College of Business Presents 2014 Homecoming Awards

Contact: Dan Ryan, (515) 294-5800,


AMES, Iowa — The College of Business will honor four individuals and one of its valuable corporate relationships at this fall’s Honors and Awards Ceremony, held on Friday, October 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University Campus. The event is free and open to the public.


Citation of Achievement

Established in 1985 to honor distinguished alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in life beyond the campus


Jerry L. Ivy

Jerry Ivy

Jerry L. Ivy

Industrial Administration ’53

Los Altos, Calif.


Jerry Ivy is the president of Auto-Chlor System. Auto-Chlor System is the national leader in the production and installation of Energy Star-certified dish machines. The company also manages the distribution, maintenance, and replacement of restaurant-scale dish machines, as well as distributing the chemicals and other residual supplies necessary for the operation of the equipment.


Upon graduating from Iowa State, Ivy served in the United States Navy. After completing his service, he eventually relocated to Kansas City, where he owned and operated a water softener company. After four years, he sold the business and was approached by a person wanting a partner for a dishwashing business. This chance encounter eventually led Ivy to Auto-Chlor System in Memphis, Tenn., for which he became a dealer. His first location was in Seattle and he expanded from there. In 2008, Ivy and his son acquired the manufacturer and now serve as both the franchisor and franchisee.


Under Ivy’s leadership, the company has expanded from that small dishwashing company into the national business that it is today. He has diversified the business from dishwashing into hard surface cleaning, housekeeping, floor care, and laundry. Though production and operations have been in the same place for 75 years, the Auto-Chlor System has expanded nationwide to over 70,000 customers.


John D. DeVries Service Award

Established in 1985 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the College of Business


David Kingland, 2014

David Kingland

David J. Kingland

Industrial Administration ‘80

Clear Lake, Iowa


David Kingland’s service to the College of Business – and the entire Iowa State University community – is impressive by any measure. He has provided great insight and leadership, created professional opportunities for many hundreds of Iowa State students and alumni, and set an example with his philanthropy.


Kingland is the founder, chief executive officer and chair of the board of the directors of Kingland Systems in Clear Lake, Iowa. For ten years, his firm has had a major presence in Campustown, during which time the company has employed more than 1,000 students and repeatedly been ranked the number one intern employer at Iowa State. Kingland Systems frequently appears on the list of top employers of College of Business graduates. The company’s growth has led to its role in the Campustown revitalization project currently underway.


Kingland has played a key leadership role in the College of Business. Most recently, he served on the dean search committee which recruited David Spalding to Iowa State in 2013. A member of the college’s Dean’s Advisory Council since 2009, he assumed the role of chair in 2010. He has also been involved with the college’s ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. The college awarded Kingland its Citation of Achievement Award in 2011.


Kingland and his wife, Deb (’80 Child Development), made a major gift to the College of Business in 2008, which named the Supply Chain and Information Systems Suite in the Gerdin Business Building.


Russ and Ann Gerdin Award

Established in 2009 to honor contributions from valuable corporate partners or individuals who are not College of Business graduates. The award honors Russ and Ann Gerdin, who made the lead gift for the Gerdin Business Building. Neither attended Iowa State.


AEGON logoAegon/Transamerica

Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Aegon provides insurance, pensions, and asset management in more than 25 countries. With more than 27,000 employees, its U.S. headquarters are based in Cedar Rapids. Over the past decade, the Aegon/Transamerica Foundation and their associated companies have contributed more than $1 million to the College of Business.


More than their financial support, they have been active partners in creating learning and career opportunities for College of Business students. Aegon’s funding led to the creation of the Aegon/Transamerica Trading Simulation Lab in the Gerdin Business Building, which last year was relocated to a larger space to accommodate growing demand from classes and student investment groups alike.


Aegon also funded and collaborated in creating and advancing the college’s course offerings in the area of fixed income. Through these courses, countless Iowa State students have benefited from direct interaction with Aegon portfolio managers – including ISU alumni at the company – and been exposed to real-world financial-management situations.


Aegon’s generous support has also provided scholarships for more than 40 College of Business students. Its Aegon Transamerica Endowed Scholarship does more than provide financial support to worthy students. It allows the college to attract, retain, and inspire top-tier students to accounting and finance majors at Iowa State.


Also active in hiring ISU interns and graduates, Aegon has created 177 co-op or internship opportunities and made 24 full-time hires in the past nine years.



Labh and Tahira Hira, 2010

Tahira and Labh Hira

Labh S. Hira

Tahira K. Hira

Ames, Iowa


The contributions that Labh and Tahira Hira made to the College of Business changed the course of its history and improved the experience for generations of students to come.


Labh served for more than 10 years as the Raisbeck Endowed Dean of the College of Business after a long career as a professor and associate dean. Tahira built a career as an internationally renowned academic in financial literacy and related fields, even as she assumed administrative responsibilities, most recently as the senior policy adviser to President Leath.


The Hiras’ most visible achievement was the shepherding of the Gerdin Business Building to its completion and opening 10 years ago. The first standalone building for the college, it was the rare large-scale project that came in on time and under budget. A longtime Dean’s Advisory Council remarked, “Labh and Tahira walked through that building literally every day while it was under construction.”


More than enhancing the college’s physical presence, the Hiras worked tirelessly to raise funds and build relationships that would enhance the college’s programs and enrich its students. “I trust Labh” was a common refrain from donors who made unrestricted gifts, secure in the knowledge that he would steward it as if it were his own.


Together, they helped the college exceed its goal for Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose, significantly increasing faculty support, scholarships, and funding for the college’s Ph.D. program, which represented the final step in transforming the College of Business into a truly comprehensive program.

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