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Delaware Valley College Student Receives an Executive-in-Residence scholarship

Jan 11, 2011

Jennifer Alderfer has received a $2,000 Thomas W. Watson Executive-in-Residence scholarship in honor of Mr. Sydney F. Martin, a highly successful Doylestown businessman who sold his company, the Sytex Group, Inc., to Lockheed Martin for $462 million. Alderfer, of Souderton, PA, is a senior majoring in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting.

Martin spoke in October at the college and met with finance and management classes as well as with several student organizations as part of the Thomas W. Watson Executive-in-Residence Program which was established in 2005 to bring worldwide business leaders to Delaware Valley College. Martin’s experience as an entrepreneur afforded students the opportunity to learn about starting a company from a practicing business leader. The Watson program’s founder, Thomas W. Watson, a graduate of the Delaware Valley College class of 1957 and co-founder and Vice Chairman Emeritus Omnicom Group, Inc. as well as Dean of Omnicom University, values the learning that happens in the classroom and understands the world experience an Executive-in-Residence can bring to a classroom discussion, public lecture, or workshop for students, thus enhancing the overall learning environment. Interacting with a Watson Executive-in-Residence offers Delaware Valley College students a chance to learn about the current trends, ideas, and emerging issues influencing the world economy in a variety of industries and provides networking opportunities. 

In addition to learning about a particular business or industry, students gain added insight from Watson Executives-in-Residence as they share their own personal career stories and executive skills development.

Past Executives-in-Residence have included: Pamela Sander, president of Zumbro River Brand Inc., a contract food manufacturer; Howard Stoeckel, chief executive officer of Wawa, Inc.; JM Herr, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Herr Foods Inc., makers of snack foods including potato chips, pretzels and corn chips; Phillip Clemens, chairman and chief executive officer of the Clemens Family Corporation and chairman, chief executive officer and board member of Clemens company subsidiaries including Hatfield Quality Meats and Wild Bill’s Foods among others, Charles J. Alpuche, senior vice president for supply chain operations at Pepsi-Cola, North America, Richard Reif, president and chief executive officer of Doylestown Hospital, and Mr. Rob Dhoble, President of Omnicom Group’s Diversified Agency Services Healthcare.