Three Columbia Business School graduates have been chosen as Columbia University Alumni Medalists for 2014: Mitch Freinberg ’77, Philippa Feldman Portnoy ’90, and Sabin Streeter ’67.
The Alumni Medal, first awarded in 1933, recognizes graduates for distinguished service of 10 years or more to the University — including its schools, alumni associations, regional Columbia clubs, and University-wide initiatives. This year, the Business School saw the highest number of graduates honored among any school within the University. Medalists will be recognized during University Commencement on May 21.
Freinberg is director of Noventus Partners, a London-based corporate finance advisory firm catering to small and medium-sized businesses. He earned his BA from Columbia College in 1973, and has been a longtime member of Columbia University’s Alumni Representative Committee (ARC), including serving as the current chair of the London chapter. The ARC is a volunteer group comprising alumni of Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science who help the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by interviewing applicants, representing Columbia at local college fairs, and hosting regional programs for admitted students. Freinberg comes from a family of Columbia alumni, including his father, Leonard Freinberg, who earned a BS from the Business School in 1943.
Portnoy, a former vice president of Citibank, is a member of the Barnard and Columbia Alumni Association boards. As a former co-captain of the University’s women’s tennis team, Portnoy is a loyal supporter of Columbia Athletics. She was the first woman president of the Varsity C Club, an alumni volunteer organization that supports Columbia Athletics through promotion and fundraising, and by providing advice, financial support, and career development opportunities to student athletes. In 2009, Portnoy was named among the 25 Most Influential Alumnae in the history of the Columbia/Barnard Athletic Consortium/women’s athletics.
Streeter has served as an executive in residence at the School since 1997 and is a member of the School’s Board of Overseers. He has also served as a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at the School, teaching investment banking in the late 1970s and creating an entrepreneurial finance seminar in 1993. Streeter is a board member of the Eugene M. Lang Entrepreneurial Initiative Fund, through which he mentors aspiring entrepreneurs. While a student at the School, he was a Harriman Scholar. Prior to becoming an executive in residence, Streeter served as managing director and vice president at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation. He is currently a director of Middleby Corp., an Illinois-based manufacturer of commercial cooking equipment, industrial processing equipment, and residential appliances whose brands include Viking and TurboChef; and of Curtis Instruments, a Mount Kisco, NY–based manufacturer of instrumentation, motor controls, and integrated systems for all types of electric vehicles.