Kirk Stinson graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1991 with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Stinson grew up in a retail family who owned and operated a local hardware store in Superior, Nebraska. Considering his family business background, it made sense that Stinson's first job out of college was a sales position with Black and Decker in the Kansas City region. Stinson was moved to the DEWALT/BLACK and DECKER Corporate Headquarters in Baltimore, MD to assume the Vice President of Sales and Marketing role. Recently, Stinson has been promoted within the company to assume the CEO role for the Stanley Security Division based in Indianapolis, IN. Stinson's brother, Mark, is also a Business Administration graduate from UNK and currently serves as the President of Exmark Manufacturing, Inc located in Beatrice, Nebraska.
The Ron Landstrom Executive in Residence program was created through the generosity of Jerry and Jeanne Taylor. Jerry Taylor is a KSC/UNK alumnus and former Senior Vice President and CFO for Applied Materials. Taylor chose to name the program after one of his favorite professor, Ron Landstrom, because of his profound respect and gratitude for the man who helped and inspired him as an undergraduate.