For more than 35 years, the University of Michigan-Dearborn has honored outstanding alumni for their contributions to the University and community.
These men and women are "Difference Makers" who have continued the University's legacy of leadership in their lives and careers. View past award winners.
College of Business Alumnus of the Year
This award honors a graduate of the College of Business who has shown outstanding professional accomplishments in his or her field, has demonstrated public service and leadership, and is engaged in the advancement of the College of Business and its alumni.
Kenneth Mac (‘85 B.S.A.) is a director within General Motors’ Customer Care and Aftersales division, leading the Protection business unit since 2014. Prior to GM, he held various executive management positions in service sector companies including Accenture consulting, Sedgwick administrators, Ally Financial-Insurance, and Michigan Medicine. At UM-Dearborn he served as a College of Business and Talent Gateway alumni mentor, educating students on networking skills, interview tips, and general soft skill demands within the workforce. Mac is a dedicated and engaged supporter of UM-Dearborn and recently joined the UM-Dearborn Alumni Society Board to enhance alumni engagement opportunities.
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
This award honors a UM-Dearborn graduate who most exemplifies Michigan excellence as demonstrated by outstanding leadership in their field and personal commitment to service within their communities. The award winner has distinguished themselves in their field and provides leadership in addressing an important issue in the community. Awardees embrace philanthropic values.
William Hatcher (‘76 M.M.) began his career working at a steel mill, a nuclear power plant, and for national retailers. In 1985, he entered the wine business as managing director for century-old French Burgundy producer Maison Joseph Drouhin. Hatcher went on to co-found the award-winning A to Z Wineworks in Oregon in 2002, which has become certified as a B Corporation and named Best for the World B Corporation five years in a row. A to Z Wineworks has been recognized by Food & Wine magazine and has been noted as one of the fastest growing wine brands in the United States. He is a loyal supporter of UM-Dearborn’s College of Business and has been a member of the College of Business Board of Advisors since 2014.
Alumni Service Award
This award will honor a UM-Dearborn graduate who provides important leadership and service to the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Successful nominees will have distinguished themselves by the energy, effort and creativity they demonstrate in addressing a challenge.
Bryan Becker (‘69 B.B.A.) had a successful career as a partner at Ernst & Young, where he worked for 36 years, and later as a partner at The Hunter Group LLC, in addition to being involved in the community as a committee member and volunteer at several organizations. Becker has been a philanthropic leader and volunteer at UM-Dearborn and has served on the College of Business Board of Advisors since 1993. He created the EY/UM-Dearborn Homecoming, a unique gathering for UM-Dearborn alumni who were also Ernst & Young employees. Becker also planned his class’ 50 year reunion and helped establish the Richard E. Czarnecki Endowed Scholarship and the Richard E. Czarnecki Collegiate Professorship.
Alumni Business of the Year
This award will honor a UM-Dearborn alumni-owned business that has made an impact and has showcased its commitment within the community.
Huda Beauty (Huda Kattan, ‘07 B.B.A. & Christopher Goncalo, ‘08 M.S.Fin.) Huda Beauty, a Dubai-based,International beauty company, has demonstrated a commitment to making the world a better place for all. Launched in 2013 by award-winning beauty blogger and UM-Dearborn alumna, Huda Kattan, Huda Beauty is now one of the world’s fastest-growing beauty brands. Starting with their first product of false eyelashes, Huda Beauty expanded the company’s empire to include makeup, fragrance, and skin care. Kattan and her husband, Chris Goncalo, also a UM-Dearborn alumnus, have grown the company to the number one beauty Instagram account in the world with over 47 million followers. The company has financially supported the NAACP, Doctors Without Borders, and freelance makeup artists whose work was affected by the world-wide pandemic.