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Outstanding Business Leaders Leave Lasting Impression

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The OBL Student Forum is one of Northwood's most popular events.

The OBL Student Forum is one of Northwood's most popular events.

January 24, 2013

When asked what they remember the most regarding their Northwood experience, many alumni, faculty and staff recall that it was the personal interactions with mentors which profoundly impacted their learning. And the University's Outstanding Business Leader (OBL) forum and gala stand out as being some of the most impactful.

We're here to become business leaders, so the opportunity to learn from the challenges this impressive group has overcome offers hope and encouragement to keep shooting for the stars," said Allison Hancock a Northwood University MBA student. "Gaining practical information from a textbook can be helpful but hearing it first-hand from trailblazers of their caliber makes it unforgettable," she added.

As a standing room only group of students listened to the Outstanding Business Leader (OBL) Class of 2013 share their stories at Northwood's Florida Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center, the value of the Northwood Idea resonated loudly.

Dressed as successful business professionals, Northwood University students, business cards and research in hand, gathered together to attend the Outstanding Business Leader forum in which prestigious honorees shared the experiences and life lessons which had led to their success. The group included:

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 asked questions of the OBL Class of 2013 at an afternoon forum held at Northwood University Florida. The forum provided 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. Biographies for each honoree may be found at: http://www.northwood.edu/aboutus/honorees/obl/default.aspx