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Jennifer Heinemann, MBA 2013

Jennifer Heineman--Fall 13--resizedHorace Mann recently announced the promotion of Jennifer Heinemann to the position of IT Assistant Vice President over the newly formed Development Operations organization.  In a news release, the company said, “Jenny’s strong leadership qualities, her understanding of operations and project delivery make her highly respected among her peers and business partners.  Her ability to communicate transparently has earned her the trust and respect of the organization.

Jenny has a strong technical and operations background and is very focused on quality and delivery.  She has been a developer in her earlier years at Horace Mann and has a strong understanding of project management, infrastructure technology, integration technology and reporting.”

Congratulations UIS alumni, Jennifer!

Josh Kauffman, MBA 2008

Josh Kauffman--2014--resized.jpgJosh Kauffman accepted a promotion as senior strategic communications consultant at NTT Data, subsidiary of a Global Fortune 32 company and the largest information technology and telecommunications service company in the world.  Josh provides strategic communications, public relations, organizational change management, internal communications and business analysis services to Fortune 100 clients in the financial and insurance industries.  In addition, Josh is also the global marketing communications advisor and publicist at Zukunft Group (ZG) Worldwide, an international contracting company which provides media, process management and health service to mid-size companies.

Prior to recruitment by NTT Data and ZG Worldwide, Josh worked at the Illinois Department of Transportation and was promoted from public relations staff assistant to marketing communications coordinator to public information officer and spokesperson.  He also served in volunteer leadership positions in renowned local nonprofit organizations including Downtown Springfield Inc., Salvation Army of Sangamon County, Public Relations Society of America, and the Q5 PR Advisory Board in the Springfield Chamber of Commerce.  He remains active in the community today and credits the University of Illinois Springfield for a marketable and affordable business education, a diverse curriculum, and unique and respected professors.