For Immediate Release—Monday, May 7, 2007

Mary E. McCrank
Media Relations Office
(585) 245-5516

Bank of Castile/Tompkins Insurance, Geneseo Alumni, Area Residents Honored at 26th Annual President's Donor Recognition Dinner

GENESEO, N.Y.— A regional company and prominent alumni were recognized at the State University of New York at Geneseo's 26th Annual President's Donor Recognition Dinner on May 4.

Those receiving the 2007 Geneseo Foundation Award for Philanthropic Leadership were The Bank of Castile/Tompkins Insurance; Jeff Clarke '83, of San Francisco; and George W. Speedy '71, of Camden, S.C. James Fulmer, president and chief executive officer of The Bank of Castile/Tompkins Insurance, accepted the award on behalf of his company. In addition, Joan Gallmann Ludwick '84, of Ellicotville, N.Y., received the Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award.

Hundreds of SUNY Geneseo supporters were in attendance at the event, held each year to recognize and thank benefactors of the college for their generous support. During the event, Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl recognized numerous donors for lifetime giving to the college.

The Bank of Castile/Tompkins Insurance has provided support to Geneseo that allows the college to offer academic and co-curricular opportunities. The ongoing philanthropy of this local corporation is reflected in student scholarships and internships, the arts, lectures, athletics and faculty development.

Clarke, president and chief executive officer of Travelport, Inc., joined the Geneseo Foundation Board of Directors in 2006. While at Geneseo, Clarke majored in economics and earned a minor in political science. Reflecting these dual interests, he established the Jeff Clarke Economics and Political Science Fund, which provides financial support for internships, scholarships and student and faculty research in the School of Business and the political science department.

Speedy, a partner in the law firm Furman Speedy & Stenger in Camden, S.C., came to Geneseo to major in political science after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has been a faithful donor to the college and its political science department.

Gallmann Ludwick graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting and began her career as a manager and CPA. She joined Pioneer Credit Recovery, Inc. in 1998, and previously served as the company's chief administrative officer and chief financial officer before being named chief executive officer in 2004. Under her leadership, Pioneer collects on portfolios in excess of $49 billion and ranks among the top 20 collection agencies in the country.

Curt Smith '73 served as master of ceremonies. Named among the "100 Outstanding Alumni" of the SUNY system, Smith often is called America's leading sports broadcast historian. A former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush, Smith hosts the popular "Perspectives" on WXXI, Rochester's National Public Radio outlet, and most recently authored his 12th book, "The Voice: Mel Allen's Untold Story."

The Geneseo Foundation is a private, not-for-profit and tax-exempt organization established in 1971 to accept and administer private gifts made to benefit SUNY Geneseo. Foundation-sponsored programs include merit scholarships for outstanding students, grants for faculty and students, summer fellowships, supported professorships, library support, campus beautification and public lectures.