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The Award

The awards commemorating the induction of individuals into the WVU College of Business and Economics (B&E) Roll of Distinguished Alumni should be as special as the inductees. That’s the reason the B&E consulted the Tamarack Artisan Foundation to find the right artisan to create the awards that would find their ways into the homes, offices and corporate locations of our inductees.

Beginning in 2014, the awards are created by Matt Thomas of ThomasWork, located in Shock, Gilmer County, West Virginia.

“I wanted to find out as much as I could about these awards and their recipients,” said Thomas. “The Roll of Distinguished Alumni are B&E graduates who have made great contributions to the world they live in, and I wanted to make a piece that reflects that. I believe these are pieces that will draw attention in any room, and yet represent a distinct connection to West Virginia.”

The award is custom-designed, blending maple and cherry woods with metal.

“It was important to the College to provide awards that were made in West Virginia to the alumni we are recognizing,” said Patrick Gregg, Director, Office of Communications & Marketing and a recent past member of the Tamarack Artisan Foundation Board of Directors. “We have incredibly talented artisans in West Virginia, and Matt did a phenomenal job in creating this piece for us. What better way to honor our Distinguished Alumni than to present them with something that is produced with the materials and mind of a West Virginia artisan.”

The Foundation serves West Virginia artisan entrepreneurs, providing continuing education opportunities, enhanced marketing programming, professional development grants, fellowships and awards, and oversees the Tamarack Artisan Relief Program (TARP), which helps artisans during career threatening circumstances.