Fisher Alumni Awards honors nationally recognized business leaders

The founder of a successful Washington, D.C. area technology contractor for federal agencies, a partner at a leading Chicago law firm and the president of the China subsidiary of a diversified chemical company are among five Fisher College of Business graduates honored at the 2008 Dean’s Dinner and Alumni Awards presentation.

Entrepreneur Tim McCarthy and Grange Insurance CEO Phil Urban were recognized along with Timothy Keenan, co-founder, chairman of the board and president of High Performance Technologies, Inc., Ami Scott, a partner at Chicago’s Mayer Brown LLC, and Dale MacDonald, president of Ashland, Inc. China, on Friday, Sept. 26 at the Blackwell Inn on the Fisher College of Business campus at The Ohio State University.

Since 1993, the Alumni Society of Fisher College of Business has recognized outstanding alumni, who have brought distinction to themselves and the college through their outstanding achievements as well as generously contributed time and resources to Fisher. Alumni are honored in five categories.

Tim McCarthy received the Community Service Award. He is an accomplished entrepreneur, philanthropist, speaker and founder of WorkPlace Media, the largest at-work consumer media company in the world. Serving more than 100 national marketers, WorkPlace Media has been recognized as an Inc. 500 company and recipient of awards from Inc. magazine and regional business honors.

In 2007, McCarthy was awarded Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Regional Award for Communication and Diversified Services. In 1998, with his wife, Alice, McCarthy fulfilled his passion for philanthropy by establishing Free Hand Inc., an organization that assists other charities with executive resources, funds and management. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio State and an Executive MBA from Fisher.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award was given to Phillip H. Urban. Urban, president and CEO of Grange Insurance since 1999, has overseen a period of very strong growth for the company. Since 2000, Grange revenues have nearly doubled, from $716 million to $1.3 billion for 2007, with more than $2 billion in assets.

Urban joined Grange after serving as president and CEO of Guaranty National Corporation, a Denver-based personal lines carrier. His more than 25 years of insurance experience also includes stints with Great American Insurance Company, Berkshire Hathaway and Progressive Insurance Corporation.

He currently serves on the Property & Casualty Insurers Association of America Board of Governors and also as chair of the Ohio Insurance Institute. He has served in leadership roles on a number of community boards, including the Columbus Zoo, Experience Columbus, the United Way Leading Edge campaign and the Downtown Development Commission. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Urban earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Miami University in Oxford, and his MBA from Fisher.

The Young Alumnus Award was presented to Ami Scott, a partner with Mayer Brown LLP, a global law firm with approximately 1,800 attorneys worldwide. In her position as the firm's partner for associate career development, she focuses on the integration, training and development of attorneys, and also advises borrowers and lenders in simple to complex lending transactions.

She has been named a “Leading Lawyer” for the past three years by Chambers USA, one of the profession’s highest honors. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the President’s Club of The Ohio State University, a Fisher Shareholder and served for six years on Fisher’s Alumni Society Board. She is a past recipient of Fisher’s Diversity Business Award and has awarded the Phalander and Virginia Scott Fellowship to three Fisher students who completed summer internships with not-for-profit agencies.

She serves on the Board of Directors of the Academy for Global Citizenship, an innovative Chicago charter school with a globally-centered curriculum emphasizing environmental sustainability. She is a mentor and financial sponsor of Chicago-area high school students. She received both her bachelor’s degree in business administration and MBA at Fisher.

Timothy P. Keenan received the Entrepreneurship Award. He is co-founder, chairman of the board and president of High Performance Technologies, Inc. (HPTi).

HPTi develops and uses some of the fastest computing technology in the world to aid critical federal agencies, such as the departments of Defense, Education, Justice, Treasury and others. The firm was a finalist five years in a row for the National Business Ethics Award and three times U.S. Senate Quality Award. HPTi was recently named one of the top 25 federal contractors by the Washington Business Journal. HPTi, under Keenan’s leadership, has focused its community service energies on supporting youth through sports, mentoring and education. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Fairfax Partnership for Youth. Keenan earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Fisher and an MBA from Southern Illinois University.

Dale MacDonald, president, Ashland Inc. China, received the International Alumnus Award. MacDonald was selected in 2005 by the company to spearhead an aggressive acceleration of its business growth in China. As the company’s senior executive in the region, he is responsible for directing new investments and facilitating organic growth by tailoring global business strategies and processes for local execution. Under his guidance, Ashland’s China operations have grown to more than 400 employees. The company has opened new manufacturing facilities to supply its business growth there and is nearing completion of its office and technical center.

He joined Ashland in 1990 as a business development specialist in the Planning and Development department and served in numerous management positions. MacDonald attended Alma College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in biology, with a minor in sociology. He earned an MBA through Fisher’s Executive Education program and also is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at Indiana University's Kelly School of Business.