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Owens Community College Alumnus George Brymer Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award by Ohio Association of Community Colleges

Owens Community College alumnus George A. Brymer has been chosen by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) to receive one of two prestigious Distinguished Alumnus Awards for his contributions and dedication to the community and professional leadership.

The OACC Distinguished Alumnus Award honors individuals who have contributed to the improvement of their community through professional achievement, volunteer service, participation in public service organizations and involvement in civic functions. In addition, award recipients must be graduates of a degree or certificate program of a community or technical college within the state of Ohio.

Brymer, of Toledo, is the Vice President of Fifth Third Bank and a 1982 Owens graduate. He is one of nine individuals who were recognized as recipients of Excellence Awards by the OACC.

"George is a caring, hard-working individual who has made a difference in our community," said Owens Community College President Christa Adams, Ph.D., who nominated Brymer for the award. "We are very proud to cite him as a role model for all community college graduates."

At Owens, Brymer earned an associate degree in applied business majoring in computer programming. With a grade point average of 3.95, he was named to the Dean's List all four semesters and represented his graduating class as the Keynote Speaker at commencement.

His professional achievements have culminated in his current position as the Vice President of Treasury Management at Fifth Third Bank of Northwestern Ohio. Since 1993, as vice president, he has directed the bank's 25-person Treasury Management sales team, including the areas of cash management, public funds, correspondent banking and merchant services. He has successfully expanded the bank's Treasury Management business areas by assembling and leading a team of uniquely qualified individuals. Brymer has consistently increased income levels in all areas and obtained Certified Cash Manager (CCM) status in July 1996.

He also is a member of the Fifth Third Bank Diversity Council and a teacher of the bank's "A Winning Balance" program. He has attended the Cannon Financial Institute's Development and Enhancement of Sales Skills program; Abercrumbie & Meacham Interactions, "Managing Diversity in the Workplace"; the Covey Leadership Center's Principle-Centered Leadership and First Things First programs; and The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner.

His commitment to the community includes serving as a member of the Leadership Toledo, Class of 1996. He was selected as one of 40 participants in this nine-month program that seeks to foster leadership and involvement among leaders in the Greater Toledo Area. Brymer was instrumental in establishing Youth Leadership Toledo in 1997 for teenagers in our community. He now serves as the Board President of Leadership Toledo to ensure that more young leaders have this opportunity for growth and development.

In addition, Brymer is the Board President of Mobile Meals of Toledo, which is a non-profit agency that delivers meals daily to homebound residents and senior citizens. He also is the Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Toledo and was the United Way Campaign Chair for Fifth Third Bank for three years.

"With such professional and community achievements, George is undeniably an outstanding alumnus of Owens Community College," President Adams said. "In fact, his success story made such an impact on us that he was selected as one of the testimonials for our advertising campaign this past year. His story was told in newspaper advertisements and television commercials throughout Northwest Ohio."

The Ohio Association of Community Colleges is an organization of independent public community and technical colleges whose mission is to promote the continued quality, strength, vitality and effectiveness of its members. Founded in 1993 as a single, recognized forum for sound trustee training, advocacy, communication, recognition and trustee-president cooperation, the organization regularly presents educational programs on matters of common interest. The Association also develops a list of community college priorities in conjunction with its 23 member colleges and interacts with related organizations in support of these objectives.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio. Owens Community College offers over 100 career-oriented programs and majors in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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