Arnold VanZanten, founder of an independent consulting firm in Clearwater, Fla., received the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award from the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in a ceremony this spring.

July 24, 2009

DEARBORN / July 24, 2009---Arnold VanZanten, founder of an independent consulting firm in Clearwater, Fla., received the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award from the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in a ceremony this spring.         

VanZanten received a bachelorís degree in electrical engineering at UM-Dearborn in 1965 and continued his studies at U-M Ann Arbor, earning an M.B.A. in 1967.         

Early in his career, VanZanten worked at Anderson Consulting in Detroit and as an instructor at Wayne County Community College, teaching classes in computer and data processing principles.  Later, he served as a vice president at Detroit's American Natural Resources, as well as president and director of the subsidiary ANR Information Systems Company.  Moving to Houston, VanZanten served as senior vice president for the Coastal Corporation and then National Convenience Stores Incorporated.  In 1996, he started his own independent consulting firm which focuses on the areas of business planning and restructuring and technology services.        

In addition, VanZanten has served in a variety of volunteer roles, including 12 years as a trustee and executive committee member with Hope College, where he attended school prior to his enrollment at UM-Dearborn.

VanZanten is a resident of Clearwater, Fla.

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