You are here: Home / News Release Archives / 2013 / March / Smeal Alumni Society Board Honors 2013 Slate of Awardees

Smeal Alumni Society Board Honors 2013 Slate of Awardees

The Penn State Smeal College of Business Alumni Society Board will present awards to six alumni and two students at the Alumni Society Board awards banquet, held on Friday, March 22. The awards recognize students and alumni for their extraordinary commitment to diversity and the mission of the college.
March 22, 2013

The Penn State Smeal College of Business Alumni Society Board will present awards to six alumni and two students at tonight’s Alumni Society Board awards banquet. The awards recognize students and alumni for their extraordinary commitment to diversity and the mission of the college.

The awards and the 2013 recipients:

Smeal Alumni Diversity Award – Heather A. James ’92 Accounting
Heather A. James, assistant sales manager, cosmetics for Macy’s Inc., is an executive board member of the Penn State Alumni Association Council, where she is the immediate-past chair of the Diversity Committee. She is also a member of Penn State’s Educational Equity Advisory Board.

The Smeal Alumni Diversity Award honors alumni who have demonstrated a commitment to the college’s goal of being a diverse and mutually supportive community that provides a climate of sensitivity, open-mindedness, and respect.

Smeal Outstanding Young Alumnus Award – Gerard Lam ’00 MIS
Gerard Lam is the chief technology officer and founder of SANpulse Technologies, an industry leader in the efforts to modernize, standardize, automate, and revolutionize the storage area network industry.

The Smeal Outstanding Young Alumnus Award recognizes recent graduates for their career achievements and community service.

Smeal Outstanding Volunteer Award – Maria Nolan Zuccato ’81 Finance
Maria Nolan Zuccato, regional financial officer for Penn State Brandywine and Great Valley campuses, is vice president of the Smeal Business Club, Philadelphia chapter, and a member of the Penn State Women’s Professional Network of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Women’s Board of the American Cancer Society.

The Smeal Outstanding Volunteer Award honors alumni who serve as a volunteer with the Smeal Alumni Society Board and who volunteer to assist the college in other capacities such as mentoring and recruiting.

Smeal Alumni Service Award – Bette Tobey Kozlowski ’81 Accounting
Bette Tobey Kozlowski is a director in university relations and campus recruiting for KPMG, focused on campus recruiting strategy for Pennsylvania and Virginia business units and national faculty relations strategy. She currently serves as the vice chairperson for the Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum section of the American Accounting Association.

The Smeal Alumni Service Award honors alumni whose exceptional allegiance and involvement with Smeal has brought distinction to the college and the University.

Smeal Undergraduate Distinguished Achievement Award – Jason R. Reiman ’93 Business Logistics
Jason R. Reiman, as vice president of global customer service, planning, and logistics for The Hershey Company, is responsible for transportation, warehousing, import/export, customer supply chain management, customer service, and supply and demand planning. Reiman provides leadership to an integrated logistics and planning organization, focused on delivering reliable customer service, cost improvement, and working capital management via finished goods inventory.

The Smeal Undergraduate Distinguished Achievement Award honors undergraduate alumni whose career achievements have brought distinction to themselves and the college, and whose commitments of time, talent, or resources have been key to enhancing the prestige of the college.

Smeal Graduate Distinguished Achievement Award – Scott Asplundh ’82 MBA
Scott Asplundh is the chief executive officer for Asplundh Tree Expert Company, headquartered in Willow Grove, Pa., with operations throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The company employs approximately 25,000 people.

The Smeal Graduate Distinguished Achievement Award honors graduate alumni whose career achievements have brought distinction to themselves and the college, and whose commitments of time, talent, or resources have been key to enhancing the prestige of the college.

Smeal Board Sponsorship Award – Marissa Presser, Class of 2013 Marketing
Marissa Presser currently serves as the president and marketing career fair coordinator for the student-run Penn State Marketing Association and is also active in the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. Previously, she was the president and director of faculty and alumni relations for the Smeal Student Society.

The Smeal Board Sponsorship Award honors outstanding Smeal graduating seniors who have demonstrated leadership in the college and outstanding scholarship.

Smeal Student Diversity Award – Anthony Lyon, Class of 2013 Management
Anthony Lyon currently serves as president of Strengthening Tomorrow Requires Initiative & Vision Everyday (STRIVE), an organization dedicated to serving underprivileged communities through mentoring and community outreach. He is also a member of the National Association of Black Accountants and the Black Male Leadership Symposium.

The Smeal Student Diversity Award recognizes Smeal students for leadership in an individual group project that furthers diversity efforts at Smeal.

Recent News
Businessweek ranks Smeal MBA Program No. 2 in ROI 17 Nov

The Penn State Smeal MBA Program ranks No. 2 in return on investment according to the latest Bloomberg Businessweek rankings.

Smeal Names Four New Members to Its Board of Visitors 31 Oct

The Penn State Smeal College of Business has named four new members to its Board of Visitors. Joining the board are Jon Grosso, ’89, executive vice president and director of stores for Kohl’s Department Stores; Ron Morgan, ’93, co-founder of MorganFranklin Consulting; Stephen Reeves, ’81, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Enviva Holdings; and Salomon “Sal” Sredni, ’87, chief executive officer of TradeStation Group, Inc.

Deysher Named Alumni Fellow by Penn State Alumni Association 27 Oct

Bryon Deysher, a 1977 graduate of the Penn State Smeal College of Business, was one of 21 Penn State alumni recognized in early October as Alumni Fellow by the Penn State Alumni Association. Deysher is president and chief executive officer of Methods Machine Tools, Inc. and a member of the Smeal Board of Visitors.

Price-Fixing Whistleblower and FBI Informant To Deliver Shoemaker Lecture at Penn State 15 Oct

Mark Whitacre, the corporate whistleblower who revealed price fixing at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and spent more than eight years in federal prison for tax evasion and fraud, will deliver a lecture entitled “When Good Leaders Lose Their Way” from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Nov. 6 in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus.

Penn State Executive Programs Receives Gold Award for Junior Achievement Partnership 14 Oct

For its work with Junior Achievement USA, Penn State Executive Programs has won Chief Learning Officer magazine's highest executive education partnership award. The 2014 Gold award for Excellence in Academic Partnerships recognizes academic institutions that have partnered in the past year with an organization to teach its employees about a key business issue.

More Recent News... More Recent News...