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Last modified: Tuesday, February 3, 2004

"Leading Change: Reinventing the Organization" is theme for 2004 IU Business Conference

EDITORS: Arrangements are being made for media who wish to interview the conference presenters in advance of the event. Contact George Vlahakis at 812-855-0846 or for more information. Publication quality photos of the speakers are available online at

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Often, when reacting to change, people and organizations need to reinvent themselves.

For its annual conference, Indiana University's Kelley School of Business is inviting four speakers -- the leader of a company few believed could survive a highly visible corporate crisis, the author of the book Building Public Trust, a Hoosier proponent for entrepreneurship and the nation's second-highest-ranking military officer -- to share their insights and experiences on leading change.

"Leading Change: Reinventing the Organization" is the theme for the 58th annual conference on March 3 at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave., in Indianapolis. Speaking will be John T. Lampe, outgoing chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president of Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc.; Samuel A. DiPiazza Jr., global chief executive officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers; Steven J. Beck, president of the Indiana Venture Center; and Gen. Peter Pace, United States Marine Corps and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Registration and networking will begin at 8 a.m. The sessions will begin at 9 a.m. with a presentation by Lampe, "Leadership in Challenging Times." He will speak about his experience leading Bridgestone/Firestone through the challenges the tire and rubber company faced in recent years.

DiPiazza will follow with his presentation, "Managing Risk During Times of Significant Change." He will discuss the unprecedented changes transforming his profession, their impact on clients and stakeholders around the world, and the challenges ahead for industry-leading PricewaterhouseCoopers.

In his talk to follow, "The Renaissance of Entrepreneurship in Indiana," Beck will describe how Indiana is adapting to the fast-paced entrepreneurial economy of the 21st century. At lunch, Pace will describe his leadership role in the transformation of the American military into the more flexible, responsive force demanded by the contemporary geopolitical environment.

The Kelley School will present its Academy of Alumni Fellows awards at lunch to four successful alumni, and also will recognize co-recipients of its Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The program will conclude at about 2 p.m.

The registration fee is $130 by Feb. 17 and $140 after that. Table registrations are $1,200 for 10 persons or $625 for five persons. Table registrations include reserved seating at lunch and registration to the conference. Information and registration are available at or 812-855-6340.

About the speakers:

John T. Lampe

A few years ago, Bridgestone/Firestone was given little chance of survival as a separate entity. Lampe led the corporation through this difficult time and the Firestone brand back to viability. A graduate of Pittsburg State University (Kan.) and the American Graduate School of International Management, Lampe joined Firestone's International Division in 1973 and in 1975 became the Far East export representative, residing in Singapore. In subsequent years, he was a senior field export representative in Northern Europe, an export coordinator in Spain, and a sales manager in Costa Rica and Brazil.

He returned to the Akron, Ohio, headquarters in 1988 as the head of the sales and marketing operations of Bridgestone/Firestone's associate and private brand division. In 1991, this division was combined with the company's manufacturing facility in Oklahoma City, Okla., and became Dayton Tire, a separate integrated business unit of Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. Lampe was named president and relocated to the company's headquarters in Oklahoma City.

Four years later, Lampe was appointed president of Bridgestone/Firestone Tire Sales Co., and executive vice president and member of the board of directors for Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. In 2000, he was named chairman, CEO and president of Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. Following a corporate reorganization in December 2001, Lampe now holds the concurrent positions of chairman, CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc. and its subsidiary, BFS Diversified Products LLC.

Today, Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc. develops, manufactures and markets a wide range of tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including automotive and commercial vehicle equipment manufacturers and those in agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies also produce air springs, roofing materials, synthetic rubber, and industrial fibers and textiles. The company, through its subsidiary BFS Retail and Commercial Operations LLC, operates the world's largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.

Samuel A. DiPiazza

Samuel A. DiPiazza Jr., global chief executive officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers, is a leader in the wrenching change process now gripping the public accounting industry. At the start of 2002, he became CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the professional services firm formed in 1998 by the merger of Coopers & Lybrand International and Price Waterhouse. He most recently served as chairman and senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers' U.S. firm and as a member of the global leadership team.

He joined Coopers & Lybrand in 1973 and became a partner in 1979. He was elected to the firm council in 1986 and headed the Birmingham, Ala., and Chicago offices before being named Midwest regional managing partner in 1992. Two years later, he became the regional managing partner of the New York metro region with a dual role as client service vice chairman. In 1998, DiPiazza was named the Americas leader for tax and legal services, and in 2000 he was elected chairman and senior partner of the U.S. firm.

DiPiazza is serving a three-year term as a Financial Accounting Foundation trustee and is also a member of the Frankfurt-based Mergers & Acquisitions Group (CEO Academy). He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and the University of Houston.

Steven J. Beck

Beck, president of the Indiana Venture Center, leads a bold effort to bring about a renaissance of entrepreneurism in the state. He has been instrumental in new business development within Indiana, and brings an array of experience and contacts from the venture arena. He has founded and become the first president of organizations that concentrate on providing financing for high growth businesses -- the Venture Club of Indiana Inc. and the Indiana Statewide Certified Development Corp. -- and has also developed the Ball State University entrepreneurship class, "Financing for the Growth Venture," which he taught for 16 years.

Beck also co-founded the Indiana Community Business Credit Corp. Prior to the Indiana Venture Center, he was senior vice president and founder of Old National Bank's Indianapolis banking operations. Between January 2000 and September 2003, Old National's assets had grown to $450 million, thus making it the fastest-growing banking operation in the Midwest. Also within the banking industry, Beck has been the senior vice president at Peoples Bank and Trust Co., and he co-founded Huntington National Bank of Indiana in 1986. During the 10 years at Huntington National Bank, the Indiana operation grew from a denova start-up to $1.4 billion in assets.

Throughout his career, Beck has become highly recognized in the community. Beck was the recipient of the 1996 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Indiana, and he is a two-time winner of the Indiana Banker of the Year award. He holds degrees from Bellarmine University, Butler University and Rutgers University.

Gen. Peter Pace

Pace is the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he is the nation's second-highest-ranking military officer. He is the sixth officer to hold the position and the first Marine. As the vice chairman, Pace serves as the chairman of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, the vice chairman of the Defense Acquisition Board, and a member of the National Security Council Deputies Committee and the Nuclear Weapons Council. In addition, he acts for the chairman in all aspects of planning, programming and budgeting and participates in meetings of the Defense Resources Board.

He received his commission in June 1967, following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. He holds a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University, and attended Harvard University for the Senior Executives in National and International Security program. Between 1968 and 1988, he progressively served in positions of leadership and attended the Infantry Officers' Advanced Course, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the National War College in Washington D.C.

He returned to Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., in August 1988 for duty as commanding officer and was promoted to the rank of colonel that October. In 1991, he was assigned duty as chief of staff, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune and in February 1992 was assigned duty as assistant division commander. He was advanced to brigadier general in April 1992, and was assigned duty as the president, Marine Corps University/Commanding General, Marine Corps Schools, Marine Corps Combat Development Command at Quantico, Va.

While in this capacity, he also served as deputy commander of Marine Forces in Somalia from December 1992 to February 1993, and as deputy commander of the Joint Task Force in Somalia from October 1993 to March 1994. He was advanced to the rank of major general in June 1994 and was assigned as the deputy commander/chief of staff of U.S. forces in Japan. He was promoted to lieutenant general and assigned as the director for operations (J-3), Joint Staff, in Washington, D.C., in 1996. He served as commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces in the Atlantic/Europe/South from November 1997 to September 2000. He was promoted to general and assumed duties as the commander in chief, U.S. Southern Command, from September 2000 to September 2001.

Conference details:

Joining the host organization, the Kelley School of Business, are major sponsors FedEx, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, BKD LLP, Eli Lilly and Co., Guidant Corp. and Philip Morris USA.

Send registrations to Annual Business Conference, Kelley School of Business, 1275 E. 10th St., Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405-1703. Credit card registrations can be sent by fax to Conference Registrar, Kelley School of Business, 812-855-3535. Make checks payable to the IU Kelley School of Business Alumni Association.