BGS Banner

History of Beta Gamma Sigma

BGS Key outside of the CoB

Founded as a national organization in 1913, the first national honor society in business was a merger of three separate societies established to honor academic achievement in business at the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois and the University of California.

Today, Beta Gamma Sigma recognizes the best business students internationally at institutions accredited by AACSB – The International Association of Management Education. There is no higher honor than to graduate “Beta Gamma Sigma.”

The Beta Gamma Sigma Key was installed outside of the CoB in June 2001.

Beta Gamma Sigma Initiation Ceremony & Banquet Speakers

Each year, the college recognizes its best and brightest students as they are initiated into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for AACSB-accredited business schools. An executive from a major organization in N. E. Ohio is invited to address the initiates. Recent speakers include:

    2022 - Mrs. Gale Crosley, Owner and President, Crosley+Company
    2021 - Dr. Gary L. Miller, President, The University of Akron
    2019 - Joe DiRocco, Regional President (Northeastern Ohio), Fifth Third Bank
    2018 – Laura Thompson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    2017 - James D. McCool, Executive Vice President, Corporate Initiatives, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
    2016 – Mark R. Belgya, Senior V.P. & CFO, The J. M. Smucker Company
    2015 – Anthony J. Alexander, Executive Chairman, FirstEnergy Corp.
    2014 – Martin P. Hauser, CFO, SummaCare, Inc.; Chief Government Relations Officer, Summa Health System
    2013 – Brad J. Dickerson, CFO & CAO, Under Armour Inc.
    2012 - Dr. William H. Considine '69, President, Children's Hospital and Medical Center of Akron
    2011 - Dr. Frank Douglas, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Austen BioInnovation Institute.
    2010 - Thomas Gedelian, CPA, Director of Taxation, BCG & Company
    2009 - Thomas F. Zenty III, CEO, University Hospitals
    2008 - Charles E. Hallberg, J.D., President & CEO, MemberHealth
    2007 - Richard J. Kramer, Exec. VP & CFO, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    2006 - Kathryn W. Dindo, VP & Chief Risk Officer, FirstEnergy Corporation
    2005 - Lawrence J. Rybka, J.D., CFP, President & CEO, ValMark Securities
    2004 - Elizabeth Stroble, Sr. V.P. & Provost, The University of Akron
    2003 - Luis M. Proenza, President, The University of Akron
    2000 - Richard P. Adante, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    1999 - William T. Keevan, Arthur Andersen, LLP
    1998 - Donna L. Barton, Oak Associates, ltd
    1997 - Michael J. Berthelot, CEO, TransTechnology
    1996 - Stanley L. Apple, CPA, Pres. & Managing Principal, Heinick, Apple & Company
    1995 - Claudia J. Bowers, Executive V.P., TRC Industries
    1994 - Willard R. Holland, President & CEO, Ohio Edison Co.
    1993 - Roger T. Read, President & CEO, Harwick Chemical Corp
    1992 - Vincent A. DiGirolamo, Pres., Chairman & CEO, National City Bank
    1991 - David L. Brennan, Chairman, The Brenlin Group
    1990 - Isidore C. Myers, Owner, Isidore C. Myers Properties
    1989 - Paul H. Smucker, Chairman of Executive Committee & CEO, J.M. Smucker Company
    1988 - Robert W. Clark, President, Loral Systems Group, Corp. Vice President of Loral Corporation, New York
    1987 - Howard Flood, CEO, First National Bank of Ohio & First Bancorporation of Ohio
    1986 - Michael J. Badalich, President & Chairman, M.J. Badalich & Associates
    1985 - Rainy Stitzlein, President, Rainbow, Inc
    1984 - Henry J. Belden, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Belden & Blake Corporation
    1983 - George Wallace, International Comedian
    1982 - Stanley C. Gault, Chairman of Board & CEO, Rubbermaid, Incorporated
    1981 - Mayor Roy L. Tay, President Acme Albrecht Co., Real Estate Division
    1980 - Justin T. Rogers, President, Ohio Edison Company
    1979 - Sherman Schumacher, General Agent, Provident Mutual
    1978 - The late Dennis Gordon, Head, School of Accountancy, The University of Akron
    1977 - John L. Tormey, Chairman & CEO, Roadway Express
    1976 - Charles J. Pilliod, Chairman & CEO, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    1975 - Stanton H. Brightman, President & CEO, First National Bank of Akron
    1974 - Felix N. Mansager, Chairman & CEO, The Hoover Company
    1973 - M.G. O'Neil, President & Chairman General Tire & Rubber Company
    1972 - Mario A. DiFederico, President, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company