Rising Stars is proud to showcase the tremendous dedication of those who have helped mentor children and encourage their social and academic development with the 2013 Rising Stars Awards. Recent honorees, according to founder Paul Savramis, include Calvin and Grant Hill, Michael Strahan and Alan Huston. Another award recipient, MidOcean Partners CEO Ted Virtue, established an educational fund that issues private school scholarships to top-performing Rising Stars participants. Paul Savramis recognizes the following individuals as this year’s honorees.
Rising Stars 2013 Man Of The Year
Thomas Quinlan is the CEO and President of R.R. Donnelley & Sons, the world’s largest communication and printing business services, says Paul Savramis. In 2011, Thomas Quinlin earned the National Human Relations Award from AJC. The Man of the Year Award honors philanthropic and professional leadership. Quinlan fits the bill by maintaining active involvement in organizations that concentrate on business development, health and literacy. He is currently serving Pace University on the Board of Trustees.
Rising Stars Humanitarian of The Year
Among other professional roles, Heather Robinson is a columnist, philanthropist, entertainment personality and entrepreneur. More importantly, she is a devoted wife and mother. As the CEO of Robinson Network, Heather has partnered with professional athletes and celebrities to expand and build charity organizations. According to Paul Savramis, Heather and her network have given to Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, New York Presbyterian Hospital and many more organizations. Heather is married to former NBA player Clifford Robinson, and the couple lives in New Jersey with their 7-year-old twin boys.
Youth Sports Advocate Award
Jay Bilas is widely hailed for his excellent commentary on the sport of college basketball, both for ABC and ESPN. A former star player for Duke University, Bilas played professionally in Spain and Italy, notes Paul Savramis. Bilas eventually earned his J.D. from Duke Law School while serving as the Blue Devils assistant coach during their back-to-back championship runs in 1991 and 1992. A Los Angeles native, Bila now lives in North California with his wife and two children. He is an attorney with Moore & Van Allen, PLLC, specializing in commercial litigation.