Marsha Yeagley
marketing/MIS department senior lecturer, 308.865.8345

Kirk Stinson, the 2012 Ron Landstrom Executive-in-Residence, will present Grow or Die: A Survival Guide to Professional and Personal Development at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the UNK Ockinga Seminar Center.

Stinson grew up in a retail family who owned and operated a hardware store in Superior, and graduated from UNK in 1991 with a degree in business administration and an emphasis in marketing. His first job out of college was a sales position with Black and Decker in the Kansas City region. Stinson was then moved to the DeWalt/Black and Decker corporate headquarters in Baltimore, Md., to assume the vice president of sales and marketing role. He has since been promoted within the company to the CEO role for the Stanley Security Division, which is based in Indianapolis, Ind.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

According to Marsha Yeagley, UNK marketing and management information systems senior lecturer, the Ron Landstrom Executive-in-Residence program brings successful business executives to the campus to talk with College of Business and Technology students about “best business practices,” as well as their personal career paths and lessons learned. These executives engage students in several classes, make campus presentations on their area of expertise, and participate in a session with the CBT Student Advisory Board and faculty. They also participate in a networking opportunity with members of the Business Advisory Board.

The executive-in-residence program was created by Jerry and Jeanne Taylor. Jerry Taylor, a UNK alumnus, is a former senior vice president and CFO for Applied Materials. Taylor chose to name the program after one of his favorite business professors, Ron Landstrom.