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Winter 2018

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Alumni News MANAgEMENT SoCiETY 40th Anniversary of the BYU Management Society Happy fortieth anniversary to the BYU Management Society. About 160 mem- bers attended an event celebrating this milestone in Provo, Utah. The society was organized in 1977 by then-dean Merrill Bateman and has grown from twelve origi- nal chapters to ninety around the world. "There was a wonderful, strong spirit and feeling of accomplishment, purpose, and meaning to the evening," says Rixa Oman, assistant to BYU Marriott's dean. "We reflected on how it began, what has happened, and what continues to be the driving reason for the society—to build a strong network of moral and ethical leaders who make a difference around the world." The current steering committee chair, Ken Gibson, attended, along with former chairs Ronald E. Malouf, Richard E. Cook, Robert P. Haight, Robert E. Par- sons, John M. Toronto, Brian C. Dixon, William D. Chapman, H. Troy Romero, Joel Deceuster, Ronald D. Gardner, and Chet Harmer. All were honored for their contributions as they worked to grow and build the society. Benson Award At the annual leadership conference, Mark Romney was honored on behalf of the Management Society's Dallas Chapter as the Lowell Benson Lifetime Service Award recipient. This award is given annually to those who are closely involved with the Management Society, demonstrate outstanding service, and contribute long-term service to the society, BYU Marriott, or BYU. Romney is a busy professional and church leader who works tirelessly for the society by raising the level of excellence for all the chapters he's worked with, impact- ing the society as a whole. Romney has served as a chapter president and board member for the Dallas Chapter, a member of the global steering committee, and the Central/Great Lakes Region director. "His years of work and service to the society and the school are appreciated," says Lee Perry, dean of BYU Marriott. "We believe he truly has a vision of what the Management Society can be and should be, and that has elevated the level of excellence for his local chapter and for the organization." The Management Society has ninety chapters and 24,000 members worldwide. To learn more about it or to find a chap- ter near you, visit byums.org. 2017 Management Society Leadership Conference The theme of this Management Society leadership conference was the Power of Connection. The goal was to focus on the power of the school's network, history, brand, and credibility to leverage and expand the society's influence and membership locally and globally. This conference provides board members with the opportunity to professionally connect, learn best practices for growing and leading their chapters, and develop leadership skills. "I can't think of a greater organiza- tion to be networked with than the Management Society, where you mix and network with those who exhibit the same high moral fiber that you possess," says Robert P. Haight, former steering committee chair. "The BYUMS helps its membership hear new ideas and thoughts from successful entrepreneurs." Keynote speakers included Adrian Gostick, author and CEO of the Culture Works; Todd Pedersen, CEO of Vivint; Logan Wilkes, COO of Corporate Alliance; Lee T. Perry, BYU Marriott dean; and Presi- dent Merrill J. Bateman, former BYU presi- dent and an emeritus General Authority. CLASS NoTES 1975 Buchhaltung, the German word for accounting, has always interested Karen W. Heath. She completed a degree in German at BYU before adding an accounting major and graduating in 1975. In 1980, Heath returned to BYU for a master's degree in In Memoriam LDS Church President omas S. Monson died 2 January 2018 at age 90. As an Apostle, President Monson received an MBA from BYU Marriott in 1974. BYU Marriott students, faculty, and alumni honor his life of service and devotion. 27 winter 2018

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