Purdue Alumni

Rick Duberceau_PhotosJanuary 2016
Q&A with Rick Duberceau – Boilermaker in Brazilian Paradise

Rick Duberceau, a ’94 Krannert grad in Business Administration, had followed his heart and a “dog blog” to a remote village in Brazil called Arrail d’Ajuda after living in Chicago for 15 years.  He worked for Price Waterhouse prior to working for his own company called HD Technology, Inc. specializing in Business Intelligence solutions.  He’s made a life for himself, his wife Andrea and young daughter Ariana for the past 10 years in paradise.  If you’re ever in the area, know that a fellow Boiler is not far. Let’s meet this lone Boilermaker from Arrail d’Ajuda:

1. What was your favorite memory of life at Purdue?
There were so many fantastic memories from the time I spent at Purdue. I would say my favorite memories are the friends that I made that I still have today. It’s like we are brothers and sisters that went through some of our best experiences while at Purdue. Being the driver for Terry Courts at Grand Prix was fun too.

2. What would you consider your greatest accomplishment while at Purdue?
I would say learning to communicate with so many different people that have life experiences that was so different from mine.

3. What would you consider your greatest accomplishment since Purdue?
Figuring out that there is a huge world out there and that you really do not need to work so hard to enjoy a fruitful life. Being stuck in a cube at work everyday is not the best way to live and make money. Creativity, communication, and savviness is all you need to make it in this world.

4. What is your biggest take-away so far from your consulting career?
Tons of cash.

5. What do you enjoy most about living in Brazil?
Life is easier when you have free healthcare, Six months paid family leave time, 34 national paid holidays, and Brazilian culture that focuses on quality of life and family. Living near the beach is not bad also.

6. What advice would you give to current Purdue students?
Make good use of the career placement center. Talk to as many people who are completely different than you as you can. Find out a career that lets you travel the world.

September 2014
Q&A with Jim Schwantz – current Palatine major and former NFL / Purdue Football great

1.  What was your favorite memory of life at Purdue? Football Saturdays.
No better place on campus than Ross Ade Stadium on a Saturday afternoon!  IMHO…

2. What would you consider your greatest accomplishment while at Purdue?
Graduating!  Also winning the Kiwanis Citizenship award for being actively involved in the community.

3. What would you consider your greatest accomplishment since Purdue?
I would say raising 2 great kids.  My wife, Brenda (’93 grad) and I are extremely proud of them.

4. What was your biggest take-away from your NFL career?
It started while at Purdue… How to be a part of a team.  I truly believe this is a lost art.

5. What do you enjoy most about living in the North/Northwest suburbs of Chicago?
The opportunities afforded to us by living here.  Whether it is recreational, professional or social there is so much to be involved with here.

6. What do you find most enjoyable about your current position as the Mayor of Palatine?
I get to be part of a team again.  It was one of the things I missed most when I retired.  Instead of being on a team whose goal it is to win games, I am now part of a team whose goal it is to provide top level services to our stakeholders and be as responsive as possible.

7. What advice would you give to current Purdue students?
Take full advantage of all that Purdue has to offer.  Your time will go fast and you do not want to have any regrets!