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The honorary doctorate is the highest award a university can make to an individual who has contributed to society in a meaningful way. On the following page, you’ll read about the gentleman who will be recognized at this ceremony. He will join a “Gallery of Distinction” of past honorary degree awardees who are listed in the back of this program. It is an honor and a privilege to recognize the men and women whom Northwood has vested with degrees during the past 55 years.
Through their accomplishments, ideals, and support, our communities have become better places and our nation has benefited. These leaders have won recognition in business, their professions, fine arts, education, and religion. Their involvement in the thrust of The Northwood Idea will continue forever.
In observance of one of Northwood’s finest traditions, all recipients of honorary degrees are presented with personal academic regalia. Every year they are invited back to participate in the commencement processional, enjoy social events, and renew old friendships.
Northwood University salutes all the members of the Gallery of Distinction and pledges to them the dedicated continuation of The Northwood Idea into the 21st century
James C. Fabiano, II (Jim)
Partner & Owner, Fabiano Brothers, Inc., Bay City, Michigan
Jim Fabiano is a Partner and Owner of Fabiano Brothers Inc., a third- and fourth-generation-owned beer and wine distributorship. Fabiano Brothers provides licensed accounts beverages throughout central and northern Michigan as well as central Wisconsin.
Originally established in 1885 in Santi Ippolito, Italy, Fabiano Brothers’ presence in our region began in 1919 when Gennaro Fabiano and his sons Frank A. and Joseph R. founded Fabiano Fruit Market in Mt. Pleasant. Today, Fabiano Brothers operates from its almost 300,000-square-foot facility in Bay County’s Monitor Township, which includes a 100,000-square-foot addition built only two years after the 2009 opening of the facility to add beer storage space, additional receiving area, and a larger recycling center. The business has locations in Petoskey, Michigan and Wausau, Wisconsin as well.
Jim serves on a number of boards and associations throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. He is a member of Northwood University’s Board of Trustees (where he serves as the Vice Chair of Nominating and a member of Communications and Recruitment) and Michigan Board of Governors, the Central Michigan University (CMU) Development Board, and the CMU University Development Committee, among others. His past regional board memberships include the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce, the Saginaw Community Foundation, the Saginaw Diocese Community Foundation, Nouvel Catholic Central, MidMichigan Medical Center, Junior Achievement – Central Michigan, the Young Presidents Organization, the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, and the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association.
Jim makes his home in Thomas Township with his wife Kelly and his children Taren, Sofia, James III, Marcella, Giorgio and Viviana. He cites his three passions as “family, work, and golf,” and calls his entrance into the family business his best business decision.
Jim received his BAA degree from CMU in 1989. He was the recipient of a 2005 Great Lakes Bay RUBY Award in recognition of his contributions to the region as a young professional.