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College of Business to honor Miami visionary R. Kirk Landon at Hall of Fame gala


R. Kirk Landon

R. Kirk Landon

Philanthropic and business leader R. Kirk Landon, president of The Kirk Foundation, has been selected to receive the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at FIU College of Business’ Hall of Fame Awards on Sept.12 .

Mr. Landon’s outstanding accomplishments reflect a deep commitment to building Miami as a world-class city,” said David R. Klock, dean of the College of Business. “He understands FIU’s central role in economic development through producing a well-educated workforce for South Florida.

With this award, we honor his innovative corporate leadership, his vision for the Landon Undergraduate School of Business, and his tireless efforts to build the educational, civic and cultural foundation of South Florida. He is a role model for our alumni and our community,” Klock said.

Landon served as CEO and chair of the board of American Bankers Insurance Group from 1980 to 1995, and chair until 1999. In addition to his business leadership positions, he has served as director of over a dozen civic, educational and cultural organizations in South Florida.

In addition to Kirk Landon, the College of Business will honor five alumni for their business achievements at the Sept. 12th gala, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., the highlight of the college’s first Hall of Fame Weekend.

Nominations are being accepted for the following alumni awards:

The Innovation Award, presented to an alumnus whose work has advanced the way people work or live their lives;

The Young Alumnus Spotlight Award, an alumnus who has graduated within the last ten years and whose business has demonstrated success and impact since graduation;

The Entrepreneurship Award, for a company founder or co-founder individual whose business has shown significant growth and market presence;

The Growth Award, for a business leader whose commitment to excellence has resulted in substantial growth of a successful business.

The Global Award, presented to an alumnus who leads a global organization or who is a leader in a multinational firm.

With more than 6,000 students enrolled in its Landon Undergraduate School and 2,000 enrolled in its Chapman Graduate School, FIU College of Business is the largest of the university’s professional schools. Of the college’s 47,000 alumni, 25,000 live and work in South Florida.

For nomination forms and additional information, visit the 2014 Hall of Fame website.