Quinnipiac University School of Business inducts Tim Gannon and Donald Torey
into its Business Leader Hall of Fame
HAMDEN, Conn., Nov. 20, 2012
HAMDEN, Conn., Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Quinnipiac
University School of Business inducted Tim Gannon, co-founder of Outback
Steakhouse, Inc., and Donald Torey, president of alternative assets and
director of GE Asset Management Inc., into its Business Leader Hall of Fame
during a black-tie dinner ceremony Nov. 16 at the Metropolitan Club in New
"The Quinnipiac University School of Business is proud to honor Tim Gannon and
Donald Torey as the 2012 inductees into our Business Leader Hall of Fame,"
said Matthew L. O'Connor, dean of the School of Business and the master of
ceremonies at the 10^th annual induction dinner. "The Hall of Fame honors men
and women who exemplify the leadership qualities, business acumen and values
that we seek to instill in our students."
Before Gannon and Torey addressed the audience of more than 200, O'Connor
introduced a video that profiled their professional and personal
accomplishments. It was evident from each video that in addition to being
outstanding businessmen, Gannon and Torey are strong believers in community
Torey, of Darien, is on the board of the Stamford Boys and Girls Club and
buildOn, a youth engagement organization that emphasizes local community
service and builds schools in impoverished areas, including South America and
"On behalf of GE Company, including Quinnipiac graduate Dave Rusate who helped
to represent our company at the event, we congratulate Tim Gannon along with
Quinnipiac University's Outstanding Alumni and Emerging Leader Awardees,"
Torey said. "It's an honor to be recognized as part of this distinguished
group of individuals and to take part in a celebration of their
In 2011, Gannon, of Palm Beach, Fla., launched Kettle Comfort, Cooking for
America, a West Palm Beach, Fla. philanthropic initiative which delivers
chef-inspired food to thousands of hungry and nutrition-deprived people daily.
"I am thrilled to be inducted into the Business Leader Hall of Fame," Gannon
said. "I know and have great respect for the people who are giving me this
very prestigious honor, and I am very respectful of those colleagues who have
received it in the past."
Several others top businessmen who have been inducted into Quinnipiac's
Business Leader Hall of Fame attended the event, including David Darst,
managing director and chief investment strategist, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Global Wealth Management Group; Gabriel Ferrucci, owner and manager of
Ferrucci Properties, LLC; Kenneth Neilson, former chairman, president and
chief executive officer of Hudson United Bank; and William Weldon, chairman of
Johnson & Johnson.
In addition, the School of Business presented Outstanding Business Alumni
Awards to Karen Bradbury, president of EBEL Americas and worldwide
merchandising director of Movado Group, Inc., and Laura Sequenzia, publisher
of "Golf World" magazine.
The School of Business also presented its Emerging Leader Award to Kyle Cook,
of Wakefield, R.I., an entrepreneurship major, Jennifer Lydiksen, of Milford,
a student in the MBA program, and Alexandra Seitz, of Annanadale, N.J., an
economics major. This award is presented to students who demonstrate
excellence both in and out of the classroom, including leadership roles on
campus and/or significant community service.
View photos from the event.
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minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university
enrolls 6,200 full-time undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students in 58
undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in its School of
Business and Engineering, School of Communications, School of Education,
School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Frank H. Netter MD School of
Medicine, School of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac
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