Kirk Perry, ’90, president of Brand Solutions at Google and a longtime supporter of UC, received the college’s highest honor: The Carl H. Lindner Award for Outstanding Business Achievement. The award, presented to him by his longtime friend and UC Trustee, Phil Collins ‘89, is given to a Lindner College of Business graduate who best exemplifies an entrepreneurial spirit with commitment to business, community and the highest level of success within one’s profession.
“It is my sincere honor and privilege to bestow upon Kirk Perry the 2019 Carl H. Lindner Award for Outstanding Business Achievement,” said Collins. “Kirk, your tireless commitment and passion for the University of Cincinnati, the city of Cincinnati and the entire community validates your achievement.”
Two Distinguished Service Awards were bestowed to Lori Beer, global chief information officer of JPMorgan Chase, and Laurence Jones ‘00, president of RiskVersity. Beer and Jones were recognized for their commitment to the college, UC and the community.
Ameritas was honored with a Business Partnership Award for its strong support of the Lindner College of Business and local communities. This year’s recipient was hailed for participating in college networking events and career fairs, encouraging its employees to serve as guest speakers for business classes, and providing ongoing career opportunities for business students and graduates. Ameritas’ President, Steve Valerius ‘79, accepted the award on the company’s behalf.
In recognition of alumni who personify Lindner’s PACE (professionalism, academics, character and engagement) ideals in their careers, two awards were given to Christina Beer ’15 and Makeda Matthews ‘14. Beer is the daughter of this year’s Distinguished Service Awardee, Lori Beer, and a Technical Program Manager for GE Aviation; and Matthews is a Sourcing Category Manager at Grange Insurance.
As one of the oldest scholarships at UC that bears the Lindner name, this year’s Carl H. Lindner Outstanding Junior Scholarship was awarded to Angela Brown ’20 in recognition of her service to the UC and Cincinnati communities, as well as her involvement with Lindner’s Business Fellows and Circle of Excellence programs.
Chandler Rankin ’20, a Kolodzik Business Scholar and Business Fellow, was honored with the Heart of William J. Keating Leadership Award for his service and student leadership in making UC a better place than it was when he first stepped foot on campus.
“If you knew my dad, this was his life’s purpose: To make his community a better place for the next generation,” said Liz Keating, daughter of Bill Keating, Jr., who presented the award to Rankin. “My dad’s legacy is in good hands with Chandler.”
Rankin shared how receiving this honor has rejuvenated his passion just past the midpoint of his college career.
“Mr. Keating had a keen understanding of the intersection between dedication to service and his family, and how a combination of the two could make for a beautiful symbiotic relationship,” said Rankin. “I challenge all of us to think about these things in the context of our own lives and take action on what we can do.”