Yelm blogger Steve Klein was one of two alumni honored by University of Miami President Donna Shalala at Seattle’s Columbia Tower Club in January.
Shalala has served as the University of Miami president for 14 years following her service as President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Health and Human Services. Seattle was the 18th stop on a yearlong 21 city “Impact of U” worldwide tour to bring awareness of school achievements to UM alums, family, friends and current students.
The evening also highlighted the Seattle ‘Canes Alumni Association chartered in 2011 to serve the Pacific Northwest. The event and photos were recently published in the University of Miami Alumni News.
Klein was recognized for advancing his alma mater through 20 consecutive years of donations to the UM Alumni Assn. and utilizing his two business degrees (Bachelor of Business Administration in 1976 and Master of Business Administration in 1978) for the last 37 years since graduating in furthering the airline and corporate travel industries. Shalala referenced Klein’s rise in management positions starting in the world headquarters of Miami-based Eastern Airlines in the late 70s and 80s, then the largest airline in the “free world.” After almost a decade with Eastern, Klein was hired in 1986 by Pacific Southwest Airlines to be the airline’s assistant director of sales in San Diego.
Klein was also noted for his service to UM as a student football manager and graduate assistant for the 1972-78 seasons (working for such notable football staffs of Fran Curci, Pete Elliott, Carl Selmer and Lou Saban). He also funded a 2006 ceremony dedicating a permanent plaque in the UM locker room and the UM Sports Hall of Fame to honor his mentor, UM football equipment manager Jimmie Hodges, followed by a letter after Hodge’s death published in The University of Miami Magazine in 2009 titled, “Remembering a Mentor.”