Bolze, Carson Earn Annual Alumni Awards
As part of last fall’s Reunion and Homecoming festivities, the annual Michigan Ross Alumni Awards were presented by the school’s Alumni Board of Governors.
The David D. Alger Alumni Achievement Award went to Steve Bolze, MBA ’89. This award recognizes an alum of the business school whose accomplishments 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 ’68, and 2001 recipient of this award. He was a dynamic, involved, passionate member of the Michigan Business School community and a member of the school’s Visiting Committee. He died in the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Bolze is the president and CEO of GE Power, a $30B global business with 65,000 employees worldwide operating in over 150 countries. The business, the largest digital industrial segment in GE, is a world leader in power generation. Bolze’s GE career began in 1993 as the manager of mergers and acquisitions for GE Corporate Development. In 1995, he joined GE Energy in Schenectady, NY as manager of competitive strategies and later became the product manager for large steam turbines. He subsequently held several leadership roles in energy services, including president & general manager of energy management services. In 2002, Bolze moved to GE Healthcare as the general manager of functional and molecular imaging in Milwaukee.
In 2003, he was appointed vice president of GE’s Amersham unit in London. Bolze then moved to the role of president & CEO of GE Healthcare International, based in Paris; and then vice president, power generation, in November 2005. Bolze became a GE corporate senior vice president in September 2008. In January 2014, he was appointed the chair of the World Economic Forum’s Electricity Technology Community and reappointed for 2015.
The Bert F. Wertman Alumni Service Award went to David Carson, BBA ’55. The award recognizes an alumnus or alumna of the business school for outstanding service to the school and/or to the university. The award was established in honor of Bert F. Wertman, who served for more than 60 years as president of the Class of 1928. Through his leadership and caring, the class remained a cohesive and vital group and held a record number of continuous reunions.
Carson created the Carson Scholars program, consistently listed as one of the top programs by Michigan Ross students. For 10 years, David and Sara Carson have provided Ross students with an unparalleled opportunity to explore the relationship between business and government in Washington, D.C. This weeklong, action-based learning experience has now helped to shape more than 600 students’ lives. He has served as an advisor to faculty member George Siedel since the inception of the program.
Carson, the retired CEO of People’s Bank, is now a community consultant and entrepreneur after 45 years in management at various financial institutions. Carson has served as senior vice president and actuary at Hartford Insurance Group. He joined People’s Bank in Bridgeport, Conn., as its president and was later named CEO. He has served in a volunteer capacity as chair of organizations such as the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, Connecticut Public Broadcasting, America's Community Bankers, Business Advisory Board of the Connecticut Commission on Children, and as vice chair of the Tri State United Way.