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The Bill Shover Leadership Award was created in 1999 by the Community Leadership Council (CLC) to honor individuals for their outstanding service to United Blood Services (UBS). It is named for Bill Shover for his significant contribution as a leader to UBS and the community blood program. The award is presented annually in February at the United Blood Services’ Valentines for Life gala luncheon with over 500 in attendance honoring blood drive coordinators. Click on his image for more about a UBS Hero.
Lorrie Glaeser Owner & Founder, C.E.O President, Streets of New York; Recipient of the 2014 Bill Shover Leadership Award
In 1976, Lorrie Glaeser and her family had a dream to start a neighborhood restaurant that truly made people feel like they were right back in their hometown eating their favorite pizza. Today, 35 years after they moved to Phoenix from New Jersey, Streets of New York continues to create award winning pizza and pasta for Italian food lovers throughout Arizona. Streets of New York has been recognized by the New Times as having the “Best Pizza in Phoenix” fifteen times! And in 2007, they were named the “Best Pizza in Phoenix” by AZ Central.com! Under the leadership of President & C.E.O. Lorrie Glaeser, the Streets of New York first partnered with UBS/Arizona in 2012, when they helped increase winter holiday blood donations by offering all December blood donors a voucher for a free medium pizza. Since then, Streets of New York has partnered with UBS/Arizona to attract more than 30,000 blood donors for Arizona hospital patients.
Dennis Lunde Owner, Lunde’s Peoria Volkswagen Recipient of the 2013 Bill Shover Leadership Award
Dennis Lunde has utilized his resources at his automobile dealership to sponsor the “Drive Away a Hero” campaign to increase summer blood donations every year since 2005. First, as a Saturn dealership owner (2 of the 4 Valley dealerships), he funded half of the cost to donate a new Saturn for five consecutive years to raffle among summer blood donors, hosted multiple blood drives at his showroom for his customers/staff, included blood donation messages in his automated calls/newsletters to his customer base and offered a free oil change to all blood donors. When the Saturn brand was discontinued after the 2009 raffle, Dennis purchased a Volkswagen franchise and enthusiastically became the sole sponsor of the “Drive Away a Hero” campaign. The following year, Dennis motivated all of the other six Volkswagen dealers in his region to join the annual “Drive Away a Hero” campaign and stepped up as their spokesperson. This enabled United Blood Services to greatly increase our community exposure and summer blood donations.
Derrick Hall President and CEO, Arizona Diamondbacks; Recipient of the 2012 Bill Shover Leadership Award
President and CEO Derrick Hall has turned the D-backs organization into a model franchise within the sports industry and throughout the business world during his seven years at the helm of the club. In the community, Hall has positioned the D-backs as one of the largest philanthropic entities in the Valley. In 2012, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and the D-backs’ organization surpassed the $30 million mark in charitable giving since their inception in 1998, including more than $19 million in the past seven years under Hall’s direction. Hall’s commitment to giving back extends to his support of the United Blood Services High School Challenge program, which annually garners more than 23,000 blood donations for Arizona hospital patients. The team donates 900 tickets for students to attend the annual UBS High School Celebration Night and also underwrites a college scholarship for a deserving high school blood drive committee member. In addition, the team donates 1,000 tickets toward a summer community blood drive effort that supports donation during a difficult time of year. A D-backs representative has served on the United Blood Services Community Leadership Council since the team took the field more than a decade ago, including Derrick, who served from 2006 to 2011.
Michael Miller President & COO, Scottsdale Insurance Company; Recipient of the 2009 Bill Shover Leadership Award Michael Miller makes blood donation part of the culture at Scottsdale Insurance Company. As a dedicated multiple-time-a-year blood donor, Michael Miller leads by example for all employees. He also goes beyond allowing employees to take time off from work to donate at blood drives; he thanks every employee who donates with a half-day off for every blood donation. Since 2000, Scottsdale Insurance Company employees have made more than 7,160 donations at their blood drives, now averaging over 620 donations each year.
Kimberly McWaters President & CEO, Universal Technical Institute; Recipient of the 2004 Bill Shover Leadership Award As president of Universal Technical Institute, Kimberly McWaters has instilled the value of giving back to the community and that sharing good health is part of the UTI experience. Hosting five three-day blood drives annually, UTI is continually a leader in blood donation in Arizona by bringing in the highest volume of any account. Their awards and recognition for blood donation include United Blood Services Hero Award 4 years in a row and they were the only organization to receive the Power Red Award for seven consecutive years until it was permanently retired in 2011. Most recently, they earned the America’s Blood Center’s Award of Excellence for Most Productive Blood Drive in 2011. Kimberly McWaters further demonstrated her passion for saving lives through the UBS mission by serving six years on the Community Leader Council.