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Northwood University Announces Outstanding Business Leaders Class of 2020

February 10, 2020

Northwood University will be honoring the 2020 class of the 40th annual Outstanding Business Leader awards ceremony. The award honors men and women from across the world who have made a difference in their business and community.

The 2020 Class of honorees includes:

  • Jason R. Brickl, Chairman & CEO of Brickl Companies

  • Sergey Kalnish, Founder & CEO of SmartHire

  • Dave Kepler, Owner & President of TCP Investments, and Former Executive Vice President at the Dow Chemical Company

  • Sharon L. Lechter, Founder & CEO of Pay Your Family First

  • Andy Palmer, President & Group CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.

  • Sandy Pierce, Senior Executive of Huntington Bank

  • Marc A. Schupan, CEO of Schupan & Sons, Inc.

Northwood University annually recognizes a select group of business professionals for their achievements, support and exemplary leadership of the communities in which they live and work. These individuals serve as role models for Northwood University students as they share their experiences and obstacles they have encountered, in addition to how they overcame them while on the road to success.

In the 40 years since the program began, more than 300 business leaders from more than thirty states and several countries, have been recognized. These honorees represent a vast, diverse, group of people from dozens of industries and fields of business expertise.

The Outstanding Business Leader Awards are presented by the Northwood University Board of Trustees. Each awardee is selected on the basis of personal achievements which typify the unique philosophy of Northwood University. Criteria used in the selection of awardees include contribution to the philosophy of private enterprise, support of the integration of business and the arts, contribution to education, economic innovation, creative marketing ideas, community involvement, religious leadership, philanthropic contributions, as well as business success. All honorees past and present serve as role models for Northwood University students.

Northwood University bestows the tremendous honor of the Outstanding Business Leader Award over a multi-day celebration ending with a formal gala event where the members will receive an engraved crystal recognizing their honor. The 2020 gala will be held at The Breakers, in West Palm Beach, Florida, on March 7, 2020. For more information about the Outstanding Business Leaders event, contact Kendall Schaus at 989.837.4297 or .

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