Alumni, Faculty and Students Honored at Holtz Alumnus of the Year Award Ceremony


The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University honored several alumni, faculty, and students at its annual Jonathan J. Holtz Alumnus of the Year Award Ceremony here May 2. Colleen Arnold ’81 MBA, senior vice president of application management services for IBM, was recognized as the Jonathan J. Holtz Alumnus of the Year.

Arnold began her career with IBM in 1981 and held various positions in the northeastern United States serving distribution and insurance clients. Currently, Arnold oversees IBM’s application management services (AMS), which provides clients with an integrated approach to managing their applications portfolios. Arnold is a member of IBM’s Performance Team of senior executive leaders and has served on rotational assignments as a member of the IBM Chairman’s Strategy Team and IBM’s Technical Leadership Team. Arnold also is an active member of the Whitman community, serving as a member of the Whitman Advisory Council (WAC). She returned to the school last November to deliver the IBM Centennial Lecture.

“We are thrilled to honor Colleen as the 2012 Holtz Alumnus of the Year,” says Whitman Dean Melvin T. Stith. “She is an exceptional global leader who has made the Whitman School proud.”

The Whitman School also recognized Mark M. Andreae ’68 BS, chairman and CEO of Clarke Power Services in Cincinnati, Ohio, and James Lee ’75 BA (A&S/EDU), the eastern New York market manager for Noco Energy Corp. in Buffalo, N.Y., with the 2012 Dean’s Citation for Exceptional Service. The Dean’s Citation recognizes alumni who exemplify what it means to be an outstanding Whitman School supporter.

Andreae is a devoted Whitman supporter and a frequent lecturer in the school’s marketing classes. He is a member of the WAC where he serves on its Professorship Committee. Each year, Andreae hosts a lunch for WAC members and Whitman alumni in Cincinnati. Founded in 1964, Clarke Power Services is one of the largest privately owned companies in Ohio, providing maintenance services for transportation and distribution equipment.

Lee has worked in the petroleum and energy industry for more than two decades. He is a longtime supporter of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities program, founded at Whitman in 2007. Lee hosts the Annual Harold Lee Open Golf Tournament, in memory of his father, a World War II veteran, and donates some of the proceeds to the EBV program each year.

Marc Ben-Ami ’00 BS of PwC, received the Young Alumnus of the Year award. A native of Hoboken, N.J., Ben-Ami is one of 10 family members to attend Syracuse University. After graduating in 2000 with an accounting degree, he earned his CPA certificate in New York where he began his career working in both the audit and DA&I divisions of PwC. Ben-Ami also is a member of the Joseph I. Lubin School of Accounting’s Alumni Council.

The following Whitman faculty members and students also were honored during the ceremony:

Whitman Faculty Research Award: Kris Byron, assistant professor of management

Whitman Faculty Teaching Award: Susan Albring, assistant professor of accounting

Oberwager Awards: Fernando Diz, the Martin J. Whitman Professor of Finance, and Frances Tucker, chair and associate professor of marketing and supply chain management

Whitman Faculty Citation: E. Scott Lathrop, professor of marketing practice, and Scott Webster, the Steven Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management

Guttag Faculty Award: Amiya Basu, professor of marketing

Guttag Junior Faculty Award: Natarajan Balasubramanian, assistant professor of management, and Anna Chernobai, assistant professor of finance

Whitman Alumni Club Russell J. Hamilton Scholarship Awards: Leena Chitnis ’12 MBA, Kyle Coleman ’14 BS, Adam Dukoff ’13 BS, Cineve Gibbons ’14 BS, Hillary Tucker ’14 BS

Whitman Alumni Club Student CNY Business Start-up Award: James Barrett, James Barret Co.

Whitman Alumni Club Membership Award: Richard Zaffuto ’14 BS

Whitman Alumni Club Executive Committee Scholarship: Samuel Whitaker ’14 BS