Student Forum Provides Opportunity to Learn from Leaders in the World of Business

Northwood University students were recently provided the opportunity to ask questions of the Outstanding Business Leader Class of 2014 at an afternoon forum held Friday, January 31st at Northwood University Florida. The event 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.

The eight nationally known business leaders will be recognized at Northwood University's 34th Annual Outstanding Business Leader (OBL) Awards Gala on Saturday, February 1st, 2014, at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida. For high resolution photos, biographies, and individual press releases relating to all of the honorees, please visit the: Outstanding Business Leader Online Newsroom .

The honorees in the Outstanding Business Leader 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.


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.