Middlebury

2010

2010 Award Winners

Quinn/Brock

Randy Brock '65

Randy Brock has been lending distinction to the endeavors he has undertaken since the day he graduated from Middlebury in 1965. Beginning with a commission in the U.S. Army and service in Vietnam, he earned the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service and the Army Commendation Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster. Upon leaving the military, he returned to Vermont, bought a house on a back road in Ripton, and started a security business—a one-man operation in the beginning—that eventually grew to be Brock International Security Corporation with 1,000 employees, branches in several major cities, and status as one of the top 25 security service companies in the country.

After selling Brock Security to a publicly held company, Randy joined Fidelity Investments, in 1989, as vice president of corporate security, overseeing internal auditing services, regulatory compliance, ethics, corporate risk management, and corporate security groups. After retiring in 2003 as executive vice president of risk oversight, he was elected as the 28th state auditor of Vermont, serving in that capacity until 2007. He continues today to serve the people of Vermont as a state senator.

One would think with such a full career, Randy wouldn’t have time for much else. But Randy has a strong sense of civic duty. His public service includes involvement on several nonprofit boards. He sits on the national board of directors of the Alzheimer’s Association, where he is chair of the audit committee and a member of the executive committee, and he is vice chair of the board of the Hodges University Foundation. He is also a trustee of both the Vermont Historical Society and of Vermont Law School. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the board of visitors to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was elected vice-chair.

Vermont is fortunate to have had Randy as a resident for 40 years, and Middlebury is fortunate to have such an accomplished alumnus. We are pleased to honor Randy today.

Jane Bryant Quinn '60

When Jane Bryant Quinn left Middlebury in 1960 with a degree in American literature, she couldn’t possibly have known the impact she would have in the world of personal finance over the next 50 years. During her first journalism job, with The Insider’s Newsletter, she covered the developing consumer movement and was assigned the money stories—and discovered she loved the field. She went on to help found The Business Week Letter, about investing and personal finance, and her career was born. Combining her writing skills with her financial knowledge, she started a newspaper column that was syndicated by the Washington Post and ran for 27 years, and she later added a biweekly column for Newsweek that ran for 30 years. She has also written columns for Bloomberg.com, Woman’s Day, and Good Housekeeping.

It only made sense that books would follow. Her first, Everyone’s Money Book, came out in the 1970s. But it is her comprehensive guide, Making the Most of Your Money, which has been a long-lived best seller. Appearing in 1991, and updated in 1997, the third edition was published in 2009 following the economic crash and Jane aptly retitled it Making the Most of Your Money NOW. In 2006 she added Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People to her list of popular guides.

Successful not only with the written word, Jane has worked extensively in television as well. On PBS she cohosted Beyond Wall Street and had her own program called Take Charge! She worked for CBS News, first on CBS Morning News, and then on The Evening News with Dan Rather. She has won an Emmy Award and Janus Award for outstanding news coverage on TV. In 1997 she was awarded the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished lifetime achievement in business and financial journalism.  

Currently she writes for CBS’s MoneyWatch.com as well as her own Web site, and she and her husband have started a company called Main Street Connect. Jane continues to be America’s most reliable voice for people trying to manage their money well. We are pleased to honor her here today for her distinguished achievements.

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