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Cory H. Mason III graduated from UW-Parkside in May 1972, as part of the first four-year graduating class (250 students). He graduated with a double major in business management and chemistry. He also holds an M.B.A. from Marquette University.
During senior year at UW-Parkside, Cory worked full-time at S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc. as a computer operator. After graduation, he held several positions in the IT field at the company, rising to director, worldwide corporate IS architecture planning and policy. He left S.C. Johnson in 1994, to become the director and chief information officer, produce products group at Harley-Davidson. He joined UW-Parkside in 2002 as the Small Business Development director, working with entrepreneurs on business start-ups and business expansion. He left UW-Parkside in 2004, and joined Twin Disc Inc. as the director of global information technology and chief information officer (where he still serves today).
His commitment to service has intertwined throughout his professional career. He was a founding member in 1999 of UW-Parkside's IT Practice Center with a mission of bringing IT students and business IT professionals together to enrich their educational experience.
Cory has lent IT leadership skills to several nonprofit organizations, serving as board member and past president of South Eastern Aquatics (1987 to 1992); board member and past chairman of Racine Area Soccer Association (1999 to 2003); board member and past president of Racine Symphony Orchestra (2008 to 2014); board member and past board chair for the Business Advisory Council UW-Parkside (1998 to current). He was a youth soccer coach for 36 years. He was named the State Coach of the Year for boys' soccer in 1993.
Cory married his high school sweetheart, Roseann, and the couple has three children: State Representative Cory Mason IV, Rosemary Mason, elementary teacher at Racine Unified, and Dr. Christopher Mason, associate professor and genetic researcher at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. Cory and Roseann also have six grandchildren.