Don Keeley

Alumnus Don Keeley ’00, Master of Business Administration, was recognized as the 2015 Distinguished MBA Alumni Award recipient at the College of Business Alumni Awards Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 17.

The Distinguished MBA Alumni Award is presented to an alumni who has reached the pinnacle of their career and have represented the College of Business MBA program through distinguished accomplishments in their business or professional life, community affairs at local, state or national affairs levels and support of the advancement and continued excellence of the COB.

“I have enjoyed staying connected with the MBA Program over the years,” Keeley said. “In particular I’ve benefited through attendance of many of the MBA Leadership Series programs. They have provided me a great source of relevant continuing education and skill building opportunities as well as valuable networking opportunities.”

Keeley is the vice president of corporate operations services at Thrivent Financial, where he is responsible for the organization’s procurement, facilities and records management functions. He is also the president of one of Thrivent’s subsidiaries, North Meadows Investment Ltd.

Keeley and his wife, Traci, have two children: Meghan, a graduate student at the University of Nottingham in Nottingham England, and Drew, a junior at UW-La Crosse. Keeley volunteers as a mentor with the Outagamie County Social Services Mentor program and frequently volunteers for Habitat for Humanity by participating in local and international builds.

Keeley is also a member of the MBA Alumni Advisory Board, providing guidance, direction, input and a strong sounding board for MBA program enhancements.

“I enjoy the opportunity to participate on the MBA Advisory Board,” Keeley said. “It has been a privilege to provide advice to influence the future direction of the program while networking with fellow alums. I encourage other alumni to find ways they can stay connected to the University, the ongoing engagement can be mutually beneficial to the individual and the University!”