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Regional Management Leaders of the Year Named by UCR Management School


Regional Management Leaders of the Year Named by UCR Management School

(May 28, 1999)

Three Inland Empire managers will be recognized as Management Leaders of the Year by the University of California, Riverside's A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management. The seventh annual luncheon and awards ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 10 at the Raincross Ballroom of the Riverside Convention Center.

This year's honorees are Jack Dangermond, president of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) in Redlands; Ronald O. Loveridge, Mayor of the City of Riverside; and Teri Ooms, chief executive officer of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership.

"The luncheon and award presentation recognizes management professionals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, innovative management practices and contributions to the business community," said Alan H. Lewis, assistant dean of external affairs for t he Anderson Graduate School of Management. The awards are divided into three categories: private sector, public sector and not-for-profit.

Dangermond, of Redlands, earned the Management Leader of the Year Award in the private sector. In 1969, he founded in Redlands what has become the leading geographic information system (GIS) company in the world, providing software like ARC/INFO, ArcView and ArcExplorer to clients in 90 countries.

Dangermond has delivered scores of speeches at international conferences, published hundreds of papers on GIS and is the recipient of a number of medals, awards and honorary degrees, including the Horwood Award of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, the Anderson Medal of the Association of American Geographers and the John Wesley Powell Award of the U.S. Geological Survey.

He has served on advisory committees to NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency and other U.S. agencies. He was educated at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, the University of Minnesota and Harvard University's Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Design.

Loveridge, who has served as Riverside's Mayor since 1994 and as a city council member for 15 years before that, will receive the Management Leader of the Year Award for the public sector. A resident of downtown Riverside, he is especially known for his visionary leadership in promoting cleaner air, a more beautiful downtown, a stronger economic base, historic preservation and the health and welfare of children and families.

He is an associate professor of political science at UCR and holds a master's degree and a doctorate in political science from Stanford University. He has provided innovative leadership to many committees, including the Agua Mansa Enterprise Zone Board, the Board of Directors for the League of California Cities, the Tax Stabilization/Reform Task Force, the March Joint Powers Authority, the Western Riverside Council of Governments and the Regional Council of the Southern California Association of Governments.

Ooms, of Riverside, will receive the Management Leader of the Year Award for the not-for-profit sector. As chief executive officer of the Inland Empire Economic partnership, she exemplifies all the qualities of a progressive innovative leader. She is responsible for the regional marketing, attraction and recruitment of new business to the region, the retention of existing business, tourism and the Small Business Development Center. "During her first year at the helm of the IEEP, she has transformed the organization into one which is able to more effectively serve the economic growth of the Inland Region," Lewis said.

Ooms joined the Inland Empire Economic Partnership in 1991 as the Executive Director of the Small Business Development Center. Under her leadership, the Center grew to the largest in California, with funding of $1 million. The Center can demonstrate economic impact of over $150 million in its seven-year history. She was elevated to the position of CEO of the IEEP in 1998.

Ooms was a corporate comptroller for an insurance agency and worked for three years as a business consultant before moving to Southern California. She graduated with honors from the University of Scranton with a degree in public administration and an MBA in Finance.

The UCR Management Forum, which gives out the awards, is a roundtable for regional business leaders and management faculty at UCR.

Tickets for the event are available for $25 per person or tables of eight for $200. Reservations must be received no later than Friday, June 4th. For reservations or more information call (909) 787-4592.


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