Golf wasn’t the first sport of choice for two-time U.S. Open Champion Andy North. The professional golfer instead opted to play football and basketball. But when a knee injury forced him to give up contact sports, he turned to golf and the game quickly became a passion and ultimately his life's work.
After racking up amateur victories, the Wisconsin native turned professional in 1972 and immediately embarked on a successful PGA career. He won the 1978 and 1985 U.S. Open Championships, making him one of only 16 men to win the event more than once. He also played on the 1978 World Cup and 1985 Ryder Cup teams and became one of the sport’s top career earners.
Now a successful golf commentator for ABC and ESPN, North continues to prove himself as one of golf's best on the Senior PGA Tour.
In addition to being a three-time Olympic swimmer and winner of 10 medals, Gary Hall, Jr. has twice testified before Senate subcommittees on health care-related issues. He has proven himself as an entrepreneur, board member, patient advocate and consultant focused on board support, strategic alliance, marketing, clinical distribution, medical research and patient engagement. He also has experience in conceptualizing initiatives, mobilizing patient advocacy support and creating organizational partnerships.
As a type 1 diabetic, Hall has translated his athletic accomplishments into a platform to advance diabetes advocacy and has amassed an influential network of policymakers and nonprofit and health care industry leaders focused on diabetes, medical research, philanthropy, nutrition, sport, physical activity, sports medicine and sports science.
Miles Beacom has served as president and CEO of PREMIER Bankcard since 1992. Under his leadership, PREMIER Bankcard has grown to serve more than 2.8 million customers nationwide, making the company the 12th largest issuer of MasterCard credit cards in the country.
With more than 30 years of credit card industry experience, Beacom has served in a variety of management positions with other financial institutions. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for PREMIER Bankcard, LLC, First PREMIER Bank, United National Corporation, the South Dakota Hall of Fame, ReliaMax, the Catholic Diocese for Eastern South Dakota, Lam Radio, the Eastbank Board of Directors (Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation), the Dakota State University Foundation and the USD Beacom School of Business Advisory Board.
Beacom is recognized as a visionary in the business world and a strong role model for his dedication to community service and generous philanthropy.
Pamela Davis is System CEO of Edward-Elmhurst Health. The system has annual revenues of more than $1 billion; more than 100 outpatient locations across a service area of 1.7 million residents in the west and southwest suburbs of Chicago; nearly 8,400 employees, including 1,900 nurses; 2,000 physicians on its medical staff and 1,300 volunteers.
Davis also was president and CEO of Edward Hospital from 1988 through June 2016. In those 28 years, she guided the hospital through an era of dramatic growth and into regional and national prominence. She is known as an innovator, making patient and visitor comfort a priority.
Davis serves as a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives, Section for Health Care Systems delegate, member of Regional Policy Board 5 for the American Hospital Association and an at-large trustee on the Illinois Hospital Association's Board of Trustees.
Emmanuel "Manny" Ohonme has achieved national and international recognition as a philanthropist, social entrepreneur, businessman, speaker and author. He is the founder and president of Samaritan's Feet International, a global humanitarian organization working in more than 75 countries and 325 U.S. cities to provide shoes and help save underprivileged barefoot children from foot-borne illnesses and soil-transmitted parasites.
Ohonme also is president and CEO of Barefoot Legacies Group, a social entrepreneurial venture that combines for-profit and nonprofit interests through manufacturing of apparel and shoes, consulting services and development of leadership strategies.
He has delivered keynote speeches and motivational messages around the world for more than 10 years and recently published his first book, "Sole Purpose."
Kirk Penney was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and has been playing basketball and growing a fan base in a variety of international basketball leagues and communities ever since.
Penney started his career with the National Basketball League in New Zealand where he was named Rookie of the Year. He then accepted a scholarship to attend the University of Wisconsin, where he was twice named first-time All-Big Ten and won two Big Ten championships. He also earned honorable mention All-American and played in the 2000 Final Four.
Over his career Penney has represented New Zealand at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games and the 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Championships. He also played with the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA.
Today, he is back in New Zealand and recently signed a three-year contract with the New Zealand Breakers team in the Australian National Basketball League, returning to where his career began.
Cindy Rarick became a pro golfer in 1981, and just four years later qualified for the LPGA tour. Rarick went on to win five tournaments on the Tour, her first in 1987—the same year she won the Gatorade Most Improved Player Award. Her highest finish on the money list was 10th in 1990.
Rarick now plays on the LPGA Legends Tour. She has six credited holes-in-one and one Legends Tour victory. In addition to golfing around the country, Rarick is co-owner of Silvara Vineyards in Leavenworth, WA. The successful winery is located on a five-acre estate on a gentle hillside surrounded by the Cascade Mountains.
Dr. Robin L. Smith is recognized as a global thought leader, top medical expert, writer and entrepreneur in one of the fastest growing segments of modern-day medicine: cell therapy research.
Dr. Smith founded The Stem for Life Foundation, a Cura Foundation, and has held the position of president and chairman of the board of directors since 2007. She sits on public and private company board of directors including chairman of the board of MYnd Analytics, director of Rockwell Medical, director of Signal Genetics, and director of Bioxcel Corp. She also served as chairman of the board of directors of Caladrius Biosciences (formerly NeoStem) after leading the company as CEO and chairman from 2006 to 2015, where she positioned the company as a leader in the emerging cellular therapy industry.
Dr. Smith earned her B.A. and M.D. from Yale University and her M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business.
As CEO, Kelby Krabbenhoft is responsible for the overall vision and direction of Sanford Health. He has served as president and CEO since 1996.
During his tenure, Krabbenhoft has led dynamic growth and development of the health system and created the vision for Denny Sanford's initial $400 million gift and subsequent gifts of more than $300 million. These gifts have made possible the Sanford Initiatives involving children's health and global clinics; research centers to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer; and Sanford Imagenetics, combining genomics and advanced internal medicine, research and education.
Previous positions held by Krabbenhoft include: president and CEO, Freeman Health System, Joplin, MO; executive vice president, Sisters of Mary of the Presentation Health Corporation, Fargo, ND; president, St. Margaret's Hospital, Spring Valley, IL.; and president, Guttenberg Hospital, Guttenberg, IA.
For more than a century, Sanford Health has made a difference by making visionary change. Today, we start one more.
The Sanford Lorraine Cross Award will honor a researcher or innovator pioneering the next breakthrough medical innovation. For the winner, it means a $1 million prize. For the world, it means a medical cure, treatment or invention that will impact lives today.