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www.lycoming.edu

T H E CO L L E G E

Alumnus and CEO

D. MARK FULTZ ’80 PRESENTS

‘Manufacturing Success’

“A Global Perspective:

Predicting the Path

Ahead”

“Manufacturing

Success”

“Making the Most

of Your Liberal Arts

Education”

“An Inside Look

at Puebla, Mexico”

“Lycoming College

Innovators and

Entrepreneurs”

“From Lycoming to Wall

Street, to Main Street”

“Value Added Investing

in Troubled Times”

“Ford – Putting the

World on Wheels”

“Building the American

Dream”

T

he Lycoming

College Institute for

Management Studies

welcomed alumnus

D. Mark Fultz ’80,

president, CEO and

owner of Abtex

Corporation, as a

part of its James W.

Harding Executive

Speaker Series.

His presentation,

“Manufacturing

Success,” was held

in November on the

Lycoming College

campus.

Fultz joined Abtext Corporation in 1993 as vice president

of sales and marketing. Abtext Corporation is a deburring

technology company located in the Finger Lakes community of

Dresden, N.Y. Abtex manufactures abrasive filament deburring

brushes and application-specific deburring systems.

In 2003, Fultz became president, CEO and owner of the

company. During his highly successful presidency, Abtex has

grown substantially and greatly expanded and diversified its

product offerings.

“I was honored to have been asked back to campus to

share my story. Lycoming made a big impact on my life

during my four years, so I enjoyed the opportunity to give

a little back,” said Fultz. “When considering career choices,

manufacturing is typically not high on students’ lists. There

are many misconceptions regarding manufacturing today in

the United States. The goal of my presentation was to provide

facts, and to discuss many of the exciting technical advances in

manufacturing, such as 3D printing and robotics. Successful

manufacturing firms are embracing these technologies. There

are high paying, challenging and fulfilling opportunities

available in manufacturing for young people today.”

“I was really unsure what the students’ level of interest

would be, given their liberal arts focus. As it turned out, I

was pleasantly surprised. There were more questions than I

expected and all demonstrated genuine interest in the topic. I

was flattered to have been invited back for this event and really

enjoyed myself!”

Prior to joining Abtext Corporation, Fultz served as a Second

Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force. He then joined Air Products

& Chemicals, Inc. as a sales representative in the Rochester, N.Y.

branch. In 1988, he was promoted to Milwaukee, WI., branch

sales manager.

The James W. Harding Executive Speaker Series gives

students in the Institute for Management Studies the

opportunity to meet and socialize with top business

executives. The majority of the speakers are alumni.

Each speaker that comes to campus carves time out of

their schedule to share their expertise and insights with

students and the college community. This encourages

honest, informal discussions with some of America’s top

business leaders.

Past speakers have included a vice president of

an international automaker company, governor

of a Mexican state, president of a multinational

pharmaceutical company, global tax leader, and the

Comptroller General of the United States.

The James W. Harding Executive Speaker Series is

made possible through grant from the James S. Kemper

Foundation in Long Grove, Illinois. It is named for

James W. Harding, a 1938 graduate of Lycoming and

native of Montoursville, Pa. Harding was an executive

with Kemper Insurance.

J. Richard Stamm ’76

Vice Chairman, Global Tax Leader,

PricewaterhouseCoopers

D. Mark Fultz ’80

President, CEO,

and Owner, Abtex Corporation

Barbara Heim ’83

Vice President, Human Resources,

BG Group plc

Governor Rafael Moreno-Valle ’91

Jay W. Cleveland ’88

Ron “Buddy” Knoebel ’65

Michael Warehime ’64

Michael J. Hayes ’63

Retired CEO of Fred’s

Donald Hughes ’72

Managing Member & CFO

at Camden Partners

David Schoch ’73

CFO of the Americas

at Ford Motor Company

Paul John ’85

President and

CEO Ritz-Craft Corporation

JAMES W. HARDING

EXECUTIVE

SPEAKER SERIES

SOME OF OUR RECENT ALUMNI SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010