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2010 Distinguished Alumni Award

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The outstanding accomplishments of Thomas Nardi, executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer of Navigant Consulting, Inc., were recognized Saturday, May 15 when he was presented the Western Illinois University Distinguished Alumnus Award at the Spring 2010 Commencement Exercises.

The Distinguished Alumni Award, given since 1973, recognizes alumni who have reached the pinnacle of their careers and have brought credit to the University and themselves through their professional accomplishments or community service at local, state, or national levels and have extended meritorious service for the advancement and continued excellence of WIU.

Nardi, a 1976 accountancy graduate, has been the executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer of Navigant, an NYSE publicly traded, specialized, global consulting firm, since November 2008. Previously, Nardi served as president of Integrys Business Support, a unit of NYSE public utility and energy company Integrys Energy Group, and from 2001-2007 he served as executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer for Peoples Energy. Prior to joining Peoples, Nardi spent 19 years at NICOR, serving in a variety of executive-level operating, financial and regulatory positions. Nardi started his career in the Chicago audit practice of Arthur Andersen, where he worked from 1976 to 1981.

Active in his alma mater, Nardi received the College of Business and Technology Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002 and serves on the President's National Advisory Council, the College of Business and Technology Advisory Council and the Accounting Advisory Council. In addition, he is an active participant in WIU-sponsored alumni events and is a major donor. He established and continues to support the Thomas A. Nardi Endowed Scholarship in the Department of Accountancy.

Active in his community, Nardi is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the AICPA, the City of Naperville Public Utility Advisory Board and serves on the board of Trustees of the Adler Planetarium. He received an MBA from University of Chicago in 1990.

Nardi and his wife, Mary, live in Naperville (IL) and are the parents of three children. They have one grandchild.

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2010 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Tom Nardi's Speech

The video below features Tom Nardi, the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, addressing the Class of 2010 at Western Hall on Saturday, May 15.