Three alumni recognized for their service to others, the community and Benedictine
October 1, 2014
The Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in a career field or personal endeavor, was presented to Richard Grimley.
Grimley (pictured, far left) is the president and CEO of Chicago-based Rexam Beverage Can North America (BCNA), a $2 billion per year revenue business serving some of the largest and most recognizable beverage brands in the world. He is also responsible for the company’s 55 manufacturing plants located in the United States and abroad.
Grimley joined Rexam in 2001 as vice president of manufacturing after working for leading organizations such as National Can, American National Can, Reynolds Metals and Ball Corporation in various operations and leadership roles. He was also a principal owner of Bev-Pak Inc., a beverage can manufacturer.
He serves on the board of trustees for the Museum of Science and Industry and Big Shoulders Fund, a charitable organization with a mission of providing support to Catholic schools in the neediest areas of Chicago. He also leads Rexam’s charitable endeavors with such groups as Naperville Responds For Our Veterans, United Way and the Ronald McDonald House.
Raised in the Chicago suburbs, Grimley is a 1980 graduate of the University of Iowa, where he also was a scholarship baseball player. He earned a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) at Benedictine University in 1984. Grimley and his wife, Diane, live in Naperville with their three children.
“One of the lessons I learned at Benedictine that has helped me in my career and at home is teamwork,” Grimley said. “Also hard work, commitment, and the fact that you need to embrace continual improvement in your personal and professional life. Those lessons were taught very well here at Benedictine.”
The 2014 Alumni Service Award was presented to Amania Drane in recognition of service to Benedictine University with her time and talent.
Drane (second from right) is an alumna who is truly dedicated to student success and supporting the values and mission of Benedictine University. After earning an undergraduate degree in African Studies and Economics at another university, Drane began her career in the auto claims division and later moved into human resources at State Farm Insurance, where she has worked for 24 years.
Drane returned to the Chicago area in 1997. She began taking classes at Benedictine in 2008 and earned a Master of Science (M.S.) in Management and Organizational Behavior in December 2011. The experience left an impression on Drane, who was determined to give back to the University by utilizing her leadership and organizational skills to optimize the personal and professional development of others.
From helping to set up a mentorship program and working with students from the Black Student Union to founding the Celebrating Success Scholarship for African-American students, Drane leads by example in every endeavor she embraces. She has a passion for education and ensuring that all students and alumni of Benedictine University live up to their potential.
“Being a student at Benedictine taught me about not giving up,” she said. “If I believe in something and I want to do it, I am going to keep on pushing. If a person asked me 15 years ago if I would ever consider going back to school and getting my master’s degree, I never would have dreamed of it. But the love of learning that I have now, and the environment and culture at Benedictine has truly been a blessing to me.”
The Benedictine Spirit Award, which is given to an alumnus who exemplifies the Benedictine values of service, hospitality and dedication in their personal and/or professional life, was presented to Scott Filer.
Filer (second from left) is the president and CEO of One Hope United, a large, multistate nonprofit organization that provides an array of supportive therapeutic, early learning and residential services to nearly 30,000 children and families. Prior to joining One Hope United, he served as the president and CEO of the National Children’s Center in Washington, D.C.
A disruptive innovator for nearly 25 years, Filer’s leadership resume in human services includes programs directed at improving public health infrastructure, and enhancing the lives of children and people with disabilities. He serves on several boards, including the Public Health Foundation Enterprises in Los Angeles, Calif.
Since graduating from Benedictine University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science in 1999, Filer has earned a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. He has also attended executive programs at both Harvard Business School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Filer met his wife Christine (Surges) Filer while attending Benedictine. They reside in Naperville with their five children.
“Being at Benedictine has helped me to grasp how vital it is to view yourself in the role of servant as a leader, that you literally serve the organizations that you work for,” he said. “The Benedictine values and being an alumnus of this University has been a jumping off point for me toward becoming the executive that I am.”
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Benedictine's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the sixth largest in the Chicago area in 2014.