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        Harbert Alumni Awards and Gala


        Save the Date for the Harbert College of Business
        Alumni Awards and Gala

        Date: April 29, 2023
        Location: The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center

        Nominations Open June 15 - August 1

        Submit Nominations Here


        Recognizing Your Business Talent

        The purpose of the Harbert College of Business Alumni Awards & Gala is to recognize the achievements of Auburn University’s Harbert College alumni who, by virtue of their leadership, business, and entrepreneurial spirit, have made significant impacts in the business world through their professional lives.

        • Nominations are open annually June 15 – August 1
        • Honorees must be present at the Harbert College Alumni Awards & Gala to receive award
        • Honorees are not eligible for other HCOB Alumni Awards in the same calendar year

        Award Categories

        • Outstanding Alumni

          Outstanding Alumni Selection Criteria

          This honor is open to an HCOB alumni who graduated more than 10 years ago. The Outstanding Alumni Award recipient is an extraordinary professional who personifies leadership. Through their vision, intellect, passion for excellence and boldness of spirit, this individual has touched countless lives. The individual chosen must show evidence of significant professional, personal and/or academic accomplishments, specifically:

          • A graduate of the Harbert College of Business at Auburn University
          • Holds or held a position of distinction and/or leadership and/or is recognized for participation and positive impact within their community, business, government, or academia
          • Nominees must demonstrate, over their lifetime, outstanding success in their field and outstanding contributions to the business community either as a business leader or for leading an established business
          • Must be a person of such high moral integrity, ethics, stature, and proven ability that the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Auburn University will take pride in, and be inspired by, their accomplishments
          • Recognizes and demonstrates (or has demonstrated) the need for more diverse and inclusive business practices
          • Demonstrates an interest in and support of the Harbert College
          • Sets very high standards for self and business while demonstrating strong leadership skills and an unwavering desire and determination to be successful
          • Demonstrates perseverance in the face of adversity, overcomes obstacles, and has learned from those experiences
          • While relying on trusted individuals and the team, he/she also demonstrates capacity to be an independent thinker and to take on and manage risks in the face of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity
          • Nominees must demonstrate a positive tangible impact on those he/she has led
          • Nominees should serve as inspirations and role models to Auburn University students
          Note: Members of the selection committee for that year, current employees of Auburn University and Auburn University Board of Trustees members are ineligible.

           

        • Outstanding Young Alumni

          Outstanding Young Alumni Selection Criteria 

          The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes alumni aged 40 or younger who have demonstrated records of achievement, leadership, and promising futures in business disciplines. The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient is an extraordinary professional who, through their vision, intellect, passion for excellence and boldness of spirit, shows evidence of significant professional accomplishments and growth, specifically:

          • A graduate of the Harbert College of Business at Auburn University
          • Is active in, or holds/held a position of leadership and/or is recognized for participation and positive impact within their community, business, government, or academia
          • An individual of such high moral integrity, ethics, stature, and proven ability that the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Auburn University will take pride in, and be inspired by, their accomplishments
          • Has demonstrated outstanding success and growth in their field
          • Recognizes and demonstrates (or has demonstrated) the need for more diverse and inclusive business practices
          • Demonstrates an interest in and support of the Harbert College
          • Sets very high standards for self and business while demonstrating strong leadership skills and an unwavering desire and determination to be successful
          • Demonstrates perseverance in the face of adversity, overcomes obstacles, and has learned from those experiences
          • Demonstrates capacity to be an independent thinker and to take on and manage risks in the face of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity
          • Nominees must demonstrate a positive tangible impact on those he/she has led
          • Nominees should serve as inspirations and role models to Auburn University students

          Note: Members of the selection committee for that year, current employees of Auburn University and Auburn University Board of Trustees members are ineligible.

        • Outstanding Entrepreneur

          Outstanding Entrepreneur Selection Criteria

          This honor is open to any HCOB alumni and recognizes the importance of entrepreneurship in the global economy and is committed to providing its students with the foundation necessary for future entrepreneurial growth. In recognition of the entrepreneurial spirit embraced by the college, the Entrepreneur of the Year Award spotlights an alum who shares this same passion. The Outstanding Entrepreneur Award recipient is an extraordinary professional who personifies leadership. Through their vision, intellect, passion for excellence and boldness of spirit, this individual must show evidence of significant professional and entrepreneurial accomplishments throughout their career, specifically:

          • A graduate of the Harbert College of Business
          • Nominees must demonstrate, over their lifetime, outstanding contributions to the business community as a business leader and for leading an established business or businesses to significant achievements
          • Evidence of a long-term leadership role (i.e. more than 10 years)
          • Holds or held a position of distinction and/or leadership and/or is recognized for participation and positive impact within their community, business, government, or academia
          • Must be a person of such high moral integrity, ethics, stature, and proven ability that the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Auburn University will take pride in, and be inspired by, their accomplishments
          • Recognizes and demonstrates (or has demonstrated) the need for more diverse and inclusive business practices
          • Demonstrates an interest in and support of the Harbert College
          • Sets very high standards for self and business while demonstrating strong leadership skills
          • Demonstrates perseverance in the face of adversity, overcomes obstacles, and has learned from those experiences
          • While relying on trusted individuals and the team, he/she also demonstrates capacity to be an independent thinker and to take on and manage risks in the face of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity
          • Nominees should serve as inspirations and role models to Auburn University students
          Note: Members of the selection committee for that year, current employees of Auburn University and Auburn University Board of Trustees members are ineligible.
        • Outstanding Corporate Partner

          Outstanding Corporate Partner Selection Criteria

          The Harbert College of Business’ corporate partners invest in the college by giving their time, talent, and financial philanthropic support. Our partners are committed to providing our students with the foundation necessary for future personal and professional growth and leadership opportunities. Hiring students as interns, recruiting graduates as employees, mentoring students, participating in career fairs, providing speakers in the classroom, and providing resources through financial gifts are just a few examples of the ways these corporations and businesses invest in our students and their business education. The Outstanding Corporate Partner Award recognizes organizations that have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the success of the college’s students, faculty, staff, and our programs.

          • Demonstrates an interest in and support of the Harbert College
          • Recognizes and demonstrates (or has demonstrated) the need for more diverse and inclusive business practices
          • Sets very high standards for business and employees
          • Demonstrates perseverance in the face of adversity
          • Must be a corporation or business of high moral integrity, ethics, stature, and proven ability in community leadership, support, and
          • Corporation or business has provided engagement and support that the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Auburn University take pride in and are inspired by

          Note: If corporation has leadership members of the selection committee for that year, has leadership that are spouses of current employees of Auburn University and/or Auburn University Board of Trustees members, the corporation is ineligible.

        Nomination Process

        Anyone who can adequately provide the required information for a nomination is welcome to submit a nomination. Self-nominations are acceptable.

        Nominations will remain active for a period of two years.

        Please complete the online form and be prepared to submit attachments at the time of submission.

        Submit Nominations Here

        Selection Committee

        The selection committee will consist of Auburn University Alumni. Committee members may not nominate inductees during the year they serve on the selections committee.

        After selections are made and confirmed by Chair of Selection Committee, candidates for awards are forwarded to the Harbert College of Business Dean for approval.

        Selection Process

        • Screening of nominations for eligibility will take place by HCOB Staff by August 10
        • Selection committee will receive all complete nomination packets by September 1
        • Selection committee evaluates nominations using Evaluation Criteria Form
        • Selection committee meets (either virtually or in person) between October 1 and October 15 to make recommendations for the year’s honorees
        • Harbert College Dean has responsibility and discretionary power to make final determinations of the inductees for each year
        • Harbert College Dean contacts all honorees between October 15 and October 31
        • Inductee must be present to accept award

        Previous Winners

        • Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

           

          Stan Harrell

          Stan Harrell
          Pharmacy Management Services, LLC
          2019

          Joe Forehand

          Joe Forehand
          Accenture
          2018

          Auburn University Harbert College of Business Logo

          Walter Woltosz
          Simulation Plus
          2017

          John Brown

          John Brown
          Stryker Corporation
          2015

        • Entrepreneur of the Year

           

          Andy Capps

          Andy Capps
          RESICAP
          2019

          Bob Broadway

          Bob Broadway
          The Broadway Group
          2018

          Tara Wilson

          Tara Wilson
          The Tara Wilson Agency
          2018

          Jon Butts pictured on the right

          Jon Butts
          Muscle Up Marketing
          2017

          Stacy Brown

          Stacy Brown
          Chicken Salad Chick
          2016

          Mark Forchette

          Mark Forchette
          Delphinus Medical Technologies
          2015

          Dale Katechis

          Dale Katechis
          Oskar Blues Brewery
          2015

          Forrest Walden

          Forrest Walden
          Iron Tribe Fitness
          2015

        • Young Entrepreneur of the Year

          Michael Johnson

          Michael Johnson
          Elite Transit Solutions
          2018

          Auburn University Harbert College of Business

          Justin Lambert
          The Mint Julep Boutique
          2017

          Cameron Doody

          Cameron Doody
          Bellhops
          2016

          Parker Duffey

          Parker Duffey
          Tailgate Guys and The Event Group Rentals
          2015

          James Kelley

          James Kelley
          Wire Road Studios
          2015

          Jason Wilson

          Jason Wilson
          Back Forty Beer Company
          2015

        • Spirit of Auburn Family Entrepreneur

           

          Auburn University Harbert College of Business

          Jack Nix
          Nix Investments
          2017

          Gary Martin

          Gary Martin
          Market Sprocket & Gear, Inc.
          2015