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Indiana University Bloomington

Office of Development & Alumni Relations

The Kelley Advantage

The Kelley School has reached an important milestone: 100,000 Kelley alumni around the world.

Worldwide Reputation

I came to Kelley expecting a good education and a better job, I'm leaving with a great job and lifelong friends.

Eric Kurdziel,
MBA '07

Alumni Awards

John R. Barney John R. Barney (BS '67)
Distinguished Entrepreneur 1992

Community involvement consists of:

  • Mercantile National Bank Director
  • Current Board Member Methodist Hospital
  • Crown Point Community Foundation President and Board Member
  • Indiana University Northwest Board of Advisors to the Chancellor
  • Indiana University Northwest School of Business advisor Member of
  • University Club
  • United Methodist Church, Crown Point
  • Member of WorId President Organization, Chicago Chapter
Prior community involvement includes:
  • Past 15-year Board Member of Bank One, Merrillville, IN
  • Past 9-year Board Member of St. Anthony's Hospital
  • Past Board Member of Northwest Indiana Entrepreneurship Academy
  • Past Board Member of Lake Area United Way
Previous organization involvement:
  • Franchise Advisory Board Member to Burger Chef Systems
  • Past Franchise Advisor Board Member to Rax Restaurants, Inc. and two time president
  • Two term member of Rax Marketing Council
  • Past Member of the Young Presidents Organization YPO, Chicago Chapter
Awards Received:
  • Leadership Award at Indiana Military Academy, The OCS for the National Guard in 1964.
  • Several awards received from Burger Chef Systems while operating as a franchisee
  • VIP award at the Restaurant Show in Chicago for the outstanding marketing award for the year 1978
  • The President's Cup Award for Rax Restaurants in 1994
  • Several other awards while operating as a franchisee of Rax Restaurant
  • The Distinguished Indiana University School of Business, Bloomington Entrepreneurship Award in 1992
  • I enjoy Boating, Skiing, Golf, and Flying
  • Born in South Bend
  • Married Ann Pytel
  • Moved to Crown Point in 1976
  • 2 daughters, Kathleen Smith & Julie Bieszczat
  • 4 grandchildren, Ashley, Katylin, & Zachary Smith Trevor Bieszczat
  • Graduated from North Central High School in 1961
  • Graduated from Indiana University School of Business at Bloomington in 1967
Work Experience:
  • 1967--Started career in Restaurant Business
  • 1967-1980--Owned and operated 12 Burger Chef Restaurants
  • 1978-1990--Owned and operated 19 Rax Restaurants in Central & Northern Indiana
  • 1994-2000--Owned Beltone Hearing Center in the greater Cincinnati area
  • 1995-Current--Own and operate Broadway Video in Chesterton, IN
  • 1996-Current--Partner in Heat Wagons Inc., Portable Heater Parts, and Manufacturing Products Inc. selling commercial heaters and the related parts throughout the United States thru a distributor and rep network. The business is located in Valparaiso, IN
  • 1997-Current--Own and operate 4 Wendy's Restaurants in Northwest Indiana
Military Experience:
  • Indiana National Guard. Obtaining the rank of Major, 1960-1976