Phil Straniero


Phil Straniero connected with people in countless ways. A Kellogg executive who spent 31 years with the company, Straniero retired as vice president, sales development, in 2001. He soon began his second career as executive-in-residence and faculty member with WMU’s food and consumer package goods marketing program, where he taught courses in sales and in marketing strategy and supported student development in a variety of meaningful ways. All told, Straniero spent more than 50 years in the food industry.

He was an active member of the WMU Food Marketing Industry Advisory Board for more than 30 years. He also served on the Haworth College of Business Advisory Council and was chair of the board for Alliance Foods. He had previously served on the board of directors for Plumb’s supermarkets. Straniero received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the college for part-time instructors.

“The lessons Phil taught me stretched way beyond the classroom, and when people ask me about my mentors and heroes, he is always at the top of my list.” - ASIM QURAESHI, B.B.A.’11, MBA ’16

Ed Mayo


As professor emeritus at Western Michigan University, the director of the Dick Pope Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies at the University of Central Florida and the director of the Hayes-Healy Tourism Management Program at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Ed Mayo was a scholar, writer and teacher at heart. He was also a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force as First Lieutenant from 1962 to 1968 in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Deeply respected by his students and colleagues alike, his passion for teaching earned him the WMU Teaching Excellence Award in 1993. As a sports marketing expert, he was instrumental in laying the groundwork for a sports marketing course and a sports marketing specialization at WMU.

“You never know if you tell people thank you enough for all that they do. I hope that Dr. Mayo knew how much I appreciated him and how much he made my life better. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him.” - ANTONIO NEVES, B.B.A.’99