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Jay Abdo Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Abdo one of eight 2015 alumni award winners.

2015-06-09
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 5-22-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Jay M. Abdo of Bloomington, Minn., recently received the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Abdo, the senior partner at Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP, a certified public accounting and business advisory firm, is one of eight 2015 alumni award winners. He was honored at an April 24 ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association.

Alumni Achievement Awards go to graduates who have achieved high rank or honor in their professions and have had a major impact on their communities.

Abdo has more than 40 years of experience in accounting, taxation and litigation. Abdo is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. He serves on several nonprofit boards, including the advisory board of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Business. In 2013, he was named the Edina Businessperson of the Year, and in 2014, the National Volunteer of the Year from St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Abdo graduated from Minnesota State Mankato in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in open studies.

Minnesota State Mankato has been part of Abdo’s life since he was a child. As a kid, he played on the cornfield that eventually became the University’s campus. “It was my playground,” he says. “I grew up on upper campus there, and then it was my college, and then after college, it was important to my business—to recruiting interns and employees. And to attend the Performing Arts performances and sports events, it’s just been a part of my life for a long time.”

Abdo’s father, a Korean War vet and the youngest of 13 children born to Lebanese immigrants, started Abdo, Eick & Meyers in 1963. He borrowed his mother’s life savings, $13,000, to get it off the ground. Today, that firm employs more than 140 and has two office locations.

Abdo currently lives in Bloomington, Minn., with his wife, Julie, who is also a Minnesota State Mankato alumna. They have been married for 43 years and have four children.

Those who want more information about the April 24 awards event may go to http://www.mnsu.edu/alumni/awards/ or call 507-389-3235.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions. 

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