The 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 at our annual Alumni Awards Dinner.

2018 Fisher Alumni Awards


Congratulations to the 2018 award recipients!

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.

Eric Lenard2018 Recipient

Eric L. Lenard (BSBA '97, MBA '97)
Senior Director, Corporate Treasury at Johnson & Johnson

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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.

Nate DeMars2018 Recipient

Nate DeMars (MBA '11)
Founder and CEO, Pursuit

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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.

Stephen D. Milligan (BSBA '85)2018 Recipient

Stephen D. Milligan (BSBA '85)
CEO, Western Digital



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.

Margie Harris (BSBA '82)2018 Recipient

Margie (Mendicino) Harris (BSBA '82)
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Tellurian Inc.



Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award

Inspired by Max M. Fisher’s legacy of leadership and dedication to others, the Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award honors an alumna or alumnus who has served as a principled leader in their company and their community. They are service-oriented catalysts who affect positive change in their profession and seek to advance the common good.

John B. Gerlach Jr. (BSBA '76)2018 Recipient

John B. Gerlach Jr. (BSBA '76)
Executive Chairman, Lancaster Colony