Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
Coggin College of Business at the University
of North Florida recognized
three individuals today during the 13th Annual Prime F. Osborn III
Distinguished Business Leaders Award Luncheon for their continuing career
achievements. The awards luncheon was held at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.
Corporate sponsors of this year’s event were UPS, PSS
World Medical, Northwestern Mutual, The Florida Times-Union and The
award recipients include Dr. Robert I. Lufrano, Ronald A. Autrey and Dr. Steven
K. Paulson. Lufrano and Autrey were awarded the Distinguished Business Leader
award, while Paulson received the Distinguished Professor award.
“This annual event celebrates
successful leaders who have exhibited integrity, strong ethical values and
character, making them exceptional role models,” said Dr. John McAllister, dean of the Coggin College of
Lufrano joined Blue Cross and Blue
Shield of Florida (BCBSF) in 1990, where he
is currently chairman of the board of directors and serves
as the company’s chief executive officer. He is a member of the board of
directors of several health industry organizations, including America’s
Health Insurance Plans BCBSF and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. He
also serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of North Florida
Autrey has served as president of Miller Electric Company
since 2004. As the fourth leader of an 82-year-old company, he has led Miller
Electric’s expansion throughout the Southeastern U.S.,
more than tripling revenue and net worth. His community involvement includes serving
as the current chair of Jacksonville University’s Board of Trustees, past chair
of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and member of the newly-formed
Jacksonville Civic Council.
Paulson joined the UNF faculty in 1980, where he holds the
title Blanche and Luther Coggin Professor of Management. He has received
several awards, including the UNF Distinguished Professor Award for his
accomplishments in scholarship, teaching and public service. He received his
doctorate in sociology from Iowa
which brings a unique perspective to his teaching in the fields of business ethics,
international business and organizational theory.
The Prime F. Osborn
III Distinguished Business Leaders Award was established in 1998 by UNF’s
Coggin College of Business as an annual award to recognize the long-term career
achievements of individuals who provide leadership in business and the local
community. Qualifications for these honorees include success in business,
significant contributions to community quality of life and a commitment to
The award has been
named in honor of the late Prime F. Osborn III, whose long career in the
railway industry was noted as much for service to mankind as it was for
business acumen. Prime Osborn was known throughout the nation as a person of
character, integrity and high ethical standards.
With more than 3,800 students, the Coggin College’s
mission is to educate and develop business professionals through rigorous,
relevant accredited degree programs offered by faculty devoted to student
learning and engaged in scholarly activities.
Since 1976, the Coggin College of Business has been
accredited by AACSB—only one in five business schools are awarded the
accreditation, which honors the best business schools in the world. The AACSB
is the world leader in accreditation for business education.
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