Bengal Business Radio Show welcomes Michael C. Ruettgers and Dr. Sandra Smith
Bengal Business Radio Show is hosted by Dr. Shane Hunt, Dean of the ISU College of Business.
This episode of Bengal Business Radio Show aired March 28, 2022 on KISU-FM.
The March edition of The Bengal Business Radio Show features a conversation with our host, Dean Shane Hunt, and Michael C. Ruettgers, ISU Alumnus and former CEO of EMC Corporation. Ruettgers tells us about his experience as a student at ISU, his path to becoming a successful business leader, and a recent gift made by the Michael C. Ruettgers Endowment that will result in the construction of the new Walter P. Brown Center for Sales Excellence.
ISU Marketing Professor Dr. Sandra Smith joins Dean Hunt in the second half of the show. She talks about her journey from a “traditional and rural area” to becoming a professor of marketing at Idaho State University.
More about our guests:
Michael C. Ruettgers, a 1964 Idaho State University graduate of marketing, earned his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and went onto become a distinguished Chief Executive Officer for the storage and software company, EMC Corporation (now part of Dell). While in his position, Ruettgers was named one of the top 25 Best CEOs in the World by Business Week magazine in the late 1990s for his work in pulling EMC out of near bankruptcy. This feat earned EMC recognition as “America’s Most Admired Company” by Fortune magazine in 2000.
In January the Idaho State University College of Business announced a transformative gift from the Michael C. Ruettgers Endowment that will result in the construction of the new Walter P. Brown Center for Sales Excellence.
Dr. Sandra Smith has been a Market Administrator for At&T, as well as a Healthcare Administrator in the Air Force. But, marketing research and teaching marketing students has always been her true calling. Dr. Smith is native to Wyoming, so Pocatello and ISU are like home to her and she feels lucky to be here. Her current research focuses on marketing and its influences on culture.