The preeminent business networking and business
education organization in South Florida.
is pleased to invite you and your guests
to the presentation of
THE 2012 JOSEPH P. WHARTON
BUSINESS STATESMAN AWARD DINNER
For many years Wharton School Alumni Clubs have presented the
Joseph P. Wharton Business Statesman Award to business leaders
for leadership excellence and innovation in
management and civic affairs
Steven J. Halmos
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Reunion Group
Special Address by:
Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor of Marketing
Director of the Jay H. Baker Retail Center
Thursday, May 24, 2012
6:30 PM - Cocktail Reception
7:30 PM - Dinner and Program
Hyatt Regency Pier 66
The Pier Top
2301 S.E. 17th Street,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
Click here for directions
$2,500 - Platinum Level -- (event program listing and reserved table for twelve)
$1,500 - Full Table -- (reserved table for twelve)
$750 - Half Table -- (reserved table for six)
$125 - Individual Ticket
Inside Cover full-page: $450
Outside Back full-page: $450
Inside full-page: $300
Inside half-page: $150
All net proceeds from this event will go to the Wharton Scholarship Fund
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The deadline to purchase program advertising is Thursday, May 17th.
Please RSVP by May 21, 2012 above or by phone at (786) 206-4867.
Please direct inquiries to
Danna Daughtry, Club Administrator
Past Award Recipients Include
Leonard Abess, Chief Executive Officer, City National Bank of Florida
M. Anthony Burns, Former Chairman, CEO & President Ryder System Inc.
Alvah H. Chapman, Former Chairman, Knight-Ridder, Inc.
Carlos de la Cruz, Former Chairman and CEO, Eagle Brands, Inc.
Richard D. Fain, Chairman & CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Dr. Phillip Frost, President & CEO, IVAX Corporation
David Fuente, Former Chairman & CEO, Office Depot, Inc.
James W. McLamore, Founder & Former Chairman, Burger King Corporation
Leonard Miller, Chairman & President, Lennar Corporation
The Rowland Schaefer Family, Founders & Chairpersons, Claire’s Stores, Inc.
Sherwood “Woody” Weiser, Chairman & CEO, Carnival Hotels and Casinos/The Continental Companies
Dr. Sanford Ziff, Founder, Sunglass Hut International
President, City Furniture
Keith Koenig is president of City Furniture, a retail furniture company of 23 showrooms in South Florida under two brands, City Furniture and Ashley Furniture HomeStores.
City Furniture evolved from Waterbed City which was started in 1971 by Mr. Koenig’s late brother, Kevin. Keith became Kevin’s partner in Waterbed City directly after receiving his MBA from the University of Florida in 1975. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida in 1973. Mr. Koenig is active in many South Florida community organizations, and has received local and national recognition, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the UF MBA Outstanding Alumnus Award, and the Furniture Retailer of the Year Award. He is board chair of the University of Florida Foundation, and he chairs the Broward County Regional Council for the UF “Florida Tomorrow” $1.5 Billion Capital Campaign. He was made a Knight of St. Gregory by Pope John Paul II.
Mr. Koenig and his wife, Doreen, reside in Plantation and have two children, Daren Cronin and Andrew Koenig. Daren and her husband, Ryan Cronin, have two sons: KC, named after Keith’s brother, Kevin, and Jack.
Steven J. Halmos
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Reunion Group
Steve Halmos is the Chairman and CEO of the Reunion Group, a full-service marketing firm specializing in fee-based services to credit card holders. Steve is also a real estate and private equity investor in many notable projects throughout South Florida.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, Mr. Halmos’ family immigrated to New York in 1950. He went on to receive his Industrial Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.
While still a junior at Georgia Tech, Mr. Halmos and his brother decided to go into the credit card protection business by offering a service that allowed a card holder to register all of his/her credit cards at one central location. At the age of 21, Mr. Halmos, despite having no financing, experience, market research, or idea of how to attract or provide the service to subscribers, co-founded SafeCard Services, Inc. SafeCard moved to Fort Lauderdale, and eventually became what was then the world’s largest credit card services company. The company received numerous accolades from prestigious magazines such as Forbes.
In 1992, Mr. Halmos retired from SafeCard and began investing in various real estate and private equity ventures. He quickly became the largest owner of downtown Fort Lauderdale commercial real estate. He and his partners have developed several Fort Lauderdale projects including Las Olas City Centre, 350 and 450 Las Olas Center, the Plaza at Las Olas, 200 Brickell, and YOLO Restaurant to name a few.
In 1995, Mr. Halmos formed The Reunion Group, Inc., another credit card services company with clients including JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, ExxonMobil, Bank of America, and others.
Mr. Halmos is active in the Broward County community and has served on the Board of Directors of such organizations as the Museum of Discovery & Science, Community Foundation of Broward, Pine Crest School, Florida Atlantic University, Jack & Jill Children’s Center, Broward Workshop, and Boys & Girls Clubs.
He has also been recognized with such awards and distinctions as:
Mr. Halmos and his wife, Madeleine, reside in Fort Lauderdale. They have two children, Jeff and Stephanie.
- "Excalibur Award" from The Sun-Sentinel as Broward Business Leader of the Year
- Nova Southeastern University's "Entrepreneur Hall of Fame"
- Member of the "$1,000,000 Roundtable", United Way of Broward County
- "Philanthropist of the Year" from the Association of Fundraising Professionals
- "Byron Floyd Snyder Award" from the Fort Lauderdale Historic Society for preservation of historic buildings
- "CEO of the Year" and "CEO of the Decade" from Financial World magazine
Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor, Professor of Marketing;, Director, Jay H. Baker Retailing Center
Barbara E. Kahn returned to The Wharton School in January 2011 to serve as the Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor of Marketing and the Director of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center. Prior to rejoining Wharton, Barbara served for three and a half years as the Dean and Schein Family Chair Professor of Marketing at the School of Business Administration, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. While Dean at the University of Miami, she launched new global initiatives and academic programs, attracted top faculty from some of the world’s leading business schools to enhance the caliber of the school’s research and teaching, and established new partnerships with the business community. All of these initiatives helped the School rise significantly in the ratings. She also established the Global Business Forum at the University of Miami which brought over 1000 leading business executives and professionals to the campus.
Before becoming Dean at University of Miami, Barbara spent 17 years at The Wharton School as the Dorothy Silberberg Professor of Marketing. She was also Vice Dean and Director of the Wharton Undergraduate program. She was a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute and a faculty member of the Graduate Group in the Psychology Department. Before joining the Wharton faculty in 1990, Barbara served on the faculty at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. She was the Hakuhodo Advertising Agency Visiting Scholar at University of Tokyo in 1993 and a Visiting Academic at the University of Sydney, Australia, in 1996.
Barbara is an internationally recognized scholar on variety seeking, brand loyalty, retail assortment issues and patient decision-making whose research provides marketing managers with a better understanding of the consumer choice process. She has published more than 50 articles in leading academic journals. Between 1982 and 2006, she was the world’s seventh most published author of articles in the most prestigious marketing journals. She co-authored Grocery Revolution: The New Focus on the Consumer, a book that chronicled the dramatically changing supermarket industry and outlined how consumers make choices within the supermarket.
Barbara has been elected president of the Association of Consumer Research, elected president of the Journal of Consumer Research Policy Board and selected as a Marketing Science Institute Trustee. She was also area editor at Marketing Science and associate editor at the Journal of Consumer Research. She is or has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making and Marketing Letters.
She received her PhD, MBA and MPhil degrees from Columbia University, and a BA in English Literature from the University of Rochester.