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CBA Alumni to be Honored at Simonetti Awards Breakfast


The 2010 Simonetti Awards Breakfast will be held on April 30, 2010.  Five CBA alumni will be honored for their outstanding achievements in business and significant contributions to their communities.

John Adams ’88, Wealth Management Advisor at Northeast Ohio Group, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.

Adams, who earned his B.S.B.A degree in finance from UA in 1988, began his career with Northwestern Mutual as an intern in 1987.  He has a long standing history of involvement with UA and the CBA and is currently the Vice Chairman of the CBA Advancement Council. He previously served as the president of National University of Akron Alumni Board. With his wife, Sarah, he was featured in the 2005 issues of Honor Alumni Excellence, a publication of The University of Akron Honors Program, recognizing them for their sponsorship of the John R. and Sarah A. Adams outdoor amphitheatre on campus.   Adams is also involved in a number of professional and charitable organizations in the Akron area and in the financial services industry.  He resides in Hudson, OH with his wife, and sons, Gabriel and Benjamin.

Gale Gunderson Crosley ’72, founder and principal of Crosley+Company.

Crosley earned her B.S. degree in accounting with honors from UA in 1972.  Her background includes a unique mix of experience with Two Big Four CPA firms, and nearly 30 years in business development and senior management, including IBM and several small technology companies. She has been selected one of the 10 Most Recommended Consultants in the Inside Public Accounting BEST OF THE BEST for six consecutive years, and one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today for four consecutive years.  Her first book, At the Crossroads, chronicles the challenges and successes of a fictional CPA firm struggling with growth.

Barry C. Dunaway ’84, Senior Vice President of Corporate and Organization Development, The J.M. Smucker Company.

Dunaway graduated from UA in 1984 with a B.S. degree in business management.  He joined Smuckers in 1987 and has held a number of positions during his tenure, including a nine year assignment in the United Kingdom.  Dunaway serves on the Advisory Board of the CBA’s Department of the Management.  He also serves on the Community Advisory Board of WKSU and Wayne County Economic Development Board.

Raymond K. Lee ’79, certified public accountant, president and Chief Executive Officer of Country Pure Foods (CPF), owner of R. Lee and Associates Consulting.

Lee graduated from UA in 1979 with a B.S. degree in accounting and began his career in public accounting. He spent much of his early career with Touche Ross & Co. where he was a tax partner and also led the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice for the firm’s Northeast Ohio offices.  Lee joined CPF in 1992 as the company’s CFO and senior vice president of operations and was promoted to president and CEO in 1996. In 2001, he joined Khyber Technologies as interim CEO, and later, Roetzel & Andress as COO, before rejoining CPF in his current position in 2003.  Lee has served on the boards of many organizations and was a graduate of the Leadership Akron Class of 1988.  He served as national fundraising chairman for the construction of the current CBA building and is a past member of the CBA Advancement Council, which he rejoined this year.  Lee resides in Hudson with his wife, Sylvia, and three children – Jeffrey, Christina, and Jeremy.

Frank Steininger ’89, partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Houston, Texas.

Steininger, who graduated from UA with his B.S. degree in accounting in 1989, was recently elected to the board of The University of Akron Foundation.  He also serves on the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy Advisory Board and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs.  He is actively involved in community activities, including Junior Achievement, where he recently served as the Chairman of the Board for Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, Inc. and received the Junior Achievement Gold Leadership Award.  He also serves on the board of Recipe for Success.  He and his wife, Karen, and their two children, Sean and Matthew, reside in Houston.

The Dr. Frank L. Simonetti Distinguished Business Alumni Award is named in honor of the late alumnus, professor and dedicated friend of the CBA.