2012 Alumni Awards are presented to five
Fisher hosted the 2012 Alumni Awards and Dean's Dinner on Sept. 21 at the Overmyer Ballroom at the Blackwell. 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. Awards are given in five categories, young professional, international, community service, entrepreneurship and distinguished alumnus.
William C. Killgallon who received his bachelor in finance in 1960, started his career with The Ohio Art Company in 1969 as a corporate development director. He was promoted in 1972 to vice president of administration and served in several executive roles. In 1978, he was appointed president and CEO and appointed chairman of the board in 1989.
Prior to joining Ohio Art, Killgallon served in military intelligence in Korea and the U.S. From 1964 to 1968, he was a commercial lending officer with The Bank of New York.
He took a leave from the bank to become family campaign director for the “Nixon for President” Committee. He has also served as County and District Finance Chairman for many Republican congressional and senatorial campaigns.
Killgallon is a Presbyterian Elder; a member of the Masonic Organization; a director of Columbia Ventures (an SBIC holding company); and a former Hillsdale College Trustee. He is also a former director of the Toy Industry Association; former director of State Troopers of Ohio; former Williams County YWCA Trustee as well as a former Finance Chairman of its Building Committee. He is former chairman and trustee of the Buckeye Institute, a “think tank” located in Columbus. He currently serves as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council.
A sports enthusiast, Killgallon enjoys biking, skiing, basketball, tennis, and handball. He and his wife Susan Offill Killgallon have five children and seven grandchildren.
Young Professional Achievement
Greg Lehman is owner and distiller of Watershed Distillery LLC, a local purveyor of world-class vodka, gin, and bourbon. A 2001 Fisher graduate with a double major in International Business and Operations Management, Lehman was a member of the OSU Varsity Men’s Volleyball team. Following graduation, Greg played professional volleyball in Switzerland.
He began his business career building sales and distribution in international markets for Prima Tech, a small manufacturing company. Although based in North Carolina, Lehman developed markets in six continents around the globe. He also worked for Schering-Plough and Pfizer.
In September 2010 they opened Watershed Distillery; by December they were selling gin and vodka in 25 liquor agencies in Central Ohio. Today, Watershed Distillery gin and vodka is distributed to more than 160 liquor agencies throughout Ohio and in Kentucky. Watershed has been featured in The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Monthly, Business First, Winethropology, Maxim, Food and Wine, Budget Travel, NBC, ABC, Fox, among others.
Sally Leonhardt Nelson grew up in Shelby, Ohio and graduated from Fisher in 1975. Following graduation, she worked as a senior accountant with Price Waterhouse in Columbus. After moving to Mt. Vernon, Nelson started Nelson & Nelson CPAs with a single office. The office has grown to a staff of ten accountants offering full service accounting to Knox and surrounding counties.
Community service has been a consistent theme in Sally’s life. She is Treasurer and Community Partner for Food for the Hungry, past board chair and treasurer of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce, past treasurer and Development Committee Chair for the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, and treasurer of the Knox County Schnormeier Gardens Foundation.
Other involvements include work with the city of Mount Vernon, United Way of Knox County, Psi Iota Xi Philanthropic Sorority, The Rotary Foundation of Mt. Vernon, the Woodward Opera House, and New Directions Domestic Abuse Shelter. Nelson was the recipient of the Paul Slaughter Volunteer of the Year Award, the Stephen Zelkowitz Volunteer of the Year Award, and the City of Mount Vernon’s Unsung Hero Award.
International Business Achievement
Douglas Goare, who received is bachelor degree in business administration 1974, is president of McDonald’s Europe, based in Geneva, Switzerland, and is responsible for the company’s 7,000+ restaurants in 40 countries. Goare’s current role builds on a 33 year career with McDonald’s that has included senior roles in Worldwide Supply Chain and Development for McDonald’s Corporation, and previously in finance and operations.
Before taking on this role in October 2011, Doug was the corporate executive vice president of Worldwide Supply Chain and Development for McDonald’s Corporation, where he had responsibility for McDonald’s $23 billion procurement of food, packaging and premiums, worldwide purchasing and supplier relationship strategies, food safety and quality systems strategy, and restaurant development strategy around the world.
Fred is a 1988 Fisher graduate with a double major in Finance and Marketing. He has helped lead multiple entrepreneurial growth companies, fundamentally transformed the way people around the world move money and bank, and helped create billions of dollars in shareholder value. Considered one of the best strategists and futurists in global financial services, Fred is highly respected for his leadership of the technological innovation that is revolutionizing banking and payments.
An early employee at CheckFree Corporation, Fred joined the Columbus startup when it had less than $2 million in banking revenue. During his 11 years in senior leadership, Fred developed products and strategies that positioned CheckFree as the nation's leading provider of digital banking, billing and payments—products now used by more than 350 million people worldwide.
In 2005, Fred left CheckFree and founded eCom Advisors, a strategy consulting firm in financial technology. eCom grew rapidly and became nationally respected as one of the best strategy firms in fin tech, with clients including many of the industry's largest banks and companies.
In 2010, eCom was acquired by FIS, the world's largest provider of banking and payments technology, processing and services. At FIS, Fred is responsible for driving the corporation's strategic growth and innovation throughout the world. Among other duties, he manages the company's venture capital investment program, investing $100 million annually in entrepreneurial companies. As part of the FIS investment, Fred joins the board of high-potential growth-stage companies and mentors their leadership teams. He also sits on the boards of multiple entrepreneurial companies.