Business Executives Honored for Achievement and Leadership

WWU School of Business Sponsors Colloquium and Awards Ceremony

By: Rosa Jimenez

Alumnus Kelly Smith will present the Nov. 6 colloquium sponsored by the School of Business.

The Walla Walla University School of Business will honor three of its accomplished graduates at a special ceremony to be held Sunday, Nov. 6, in Room 154 of Chan Shun Pavilion.  The Business Executive Awards ceremony will be preceded by a 7 p.m. colloquium presented by one of the event’s honorees. Alumnus Kelly Smith will speak about his entrepreneurial enterprises. 

Smith has launched numerous companies and also invests in technology ventures.  Smith, a 1992 business graduate, founded his latest company, INkd, in 2009 with $1.7 million of seed capital. The company is an online graphic design marketplace of downloadable templates for printed materials such as flyers, brochures, newsletter, and more. Designers and other creative professionals who submit materials to the design collection are paid royalty fees. 

Prior to INkd, he launched Imagekind, now the largest online marketplace for buying and selling art. 

The company caps his 20-year career that has included co-founding or working in companies such as Myrio, thePlatform, Real and CompuServe.  

Smith’s operates his investment company, Curious Office, with business partner Adrian Hanauer, an owner of the Seattle Sounders. 

Following his presentation, Smith and two other business alumni will be honored for their professional achievements. 

Smith will receive The Young Entrepreneur Award. 

The Leadership Award will be presented to Kenneth V. Dunton, a 1961 business graduate. Dunton has led an accomplished career in health care administration. Dunton capped his 48-year career in 2010 having served for 25 years as president of Kenco Medical Corporation. During his tenure as president, Dunton led in the development of ten facilities, totaling 1,205 beds. He has also owned or operated convalescent centers. Dunton is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Administrators. 

The Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Clarence Anderson. Anderson, a former professor for the university’s School of Business, also served as the School’s dean from 2001 to 2009. As the leader of a local business, Anderson has supported the university by contributing time and money to the university and the University Church. 

“This is a time to honor a few of our many accomplished graduates of the School of Business. It is a time for our students to develop an awareness of what is possible when they graduate,” says JoAnn Wiggins, dean of the School of Business. 

A reception will follow the colloquium and awards ceremony.

The Sunday evening event is free and open to the public. 

On Monday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m., Dunton will speak to students about economic development in Central America. The location is Room 108 in Bowers Hall. 

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