Wally is the Director of Entrepreneurship Programs and teaches several courses in entrepreneurship as a member of the faculty at the Business School of the University of Kansas. He uses the experiences of 25+ years in industry in the classroom at KU to create an experiential learning opportunity for students.
New venture creation is a consistent theme throughout his career, which began at The Gillette Company where he helped extend the Right Guard and The Dry Look brands into new product areas, continuing at RJR Nabisco where he turned around the Planters snacks line and managed the development of a wholly new business unit which expanded Nabisco cookie, cracker, snacks and confection product lines into mass merchandiser, drug and convenience channels of distribution. His large company business experience includes Sprint, where as VP Marketing and Sales he had P&L responsibility for $1.5B US revenues, 1300 employees and managed the development of Sprint Sense, the revolutionary dime-a-minute long distance calling plan, which turned around declining divisional share, enabling record revenue and gross margin achievement.
Wally has applied the lessons learned from those experiences to several entrepreneurial challenges in which he held President/CEO positions. For Catalina Marketing, an electronic marketing and information technology company, he managed the growth from $30M to $100M in sales and its Initial Public Offering on the New York Stock Exchange. For Efficient Market Services, an information technology company, he conceived and managed the turnaround strategy and for SciTech Plastics Group, he directed the acquisition of eight plastic injection molding companies, integrated and positioned them to provide a design-to-production solution to all medical device manufacturers.
Wally has a BA from Franklin & Marshall College and an MBA from Baker University; he is a past Treasurer of KCPT public television and serves on the Boards of Directors at HiPer Technologies, Inc., the Advisory Board at the KU School of Business and the Boy Scouts of America.