MISSOULA – The University of Montana School of Business Administration will honor 2017 Outstanding Alumnus Craig K. Anderson and Outstanding Alumna Stefanie Henderson Strack on Friday, March 31, during its spring Business Advisory Board meeting. The annual awards recognize School of Business Administration alumni for outstanding career achievement.
Anderson, a native of Billings, is a fifth-generation Montanan with roots dating back to the 1860s. In 1972, he followed in his parents’ footsteps and enrolled at UM. In 1976, he was honored with an appointment to the University’s senior honor society, Silent Sentinel, and graduated from the business school with a degree in accounting before passing the CPA exam.
In 1984, after working for the global accounting firm KPMG and Caterpillar dealership Tractor and Equipment Co., Anderson began his long, successful career in financial advising as a wealth management adviser with the Merrill Lynch office in Billings. His goal was to start a financial planning practice to help clients connect their lives and goals to their finances. Since then, he has grown that practice into a team of 10 associates with influence over more than $1 billion in client assets. Anderson also is among a select number of Merrill Lynch advisers to hold the title of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Institutional Consultant, which enables him to provide institutional consulting services to organizations throughout Montana.
From 2009 to 2015, Barron’s magazine recognized Anderson on its nationwide Barron’s Top 1000 Financial Advisor list, honoring him as the top financial adviser in the state four times. In addition, in 2012 Anderson was selected as one of four out of 14,600 financial advisers to serve on Merrill Lynch’s Advisory Council to Management. Anderson’s many achievements also include becoming the fourth Certified Financial Planner and the first Certified Investment Management Analyst in Montana.
Merrill Lynch has recognized Anderson as both a great communicator and expert in financial planning and has incorporated his “hazards of retirement” concepts into an iPad app that its financial advisers use to educate clients. He has trained hundreds of Merrill Lynch financial advisers with these concepts.
As a dedicated Montanan, outdoors enthusiast and family man, Anderson has served on the boards of the Montana Society of CPAs, the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation and his local church. He and his wife, Jane, a 1980 UM graduate, have two sons who both attended UM and have built careers in the state.
Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Strack moved to Missoula in 2000 to attend UM and pursue her passion for soccer. After graduating from the School of Business Administration in 2004 with a degree in international business and minor in media arts, Strack began her fast-paced career with Nike as an associate merchandising manager at the company’s Bologna, Italy, office. After spending a year in Italy, she moved to Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, where she spent three years as a product line manager in Global Football (Soccer) Footwear. In this position, Strack was responsible for connecting with Nike’s top athletes and consumers and helping inspire the design and development of future product lines.
Over the next several years, she continued to explore different functional roles at Nike, holding positions such as merchandising director in Emerging Markets, category sales director for Jordan and Nike Sportswear, strategic planning director for Global Running and general manager of Nike Training.
After 12 years of successfully leading teams at Nike across various functions and geographies, Strack currently is general manager for Nike SB (skateboarding) in North America. In this role, she leads a team of more than 60 people throughout the U.S. and Canada and is responsible for driving the category vision into the marketplace across all functions, including brand marketing, digital, finance, operations, merchandising, direct to consumer and sales. Strack is recognized in the industry as a futuristic leader who creates high-performing teams.
Looking toward her future at Nike, Strack plans to continue on the company’s Executive General Management career path while also taking every opportunity to advance her education with executive courses from the world’s leading business schools, including Harvard and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Strack is married to Alan Strack, a Nike designer, and has two children, 3-year-old Siena and 18-month-old Parker.
UM’s School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, the most rigorous accrediting body for business degree programs. The school’s world-class faculty includes renowned scholars recognized for pioneering contributions in their fields and expert instructors dedicated to the success of their students. Graduates of the business school continue a strong tradition of leadership, innovation and drive, consistently performing at the highest levels in both entrepreneurial ventures and leading corporations.
The school offers undergraduate programs in accounting, finance, international business, management, management information systems and marketing; graduate programs in management, accounting and business analytics; and certificate programs in entrepreneurship, accounting information systems, big data analytics, digital marketing, entertainment management and sustainable business strategy. Experiential learning opportunities, globally minded student organizations and statewide entrepreneurial competitions prepare students to address real-world business problems and deliver real value to their businesses, employers and communities.
More information is available online at http://www.business.umt.edu.