George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

School of Business Distinguished Alumni Awards


2017 Winners

Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
Montano 2016Bob Burleson, BS Finance '84
Chief Executive Officer, IOMAXIS

Bob Burleson graduated from George Mason University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Business. He is currently the CEO of IOMAXIS, providing innovative and disruptive cyber technologies and methods in advanced global communications and computing. Over the past 25 years he has been the CFO of several companies in the biotech and information technology industries. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Trevigen and also the Biomedical Research Institute. For the past 11 years he has taught graduate students in Georgetown University’s Entrepreneurial Life Science program as an adjunct professor.


Alumni Service Awardee
Roe 2016Harold Rauner, BS Finance '81 and MBA '86
Managing Member, Flatrock Financial, LLC and Managing Member, RF Holding II, LLC
Harry Rauner was born in Fort Wayne Indiana. He entered Indiana Purdue University, but was drafted into military service in 1970. Rauner was honorably discharged in 1972. Subsequent to his discharge, Rauner completed his undergraduate education at George Mason University in 1981. Rauner’s banking career started as an entry-level employee at The McLean Bank in McLean, Virginia, where he rose to the level of senior vice president and senior commercial lending officer.
He continued his graduate education at Mason, receiving his MBA in 1986. Rauner left The McLean Bank in 1987 to start The Heritage Bank. He served as president, CEO and a director until late 1994. Rauner then joined United Financial Banking Companies, Inc. and led the turnaround of the company and its subsidiaries, principally The Business Bank. In January 1995, Rauner became president, CEO, and chairman of The Business Bank, as well as president of United Financial and its subsidiary, Business Venture Capital Inc.
Rauner is married to his wife, Linda, and together they have three children, Ryan Rauner, Marissa Lawson, and John Marshall Rauner.