Like many hard-working Roosevelt University students, James J. Radous, III was a full-time employed student who completed an MBA that put him on track for success as a leading Illinois businessman.
Now, nearly 30 years after completing his education at Roosevelt’s Northwest suburban campus, the president of $400 million forklift manufacturer, UniCarriers Americas in Marengo, Ill., believes it is time to give back.
Radous will break new ground for the University as he becomes the first alumnus to lead Roosevelt’s annual Scholarship Golf Outing. The event will be held on Aug. 14 at the highly ranked Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Ill
“Roosevelt played a significant role in my personal and professional development. I would be remiss if I did not pay it forward in some way. By helping Roosevelt marshal its resources and leverage its alumni, we can make a difference for future generations of students,” said Radous, whose goal is to change the trajectory of Roosevelt’s annual summer fundraiser by aiming higher.
His aim is to double last year’s gifts with a goal of raising $100,000 in scholarship funds that will benefit 50 needy Roosevelt students. Or course, as a student mentor, Radous’ contributions aren’t limited to simply fundraising. He knows how challenging it can be for even the most dedicated students to be successful.
“When I went for my college degree, I was just starting out raising a family and going to school at night, one class at a time, just to get through,” recalled Radous, who received a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University in 1983, before his MBA from Roosevelt six years later.
Radous credits his MBA with helping him rise through the ranks at the Duchossois Group in Elmhurst, Ill., where he worked for 15 years in sales and managerial positions. He joined UniCarriers Americas eight years ago, becoming president of one of the world’s largest forklift manufacturers.
“There are many Roosevelt students in desperate need of financial support and it is my goal to engage our Alumni community and make sure they get it,” he said.
Roosevelt’s 24th annual Scholarship Golf Outing begins at Cog Hill with registration and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., a shotgun start at 1 p.m., and cocktails and dinner at 6 p.m.
To register for the golf outing, visit www.roosevelt.edu/golf. There are also $500 to $25,000 sponsorship opportunities. To become a sponsor, contact Juliana Nelligan at 312-341-2252 or firstname.lastname@example.org