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Bethlehem, Pa., April 20, 2009—The Moravian College Accounting Club recognized outstanding alumni during its annual awards dinner held on Sunday, April 19. Karl H. Butz ’80 and John P. Whitehead ’88 were honored with the Pinnacle Award, given to business or accounting alumni who have achieved outstanding business success. The club also recognized Rosa M. Fernandes ’03 with the Young Accounting Alumni Award.
Butz received the Churchman Business School Alumni Award in 1998. He is a shareholder of Abraham, Borda, Corvino, Butz, LaValva & Co. PC, a certified public accounting firm located in Easton, Pennsylvania. Prior to entering public practice in 1982, he held positions as controller, corporate treasurer, and tax manager for Kleinert’s, Inc., a publicly traded international textile company. Butz presently serves on several management boards of various nonprofit organizations in the Lehigh Valley.
After serving over 16 years at Selective Insurance Group, Inc. Whitehead joined USI Affinity in January 2005 and serves as its chief financial officer. During his years at Selective, he worked in the Corporate Financial Accounting Department starting as staff accountant, and moving quickly through the ranks to vice president and controller. Whitehead was then promoted to senior vice president, chief financial officer and chief operation officer of Alta Services, LLC, a leading managed care company wholly owned by Selective Insurance. During his tenure at Alta, he developed a strong understanding of health and health related products to compliment his P and C background.
Fernandes is a financial analyst with the Tonnage Gases Decision Support organization, supporting the polyurethane intermediates business at Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., where she has worked for six years.
The Accounting Club also honored outstanding accounting majors with awards and scholarships. The Lucas Accounting Award recognizes outstanding junior accounting majors. Receiving the award were Erinn L. Hess ’11, Bethlehem, Pa., Hongbo Hannah Yang ’11, China, Christopher J. Boyle ’10, Schnecksville, Pa. and Jonathan Lee Ritter ’10, Allentown, Pa. The Grossman Accounting Award was presented to Sandra F. Tress ’09, Bethlehem, Pa. and Ryan D. Muth ’09, Emmaus, Pa.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.