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Thomas C. Jones, BBA '68, MBA '71 and  Ronald N. Weiser, BBA '66
  Ronald N. Weiser, BBA '66 and
Thomas C. Jones, BBA '68, MBA '71

Ross School Recognizes Alumni for Outstanding Service and Professional Achievement

4/22/2005 --

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Two alumni from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan have been or will be honored for outstanding service and professional achievement.

Thomas C. Jones, BBA '68, MBA '71, received the Bert F. Wertman Alumni Service Award at the school's annual Scholarship Recognition Dinner on March 10. The award was established in 1989 in honor of Bert F. Wertman, BBA '28. It recognizes an alumnus for outstanding service to the business school or University.

Jones served as the business school's first BBA program director in 2003-2004. In this position, he strengthened the school's focus on the program and worked to enhance its quality and reputation.

In 2002, Jones retired as president of CIGNA's retirement and investment services division, one of the nation's leading asset management and retirement services firms. After joining CIGNA Corp. in 1994, he served as president of CIGNA Reinsurance: Property & Casualty, president of CIGNA Individual Insurance and president of CIGNA Investment Management.

Jones previously held several senior management positions at NAC Re Corp. and General Re Corp. and served as Michigan's Commissioner of Insurance.

He is a past member of the business school's Alumni Society Board of Governors and currently serves on the Ross School's Visiting Committee and CUNA Mutual Group's Board of Directors and is a fellow of Northwestern Michigan College.

Ronald N. Weiser, BBA '66, will receive the David D. Alger Alumni Achievement Award. Established in 1989, the award recognizes alumni whose professional successes have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the school and benefit to fellow citizens. The award was renamed in honor of David Alger, MBA '68, president and CEO of Fred Alger Inc., who was killed on Sept.11, 2001.

Weiser founded McKinley Associates Inc., a national real estate investment company, and served as its chairman and CEO until he was appointed as U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic in 2001. The company manages over $1.2 billion in residential and commercial real estate throughout the country.

As ambassador, Weiser visited 138 cities and worked with the U.S. Embassy to organize three international investment conferences with investors representing hundreds of companies.

Weiser has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including the University of Michigan's President's Advisory Board and Advisory Board on Inter-Collegiate Athletics as well as the business school's National Development Board. He has chaired or co-chaired U-M's National Board for the Ginsburg Center for Community Service and Learning, the United Negro College Fund of Washtenaw County, the Michigan Theater and the Artrain. He also served as treasurer and finance chair of the Henry Ford Museum.

For more information, contact:
Heather Thorne
Phone: (734) 936-8421