EA/ME Recipients

MEDALLION OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS - 2017

The Medallion for Entrepreneurship is awarded to outstanding individuals who combine innovative business achievement with service to humanity. The Medallion was established to provide appropriate recognition to those individuals and firms who contribute significantly to the vitality and strength of the economy, combining innovative business achievement with service to humanity.

HELP US CONGRATULATE THIS YEAR'S RECIPIENTS:

Becky Levin

Executive Director, The Possible Project
Nominated by The University of North Carolina at Greensboro 

Becky Levin, a lifelong entrepreneur, founded The Possible Project in 2010 to fulfill a dream of creating place where young people can become entrepreneurs and, in the process, acquire a host of personal and professional skills that will propel them to long-term success in life, education, and their careers. Levin is passionate about showing youth the skills they could learn from turning their ideas into businesses. The first site opened in Cambridge, Massachusetts and serves students from all three public high schools (Cambridge Rindge & Latin, Community Charter School of Cambridge, and Prospect Hill Academy Charter School). In 2016, a second site was opened in Massachusetts, serving the students from Boston’s Madison Park Vocational Technical High School.

The Possible Project was not Levin’s first entrepreneurial endeavor. In 1985, she founded Levin and Company, an executive recruiting and consulting firm with five domestic offices and an international affiliate. The firm contributed to the success of small start-ups and multinational corporations, placing executives in top positions, including corporate boards.

Levin has served on several non-profit boards, including The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care and the Newport International Film Festival. She is an active philanthropist in education, healthcare, children's issues, and the arts. Levin is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Bryan School of Business and Economics and was honored with their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008. In 2016, Levin was named an Influential Leader by AACSB, an international accrediting body for business schools.


 

Mike Marr
CEO, TPT Group
Nominated by Auckland University of Technology

Mike Marr is the founder, owner and Group CEO of TPT Group (Auckland, New Zealand) which comprises Advanced Security Group, Promessa Property Group, TPT Finance, ASG Technologies, Asset Insight, VigilAir, AS-GSPL , and TPT Group Investments. These organizations operate throughout New Zealand in the high security electronic environment for corporate and government clients and in the finance, property and technology sectors. 

Marr’s entrepreneurial spirit is fundamental to the success of these eight start-ups, and accounts for the turnaround of a number of distressed operations that have been integrated into them. Marr’s commitment to sustainability and environment is evident through his push for constant innovation to achieve more efficient operations, his decision to refurbish rather than replace when possible, and his diligence in recycling components and consumables. 

Equally as important to Marr is his engagement with the social and community fabric in which his companies operate. At least eight organisations involved in rescue and at-risk groups regularly benefit from his and the Group’s financial and personal support. 

Marr has received many awards and accolades relating to his governance and leadership skills and talents. He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, and holds a number of company executive and non-executive director roles as well as trustee roles within charitable trusts.