November 1, 2018
Well-respected Wyoming attorney to receive Daniels Fund Ethical Leadership Award at the Governor's Business Forum
CHEYENNE, Wyo - For his commitment to living a life of integrity, attorney Greg Dyekman, of Cheyenne, will receive the 2018 Daniels Fund Ethical Leadership Award on Nov. 14 during a celebratory banquet at the Governor's Business Forum in Cheyenne.
The Daniels Fund Ethical Leadership Award is a joint venture of the Wyoming Business Alliance, the Daniels Fund, and the University of Wyoming College of Business. The award was created to recognize Wyoming citizens who embody the ethical leadership principles exhibited by Bill Daniels, a cable television pioneer who started his professional career in Casper. Dave Bonner, of Powell, received the first award in 2017. Dyekman was selected by a diverse group of Wyoming leaders who served as the selection committee tasked with the tough challenge of reviewing the multiple award nominations.
The Nov. 14 Wyoming Business Leaders & Legends celebratory banquet is part of the Governor's Business Forum, being held at Little America Hotel and Resort. In addition to the ethical leadership award ceremony, the evening banquet also features an opening address by Governor Matt Mead and Ben Blalock, President/CEO of the University of Wyoming Foundation, introducing Dyekman. The evening concludes with a tribute to Governor Mead and the First Family. Both the forum and the banquet are close to being sold out. Visit www.wyomingbusinessalliance.com.
"I’m humbled and thrilled to be chosen for this unexpected and much-appreciated honor. I have benefited throughout my life from strong ethical influences from my family, Scouting, church, non-profit work, professional education received in the Colleges of Business, Arts and Sciences and Law at UW, and my professional mentors and colleagues," Dyekman said. "I am grateful to the Daniels Fund, the Wyoming Business Alliance, and the University of Wyoming College of Business for choosing to recognize ethical leadership in a world in which it is often sorely lacking. To follow in the footsteps of my friend, Dave Bonner, as the second recipient of this award makes it all the more special to me."
"Greg Dyekman exemplifies living a life of integrity at work, at home, and in his community," said Cindy DeLancey, president of the Wyoming Business Alliance/Wyoming Heritage Foundation. "He has consistently displayed his commitment to improving other's lives through his community engagement, pro-bono public service, and impressive legal career."
"Both personally and professionally, Greg Dyekman is committed to living by a set of principles very similar to those espoused by the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative," said Kent Noble, the Bill Daniels Chair of Business Ethics at the University of Wyoming College of Business. "From assisting those who cannot help themselves to providing free help to individuals who need assistance navigating the legal system, Greg is consistently displaying his determination to do the right thing.”
A life-long Wyoming resident, Dyekman's early participation in the Boy Scouts kindled his life-long passion for community service. He joined Cheyenne Boy Scout Troop 101 at age 11, ultimately achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from the University of Wyoming in 1977, followed by his Juris Doctorate in 1980 from the UW College of Law. He started his career as a law clerk in 1979. He has built a 38-year career practicing law, including being a partner in the firm of Dray, Dyekman, Reed & Healey, P.C. and now as a senior counsel with Long Reimer Winegar Beppler LLP.
His fellow Wyoming legal practitioners have recognized Dyekman for his expertise and professionalism with the Wyoming State Bar Leadership Award and the Thomas G. Gorman Excellence in Professionalism Award. He was twice named 'Lawyer of the Year' for Trusts and Estates by the editors of Best Lawyers. He is also consistently listed as a top-tier attorney in Best Lawyers in America/US News and World Report.
Dyekman has built a reputation of trust by committing his life to making a difference in the lives of others. He has served as the chairman or president of the following organizations: Meals on Wheels, Boy Scouts of America, UW Foundation Board, UW College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors, UW College of Business, UW College of Law Advisory Board, United Way of Laramie County Board, Cheyenne Kiwanis Foundation, Cheyenne YMCA Board of Directors, and the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra Board.
Many entities have also recognized Dyekman's commitment to character. He is a Distinguished Alum of the University of Wyoming (2012), the UW College of Business (2014) and the UW College of Law (2016). He was named Person of the Year by the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce in 2008 and was awarded the 2014 Community Spirit Award by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. He was recognized as an Outstanding Eagle Scout by the National Eagle Scout Association in 2017.
Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the University of Wyoming
The University of Wyoming College of Business launched its current Business Ethics program in 2005. Endowed by the Daniels Fund, the program is a statewide initiative that draws on and reinforces Wyoming's existing reputation as a highly ethical place in which to do business. The Business Ethics program advances teaching regionally and nationally via the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Consortium of ten business schools and one law school across the Rocky Mountain West. Visit https://www.uwyo.edu/ethics/index.html
Wyoming Business Alliance
The Wyoming Business Alliance is a statewide nonprofit organization representing the voice of business in Wyoming. It is dedicated to promoting and advocating for a growing economy by connecting business leaders from across Wyoming, representing business interests and issues, and partnering with key business organizations and trade associations. The organization was founded in 1979 as Wyoming Heritage Society and Wyoming Heritage Foundation. Visit www.wyomingbusinessalliance.com.