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Software entrepreneur, angel investor is Lukenda School of Business outstanding alumnus

Posted: May 16th, 2014


DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS -- Professor Madan Saluja presents John Berry, right, of Holly, Mich., with Lake Superior State University’s Lukenda School of Business Distinguished Alumni Award. Berry, who graduated from LSSU in 1982, received the honor during the school’s annual graduate recognition dinner at the Sault Golf and Country Club in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on April 26. (Photo by Helena Wollan)

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By HELENA WOLLAN
LSSU Public Relations student writer

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University’s Lukenda School of Business has presented its 14th Distinguished Alumni Award to John Berry, chief investor of Angel Investing and a governing board member of Confluence Energy, based in Kremmling, Colo.

The award recognizes Berry's career that started in commercial art and graphic design services and grew into the medical and healthcare software fields.

Berry accepted his honor during the school’s annual graduate recognition dinner at the Sault Golf and Country Club in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on April 26.

“I am very honored and humbled to be named a distinguished alumni,” Berry said. “Lake Superior prepared me very well academically, taught me to be the best you can be, and to not cut corners.”

Berry's NU-Tech Graphics and Systems creates and operates commercial art and graphic design software products for the graphic design services industry.

"This award is to honor an alum who is dedicated and hardworking," said Prof. Madan Saluja during the introduction of his former student. "It recognizes significant personal and professional accomplishments of alumni who serve as leaders and set an inspiring example for our students. We also look for their continuous involvement in the support of LSSU and the Lukenda School of Business."

Berry has made substantial gifts this year that will be split between the South Hall project in honor of the Saluja Suite, and the Madan Saluja Endowed Scholarship for business and track/cross-country student athletes. The Saluja scholarship - created two years ago and endowed by former business students - acknowledges Saluja's all-India collegiate athletic career as a runner when he was earning his first baccalaureate at the University of Delhi.

Berry graduated from LSSU in 1982 with a business-management degree. He was very involved on campus as a resident-assistant supervisor for Brady Hall, an officer in the fraternity Lambda Sigma Beta, a representative in the Student Senate, and a member of the Student Appeals Board.

After graduation, Berry was hired by Moore Business Forms, and then started his own company, NU-Tech Graphics and Systems Inc., in 1985 in Novi, Mich., where he still works today. He started another company in 2002 - Manufacturing Decade Graphics - and became a lead "angel investor" in Coherent RX, a hospital software company.

Intuit, a software giant that develops financial and tax preparation software and related services for small businesses, purchased another company in which Berry was an angel investor, Demandforce, in 2012 for $423 million. The company's SaaS application provides online tools to help small businesses engage, attract, and retain customers.

Berry lives in Holly, Mich., with his wife of 24 years, Kelly. The couple has three sons and two daughters. His oldest son, Patrick, graduated this spring from Lake State with a degree in business administration/marketing. Prof. Saluja was Patrick's advisor.

John Berry is on the governing boards of several Novi-area and Michigan-based charities.



CHAMBER'S BEST – Graduating Lake Superior State University student Sara A. Loughrige (right) of Gaylord, Mich., receives the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce Achievement Award during the Lukenda School of Business annual recognition dinner held April 26 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The Chamber award is presented each year to an outstanding senior and one of the highest honors an LSSU business student can receive. Presenting the award is LSSU economics professor Brian Zinser and LSSU vice president for finance Sherry Brooks. Loughrige graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration-marketing, along with an associate's degree in small business administration. (LSSU/Helena Wollan)

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BEST BACCALAUREATE – Lake Superior State University student Douglas Leonhardt of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., accepts the Lukenda School of Business Outstanding Baccalaureate Student Award from business professor Mindy McCready during an annual recognition dinner held April 26 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The award is based upon a professor poll and best overall grade point average. Leonhardt graduated with a bachelor of science degree in accounting along with an associate's degree in technical accounting. (LSSU/Helena Wollan)

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TRANSFER EXCELLENCE I – Lake Superior State University student Monica Anghel of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., accepts the Lukenda School of Business Outstanding Transfer Student Award from business professor Valerie Filek during an annual recognition dinner held April 26 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The award, given out to a top graduating senior who transferred into LSSU's business program, is based upon a professor poll and best overall grade point average. Anghel, who completed a portion of her degree at a foreign university, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration-marketing. (LSSU/Helena Wollan)

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TRANSFER EXCELLENCE II – Lake Superior State University student Ashley Carlson of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., accepts the Lukenda School of Business Outstanding Transfer Student Award from business professor Gerald Root during an annual recognition dinner held April 26 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The award, given out to a top graduating senior who transferred into LSSU's business program, is based upon a professor poll and best overall grade point average. Carlson, who completed a portion of her degree at Hudson Valley Community College, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration-marketing. (LSSU/Helena Wollan)

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CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315.


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