|Abdul Faiz Ahmed|
Abul Faiz Ahmed is the recipient of this year’s EMBA Student Pacemaker Award. He graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average and considers himself to be an entrepreneurial physician. He is involved with patient care, teaching, research and was a television program producer at one point. He is the CEO of a start-up, Tranzamon, and was a participant in this year’s College of Business and Innovation’s Advanced Leadership Academy. He is by profession a physician, but admits that by heart, he is a musician, a composer and a songwriter. He writes original poetry in three languages - Bengali, English and Japanese and has to date published 8 books in Bengali. Manuscripts of two English novels and one English short story book are in process. Dr. Ahmed’s future goal is to become a social engineer, bringing change in society through entrepreneurial activities and innovations. He has a strong interest in leadership development to serve our community.
Monem is a senior with a double major in Information Systems and Supply Chain Operations Management. He currently has a 3.93 grade point average, has been actively involved in APICS and AITP. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi and has consistently appeared on the Dean’s List and President’s List. He will be interning with Fiat Chrysler this summer, for the third time, showing that has demonstrated the right leadership and business skills to apply what he has learned at UT. Prior to enrolling at UT, Monem directed and monitored projects and activities for major banking, telecom, and manufacturing corporations in Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Elizabeth, a first generation student, is a senior majoring in both Finance and Accounting and has a cumulative grade point average of 3.656. She has been active in the social sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, where she has served as Vice President of Finance and Fundraising Chair. She is a member of Beta Alpha Psi and has been inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma. Elizabeth is a peer mentor for the College’s career courses and has been an attendant for UT’s Online Blackboard Help Desk. She is a recipient of the Rocket Scholar Award, a Gruenberg Scholarship, a Tillotson Award, a Molter Scholarship and the Sullivan Scholarship. In addition, she was a shift leader at Hardee’s and the Statistician/State Advisor for the Genoa Wrestling Club. This summer she will be an Audit Intern at Rehmann.
Malachi has been awarded the Masters of Science Accounting’s Student Pacemaker Award. He has a perfect 4.0 grade point average and has served as a graduate assistant this year. He was a co-valedictorian at Belmont College and graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University Eastern. While at OU Eastern he organized the first OUE Shark Team and was a student assistant to the Bachelor of Science in Applied Management Coordinator. He was twice an accounting/tax intern at William Knox, CPA. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Tau Sigma Honor Society and was named the Outstanding Applied Management Student Award Recipient at OUE. Malachi is a member of the College of Business and Innovation’s Advanced Leadership Academy. He was born in a small town along the Ohio River in the Appalachian foothills and someday plans to open his own firm, explore other entrepreneurial ventures and eventually return home and become a leader in the community.
The Accounting Department has chosen Dana Breese as a Senior Student Pacemaker. She has a current grade point average of 3.670 and is involved with Alpha Kappa Psi, where she has been Vice President of Membership and is the current President of Beta Alpha Psi. She was a member of the inaugural Klar Leadership Academy, has been a student planner for a “Meet the Accountants” event and is involved with the Accounting Mentor Program. Dana has been an intern at Gilmore Jasion Mahler and Pricewaterhouse Coopers and has volunteered with the Toledo Food Bank, the VITA Tax Preparation Program and Food for Thought. She is a recipient of the Rockets Scholar Award, a UT Legacy Award, a CFMA Scholarship and has consistently appeared on the College’s Dean’s List.
Hala was selected by the Management Department as one of its student Pacemakers. She is majoring in Human Resources and has a double minor in Marketing and International Business with a grade point average of 3.99. She is actively involved in SHRM and is currently the president of that organization. In addition she is a Searles Ambassador, and a member of this year’s Klar Leadership Academy, a member of UT’s Muslim Student Association, and UT’s FAA. She has been involved in Drives for Syrian Refugees, is the Founder of Young Women for Change, a volunteer professional development facilitator and has done refugee tutoring. She is a recipient of the Top Junior Student in HR, the Jefferson Award for Public Service and the Roger Elrod HR Scholarship. In addition she is a recipient of the Valerie Napieralski Leadership Award, a Huntington Bank Scholarship, a Fifth Third Bank Scholarship, a UT Honors Award and the Shousher Arab American Scholarship and has consistently appeared on the President’s and Dean’s Lists. Hala has been employed by ProMedica since 2014 and has been promoted from intern to HR Assistant. In 2015, she received ProMedica’s Give Them a Hand Award, in recognition of excellence in HR.
Grant is a Junior with a major in International Business and Marketing and a minor in Information Systems Technology. He currently holds a 3.82 grade point average, is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, Pi Kappa Alpha, the American Marketing Association, the International Business Association, Lift-off UT, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. His service activities include being a basketball coach for the Special Olympics program, participated in a church service trip, the Y.E.S. Project and was a marketing director for the German American Festival. Grant has appeared on the President’s List and consistently shown up on the Dean’s List, is a recipient of the Regents Scholar Award and the Patricia Ann Sullivan Award. He was a National & Global Partnerships Intern in Washington, D.C., a customer service rep at Dana and currently can be seen distributing samples at Costco in Perrysburg.
Jessica Knepper is a senior major in Accounting with a minor in Information Systems and has a grade point average of 3.988. She has been the Secretary and Social Chair of the Institute of Management Accountants, a Tutor for Student Athlete Academic Services and the Treasurer of 1girl. Jessica is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, has consistently appeared on the President’s List and will be inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma this Sunday. She has been a volunteer tax preparer and is a current Tax Intern at Gilmore Jasion Mahler. She is also employed by Harshman Home Services in a position which allows her to put the skills she has learned at the College of Business and Innovation into practice.
Gabrielle LeMaster is a senior with a dual major in Professional Sales and Marketing. She boasts a 3.857 cumulative grade point average, has appeared consistently on the Dean’s List and has been heavily involved with volunteer activities such as Job Fair Volunteer, Volunteer Note Taker, Judges Room Volunteer for the National Sales Competition, Feed my Starving Children, Elderly Care, and Volleyball Coach and Athlete. Gabriella was a Junior Sales Competitor, a semi-finalist in the UT International Sales Competition in 2016 and plans to participate in the 2017 National Sales Competition. She has served internships as a 3M Frontline Sales Intern and also as a Frontline Marketing Intern. Interestingly, as a 10 year old, Gabriella was on a dance team that was selected to go to Washington, DC and perform in front of George W. Bush, his staff and the ambassadors of other countries.
Jesseca, is an Honors Student, is a junior in Human Resources, minoring in Marketing with a 3.8 grade point average. She has been an officer in the International Business Association, and is the founder and president of High Impact. She participated in a Clearwater Beach Summer Mission and is a two-time NRHH Nominee. At UT, she was a peer mentor and a Resident Advisor. Currently, she is interning at the Toledo Zoo as an HR Recruiting Coordinator.
Teresa was chosen by the Department of Applied Organizational Technology as their Student Pacemaker. She carries a grade point average of 3.81 and is specializing in the field of business management technology. Teresa was a member of the Latino Youth Summit Committee, the Ballet Folkolorico Imagenes Mexicanas, was a cheerloading coach at Whiteford High School and is a board member of the Northington Condominium Association. Following many years of working in the University’s Counseling Center, she now works in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at The University of Toledo, where she is a member of the Leadership Team.
This year the recipient of the Dean’s Student Pacemaker Award is Patrick Ryan. Patrick holds a 3.96 grade point average and is pursuing a double major – professional sales and supply chain management. He is the current president President of Sigma Phi Epsilon, is heavily involved in Pi Sigma Epsilon, the Bridge, the Student Wellness Awareness Team, is a presidential ambassador, a Sales School Ambassador and a member of the Order of Omega. He has participated in the PSE National Convention, the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute, Future’s Quest, the Quicken Loans Sales Competition and Tent City. He has been awarded the Traqos Quest to Greece, second place at internal Sales Competition, the Dean Parks Outstanding Commitment to Service and was the Mortar Board Underclassman of the Year. Patrick has internshipped with Owens-Corning, 3M and Seelio. His list of volunteer activities is extensive and includes the Cherry Street Mission, RockeTHON, the BIG event, Champions are Readers, Boys and Girls Club of Toledo, Relay for Life, Food for Thought and Wrap-up Toledo, to name a few.
The Finance Department has chosen Jordan Spellis as its Junior Student Pacemaker of the Year. Jordan is double majoring in Finance and Accounting and has a grade point average of 3.679. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, a recipient of the Charles Sullivan Scholarship, the Rodger Skilliter Scholarship and an Honors Award. He has internship experience with Max Dorfmeister & Co. and Northwestern Mutual. He is a Springfield Youth Baseball Coach, has been involved with Ohio DECA and is a member of the College’s Student Managed Portfolio team. He is employed at Art Van Furniture where he received the honor of the Art Van X-Factor Award by demonstrating great work ethic and customer service.
Brad is a senior double majoring in Information Systems and Accounting. His grade point average is 3.73 and he is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the current president of the Association of IT Professionals, a member of the Ball State IS Competition Team, and the UT Football Team where he serves on the Leadership Council. He was a member of the inaugural Klar Leadership Academy last year. He is also involved with College Christian Creed, Campus Bible Fellowship and the Church Volleyball League. Brad was a nominee for the Wuerfell Trophy given by the NCAA, was a member of the All State AFCA Good Works Team, is an Academic All MAC, on the Commissioner’s List for the MAC and received the James Findlay Community Service Award in 2016. He has served an internship at Owens-Corning, was a site coordinator for United Way’s free tax preparation program and is an active participant in many community service outreach events in Toledo. This summer he will be an IS intern with Owens-Illinois.
Alejandro is this year’s MBA Student Pacemaker. He holds a perfect 4.0 grade point average and is double majoring in Marketing Salesforce Leadership and Information Systems. He received his BBA from UT also and was very active on campus, being involved in numerous honor societies and greek organizations. He received many awards, including the Multicultural Leader of the Year, the Big Man on Campus Award and the Brother of the Year Award. In 2016, Alejandro served as the Assistant Team Coach for the Sales School’s National Collegiate Sales Competition where he coached both the individual and the team that were awarded First Place. He is a graduate of the College’s Advanced Leadership Academy. In 2016, he participated in the National Collegiate Sales Competition where he was awarded First Place in the Individual category at the Grad level and also was a member of the Grad Team that placed first in this same competition. He recently was an Assistant Team Coach for the team that won the UT Invitational Sales Competition. During the summer of 2016, he participated in an AFLAC Summer Internship on Wall Street in New York. Prior to that he was a B2C Sales Intern with the Sherwin-Williams Company. In the summer of 2014, Alejandro rode a bicycle for 850 miles, across the entire State of Florida, to raise awareness for people with disabilities.