The TCU Board of Directors recently honored recipients of the inaugural David R. Sage Award for Exemplary Leadership. The Award was established in honor of former board chairman David R. Sage, who stepped down this spring after nearly four decades as part of TCU’s leadership.
The Sage Award recipients, nominated by team members and selected by the executive team, were Brandon Demitruk, TCU Vice President of Finance and Facilities, Stephany Leonard, TCU Valparaiso Service Center Manager and Rickey Miller, TCU Business Development Officer.
Sage Award Winners
Leadership in the Workplace – Brandon Demitruk
In addition to leading TCU’s financial planning, reporting and accounting, Brandon Demitruk is responsible for the oversight of the buildings and grounds at TCU’s nearly 60 facilities. He plays a crucial role in guiding TCU’s board and senior management through budgeting, business analysis and financial forecasting. To his TCU colleagues and credit union members, he’s known for approaching his work with heart, recognizing that people are at the heart of every transaction and decision.
Leadership in Core Values – Stephany Leonard
Stephany Leonard’s colleagues describe her with the word “respect.” In creating a positive work environment, Leonard exemplifies respect for team members and anyone whom she encounters. And she has earned respect with her dedication to a cause that tragically touched her life. After suffering the loss of her husband, Jesse, an Iraq War veteran suffering from PTSD who died by suicide in 2014, Leonard organized the Jesse Meredith Memorial Run and Soldier Shuffle. The second annual event will be April 28 with proceeds benefiting organizations that support veterans.
Leadership in Service – Rickey Miller
A board member of the Youth Services Bureau and the South Bend Alumni Association, Rickey Miller is also involved with Junior Achievement of St. Joseph County’s Titan Challenge business competition for high school students. Miller also has served as a basketball coach in the South Bend Community School Corp., leading the 2018-2019 Washington High School freshman boys team. Among colleagues and members, Miller is known for his selfless commitment to service, kindness and ability to adapt to change.