Brian Engelland Loras College

Loras College Francis J. Noonan School of Business to sponsor ‘Vocation of Business’ March 21

Aaron Thomas
Aaron Thomas
Brian Engelland
Bob Kendrick

Brian Engelland first of three experts to speak during business series

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Loras College Francis J. Noonan School of Business will host Brian Engelland, Ph.D., professor of marketing at the Catholic University of America, at 6 p.m. Wednesday March 21 in the Alumni Campus Center as he presents ‘Vocation of Business.” This is the first of three sessions of the inaugural Noonan School of Business Speaker Series. All events are open to the public.

Engelland has authored more than 70 publications and books, earned multiple teaching awards and is a fellow of the Marketing Management Association. In 2017, he wrote “Force for Good: The Catholic Guide to Business Integrity” that explores how to infuse integrity into business and why it’s essential to success.

His research focuses on how marketing executives “think” or process decisions on how to market products and services. This involves, Engelland said, investigation into personal ethics, virtue and religiosity of the marketing decision maker. In 2013, he received the Lifetime Contributor to Marketing Award by the Society for Marketing Advances. Engelland is the Edward J. Pryzbyla chair of Business and Economics and teaches market research, market strategy and other marketing electives.

Engelland is the first of three business professionals to present at Loras in the ACC.

At 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, Aaron Thomas presents “Opportunities and Platforms: Overcoming Adversity.” Thomas is principal and head basketball coach at Aplington-Parkersburg High School in Iowa. His father, Ed Thomas, was a beloved high school football coach who inspired his town to rebuild in the wake of a deadly tornado. Not long afterward, Ed was fatally shot by a former player with mental health concerns.

Rather than shun the family of their father’s murderer and perpetuate the tragedy that Parkersburg faces, Thomas and his family called for understanding and forgiveness. The family was awarded the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage presented at the 2010 Espy Award and Thomas received the Missouri Valley Conference 2010 Most Courageous Award. A book entitled “The Sacred Acre chronicles the accomplishments of Ed Thomas’ life and explores the family’s reaction to the tragedy.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro League Baseball Museum, presents “How the Negro Leagues Changed the Game…and, America Too.”

Kendrick has served as president of the NLBM since 2011. He served as the NLBM as vice president of marketing from 1998 to 2010 and was instrumental in driving the Museum’s success in its first 20 years. As a longtime confidant, friend, and traveling companion of John “Buck” O’Neil, Kendrick was able to learn from one of the nation’s most recognizable ambassadors about the important role that the Negro Leagues played in American history. Kendrick has also served as the executive director of the National Sports Center for the Disabled-Kansas City.

Founded in 1990, NLBM is dedicated to celebrating and preserving the history of African-American baseball and its impact on the social advancement of America. Its features multimedia display and a collection of baseball photographs and artifacts dating from the late 1800s through the 1960s.

Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.

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