Speakers & Honorees
Nicholas T. Pinchuk
Snap-on Incorporated chairman and CEO Nicholas T. “Nick” Pinchuk is a widely recognized leader in U.S. business, global commerce, and the development of the American workforce.
Headquartered in Kenosha, Snap-on is an S&P 500 company that develops and manufactures tools, diagnostic systems, and software and data solutions for transportation, aviation, power generation, and other critical industries. Before joining the company in 2002, he was president of a multibillion-dollar unit at Carrier Corporation and held various financial and engineering positions with Ford Motor Company.
He has drawn widespread acclaim for his contributions to the growth of a skilled American labor force. Trade publication IndustryWeek inducted Mr. Pinchuk into its Manufacturing Hall of Fame, and SkillsUSA named him Champion of the Year. He regularly provides commentary for media outlets such as CNBC and Bloomberg.
Mr. Pinchuk served in Vietnam as an officer in the U.S. Army. He earned an MBA from Harvard University, along with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
A member of the Carthage Board of Trustees since 2011, Mr. Pinchuk has given extensively toward the College’s facilities and operations. He also serves on the boards of Columbus McKinnon Corporation and several industry associations and is a regular contributor to the German American Catholic Philosophy Colloquium.
Senior Class Speaker
Natalie Lall ’22
As the winner of the Distinguished Senior Award, Natalie Lall ’22 will give the senior class address. She graduates with majors in political science and theatre performance. The Distinguished Senior Award recognizes high academic achievement, service to the campus community, leadership in student organizations, and active engagement beyond the campus.
Natalie took part in numerous Carthage Theatre productions as an actor, director, and dramaturg. She earned recognition in multiple categories at the Kennedy Center’s annual American College Theater Festival.
In the wider community, Natalie volunteered as a Readers are Leaders tutor through United Way Kenosha and served on the Anti-Racist Team for Call to Action Chicago. After an internship with Disney Theatrical Group in New York, she performed at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Having worked outside the United States for more than half of his business career, Prof. Barron draws on extensive experience in marketing, sales, finance, and management. He held several senior executive positions at SC Johnson, headquartered in nearby Racine.
Prof. Barron spearheaded the launch of the College’s sports management program in 2020. Built with input from senior executives in professional sports, it’s one of two parallel BDI tracks that lead to the Master of Science degree.
Prof. Barron has an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University – Canada. He’s an active community leader, serving as president of the Racine County Economic Development Corporation and the Racine County Opportunity Center.
Distinguished Alumni Awards
Not content to talk about environmental and social justice, eternal optimist Barbara Dale ’75 has spent the bulk of her career exploring new ways to achieve it.
Ms. Dale started her career in Chicago, climbing to vice president of sales and marketing in the male-dominated janitorial industry. She then moved to South Carolina and co-founded EarthcareCLEAN, a Charleston area company that has provided eco-friendly cleaning services for the past 35 years.
Attentive to employees’ needs, she arranged for a group of Black employees to visit their ancestral homeland, got the Sheriff’s Department to address racial disparities in arrests for minor offenses, and instituted a profit-sharing plan.
Beyond the workplace, Ms. Dale established a foundation to help address the nationwide housing shortage. Construction begins this fall on a housing community with a reduced footprint, featuring 3D printed homes with a path to ownership as well as regenerative gardens that conserve water and capture carbon.
After graduating from Carthage, Ms. Dale went on to complete a Master of Divinity (in environmental ethics) at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and an MBA at the University of Chicago.
John Danley Jr.
Accomplished senior executive John Danley Jr. ’80, Ed.D, has achieved success on multiple fronts by cultivating organizations’ best resources: their people.
Mr. Danley is the senior director for space enterprise planning and operations at Lockheed Martin, which counts NASA and national security agencies among its primary customers. Before that, he directed a quick financial turnaround at GKN Aerospace Transparency System.
His background as a proven leader in both the aerospace and automotive industries spans more than 25 years. Mr. Danley shares that expertise through his executive coaching business and “Dimensions of Leadership,” a book he wrote to help leaders create an inclusive environment.
Outside of work, Mr. Danley is a dedicated volunteer. Over a three-year period, he helped steer dozens of California gang members away from that life to continue their education.
After completing his bachelor’s in political science here, he earned an MBA from Colorado Technical University and a doctorate in organizational leadership from Argosy University. Mr. Danley rekindled his Carthage ties as a founding member of the Wiggan-Kenniebrew Black Alumni Network and continues to assist in the College’s equity and inclusion efforts.
Lawyer and CPA Brian Peccarelli ’81 is co-chief operating officer for Thomson Reuters, where he has compiled nearly 40 years of experience in tax software and services.
Since joining its predecessor in 1984, he has held several roles at the Dallas-based company. Under Mr. Peccarelli’s leadership, the tax and accounting segment more than tripled in value between 2005 and 2016.
Traveling extensively for Thomson Reuters, whose tax products are used in more than 130 countries, he builds cultural literacy and bridges gaps. He also led a major innovation initiative, pooling the company’s wide-ranging expertise.
Six times, trade publication Accounting Today has named Mr. Peccarelli one of the 100 most influential people in the tax and accounting field. He is a frequent panelist at the World Economic Forum.
Mr. Peccarelli has a doctorate from Hamline University School of Law and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He taught Carthage business classes remotely in 2021 through the Chapman Executive-in-Residence program, advising students to embrace nonlinear career paths.
He served on the American Heart Association leadership team in Dallas and remains active in the regional chamber of commerce.
Carthage Flame Award
Al Van Maren
For his unflinching dedication and generosity to his alma mater, the late Al Van Maren ’65 is the 31st recipient of the Carthage Flame.
After enrolling at the College’s former location in Carthage, Illinois, he became part of the first graduating class on the Kenosha campus. Mr. Van Maren served on the Alumni Council for nearly 20 years, and his cumulative giving to Carthage approaches $1.4 million.
Following successful business ventures in real estate, janitorial management, and signage, Mr. Van Maren operated an alpaca farm in retirement. He taught for 32 years at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago.
Just days before he passed away last July 13, Carthage welcomed Mr. Van Maren and more than 50 loved ones for a special tribute. Campus facilities named in his honor include the press box overlooking Art Keller Field and the wrestling practice facility (formerly the Skybox Classroom) in Tarble Arena.
During Commencement weekend, family members will accept the posthumous award on Mr. Van Maren’s behalf.