BONITA SPRINGS – Outsider Congressional Candidate Curt Clawson received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue University this weekend.
According to Purdue University, “Since 1986, the Distinguished Alumni Award has recognized CLA (College of Liberal Arts) alumni for their professional achievements, dedication to their communities, and involvement with Purdue.”
“I am truly grateful and humbled to have received this honor. Being at Purdue this weekend brought back many of my fondest memories playing for Coach Gene Keady, who has been an inspiration throughout my life and taught me the value of working for the team. My teammates now are the people of southwest Florida.”
Curt Clawson attended Purdue from 1981 through 1984. While at Purdue, Curt Clawson served as a senior captain on the 1984 Big Ten Championship Team. He is known for making the first 3-point basket in Purdue history and making two clutch free throws to clinch the Big Ten Championship.
After graduating from Purdue, Curt served a year-long Ambassadorial Scholarship for Rotary International, doing graduate MBA studies in Monterrey, Mexico, and taking some time to play for the local university basketball team. Curt Clawson began his working career in manufacturing in 1986, as a supervisor on a muffler production line in Columbus, Indiana for Arvin Industries, the world’s largest maker of automotive exhaust systems.
In 1988, Curt Clawson entered Harvard Business School for a two year Masters of Business Administration degree, sponsored by Arvin. After graduating from business school, Clawson held a variety of management positions of increasing responsibility at Arvin. In 1995, Curt Clawson joined AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) as President of the Filters and Spark Plugs Group, which manufactured Autolite® spark plugs and FRAM® filters. Eventually, he became President and Chief Operating Officer of American National Can – the largest global manufacturer of beverage cans (soft drinks and beer).
In 2001, at age 40, Curt Clawson was recruited to turn around Hayes Lemmerz, a global company that manufactures wheels for automobiles. At that time, Hayes had numerous operational, safety and financial problems, including over $2 billion of debt – more debt than sales. Clawson made the tough decisions to fix the problems that he inherited and saved hundreds of good-paying American jobs. When Clawson left Hayes in 2012, the company was the undisputed global leader in the worldwide automotive wheels industry, having achieved a unique global footprint and world-class status in safety, profitability and customer satisfaction.
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