2019 Awards Winners

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Jerry FedeleJerry J. Fedele (MBA '86)
President & CEO, Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Jerry J. Fedele is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Florida, an academic affiliate of Florida Atlantic University and the primary graduate medical education facility for internal medicine and surgery residents. Under Fedele’s leadership, the hospital has soared to the #1 hospital in Palm Beach County, #3 in south Florida, and #13 in the state of Florida by U.S. News and World Report. Read full bio.


Mary HartnerMary M. Hartner  (MBA ‘75)
President, Mancini’s Bakery

Mary Mancini Hartner is the President of Mancini’s Bakery, a family-owned and operated bakery in McKees Rocks, PA. As a true Pittsburgh staple, Mancini’s has been baking its finer Italian bread since 1926. Hartner began working at the bakery in 1977 and became president after her father retired. She now owns the bakery and manages it with her son, Nick, and their talented team. Read full bio.


CBA Outstanding Alumna Award

Kirsten AlbertKirsten R. Albert  (BSBA ’01)
Assurance Partner, PwC

Kirsten R. Albert is an Assurance Partner at PwC in Pittsburgh, where she serves as a leader in the Midwest Market for Audit Innovation. She identifies and implements opportunities to streamline, standardize, automate, and centralize PwC’s audit procedures over inventory and champions the digital upskilling of her team to drive accelerated innovation at PwC. In addition, Kirsten leads PwC’s Diversity and Inclusion networks in Pittsburgh with a focus on developing and mentoring diverse business professionals and connecting them with peers in the business community. Read full bio.


H.J. Zoffer Medal for Meritorious Service Award

Ira GumbergIra J. Gumberg  (A&S ’75)
Chairman & CEO, J.J. Gumberg Company

Ira J. Gumberg is the Chairman and CEO of J.J. Gumberg Co., a leading real estate development company that maintains a portfolio of numerous shopping centers throughout the U.S. and the subcontinent of India. Recognizing the tremendous opportunity for organized retail outside the U.S., he launched Gumberg Global, where he engages in international real estate development with a focus on emerging markets. Read full bio.


Distinguished Service Award

Robert GilbertRobert J. Gilbert (PhD ’97)
Clinical Associate Professor Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh

Robert J. Gilbert is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration (CBA) where he teaches marketing, advertising, and promotions. He also consults with firms across a number of industries, including international trade and advertising, as well as with a number of not-for-profit organizations. His research mainly focuses on the areas of branding and brand management. Read full bio.


International Distinguished Alumni Awards

International Award WinnersSomphote Ahunai (MBA ’92)
CEO, Energy Absolute Public Company Limited

Somphote Ahunai is CEO of Energy Absolute Public Company Limited. He previously worked as a securities trader and held the certification of Chartered Financial Analyst. Read full bio.

Blanca Shulan Huang (MBA ’92)
Former Executive, Energy Absolute Public Company Limited

Blanca Shulan Huang is a former executive at Energy Absolute Public Company Limited. She specialized in information systems technology and systems development. Read full bio.

Corporate Appreciation Award

Eaton Corporation Eaton Corporation

Eaton, a power management company, is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are reliable, efficient, safe, and sustainable. Eaton is made up of over 98,000 employees and conducts business in over 175 countries. Their energy-efficient products and services help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical power. Read full bio.