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Distinguished Alumni Honored at Edgewood College

  • Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012

(November 14, 2012) – Recently The School of Business at Edgewood College held its 6th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards celebration for Ethical Leadership and Community Service. The 2012 Honorees are M. Hathaway Dilba, BS ’99, Partner and Co-founder of Ale Asylum, and Kris Koenig, MBA ’01, CEO of Natura Clean, LLC.

The celebration featured a keynote address from Kim M. Sponem, President and CEO of Summit Credit Union. Outstanding Faculty awards were presented to Professors Elaine Beaubien and Raj Kamal. The Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren graduate scholarship went to Sheena Smith, and The School of Business graduate scholarships went to Nickole Milhaupt, Martha Mueller, Hikmet Tuncsoy, and Elizabeth van der Weide.

Kim M. Sponem is the CEO/President of Summit Credit Union. Under Sponem’s leadership, Summit has grown from $200 million in assets to $1.8 billion. During that time the branch network expanded from 3 locations to 24. Sponem serves on the advisory board for The School of Business, as well as on the College’s Board of Trustees.

The event and scholarships are made possible with generous support from: UW Medical Foundation, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. Attorneys at Law, Smith & Gesteland LLC, SVA Plumb Financial, SSM Health Care of Wisconsin, Summit Credit Union, Econoprint, and advisory board members Sean Sennott, Larry Burnett, Enzo Ciarletta, and Lauri Binius-Droster.

Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

Hathaway Dilba is a partner and the Director of Promotions at Ale Asylum, a Madison-based microbrewery. Her responsibilities include online marketing, event planning, and social media. Hathaway was born in San Francisco and grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles. In 1999, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management from Edgewood College. In her spare time, Hathaway enjoys community work, cooking, gardening and travel. Her motto in life: pay it forward.

Kris Koenig is the CEO of Natura Clean, an eco-friendly cleaning company. Kris’ career in marketing has focused on social causes, such as helping international credit unions meet the needs of their members, and environmental causes, such as developing nationally-recognized energy efficiency programs and marketing for Wisconsin. While managing the marketing department at the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC), she helped develop many successful programs: Focus on Energy, Energy Star, Wisconsin Energy Star Homes and Home Performance.

Kris won an Energy Star Award from the EPA for excellence in promoting Energy Star appliances and lighting throughout Wisconsin. She is considered an expert in green cleaning and has been featured in local publications including Sustainable Times, Madison Magazine, Wisconsin Woman, the Wisconsin State Journal, InBusiness, and Brava.

Outstanding Faculty Award Winners

Professor Elaine Estervig Beaubien has been a member of the faculty at Edgewood College since 1980, teaching management, economics, and marketing to graduate and undergraduate students. Elaine is also a published author and the sole proprietor of Management Training Seminars. As a corporate trainer and consultant, Elaine Estervig Beaubien has been training professionals in management and leadership skills since 1976. Among her many awards, in 1996 Elaine received the Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. In 2002, The Estervig-Beaubien Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award was created in her honor.

Professor Raj Kamal is a Senior Lecturer, and has recently been appointed Director of the new Project Management Graduate Certificate Program. In addition to Project Management, he teaches Operations, Statistics, Marketing and Business Strategy. He is a published author, and holds an MS in Management from Purdue University, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad, and a BA (Honors) in Economics from Delhi University in India. He has also served on the Board of Examiners for the Wisconsin Forward Award. Raj has worked for more than 20 years as a consultant and in senior leadership positions in financial services and insurance, health care, manufacturing, retail and business-to-business distribution, government, not-for-profit and higher education sectors.