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UNI College of Business Administration announces 2011 Alumni in Residence

April 5, 2011

Rebecca Schultze, communications and public relations manager, UNI College of Business Administration, 319-273-3309,

CEDAR FALLS, IOWA -- Annually, each department within the University of Northern Iowa's College of Business Administration (UNIBusiness) and the MBA program selects an alumnus or alumna to serve as its Alumni in Residence and bring his or her experience and expertise "back home" to connect theory to practice for students.

The 2011 UNIBusiness Alumni in Residence: 

Department of Accounting

Greg Engel, CPA, is a partner at KPMG and the national service line leader for the federal tax services and tax sector leader for insurance tax practices at the firm. Engel advises global companies in all areas of taxation, including insurance structures and products, mergers and acquisitions, and disposition planning. Many of his clients are Fortune 1000 companies. Engel joined KPMG in 1985 and was admitted to partnership in 1994. In 2010, he was elected to the KPMG Board of Directors.

Engel graduated from UNI in 1985 with a degree in accounting. He resides in Katy, Texas.


Department of Economics

Katie (MacDonald) Hesse is a residential real estate broker with Oakridge Realtors. Hesse has seven years of experience with $20 million in sales and more than 160 transactions in the Cedar Valley real estate market. She is a mentor and trainer to peers in her industry and has been active in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Board of Realtors and the Iowa Realtors Leadership Institute.

Hesse has earned Accredited Buyer Representative, Graduate REALTOR Institute and Certified Residential Specialist designations, and was honored as the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Board of Realtors Rookie of the Year in 2005. In 2009, her sales volume put her in the top 10 percent of agents in the Cedar Valley market.

Hesse graduated from UNI in 2001 with a degree in economics. She and her husband, Matt, live in Cedar Falls.


Department of Finance

Jason Hutcheson, is the director of economic development at the Greater Burlington Partnership. As the director of economic development, Hutcheson oversees business recruitment, retention and entrepreneurial development programs in southeast Iowa. He also is responsible for marketing and developing Flint Ridge Business Park, a 315-acre mixed-use development owned by the organization.

Hutcheson graduated from UNI in 2004 with a degree in finance and real estate and earned his MBA from St. Ambrose University. He and his wife, Jaime, reside in Morning Sun, Iowa, with their two children.


Department of Management

Jill Hemphill, CPA, is a real estate tax practice partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers  (PwC). Hemphill specializes in in-bound and out-bound real estate tax planning. She also works extensively in the areas of carried interest plan structuring and taxation and REIT planning and structuring. Prior to joining the real estate group, Hemphill specialized in global executive compensation planning with PwC.

Hemphill graduated from UNI in 1991 with a degree in management and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota. She resides in New York.


Department of Marketing

Grant Leese is the retail lead director for target major account at Kraft Foods. Immediately after graduation, Leese began his professional career with Kraft as an entry-level sales representative in Des Moines. Throughout his 29 years of service to the company, Leese has held positions that include region director of retail, customer business manager and senior retail sales manager. Leese also serves on UNI's Department of Marketing Advisory Board.

Leese graduated from UNI in 1982 with a degree in marketing. He and his wife, Jane, reside in Edina, Minn., with their three children.



Monte Berg is the senior vice president of finance at Veridian Community Credit Union, a position he has held for the past 18 years. Prior to this position, he was an examiner with the Iowa Credit Union Division. Berg currently serves on the Iowa Corporate Central Credit Union board of directors as treasurer and the Cedar Valley United Way Finance Committee, is a member of the Iowa Society of Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Berg received his MBA from UNI in 2001. He resides in Cedar Falls.

For more than 20 years, UNIBusiness has honored its distinguished alumni as part of its annual recognition of student and faculty excellence. The 2011 Alumni in Residence for the undergraduate departments will be on campus April 14 to meet with students and faculty during the day and participate in the Class of 2011 Celebration. Each will present during a forum, "Experience Speaks: Life after Graduation," at 6 p.m. in the Curris Business Building John Deere Auditorium.

Berg, the MBA Alumni in Residence, will join this year's MBA students for their final presentations in June.

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