Northwood University to Honor Five Outstanding Alumni

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Northwood will honor five individuals with the Outstanding Alumni Award on Saturday, April 20, at the Midland Country Club.
James E. Binson

James E. Binson

Devin J. Box

Devin J. Box

Nico K. Gatzaros

Nico K. Gatzaros

Craig T. Whetter

Craig T. Whetter

Robert W. Wilson

Robert W. Wilson

April 19, 2013

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University will honor five individuals with the 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award on Saturday, April 20, at the Midland Country Club located at 1120 West Saint Andrews Road in Midland. The reception will begin at 11 a.m. with the luncheon commencing at 12 p.m. (noon).

The Outstanding Alumni Awards are given by Northwood University to its graduates based on the following criteria. All nominees must believe and support the University mission and core values and be an example to all future alumni of Northwood University.

2013 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients and Criteria:

Alumni Achievement Award: Nominee must have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their chosen career and support the Northwood Idea—James E. Binson, Saint Clair Shores, Michigan (BBA 1968), owner, Binsons Home Health.

Alumni Leadership Award: Nominee must be an active alumni participant and supporter of Northwood University—Nico K. Gatzaros, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan (BBA 2001), co-owner, Fishbones; and Craig T. Whetter, Laguna Niguel, California (BBA 1981), executive vice president, Dave Wilson Automotive Group.

Alumni Service Award: Nominee must currently serve in the military or have served with honorable discharge and exemplifies the Northwood University code of ethics. This award may also be given to an alumnus who has served our country by choosing a career in public service—Devin J. Box, Bay City, Michigan (BBA 2010 & MBA 2012), United States Marine Corps and The Dow Chemical Company.

Young Alumni Volunteer Award: Nominee’s degree must have impacted their current success in their business and community. Nominee must have demonstrated support to Northwood and the Northwood Idea—Robert W. Wilson, Fort Gratiot, Michigan (BBA 2005 & MBA 2006), vice president and chief financial officer, Mid-Michigan Materials.

In Northwood President Keith A. Pretty’s address to the awardees he said, “Our future is predicated on your career and personal successes as you, as graduates, become the role models for future generations of students at Northwood.”

ABOUT NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY

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 and Florida. 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.