Our alumni network is extensive and world-class, and our alumni are hard-working leaders, leading by example through constant tides of change in business. We’re known for a community that supports its own – Beavers helping Beavers. If you know a College of Business alum who deserves recognition for his or her professional achievements and service, nominate them for an award below.

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Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame alumni exemplify the values of hard work, persistence and ethics. They are professionally accomplished and have demonstrated strong leadership through their professional career and volunteer roles in College of Business committees and boards. As advocates for the College and the University, they have helped us advance our mission to support student success and achieving distinction.

Past Award Winners:

  • Elise McClure ('81) — 2019
  • Jackie Swint ('51) — 2017
  • Jim Williams ('67) — 2014 
  • Robert G. Zahary (’65)  — 2013
  • Wayne Ericksen (’58) — 2012
  • Patricia Bedient (’75) — 2011
  • Larry L. Brown (’75) — 2010
  • Ruth Fisher (’54) — 2009
  • Donald L. Bower (’48) — 2008
  • Kenneth Poorman (’61) — 2007
  • Arthur Tokin  (’71) — 2007
  • Stanley Hong  (’59) — 2006
  • Duane McDougall (’74) — 2006
  • Al Reser (’60) — 2006
  • Jon Masterson (’61) — 2005
  • Harley Smith (’59) — 2005
  • R. Stevens Gilley (’56) — 2004
  • Kenneth Thrasher (’71) — 2004
  • Joan Austin — 2003
  • Ken Austin (’54) — 2003
  • Bernie Newcomb (’65) — 2003
  • James Robb (’54) — 2002

Innovative and Distinguished Business Professional

Our Innovative and Distinguished Business Professional alumni have at least 20 years of professional experience and are game-changers in their field. They’ve demonstrated innovation and excellence in their fields with quantitative and qualitative results that evidence great impact.

Past Award Winners:

  • Steven Daniels ('81) — 2019
  • Mark Reser (‘88) — 2018
  • Ted Stalick (‘87) — 2017
  • Jill Eiland ('73) — 2014
  • Gordon Clemons (’65) — 2013
  • Don Atkinson (’89) — 2013
  • Diane Detering-Paddison (‘81) — 2012
  • Steven Gomo (’74) — 2011
  • Tod D. Perkins ('86) — 2010
  • John Stirek (’82) — 2009
  • Stephen M. Bailey (’70) — 2008
  • Tad Davies (’78) — 2007
  • Wesley R. Edens (’84) — 2007
  • Linda Hirneise (’75) — 2007
  • Gayle Fitzpatrick (’78) — 2006
  • Elise McClure (’81) — 2006
  • Jack Wilborn (’71), MBA (’79) — 2006
  • Larry L. Brown (’75) — 2005
  • Pam Garcia (’81) — 2005
  • E. Scott Hildebrandt (’78) — 2004
  • Bruce C. Hraba (’67) — 2004
  • Allen P. Leggett (’60) — 2004
  • Joseph F. Lobbato (’81), MBA (’82) — 2004
  • Donald A. Robert (’82) — 2004
  • Patty Bedient (’75) — 2003
  • Dennis Powell (’70) — 2003
  • James Schupp (’79) — 2003
  • James Williams (’66) — 2003

Distinguished Young Professional

Our Distinguished Young Professional award recognizes College of Business alumni with less than 20 years of professional experience who exemplify the values of hard work, persistence and ethics. They show high potential for professional accomplishment as shown by their early career accomplishments.

Past Award Winners:

  • Nikki Neuburger ('04) — 2019
  • Kate Johnson (’98) — 2018
  • Terence Chesire (’98) — 2018
  • Tim S. Hildebrandt (’06) — 2017
  • Peter W. Newport ('98) — 2014
  • Meadow Clendenin Stahlnecker (’99) — 2013
  • Eric Winston ('98) — 2012
  • Ryan Smith (’95) — 2011
  • Brian J. Bronson (’93) — 2010
  • Steven Zamsky  (’90) — 2009
  • Brian A. Oliver (’87) — 2008
  • Eric Schoenstein (’88) — 2007
  • Kim Brockamp (’91) — 2006
  • Laurie Russell (’94) — 2006
  • Scott Burri (’86) — 2005
  • Donald C. Atkinson (’89) — 2004
  • Brent Bullock (’83) — 2004
  • James D. Parkin (’86) — 2004
  • Ron Parker (’86) — 2003
  • Sally Smedal (’82) — 2003
  • James Winters (’86) — 2003
  • Craig Froude (’89)  — 2002
  • Scott South (’83) — 2002
  • Beth Taylor (’81) — 2002

Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade

The Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade award recognizes College of Business alumni with less than 10 years of professional experience who have shown significant contributions to their community, their profession or the college through early career roles, leadership and/or volunteer service.

  • Elana Anderson Stone ('09) — 2019
  • Michael Conan ('17) — 2019

Weatherford Award

The Weatherford Awards honor entrepreneurs and innovators who further Oregon’s pioneering spirit. The designation celebrates Oregonians who have changed the face of business throughout the region and the world by advancing entrepreneurship, innovation and social progress.

Past Award Winners:

  • Ken ('53) and Joan Austin — Founders, A-dec
  • Jim Bernau — Founder - Willamette Valley Vineyards
  • Chris Botti — Award-winning jazz trumpeter
  • Carolyn Chambers — Philanthropist and Oregon pioneer of the telecommunications industry.
  • Stanley Cheng (’71) — CEO, Meyer Corporation, U.S and Founder, Hestan Vineyards
  • Frank Cloutier — Leader of the HP team that developed the InkJet Printer
  • Dan Di Spaltro (’07) — co-founder of cloud-computing management startup Cloudkick
  • Alex Polvi (’07) — co-founder of cloud-computing management startup Cloudkick
  • Logan Welliver (’07) — co-founder of cloud-computing management startup Cloudkick
  • Kyle Doyel (’80) — Founder and President, Kyzen Corp.
  • Frank Dulcich — Co-founder and CEO of Pacific Seafood, the largest vertically integrated seafood company in North America
  • Douglas Engelbart (’48) — Ph.D.-Inventor of the computer mouse
  • Dick Fosbury (’72) — Inventor of the “Fosbury Flop” high jumping technique
  • John Gardner, Ph.D. — Founder and President, ViewPlus Technologies, Inc.
  • Paul Gulick — Founder of Clarity Visual Systems, Co-founder of InFocus Corporation, father of the digital projector
  • Doc and Connie Hatfield — Founders, Country Natural Beef
  • Kaichang Li, Ph.D. — Inventor of formaldehyde-free wood adhesives
  • Bob Moore — Founder, Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods
  • James Peterson, Ph.D. — World-leading wheat breeder
  • Mike Rich (’81) — Screenwriter of feature films, including Finding Forrester and The Rookie
  • Donald A. Robert (’82) — CEO of Experian
  • Governor Barbara Roberts — First female elected governor of Oregon
  • Cory Schrieber — Pioneer of the NW natural food movement
  • Jack Smith — Inventor and co-founder of Hotmail, serial entrepreneur 
  • Rex Smith (’73) — Chairman and COO of the Hotmail venture
  • Bert Sperling (’72) — Founder, Sperling’s Best Places
  • Dr. Albert Starr — Co-inventor of the world’s first successful artificial heart valve
  • Junki Yoshida — Yoshida Group Chairman and CEO, mastermind behind the famous Yoshida sauce
  • Fred Ziari — Founder of ezWireless and IRZ Consulting, an innovative leader in water and energy conservation technologies
  • Ryan Hildebrand (’04) — Co-Founder, Seed.co
  • Tim Hildebrandt (’05) — Controller, Seed.co

General Criteria

  • Nominations to remain in the nominee pool for two years, after which the nomination much be resubmitted for consideration.
  • Recipients must agree to attend the awards presentation in order to be recognized and receive the award. In the event that a selected recipient cannot attend, the nominee will be considered for the following year. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the OSU College of Business Alumni Award Selection Committee for reasons such as illness or infirmity.

Ineligibility criteria

  • Candidates for public office
  • Current members of OSU Board of Trustees
  • Members of the award selection committee
  • Any current OSU, OSUF, or OSUAA employees