Alums awarded

  Several alumni were presented with achievement awards from the UVM Alumni association, during Homecoming weekend on Oct. 15 One of the recipients was John Dineen.  A graduate of the class of ‘86, Dineen landed a position with General Electric as a telecommunications engineer in Rockville, Maryland. He has now been with the company for 25 years, steadily rising through the ranks to his current position as CEO of GE Healthcare. According to their website, GE Healthcare is a $17 billion unit of the General Electric Company.  GE Healthcare has more than 46,000 employees, and serves customers in over 100 countries. “GE Healthcare’s broad range of products and services enable healthcare providers to better diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease, neurological diseases, and other conditions earlier,” the GE website states. Another winner was Bruce Rockowitz, class of ‘80. Rockowitz is group president and chief executive officer of Li & Fung Limited, a multinational supply chain management firm based in Hong Kong. He is also the owner and chairman of Pure Group, a lifestyle and restaurant chain with more than 20 locations worldwide. After his time at UVM, Rockowitz moved to Hong Kong to become a professional tennis player and coach for what was planned to be a short-term stint. He never came back.   “I took some time off from college to play and teach tennis, and I thought I would do it for about six months and go back to schooI, Rockowitz said in an interview with the Bloomberg news service. “I ended up being in Hong Kong 32 years.” While there, he was able to get to know the power players of Hong Kong and went into business with Alan Zeeman. “When I was teaching tennis I was at the Hong Kong country club, which is the who’s who of HK,” he said.  “Almost everybody important was either my student or a member and I knew them.” Rockowitz said that through hard work and dedication, he has had immense business success. “We used to literally work seven days a week,” he said.  “An early night was 10 at night to finish and we never took a day off.  And this went on for a number of years.” Rockowitz recently married pop singer Coco Lee.   NHL players Martin St. Louis and Tim Thomas, both from the class of ‘97, also won achievement awards. While at UVM, Thomas helped lead the Catamounts to their first-ever trip to the frozen four. Thomas was also on the Boston Bruins when they won the Stanley Cup in 2011.