Outstanding Business Leaders to Share Success Stories

Six nationally known business leaders will share their stories of challenge and ultimate success with Northwood University faculty, staff, students and friends as part of the University’s 35th Annual Outstanding Business Leader (OBL) events.

The OBL Awards Gala will be held at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, February 7th, 2015, at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida. The gala is open to the public. Tickets are $375 per person. For high resolution photos, biographies, and individual press releases, please visit the: Outstanding Business Leader Online Newsroom . For additional information and to confirm attendance, please call (561) 478-5539.

Northwood University annually recognizes a select group of men and women for their business achievements and for their support and exemplary leadership of the communities in which they live and work. These individuals serve as role models for Northwood University students, all of whom are engaged in the study of business management and who aspire to successful careers.

On Friday, February 6th, the day preceding the gala presentations, Northwood University students will ask questions of the OBL Class of 2015 at an afternoon forum held at Northwood University Florida from 2:00pm – 3:30pm. The forum provides the opportunity for honorees to share anecdotes relating to the obstacles and challenges they encountered while on their personal road to business success, as well as remedies relating to how they overcame them.

In the 35 years since the program’s founding, more than 300 business leaders from more than 30 states and several countries, representing dozens of industries and fields of business expertise, have received the Outstanding Business Leader Award.

The six honorees in the Class of 2015 are: 

Jim Hallett

CEO, KAR Auction Services

Carmel, Indiana

Steve M. Madincea (MI ’82)

Founder & Group Managing Director, PRISM

Surrey, England

Rollie Massimino

Head Coach, Northwood University Men’s Basketball

1985 NCAA Champion, Villanova University

Tequesta, Florida

Sonu Ratra

President, Akraya Inc.

Santa Clara, California

John Rotche

President, TITLE Boxing Club

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Melissa Spickler

Managing Director, Merrill Lynch – The Spickler Group

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan


About Northwood University

Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at a full-service, residential campus located in mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in multiple states and online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan and Texas. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.