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R-MC Presents Entrepreneur Awards to Distinguished Alumni

Jan 27, 2016

Entrepreneur awards group photoThe Randolph-Macon College Board of Associates presented its Entrepreneur Achievement Award to three notable alumni at an event on January 21, 2016 at the Country Club of Virginia.
Susan Quinn '80, chair of the Board of Associates and member of the Board of Trustees, gave the opening remarks, and Randolph-Macon President Robert R. Lindgren welcomed guests.

"We are so pleased that so many of you could join us for this truly special evening," said Lindgren. "Tonight we recognize three successful alumni who, while fabulous in their own right and very deserving of our honoring them, are just so representative of all of the success stories in this room and in our alumni body at large."

Linwood "Woody" Staub '84 was presented the Executive of the Year award; Dean Browell '98 received the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award; and Chris Chodnicki '86 was presented the Entrepreneur of the Year award.

The award, established in 2009, recognizes alumni who transform a vision into a viable, sustainable enterprise. Recipients demonstrate the ability to envision a unique or highly improved concept and bring it to an extraordinary outcome.

Rodney Jefferson '94, chair of the Board of Associates Entrepreneur Awards Committee, presented awards to the following:

Executive of the Year: Linwood "Woody" Staub ’84
President, Chief Operating Officer and Board Member, Soluble Systems

Linwood "Woody" Staub has spent 30 years in the medical device industry. He recently became president and chief operating officer of Soluble Systems, a biotech company focused on commercializing regenerative therapies for chronic wounds. Prior to this, he built and sold two start-up ventures: CMJ Medical, a sports medicine distributorship, and SSN Partners, a medical device consulting practice.

Staub began his career with Johnson & Johnson, holding positions in Ethicon, Ethicon Endo Surgery, Wound Management/Bio-Surgery and Women’s Health and Urology. He has extensive experience internationally, including six years in Tokyo and three years in London serving as general manager of the J&J Wound Management/Bio-surgical division. Staub is also a member of the R-MC Board of Trustees.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Dean Browell '98
Executive Vice President, Feedback

In 2009 Dean Browell formed Feedback with ad industry veteran Jeff Thompson to the benefit of marketing and public relations professionals around the world. Browell leads Feedback's social media charge with a passion for how generations interact online, and his work spans many industries.

One of the leading thinkers in the industry, Browell has an academic zeal for exploration, and has worked with clients such as Mini Cooper and The Martin Agency. A faculty member of the University of Richmond's Institute on Philanthropy, he is a frequent speaker at international and national events.

Entrepreneur of the Year
Chris Chodnicki '86
Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, r2integrated

At R-MC, Chris Chodnicki earned a computer science degree, played lacrosse, and was a KA member, Jr. President & Secretary, and Big Brother. Starting a career at ADP, he later founded Bi4ce, a technology firm focused on open source software gaining worldwide clients including UN, World Bank and IMF. In 2007 he co-founded r2integrated (r2i), combining Bi4ce with a design firm. R2i is a leading national digital agency with 200+ employees and 4 offices. Clients include Microsoft, MasterCard, Hershey's, NFL and Sephora. Chodnicki leads technical strategy and partnerships. He and his wife Lisa have three children, and Chodnicki actively participates with JDRF, ADA, Ulman Cancer and ALS.

The Randolph-Macon College Board of Associates
Created by the R-MC Board of Trustees in 1980, the Board of Associates is an organization of R-MC alumni who have pledged to join their talents, energies, resources and wisdom to advance the mission of Randolph-Macon College. Through collective involvements and individual activities, members of the Board of Associates strive to procure new and sustained financial resources, to attract qualified students, to enhance the image and reputation of the institution, to enrich the educational experience of the students, and to provide advice and opportunities to students in preparation for fulfilling careers.