Haworth College of Business News

College Welcomes Prestigious Group for Awards Ceremony

The rock stars of the business and leadership world are headlining at the Haworth College of Business in early October.  Yes, that’s right!  Some of the most creative and innovative business leaders in the country will be on campus on October 7 to be honored at the Haworth College of Business Awards Ceremony, held during Homecoming week.

These alumni and friends represent the very best of the Haworth College of Business and are being recognized for their ethical and visionary leadership.

Haworth College of Business
Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award
Michael  L. Gulino, BA ’65, MBA ’66
Chief Development Officer, ITT Mission Systems

With a career spanning 30 years in the defense industry, Gulino has been responsible for large-scale project management and significant revenue growth in the organizations in which he has worked. His career is a master class in best practices in management.

Haworth College of Business
Outstanding Service Award
Angela Davis Robinson, BS ’74
Senior Vice President, Administrative Services (Retired),
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Robinson’s career of over 30 years at the Fed and her long-standing service to the Haworth College of Business Advisory Council have informed several notable College projects. Her service to the College has been thoughtful, inclusive, and visionary.

Haworth College of Business
Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Tyler J. Colton, BBA ’06
CEO, Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund

Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund is the largest Braille production facility in the nation and Colton has improved marketing, customer service, technology and efficiency and leveraged these areas for increased productivity.

Department of Business Information Systems
Outstanding Alumni Award
Matthew D. Mace, BBA ’98
President/CEO and Founder, BlueGranite Inc.

Mace is a trailblazer in the business intelligence community. A Top 40 Business Leaders Under 40 in West Michigan, his skills have elevated his firm to national prominence and his continued efforts on behalf of the Department of Business Information Systems are significant.

Department of Finance and Commercial Law
Outstanding Alumni Award
Todd A. Sanford, BBA ’83
CEO and Founder, Sanford Financial Services

Named a top financial advisor in the nation multiple times by multiple sources, Sanford has built a practice that is client-centered and successful. His service to the Department of Finance and Commercial Law and WMU has a significant impact.

Department of Management
Outstanding Alumni Award
Christopher J. Flum, BBA ’86
Vice President, Global Indirect Supply & Procurement, Harman International

A 25-year veteran in supply management and active member of several academic and supply management advisory councils, Flum is an expert in Integrated Supply Management and his long-standing relationship with WMU’s ISM Program has been pivotal to the program.

Marketing Hall of Fame Award
Patricia J. Daugherty, BBA ’80, MBA ’81
Division Director and Siegfried Chair in Marketing and Supply Chain Management (Emeritus), University of Oklahoma

A respected academic, prolific researcher, particularly in the area of logistics, and editor of several journals, Daugherty has an extensive list of publications and has also received numerous awards, including several best paper awards.

Marketing Hall of Fame Award
John E. Dillworth, Jr., BBA ’79
President/CEO, Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan

Noted for his effective leadership skills, Dillworth spent much of his career making significant contributions to Food Service marketing at Kellogg Company and then brought his skills to Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan, where he has several notable accomplishments.

WMU ROTC Wall of Fame
Rodney L. Faulk, BBA ’87
Colonel, U.S. Army
Commanding Officer, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment
Command  (Rear), Indianapolis, Ind.
Project Officer in Systems Acquisition for the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support

Colonel Faulk has held numerous assignments from company to brigade level where his leadership has been exemplary. His awards and decorations have been numerous. His civilian career includes experience in banking and technology management.

Food and Consumer Package Goods Marketing
Outstanding Alumni Award
Brian J. Haaraoja, BS ’84
Senior Vice President/General Manager of the Eastern Division, Spartan Stores

A veteran of the food marketing industry with stints at Jewel, Shaws and Giant, Haaraoja then joined Spartan Stores. His broad experience in executive management of merchandising and category management have contributed significantly to Spartan’s bottom line.

Award recipients from additional Haworth College of Business academic programs may be recognized as well.