School of Business names Alumnus of the Year
Investment manager Niall J. Gannon has been selected by the School of Business Administration as its 2012 Alumnus of the Year. Gannon, Citadel Class of 1990, executive director of Wealth Management at The Gannon Group in Clayton, Mo., will be honored at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the School of Business Administration's Alumni Reception in Bond Hall Room 295.
"In addition to a successful professional career as a business owner and author, Niall is committed to his community and dedicates his time and talents to many philanthropic organizations," said Ron Green, dean of the business school. "We feel he embodies all the characteristics The Citadel and the School of Business Administration value."
The Alumnus of the Year Award is given annually during The Citadel's Homecoming celebration. It honors a business school graduate who has enjoyed success and made significant contributions to the community through the principles of integrity, fairness and concern for others, as well as the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge to promote enlightened changes in society.
During his time at The Citadel, Gannon was a well-rounded cadet. He participated in Students in Free Enterprise, the Society of HR Management, the Marine Bulldog Platoon, and was a member of the Regimental Band and Pipes. During his senior year, Gannon was the pipe band drum major and the Catholic parish president. After graduating, Gannon was commissioned in the Army and served as a lieutenant in the 194th Armored Brigade (KYARNG) as an M1 Abram's tank platoon leader. In 2001, he endowed a scholarship in memory of his classmate, Milton Palmer, '90. In 2008, he and members of his class endowed a scholarship in memory of classmate, the late Father Lee Selzer, director of pastoral ministry to the Hispanic community in Charleston. He died in 2007.
Gannon authored "Investing Strategies for the High Net-Worth Investor: Maximize Returns on Taxable Portfolios." His research on after-tax investing has been called pioneering and has received recognition from academia and the national financial media.
Gannon is an active member within the Institute for Private Investors and from 2008 to 2010, served on the CFA Institute Committee for the development of investment policy statements for high net worth investors. In 2008, he was honored as Portfolio Manager of the Year by the Portfolio Management Institute. Barron's named him one of the nation's top financial advisors in 2004.
Gannon is a past director of Junior Achievement of Mississippi Valley, Connections to Success and St. Louis Variety. He is also musical director of the St. Louis Irish Arts Youth Instrumental Group, former president of the St. Louis Irish Arts, and former chairman of the 2006 Annual Catholic Appeal. For his outstanding work in these and other areas, Gannon received the Silver Congressional Award and is a four-time recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Awards.