– At Florida Tech’s 2004 Homecoming banquet, recently, three local men accepted special honors. George S. Shaw of Indialantic received the Distinguished
Lifetime Service Award; Mike Williams of Melbourne received the Outstanding Advocate Award; and Philip Loeffel of Palm Bay received the Gold Award as the
outstanding graduate of the last decade.
Shaw, co-founder with Homer Denius of Radiation Inc. (now Harris Corp.) in 1950, signed Florida Tech’s founding charter on Feb. 25, 1959 and became a
member of the initial board of trustees. Today he is an honorary trustee, a dormitory has been named for him and he was recognized as a 1969-’70 Champion
of Higher Independent Education in Florida by the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida.
Williams, owner of M.H. Williams Construction in Melbourne, has devoted extensive time and funding to support Florida Tech’s athletics and civil
engineering programs. He provided the initial funds for the M.H. Williams/Eric Primavera Memorial/ASCE Student Chapter Endowment, a fund currently at
$78,400. He also serves on the Florida Tech Construction Industry Advisory Board.
Loeffel is the owner of Riptide Software of Melbourne and Satellite Beach. The company has grown to $6 million in revenue and has been profitable nearly
since its 1995 inception. It provides custom software for commercial and military customers, including financial management tools.
Florida Tech’s Homecoming 2004 attracted approximately 500 alumni, family and friends from as far away as California.