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John William (Bill) Ricketts graduated from University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science & Technology) in 1961 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation Bill joined the Junior Executive Trainee Program at Southwestern Bell and worked in this program both before and after serving two years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After returning from active duty, he held several positions in operations management with Southwestern Bell and graduated from Drury with an MBA in 1971.
Ricketts was convinced his future lay in a more entrepreneurial direction and this led to a 40 year career in the management of manufacturing companies (30 in private or closely held companies and 10 in public companies). He joined TAMKO in 1966, serving in many positions, including vice president of manufacturing and senior vice president. In 1984 he became president of Lunday-Thagard Oil Company in California. He then joined St. Gobain Corporation (Paris, France) as vice president of operations of its CertainTeed Corporation in 1990 and moved on to St. Gobain's Norton Abrasives Corporation in New York in 1992. This assignment included full bottom line responsibility for Mexico, the United States and Canada as well as worldwide exports from Canada and the United States, providing marketing, research and development, product development, and engineering services to the company's seven other regions worldwide. In 1995, he became president of EMCO's Roofing Products Group in Montreal, Quebec and was promoted to president of its parent, EMCO Building Products, in 1997. Ricketts gained a reputation for being able to restore an organization to record returns in a short period of time by focusing on the development of leadership and entrepreneurial skills at each company.
In addition to his degrees from Missouri S&T and Drury, Ricketts participated in the Executive Development Program at the University of Michigan and has an honorary Professional Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri S&T. He has a long record of leadership and service in a wide variety of industry and community organizations and is also involved with higher education organizations. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Drury since 1995.
Since his retirement from EMCO in 2005, he remains busy with consulting and volunteer work. Bill and Camille (Drury '65) have been married for 47 years and have two married daughters and three grandsons.
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Andi Solaiman graduated from Drury University in 1984 and received his MBA in 1986. He began working with the Salim Group, a highly diversified group of companies with worldwide operations and businesses in Australia, China, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Middle East, Europe, the United States and Africa.
Solaiman began his career in marketing, was appointed to head the Comptroller Department of the Chemicals Division in the Salim Group and ran the operations of 11 companies before age 32. Solaiman serves the group in his various capacities as a commissioner, chief executive officer, finance director and executive director. He has had a significant role in the development of Salim Group as a global competitor, including mergers, acquisitions and restructuring. He has established mentoring programs within Salim Group to identify and encourage future leaders within the corporation.
Solaiman and Imelda, his wife, have two sons, Reginald and Terrence, both of whom are students at Drury University. They reside in Singapore, Malaysia, and Jakarta, Indonesia.
Despite his hectic schedule of business meetings and travel, Solaiman is actively involved in various social and church activities particularly those in support of pastoral services and congregational needs.