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Alumni Awardees

An Evening of Distinction & Determination celebrating the 2023 KGMIAA Alumni Award Winners and recognizing generous donors was held at The Henry Ford Museum on Thursday, October 26.

Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award

Paul Bascobert '87
President of Rueters News

This award is given in recognition to an individual who has made specific and exceptional career achievements (traditionally given to people at the highest level in the corporate structure).

Extraordinary Leadership Award

Lori Flees '93
CEO, Valvoline

This award recognizes graduates who hold leadership positions in global corporations, inspiring their teams to achieve extraordinary outcomes.

Engineering Achievement Award

John Suh '90
Founder, Hyundai's New Horizons Studio

This award recognizes an individual who has made specific contributions with positive and lasting effects in the field of engineering.

Entrepreneurial Achievement Award

Steven Schwartz '08
Founder of Alfa Jango, Co-founder and former CTO of Genomenon

This award pays tribute to an individual who has made specific contributions in organizing, managing, and assuming the risk of a business or enterprise.

Civic Achievement Award

Kai "Ray" Lum '78
Co-founder of the Chinese Association

This award honors an individual who has made significant and selfless contributions of time and effort that benefit the community.

Alumni Service Award

Yvonne Brooks '07
Mechanical Consultant at S-E-A

This award honors an individual who has given outstanding volunteer service to the University.

Young Alumni Award

Peter Deppe '20
Founder, KUHMUTE

The Young Alumni award is given to a graduate within the previous ten years who has rendered significant contributions, exhibited outstanding character, or achieved marked success.

Sean McBurney '03
Regional President and General Manager, Caesars Palace 

This award is given to an individual who has made specific contributions with positive and lasting effects in the field of management.