President, Aftermarket Solutions, Hussmann
Ranken Faculty
Rebecca Fritsch
Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, First Bank
Ranken Faculty
Randy Fusz
President & CEO, Lou Fusz Automotive

Vicki Dawkins

President, Emerson Hermetic Motor

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Philip Evans

Vice President, Aftermarket Solutions, Hussmann

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Rebecca Fritsch

Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, First Bank

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Randy Fusz

President & CEO, Lou Fusz Automotive

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Ranken Faculty
Thomas A. Gieseking
Vice President, Fleet Operations, Enterprise Fleet Management
Ranken Faculty
Timothy H. Goodson
Retired Vice President for Operations, Spire
Ranken Faculty
Pamela B. Jackson
Retired Vice President, Emerson
Ranken Faculty
Michael Loynd
Attorney/Investment Manager, The Loynd Group

Automotive Maintenance Technology, Ranken Technical College
Bachelor of Management, National-Louis University

Thomas A. Gieseking

Vice President, Fleet Operations, Enterprise Fleet Management

Thomas A. Gieseking, Vice President – Corporate Service Operations, joined Enterprise Rent-A-Car in July 1987 as a call center technical advisor. He was the first graduate hired from Ranken Technical College. In 1991 he moved to the corporate office, Enterprise Holdings, and he celebrated 25 years with the company in 2014. While steadily rising through the company to his current position, he has paved the way for dozens of other Ranken graduates.

Tom currently oversees all service, warranty, preventive maintenance, recall administration and safety for nearly 1 million rental cars and commercial trucks in North America. He also manages nearly 150 company-owned service centers operated by nearly 1,000 automotive technicians.

Tom is also married, and he and his wife, Linda, have two children; Lauren and Jack. The family enjoys boating at the Lake of the Ozarks, and Tom has been coaching his children’s basketball teams since 2004. In his free time he enjoys golfing, as well as actively participating in the United Way Leadership Giving program.

After graduating from Ranken Technical College with his Automotive Maintenance Technology certificate in 1984, Tom completed his associate degree from Ranken, and has also gone on to receive his Bachelor of Management degree from National-Louis University.

 

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Timothy H. Goodson

Retired Vice President for Operations, Spire

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Pamela B. Jackson

Retired Vice President, Emerson

Pamela B. Jackson is Vice President of Technology, Emerson Corporate and is located in St. Louis. She previously was Vice President and General Manager, Astec DC-DC Power. Astec Power, a Division of Emerson Network Power, is headquartered in Carlsbad, CA. Pam held global Profit and Loss responsibility for Emerson’s DC-DC business and had manufacturing, R&D, sales and marketing operations located throughout the world, including the US, China, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Ms. Jackson joined Emerson in April 2001 after a successful career at AT&T and Lucent Technologies where she most recently was Vice President and General Manager of Lucent’s MicroPower Division located in Austin, Texas.

Ms. Jackson was promoted to the executive level in Lucent Power Systems in 1994 and held numerous positions including VP Marketing, VP Energy Systems Division and VP Power Supplies Division. She joined the Lucent Power Systems team in March 1993 as Director, Total Quality Management Implementation. She played an active leadership role in TQM and in Power Systems’ successful challenge for the 1994 Deming Prize.

Pam began her career at the Western Electric Engineering Research Center in Princeton, New Jersey, where she was a Member of the Research Staff. She has held profit and loss responsibility and has led many Engineering, Design, Manufacturing, Marketing, Quality and Product Reliability groups at several AT&T and Lucent Technologies locations in New Jersey, Illinois, Georgia, Massachusetts and Texas.

Ms. Jackson received a BS degree in Chemistry and BSIMS degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also received an Executive MBA from Boston University. Pam is a member of Sigma Xi and Beta Gamma Sigma honorary societies. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the International Women’s Forum, the Black Alumni of MIT and the Urban League. Pam is a former member of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce Executive Women’s Roundtable, Menttium 100, and a former Trustee of the Dallas African American Museum. She is also a charter member of the Texas Women’s Venture Fund.

Ms. Jackson has received numerous community and professional recognitions, including the New York City YWCA Salute to Women Achievers Award, the National Black Engineer of the Year Dean’s Award and the Greater Lawrence Massachusetts Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) Award. She is active in church activities and is an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

The eldest of four children, Ms. Jackson was born and raised in western Pennsylvania, where she attended public schools. Her hobbies include piano, quilting, skiing, and cooking.

Ms. Jackson has been married for 33 years to John R. Bush. They have three daughters, Lorri, Judi and Rachel. Pam and John currently reside in St. Louis County, Missouri.

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Michael Loynd

Attorney/Investment Manager, The Loynd Group

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Ranken Faculty
Art J. McCoy, PhD
Superintendent of Schools, Jennings School District
Ranken Faculty
John Jeffrey Pitts
Retired Senior Plant Manager Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
Ranken Faculty
Dave Schepers
Retired Vice President, Energy Delivery Technical Services, Ameren Corporation
Ranken Faculty
Bruno Schmitter
President and Chief Executive Officer, Hydromat, Inc.

Art J. McCoy, PhD

Superintendent of Schools, Jennings School District

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John Jeffrey Pitts

Retired Senior Plant Manager Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.

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Dave Schepers

Retired Vice President, Energy Delivery Technical Services, Ameren Corporation

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Engineering School of the Canton of Zurich

Bruno Schmitter

President and Chief Executive Officer, Hydromat, Inc.

Born in Kuesnacht, Switzerland, a small town on the lake of Zurich, Mr. Schmitter was educated in the regimented Swiss public school system and attended a four-year co-op program with the Engineering School of the Canton of Zurich. He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in 1974 and served his mandatory duty in the mechanized division of the Swiss Army.

He immigrated to the United States in 1979 and co-founded a privately-held, St. Louis-based machine tool manufacturing firm. Hydromat, Inc. grew from a handful of people producing $750,000 in sales in the first year to a multi-national organization with over 200 associates and exceeding $80,000,000 in sales annually, in 2013.

As President and Chief Executive Officer, he is a promoter of Total Quality Management (TQM) and considered a visionary in the manufacturing industry. He successfully demonstrates a hands-on, no-nonsense, people-oriented management style to get the job done and stands by his commitment to excellence in total customer satisfaction.

Married for 35 years, he and his wife, Judith, enjoy their three children and two grandchildren.

His hobbies include family activities, travel and golf.

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Ranken Faculty
Sarah Wendt
Vice President Enterprise Talent Attraction, Centene Corporation

Sarah Wendt

Vice President Enterprise Talent Attraction, Centene Corporation

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