UW Tacoma honors business leaders May 11

Three business people will be recognized for their achievements at the Milgard School of Business’s Tenth Annual Business Leadership Awards next month. The awards spotlight business leaders from South Sound counties and aim to strengthen the relationship between the business community and UW Tacoma. The honorees were nominated by the community and selected by a panel from the Milgard School of Business advisory board, faculty and staff.

This year’s award recipients include:

Small Business Leader of the Year — Brian Haynes, President & CEO, Rainier Connect;

Non-Profit Leader of the Year — Diane Cecchettini, RN, President and CEO, MultiCare Health System;

Business Leader of the Year — Greg Biersack, Vice President, Corporate Operations, Burkhart Dental Supply

This year’s event will feature keynote speaker Stanley H. Barer, co-founder and chairman emeritus of Saltchuk Resources, Inc., and member of the University of Washington Board of Regents.

The awards will be presented at the Business Leadership Awards dinner on May 11 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Milgard School Web site at tacoma.washington.edu/business/ or contact Amy Carr at amycarr@uw.edu.

Event sponsors include Heritage Bank, Propel Insurance, and Sound Credit Union.

Established in 1994 as University of Washington Tacoma’s Business Administration program, the Milgard School of Business was named in 2003 in recognition of an endowment of $15 million from Gary E. Milgard, the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation and the James A. Milgard Foundation.