International College Names 2003 Founders' Award Recipient

International College has named Ana Maria T. Hogan as the 2003 Founders’ Award recipient.

The Founders’ Award is given annually to an International College graduate with prominent professional accomplishments and who has performed outstanding service to the community. College officials also consider a nominee’s desire for learning, initiative and appreciation for excellence. It is the most prestigious award given to a graduate by International College.

Hogan will receive the award today, March 20, at the Ritz Carlton Resort, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, during the 2003 Humanitarian of the Year luncheon honoring community philanthropist William J. Schoen.

With more than 14 years of banking experience, Hogan, 38, is now Assistant Vice President Private Banking Officer for Comerica, a multi-state financial services provider headquartered in Detroit, with banking subsidiaries in Michigan, California and Texas, and banking operations in Florida. Comerica is among the 20 largest banking companies in the United States.

Hogan moved to Naples in 1995, working for Fifth Third Bank of Florida as a banking center officer. In that position, she helped her bank center achieve the highest growth of the 10 banking centers in the region. After five years, Hogan was promoted to affiliate trainer of education and career development, where she established a new bank division. She was promoted again shortly thereafter to regional operations manager, a new position which oversaw 10 branches dealing in risk management, as well as policies and procedures, and served as a liaison between Fifth Third Bank headquarters in Ohio and the Florida affiliate.

It was while working at SunTrust Bank in Bonita Springs that Hogan enrolled at International College in 1999 to complete her bachelor’s degree.

“I really thought earning a bachelor’s degree was something I needed to do and should have done a long time ago. It became important to me to finish my degree,” Hogan said, adding that within a year of entering International College, she was promoted twice. “The program at International College instilled in me a drive to succeed. The classes also gave me more knowledge and self-esteem.”

In December 2000, Hogan fulfilled her dream, earning a bachelor of science in management and graduating with honors. Motivated, Hogan enrolled in International College’s Master of Business Administration program. Hogan earned her MBA in the summer of 2002.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Hogan also has shown social responsibility. She has been advocating for healthier babies with the March of Dimes since 1996. Hogan is currently chair of the Walk America in Collier County. She also was a chairperson for the Star Chefs Auction.

Other civic involvement includes serving as previous President of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southwest Florida Advisory Board and a previous member of former Advisory Board YMCA of Collier County. Hogan also is a member of the Professionals Organized for Leadership and Opportunities (P.O.L.O.)

“The organizations I’m involved with are those that I believe in from the heart. I have picked causes that I feel strongly about,” Hogan said.

Federick Nerone, Ph.D., International College Dean of the School of Business, said he looks forward to presenting the Founders’ Award to Hogan.

“This is going to be an extremely gratifying experience. It’s always a real proud day for me to see our students distinguish themselves,” Nerone said. “Ana Maria typifies our International College student profile. She is a working mother, who maintained a full school load while working full time. Her career has progressed spectacularly, most notably at her current position with Comerica, which has recognized Ana Maria’s ability and given her the responsibility of their wealthiest clients.”

Hogan said she is honored to be selected as this year’s Founders’ Award recipient.

“I’m touched that someone thought of me for this prestigious honor,” she said. “I’m proud of my degrees. The degrees were the first thing to go up in my new office.”
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