Xavier"s Williams College of Business Recognizes Alumni Achievement Awardees

May 17, 2013

Brian Till, dean of Xavier University’s Williams College of Business, recognized Alumni Achievement Award recipients at a reception on May 7.

"Our annual Distinguished Alumni Award is recognition of the very best of what the Williams College of Business represents,” says Till. “It showcases those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and community."

Ashley McNamara was chosen as Young Alumna of Achievement, a newer professional with demonstrated excellence or service. She received her BSBA in Marketing in 2006 and is a senior marketing manager for First Transit, a fleet transit consulting firm. She was named to Mass Transit Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list in 2011. Her mentor while at Xavier was and continues to be Tom Sedler, president and CEO of Home City Ice. Sedler attended evening classes at Xavier, earning his BSBA in 1958. Xavier’s Sedler Family Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is named in honor of the Sedler family’s generous donations of time and money to Xavier.

Michael Portwood was chosen as Distinguished Alumnus, one with exceptional accomplishment in career or community with distinction to him/herself. He received his MBA in 2009 and is president and CEO Minova USA. Working with the Xavier Leadership Center, he has implemented a continuous improvement initiative across the Americas, including lean certification and Kaizen events in the United States and Canada. He organizes regular reunions of his MBA cohort.

Robert Kohlhepp received the Lifetime Achievement Award for a long history of achievements of benefit to community and/or profession. He joined Cintas in 1967 as controller and earned his MBA from Xavier in 1971. Currently he is Cintas president and CEO and serves as chairman of Xavier’s board of trustees. His tireless leadership and service to a large array of organizations in the Cincinnati area clearly qualify him as a Lifetime Achiever. Kohlhepp said his MBA classes taught him the theory he needed to apply at work, and he grew professionally by applying his XU MBA knowledge in his work.