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Johnny Schaefer

Johnny Schaefer

IU Kelley School of Business
April 2006

If someday you cast a vote for Johnny Schaefer for his dream job becoming governor of Indiana -- remember you heard it here first.

The Kelley School of Business senior has already taken his first steps toward a career in politics and public life. He works in a nonpolitical job for Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita "it's a way to experience life in politics by protecting Hoosier taxpayers," he says and is a dedicated leader of IUPUI's College Republican organization, including serving as its president. The self-proclaimed "news junkie" also has been a member of the student council in the business school.

Johnny, an outgoing Franklin Central graduate, is used to building relationships quickly. He's immersed himself in campus life, regularly volunteering for projects like IUPUI's traditional Dance Marathon fund-raiser for Riley Hospital for Children. Off campus, he's been the number-one salesman in the entire state for Cingular Wireless.

He's also used to making a difference in people's lives. To help Hoosiers who faced a long hot summer without fans, he organized the first WRTV-6 Fan Jam, in which the campus partnered with Channel 6 and the Lewis and Wilkins law firm to broadcast live a concert, with the "entry fee" a 20-inch box fan. Ever the business major, he's formed his own not-for-profit company (it's called Inspire Indiana) and regularly participates in charity runs for such worthy causes as juvenile diabetes and ovarian cancer.

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