Nancy Bowman Sauer and Kimble Reynolds Jr. will receive this year's Alumni Distinguished Service Awards in recognition of their outstanding service to Virginia Tech.
Both are former Alumni Association presidents. Sauer was the first woman elected president of the association. Reynolds was the first African-American elected to the post.
Sauer, of Englewood, Colo., is co-owner and president of D2Xchange LLC, a full-service data and document management company based in Greenwood Village, Colo. She has more than 20 years of business experience leading the sales, product management, and operations efforts of firms ranging in size from large, multinational entities to entrepreneurial start-ups. Sauer has vast experience assisting organizations to run more efficiently and work across departments. She has also excelled at helping teams come together to leverage information as a corporate asset.
Maintaining a strong commitment to Virginia Tech, Sauer has assisted in the growth of an alumni chapter in Denver, including serving as that chapter’s president for five years. She is a former chair of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Advisory Board, on which she continues to serve. Sauer also serves on the Engineering Education Advisory Board and the Residential Leadership Advisory Board. She was instrumental in the planning and development of the Residential Leadership Community, and has served on the Engineering Advisory Committee, the Engineering Committee of 100, the Alumni Center National Leadership Campaign Committee, the Regional Campaign Committee, and both the board and executive committee of the Virginia Tech Foundation.
She also serves on the board of directors for KidsTek, a nonprofit dedicated to closing the technology gap for underserved K-12 students in Colorado. Recently, she served as chair of the Colorado Association for Corporate Growth Annual Women’s Breakfast.
Sauer graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and operations research in 1984 and holds a master’s in business administration from The College of William and Mary.
Reynolds, of Martinsville, was elected to serve as mayor of that city in July 2006, after serving as a city council member and vice mayor. He is also an attorney with a private practice in Martinsville.
Reynolds has remained an active member of the Virginia Tech community. He currently serves on the Pamplin Advisory Council and the Multicultural Alumni Advisory Board. He was a member of the Alumni Center National Leadership Campaign Committee. Reynolds also serves on the German Club Alumni Foundation Board, is a past president of the Martinsville Alumni Chapter, and has been a strong advocate for Virginia Tech and higher education through the Hokies for Higher Education network.
His community activities include serving on the boards of SunTrust Bank, United Way, and the West Piedmont Planning District Commission. In addition, Reynolds was appointed as a trustee for the Virginia Museum of National History by Gov. Mark Warner, and was appointed by Gov. Tim Kaine to the New College Institute Board of Directors.
Reynolds has a strong commitment to diversity and founded the Diversity and Conflict Resolution Program in 1998 to promote understanding of people with diverse backgrounds. As director, he has worked to expose high school students to college and to promote self-awareness, the appreciation of social and cultural differences, and the development of conflict resolution skills.
Reynolds graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in marketing management in 1988 and received his master’s in health and physical education in 1995. He also holds a juris doctorate from the Washington and Lee University School of Law.