Academics

Donald R. Kudek
Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Education

  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Business with Marketing Emphasis
  • M.B.A., Bradley University, Emphasis in International Marketing

Biography

Professor Kudek has held senior positions, within multiple disciplines, for companies in various industries. He began his career in the marketing department of the country's largest domestic manufacturer of knit accessories and rose to the position of International Marketing Director responsible for all international sales and procurement.

He was hired to use his skills and gifts to help establish the International Trade Center (ITC) at the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship on the campus of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. The center was responsible for assisting businesses in the development of international marketing plans and the execution of the plan through various activities such as workshops, seminars, trade shows and student research projects. While there he co-authored the workbook International Business Planning for Small and Medium Sized Businesses used in various colleges to assist student senior capstone projects in the development of international marketing plans for business clients.

Following a successful launch of the trade center, Professor Kudek was hired by a Fortune 500 retailer to revamp its international activities, including procurement, logistics, finance, and U.S. Customs activities. His responsibilities were increased to include all of the cash management functions, payroll, and risk management, eventually serving as Corporate Treasurer of the organization.

With Marketing, Finance, and International experience, he was recruited by a large Midwestern bank to oversee it treasury management activities as well as the international department. He took over responsibility for pricing, marketing, and product development of the corporation's TM products and coordinating the sales efforts through regional sales managers.

Professor Kudek's high-level career in marketing, international business, and finance, along with more than 20 years of being an adjunct college instructor, allows him to bring a unique perspective to students. He believes his diverse career was God training him to be ready to accept the call to train future Christian business leaders at WLC.

Courses Taught

  • BUS 181 Principles of Microeconomics
  • BUS 182 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • BUS 301 Business Ethics
  • BML 312 Strategic Marketing

Research Interests

Professor Kudek's research interests includes the study of successful leaders, leadership characteristics, training, and the use of these skills in churches and volunteer settings.

Hobbies

Professor Kudek's hobbies include photography, fishing, hunting, golf, and Green Bay Packers football.