Service to Smeal Award
Recognizes an alumnus/alumna for their outstanding service to the Smeal College of Business through volunteer activities and/or efforts that enrich the college community.
2016 Award Recipient: Brian W. Laubscher '89 Business Logistics
Brian Laubscher is a senior solutions advisor in the supply chain planning and optimization software industry for JDA Software. Previously, he worked for McNeil Consumer Healthcare, manufacturer of Tylenol, Sudafed, Benadryl, Zyrtec and other popular brands, as well as Campbell Soup Company. Earlier in his career, Laubscher spent 15 years at Manugistics, Inc. (now JDA Software). He has been a part of the Smeal Business Club, Philadelphia Chapter since the club’s re-launch in 2007, and is currently serving as president. Under his leadership, the club has seen tremendous growth in membership, programming, and structure. Laubscher serves as an Ex-Officio Director of the Smeal Alumni Society Board, has been an active participant for Impact Smeal Day, and has also been a mentor to Smeal students over a number of years. He resides in Wallingford, Pennsylvania with his wife Kris (PSY ’95) and their 3 children.
2016 Award Recipient: Michael Poerksen '85 Accounting
Michael Poerksen is EY’s Americas Tax campus recruiting leader and director, also having served as the Mid-Atlantic and East Central regions campus recruiting leader. Prior to joining EY in 2007, he spent 17 years at PwC in audit, tax, and human resources. Since graduating from Penn State, Poerksen has recruited many students from the Smeal College of Business and College of IST, and is currently a member of the Smeal Accounting External Advisory Board. He is an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, recently awarded as their 2015 BGMT 367 Instructor All-Star recipient, and has been recognized as an EY Top Tier Instructor from 2012 2015. Poerksen is a CPA (inactive) and has a SHRM-CP certification. He is a member of AAA, AICPA, ATA, NACE and SHRM. Poerksen earned his M.B.A. in human resources management from the University of Pittsburgh (Katz). He resides in Ashburn, Virginia with his wife Penny, daughter Hunter, and son Andrew.