Digital Media Pioneer Lon Otremba Receives Honorary Doctorate from Walsh

TROY, Mich., July 2, 2019— Lon Otremba, Chief Executive Officer of Bidtellect Corporation, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws and delivered the keynote address at Walsh’s 113th commencement ceremony on June 29 at Zion Christian Church in Troy, Michigan.

Otremba was the founding EVP of CNET Networks, the founding COO and President of, EVP of AOL, CEO of Muzak Corp., CEO of Access 360 Media, and CEO of Tylted and holds two patents in mobile ad technology. He shared the five core principles he’s adopted in his 35-year career: work hard and love your work, work as a team, the measured variable is the one that improves, communicate honestly and fearlessly and collapse time.

“I am truly humbled as I stand here, knowing how very hard you’ve worked to get to this day. But don’t rest on your accomplishment now,” said Otremba. “If you work hard and live and work according to positive values and principles, things will likely turn out great for you.”

Student speaker Kabina Bhari, a Master of Science in Taxation graduate and academic award recipient, shared her Walsh story with the audience. Bhari was born in Nepal, also earned her bachelor’s degree at Walsh and works as a tax senior manager for a major accounting organization.

Walsh’s 113th Commencement class included graduates aged 21 to 58 from eight countries. Several graduates were U.S. veterans and four individuals were recognized for achieving a cumulative 4.0 grade point average. They join a network of nearly 29,000 alumni, 86 percent of whom live and work in Michigan.

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