UW-Eau Claire Alumni

Lifetime Excellence Award
2015 Recipients

The Lifetime Excellence Awards are presented to alumni who have demonstrated long-time and successful commitment to their careers and communities. These individuals have made a positive and dramatic impact through enthusiastic dedication to service and living their lives as a testimony to UW-Eau Claire's motto, "Excellence." 

Don PrimleyDennis Loney, '69, bachelor's degree in communication 

For 28 years, Mr. Loney worked for the Walt Disney Company and implemented many worksite wellness programs, including the largest worksite Employee Assistance Program. He says achieving Disney's Lifetime Achievement Award, Partners in Excellence, was the highlight of his career. 

On a national level, he served as a trustee for the Employers' Managed Health Care Organization, as a member of the Washington Business Group on Health and a member of the National Medicare Educational Program. 

For 20 years, he was vice president for the Florida Health Care Coalition, a coalition whose focus was to work with area medical providers to reduce medical costs, improve quality outcomes and eliminate waste. 

Don PrimleyJohn Skoug, '75, bachelor's degree in accounting  

Mr. Skoug currently serves as chairman and CEO of Marathon Cheese Corporation and Packaging Tape Inc., president of the Raymond and Marie Goldbach Foundation Inc., and Goldbach Investments Inc. 

He began his career at Wipfli Regional CPAs in Wausau, advancing to senior manager during his 10 years with the company before joining Marathon Cheese Corporation/Goldbach companies in Marathon.  

He holds or has held leadership positions with the Northcentral Technical College Foundation, United Way of Marathon County, Community Foundation of Northcentral Wisconsin, Performing Arts Foundation, Marathon Area Swim Association, Junior Achievement-Northcentral District, Wausau Hospital Inc., M &I Bank-Wausau, and the Green Bay Packers. 

Don PrimleyTom Flesch, '74, bachelor's degree in business administration and economics
Jeannie Flesch, '73, bachelor's degree in education

Mr. Flesch is the president and CEO of Gordon Flesch Co. Inc., the nation's largest independent office equipment dealership. His father, Gordon, started the company in Madison back in the late 1950s. The family-owned business has transitioned from an equipment reseller to an integrated business technology solutions provider throughout the Great Lakes region.

Tom and Jeannie Flesch, who met on campus in the early 1970s, have been longtime supporters of their alma mater. Examples of their support include endowing and supporting scholarships, supporting the Blugold Marching Band, and providing a major gift to help fund a new gateway to the campus. In addition to their financial contributions to the university, Tom and Jeannie both have served many years as members of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board of directors.

View the list of past recipients of this award.