Outstanding Alumni Achievement

Western Michigan University's Outstanding Alumni Achievement award in accountancy honors our successful graduates and recognizes their contributions to our industry as well as the Department of Accountancy through participation in student activities.

2021 honoree

Christopher Abate, B.B.A.’01
Chief Executive Officer
Redwood Trust
Christopher Abate wearing a navy suit and red tie in front of grey backgroundChristopher Abate serves as chief executive officer and member of the board of directors for Redwood Trust, a California-based financial company focused on making quality housing accessible to all American households. Abate joined Redwood’s team in 2006, serving in multiple positions, including president, chief financial officer and controller.

Prior to joining Redwood, Abate was employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers. He studied finance and accounting at Western Michigan University, and holds MBAs from the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University.

Biographical information

Previous Honorees

  • Douglas P. Roosa, B.B.A.'82 (2015)
  • Frank B. Arford (2014)
  • Eric Lum (2013)
  • Gregory T. Durant (2012)
  • Robert L. Herr (2009)