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Vol 39  No 12
Apr. 5, 2007


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Celebrating business leaders
by Meaghan Whelan


From left, Dr. Axel Meisen, 2006 Alumni Honour Award winner Ken Marshall, P. J. Gardiner Institute's 2007 Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner Leonard Pecore and Dr. Gary Gorman.

Local business leaders were recognized and the Faculty of Business marked a significant milestone on April 3 at the annual Partners Dinner. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first graduates from the bachelor of commerce undergraduate degree.

In 1957, Harold Wareham and Clarence Keeping were the first graduates of Memorial’s commerce program. Looking back over five decades of growth and changes, a celebration was in order, said Dean Gary Gorman.

“Recognizing the 50th anniversary of the first commerce graduating class was appropriate at Partners Dinner, as this event celebrates the partnerships that contribute to our continued success,” Dr. Gorman explained.

In addition to the anniversary celebration, the faculty also honoured two members of the local business community with prestigious awards. Ken Marshall, president of the Atlantic region for Rogers Cable, was awarded the Alumni Honour Award in recognition of his accomplishments and the contributions he makes to the faculty.

Mr. Marshall, B.Comm. (co-op) (hons.) ’84, has been a longtime supporter of the Faculty of Business. As a student in the faculty, he was class valedictorian, Dean’s Award recipient, and played on the varsity soccer and hockey teams. He has taught introduction to business and finance courses, sits on the faculty’s Advisory Board, and has volunteered for the past 10 years as a judge for student case competitions.

Mr. Marshall feels an affinity for all universities, especially Memorial. “Campuses define a community,” he explained. “They give their city culture and a unique feel. Staying connected with the Faculty of Business means connecting with a tonne of people who have a thirst for knowledge and fun.”

Leonard Pecore of Genoa Design International was honoured with the P.J. Gardiner Institute’s 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Mr. Pecore started Genoa Design International after graduating from the Marine Institute’s diploma in naval architecture technology in 1995. Since that time, Genoa has grown into an internationally recognized organization with 20 employees.

Genoa Design International provides detail production design and drafting, 3-D modeling, lofting and nesting to the shipbuilding and offshore industries across the United States and Canada. This Newfoundland- based company has worked on major projects, including the production design for New York City’s Staten Island ferries.

“Genoa’s edge comes from hiring top Marine Institute graduates (recognized across North America as the best in the business); setting higher standards than the competitors; and continually looking for ways to add value both in-house and to clients,” said Mr. Pecore.

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