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Quixtar's Bancino spotlighted at March 1 event

Feb. 13, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Randy Bancino, vice president of information technology for Quixtar Inc. in Ada, Mich., will be the featured speaker for WMU's 2001 "Spotlight on Success" program.

The program is open to the public for a modest fee and will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Applause Banquet and Catering, 2728 Birchcrest Drive S.E. in Grand Rapids (next to Pietro's Restaurant on 28th Street).

The Greater Grand Rapids Chapter of the WMU Alumni Association inaugurated the annual "Spotlight on Success" in 1997 to recognize WMU graduates in the Grand Rapids and Holland areas who have achieved a high level of success in their business ventures.

Bancino, who received a master of business administration degree from WMU in 1995, will take center stage at this year's event. The evening will begin with a reception and be followed by Bancino's presentation, which will focus on what is involved in building and maintaining a successful Internet business.

Formed in 1999, Quixtar uniquely blends consumer shopping, member benefits and business ownership. It already has become one of the nation's most successful Internet firms, logging sales of $518 million in its first year alone. Based near Grand Rapids, Mich., in Ada, Quixtar is part of the Alticor group of companies and is owned by the DeVos and Van Andel families.

As vice president of information technology, Bancino is responsible for developing strategies for the firm as well as implementing electronic technologies and applications that support its operations. In this capacity, he led the team that developed and successfully launched <www.quixtar.com>.

During his "Spotlight" presentation, Bancino will cover topics such as business objectives, strategies, the implementation process, results, post-launch analysis, ongoing enhancements and lessons learned. He also will reflect on the explosive growth of the e-commerce industry as well as his experience as a graduate of WMU's MBA program.

Those planning to attend are asked to reserve a place by Friday, Feb. 23. The cost is $15 for WMU Alumni Association members and their guests and $20 for nonmembers.

For more information or to register, call the Alumni Association at (616) 387-8777.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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