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Clarkson University Bestows Top Young Alumni Award on Four Graduates

Steven A. Davis of Buffalo, N.Y., William R. Jeffers of East Greenbush, N.Y., Maggie M. Joy of Westchester County, N.Y., and Ryan Joy of Hartford, N.Y., have all received the Woodstock Award from their alma mater, Clarkson University.

Woodstock AwardsGiven each year during Reunion Weekend, the Woodstock Award honors young alumni who have demonstrated outstanding loyalty and service to Clarkson and the Alumni Association and who have used their Clarkson experience to make a notable contribution to their careers.

Steven A. Davis

Steven A. Davis of Buffalo, N.Y., president of Tapecon, received his bachelor of science degree in engineering & management from Clarkson in 2001.

After graduation, Davis was hired by Cooper Industries into their two-year manufacturing development program focused on operational leadership, after which he continued full-time as a manufacturing engineer. While working at Cooper, he went on to obtain his MBA in international business at St. Bonaventure University.

Davis returned to Buffalo in 2005 to work for Tapecon, a highly specialized and technology-driven company founded in 1919. After joining the team as a manufacturing engineer, he was promoted to director of manufacturing in 2007, vice president in 2009 and named president in 2015.  

Davis graduated in 2010 from the Leadership Buffalo program and in 2011 from the University at Buffalo’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) program. He is active in the CEL Alumni Association Advisory Board, serves as chair of the Buffalo-Niagara Partnership’s Manufacturers Council, a member and board member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization WNY Chapter and president of the Clarkson Buffalo Alumni Chapter.

In 2014, Davis founded Protoscale Inc., a company that provides pathways to manufacturing solutions for startups seeking to commercialize their inventions. Protoscale entered into a collaboration agreement with Clarkson University's Shipley Center for Innovation in 2015 to accelerate the commercialization of discovery-driven Clarkson innovations into the marketplace.

Davis resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

William R. Jeffers

William R. Jeffers of East Greenbush, N.Y., territory manager for Thousand Islands Winery, received his bachelor of science in marketing and humanities as part of the Areté program -- double major in liberal arts & business -- from Clarkson in 2001.

After graduation, Jeffers returned home to the Albany area to work for Northwestern Mutual. After meeting his wife, Lisa '03, he moved to Rochester, N.Y., where she was starting her career in biotech.

Jeffers spent most of his 10 years in Rochester as the director of admissions for Professional Driver Institute, a vocational training school. When Lisa Jeffers' career returned the family to the Albany area, Bill Jeffers was able to nurture his love of wine and currently works as a territory manager for Thousand Islands Winery.

Jeffers has given back to the University through his service as Rochester’s Clarkson Alumni Chapter president for more than seven years. He also participated in recruiting events, planning a variety of events and served as a networking contact for the chapter.

He also helped charter the Clarkson University Pep Band Alumni Association (CUPBAA) as a way for alumni to maintain their school spirit after graduation. CUPBAA helped the pep band celebrate their 50th anniversary at reunion in 2014, as well as creating an endowed scholarship for deserving students.

After stepping down as chapter president due to the relocation, Jeffers joined the Alumni Leadership Board as a liaison to the Career Center.

Originally from Voorheesville, N.Y., Jeffers now resides in East Greenbush, N.Y., with Lisa '03 and their two daughters.

Maggie M. Joy

Maggie M. Joy of Annapolis, Md., product manager of travel and expenses at Coupa Software, received a bachelor of science degree in business & technology management with a concentration in international business from Clarkson in 2006.

Joy began her career at IBM Global Business Services after graduation, working across the retail, heavy equipment and automotive industries. She then made the jump to software as a service and joined Coupa Software, the leading provider of cloud spend management solutions that help companies control their indirect spending and generate savings that go directly to the bottom line.

During her time as a senior implementation manager, Joy led successful implementations at more than 30 Coupa customers across healthcare, retail, financial, technology and government verticals. She has most recently moved to the product management team, focusing on travel & expenses product.

Joy has been a dedicated alumna serving Clarkson in various advising and recruiting roles. She currently serves on the Reh Center Advisory Council Board and is a Clarkson University School of Business Rising Leaders Council Member, where she provides advice and input on new initiatives, including the School of Business strategic plan curriculum.

Originally from Westchester County, N.Y., Maggie resides in Annapolis, Md., with her husband, Ryan Joy '06.

Ryan Joy

Ryan Joy of Annaplois, Md., senior managing consultant at IBM, received his bachelor of science degree in business & technology management, with a concentration in entrepreneurship and a minor in psychology from Clarkson in 2006.

After graduation, Joy began his career with IBM Global Business Services working in the public sector with the U.S. Navy for seven years and the IRS for three. He moved up the ranks from consultant to senior managing consultant, gaining his certified project management professional certification. He is currently managing more than 30 resources and five projects.

Joy has been an active supporter of Clarkson since graduation. He is an annual participant in Sigma Chi alumni events and a financial supporter of the chapter house and many other Clarkson endeavors, including the Alumni Gateway. As a Clarkson University School of Business Rising Leaders Council member, he provides advice and input on new initiatives, including the School of Business Strategic Plan curriculum.   

Ryan is from Hartford, N.Y., and resides in Annapolis, Md., with his wife, Maggie Joy '06.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: From left to right, Clarkson University President Tony Collins; Maggie M. Joy, product manager of travel and expenses at Coupa Software; William R. Jeffers, territory manager for Thousand Islands Winery; Ryan Joy, senior managing consultant at IBM; Alumni Association Executive Vice President Kathryn Campbell '03; and Alumni Association President Mark Green '77. (Not pictured: Steven A. Davis, president of Tapecon.)

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