Northwood Announces 2014 Outstanding Business Leaders

Northwood University will recognize eight nationally known business leaders at its 34th Annual Outstanding Business Leader (OBL) Awards Gala at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, February 1st, 2014, at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida. The gala is open to the public. Tickets are $375 per person.

The eight honorees in the Class of 2014 are:

Lisa Copeland 

Managing Partner, Fiat of Austin

Austin, Tx

Richard DeVos, Jr. (’81)

President, The Windquest Group/ Retired President, Alticor

Grand Rapids, MI

J Ferron

Chairman Emeritus, Northwood University Board of Trustees

Director, Crain Communications Inc/Automotive News

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Richard J. Garber (’78)

President, Garber Management Group

Saginaw, MI

David H. Gilmour

Founder, FIJI Water/The Wakaya Club and Spa

Palm Beach, FL

Jonathan Hage

President & CEO, Charter Schools, USA

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Daniel R. Langdon

President, East Penn Manufacturing

Lyon Station, PA

Thomas F. O’Hare

President & CEO (retired), WorldPAC

Newark, CA

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 34 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 31st, the day preceding the gala presentations, Northwood University students will ask questions of the OBL Class of 2014 at an afternoon forum held at Northwood University Florida from 2:30pm – 4:00pm. 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 seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, 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 China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.