Gene Vaughan, broker and owner of RE/MAX Alliance in Fort Collins, will receive the 2006 Honor Alumnus award from the College of Applied Human Sciences at the university’s annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner Feb. 17. The university’s Alumni Association sponsors the award program.
"Gene’s success in his career and his service to Colorado State University are evidence of the fact that he takes a leadership role in whatever he does," said April Mason, dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences at Colorado State. "He has been serving Colorado State and the Fort Collins community for more than 30 years, and his support grows stronger every year."
Vaughan earned his bachelor’s from Colorado State in physical education, now the Department of Health and Exercise Science, in 1970. He continued his education at Colorado State and earned a master’s degree in education in 1972. Vaughan also became a licensed broker in Colorado in 1972. He has been the broker/owner of RE/MAX Alliance since 1987. He is former director of the Colorado Association of REALTORS and is former president of the Fort Collins Board of Realtors.
Vaughan has been a RAMS Club member since 1974, and he served as Greater RAM Club director in the early 1980s and from 2002-2005. He has been involved with the Touchdown Club since it started in 1995 and Rams Masters in 1998.
Vaughan has been an active member of the Colorado State University Development Council since 2003 and will complete his term in 2006. He and his wife, Carol, through their business RE/MAX Alliance, have been an annual GOLD sponsor of Colorado State’s Department of Health and Exercise Science Homecoming Race since 1998.
Vaughan joined the Health and Exercise Science Advisory Committee in 2004 and was a major donor for the Human Performance Clinical/Research Laboratory. The lab is a state-of-the-art facility used to support hands-on student and faculty research. He has participated in the Heart Disease Prevention Program, an outreach activity of the laboratory.
"I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this prestigious award than Gene," said Gay Israel, professor and head of the Department of Health and Exercise Science. "Gene has used his Colorado State education, a strong work ethic, and great people skills to build a very successful business and he has been generous with both his time and resources in the community and at Colorado State."
Vaughan also has been a member of Colorado State’s 1870 Club and Courtside Club for the past 15 years.
"Gene bleeds green and gold and has always made time for service activities at Colorado State University," Mason said.
In addition to serving Colorado State, Vaughan is an active contributor to the Fort Collins community. He is the former president and current director of the Fort Collins Housing Corporation. This organization assists in the rehabilitation of 95 affordable rental units for families in Fort Collins.
In 1990, Vaughan was honored as Broker/Owner of the Year by the Fort Collins Board of Realtors. He was honored with the Distinguished Service Award and the RE/MAX Service Award for the RE/MAX mountain states region in 1997. Vaughan also has been inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Designation from RE/MAX International.