Signature awards

Each year, the Mike Ilitch School of Business presents signature awards to Michigan business leaders, alumni and faculty at our Recognition and Awards Program. 

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Michigan Executive of the Year

The Michigan Executive of the Year Award recognizes an individual in a senior leadership position at a business, government or non-profit organization that is based or has a substantial presence in the state of Michigan. The primary criteria for selection of this award are recent or ongoing actions by the honoree and/or his or her organization that are likely to reflect positively on the state of Michigan and the disciplines researched and taught within the Mike Ilitch School of Business. 

2017
La June Montgomery Tabron
President and CEO

2016
Nancy Schlichting
Henry Ford Health System

2015
Andra M. Rush
The Rush Group Family of Companies
2014
Susan T. Mosey
Midtown Detroit, Inc.
2013
Robert G. Riney
Henry Ford Health System
2009
James B. Nicholson
PVS Chemicals, Inc.
2008
Florine Mark
The WW Group, Inc.

2007
George G. Johnson
George Johnson & Company

2006
David A. Brandon
Domino's Pizza
2005
Jay Alix
AlixPartners Holdings, Inc.
2004
Peter Karmanos, Jr.
Compuware Corporation
2003
G. Richard Wagoner, Jr.
General Motors Corporation
2001
Peter Schweitzer
J. Walter Thompson Company
2000
Matty and Nora Moroun and Family
CenTra, Inc.
1999
Michael and Marian Ilitch and Family
Ilitch Holdings, Inc.

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni of the Mike Ilitch School of Business whose exceptional achievements over a career in business, education or public service have brought honor and distinction to his or her alma mater.

2017   David Leone 2016   Mark Davidoff 2015   Thomas S. Wilson
2014   M. Kathleen Donald 2013   David E. Meador 2012   Wesley Pandoff
2011   Matthew J. Simoncini 2010   Mark Bertolini 2009   Anthony P. Frabotta
2008   David J. Breen 2007   Therese Boldt 2006   Paul A. Glantz and Sandra Pierce
2005   Terry Cross 2004   The Honorable Jack Martin 2003   James H. Vandenberghe
2002   Susan J. Unger 2001   Osman R. Minkara 2000   T. Norris and Vivilore Hitchman
1999   Bernard D. Moray 1998   Stephen Strome 1997   John Utley
1996   John E. Demmer 1995   Alexander Serafyn, Ph.D. 1994   Austin A. Kanter
1993   Lawrence Rieger 1992   Neal Zalenko 1991   David Stulberg
1990   Dennis O. Green 1989   Charles A. Forbes 1988   Verna S. Green
1987   Thomas E. O'Hara 1986   Mark W. Mehall 1985   Marie Farrell Donaldson
1984   Paul W. Czamanske 1983   Eugene M. Tomlinson 1982   Ronald Stone
1981   Robert W. Hague    

Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award recognizes a more recent graduate of the Mike Ilitch School of Business who has already distinguished themselves as a "rising star" in their industry or community and who shows even greater promise for the future.

2017   Fares Ksebati 2016   Krystina Borrocci 2015   Antonio Lück
2014   Kevin Jappaya 2013   Kirk King  

Inspirational Teacher Award

This award provides our proud WSU business school alumni with the opportunity to submit stories about professors who truly inspired them, encouraged them, broadened their horizons or made a lasting positive impact on their lives. Nominees must be living current or former members of the WSU Mike Ilitch School of Business faculty (full time or part time).

2017   Attila Yaprak 2016   Jeff Stoltman 2015   John Taylor