SKILLMAN, N.J. (August, 2006) – Thomas Cundy (Florida State University '55), Chairman and CEO of CUNDY, Inc., is the winner of the 2006 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Achievement (ITA) Award presented by Tennis Week magazine and Rolex Watch U.S.A. Cundy was honored in New York during Tennis Week magazine's U.S. Open party.
The ITA Achievement Award was created in 1994 to pay tribute to past participants in the world of collegiate tennis who have achieved excellence in their chosen careers. These distinguished people are honored for both their professional successes and their contributions to society.
Over the past 50 years, Cundy has built one of the largest privately held employee benefit consulting firms in the United States. Among CUNDY, Inc.'s clients are Anheuser-Busch, Ford Motor Company, Huizenga Holdings, Inc., McDonald's and Viacom/CBS. He has been a member of the insurance industry's Million Dollar Round Table for 48 consecutive years.
In 2000 Cundy received the prestigious Horatio Alger Award at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, which is presented annually to distinguished Americans who overcome significant personal adversity through hard work, integrity, determination and a dedication to others. Other recipients of this award have been Presidents Gerald R. Ford, Jr. and Dwight D. Eisenhower and Colin Powell, Bob Hope, Oprah Winfrey, and Sam Walton.
Cundy, who resides in Miami Beach, is a major advocate of educational and youth programs in his home state of Kentucky, providing equipment and scholarships to students throughout the state. He has also funded a Holocaust Studies Program at his alma mater and is a contributor to the Florida State tennis program. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Florida State University Foundation, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and First Serve.
Cundy captured the 1951 Kentucky State High School Tennis Championship and attended Florida State on a tennis scholarship. He earned varsity letters all four years, graduating from FSU in 1955 with a Baccalaureate Degree in Industrial Psychology. In 1953 he helped the Seminoles to a 15-2 record, the program's best season ever.
"The lessons learned on the court over a period of four years are a vital companion to the academic lessons of higher education," said David A Benjamin, ITA Executive Director. "The winner of the ITA Achievement Award is an individual who benefited from the experience of intercollegiate competition, went on to great accomplishments, and has made significant contributions to his community."
At Tennis Week magazine's U.S. Open party, tennis legend Stan Smith will present Cundy with the ITA Achievement Award, which will include a distinctive Rolex timepiece. Cundy and his wife, Janie, will also receive special box seats, courtesy of the USTA, for a session at this year's U.S. Open. The ITA will also award the Florida State men's tennis program with a $1,000 donation.
The ITA Achievement Award candidates are nominated by their past tennis coaches or by the current coaches of their alma mater's tennis programs. From these nominees, finalists are selected by the ITA, which serves as the coaches' association governing body of collegiate tennis. The winner is then determined by the ITA Achievement Awards Selection Panel: David A Benjamin, ITA Executive Director; Dr. Henry S. Bienen, President of Northwestern University; former Senator John Breaux, 1995 ITA Achievement Award recipient; Chris Evert, former tennis champion and President of Chris Evert Enterprises; Alan Schwartz, Immediate Past President of the U.S. Tennis Association; Stan Smith, former tennis champion; and Mark Stenning, Executive Director of International Tennis Hall of Fame.