On Friday, September 30, CSU will celebrate the its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards, which we honor some of CSU’s greatest ambassadors as part of Homecoming Weekend. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law's 2016 honoree is Kenneth C. Ricci '86
Ricci is a Principal of Directional Aviation Capital, which owns a number of enterprises including Flexjet and Constant Aviation. A 35-year aviation industry veteran and pilot, he flew Bill Clinton when he ran for president in 1992.
Ricci was honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Year and received the Harvard Business School’s Dively Entrepreneurship Award. He also was the youngest recipient of the prestigious William Ong Award for extraordinary achievement in the general aviation industry and named one the most influential people in aviation by Aviation International News. In 2015, he received the Aviation Week Laureate Award, a benchmark of industry excellence, recognizing his innovation in aircraft remanufacturing.
An Arizona resident, he serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Notre Dame, the Smithsonian Institution and University Hospitals, as well as on the C|M|LAW Board of Visitors.