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. 

Frank Venegas
The Ideal Group
Andy Appleby
General Sports and Entertainment

La June Montgomery Tabron
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Nancy Schlichting
Henry Ford Health System

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

George G. Johnson
George Johnson & Company

David A. Brandon
Domino's Pizza
Jay Alix
AlixPartners Holdings, Inc.
Peter Karmanos, Jr.
Compuware Corporation
G. Richard Wagoner, Jr.
General Motors Corporation
Peter Schweitzer
J. Walter Thompson Company
Matty and Nora Moroun and Family
CenTra, Inc.
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.

    2019   Ronia Kruse
2018   Tom Tierney 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 2006   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.

    2019   Jason Brown
2018   Lydia Michael 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).

2019   Deborah Jones 2019   Lori Sisk 2018   William Volz
2017   Attila Yaprak 2016   Jeff Stoltman 2015   John Taylor