UW-Eau Claire Alumni

Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award
2015 Recipients

Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award: Recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit upon the recipient and the university.

Shaun Merriman and Gary Berg are both receiving the Alumni Distinguished Achievement award.

Shaun Merriman
Shaun Merriman

Shaun P. Merriman, '85, bachelor's degree in business 

For nearly 30 years, Mr. Merriman has enjoyed a successful career in commercial banking, a career that has spanned the United States through a variety of leadership roles. 

He currently serves as president, CEO and organizing director of Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida in Sarasota, Florida. He joined the community bank as it was starting in 2006, helping to create one of the most successful de novo bank start-ups in Florida's history. Since reaching profitability after just 31 months, the bank has posted nearly $8 million in profits for shareholders, and total assets have reached over $238 million. Its success has been recognized in Florida and nationally. In 2011, the bank was awarded the Bauer Financial five-star rating for financial institutions on a national level. 

Gary Berg

Gary Berg, '79, bachelor's degree in English 

Mr. Berg currently serves as the chief executive officer of G.L. Berg Entertainment, a company he established that specializes in contracting entertainment for college, corporate, fair, festival and theater events throughout the United States. 

After graduating from UW-Eau Claire, he went to graduate school in Missouri, and after receiving a master's degree in higher education administration he worked as a college administrator for more than a decade. 

He left academia to start G.L. Berg Entertainment, which has grown to be the largest entertainment provider in the Midwest, annually contracting entertainment and speakers for more than 3,000 shows throughout the United States and the world. The company represents approximately 100 professional comedians, musicians and variety performers.

View the list of past recipients of this award.