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College of Business and Economics Distinguished Alumnus 2013

Murray L. Dow II, founder and owner, Dow Hotel Co.

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Murray L. Dow II, College of Business and Economics Distinguished Alumnus recipient

Murray L. Dow (’70, Economics) got his start in the hospitality industry at Western, working in food services while taking in the breathtaking views from the Viking Commons. Now the owner of the Dow Hotel Co., which manages six major hotel properties throughout the country, Dow says Western is where he learned a collaborative approach to problem solving.

Prior to founding Dow Hotel, Dow was executive vice president and chief operations officer of HEI Hotels, based in Westport, Conn. Under Dow’s direction, HEI hotels grew from one property to 20 with $200 million in annual sales.

Dow was named Western’s College of Business and Economics Distinguished Executive in 2007 and was a founding board director for the Center for Excellence in Management of Education. He also recently accepted a position on the CBE Advisory Board. As a cyclist, he’s proud to serve on the board of directors for Bicycles for Humanity – a nonprofit that collects bicycles, fixes them and ships them to Africa.