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December 17, 2009

UW-Eau Claire Business Alumnus Michael Stone to be recognized at Commencement

StoneMikeUniversity of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Business alumnus Michael Stone and six other university alumni and friends will be recognized by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Dec. 19 at a luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with fall commencement.

Michael Stone will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit to the recipient and UW-Eau Claire.

Stone, who is fluent in Japanese, completed a minor in East Asian studies at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, in 1981 while studying abroad as a UW-Eau Claire undergraduate. During a second year of study abroad, he studied at Yokohama College of Commerce in Yokohama, Japan. He earned a bachelor of business administration degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1984.

From 1991-2003, Stone was the Asia sales manager for Paper Converting Machine Co. in Green Bay, where he was responsible for strategic planning, opening overseas offices and establishing agents. He became director of the international division of American Foods Group Inc. in Green Bay in 2003. Stone managed and expanded markets in Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Indonesia, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Mexico.

Stone started a sales and marketing company for the food and equipment industries, The Stone Group Inc., in 2005. He serves as president and CEO of the company, which provides sales, marketing and management for international companies in the United States and for American companies that export. The company has worked with the Wisconsin Cranberry Cooperative, Edco Foods, Kinetic Corp., CA Lawton and RA Jones Machinery.

Source: UW-Eau Claire News Bureau

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