Former NUIAS Chair Drives 2014 Auto Show Gala

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After earning his BBA in 2005 and his MBA in 2006, Rob Wilson went back to his family business, Mid Michigan Materials, Inc., an aggregate materials excavation and supply firm. As Vice President of the family business and father of two sons (Levi and Noah), Wilson remains busy but amidst the rigors and demands of it all he continues to find time to give back to his alma mater.

A member of Northwood University’s Michigan Board of Governors, Wilson is also a member of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee and served as the Co-Chair—along with his wife Megan—of Northwood’s 2013 Annual Auto Show Gala. As one might imagine, Wilson’s efforts have not gone unnoticed and in 2013 NU presented him with an Outstanding Alumni Award.

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A former NUIAS chair himself, Northwood’s Annual Auto Show is in Wilson’s blood and once again he and his wife Megan are serving as the Co-Chairs of Northwood’s Annual Auto Show Gala. Julie Endres-Felske, Executive Director of Alumni Relations at NU, recently caught up with Wilson to get a preview of the 2014 Gala.

Endres-Felske: Tell us about the event that you are co-chairing with your wife Megan? How is this event different from others? 

Wilson: The Northwood University Auto Show Gala is very different from many of the other events that are put on by Northwood. The Gala is a gourmet strolling dinner and cocktail party held at the Midland Country Club. The event is welcoming back the renowned Simone Vitale Band for it’s fourth year and will surely keep the crowd entertained. As part of raising funds, we traditionally have a live auction, but this year we will feature some new and very exciting auction items including a Chinese Adventure as well as a truly unique James Bond Hideaway trip.  More details about the one-of-a-kind auction items will be revealed soon on the Northwood Gala webpage www.northwood.edu/gala.

Endres-Felske: Where do the funds raised from the Gala go? 

Wilson: The proceeds of the event will directly benefit the Northwood University Town & Campus Endowed Scholarship and the Alumni Legacy Student Scholarship funds. Last year we were able to deposit in excess of $65,000 to assist students with their education at Northwood. With the exciting new things planned for this year’s event we hope to raise even more funds for scholarships.

Endres-Felske: How and why did you guys get involved with this event? 

Wilson: My wife, Megan has been a member of Town & Campus (T&C) for some time now and was on the Gala planning committee when the women of T&C planned it. Last year, we chose to chair the event together representing both Town & Campus and Northwood Alumni.  We both believe in what Northwood University did for me as a student and want to help others have that same Northwood experience, giving them the competitive edge when they hit the real world.  We look at this experience as helping invest in all of our futures.  Northwood is helping to shape the next generation of leaders and we are proud to support that.

Endres-Felske: Why should alumni attend this event? 

Wilson: This is a great event for Alumni to be a part of during Homecoming weekend. It is so important to give back to the university that helped us become who we are today.  There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about my Northwood experience or apply a concept that I learned there and it is now our job to afford others that same opportunity.

Endres-Felske: Tell us about your committee? 

Wilson: We have a fabulous committee made up of Alumni, Town & Campus, Northwood Family and friends of the University.  We are also proud to have the support of our Town & Campus Honorary Founders Committee.  Without the dedication of our Town & Campus friends, the event would not be the success that it is today.

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2014 Auto Show Gala Committee 

Gregory Adamczyk – Class of 2008

Jim Cross  

Gretchen Pretty

Dan Reimer – Class of 1998

Dan Saar – Class of 1998

Mike Weinert – Class of 1999

Graham Williams – Class of 1983

Jennifer Williams – Class of 1983

Richard Williams

Megan Wilson Co-Chair

Rob Wilson Co-Chair – Class of 05’ & 06’