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New York and San Francisco Score Top Alumni Club Honors

3/16/2009 --

ANN ARBOR, Mich. —Each year, the Ross Alumni Board of Governors cites exceptional achievement by Ross Alumni Clubs.

The 2008 Club of the Year Award went to the New York Alumni Club for achievements in programming, membership, outreach, and recruiting. Cecil Shepherd, MBA '00, (far right) is president of the club.

"The New York club consistently exhibits an incredible display of support for its area alumni," says Jeff Mott, BBA '95, chair of the Alumni Board of Governors Clubs Committee. "It has established itself as a premier alumni club in its ability to reach out to a vast number of remarkably diverse alumni in a way that provides value for each group independently as well as to all groups collectively."

Additionally, the Ross San Francisco Bay Area Alumni Club (pictured at an outing, below) received the 2008 Wolverine Spirit Award, which recognizes a club's tenacity and enthusiasm in building its organization. Dan McLean, MBA '91, is president.

Mott says the committee was impressed not only with the significant number of events hosted by the club, but also with the outstanding participation of its members. "This clearly exhibits the tremendous value of these events to the area alumni, he says."The new leadership has done an incredible job in reinvigorating the club and increasing its overall membership from the prior year."

Domestic, international, and affinity clubs are considered for the annual awards. Winning clubs receive funds from the school to put toward their annual budgets. A new award will honor the top international club next year.

(New York)
From left: New York alumni Tim Garrabrant, MBA '85, Shama Zehra, MBA '07, Elitsa Anguelova, MBA '06, and Cecil Shepherd, MBA '00, convened for the annual Wall Street Forum in October 2008.

(San Francisco)
San Francisco club members are known for bringing the Wolverine spirit to the San Francisco Bay Area.

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847,