Nearly 200 people showed up at the Space Gallery for some fun and holiday cheer Dec. 13. It was Snow Ball, Daniels’ annual holiday celebration presented by the Daniels Alumni Advisory Board. This year’s event included a wine pull, a jewelry pull and a chance to honor three exemplary alumni.
Kent Bradley (EMBA 2011), Adam Contos (EMBA 2017) and Joel Onditi (MS 2010) were the recipients of Daniels’ 2018 alumni awards.
Bradley received the Ambassador Award, which is presented to an individual who demonstrates a commitment to Daniels vision and purpose, is of service and provides time to benefit Daniels pursuits, has a broad engagement in Daniels events and is a living example of Daniels ethical standards.
His nominator said, “Kent is a retired Army colonel, physician, educator, innovator, and former chief medical officer of Safeway Stores. He has been a guest speaker in the EMBA program and stays involved with Daniels Executive Education.”
The recipient of the Steward Award was Adam Contos. The award is presented to an individual who is an effective and consistent leader and is a steward of long-term business. He or she is recognized as a thought leader in his or her business.
“In only a few short years, Adam has demonstrated his enormous leadership prowess by moving from the role of senior vice president of marketing, to COO, to Co-CEO and now CEO of the real estate icon, RE/MAX,” said his nominator. “Adam is a demonstration of Daniels’ values. Through his EMBA cohort, Adam demonstrated the values of integrity, business ethics, and innovation to push himself and classmates alike to think beyond the obvious and continually strive for excellence in everything you do. It is this passion that makes Adam a pioneer for DU, Daniels and the greater Colorado business community.”
Joel Onditi received the Pioneer Award, reserved for a rising star in leadership, who has a new business, product or service; demonstrates an out-of-the box mentality; and is a leader at a successful startup.
His nominator said, “Joel is a great representation of the Daniels College of Business. He graduated from the College with a Master of Science in Business Intelligence, the degree name from the Department of Business Information and Analytics at the time. Joel truly embodies all the Daniels values. He is an entrepreneur who founded Pathways International, a company which develops business intelligence solutions for a wide variety of organizations on two continents. This is a highly innovative company, not only because of the BI solutions, but also because of their business model. Joel has remained highly involved with Daniels and the BIA department. For example, his company is a sponsor of our Analytics Challenge, a data analysis challenge event which this year helped the Food Bank of the Rockies. Not only does Joel sponsor these events, he has given presentations for the attendees and has mentored the students during the event. Joel is a great representation of the Pioneer Award and I highly recommend him.”
Daniels extends its deepest thanks to the numerous alumni-owned businesses involved in the evening, including Three Tomatoes Catering. The College also thanks everyone who participated in the wine pull and jewelry pull. The proceeds will benefit the unpaid internship fund.
Visit the Flickr site to view photos from Snow Ball 2018.