Kellogg World Alumni Magazine Summer 2005Kellogg School of Management
In DepthIn BriefDepartmentsClass NotesClub NewsArchivesContactKellogg Homepage
Professor Kathleen Hagerty named senior associate dean
Profs. Dranove and Satterthwaite win best paper award
Kellogg recognizes contributions of key alumni, friends with annual awards dinner
Steven Rogers named professor of the year

'Nota Bene' lectures share eclectic faculty knowledge

Influential guest speakers bring leadership insights to Kellogg audiences

Reunion 2005: Traveling through time and space

Alumni newsmakers
Kellogg bestows more than 1,400 MBA degrees in 2005

Food for thought

Kellogg executive management portfolio brings special value to dentists
Alum gives back to help entrepreneurial peers through Kellogg program
New grads set record for class gift participation and funds raised
Address Update
Alumni Home
Submit News
Internal Site
Northwestern University
Kellogg Search

Alum gives back to help entrepreneurial peers through Kellogg program

Douglas M. Cook '98, owner and president of Feldco, a Chicagoland company specializing in window replacement, enthusiastically supports entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School, most recently with a financial gift from Feldco to the 2005 Kellogg Alumni Entrepreneur Conference. Cook's ongoing involvement and subsequent gifts to Kellogg have distinguished him as a dedicated alumnus just a few years after his graduation from The Managers' Program.

In the four years since Cook acquired Feldco, the company has grown more than 300 percent with revenues in excess of $25 million, making it the largest replacement window and siding company in its area. In recognition for his entrepreneurial accomplishments, Cook was the recipient of the 2004 Kellogg Alumni Rising Entrepreneur Award given at the 2004 Kellogg Alumni Entrepreneur Conference. After attending this inaugural conference, Cook "sensed that the attendees had a thirst for more" - more speakers to energize, more attendees to network with, more topics to address. "That Feldco could help was an opportunity we jumped at," he said.

The 2005 Annual Alumni Entrepreneur Conference, "Building Wealth Through Growth," was held May 19, with impressive results. "The attendance and energy at this year's conference were phenomenal and laid the foundation for an even better gathering in 2006," said Cook.

In addition to his conference efforts, Cook is an active board member of the Larry and Carol Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice at Kellogg, sharing his practical insights with Kellogg student entrepreneurs, some of whom he has also hosted for an independent study course. Additionally, Feldco has hired summer interns from Kellogg, and a 2005 graduate who will work with Feldco full time.

"Kellogg has many valuable resources for alumni, especially those who understand where Kellogg is going and want to help it get there," Cook said. "Making a financial gift was a no-brainer. Not only did the Levy Institute deliver a great event, but Kellogg confirmed how it gives me more benefits than I imagined. My gift is a start in how I recognize that value."

Said Steven Rogers, the Gordon and Llura Gund Family Professor of Entrepreneurship: "Doug has been a guest speaker in my Entrepreneurial Finance class. He embodies all the characteristics of an ideal Kellogg alum: He is personally successful and always giving back to his alma mater. He's a fantastic role model for our students and alums."

©2002 Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University