History 20/20: 20 Alumni/20 Stories to Share


Location: Geddes Hall Coffeehouse

This fall the Department of History is proud to launch a new series bringing back History alumni to talk to our majors on home football weekends. History 20/20: Turning Hindsight into Foresight, will feature 20 alumni with 20 distinct career paths at various events this fall, primarily on the following home football Fridays from noon to 2 pm: Sep. 21 (Michigan), Oct. 12 (Stanford), Nov. 2 (Pitt), and Nov. 16 (Wake). At these events history majors will gather for pizza, hear presentations by two featured alumni, and have the opportunity to network with additional alumni.

The series kicks off on Friday, September 21, from noon to 2 pm in the Geddes Hall Coffeehouse.  The featured speakers will be:

Martin P. Madden (ND History '86), Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Offficer and Director of F.N.B.C. of LaGrange, Inc. In these capacities Mr. Madden is responsible for capital planning, financial reporting, asset-liability management, and mergers and acquisitions. He also serves on F.N.B.C.'s senior management committee. In addition, Mr. Madden has consulted with numerous banks and other financial services firms on bank branch optimization and residential mortgage processes.  He holds an M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University (1990), and a B.A. in history from the University of Notre Dame (1986).

Greg Dingens (ND History '86), Partner, Monroe Securities, Inc. Mr. Dingens has over twenty years of investment banking experience.  Before joining Monroe in 2006, he was Managing Director and head of the Midwestern Strategic Advisory practice at Lehman Brothers.  Prior to Lehman Brothers, he was at Merrill Lynch for tenyears, where he was Managing Director and head of the Mergers & Acquisitions office in Chicago.  He was also an associate and analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston. Greg earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1992 and a B.A. in history from the University of Notre Dame in 1986, where he was a three-time Academic All-American football player.

Madden and Dingens took distinct paths to their careers in investment banking, but both began as Notre Dame history majors.  Each will each talk about the value of history for those interested in pursuing careers in business.

In addition to the presentations by Madden and Dingens, history majors will have the opportunity to network with other alumni, including:

  • Bill Brink (ND History '10), a sportswriter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Peter Balestracci (ND History '11), a project manager for Epic, a provider of health care software.

All history faculty, alumni, majors, and potential majors are welcome at the History 20/20 Series events. Students with questions or alumni interested in participating in this series should contact Dr. Dan Graff, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of History, at dgraff@nd.edu.