Victor Chow, professor of finance in the West Virginia College of Business and Economics, heads a group of 10 professionals with ties to WVU on theYoung Guns, 2005list, featured in the Sept./Oct. issue of West Virginia Executive Magazine.
Chow, featured on the cover, began teaching at WVU in 1989. In 1994, along with Dr. Bill Riley, he established the Center for Chinese (CCB) to provide executive training programs focused on the emerging market economy of mainland China and Taiwan. He was named Outstanding Researcher by the College of B&E in 1993 and 1995 and Outstanding Teacher in 1992.
Others with WVU ties among the 18Young Gunsfeatured are: Chad Biller, Sally Bushong, Lois Gillenwater, Aly Goodwin Gregg, Erica Mani, Clay Riley, Kathleen Swisher, Gary Tillis and John Unger.
Biller and Riley both graduated from the WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and currently work for Thrasher Engineering, a civil engineering consulting firm specializing in public works projects with offices in Clarksburg and Charleston.
Bushong is the executive director of the Tamarack Foundation and recently earned a masters degree in business and organizational communication from WVU . Gillenwater received her undergraduate degree at WVU and is currently owner and financial manager of Pray Construction Co. in Scott Depot.
Gregg, a journalism graduate of WVU , is a senior vice president with RMS Strategies, a strategic research, communications and marketing services company. She serves as the national spokesperson and media relations representative for former POW Jessica Lynch, coordinating her book tour and garnering national support for the Jessica Lynch Foundation. The Jackson County native is a 10 th generation West Virginian, and focuses her work on promoting the state and its people.
Mani graduated from the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism and the College of Law. She currently is a labor/employment lawyer in Charleston.
Swisher, director of sales and marketing at The Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg, received her masters degree at WVU in park, recreation and tourism management.
Tillis played defensive tackle for the Mountaineers when the team faced Notre Dame for the National Championship in 1988. Graduating with a degree in business finance, he became one of the youngest members of the West Virginia Legislature in 1994, when he was elected to the House of Delegates at the age of 24. Currently, he is the business manager and secretary/treasurer of the West Virginia LaborersDistrict Council.
Unger, state senator from Berkeley County, graduated from WVU in 1993. He was a Rhodes and Truman Scholar and was named to USA Todays All-USA College First Academic Team while at WVU .
Another publication, Corridor magazine, a new bimonthly magazine that covers North Central West Virginia, spotlights WVU s first couple, David and Susan Hardesty, on the cover and inside feature story.
WBOY -TV news anchor April Kaull, a WVU graduate and Harrison County native, also takes the spotlight in the debut issue of this interesting new magazine, along with Head Football Coach Rich Rodriguez and his wife, Ritaboth WVU grads.