2017 Outstanding Alumni
The UM School of Business honored two alumni for outstanding career achievement on March 31st during the spring Business Advisory Council Meeting. This year’s honorees were Craig K. Anderson, ’76, Outstanding Alumnus, and Stefanie Strack, ’04, Outstanding Alumna.
Stefanie Strack, '04 2017 Outstanding Alumna
General Manager, Nike Skateboarding, North America – Nike, Inc.
Originally from Alaska, Stefanie Strack moved to Missoula in 2000 to attend the University of Montana and pursue her passion for soccer. After graduating from the School of Business with a degree in International Business in 2004, Stefanie began her fast-paced career with Nike as an Associate Merchandising Manager in the company’s Bologna, Italy office. After a year and a half working 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.
Over the next several years, she continued to explore different career paths within Nike, holding positions such as Merchandising Lead 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 highly successful years of working at Nike across various functions and geographies, Stefanie currently holds the position as General Manager for Nike SB (Skateboarding) in North America. In this role, she leads a team of 30 people throughout the US and Canada, driving the category vision into the marketplace across all functions of operations. Looking toward her future at Nike, Stefanie plans to continue on the 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 Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and Harvard.
Craig K. Anderson, '76 2017 Outstanding Alumnus
Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor – Merrill Lynch
With over three decades of experience in financial planning with Merrill Lynch, Craig K. Anderson wears many hats, including Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor, Senior Consultant and Global Institutional Consultant. After graduating from the UM School of Business with an accounting degree in 1976 and exploring early career roles with accounting firm KPMG and Caterpillar dealership Tractor and Equipment Co., Craig found his true professional calling in financial advising. Joining Merrill Lynch’s Billings practice in 1984, his talent for helping people achieve their financial goals was soon apparent. Since his early days as a financial advisor, Craig has grown his practice into a team of 10 associates with influence over more than $1 billion dollars in client assets.
Anderson’s success has manifested itself in ways far beyond the impressive growth of his business. From 2009-2015, Barron’s magazine recognized Craig on its nationwide Barron’s Top 1000 Financial Advisor list, honoring him as the top financial advisor in the state of Montana four times. In addition to this great honor, in 2012, Craig was one of a select few asked to serve on Merrill Lynch’s Advisory Council to Management (ACTM).
As a 5th generation Montanan with roots that date back to the 1860’s, Craig is also a dedicated outdoorsman, community member and family man. He and his wife Jane have two grown sons, both of whom attended the University of Montana and have built their careers right here in Montana.
Congratulations to the 2017 Outstanding Alumni on their awards and extraordinary achievements!