Levy honored as Whitman's Alumnus of the Year, Duneier named Young Alumnus of the Year; Michalak, Finkelstein to receive Dean's Citations


David Levy Honored as Holtz Alumnus of the Year
David Levy ’84 has been honored with the 2014 Jonathan J. Holtz Alumnus of the Year Award. This recognition is presented each year to a distinguished Whitman graduate who has realized professional distinction while remaining actively engaged in efforts to support and progress the School.

Levy was a marketing major at Whitman. His father worked in media, so he often tagged along at meetings and conferences. He knew from a young age that he also wanted a career in media. His first opportunity came right after graduation as an assistant buyer at an advertising agency. After a year, he accepted a sales position at Cable Network, Inc. selling advertising time. In December of 1986, Levy took a job as an account executive at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Twenty-six years later, he was named president of the company. In the years between, he amassed some significant professional achievements—multiple promotions, industry acclaim and the brokering of a mammoth $10.8 billion, 14-year deal between Turner, the NCAA and CBS television to significantly expand the coverage of NCAA championship basketball tournament games.

Levy readily accepts the chance to share his career path with Whitman students through mentoring, speaking, hosting students on career exploration trips and teaching. He enjoys the interaction and believes it is mutually beneficial in keeping him abreast of the likes and trends among the newer generations of media consumers.

In addition to giving liberally of his time to students, Levy serves as a member of the Whitman Advisory Council and is a generous financial supporter of Whitman. By funding the David R. Levy Colloquium for Integrated Marketing Communications Program, he supports practical learning opportunities for Whitman students.

“David has done great things with his Whitman education,” says Thomas Foley, executive associate dean. “He is an exemplary alumnus who epitomizes the idea of sharing work, wealth and wisdom to enhance the experience for Whitman students as they prepare for the business world.”

Duneier Named 2014 Whitman Young Alumnus
Jake Duneier ’10 was named the 2014 Whitman Young Alumnus of the Year. A dual EEE and management major at Whitman, Duneier is now director of business development at Clyde Duneier, Inc., a NYC-based fourth-generation family business internationally recognized as a leader in the fine jewelry wholesale business. Duneier works to develop new product lines in the diamond and color stone jewelry business. He has spearheaded partnerships with celebrities such as Randy Jackson, Badgley Mischka, Marc Ecko, several HSN (Home Shopping Network) on-air personalities, among others.

During his time at Whitman, Duneier ran a very successful liquidation jewelry business in the Couri Hatchery. Since graduating, he has been a generous supporter of Whitman’s newly launched family business career track in the EEE Department by funding case competitions, helping to expand the curriculum and sharing his experiences and perspective with students. “Jake was instrumental in getting our family business work off the ground," says Alex McKelvie, associate professor and chair of the EEE Department. ”His insight led us to develop a unique two-course sequence and his support allowed our family business students to gain important experiences that will influence them throughout their careers.”

Michalak and Finkelstein Awarded Dean's Citation
Kim Michalak ’70 BA (A&S), ’73 MBA and David Finkelstein ’82 BS, ’92 BS (NEW) were chosen to receive the 2014 Dean’s Citation for Exceptional Service. The Citation recognizes alumni who exemplify what it means to be an outstanding Whitman School supporter.

Michalak, VP of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, is currently serving his second consecutive term as president of the Whitman Alumni Club of CNY. He was the first chairperson of the club’s mentor program and has been instrumental in the program’s success. Through his leadership, the Club has raised money to award seven annual scholarships to Whitman students and four Student Business Start-Up Awards.

David Finkelstein, principal, The Williams Capital Group, L.P., is serving his second consecutive term as president of the Whitman Alumni Club of NYC. During Finkelstein’s time at the helm, club membership has grown and new initiatives, including the Whitman speaker series, community service projects and a mentor program have been launched.

“Kim and Dave are exceedingly deserving of this award,” shares Carol Heil, director of undergraduate recruitment and college relations. “Their passion for helping Whitman, our students and alumni is evident by the hundreds of hours they have spent leading the clubs. Their dedication has been extraordinary.”