Northwood University Recognizes Outstanding Business Leaders at 34th Annual Awards Gala

A preceding forum provided students the opportunity to interact. Northwood University recently recognized eight nationally known business leaders at its 34th Annual Outstanding Business Leader (OBL) Awards Gala on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida.


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. In the 34 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.

On Friday, January 31st, the day preceding the gala presentations, Northwood University students were provided the opportunity to ask questions of the OBL Class of 2014 at an afternoon forum held at Northwood University Florida. The forum provided 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.

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The eight honorees in the Class of 2014 are (L-R):

Richard DeVos, Jr. (’81)
President, The Windquest Group/ Retired President, Alticor
Grand Rapids, MI

J Ferron
Chairman Emeritus, Northwood University Board of Trustees
Director, Crain Communications Inc/Automotive News
Bloomfield Hills, MI

David H. Gilmour
Founder, FIJI Water/The Wakaya Club and Spa
Palm Beach, FL

Lisa Copeland
Managing Partner, Fiat of Austin
Austin, TX

Daniel R. Langdon
President, East Penn Manufacturing
Lyon Station, PA

Jonathan Hage
President & CEO, Charter Schools, USA
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Richard J. Garber (’78)
President, Garber Management Group
Saginaw, MI

Thomas F. O’Hare
President & CEO (retired), WorldPAC
Newark, CA



    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.