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Utah State University Honors Seven at Founders Day Ceremony

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011

Anthony A. (Tony) Kinninger, USU 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient

Anthony A. (Tony) Kinninger, Distinguished Alumnus Award

Don Wang, USU 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient

Don Wang, Distinguished Alumnus Award

Kay and Judy Toolson, USU 2011 Distinguished Service Award recipients

Kay and Judy Toolson, Distinguished Service Award

Mary and C. Mark Bold, USU 2011 Distinguished Service Award recipients

Mary and C. Mark Bold, Distinguished Service Award

Janice Dee, USU 2011 Distinguished Service Award recipient

Janice Dee, Distinguished Service Award

Seven Utah State University alumni will be honored Friday, March 4, at a Founder’s Day ceremony that celebrates the university’s 123rd anniversary. 

The USU Alumni Association Executive Board gives the Distinguished Alumnus Awards and the Distinguished Service Awards to those who have had a significant impact on their communities though both professional impacts and civic engagement.

The 2011 award recipients are Anthony A. (Tony) Kinninger and Don Wang, who will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Awards; and Kay and Judy Toolson, Mary and C. Mark Bold, and Janice Dee, who will receive Distinguished Service Awards.

“In many ways, the greatness of Utah State University can be defined by the successes of its alumni, so every year it is extremely rewarding to see that Aggies are having, and have had, a dramatic impact all around the world,” said Patty Halaufia, executive director of the Alumni Association at USU. “These awards tell stories of commitment to their professions and to their communities. Their efforts bring great credit to Utah State University, and we are proud to honor them, as they’ve honored us so well in so many ways.”

This year the group of honorees includes four Cache Valley natives. Kay Toolson is from Smithfield and his wife, Judy Shumway Toolson, grew up in Cove. They were high school sweethearts at Sky View High School. Mary McAllister Bold is from Logan, where her father and mother were employees at USU. And Janice Dee grew up in Wellsville.

Founders Day activities begin with a reception in the Taggart Student Center’s International Lounge at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner and the awards presentation in the Stevenson Ballroom. A dessert reception follows. Cost for the reception and dinner is $35. The celebration is open to everyone.

To RSVP for Founders Day 2011, register onlineor call (435) 797-1320 or 888-653-6246. The RSVP deadline is Feb. 28.

Anthony A. (Tony) Kinninger

Anthony A. (Tony) Kinninger graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1964. His college years were briefly interrupted by service in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Alaska as an Army surveyor. Tony has continued to pursue his passionate interest in history in many facets over the years. He has collected antique maps, principally of Mexico, in particular Baja, and the Western United States dating from the late 1600s, 1700s and 1800s.

He began his business career at McDonnell Douglas. In 1980, he founded Orange Commercial Credit in Anaheim, Calif., and shortly thereafter founded San Diego Commercial Finance and Inland Factors in San Bernardino. In 2010, the companies were consolidated and moved to their headquarters to Olympia, Wash. Tony continues to serve as president and CEO of Orange Commercial Credit.

Tony is the founder, president and CEO of Ansonia Credit Data, dedicated to compiling up-to-date information on U.S. and Canadian companies. Currently the company has on file more than $160 billion in credit files on 1.3 million companies in the United States and Canada.

Tony serves on the board of governors for the International Community Foundation, headquartered in San Diego, a foundation whose mission is to increase charitable giving and volunteerism across U.S. borders to benefit overseas communities and nonprofit organizations.

Tony and his wife, Linda, have served several organizations dedicated to children’s health and education, including the Catholic Education Foundation, and several environmental organizations, including Eco-Alianza de Loreto, a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect fragile ecosystems and promote sustainable, healthy communities in the greater Loreto, Mexico, region. Tony has served on the Urban Development Commission of Loreto and is owner and president of Vivero Del Cielo Razo, a Mexican corporation focused on growing a diverse selection of rare palms.

Tony and Linda are active in the Lido Isle Yacht Club in Newport Beach, Calif., and enjoy scuba diving in the Sea of Cortez. They have five grown children, all engaged in active professional careers and nine grandchildren, ages 3 to 13.

Don Wang

Don Wang has spent much of his life as a strong community leader in Houston, Texas. He continues to distinguish himself as someone dedicated to serving his community, in particular helping to better conditions for Asian immigrants, especially those who emigrated from Taiwan and China.

In 1987, Don helped found Metrobank to meet the financial needs of various ethnic communities in Houston, and he currently serves as chairman of the board of the company and bank. He has also served as chairman of the New Era Life Insurance Company since 1989. Don focuses his energy on growing his banking business and giving generously of his time to promote a more culturally diverse community.

Also active in a number of business organizations, Don has been a longtime board member of the Greater Houston Partnership, the supervisory board of directors of the World Trade Division and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Don actively participates in the promotion of Asian businesses, playing a principal role in building relationships between the Asian and non-Asian communities in and around Houston. On April 29, 1993, Houston Mayor Bob Lanier proclaimed “Don J. Wang Day” in recognition of Mr. Wang's many achievements in the realm of Asian community relations. In 1999, he received the Asian-American Entrepreneur Award and the 50th Year Humanitarian Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice.

He was president of the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of North America from 1991-92 and has been active with the Houston Asian Chamber of Commerce. During the summer of 2009, he was inducted into the Houston Hall of Fame. He received a bachelor’s degree from National Chung Hsing University and a master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences from Utah State University.

While Mr. Wang has been recognized as an adopted Houstonian, Utah State University is proud to call him one of its own.

Kay and Judy Toolson

Kay and Judy Toolson have been active community members throughout their lives, serving and donating of time and money in many generous capacities and making a significant impact on the lives of many people.

Kay and Judy were high school sweethearts at Sky View High School. They fell in love and are still living happily ever after in Eugene, Oregon.

Kay and Judy have served as honorary chairs for the Relief Nursery, a Eugene, Oregon-based family preservation program that specializes in preventing child abuse. They are also major donors to Children’s Houses in the Eugene area and to the organization Food for Lane County.

Kay has served as a member of the board of directors of McKenzie/Willamette Community Health Foundation in Springfield, Oregon, and as Commercial Council President for the Family Motor Coach Association.

Born in Smithfield, Utah, Kay served as an ASUSU officer while earning his bachelor’s degree in Marketing with minors in Economics and Computer Science. Shortly thereafter, Kay returned to USU to earn a master’s degree in Business Administration. Kay is a Lifetime Sustaining Member of the Alumni Association and continues to be a strong supporter of Utah State University. His gifts to the Huntsman School of Business are an expression of gratitude for the education that helped him become a successful businessman.

Kay serves as chief executive officer and president of Monaco Coach Corporation, an RV company that specializes in Recreation and Leisure Services. While he worked for Monaco Coach, the company increased in size, production and revenue. He and Monaco Coach’s management team were invited to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange.

Judy Shumway Toolson was born in Cove, Utah. As well as being an important benefactor in her community, Judy also is an accomplished artist noted for her beautiful porcelain paintings. Her brilliant art work has been featured in magazines and newspapers.

Mary and C. Mark Bold

Mary McAllister Bold and C. Mark Bold have been active in many organizations in their San Francisco community, including the San Francisco Food Bank, Feeding America, several arts organizations and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Both have been active in and held office for their neighborhood associations.

Mary was raised in Logan, the daughter of parents long-affiliated with Utah State University. Her father, DeVere McAllister, attended USU as an undergraduate and returned later to serve as professor of Agronomy. Her mother, Ila, typed graduate theses for years, serving later as the secretary for the vice president of Finance for several years.

Mary graduated from Utah State in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and later received an MBA from UC-Berkeley. Mary is president and founder of Inline Plans, Inc., a San Francisco consulting business started in 1982 to assist business owners with the setup and administration of retirement plans for their employees. She has been privileged to work with many entrepreneurs and investment professionals over the years. She has also served on the National Advisory Board for USU’s Huntsman School of Business for many years.

Mark was raised in the Chicago area and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Washington & Lee in Virginia. Mark pursued several career paths until settling with the securities industry in 1978. From 1982 to 1998, Mark worked for Sage Clearing Corporation, a leading market options clearing firm that became a subsidiary of ABN-AMRO in 1998. He then served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of ABN-AMRO Sage Corporation. From 2002 to 2005, he served as president and chief operating officer of PreferredTrade, Inc., an independent self-clearing broker-dealer with memberships on all U.S. exchanges. PreferredTrade was reorganized into Fimat Preferred, where Mark managed the operation expansion of its business.

Mark is currently a senior advisor with Engmann Options, Inc., a securities industry advisory and consulting group specializing in securities regulation and operations. He has been the past chairman of the Pacific Exchange’s Ethics and Business Conduct Committee and a past member of the Options Clearing Corporation Operations Roundtable and past chairman of the Western Financial Services Association.

Mary and Mark have a daughter, Carol, who is a painter and lives in St. George, Utah. They are regular donors to the Haas School of Business at U.C.-Berkeley and Washington & Lee.

Mark particularly enjoys gardening and is planting a personal vineyard in St. George. Both love art and travel and continue to plan and enjoy international travel.

Janice Dee

Whether she is receiving it, teaching it or providing it through service, Janice Dee recognizes the importance that education has had in her life and the lives of others. After graduating from Utah State Agricultural College in 1954 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, she went on to teach sixth grade.

From 1952 to 1954, Janice was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. She continues to be a strong advocate for the development of women through education and volunteerism. She was a member of the Junior League and AAUW (American Association of University Women).

Janice has been actively involved in community service in various capacities, and until 2009 she was a member of the HASS Dean’s Advancement Council at USU. She is also a Performance Hall Seat Donor and a member of the Old Main – President’s Circle.

An avid member of her community, Janice has been a volunteer for the Red Cross and participated in fund raising for the Art Center Board in Ogden.

She married W. Donald Johnston from Wilmington, Delaware. He died in 1971.

In 1991 she married Thomas D. Dee II from Ogden. She and Tommy were instrumental in the building of new guest homes in the Annie Taylor Dee House at McKay-Dee Hospital.

Tommy and Janice also made significant contributions to the Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah and have donated to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome and the Nature Conservancy.

Janice has two daughters, Elizabeth (Steve) Hubner and Jennifer (Spencer) Furch, and two stepchildren, David Dee and Thomas (Tim) D. Dee III.

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