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Speakers at 2012 Ethics and Corporate and Social Responsibility Conference
Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Mr. Joel Harbaugh
Joel is the Interim Vice President of Development for the Indiana State University Foundation. Joel has served the Foundation in multiple roles during the previous nine years, including Director of Gift Planning, Senior Director of Development and Associate Vice President. During his tenure, he lead the major gift development team through the University’s first comprehensive campaign, the $85 Million March On! Campaign for Indiana State University.
Joel was also responsible for the creation of the Sycamore Athletic Foundation, the recruitment of its board of directors and professional staff. He earned his bachelor’s of science degree in communication/public relations from Indiana State University, and is currently finishing work on a Master of Arts in Communication. Prior to joining the Foundation, Joel worked for regionally based Old National Trust Company, and private investment firm, Spyglass Investment Management.
General Session Speakers
Mr. Bob Baesler
Bob Baesler earned his degree in business administration from Indiana State in 1972. From there, he became a partner with his father at Baesler's Market, making him the fourth generation to operate the area's oldest local retail grocery store. As a business owner, Baesler has encouraged many young adults to pursue their education at Indiana State, offering them financial reimbursement for grades as well as adjusting their work schedules so they could meet classroom obligations.
Baesler has given back to his community by donating food to Harmony Haven, supporting the Spay-Neuter League, Terre Haute Boys/Girls Clubs, and the Boy Scouts of America. He has also supported his alma mater as a Sycamore Athletic Booster, a member of the Vigo County Alumni chapter and supporter of Indiana State's Alpha Tau Omega chapter. In 2008, he was appointed by the governor to the ISU Board of Trustees.
He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for many organizations, including Wabash Valley Crime Stoppers, Terre Haute Savings Bank, Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, as well as past chairman of the board for the Indiana Retail Grocers.
Mr. Denny Sponsel
Denny Sponsel purchased RJE Business Interiors in 2000 with over 30 years experience in the furniture industry. RJE is a contract office furniture dealership representing over 100 lines of furniture and office accessories, the primary vendor being Knoll and Knoll Studio. For the past eight years RJE has been providing design services, consultations, sales expertise, exemplary customer service and furniture for the business community located throughout central Indiana. In addition, RJE also offers warehousing and storage services, reconfiguration, removal of existing furniture, furniture restoration and 24-hr on-call emergency service to all of its customers.
Denny serves on the United Way of Central Indiana Board and was also the 2007 Campaign Co-Chair, Chair of Resource & Development Committee. He is also on the Community Board for the IUPUI Library, IU School of Informatics Advisory Board, the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation Board of Directors, the Chair of Mother Theodore Catholic Academies Board of Trustees, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. Board Of Directors (Chair) and the Rotary Club of Indianapolis 2008-09 President, Board and Program and Membership Committees, Chair of Board of trustees Harrison College, Methodist Health Foundation board, Indiana Historical Society Board, Chair of Div. 8 2012 Super Bowl Committee, Big Ten Football Championship committee, Indiana State University School of Business Dean Advisory Board. IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award, Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, Indiana University Partners in Philanthropy Keystone Award, Indiana University Foundation President’s Award, finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, American Business Ethics Award.