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Gene Erbstoesser, previous Exemplar Award winner, congratulates 2023 Exemplar recipient Emmett Pernecky

Emmett Pernecky wins 2023 Exemplar Award

An Exemplary night

Emmett Pernecky is the new Exemplar Award Winner for the Alpha Upsilon chapter.

"When reflecting on Sigma Chi," Emmett says, " I know that the Alpha Upsilon chapter is special. With tremendous history and tradition, I've been blessed to be a part of it and contribute to something bigger than me for the betterment of Sigma Chi."


Brother Pernicky is a graduating senior majoring in Business and hopes to start his own business soon. His parents Kathleen and Mike of La Canada Flintridge,  CA are deeply proud as are his four sisters Colleen, Monica, Marie and Audrey - Monica and Colleen also attended USC.

The event was the highlight at a dinner organized by the AU Parents Club at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles.


Emmett was a waterpolo player at USC and was elected as the chapter's Pro Consul from 2021-2022. He completed an internship with CBRE in Newport Beach last year.

Presenting the award to Emmett were Andy Jessup, Jr. (1988) and Gene Erbstoesser (1970), who is a Significant Sig and a member of the Sigma Chi Order of Constantine.

The Exemplar Award was created by AU brother Harry Dean Martin (1895) and instituted in 1921. It's given to the Alpha Upsilon Sig who best exemplifies the Spirit of Sigma Chi.

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Click on Harry Lee Martin's image to read his AU Hall of Fame story. He created the Exemplar Award in 1921.

Pictured is Andy Jessup, Jr., honoring Exemplar recipient Emmett Pernicky, with Gene Erbstoesser.

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Alpha Upsilon

Alpha Upsilon was recently in the national spotlight again after four of our chapter mates were honored with Significant Sig medals at Grand Chapter for the induction of the class of 2020 and 2021. They are actor Patrick Muldoon, Order of Constantine Sig Gene Erbestosser, political heavyweight Sandy Quinn and Sigma Chi Foundation Board of Governors Vice Chair Jeff Gill. Congratulations!

Since the very founding of our chapter all those year ago, Alpha Upsilon has been honored with so many great achievements and its brothers have received so many accolades. Humility and grace permeate our legacy. 

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Sandy Quinn. He's the co-founder and president of Quinn/Brein Marketing & Communications. He was also head of marketing for Walt Disney World in Florida (for which he oversaw the grand opening) and a division vice president for Marriott Corporation. Quinn served as the press assistant to former Vice President Richard Nixon, on the staff of Gov. Ronald Reagan and served on George Murphy's U.S. Senate campaign. He was president of the Richard Nixon Foundation and is a member of its board.

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Patrick Muldoon. He's an actor, producer, musician and former print model. He played Austin Reed on Days Of Our Lives, a role in which he won the Soap Opera Digest award for best new actor. He played the villain Richard Hart on the popular prime time soap opera Melrose Place and was featured as Zander Barkalow in the film Starship Troopers. He has appeared in several independent films and television movies, and was recently featured alongside Hollywood legends Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman in The Comeback Trail. Muldoon is an independent producer as well as a development executive at Eclectic Pictures. He played football for USC and has two Rose Bowl rings.

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Gene Erbstoesser. He spent the last four years of his professional career and a special litigation counsel for PIMCO. Previous to that, Erbstoesser spent 31 years with Ernst & Young. He founded and managed the Los Angeles office of EY's General Counsel's office and was also the deputy general counsel in London. Erbstoesser has held numerous positions in bar associations and served on the University of Southern California Institute of Corporate Counsel Advisory Board and Los Angeles' United Way Corporate Counsil Committee. He is also a Order of Constantine Sig.

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Jeff Gill. He is the chairman, president and CEO of Sypris Solutions, a provider of truck components, oil and gas pipeline components and aerospace and defense electronics. He has held that role at Syprus and its predecessor since 1992. Gill is also the vice president of the Sigma Chi Foundation, where he serves as chairman of the Development and Finance committees. In these roles, he has assisted in improving Foundation processes, policies, and procedures. Gill also serves on the Significant Sig selection committee.

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