2004 Apex Winner
A native of Salem, Indiana, Steve Bishop graduated from Purdue in 1986 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Steve was recognized as the outstanding senior male student at Purdue, winning the G.A. Ross Award. His star has only grown brighter since he began his career at Proctor and Gamble (P&G).
Steve Bishop joined P&G in 1986, first working in purchasing for the foods division. From 1989 to 1994, he worked as an Assistant Brand Manager, before being promoted to Brand Manager .
Steve briefly left P&G in 1994, and worked as Vice President of Marketing for the Christian Music Group of Sparrow Records/EMI, in Nashville, Tennessee. He returned to P&G in the position of U.S.
Marketing Director, first for Dish Products, then Home Care Products, and finally, Laundry Products. In 1999, he took a global assignment as General Manager for Global Strategic Planning & Design for the Laundry Additives & Light Duty Detergents division in Brussels. Steve returned to headquarters in Cincinnati in 2001 to the North American Fabric Care division.
Known for his integrity and honesty, Steve Bishop has advanced to a position of major responsibility at P&G, serving as Vice President for the North American Fabric Care division since 2002. In this capacity, he oversees all aspects of product supply, marketing, and product development for the largest division in P&G—a division with annual sales of more than $4.0 billion.
Steve Bishop has returned to the Agricultural Economics department as a guest lecturer in several courses, as well as the keynote speaker for the 2003 National Conference, sponsored by the Center for Food and Agricultural Business. His message is always well received because he emphasizes the importance of being principled, prepared, and true to oneself.
In 2002, Steve was named to the State Board of Directors for Jobs for Ohio's Graduates. He also serves as P&G's key account representative for Purdue University, cultivating a closer relationship between Purdue and P&G. Steve and his wife Connie have a young son, Jonathan, and reside in Villa Hills, Kentucky.