In 1976, the George Mason University Alumni Association began recognizing and honoring outstanding alumni, students, and faculty members for their achievements and contributions to the university. The Alumni Association continued this tradition by hosting the annual Celebration of Distinction to honor the award winners' accomplishments at Mason, in the community, and across the globe.
The School of Business is proud that three of its alumni were honored at the ceremony.
Susan B. Gregg, BS Accounting ’85, was named the 2011 School of Business Distinguished Alumni. Gregg has more than twenty years of experience in public accounting, with a concentration in the area of taxation. Her expertise in the areas of personal, corporate, and partnership taxation has opened several opportunities for her to represent clients in the U.S. justice system and before the Internal Revenue Service. Recognized by Virginia Business magazine as a Super CPA, Gregg was previously named on the Top 30 Accountants by Washingtonian magazine.
Kaylene H. Green, BS Accounting ’87, was honored with the Alumni Service Award. Green has 35 years combined experience in the federal relations arena, having held leading positions in the private sector and staff positions on Capitol Hill and the Department of Defense. In 2009, she cofounded Flagship government Relations, a business development and lobbying firm, and serves as its president and partner. Prior to that, Green was at PMA Group, where she held several positions, including vice chair, chief operating officer, and Defense Group leader. Here areas of specialty include shipbuilding, electronics, and advanced technology, and her broad network of government relationships include key members of Congress, congressional staff, and executive branch officials. Green was honored in conjunction with her husband Robert E. Green III, BSEd Elementary Education ’76.
Anne K. Altman, BS Marketing ’82, received the Alumni Association’s highest honor, Alumna of the Year. Altman was appointed general manager of IBM Global Public Sector in August 2009, giving her responsibility for its strategy, direction, development of solutions, and sales for government, educations, health care, life sciences, and pharmaceutical industries worldwide. She joined IBM in 1981 as a systems engineer and has held a series of increasingly responsible positions in software, global hardware and software sales, operations, technology development, marketing, and consulting. In addition to her current role as general manager of the Global Public Sector, Altman is a member of IBM’s Performance Team and Integration and values Team.
Awards for her outstanding contribution to the information technology industry include Federal Computer Week’s Top Federal 100 and Eagle Award, the AFFIRM Leadership Award for Industry, and the CIO Council’s Azimuth Award for the Industry Executive of the Year. Altman is recognized as a thought leader in areas ranging from e-government to national security and her work has been featured in leading media outlets including the Washington Post, Associated Press, Federal Computer Week, Washington Technology, Government Computer News, and Information Week. She is also a contributor to key government-related review boards for such organizations as the National Academy of Public Administration, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Private Sector Council.