Four College of Business alumni recognized at 2021 Alumni Difference Makers Awards Ceremony

September 13, 2021

The recipients were honored for their contributions to their professional fields, communities and UM-Dearborn.

For 40 years, UM-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. They are making a positive impact in their workplaces and communities, and serve as strong role models for a new generation of UM-Dearborn student leaders. Congratulations to all of the 2021 Alumni Difference Makers. Read about the College of Business Alumni Difference Makers below. 

Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

James Lico (‘88 B.S.A.) began his career at General Motors, where he held positions in industrial engineering, supply chain, and production supervision. Over 25 years later, he is known as a successful business leader achieving profitable growth and building winning teams across multiple industries. As the Executive Vice President of Danaher Corporation, he led $8 billion corporate procurement functions, oversaw all of Danaher’s corporate initiatives throughout the Asia Pacific/Middle East, and helped transform Danaher from an industrial company to a market leader within the science and technology industry. Lico led the public spin from the Danaher Corporation to create the Fortive Corporation, where he is currently President and CEO. He serves as a member of CEO ACT!ON FOR RACIAL EQUITY, the Seattle Campaign Council for U-M, and the Cocoon House.

College of Business Alumnus of the Year

Dan Winey (‘82 M.B.A.) is COO and Managing Principal at Gensler, San Francisco. His 40-year career reflects his passion for design, architecture, and international business leadership. Under Winey’s leadership, Gensler expanded their presence in the Pacific Northwest and the Asia Pacific Regions, growing to over 50 international offices. He is passionate about designing livable cities, as well as sustainable building and urbanization principles, which he reinforces with his work. Winey was the lead architect on the $3 billion Shanghai Tower, a vertical city and the tallest building in China. Winey and his wife, Iris, have been faithful supporters of UM-Dearborn since 1989. In 2018, they established the Daniel and Iris Winey Endowed Scholarship fund.

Alumni Service Award

Ibrahim Elmezain (‘12 M.B.A.) began his career in event technology management as an Audio-Visual Technician at Marriott Hotel where he managed a million-dollar project portfolio. After earning his M.B.A., he started his own production company, Infinity Creatives, which takes him all over the country executing corporate events and conferences. Elmezain finds time to give back to his alma mater in a plethora of ways including serving for six years as a highly involved member of the UM-Dearborn Alumni Society Board. Elmezain is a faithful mentor to UM-Dearborn students through the 30-Minute Mentor Program and our Career Planning and Development class mentoring sessions. He also volunteers in the Internship and Career Management Center taking part in mock and informational interviews.

Alumni Business of the Year

w3r Consulting (Eric Hardy ‘96 B.S.E.M.E. & Patrick Tomina ‘97 B.B.A., B.S.E.M.E.) UM-Dearborn classmates Eric Hardy, CEO, and Patrick Tomina, CFO, established w3r Consulting in 1995. w3r Consulting is a national leader, providing data management and analytics, technology consulting services, and talent solutions across a diverse range of businesses and organizations including Fortune 500 companies. Hardy and Tomina have grown w3r Consulting to be a $55 million enterprise experiencing a more than 400-percent revenue increase over the past four years. The business has been recognized with honors such as Detroit’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for,” and Inc Magazine’s “5000 Fastest-Growing Companies”. w3r Consulting supports many causes including The Children’s Center, STEM education, and UM-Dearborn Athletics.

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