HU grad is executive-in-residence

The former president and CEO of ICC Technology and 1963 Heidelberg University alum served as the executive-in-residence this week.

John Kratz, who led the growth of ICC into one of the largest privately held information technology service firms in the Midwest and in Ohio, earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Heidelberg and attended the University of Louisville for graduate studies.

Throughout his week on campus, Kratz visited many classrooms and had one-on-one sessions with students where he talked about his background and career journey and what students should do when they leave college.

“I was very impressed with the students this week,” he said.

Kratz praised the university on its level of course offerings and diversity in course material. Overall, Kratz enjoyed being involved in the business program and is impressed at the amount of growth it has undergone over the past few years.

To the students, Kratz gave the advice of “taking charge of your career.”

“The college years are very important developing years,” he said. “Freshmen should especially get serious about their personal brand and shaping their careers.”

While a student at Heidelberg, Kratz said he received a well-rounded education and was prepared for the opportunities to come.

“Students should keep their eyes and ears open and look for where they can capitalize on those opportunities,” he said.

Kratz has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry. He has served in management and executive positions with Computer Horizons Corp., Infogroup and NCR Corp. In 2000, he was named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in central Ohio. He also has served on the national board of directors for the National Association of Computer Consultant Business, is a former Ohio Chapter president of NACCB, served as the national chairman of the Government Affairs Committee for NACCB and is active in Rev 1 Ventures. Kratz is an active member of the board of trustees at Heidelberg.