Two College of Business alumni recognized at Alumni Difference Makers Awards Ceremony

10/15/2019

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

Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Kris Pfaehler and College of Business Alumnus of the Year Nicolette Carlone
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Kris Pfaehler and College of Business Alumnus of the Year Nicolette Carlone
Featured left to right: Dean Raju Balakrishnan, Nicolette Carlone and Kris Pfaehler

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 the 2019 Alumni Difference Makers. View photos from the Alumni Difference Makers Awards.

Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

Kris Pfaehler (’77 B.B.A.) has 40 years of executive sales, business development, and strategy experience in the manufacturing industries including automotive, agriculture, and construction. He has led global sales organizations for several manufacturing suppliers, with operations and sales offices in the US, Canada, Mexico, across Europe, Japan, Korea, and China. In June 2016, Pfaehler formed Sand Dollar Global Advisors LLC, a consulting practice focusing on helping manufacturing companies achieve revenue growth. Pfaehler is a member of the College of Business Board of Advisors and established, along with his wife Ruth, the Kris and Ruth Pfaehler Endowed Scholarship. He has lead volunteer efforts at UM-Dearborn and within metro Detroit and southwest Florida communities.

College of Business Alumnus of the Year

Early in her career at General Motors Corporation, Nicolette Carlone (’84 B.S.A.) was promoted from corporate financial staff to an International financial analyst before even completing her M.B.A. During her time at GM, she saved the company $3 million by consolidating European insurance policies. She successfully automated and trained 24 North American and Canadian branches. As treasury manager for Pulte Homes, Carlone managed a $300 million investment portfolio.  As the CFO/COO of the Public Lighting Authority she helped complete the ambitious project of relighting 65,000 street lights in the city of Detroit. Later in her career, she started her own company, NICA consulting services. Carlone serves as a member of the College of Business Board of Advisors and mentors students through the alumni mentoring program.

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