CARBONDALE — Two special presentations took place recently as Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Business presented awards to recognize notable alumni and business leaders.

The 2019 Emerging Saluki Leader Award (ESLA) winners were named and the Gary N. Parrish Business Excellence Award winners were recognized.

Young leaders honored

The Emerging Saluki Leader Award program was created in 2015 by the college’s advisory board to recognize alumni who have graduated from SIU within the last 20 years for their outstanding work within business, academic or government organizations and non-profit groups as well as their community service.

This year, the college honored five College of Business alumni as 2019 Emerging Saluki Leaders: Caroline Ebelhar Ellis, Nicki Milovanovic, Jennifer Polk, Meredith Rhoads Thomas and Lily Sugathan.

Business leaders recognized

The second annual Gary N. Parrish Lecture and Award Ceremony is named in honor of the late successful businessman and COB supporter who was a 1989 College of Business Hall of Fame inductee.

The ceremony featured a guest lecture and the recognition of three Parrish award winners: Stephanie Bishop, Clara J. Kridle and Gary Shafer. Award winners are business leaders who have worked tirelessly to have a positive impact on the region’s economic development. Each is a generous visionary who helps make the region a better place to live.

--  SIU Media Services

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