Ryan Landau (BA Supply Chain Management ’10), Susan Oaks (MBA Management ’85), and Brian Van Elslander (BA Accounting ’87) have been selected as recipients of the 2014 Broad College alumni awards.
Ryan Landau will receive the Young Alumni Achievement Award at an upcoming event. He is the co-founder of Chalkfly—an office supply company that offers customers an opportunity to designate a rebate of 5 percent to a teacher of their choice—which was recognized as one of the “15 Best Startups to Work for in America” by Business Insider. Landau was listed in the 2013 Crain’s Detroit Business Twenty in Their 20s, and he will speak at TEDxDetroit later this month.
Susan Oaks was awarded the 2013-14 Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award at the Broad College Homecoming tailgate on September 27 for her wise leadership of women in consulting and supply chain and her support of recruiting at Michigan State University. She is the vice president of A.T. Kearney, a leading global management consulting firm with offices in more than 40 countries. Prior to working at A.T. Kearney, she was a manager at Dialog Systems.
Brian Van Elslander was recognized for being instrumental to the Financial Markets Institute—mentoring current and former students, championing their employment opportunities, advising the institute’s leadership, and raising money for FMI endowment funds—with the 2014 Broad College Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award. He is the managing director and head of the Financial Sponsors Group of Wells Fargo Securities in New York. Prior to Wells Fargo, he held positions in New York and London with JP Morgan Securities and Credit Suisse. Van Elslander joined the FMI Advisory Board when the institute was created in 2006 and served as its first chair until 2013. He continues as a member of the board’s executive committee. Van Elslander received his award at the FMI New York Road Show reception on September 18, at which it was announced that the Helen S. Dashney Endowment for the Financial Markets Institute had reached its target of $4 million, thanks to gifts from 100 percent of FMI alumni.