Chicago, IL (April 14, 2016) – On Thursday, April 14, Campbell & Company gathered to celebrate three senior members of the firm on their retirements. It was a special evening commemorating the achievements and contributions of Marc Hilton, Vice President, Bruce Matthews, Vice President, and Susan Lindahl, Director of Finance & Administration. “Marc, Bruce, and Sue have been very valuable members of our team and community, playing critical roles in Campbell & Company’s continued growth and success. Our colleagues are honored to have worked with and learned from each,” said President and CEO Peter Fissinger, who shared milestones and anecdotes marketing each of the honorees’ significant tenures.
Sue Lindahl spent 15 years at Campbell & Company, and Fissinger thanked Lindahl for her commitment and dedication to the firm. “We are truly grateful to have had Sue as our Director of Finance. She greatly upheld the financial integrity of the firm and played an integral role in its growth and success, which included joining forces with the Collins Group, a division of Campbell & Company.“
Bruce Matthews retires from the firm after 17 years of client service. Said Fissinger, “Bruce has been a great asset to our company. He is a dependable team member who has helped advance Campbell & Company during his time here, and we have learned a great amount from his experience and leadership.”
With a career in the higher education sector prior to joining Campbell & Company, Bruce bolstered the firm’s higher education expertise while also helping to expand the geographic reach of his client service into new areas. Said Fissinger, “As one of those people who does exactly what they say they will do and when they say they will do it, Bruce has a great work ethic along with a willingness to travel anywhere for clients, a quality we—and they—have truly valued.”
The retirement of Marc Hilton, with Campbell & Company for 25 years, represents a passing of the torch and a look to a future of the firm, one that has been influenced by Marc’s many career successes. Offering memorable client and firm stories, Fissinger shared, “This is a person of substance who has been a critical contributor to both his clients and the culture of our firm. We have been honored to witness his remarkable dedication.”
He added, “Mark was trained as an historian and then became a fundraiser, and his interest in and knowledge of history is remarkable. He is also an incredibly curious person, and I believe this curiosity to be absolutely critical to success in our client work. This quality, combined with his sense of humor and great understanding of human nature, has helped him get to know the people with whom he is working—both clients and colleagues—and put him in a position to be the success that he has been. He is also enormously hard-working, with unparalleled dedication to his clients.”
Congratulations to Sue, Bruce, and Marc on their leadership at Campbell & Company. We wish each a prosperous, new life chapter.
Sue Lindahl joined Campbell and Company in 2001 as Director, Finance and Administration. Besides the broad scope of fiduciary responsibilities, she also managed the organization’s Information Technology platform, served as the Human Resources Director and held the title of Corporate Secretary.
Sue has more than 30 years’ experience in all facets of financial management with a track record of new systems implementation, cycle time reduction and internal controls. She has a special expertise in Employee Stock Ownership Plans, having assisted in the establishment and management of the successful ESOP at McDougal Littell, a premier textbook publisher. During her 25 year tenure at McDougal Littell, she held the position of Controller and was also a Trustee.
Sue wrote and delivered ground breaking two-day financial education programs for all employees, subsequently featured in Inc. Magazine, Small Business Reports and the Great Game of Business Newsletter. She was also a speaker and Advisory Committee Member for “A Gathering of Games”. Based upon her belief that learning is more effective when fun, she has also co-developed a prototypal board game Mind Your Own Business.
A graduate of Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, she has continued learning via numerous and varied seminars, on topics ranging from auditing, presentation skills and creative course design, various human resource issues, compensation and management development.
Bruce Matthews’ career at Campbell & Company was built on his experience as a fundraiser, where he learned and understood how collaboration between staff, leadership and volunteers could facilitate transformations for large and complex institutions.
Bruce joined Campbell & Company in 1999 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where he managed a staff of 50 and helped craft the strategy for a comprehensive campaign. Prior to that, he spent eight years as the Senior Development Officer in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering. While there, Bruce was involved with the university’s first comprehensive campaign, the $475 million Campaign for Wisconsin, and helped organize the College of Engineering’s $100 million Vision 2000 campaign. He also served as the Director of Marketing and Development for Wisconsin Public Radio and the general manager of symphony orchestras in Rochester, Minnesota, and Madison, Wisconsin.
Bruce is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Idaho, receiving degrees in music performance specializing on the French horn. As a musician, he played in several symphony orchestras in his native Wisconsin. Later, as a member of both the music faculty of the University of Idaho and the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, he performed and lectured throughout the intermountain West and Canada. Bruce currently teaches a class in major gift fundraising at the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies.
Known for his curiosity, Marc Hilton brought a sense of urgency and focus to each client project. He has special expertise in developing strategies to secure pace-setting gifts, training and motivating volunteers and keeping campaigns on track and on schedule. Marc accomplished all of this by asking questions, by working to understand a client’s culture from the inside while remaining an objective voice of reason, and by drawing on his decades of experience to find examples, research and other resources for clients to learn from. As a teacher of major gift fundraising, Marc’s knowledge of the field was informed by the latest research and trends, which he evaluated through the lens of his nearly 39-year career.
Marc joined Campbell & Company from the Chicago Historical Society, where he served for seven years as Vice President of Development. During that time, he directed a capital campaign that raised more than double the original goal and helped the Society triple its members and donors. Previously, Marc directed the development department at the Illinois Institute of Technology, headed IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law’s fundraising program and served on the development staff at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University, Marc also earned his Master of History from the University of Chicago and taught American History at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a member of the board of the Institute for Clinical Social Work. Marc currently teaches in Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies’ philanthropy program and speaks often on philanthropy and nonprofit management issues.