Ben Danley, the director of marketing for the Oregon State University Alumni Association, has been honored by Leadership Corvallis as the ninth Hans Neukomm Award winner.
A 2002 graduate of Leadership Corvallis, Danley has been involved in the community and has been recognized for his work both as Corvallis’ 2006 Junior First Citizen and Corvallis’ Top Volunteer Under 40. Ben has served on the Community Outreach board of directors (2009-10); as a Benton County Historical Society trustee (2006-present) and vice president (2009); Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis member (2001-present), board member (2003-06, 2007-10), and secretary (2005-06); Benton County Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse member (2000-06) and board president (2002-03); and Benton Furniture Share board member (2001-06) and president (2002-05). Danley also served on the Leadership Corvallis board of directors for six years following completion of the class, holding the positions of president and alumni chair, among others.
Established in 2004, the Hans Neukomm Award is named for the founder of Leadership Corvallis. Neukomm, who passed away in 2011, envisioned Leadership Corvallis as a way to give participants a better understanding of how our community functions so they can be more effective in the workplace and community.
The Hans Neukomm Award is given each year to a past class member who has made a significant impact through service to the community. In addition to Arthenayake, prior recipients include: Julie Manning, the late Scott Zimbrick, Pete Bober, Susan Poole, Biff Traber, Penny York, Kavinda Arthenayake and David Hamby.
“For all of his work for both Leadership Corvallis and the Corvallis community, I believe Ben Danley exemplifies the criteria of the Hans Neukomm Leadership Award,” said Leadership Corvallis Alumni Chair Michelle Davis. “He is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and consistently exemplifies the values of philanthropy and service.”
Leadership Corvallis was created in 1992 to identify Corvallis’ and Benton County’s “best and brightest” citizens and offer a 10-month program that equips them to provide leadership within their community. An advisory board comprising community leaders helps develop topics and interacts with participants as guest speakers and session facilitators.
For more information about Leadership Corvallis, visit leadershipcorvallis.com.