Alumni honored for distinguished service and leadership

Robert E. Gadomski received the School of Management’s highest honor at Krannert’s tenth annual Leadership Speakers Series in October. Alumni Bruce Olson, Earl Major and Tobias Moskowitz also were recognized at the event, which was keynoted by “Freakonomics” co-author Steven Levitt.

Robert Gadomski

Robert E. Gadomski received the School of Management’s highest honor at Krannert’s tenth annual Leadership Speakers Series in October. (Photo by Mark Simons)

Gadomski, a member of the school’s Senior Dean’s Advisory Council, was presented with the Krannert Business Leadership Award by Gerald J. Lynch, interim dean of the Krannert School and professor of economics, and Purdue President France A. Córdova.

Gadomski earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue in 1969 and a master’s degree in industrial administration from Krannert in 1970. He received an honorary doctorate from the University in 2001. Gadomski currently serves as managing director of Napowan Associates, a consulting company he founded in 2009.

The Krannert Distinguished Alumni Award went to Bruce Olson, president of BBI Group. Olson earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue in 1971 and a master’s degree in industrial administration from Krannert in 1972, and received an honorary doctorate in 2007.

Earl Major

Earl Major, who currently serves as director of human resources, practices and policy at Humana, received the Krannert Distinguished Service Award. (Photo by Mark Simons)

Earl Major, who currently serves as director of human resources, practices and policy at Humana, received the Krannert Distinguished Service Award. He earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Purdue in 1988 and a master’s degree in management from Krannert in 1990.

Tobias Moskowitz, the Fama Family Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago, received the John S. Day Distinguished Alumni Academic Service Award. Moskowitz earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Krannert in 1993 and a master’s degree in management in 1993

Joe DeGroff, a partner in Ice Miller law firm with strong family tiles to both Krannert and Purdue, received the Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Award.

Steven Levitt

Steven Levitt, the event’s featured speaker, is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. (Photo by Mark Simons)

Steven Levitt, the event’s featured speaker, is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, where he directs the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory and has taught since 1997. Levitt received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1989 and his doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994.

In 2004, Levitt won the John Bates Clark Medal as the most influential economist under the age of 40. In 2006, he was named one of Time magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World.”

Levitt co-wrote “Freakonomics” in 2005 with Stephen Dubner. The book spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list and has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide in more than 30 languages. The sequel, “Superfreakonomics,” also became a bestseller

Sponsors for the event were Verallia, Air Products, Accenture, Ted and Carol Jacob, the Gadomski Foundation, Lafayette Printing, Grow Indiana Media Ventures, Purdue Alumni, the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship and Cummins.