Yash Gupta, dean of the USC Marshall School of Business, honored three business executives at the gala Celebration of Leadership dinner held in Beverly Hills.
Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani gave the Sept. 14 keynote address to 850 guests, including USC Marshall alumni, faculty members, students and business executives. Provost C. L. Max Nikias also addressed the gathering.
Gupta bestowed the first Marshall Phoenix Award on William Lyon, chairman and CEO of William Lyon Homes, one of California’s largest residential home builders.
Lyon, who has a distinguished military career, is a Life Member of the USC Board of Trustees and a noted philanthropist.
Thomas O. Hicks, chairman and CEO of Hicks Holdings, a corporate acquisitions firm based in Dallas, received the first Marshall Trojan Award.
Hicks, who earned his MBA from USC Marshall in 1970, was cited for his contributions to philanthropy and civic organizations.
Gupta awarded Edward P. Roski, chairman and CEO of Majestic Reality, the first Marshall Renaissance Award.
Roski, who earned a business degree from USC Marshall in 1962, owns one of the oldest and largest privately held real estate companies in the United States. He is also co-owner of the Los Angeles Kings, a USC trustee, a member of the USC Marshall School Board of Leaders and a recipient of the Asa V. Call Achievement Award, the highest honor given by the USC Alumni Association.
Proceeds from the dinner, expected to be an annual event, will be used to provide student scholarships, Gupta said.