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 nonprofit 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. 

Ron Staley 
The Christman Company

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.

2020 Barbara J. Pilarski
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.
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.

2020 Ian Larkin
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).

2020 Sheri Perelli
2019 Deborah Jones
2019 Lori Sisk
2018 William Volz
2017 Attila Yaprak
2016 Jeff Stoltman
2015 John Taylor