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Greg Gluchowski

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Greg Gluchowski

MBA '94

Greg Gluchowski is President and CEO at Hillman, the largest provider of retail hardware solutions and fasteners. With 35,000 customer locations, they are often noted as "owning the aisle" in hardware stores offering simple solutions to a complex world. He formerly served as President of Hardware & Home Improvement of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. and a former division of Stanley Black and Decker. Gluchowski is a credible leader, with strong business skills. He believes that leaders who have humility and a willingness to listen to different ideas are often successful. He has a passion for youth soccer and for the Orange County Children's Hospital.

Q. How did you become interested in your field?

A. After I acquired my B.S. at Purdue West Lafayette, I got a job at Phelps Dodge in Fort Wayne. I was lucky enough to be on the management development team while at Phelps. The job also provided a great deal of experience throughout the company, as I moved to four areas in two years. First, I was in process engineering, followed by quality assurance auditor, supervising on swing shift, and finally materials planning and scheduling. I received my certification in APEX, CPIM Certificate. It was at that time I decided to pursue a master's degree at IPFW in the MBA program. It took two and a half to three years, while working 50--60 hours a week.

Q. Favorite subjects at IPFW?

A. Economics makes you think differently and shows what it takes to win in business. My Human Resources classes were very valuable. I had taken very little marketing, but it helped me to round out my management experience. I thought the teachers and curriculum were great.

Q. What is the best career advice you were given?

A. My favorite quote relating to career advice is "Opportunity is missed because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work" by Thomas Edison. I personally hold true to the statement that aspiration without action is just a dream. I also believe that if you are going to go back for your MBA, you need to spend some time in your career first,  so you actually know how the business world works.

Q. What surprised you most about IPFW?

I was surprised by the flexibility and how beneficial some of the classes were in different aspects of my career. I chose IPFW because they were quick to accommodate and work with the travel schedule that came with my job. As a testament to this, Phelps Dodge acquired a business in El Paso during my last semester and I commuted from El Paso to Fort Wayne and my professors worked with me. One of my fellow classmates, John Hake, even taped the lectures when I couldn't be there for class. I was sent to El Paso to turn the business around. It became one of the best facilities in the company.

Q. Where would you like to be in 10 years?

Would like to continue to serve in a leadership role on boards and coach youth soccer. I am open to sharing my experiences with current and future IPFW students.