Award Winners

Wes Blumenshine

Deputy General Counsel, Caterpillar Inc.
General Councel, Caterpillar Financial

Wes Blumenshine currently serves as Deputy General Counsel of Caterpillar Inc. and General Counsel and Secretary of Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation with responsibility for managing the legal affairs of all entities within the Caterpillar Financial Products Division, including Caterpillar Financial and Caterpillar Insurance. Wes also manages the Caterpillar Legal Services Division's Information Technology group.

Mr. Blumenshine made history by becoming the first attorney from CEC after graduating with a BSCE. He spoke at the CEC Fiesta on generation gaps – impressing all students and faculty in CEC. Mr. Blumenshine has actively participated in CEC departmental events, including the Majors and Minors fair, and provided insights that have helped the program. Mr. Blumenshine worked closely with CEC and Bradley students in Pre-Law Center activities.

In addition to his professional achievements and his service to the CEC department, Mr. Blumenshine is also a Board member of Easter Seals, Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, and has served a Co-Chair of United Way Campaign.

Mr. Seshadri Guha

Founder, CGN & Associates, Inc.,

Mr. Seshadri Guha is a recognized expert in framing complex business challenges and defining unique approaches to business strategy and has lead the development of CGN over the past 15 years in North America, Europe, India and China. Mr. Guha made significant contributions as a member of the ICAT Board, sponsoring the 2011 and 2012 Executive Summit events with Williams Brothers, Inc. He has worked closely with Dr. Al-Khafaji to moderate and facilitate the Executive Summit in 2012 as well as special VIP Luncheons (with Contractors and Secretary Schneider; and for DBEs).

Mr. Guha's company CGN has participated in the CEC Job Fair and he has hired several CEC graduates. Mr. Guha is a member of the board of directors of Easter Seals, Community Foundation of Central Illinois, the Lakeview Museum, and the Advisory board to Children's Hospital of Illinois. Mr. Guha worked closely with Dr. Al-Khafaji on the Easter Seals "Passage to India" which raised $162,000 in 2011 and over $225,000 in 2012. He is incoming president of the Easter seals Board. As Co-Chair, he was instrumental in organizing the Heartland Heroes Dinner for the Red Cross in April 2012.

The award recognizes Mr. Seshadri Guha for his professionalism, remarkable accomplishments, exceptional reputation, and exemplary service to the CEC department at Bradley University and to our Community.

Mr. Dan Gallagher

Vice-President, Gallagher Asphalt

Mr. Dan Gallagher is the winner of the 2012 Outstanding Advisory Board Award. Mr. Gallagher has demonstrated a deep commitment to CEC Students, the department, and many initiatives led by Dr. Al-Khafaji. Mr. Gallagher serves on the IAPA Scholarship Committee and has worked with CEC undergraduate students on their research projects and provided technical support as needed. He secured full-time jobs and summer internships and also recently hired one of our Construction graduates.

Mr. Gallagher has been involved with the Bridge Pals program, and has consistently supported ICAT Exhibitors. As an active member of the CEC Advisory Board, Mr. Gallagher has played a very important role in the ICAT and ICIC conferences. He came through and delivered on securing a speaker for ICAT 2012 when asked by Dr. Al-Khafaji – within a day! At ICAT 2012, Mr. Gallagher sponsored the luncheon for the Road Builders and Secretary Schneider; he also sponsored the luncheon for Prime Contractors.

Mr. Gallagher is able to attract top-level professionals as speakers for CETI conferences over the years, including the Global Technology Manager of BP Bitumen from the U.K., Mr. Carl Robertus at the ICIC 2006. Mr. Gallagher worked with Dr. Al-Khafaji Easter Seals' "Passage to India" in 2012. Mr. Gallagher is a true friend of the department and continues to help us through the effort and time he spends in making the department shine.

Year

Outstanding Alumnus

Outstanding Leader

Outstanding Advisory Board Member

2011 Anne Cotter Larry Ivory Margaret Hanley
2010 Ray Lawing Dr. Marvin Traylor ---
2009 David Williams Hon. Mayor Jim Ardis Dale Risinger
2008
Jamshid Ansari
William Sunley
Jamil Bou-Saab
2007
Joe West
William (Bill) Cellini
Doug Oberhelman
2006
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Doug Oberhelman
Rosemarie Andolino
2005
Roger G. Keefauver
Jim Hein
Kerry Rice
2004
Warren Knoles
Donald Gallagher
Paul Corcoran
2003
Bernie Koch
Timothy Docter
Cliff Baxter