The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation
and the Business Engagement and Leadership Council hosted
its 56th annual Pacemaker Awards at the Inverness Club, where
various alumni were recognized and honored.
Mr. González received his bachelor of business administration
degree from UT in 1961. He then split his career between serving
as a foreign service officer at the U.S. State Department, as
assistant vice president at Merrill Lynch, and as chief
financial officer of Lone Star Seed Co. in San Antonio TX. He is
now retired, spending time with his wife Ofelia [whom he met in
México City 24 years ago at a family wedding] between Texas and
He also served in the military, serving two years in the Vietnam
engagement, and is a retired captain of the United States Army
Reserve. He is a past member of the staff of the U.S. House of
Representatives, and a member emeritus and past secretary of the
Explorers Club, Washington Group.
Mr. González is a native of Toledo, graduating from Central
Catholic High School. The University alumnus is a strong
supporter of the College of Business and Innovation's Edward H.
Schmidt School of Professional Sales. He and his family
regularly visit UT every fall.
The Pacemaker Award
is the College of Business and Innovation's highest honor,
recognizing individuals for outstanding achievement in business,
as well as contributions to the community and the University,
said. Dr. Anne L. Balazs, Dean of the College of Business
and Innovation. “We also are proud to recognize our business
students at this prestigious annual event.”
Student Pacemaker Awards
are presented to College of Business and Innovation graduate and
undergraduate students for their outstanding academic
achievement, University and community service, and leadership.
The 2019 Student Pacemaker Award recipients announced
• Master of Business Administration - Himabindu Katrapati;
• Master of Science in Accountancy - Constance Baumgartner;
• Accounting - Rachael Noe and Hannah Smith;
• Applied Organizational Management - Gregory Matuszynski II;
• Finance - Landon Bleau and Spencer Shoemaker;
• Information Operations Technology Management - Cassidy
Hamill and Scott Pribe;
• Management - Laurie Britt and Quinne Meyer;
• Marketing and International Business - Olivia Wright
and Jovan Sanson; and
• Dean's Award - Abigail Brannan.
In an interview with La Prensa after the Friday event,
Mr. González informed La Prensa that he and his sister
Irene have created a scholarship fund focused on Latino students
in the respective students’ quests for education and degrees at
the University of Toledo and as further explained in the
Editor’s Note below.
In La Prensa photo are: Rico, editor of La Prensa; Ramón and
Ofelia González; and Deirdre Jones, MBA, director of UT’s
College of Business and Innovation Edward H. Schmidt School of
Editor’s Note: According to Deirdre Jones, MBA,
Business and Innovation Edward Schmidt School of Professional
Sales, the scholarship created is the Ramón & Irene González
Scholarship. It is an estate/deferred gift. When it does
go into effect, students will apply online using UT’s College of
Business & Innovation’s single scholarship form. The
scholarship is for gifted Latino students (identified as merit
students in the top 10% of applicants) with a preference for
students in UT’s College of Business and Innovation Edward
Schmidt School of Professional Sales (ESSPS).