|Fisher to honor five distinguished alums
2007 Dean's Dinner and Alumni Awards
Five outstanding Fisher College of Business alums whose hard work has made a difference in the corporate world and the community will be honored at the annual 2007 Dean’s Dinner and Alumni Awards Presentation. The dinner and ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 at the Blackwell Inn on the Fisher campus.
Joseph A. Alutto, Ohio State interim executive vice president and provost, will also be acknowledged during the banquet for his contributions to Fisher.
The inaugural recipient of the Entrepreneurship Award will be given posthumously to Vincent Aveni, a 1947 graduate of Fisher and founder of Realty One. He built the Cleveland-based firm into one of the largest residential brokerage firms in the Midwest and the ninth largest in the United States through strong internal growth and the acquisition and
Aveni’s contributions are visible around the Fisher campus including the Aveni Media Center on the first floor of Mason Hall. In addition to the physical presence, Aveni established the Dean’s Innovation Fund along with his wife, Pat, he served as a committee member for the “Affirm Thy Friendship” campaign in the 1990s, and was a member of the MBA Housing committee and the Ohio State Foundation Board. He was previously honored by Fisher with the 1999 Pace Setters Executive Award and the college’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. He received the university’s Distinguished Service Award in 2006.
Michael received his MBA from Fisher in 1976 after he entered military service as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and funds MBA scholarships for minority students and former or current active duty members of the U.S. military.
Jesse J. Tyson, president of ExxonMobil Inter-America Inc., will receive the International Service Award,
Jennifer Roer, the executive director of the Frank M. Tait Foundation, will receive the Community Service Award for her commitment, involvement and service to the community. Roer, who earned her MBA from Fisher in 1979, is the leader of a private foundation that focuses on youth development initiatives in Montgomery County, Ohio. Since joining the
Roer, a native of Sylvania, Ohio, has served as president of the Junior League of Dayton and the Dayton Art Institute Associate Board. Her board memberships include the YWCA of Greater Dayton, Children’s Medical Center Foundation and the Montgomery County Family & Children First Council. As a breast cancer survivor, Roer has raised funds for Kettering Medical Center Foundation’s Women’s Wellness Fund that provides mammograms and prostheses to underserved women.
David Schoettmer, president and senior partner of Navigator Management Partners LLC, will receive the Young Professional Achievement Award for early career achievements and service as a mentor to younger professionals. Schoettmer, who received his MBA from Fisher in 1994, is the founder of the Columbus-based management and information technology consulting firm specializing in project management, business process design and packaged software implementation services. The firm is a key service provider to many of the Fortune 1000 companies in the greater Columbus region and has been recognized locally for its rapid growth and “best places to work” status. He was recently recognized as one of the top 40 business leaders in the greater Columbus region under the age of 40 by Columbus Business First.