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.                                                                     

Nominations for 2015 have been accepted.  The winners will be announced shortly and   recognized at a cocktail reception in April.  Please call 745-4272 with questions.               Thank you.


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

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 congratuate 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.