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June 12, 2008

William R. Sautter, President and CEO of Elliott-Lewis and La Salle Board Chair, Receives International Business Achievement Award

William R. Sautter, President and CEO of Elliott-Lewis Corporation, and Chairman of La Salle University’s Board of Trustees, has been named one of two recipients of the 2008 International Beta Gamma Sigma Business Achievement Award. 

Sautter, along with Sir Adrian Cadbury, former Chairman of Cadbury Schweppes, was chosen from more than 400 nominees. The award recognizes Sautter’s three decades of business achievements with Elliott-Lewis as well as his continuing service to the community and to higher education.  

With more than 580,000 members, Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs that are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Sautter was nominated for the Business Achievement Award by La Salle University, his alma mater. 

“During my years as a student at La Salle, I was fortunate to have learned from some exceptional teachers—both Christian Brothers and laypersons. One lesson I learned over and over was to give back. So receiving this honor overwhelms me, and it serves as a reminder to continue to give back,” Sautter said when he accepted the award. 

Sautter has been President and CEO of Elliott-Lewis, a century-old Philadelphia-based heating, ventilating, air conditioning (HVAC), and facilities services company since 1986. For the past 31 years, Sautter has worked to guide Elliott-Lewis into becoming a premier HVAC and facility service organization with operations in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Florida. 

“Bill Sautter is an exemplar of the Beta Gamma Sigma ideals, both in his professional and in his personal lives. His accomplishments in the corporate world, his multi-faceted generosity to the university and to many other service organizations, and his leading by example are all significant, steadfast and selfless,” said Paul Brazina, Dean of La Salle’s School of Business. 

A Philadelphia native, Sautter is a graduate of Father Judge High School. After serving in the U.S. Army, he began his career at Univac, which at that time was a large computing firm in the Blue Bell, Pa. area. While working there, he attended La Salle’s evening division. In 1971, he graduated with a degree in accounting. 

Sautter has been a long-time supporter of La Salle and the School of Business in particular. In 2002, he was the recipient of the La Salle Leadership Award, which honored him for his continuing leadership in corporate and civic affairs. Later that year, Sautter was elected to La Salle’s Board of Trustees, and in 2006 was named Chairman. 

In addition to his dedication to La Salle, Sautter serves on the Board of Directors of Independence Blue Cross, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Pennsylvania. He is also a trustee of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Lay Teachers Pension Plan and Local 420 Pension Plan. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. 

The depth of his community service is also demonstrated through his status as a founding and continuing member on the Board of Directors of the G. Fred DiBona, Jr. Memorial Foundation and Fred’s Footsteps. The Foundation supports projects that help foster human growth and improve quality of life for those in the community. Fred’s Footsteps provides direct financial support to families in the community that are in financial crisis because of costs associated with caring for a critically or chronically ill child. 

Sautter resides in Huntington Valley, Pa. with his wife Claire. They have two married daughters, Maureen and Michelle, and four grandchildren, Allison, Michael, Ryan, and Will.