Williams College of Business

        Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

As Dean Brian Till states, "Our annual Distinguished Alumni Award is a recognition of the very best of what the Williams College of Business represents and showcases those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and community."  The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award recognizes business alums in three categories: Young Alum, a newer professional with demonstrated excellence or service (age 35 or younger); Distinguished Alum, a graduate with exceptional accomplishments in career or community with distinction to him or herself; and Lifetime Achievement, a graduate with a long history of achievements with benefits to community or profession.                                                                     

2016 Nominations

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2015 Winners

On April 21 Dean Brian Till recognized the 2015 Williams College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award winners. The College congratulates Young Alum Paige Kindell Janson, Distinguished Alum, Jodi Jordan Allen, and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Edward “Hap” Castleberry.

Paige Kindell Janson received her MBA from Xavier in 2008. She is Vice President, Sales and Client Management for Ecova, supporting global companies, including 23% of the Fortune 500, with being environmentally responsible. She served previously as Vice President of Resource Management Solutions where she oversaw Lease Auditing, Advanced Analysis, Carbon & Sustainability and Expense Optimization. She has worked tirelessly to find solutions that help clients manage their energy spend while having a positive impact on the environment. Janson is also on numerous boards and volunteers with Ecova’s Community Service initiatives.

Jodi Jordan Allen is the 2015 Distinguished Alum. She received a BSBA in Information Systems in 1987 and has worked for Procter & Gamble for 27 years. Her first 18 were in IT where she led the project to build P&G’s corporate Data Warehouse. She then served as Vice President for Global Business Services Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. In May 2011 she moved to the role of Vice President, North America Brand. Here she runs the North America Brand Operations and scaled programs such as the P&G Brand Saver and the consumer relationship programs. Allen serves on many boards including those at Xavier and Centrifuse.

Edward “Hap Castleberry is the recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement award. An MBA graduate from 1962, Edward worked in his family’s dairy business out of college and sold the company in 1963. The following year he purchased a small, local building maintenance company and expanded it to 1,800 employees in five states. Over his career he was involved with the purchase, management and sale of other companies and real estate through E.F. Castleberry associates, E.F.C. Enterprises, Inc. and Radec Realty. He continues to participate in civic interests involving Cincinnati’s youth entrepreneurship and economic education and development.


2014 Winners

On April 29, 2014, three new Willilams College of Business Distinguished Alums were recognized for their achievements at a reception in the Conaton Board Room.  Dean Brian D. Till and the Williams College of Business congratulate Jim Augusta, Ted Torbeck and Gerald DeBrunner (posthumously).

Jim Augusta was this year's Young Alum.  Jim started working as an intern at Shire Pharmaceuticals in 2001 and make immediate contributions to the company.  He graduated in 2003 with degrees in finance and economics and has continued advancing his career at Shire will living and working in four countries.  He is currently serving as Senior Director of Commercial Insights and Analytics at Shire Pharmaceuticals, based in Switzerland.

The Distinguished Alum went to MBA graduate Ted Torbeck.  Ted received his MBA from Xavier and is currently President and CEO of Cincinnati Bell.  He joined Bell in 2010, and prior to that was CEO of the Freedom Group, a subsidiary of Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity firm.  He also worked for General Electric for more than 25 years.  He serves on the Minority Business Accelerator Leadership Council for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and is a member of the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee with a focus on education.  He is also the capital campaign co-chair for St. Aloysius, a member of the Board of Governors at the Queen City Club and a member for the Business Leaders Alliance.

The family of Gerald DeBrunner posthumously accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Gerald was a retired partner of Deloitte, where his career spanned 40 years.  Starting as a staff accountant, he became a Vice Chairman and Group Managing Partner in 1989 and retired in 1998.  during his lifetime he dedicated much of his time to civic, community and educational efforts throughout Cincinnati and devoted countless hours to Xavier University as an Executive-in-Residence and Executive Mentor.  Gerald was a dedicated family man who spent much of his life enriching the lives of others through education, religion, mentorship and community service.


2013 Winners

On May 7, 2013, Dean Brian Till recognized the three Williams College of Business Alumni Achievement Award recipients.  The college congratulates Ashley McNamara, Young Alum Winner; Michael Portwood, Distinguished Alum; and Robert Kohlhepp, Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ashley received her BSBA in Marketing in 2006 and is a Senior Marketing Manager for First Transit, one of the largest fleet transit consulting firms in North America. She was named to Mass Transit Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list in 2011.

 Michael received his MBA in 2009 and works for Minova USA.  Working with Xavier’s Leadership Center, Michael has implemented a continuous improvement initiative across the Americas, including lean certification and Kaizen events in the US and Canada.  He is now President and CEO of Minova.

Bob Kohlhepp received his MBA from Xavier in 1971.  He joined Cintas in 1967 as Controller and continues his career there as President and CEO.  His tireless leadership and service to a large array of organizations in the Cincinnati area clearly qualify him as a Lifetime Achiever.

Winners of the Alum Achievement award