June 26, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department held its second annual Leaders & Best Awards event today (Wednesday, June 26) at the historic Michigan Theater. Four athletic department staff members were the recipients of awards presented at the department-wide event.
Associate Director for Development Operations Kim McDade received the Wolverine Innovator Award, Facility Manager Chris Onsted was awarded the Maize and Blue Driving Change Award, Manager of the Michigan Sports Television Production Studio Collin McCarty received the Bo Schembechler Team Player Award and Director of Operations and Event Management Shelly Fabrizio was recognized as the Valiant Victor Teammate of the Year.
"Today, we recognize and honor the very best team members from the 2012-13 academic year," said Dave Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. "Kim, Chris, Collin and Shelly set a high standard for others to follow and were extremely dedicated to our strategic plan and high-performance culture. We are proud of their commitment to making Michigan Athletics the leaders and best in every way!"
McDade was named the recipient of the Wolverine Innovator Award. This award is given to a Michigan Athletics team member who created and implemented a great cost-saving idea or improvement or assisted in generating revenue for the department through a new product or service idea during the Fiscal Year. The winner supported the strategic plan by helping Michigan Athletics grow in a specific way.
The Maize and Blue Driving Change Award was presented to Onsted. The recipient is a team member who embraced the opportunity to work beyond what was comfortable, took smart risks and created positive changes within their department during the Fiscal Year. The winner practiced the "If It Ain't Broke, Break It" philosophy established in the department's strategic plan. The recipient is an individual who thrives on change and lives the principles and values that exemplify the Michigan Athletics culture.
McCarty was the recipient of the Bo Schembechler Team Player Award. Named for iconic Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler, the award is presented to a staff member who not only consistently helped his/her department get the job done, but went out of their way to assist co-workers in other departments during the Fiscal Year. This teammate helped whenever and wherever necessary to get the job done and was truly in it for the good of Michigan Athletics.
The Valiant Victor Teammate of the Year was awarded to Fabrizio. The honor is presented to the Michigan Athletics team member who exhibits the ability to be innovative with cost-savings or revenue generation, who demonstrates a commitment to positive change and assists other teammates throughout the department during the Fiscal Year. This co-worker participated in community or charitable activities, provided customers with exceptional or improved service, motivated others, participated in department functions and had the Michigan Athletics spirit!
The four winners were nominated by their peers and were selected by a committee of their team members within the athletic department.
Wolverine Innovator Award: Kim McDade, Associate Director for Development Operations
Maize and Blue Driving Change Award: Chris Onsted, Facility Manager
Bo Schembechler Team Player Award: Collin McCarty, Manager of Michigan Sports Television
Valiant Victor Teammate of the Year: Shelly Fabrizio, Director of Operations & Event Management
Media Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423