The 2015 recipient of the Business Pacemaker Award is Steven M. Cavanaugh, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, HCR ManorCare, Inc.
HCR ManorCare is a post-acute health care services company that operates skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home health and hospice agencies and outpatient rehabilitation. It does business in over 500 locations nationwide and employs nearly 60,000 employees who provide care to over 200,000 patients annually.
A native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Cavanaugh earned a bachelor’s degree in finance, magna cum laude, from The University of Toledo. He was appointed to The University of Toledo Board by Ohio Governor John Kasich in April, 2014 and is also former Chairman of the Business Advisory Council for the College of Business and Innovation. Cavanaugh and his wife Tiffany reside in Holland, Ohio, and are the parents of two children.
“Recipients of the Pacemaker Award over the past five decades read as a Who’s Who of current and legendary business leaders in the Toledo region,” said Dr. Gary Insch, Dean, UT College of Business and Innovation, "and Steve certainly belongs in that impressive roster. The Pacemaker Award is the College’s highest honor, recognizing an individual for outstanding achievement in business as well as contributions to the community and the University. His highly successful career, outstanding leadership and tremendous generosity make him the ideal business professional to receive this year’s award.”
"Steven and Tiffany are generous supporters of the college, and have enabled the college to pursue new initiatives," Insch added. "They also have recently established an endowed fund to provide scholarships, which are vital to attracting talented honor students to the college. It is a gift that will impact generations to come."
Student Pacemaker Awards are presented to UT College of Business and Innovation graduate and undergraduate students for their outstanding academic achievement, University and community service, and leadership.
The 2015 student Pacemakers are: Applied Organizational Technology - Jessie Instone; Accounting - Lindsey Shepherd, Wenchao Li; Finance - James Spieth, James McSherry; Information Operations Technology Management - Amanda Bleasdale, Alexa Jarrett; Management - Jake Tullis, Christina Koepke; Marketing/International Business - Elizabeth Weiler, Alexandra Orr; MBA - Deanna Bobak, Katie Griggs; Ph.D. - Canchu Lin.
James McSherry is a senior double majoring in Financial Services and Entrepreneurship. He holds senior rank and a 3.87 grade point average. On-campus, James has volunteered with Dollars 4 Change and Phi Eta Sigma where he has served as fundraising chair and has worked with Elves and More in Akron, Ohio. He is a recipient of the Blue and Gold Scholarship, the Kinsey Determination Scholarship and the Dean Hodge Memorial Scholarship. Currently, James is at Oklahoma State University in the national student exchange program where he is a member and Pledge Class President of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and is a member of the health promotion club. He is also currently employed as an intern with Northwestern Mutual. He previously served as an intern for Morgan Stanley.