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Fisher Alumni Awards

Now accepting nominations: 2022 Fisher Alumni Relations


The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business Alumni Board founded the annual Alumni Awards in 1993 to establish a tradition of honoring living alumni who personify the college’s legacy of excellence. Recognized for their outstanding achievements, career accomplishments and dedication to their communities, recipients are celebrated for their significant impact as leaders, professionals and citizens at our annual ceremony.

Now accepting nominations

We all know Fisher grads who are doing extraordinary things.

Now’s your chance to nominate them for the 2022 Fisher Alumni Awards. Submit your nomination by June 30. Award recipients will be recognized at this year’s ceremony on October 21.

Submit your nomination

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I nominate one person for multiple awards?

We recommend only nominating one award per person. Review the award descriptions below to select the award category for which you can submit the strongest nomination.

How long should my responses to each question be?

We encourage responses to the questions to be limited to 1-2 paragraphs or a max of ten sentences. Succinct responses often provide clarity. Remember that letters of recommendation can tell more of the nominee’s story and supplement your responses.

How many letters of recommendation should I include?

At least one letter of recommendation is required per nomination, and you have the option to provide a second letter of recommendation. The letters can offer a compelling story, highlighting the individuals personal, professional and community initiatives.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 Fisher Alumni Awards!


Entrepreneurship Award

This award is presented to an alumna or alumnus recognized for significant contributions to the entrepreneurship community through the development, launch and investment in successful new ventures. This award also recognizes outstanding commitment to the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Rachel Friedman (MBA '02)

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  • Rachel Friedman (EMBA '02)
    Founder and CEO, TENFOLD and TENSPACE

    As founder and CEO of TENFOLD and TENSPACE, Rachel leads a culture strategy and creative firm that builds brands through the lens of culture by leveraging what makes them truly unique and special. The company’s award-winning solutions bring company culture to life through omni-channel activation in the physical, digital and experiential space.

    Prior to launching her own entrepreneurial pursuits, Rachel was a manager of global accounts for furniture industry innovator Herman Miller. While helping Fortune 500 clients align their workplace strategies with their business strategies, she discovered that her true passion was business in addition to design. After earning her MBA at Fisher, she joined contract interiors provider Continental Office Environments as executive vice president of marketing and sales before launching TENFOLD in 2014.

    TENFOLD has quickly become an industry-leading, award-winning firm, with national recognition from the American Advertising Federation and Inc., among many others. Rachel is a member of Fisher’s Alumni Board and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.


Excellence in Service Award

This award is presented to an extraordinary alumna or alumnus who has demonstrated a consummate commitment to service — to their alma mater, in their local community and to humankind.

John Hrusovsky (BSBA ’86)

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  • John Hrusovsky (BSBA '86)
    President, JJH Consulting

    As president of JJH Consulting, a company he founded in 2006, John leads JJH’s leadership, assurance, readiness and optimization services. His work builds on more than 35 years of experience in the IT and systems community, with a specialization in higher education.

    Prior to JJH, John also founded Groundwork Group and was a partner with Accenture. He is recognized as a thought leader in the IT and higher education industries through his involvement with many clients and organizations, multiple speaking engagements and his newsletter. John and his wife, Bobbi, have three boys and splits its time between Ohio and California. The family established the Hrusovsky Family Internship Fund at Fisher to provide scholarships to Fisher students.


Global Business Excellence Award

This award is presented to an alumna or alumnus recognized nationally and internationally for significant contributions to business — and for helping to advance the global learning of Fisher students.

Brad S. Lakhia (BSBA '97)

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  • Brad S. Lakhia (BSBA '97)
    Vice President Finance-Americas, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

    Brad is the chief financial officer for Goodyear’s largest business. He joined Goodyear in 1995 and held leadership roles in corporate finance and in the Asia Pacific business including assignments in Singapore, Thailand and China.

    Prior to returning to Goodyear in 2019, Brad served as vice president and treasurer and vice president of business planning at Andeavor, a Fortune 100 oil and gas company, until it was acquired by Marathon Petroleum Corporation in 2018. He led the capital structure improvement plan that enabled Andeavor to achieve investment-grade status while simultaneously raising more than $5 billion in new capital to fund transformative acquisitions.

    Brad serves on Fisher’s Alumni Board and previously served on Trinity University’s Business School Advisory Board, Berskshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance’s Customer Advisory Board and several other nonprofit boards. Brad earned his MBA in finance from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and is a non-practicing Certified Public Accountant.


Professional Achievement Award

This award is presented to an alumna or alumnus in their early to mid-career who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in business, civic involvement and service to the college. Must be 45 years of age or younger.

Arun Singh (BSBA ’05)

 

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  • Arun Singh, CFA (BSBA '05)
    Chief Financial Officer, MDH Partners

    Arun Singh, CFA is the chief financial officer of MDH Partners, an investment management firm that owns and operates industrial real estate across the country. Arun oversees the company’s lender relationships, negotiates its debt financings, leads the ESG policy, is a voting investment committee member and oversees company administration, accounting, operations, investor relations, reporting and compliance with joint venture and lender requirements.

    Prior to joining MDH, Arun was a vice president at MetLife Real Estate, where he managed an $8 billion loan portfolio and his team originated more than $2 billion of new loans annually. Previous to MetLife, Arun’s real estate career also included experience at Google and BP.

    Arun earned a BSBA in real estate from Fisher and a MS in real estate, finance and investments from New York University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and currently serves on the Fisher College of Business Alumni Board and as chairman of the Advisory Board for Generator, a nonprofit community organization in Atlanta.

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