Black alumni panel to speak Thursday

A panel of Black alumni will speak via Zoom from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday as part of Black History Month. The event is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. The panel is open to all. The Zoom ID is 928 5716 6896.

Panel members will speak about their journeys after college, and how they honed their skills and developed professionally in various industries. Speakers will be:

  • Ryan Gails ’13. Originally from southeast Wisconsin, Gails grew up in Racine and now lives in West Allis. At Ripon, he majored in computer science and minored in business management. He played football and was a member of Phi Delta Theta. His campus jobs included working for the IT department and as an assistant in the math and computer science department. After graduating, he interned at a software company in Northbrook, Illinois, then moved worked for a small software consulting company in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. There, he has worked in software development, leadership and management roles. He also runs his own side business in software development and consulting.
  • Blaine Gibson ’81. He is a vice president of WE Wealth Management Group, financial advisor certified financial plann with more than 30 years’ expereince in the financial services industry. He develops and manages client relationships with a focus on like-minded community influencers. He is president of the board of directors of the Cedarburg Art Museum, on the board of regents for Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and an honorary committee member for the Fellowship Open. He lives in Grafton, Wisconsin.
  • Kenneth Pinckney ’81. He lives in Glendale, Wisconsin, and is IntraFi Network’s managing director for the states of Wisconsin and Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. IntraFi is a partner to approximately 3,000 financial institutions nationwide to build multi-million dollar relationships, manage balance sheets, and purchase cost-effective funding. Pinckney manages existing bank relationships and develops new bank relationships within his territory.
  • Kevin Warmack ’79. He is a senior compliance analyst with Bankers Life Securities Inc./Bankers Life Advisory Services Inc. where he focuses on a rebviewing more than 300 branch offices of the company. He previously operated his own compliance consulting firm, Unlimited Freedom Compliance Consulting, assisting broker-dealers with regulatory compliance issues. He also served as vice president/chief compliance officer of SBK Brooks Investment Corp. and has been associated with other financial services firms in a compliance role. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
  • (Photo, left to right: Blaine Gibson ’81, Kevin Warmack ’79 and Kenneth Pinckney ’81. Inset: Ryan Gails ’13)


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