David D. Alger Alumni Achievement Award

Established in 1989, this award recognizes an alumnus or alumna of the business school whose attainments in their professional field have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the school, and benefit to their fellow citizens.

The Alumni Achievement Award has been named in honor of David D. Alger, MBA 1968, and 2001 recipient of this award. David was a dynamic, involved, passionate member of the Michigan Business School community and a member of the School’s Visiting Committee. David perished in the events of Sept. 11, 2001.


Alumni Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, September 13 during Reunion Weekend.

2021 Winner

John R. Tozzi, MBA '67 

John Tozzi

John R. Tozzi founded Cambridge Investments LLC, and also founded and served as President, CEO & CIO for Cambridge Investments Limited from 1982-2010.

From 1973 to 1981, Mr. Tozzi was a founding Senior Partner and Member of the Executive Committee at Montgomery Securities. From 1968 to 1973, Mr. Tozzi was a member of the sales and trading department at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and managed the Institutional Department of Lehman Brothers.

Mr. Tozzi earned his BS beta gamma sigma from Bowling Green University. He received his MBA cum laude from the University of Michigan, was a Rodney Fellow and Chaired the Business Schools Finance and Investment Associations. Mr. Tozzi currently serves as a member of the Board at The University of Michigan Business School. Mr. Tozzi also serves as the President of Pine Canyon Real Estate Development LLC, and Senior Member of the Board at Snow King Mountain LLC. Most recently he has been elected as a Member of the Board at The American Hospital of Paris Foundation and Certis Oncology Solutions where he also serves as the Chairman of the Certis Executive Committee. He is a former board member of The San Francisco Boys and Girls Club, and The St. John’s Hospital Foundation. He has served as Chairman of The Yellowstone National Art Trust; Chairman of the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming; and is a former Board member, Treasurer, and Finance Chair of the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Mr. Tozzi is also a former Economics and Finance Instructor at the New York Institute of Finance as well as a former pro bono Economics and Finance Instructor at The Branson School. Also at the Branson School, Mr. Tozzi served as a Trustee and Treasurer in addition to coaching varsity soccer. Mr. Tozzi has been a featured speaker at a number of Investor Conferences sponsored by: Institutional Investor Magazine, Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Tremont Advisors, Maxam Capital, Sohn, Alternative Asset Summit, Cap Intro West, UC Berkley, and The University of Michigan Business School.

Since Cambridge Investment’s founding in 1981, he has also been featured in the following media outlets and publications, amongst others: Barron’s, CNBC, Forbes, Esquire, Fortune, Money, Oil and Gas Journal, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Wall Street Transcript, and Worth.

Previous Recipients

2020 Jennifer L. Sherman, BBA '86

2019 Catherine P. Bessant, BBA 1982

2018 Steven W. Percy, MBA 1972

2017 J. David Heller, BBA '87

2016 Steve Bolze, MBA '89

2015 Jeff T. Blau BBA '90

2014 Harvey Spevak MAcc, BBA 1987

2013 Mary Kay Haben MBA 1979

2012 Michael Jandernoa BBA 1972

2011 Fred Erb BBA 1947

2010 J. Ira Harris BBA 1959

2009 Stephen M. Ross BBA 1962

2008 John M. Fahey, Jr. MBA 1975

2007 Stephen Sanger MBA 1970

2006 Robert Shaye BBA 1960

2005 Ronald N. Weiser BBA 1966

2004 John Madigan BBA 1958, MBA 1959

2003 Allan D. Gilmour MBA 1959

2002 Cleveland Christophe MBA 1967

2001 David D. Alger MBA 1968

2000 Stan Frankel AB 1963, MBA 1964

1999 Barnett Helzberg BBA 1956

1998 Joel Tauber BBA 1956, JD 1959, MBA 1963

1997 Sam Wyly MBA 1957

1996 Sandy Robertson BBA 1953, MBA 1954

1995 David B. Hermelin BBA 1958

1994 Martha Seger BBA 1954, MBA 1955, PhD 1971

1993 Everett E. Berg MBA 1948

1992 Robert Briggs AB 1925, MBA 1928, HON LLD 1969

1991 L. William Seidman MBA 1949

1990 Eugene B. Power BA 1927, MBA 1930

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