Alumni Profile: Luke Kelly
Luke Kelly graduated from St. Norbert College in 1991 with a major in Accounting and is also a Certified Public Accountant. He also completed his MBA from Marquette University in 1997.
He currently works for The Manitowoc Company as a Global Financial Controller for the Crane Segment and is responsible for all
finance functions related to their aftermarket support around the world. This position is responsible for providing financial leadership and direction in the development of the organization's aftermarket support on a global basis. A big part of his job is thinking creatively and finding solutions. Luke credits St. Norbert with teaching him that the "process for solving a problem must be created before the problem itself can be solved."
A big part of his job is thinking creatively and finding solutions. Luke credits St. Norbert with teaching him that the "process for solving a problem must be created before the problem itself can be solved."
Luke previously held positions of Assistant Corporate Controller, Senior Financial Analyst and ERP Financial Project Lead at The Manitowoc Company where he was involved with corporate finance, SEC and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and mergers and acquisitions and implementing a new Enterprise Resource Planning system in their Foodservice
operation. Prior to joining The Manitowoc Company, he worked for Case/New Holland Corporation and Nestle Foods Corporation.
While still in school, Luke was one of the first accounting majors at St. Norbert to enroll in the International Education program as he studied abroad in Europe his Junior year. St. Norbert taught him to face a life of continuous learning and professional development. He was prepared for the challenges of passing the CPA (Certified Public Accounting) examination and completing graduate school at Marquette University. "I value these benefits of my St. Norbert education very much."
Luke is thankful for the strong foundation in accounting/finance complemented by the liberal arts education that he received at St. Norbert. "As an accounting major at a liberal arts college, I had many opportunities that may not have been offered to me at a large university. Most of my classes were small in size, allowing the professors to offer more individual attention. In addition, St. Norbert allowed me to be involved in many extra-curricular activities, as he was able to continue his athletic career at a division III level and be involved in several campus organizations." These experiences heightened his awareness of what it takes to be both a leader and a team member, and have been critical to his success.