Congratulations to Mike and his wife.
The 24th Annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards, presented by the UC College of Business Alumni Board of Governors, was held on March 2, 2009. The awards ceremony is Cincinnati's longest standing event recognizing achievement in business and service to the community.
Distinguished Service Awards
Michael Valentine, named by Car and Driver as one of the “10 best friends of the automobile,” was presented a Distinguished Service Award in honor of his many valuable contributions to his profession as well as the University of Cincinnati and the community. While pursuing a masters in business administration at UC, Valentine became founding president of Cincinnati Microwave, Inc., whose Escort Radar Warning Receiver was hailed by Car and Driver as “the next best thing to buying a judge.” The company's recipe for success later became the subject of a Harvard Business School case study in marketing strategy.
In 1983, Michael and his wife Margaret founded Valentine Research, Inc., whose g.Analyst vehicle dynamics monitor is used by professional racing schools, the California Highway Patrol and thousands of automotive enthusiasts. Furthermore, his Valentine One Radar Locator is widely recognized as the leader in the radar detector industry and has won numerous tests in national and international automotive and consumer publications.
Valentine has dedicated significant service to the UC community by serving on the Department of Athletics Campaign Committee, and serving as a guest lecturer for many College of Business entrepreneurship and marketing courses since 1985.
Distinguished Service Awards
Margaret Valentine received a Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to the College of Business, the University of Cincinnati as a whole, and the Cincinnati community. She shows her commitment to history and culture in Cincinnati by serving as a board member of both the Cincinnati Preservation Association and the Ohio Valley Scottish Society. She is also an active member of the Seventh Presbyterian Church community.
Valentine earned a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science in education from UC in 1971. She also holds a masters in education from Miami University. For 10 years, she taught Spanish and French and headed the Junior School Foreign Language Department at Princeton City Schools. She currently teaches Spanish to home-schooled children and serves as a board member of the Valentine House. This Stratford Heights language immersion house was named in honor of her dedication and generosity in bringing language education to the community.
As a UC Economics Center for Education and Research Trustee, Valentine's advice and generous financial support has allowed the center to expand the Student Enterprise Program (StEP) and seed other initiatives. Her other supportive and advisory roles at UC include UC Foundation Trustee, School for World Languages and Literature advisory board member, Distinguished Alumna McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, UCATS George Smith Society and lifetime UC Alumni Association member.