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Weatherhead Alumni Awards

Launched in 1993, the Distinguished and Outstanding Alumni Awards recognize leading Weatherhead alumni. We are pleased to list our award recipients below.

Congratulations to the 2018 Weatherhead Alumni Award Recipients!

Launched in 1993, the Distinguished and Outstanding Alumnus Awards recognize leading Weatherhead alumni.

Distinguished Alumnus
Charles Webb, MBA ‘66
The Distinguished Alumni Award honors alumni who are transformational leaders, bringing credit to the University by their personal accomplishment, professional achievement and as good global citizens.

Charles (Chuck) Webb’s forty-five year career has covered the spectrum from Professional Advisor to Professional Manager to Entrepreneurial Activities. He has extensive experience in the financial services industry, including roles as a CPA; as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of community banks; and as an Investment Banker specializing in raising capital, financial restructurings, and mergers and acquisitions for financial institutions.  He was founder and CEO of Charles Webb & Company, Executive Vice President of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, President and CEO of General Ohio S & L Corporation, a Partner with Deloitte, Partner with Meuse, Rinker & Chapman (regional investment banker, now part of JPMorgan Chase) and co-founder and Chairman of Ernst & Webb, LLC,  a consulting firm specializing in merger integration for financial services companies.  Also, Mr. Webb has been a Lecturer at Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.  He served on several corporate boards and on the boards of two not-for-profit community institutions. Mr. Webb’s educational background includes: Bachelor of Science, Bowling Green State University; CPA, Ohio; MBA Case Western Reserve University; and AMP Harvard Business School.

He and his family are grateful that they have provided an endowment of a Research Fund at The Ohio State University Medical Center.  Separately, they have endowed two scholarships for undergraduate students.




Outstanding Alumna
Sherry L. Neubert, EMBA '07
The Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award honors alumni to recognize longevity and consistency of service and dedication to the Weatherhead School of Management.

Sherry Neubert is the Chief Information Officer and the Vice President of both the Information Technology and Global Project Management functions at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, where she has been employed since 2002. Neubert has worked in Operations and IT-related positions for 25 years. She began her career with Goodyear in the Enterprise Data Warehouse leading the Business Intelligence team, and during her tenure she has held various positions in IT and Project Management. Neubert holds a Bachelor of Science in Management of Information Systems from The University of Akron, an MBA from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, and a Masters in Operational Excellence from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business.  She is a certified PMP and a Six Sigma Black Belt. Sherry is a graduate of Leadership Akron’s Class of XXVII and was a 2011 “30 for the Future” Award Winner and received the Frank L. Simonetti Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Akron College of Business in 2017, and the 2018 Athena Leadership Award recipient.

She actively mentors and coaches women both inside of Goodyear and in the Akron community and is a member of the Weatherhead School of Management visiting committee and the Case Western Reserve University corporate visiting committee. She is a judge for the Goodyear Challenge, a design innovation challenge in collaboration with the Weatherhead School of Management.

Sherry’s community interests are mainly in the areas of women, STEM, and education.  She serves on the Leadership Akron Board, the LeBron James Family Foundation Community Advisory Board, the Corporate Visiting Committee for Case Western Reserve University, and is the President of the Women's Endowment Fund, a fund of the Akron Community Foundation.


Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award honors alumni who are transformational leaders, bringing credit to the university by their personal accomplishment, professional achievement and as good global citizens.


2017 Distinguished Alumnus: Mr. Timothy J. Callahan, EMBA ’99

Tim Callahan is President of MCT Corporation, an investment firm specializing in public and private equities principally within the technology and consumer products sectors, and Chairman of Embedded Planet, a company that designs, manufactures, and distributes high-powered single-board computers. Additionally, Mr. Callahan serves as the President and Executive Director of The M.E. & F. J. Callahan Foundation, which continues to support the interests and passions of its founder and Mr. Callahan’s father, F. J. Callahan.

Mr. Callahan has served on numerous boards throughout University Circle including University Circle, Inc., Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Institute of Art, Music School Settlement, MOCA Cleveland, Citizen’s Academy and Hawken School. He has also served Case Western Reserve University in several ways. Since 2000, he has been a member of the board of trustees. He serves as Vice Chair of the campaign committee for the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and is a member of the university’s campaign committee beginning in 2009. He is a member of the Inamori Advisory Committee since 2011, and serves on numerous committees for the School of Medicine.

Mr. Callahan is a member of the Visiting Committee for the Weatherhead School, where he earned his Executive MBA in 1999. He received his a BS degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology.


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Outstanding Alumni Award

The Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award honors alumni to recognize longevity and consistency of service and dedication to the Weatherhead School of Management.


2017 Outstanding Alumnus: Eric Douglas Keene, MBA ’94

Eric Keene is the Founder & President of Keene Advisory Group. He partners with publicly traded and privately held clients to recruit general management and functional executives. Formerly with Russell Reynolds Associates, Mr. Keene served as a firm-wide leader on Diversity & Inclusion and was a member of the Corporate Officer’s practice.

Mr. Keene has successfully led search engagements across a variety of industries including consumer markets, energy, financial services, healthcare & life sciences, industrial, professional services and technology. In addition to general management positions, Mr. Keene’s functional emphasis involves commercial roles (marketing, sales, and strategy), consulting, and manufacturing operations.

Previously, Mr. Keene worked for McKinsey & Company serving international clientele on issues of operations, organization, sales and strategy. His earlier experience includes several years in sales and marketing with IBM, O’Connor & Associates/Swiss Bank (UBS) and AT&T.

He has been recognized by Diversity MBA Magazine as one of their Top 50 under 50 Executive Leaders. He has also served as a Director for several organizations, including Centers for New Horizons and the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention.

Mr. Keene is an Emeritus member and past president of the Case Western Reserve University’s Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is an active member of CWRU’s Chicago Alumni Chapter, and served as its president in 2002.

Since 2013, Mr. Keene has been a member of the Visiting Committee for the Weatherhead School, where he received his MBA in 1994 as the Weatherhead Alumni Scholar. He and earned his BSc in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.

In 2017, he served on the Dean’s Search Committee for the Weatherhead School.


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