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2 017 P R O F E S S I O N A L A W A R D S
PROFESSIONAL
OF THE YEAR

William
Tiger

W

hen William
Tiger was in
the fourth
grade he made
the trek from
his home in Florida to Washington, D.C. It wasn't a school trip
to tour the city's monuments
and visit the museums. Instead,
Tiger ventured to the nation's
capital with three adults from
his Miccosukee Tribe to appear
before a U.S. Senate subcommittee meeting chaired by Robert
Kennedy.
The point of the gathering
was to highlight the dearth of
educational opportunity available
to the tribe. "I was a prop because
I was in the fourth grade and had
more formal education than all
three of the adults with me
combined," remembers Tiger,
winner of the 2017 Professional
of the Year Award. "That's not all
that long ago."

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It's no exaggeration to say
that Tiger has spent a large
portion of his adult life trying to
extend as much opportunity to
Native children as possible. In
part, Tiger has done this
through the force of his own
example. Not only did he obtain
both a BS in mechanical and
electrical engineering from the
General Motors Institute and an
MS in engineering from
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
Tiger has had a remarkable
career with GM.
For nearly four decades,
Tiger has held a series of
positions with escalating
responsibilities - everything
from project engineer to his current role as plant manager for
GM's Lockport, N.Y., facility,
where he oversees more than
1,000 employees and is
responsible for a budget of close
to $150 million. This most
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