Four of Plymouth State’s most successful business degree graduates have been honored by PSU’s chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA). Keith Markley, ’81, Jason Lyon, ’94, Jane Babin ’83, ‘88G, and Barry M. Ross, ’73 were recognized at the PSU AMA award luncheon Nov. 24, with their induction into the PSU AMA Alumni Hall of Fame.
Keith Markley is the President and CEO of Liberty Aerospace, Inc., a general aviation aircraft manufacturer based in Melbourne, Fla. Markley formerly served as vice president of sales and marketing before being tabbed for his current position.
In 2007, Markley enlisted a group of PSU students in an independent study to review overseas marketing strategies for Liberty Aerospace, providing the students with an invaluable ‘real world’ international business marketing experience.In photo at right,from left, Markley accepts award from AMA faculty advisor Brad Allen.
Jason Lyon is the CEO of the Common Man family of restaurants, working his way up the corporate ladder after starting as a prep cook, server, bartender, general manager, executive general manager and director of operations.
Lyon has been a key supporter in the five year-old Common Man Apprentice dessert competition, in which PSU and St. Anselm business students compete in creating a dessert for the Common Man Restaurant group.In photo at left, from left, PSU AMA faculty advisor Brad Allen presents Lyon with award, with PSU business professor Bonnie Bechard and Erica Auciello Murphy of the Common Man Family of Restaurants.
Brad Allen said Markley and Lyon define what Plymouth State strives for in providing a business education.
“Keith Markley and Jason Lyon both provided opportunities to PSU business students to apply what they have learned in their courses to real business challenges,” Allen said. “In today’s global economy students must examine issues from a number of perspectives and incorporate a wide variety of variables before rendering a plan of action. The students in both the Common Man and Liberty Aerospace programs force students to respond to the defined challenges under real constraints of time, money and competition.”
Two others were also inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame,longtime PSU business professor Jane Babin and Barry M. Ross.In photo at lower left, Babin’s award is accepted by her family.
Babin received the Northeast Regional Teaching Excellence Award in 2001 from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs and the Silas H. Pearl Medallion for Distinguished Lifetime Service to Plymouth State University.Ross initiated a scholarship program for business students after a successful corporate accounting career.
In photo at lower right, Ross’s award is accepted by members of the PSU AMA group.
The PSU AMA chapter works closely with business graduates to facilitate career and placement information, coordinating job programs, internships and assisting in the preparation of career programs for members.
For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or Bruce Lyndes