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Worldwide Reputation

When I've faced important decisions, I have leaned heavily on past professors who continue to serve as my mentors.

Mike Evans,
BS '85

Alumni Awards

John R. Barney John R. Barney (BS '67)
Distinguished Entrepreneur 1992

Community involvement consists of:

  • Mercantile National Bank Director
  • Current Board Member Methodist Hospital
  • Crown Point Community Foundation President and Board Member
  • Indiana University Northwest Board of Advisors to the Chancellor
  • Indiana University Northwest School of Business advisor Member of
  • University Club
  • United Methodist Church, Crown Point
  • Member of WorId President Organization, Chicago Chapter
Prior community involvement includes:
  • Past 15-year Board Member of Bank One, Merrillville, IN
  • Past 9-year Board Member of St. Anthony's Hospital
  • Past Board Member of Northwest Indiana Entrepreneurship Academy
  • Past Board Member of Lake Area United Way
Previous organization involvement:
  • Franchise Advisory Board Member to Burger Chef Systems
  • Past Franchise Advisor Board Member to Rax Restaurants, Inc. and two time president
  • Two term member of Rax Marketing Council
  • Past Member of the Young Presidents Organization YPO, Chicago Chapter
Awards Received:
  • Leadership Award at Indiana Military Academy, The OCS for the National Guard in 1964.
  • Several awards received from Burger Chef Systems while operating as a franchisee
  • VIP award at the Restaurant Show in Chicago for the outstanding marketing award for the year 1978
  • The President's Cup Award for Rax Restaurants in 1994
  • Several other awards while operating as a franchisee of Rax Restaurant
  • The Distinguished Indiana University School of Business, Bloomington Entrepreneurship Award in 1992
  • I enjoy Boating, Skiing, Golf, and Flying
  • Born in South Bend
  • Married Ann Pytel
  • Moved to Crown Point in 1976
  • 2 daughters, Kathleen Smith & Julie Bieszczat
  • 4 grandchildren, Ashley, Katylin, & Zachary Smith Trevor Bieszczat
  • Graduated from North Central High School in 1961
  • Graduated from Indiana University School of Business at Bloomington in 1967
Work Experience:
  • 1967--Started career in Restaurant Business
  • 1967-1980--Owned and operated 12 Burger Chef Restaurants
  • 1978-1990--Owned and operated 19 Rax Restaurants in Central & Northern Indiana
  • 1994-2000--Owned Beltone Hearing Center in the greater Cincinnati area
  • 1995-Current--Own and operate Broadway Video in Chesterton, IN
  • 1996-Current--Partner in Heat Wagons Inc., Portable Heater Parts, and Manufacturing Products Inc. selling commercial heaters and the related parts throughout the United States thru a distributor and rep network. The business is located in Valparaiso, IN
  • 1997-Current--Own and operate 4 Wendy's Restaurants in Northwest Indiana
Military Experience:
  • Indiana National Guard. Obtaining the rank of Major, 1960-1976