Dr. Don Daake, business professor at Olivet, is the 2013 recipient of the Barnabas Award for outstanding service from the Christian Business Faculty Association
(CBFA). This award recognizes not only his work for CBFA, but also his demonstration of the qualities necessary for keeping Christian organizations strong and vibrant: encouragement, servant leadership, harmonizing, innovation and competency, and dedication.
“Barnabas was a follower of Christ, as well as a business person, and used his God-given gifts to build God’s kingdom. Dr. Daake exemplifies that model,” said Glen Rewerts, chair of Olivet’s Department of Business
. “Over the years, Dr. Daake has worked tirelessly for the advancement of the CBFA. He has also been a great advocate for scholarship in the area of business and the integration of our faith into business concepts.”
A faculty member at Olivet since 1995, Dr. Daake is also the director of the University's Donald H. Weber Entrepreneurship and Leadership Center
. He has been actively involved with the International Business Institute. Locally, he has served as vice chairman of the Kankakee Chapter of SCORE, and on the board of directors for the Kankakee River Valley Chamber of Commerce. He makes regular presentations to community groups including Rotary Club, Kiwanis and Chamber of Commerce organizations. As a consultant, he has worked with a variety of clients in the areas of marketing research and strategic planning.
For the recent CBFA national conference, held on Olivet’s campus for the first time ever, Dr. Daake served as the conference director. Olivet welcomed 175 participants and 30 guests, representing more than 30 universities or organizations, for the event. More than 70 academic papers and presentations were made. Nearly 80 people attended the pre-conference workshop, “Management as a Liberal Art: Insights from Peter Drucker, Our Christian Faith and the Practice of Management.”