Beta Alpha Psi Recognizes Business Professionals with Award for Contributions in Academia, Business and Government

Samantha Simunyu 

Published August 12, 2014

Durham, N.C. – Beta Alpha Psi awarded three professionals the Business Information Professional of the Year award sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants, Inc. (IMA) at the Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA. The award, created in 1974 is presented annually to individuals who make significant contributions to the business information professions in the areas of academia, business and government. 

Candidates are nominated by a Beta Alpha Psi chapter and chosen by the Beta Alpha Psi board of directors. The award recipients nominating chapter receives a $2,000 scholarship from IMA. 

“As the leading global organization representing management accounting and business and industry professionals, IMA is proud to sponsor the Beta Alpha Psi Business Information Professional of the Year award. This year's winners, Dennis Hanno, President, Wheaton College; Glenn Johnson, President, Horizon Air and Executive Vice President, Alaska Air Group; and Thomas Hilton, Keller Professor of Business Administration, Director of Forensic and Valuation Services Group, Anders Minkler Huber & Helm LLP, were an impressive group and provide great inspiration to the students and faculty!” stated Jodi Ryan, IMA director of student & academic relations.

The individuals listed below are the 2014 award winners.

Dennis Hanno is the newly appointed president of Wheaton College. He most recently served as Babson College provost, senior vice president, and President’s Endowed Professor of Accounting, in addition to leading the Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center as executive director. Previously, he served as the associate dean for Undergraduate Matters in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and on the faculty of Boston College. A vocal advocate for responsible management education, Hanno serves on the Board of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, a worldwide network dedicated to developing a next generation of responsible leaders. He also plays an active role in the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education movement, including contributing to several of its annual forums and publications. And, as an accomplished accounting educator, he was named “Educator of the Year” by the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public 

A member of Beta Alpha Psi since 1979, Glenn Johnson earned his bachelor’s in business/accounting from the University of Washington in 1981 and later obtained his CPA certification. After a start at Arthur Andersen and Co, he joined Alaska Air Group (AAG) in 1982 as Vice President/Controller.  In his nearly 30 years with Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines, he has served the company in a wide range of role, including: chief financial officer and executive vice president of finance at Alaska Air Group and Alaska Airlines, Alaska Airlines executive vice president of airport services and maintenance and engineering, Horizon Air senior vice president of customer services and vice president of finance and treasurer. As CFO for AAG, Johnson charted the company's course through the 2008-2010 global economic crisis, not only sustaining but improving AAG’s financial health and reputation on Wall Street. In 2009 the Greater Seattle Business Association named Johnson the 2009 “Citizen of the Year” for his commitment to diversity in the business community and in 2012, he established the GSBA’s Bright Horizon Scholarship to enhance the educational prospects of LGBT youth.

After earning a Masters of Finance from Saint Louis University and a CPA designation, Thomas Hilton began his career at Anders Minkler & Diehl LLP, and now leads the Forensic and Valuation Services Group at the firm. As a practicing professional for nearly 35 years, Hilton also stands as a leader in the profession in his contribution towards building the CPA pipeline. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, where he spends time ensuring the future success of the accounting profession. His eye is on the future in St. Louis, too, as he is also an adjunct professor of forensic accounting at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University. Outside of the profession, Hilton serves his local community as the current President of the Board of Governors for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation. 

About Beta Alpha Psi

Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.

Headquartered in Durham, NC, Beta Alpha Psi has over 300 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi's formation.