Mike and Sue Smith
For more than 40 years, Mike and Sue Smith have devoted themselves to serving the community and making education accessible.
Mike's community leadership roles are at organizations whose missions are promoting education and breaking the cycle of poverty. Such organizations include the Lumina Foundation, Riley Children's Foundation, the Eskenazi Health Foundation, and the Christian Theological Seminary. Professionally, Mike served in leadership positions of the global relocation company, Mayflower Group Inc., for 20 years as chairman, president, and chief executive officer (CEO). After Mayflower, he became executive vice president and CEO of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Sue has been actively involved with numerous Indianapolis-area non-profits, including serving as a board member for Dress for Success Indianapolis, as an advisor to Women's Fund of Central Indiana, and as a board member for Outrun the Sun.
Through their community service, The Smiths are living out Marian University's Franciscan sponsorship values and making a difference in the communities they serve.
Franciscan Values Award
Marian University traces its roots to 1851, when the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana founded a teacher training school to serve the needs of the Catholic community in southeastern Indiana. The Sisters established Marian College in Indianapolis in 1937; today Marian University offers students an excellent education that emphasizes a Franciscan understanding of the sponsorship values of dignity of the individual, peace and justice, reconciliation, and responsible stewardship. These values represent the legacy of our founders and the foundation of our personal approach to educating the whole person. In honor of this legacy, each year Marian University presents the Franciscan Values Award in recognition of contributions to our community.
Jim Hallett has more than 40 years of experience in the automotive industry. As chairman and chief executive officer of KAR Auction Services, Inc.—a global Fortune 1000 company headquartered in Carmel, Indiana—Hallett leads strategic planning for KAR and also oversees the development and implementation of the organization's objectives and growth strategy. Hallett joined the company in 1993 as president of ADESA Canada, and in 1996 relocated to Indianapolis to serve as president and CEO of ADESA. Hallett assumed his current role in 2009, and was the architect behind the merger of ADESA and IAAI (a salvage auction company) that resulted in KAR. Under Hallett's leadership, KAR has seen unprecedented rapid expansion and growth. He has been recognized with a number of industry and community awards throughout his career, including the national EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Award in the Services category, and most recently was named the 2017 Exceptional Executive by the United Way of Central Indiana. A lifelong hockey fan, Hallett shares his enjoyment of the sport as owner of the Indy Fuel.
John A. Purdie Innovator and Mentor of the Year Award
The John A. Purdie Innovator and Mentor of the Year Award is named for Marian University Trustee John A. Purdie, a certified accountant and graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Herman C. Krannert School at Purdue University. Purdie served as president of Regency Windsor Capital, Inc., a family-owned real estate investment holding company in Florida.
Purdie is a member of Legatus of Indiana, and has also been involved with Right to Life of Indianapolis, the St. Luke's Catholic Church Finance Council, the Indiana CPA Society, the American Institute of CPAs, and the Financial Executives Institute. Purdie and his wife, Pam, have been blessed with four children and five grandchildren.
Joe '80 and Diane (Pitzer) '81 Zimmerman
Joe '80 and Diane '81 (Pitzer) Zimmerman met while attending Marian University and studying for their accounting degrees. Since graduating, the couple has remained connected to the university by attending athletic events, annually supporting initiatives close to their hearts, and exemplifying the Franciscan values in their dedication to giving back to the community. They live by the guiding motto attributed to Saint Ignatius of Loyola, "Teach us to give and not to count the cost."
Now living in Fort Wayne, Indiana, both Joe and Diane are active in their local parish and schools. Joe has volunteered as a Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) soccer coach at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School and as a board member for Bishop Dwenger High School. Diane has served as a preschool religious education teacher and on various parish committees.
Professionally, Joe serves as the president of Star Technology, Inc., while Diane is a certified public accountant and audit director at Baden, Gage & Schroeder, LLC. After raising their four children, the Zimmermans enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and traveling.
Dillon Family Distinguished Alumni Award
The Dillon Family Distinguished Alumni Award is given to alumni who have attained significant achievements in their careers; have exhibited a spirit of mentoring by providing guidance, support, encouragement and leadership to Marian University students, faculty, staff, or to individuals in the broader community and contribute through personal leadership, to the development and growth of the individuals mentored; have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the growth, development and visibility of Marian University through gifts of energy, time, and talents; have demonstrated a commitment to achieving peace and social justice through significant contributions in a professional or volunteer role; have contributed significantly to the welfare of others through volunteering in direct service endeavors; or have made outstanding contributions to the improvement of the civic, national, global or religious community through professional or volunteer leadership.