2014 Distinguished Alumni Award
Richard Grimley, M.B.A.'84
Richard (Rich) Grimley was named President and CEO, Rexam Beverage Can North America (BCNA), in 2012. Rexam BCNA, based in Chicago, is a more than $2 billion per annum revenue business serving some of the largest and most recognizable beverage brands in the world. Rich was also named Rexam Global Manufacturing Lead, guiding the company’s more than 55 manufacturing plants throughout the world. Rexam is one of the largest global beverage can manufacturers with approximately $7 billion in revenue. Rexam’s roots in the Chicago area can be traced to the turn of the 20th century when the beverage can was first introduced. Rich joined Rexam in 2001 as vice president of Manufacturing and proceeded through levels of increasing responsibility, leading up to his previous position of Chief Operating Officer for Rexam’s North and South American beverage can businesses. Rich also worked for leading organizations such as National Can, American National Can, Reynolds Metals and Ball Corporation in various operations leadership roles. He was also a principal owner of Bev-Pak, Inc., a beverage can manufacturer. Rich was raised in the Chicago suburbs and is a 1980 graduate of the University of Iowa, where he also played varsity baseball on scholarship. He received his M.B.A. in 1984 from Benedictine University. Rich serves on the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Board of Trustees and is a board member for Big Shoulders, a charitable organization with a mission of providing support to Catholic Schools in the neediest areas of Chicago. Rich also leads Rexam sponsorship of Naperville Responds for our Veterans, a charity whose mission is to support veterans with home repairs, renovations and construction. Rich has also led Rexam’s efforts in supporting various charities such as the United Way and the Ronald McDonald House in Chicago and the communities the company does business in throughout the country. Rich and his wife, Diane, live in Naperville, Illinois. They have three children: Kevin, Shannon and Danny.
2014 Benedictine Spirit Award
Scott Filer, Health Science C99
Scott Filer is the President and CEO of One Hope United; a large multi-state nonprofit that provides an array of supportive therapeutic, early learning and residential services to nearly 30,000 children and families. Most recently, Scott served as the President and CEO of the National Children’s Center in Washington, DC. A disruptive innovator for nearly 25 years, Scott’s executive vita in human services includes programs directed at improving public health infrastructure (both nationally and abroad), as well as programs focused on enhancing the lives of children and people with disabilities. He presently serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Chicago, and also serves on several boards, including Public Health Foundation Enterprises in Los Angeles. Since graduating from Benedictine University with a BS in health sciences, he has gone on to earn an MPH in public health from the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business. Additionally, he has attended executive programs at both Harvard Business School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Scott met his wife Christine (Surges) while attending Benedictine, and they reside in Naperville with their five children.
2014 Alumni Service Award
Amania Drane, M.S.’11 in Management & Organizational Behavior
Amania Drane is an alumna who is truly dedicated to student success and supporting the values and mission of Benedictine University. After earning an undergraduate degree in African Studies and Economics at another university, she started her career in the auto claims division and then moved into Human Resources at State Farm, where she has worked for 24 years. After a series of moves, Amania relocated back to her hometown of Chicago in 1997. She started taking classes at Benedictine in 2008 and received her M.S. in Management & Organizational Behavior in December 2011. The experience left an impression on Amania, who returned with a new goal in mind: to give back and encourage undergraduate students to prepare themselves for their careers. Her life aspiration is to utilize her leadership and organizational skills to optimize the personal and professional development of others, which she has already started to do here at Benedictine. From helping to set up a mentorship program and working with students from the Black Student Union to founding the Celebrating Success Scholarship for African-American students, Amania leads by example in every endeavor she takes on. She has a real passion for education and wants to make sure all students and alumni of Benedictine University live up to their full potential. Amania is a member of Friendship United Methodist Church in Bolingbrook, IL and the Zeta Omicron Sigma chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She serves on the board or in leadership roles at several organizations, including the Board of the Illinois Friends of ACT-SO, AALR, Mombasa Relief Initiative and the Advisory Council for the National Latino Education Institute. Amania also runs a tutoring program called DAAWN, which is for second through eighth grade students in Darien School District #61.
Each year at Homecoming, the Alumni Association presents three distinct and unique awards to members of the Benedictine University Alumni family.
Distinguished Alumnus Award: In recognition of outstanding achievement in a career field or personal endeavor.
Alumni Service Award: In gratitude for current or past service to the University and/or the Alumni Association. The award will be presented to an alumnus/a who has made significant donations of time and talent to Benedictine University.
Benedictine Spirit Award: Presented to an alumnus/a who exemplified the Benedictine values of service, hospitality, and dedication to a given cause in their personal and/or professional life.
All awards are open to alumni in good standing who have completed a minimum of 48 credit hours at St. Procopius College, Illinois Benedictine College, or Benedictine University. All award nominees must have graduated or last attended Benedictine at least ten years ago.
Nominations will be evaluated by a committee of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association, which will make recommendations to the Alumni Association President and the Executive Director of University Development for final selection and notification.
Nominations for Homecoming 2014 are now closed, but we are accepting nominations for Homecoming 2015. Finalists not selected in a given year will be automatically submitted for consideration the following year. A permanent display of winners is in the Krasa Student Center.