Business panel to highlight Madison site grand opening

Thursday, October 24, 2013 5:00:00 AM

After 13 years in its former locations, Stritch moved its Madison classroom and office site into a new business community, and a grand opening celebration and alumni reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the new site, 2310 Crossroads Drive.

Madison site

A highlight of the event will be a business panel moderated by College of Business and Management Dean Dr. Peter Holbrook, '84, '95, '08: Creating Strategic Business Leadership for the 21st Century 

To have a competitive edge in today’s business world, leaders need to be flexible and adaptive to respond to an ever-changing business climate. The alumni panel will share their insights into how they are able to adapt to create sustainable business practices that balance the demands of the free-enterprise and the pursuit of profit with the need to share its rewards with key stakeholders.

Panelists include:

  • Charlie Murty ‘08 is an e-commerce veteran. He currently serves as the Director of Technology for Shopbop, a subsidiary of He has held technology leadership positions at American Girl Inc., Dean Health System, and Famous Footwear.
  • Laurie (Tines) Peregrine ’06 co-founded CustomCall Data Systems in Madison, a global company providing IT support, specializing in the billing area.  Peregrine recently retired from the company which she and husband sold to a Canadian entity. She is already moving forward on her next entrepreneurial venture involving grapes!
  • Frank Peregrine, a serial entrepreneur, who currently serves as vice president of business development at Enghouse Networks in Madison. He co-founded with his wife, Laurie, CustomCall Data Systems in Madison. He served as a chief finance officer in telecommunications and headed corporate planning for Microtel where he wrote the hotel chain’s first business plan which was used to raise $40 million in start-up capital. Peregrine is a graduate of Carlton College and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
  • Ron Phelps, ’93 is the founder of the Phelps Group, a portfolio management group for Morgan Stanley in Madison. He counsels business owners, corporate executives and families in the areas of wealth and retirement planning, hedging, asset allocation and alternative investments.
  • Michael Steger, ’97, ’99, ’05, is a member of Stritch’s College of Business and Management Advisory Council in Wisconsin and chief operating officer of Waukesha Metal Products. His company was recently listed as the second fastest growing manufacturing company in Wisconsin with 76 percent sales growth over the last three years.

Classes at the new location began on Sept. 3. The relocation brought students from the College of Business and Management and the College of Education and Leadership to a primary site on the city’s east side. Students from the three former Madison locations now meet at the new facility.

“This site is in an exemplary office complex that is newer, better maintained, and more functional than the former site,” said Dr. James P. Loftus, Stritch president. “It is an attractive location that offers a very professional setting that has brought together students from two of our four extraordinary colleges.”

The decision to relocate came after months of careful study and was driven by several considerations. The new location provides state-of-the-art computer labs and classroom technology; a renovated lounge and vending area; and conference rooms.

For more information or to register for the event, please click here.