West Virginia University Institute of Technology is pleased to announce the 2011 Alumni of the Year: Chet Helck, ‘74, from the College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences and Valori Bond Ranson, ‘78, from the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences.
Helck, Chief Operating Officer at Raymond James Financial works with the CEO and other senior management to formulate strategic initiatives for the firm and oversees its domestic broker/dealer subsidiaries. He graduated from WV Tech with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management in 1974. He is also a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and of the Harvard Business School Leading Professional Service Firms Program. Having worked in the financial services industry since 1983, Helck is deeply committed to addressing issues affecting the securities industry and the interests of investors and serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.
Ranson is a native of West Virginia and received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1978. While a student at Tech, she was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, the student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. She worked for Phillips Petroleum Company in Toledo, Ohio, for three years before accepting a transfer to Pasadena, Texas. She has lived and worked in the Houston area since 1981. She became involved in environmental issues at Phillips and has remained active in the environmental sector throughout her career. Ranson is an active member of the Texas Association of Environmental Professionals, has served on the Chemical Engineering Advisory Board at Tech, and is the chapter liaison and board member of the newly formed Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association.
Since 1949, it has been an institutional tradition to honor the Tech Alumni of the Year during Homecoming Weekend. To be selected for this honor, alumni must have achieved recognition in their chosen profession, have strong service commitment, and have given time, talent, and treasure to Tech by serving as a role model of loyalty and service for all alumni. On Friday, September 30, 2011, Helck and Ranson will be recognized as the newest members of this distinguished group at the Alumni of the Year banquet in the Tech Center Ballroom. Those interested in purchasing tickets to the banquet can do so online.