Thomas Moran at work on a sculpture he created for Northwood University named “Source”.

MIDLAND, MI. – Northwood University will recognize the accomplishments of Thomas Moran, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Moran Iron Works and founder, Industrial Arts Institute, with a 2017 Outstanding Business Leader Award. Moran was selected for his contributions to education, community involvement, personal and professional success, and dedication to Northwood’s philosophy.
“For 37 years, Northwood University has honored business leaders for their contributions to our nation and to the world,” said Keith Pretty, Northwood University President and CEO. “Tom Moran is a leader committed to seeing people succeed at every level in their lives, and serves as an exceptional role model for Northwood’s students.”

Outstanding Business Leader award recipients exemplify success in business, their community and in their personal lives. They will be recognized at an awards gala on Saturday, March 4 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. Proceeds from the annual awards gala are contributed to the Outstanding Business Leaders Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provides assistance to students with financial need and academic merit at Northwood University.

Northwood University will recognize six Outstanding Business Leader Award recipients in addition to Moran, including: Hank Graff, President, Graff Automotive Group; Mary Ann Van Lokeren, Former Chairman & CEO, Krey Distributing Company; Bernie Marcus, Co-Founder, The Home Depot and Job Creators Network; Lon Morey, Former Owner & Chairman, Morbark Industries; Lt. Col. (Ret.) Allen B. West, Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Board of the National Center for Policy Analysis, and Former Congressman, Florida’s 22nd Congressional District; and Carol A. Williams, Former Executive Vice President, Manufacturing & Engineering, The Dow Chemical Company.

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Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at a full-service, residential campus located in mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in multiple states and online. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening, weekend programming in Michigan and Texas, and online. The Michigan-based Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.