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Career Achievement Award

2008 Winner- Peggy J. Fisher

Ms. Fisher was the President of the Roadway Tire Company, a re-treading operation, for eight years.  She was the manager of Tire, Trailer, and Dolly Maintenance for Roadway Express for eleven years. During this time she was responsible for the maintenance of 28,000 trailers, 4,000 dollies, and almost 200,000 tires and wheels.   Peggy is among the leaders of the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Association. She has served as General Chairman and Treasurer and has chaired its Tire & Wheel Study Group for ten years and currently chairs two Tire & Wheel Task Forces.  In 1996 she became an independent consultant, working with fleet companies.

Peggy is also active in tire industry associations.  She served as a Director of the International Tire & Rubber Association for 14 years and is currently a Director of the Tire Industry Association.  She has also served as a Director of the Tire Retread Information Bureau from 1995 to 1998 and has been a full member of the Society of Automotive Engineers since 1983.

Peggy is the President of TireStamp Inc.  The Company collects and analyzes tire data on passenger and commercial vehicles.  TireStamp provides expertise on tires and their effects on operational costs, tire life-cycle management, vehicle safety, fuel efficiency, asset management and other critical performance data.

Peggy received her BS from Kent State in 1972. She returned to Kent State in 1985 and earned her MBA.  She  resides in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

2007 Winner- John S. Brinzo

John S. Brinzo retired August 31, 2006 as Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., the leading supplier of iron ore products to the steel industry in North America. He was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from July, 2003 to May, 2005 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from January, 2000 through August 31, 2006. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors until May 8, 2007. He had been with Cliffs for 37 years. Mr. Brinzo is on the Board of Directors for The Brinks Company, Alpha Natural Resources and AK Steel.

Mr. Brinzo’s career with Cleveland-Cliffs began in 1969 as a financial analyst. He held a number of management positions, both at Cliffs’ corporate headquarters and at the Company’s mining operations in Michigan. He was named Vice President and Controller in 1983, Senior Vice President-Finance in 1987, Executive Vice President-Finance in 1989, Executive Vice President-Finance and Planning in 1997, President and Chief Executive Officer November, 1997, and Chairman January, 2000.

He earned a BS in Business Administration from Kent State University and a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University.

He is active in various community affairs including the Board of Trustees of the Great Lakes Science Center.

Mr. Brinzo is a native of Cleveland. He and his wife, Marlene, have two adult sons and live in North Royalton, Ohio.

2005 Winner- Ray A. Andreas ‘66, ‘68

Ray A. Andreas received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and an MBA from the College of Business at Kent State University. He was a member of the accounting and business honorary societies.

Ray has thirty-eight years of experience in finance, business management and accounting. He joined Price Waterhouse in 1967 and served as Senior Audit Manager on clients in fifteen industries. In addition, he was responsible for the Cleveland office Career Planning and Development program and researched difficult issues as the Office Specialist on Accounting and Reporting.

From 1980 to 2000, he served in various financial roles at The Lubrizol Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange company headquartered in Wickliffe, Ohio. Lubrizol, a specialty chemical company, had annual revenues of $1.6 billion when he retired. He served as Corporate Controller for seven years and then Vice President for ten years, including eight as Chief Financial Officer.

During his Lubrizol tenure, the company continued its international growth, especially in Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. As a member of the Executive Council, he participated in business and economic evaluation of numerous acquisitions to leverage the company’s international and specialty chemical knowledge for growth. He was part of various initiatives to manage the company’s cost structure, including leading teams to reduce finished product complexity by 30% and to reduce capital expenditures by 50%.

At Lubrizol, Ray co-chaired the $75 million project to implement a worldwide, computerized “enterprise resource planning” system. He led the European shared services project to streamline supply chain administration and financial operations.

After his retirement from Lubrizol in 2000, he spent four years as the volunteer Director of Facilities at Beaumont School, a Cleveland Heights catholic high school for girls. His largest project there was working with the architect and general contractor on construction of a $5 million chapel, theater and multi-purpose facility.

Ray served for twenty years on Kent State’s Business Advisory Council. He is a past member of the Financial Executives Institute and has served on various community, church and charitable boards.

He and his wife Dee live in Pepper Pike and have five grown children and one grandchild.

2004 Winner- John “Jack” M. Tucker

Jack Tucker was a part of the College of Business faculty from 1991 until his retirement in December, 2001. While at Kent State, Mr. Tucker taught managerial skills, managerial accounting, and financial accounting courses. He was a frequent speaker on financial and managerial control topics. His 24 years with KPMG Peat Marwick included 20 years as a partner and 10 years as partner-in-charge of Peat Marwick’s Management Consulting Departments in western New York and Ohio. He served as Chairman of the firm’s Management Consulting Department professional practice review committee, and he was the professional practice partner for the Management Consulting Department’s Northeast Region. Mr. Tucker was very active in the Ohio Society of CPAs, serving three terms on the State Board of Directors and chairing seven committees. He was a State Vice President and served on the State Executive Committee. He was an editorial advisor to the Journal of Accountancy for 10 years, and he served as a contributing editor to the MAS Column in the Journal of Accountancy. Mr. Tucker received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Accounting Science degrees from the University of Illinois. In addition, he completed an Executive Development Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, Graduate School of Management.

Mr. Tucker and his wife, Ann, started two scholarships at Kent State: the Tucker Women’s Basketball Scholarship and the Edward E. and Margaret M. Bauer Study Abroad Grant. He has also served (or is currently serving) on the President’s Council, Dean’s Council, Business Advisory Council, Accounting Advisory Council, and Athletic Development Council. He was the recipient of the Accounting Professor of the Year Award, Ohio Society of CPAs Cleveland Chapter. Twice he received The Outstanding Orientation Faculty Instructor Award, and he was a Distinguished Honors Faculty Award Nominee and received the Delta Sigma Pi Award. During the Spring Semester 1998 and Fall Semester 2001, Mr. Tucker served as the Director of the KSU Academic Program in Geneva, Switzerland.

Past Recipients of the Career Achievement Award


     John S. Brinzo                                                                                    2007
      Raymond W. Evans                                                                          2006 

    Walter Van Benthuysen                                                                   2005

    Mel Mellis                                                                                           2004

       Ray A. Andreas                                                                                  2003   

     Stan Ulchaker                                                                                    2002

     John "Jack" M. Tucker                                                                       2001

     Judith Jones                                                                                      2000