Northwood University to Honor Outstanding Business Leaders at 33rd Annual Awards Gala

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The black tie affair will be held at The Breakers, Palm Beach on Friday, January 25th, 2013.
Rich DeVos welcomes guests at 2012 event.

Rich DeVos welcomes guests at 2012 event.

December 14, 2012

Northwood University will recognize eight nationally known business leaders at its 33rd Annual Outstanding Business Leader (OBL) Awards Gala at 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2013, at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida. The gala is open to the public. Tickets are $375 per person. To confirm your attendance please call (561) 478-5539 or email: .

The eight honorees in the Class of 2013 are:

Brian Black
President, Hatch Restaurant Management Group
Owner, Mi Piaci Ristorante and Ocho Kitchen and Cocktails
Dallas, Texas

John A. Boll, Sr.
Retired CEO & Chairman of the Board
Chateau Communities, Inc.
Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan

Robert L. Forbes
Vice President, Forbes, Inc. President, ForbesLife
New York, New York and
Palm Beach, Florida

John A. Hohman
Vice President, Retired
Monroe Auto Equipment Company
Sand Point, Michigan and Stuart, Florida

Jim Koons (MI '73)
Chief Executive Officer, Jim Koons Automotive Companies, Inc.
Tyson's Corner, Virginia

John Krafcik
President and CEO, Hyundai Motor America
Costa Mesa, California

Anthony Lomangino
Chairman & Founder
Southern Waste Systems and Sun Recycling
Lantana, Florida

Jack Miller
Founder and Former President/CEO
Quill Corporation
Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Northwood University annually recognizes a select group of men and women for their business achievements and for their support and exemplary leadership of the communities in which they live and work. These individuals serve as role models for Northwood University students, all of whom are engaged in the study of business management and who aspire to successful careers. In the 33 years since the program's founding, more than 300 business leaders from more than 30 states and several countries, representing dozens of industries and fields of business expertise, have received the Outstanding Business Leader Award.

On Friday, January, 25th, the day of the gala presentations, Northwood University students will ask questions of the OBL Class of 2013 at an afternoon forum held at Northwood University Florida from 1:30pm – 3:00pm. The forum provides the opportunity for honorees to share anecdotes relating to the obstacles and challenges they encountered while on their personal road to business success, as well as remedies relating to how they overcame them. For additional information please call (561) 478-5539.

Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.