May 2015 Commencement Speaker

Archie Black 
President and CEO
SPS Commerce

Archie Black is one of the pioneers of cloud computing, and has led SPS Commerce with a vision to transform the retail industry by replacing traditional enterprise software technology with a more responsive, agile cloud platform. Under his leadership, SPS Commerce has experienced 56 consecutive quarters of increased revenues and expanded its international presence to include offices throughout North America, Asia, Australia and Europe.

As president and CEO since 2001, the company has grown from a groundbreaking, disruptive idea into the largest retail cloud service and the industry’s first integrated suite of products created for today’s omni-channel retail market. With a singular focus on the retail marketplace, SPS Commerce has revolutionized retail supply chains by developing a model that is the most cost-effective and reliable in the industry. Today, the firm serves more than 60,000 clients in more than 60 countries.

Previously, Black served as a senior vice president and chief financial officer at Investment Advisers, where he helped the company grow from $3 billion under management to $17 billion. He also was at PwC for several years. He holds a B.S. from Marquette University.

Past Graduate Commencement Speakers

May 2014 Mark Rauenhorst Former Chairman and CEO, Opus Corporation
May 2013 Randall J. Hogan Chairman and CEO, Pentair
May 2012 Richard K. Davis Chairman, President and CEO, U.S. Bancorp
May 2011 Bill George Harvard Business School Professor, former Medtronic CEO
May 2010 George W. Buckley Chairman, President and CEO, 3M
May 2009 Tim Flynn Chairman, KPMG International and KPMG LLP
May 2008 Andrew Duff Chairman of the Board and CEO, Piper Jaffray Companies
May 2007 Mary Brainerd President and CEO, HealthPartners
May 2006 Michael Hoffman President and CEO, The Toro Company