TRU-Biz Forum—Leadership

TRU-Biz ForumWednesday, March 20, 2024
3:30—5 p.m.

Truman State University
Violette Hall 1000
Kirksville, Mo.



The School of Business is hosting its third TRU-Biz Forum. The TRU-Biz Forum invites business leaders in a variety of fields to share their expertise and insights. The upcoming forum focuses on leadership-related topics with renowned experts in the area.

All students, faculty and staff, and community members are welcome for inspiration and learning with renowned speakers.

The Bridge Ceremony will be held during the forum. Networking will follow at 5 p.m.

Moderated byAlex Fellows

Alex Fellows (’24)
Senior Business Administration Major


Mark Fellows

Mark Fellows (’94)
Senior VP &
Head of Lead Management
for Consumer Lending Business Lines
US Bank

Mark Fellows is a senior vice president and head of lead management for U.S. Bank’s Consumer Lending Business Lines. He is based in Saint Louis and has been with U.S. Bank for the past seven years. Before joining U.S. Bank, Mark spent the previous 10 years with Citi Bank where he held the role of senior vice president in digital marketing campaign management. In this role, he was responsible for ROI of digital engagement through paid search and display advertising. Mark also led the ideation and startup of Citi’s lead management for its mortgage company. In this role, he was responsible for the lead strategy and the technology to support inside and outside mortgage sales.

For the previous four years, Mark and his wife, Dana, owned their own mortgage company. The company originated mortgage products for consumers and then sold the loans to correspondent investors. The company was based in Saint Louis with offices in eight states. Mark and Dana sold the company to Boulevard Bank in 2007 where Mark worked before leaving to join Citi Bank.

Prior to owning his own company, Mark worked the previous five years in mortgage sales for Field Stone Mortgage Company where he was a branch manager and then midwestern regional vice president of mortgage sales.

Mark’s first job upon graduating from Truman State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration was as a loan officer for consumer lending products at Norwest Banks. While at Truman, Mark was also a member of the national service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, where he served as president from 1992-1993.

Mark and his wife met at Truman in 1990 and live in Saint Paul, Mo. They have a daughter, Emma, who graduated from Truman in 2022; a son Tyler who is a policeman in North Saint Louis County; and a son Alex who is in his final semester at Truman.

Matthew Bacon

Brigadier General Matthew Bacon
Senior Manager in Engineering
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Assistant Adjutant General
Missouri National Guard

Matthew Bacon is a senior manager in the Nestlé Purina Engineering Department. He leads a team that contributes to the execution of a $1.5 billion capital investment program. His team manages the program execution for supply chain optimization through automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), process skid engineering and fabrication, facility utility improvements, and digital manufacturing process improvements.

Matt also serves as the Assistant Adjutant General (Army) as a traditional guard soldier for the Missouri National Guard responsible for approximately 4,000 soldiers. He has extensive experience in leadership, strategic planning, and organizational team building in varying roles of responsibility. His command positions required leadership qualities to influence others within and outside his immediate control. His staff positions have taught him how to integrate and synchronize the capabilities of one area of expertise within a cross-functional plan. Matt holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, a Master of Business Administration from Washington University-St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Tyler Morgan

Major Tyler Morgan
Assistant Program Manager for Program Executive Office Soldier
US Army

MAJ Tyler Morgan enlisted in the United States Army on 27 May 2009 serving as an Infantryman after graduating from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. His first assignment was with the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment located in Vilseck, Germany. During his time with 2SCR then SGT Morgan deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Kandahar, Afghanistan. Upon redeployment he was accepted into the Green to Gold Active-Duty Program and went on to earn a commission as an Infantry Officer and a master’s degree in organizational development and leadership from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 2013.

After completing the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course, Ranger School, and the Army Reconnaissance Course, MAJ Morgan was assigned to 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry, 10th Mountain Division where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Battalion Plans Officer. In 2015 he was selected and assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He served as a Ranger Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer, deploying three times in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel working with Joint and interagency partners serving for a Joint Task Force as an Assistant Targeting Officer and Ground Force Commander.

After graduating the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course in August 2018, MAJ Morgan was assigned to 2BCT, 82nd Airborne Division and served as the BDE Air Officer and Commander of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment deploying to Erbil, Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. While deployed he worked with a diverse coalition of multinational and host nation forces to provide base defense and security. Following company command, he was selected for service as an Army Acquisitions Officer. He is currently assigned as an Assistant Program Manager for PEO Soldier at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, working on the Next Generation Squad Weapons program. MAJ Morgan manages the cost, schedule and performance of US Army modernization priority programs with an annual budget in excess of $80 million.

MAJ Morgan’s awards and decoration include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with a “C” Device and 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and Ranger Tab. CPT Morgan is also a 2013 George C. Marshall Leadership Award winner and a 2020 MacArthur Leadership Award winner.

MAJ Morgan is married to Andrea Morgan and they have three children, two boys ages 9 and 7, and a girl age 5. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, athletics, and keeping up with his children.


Alex Fellows (’24)
Alex is a senior business administration major with a concentration in management. He is also a member of the ROTC program and the Missouri National Guard. He works at QuikTrip part-time, and his hobbies include playing hockey, piano, and video games.

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