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CREATING A CHAMPIONSHIP MINDSET WITH DERETTA RHODES
DeRetta Rhodes (BS '92, PhD '10) recently brought the insights she's learned in her 20+ year career in human resources to attendees of the Terry College's 12th annual Professional Women’s Conference (PWC). Rhodes joined the Atlanta Braves' front office in 2019 and currently serves as their Chief Culture Officer, a role with an expansive portfolio of responsibilities including oversight of people capital initiatives, community affairs, and communication. Throughout her extensive career, Rhodes has focused on how organizations can build a culture of trust and vulnerability as a way to optimize leadership and collaboration. She credits her UGA experience to helping develop her strong sense of community and urged PWC attendees to challenge the myths of vulnerability and to bring the use of strong emotional intelligence skills to their leadership mindset.
REAL ESTATE GRAD RELEASES BOOK "BROKERING BILLIONS"
Bonneau Ansley (BBA ’99) released his first book, “Brokering Billions.” As the founder of Atlanta-based Ansley Real Estate, Ansley uses his book to educate any agent looking to grow their own career. “Brokering Billions” focuses on increasing sales, attracting clients, and using social media. Ansley, alongside marketing mogul Chris Tuff, has also released a podcast of the same name featuring the top 20 agents who were interviewed for “Brokering Billions”. In addition to his book’s early success (#3 on Wall Street Journal’s weekly bestsellers), Ansley is celebrating being named to the Bulldog 100 for the 10th year in a row. Bonneau cited his Terry classes as igniting his passion for real estate and setting him up for success.
TERRY COLLEGE RECOGNIZES DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD WINNERS
Each year, the Terry College of Business honors three exceptional alumni for their significant achievements in the business world and their community. On Saturday, April 29, the 2023 honorees will be recognized at the annual Alumni Awards and Gala. This year's Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are Karen Bennett (BBA '85, MBA '11) and Sam Holmes (BBA '87). The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient is Rennie Curran (BBA '17).
Karen Bennett is the executive Vice President and chief people officer for Cox Enterprises and has over 25 years of experience leading teams that focus on maximizing talent potential. Bennett is a Double Dawg, earning both her bachelor’s and Executive MBA from Terry College. Bennett serves on multiple boards, including the Society of Human Resources Management Foundation, the Human Resources Leadership Forum of Atlanta, the WICT Network global board of directors, and the Emma Bowen Foundation. Bennett also serves on Georgia State University’s HR Roundtable consortium.
Sam Holmes is Vice Chairman at CBRE and has over 35 years of experience in commercial real estate. Holmes received his BBA in Finance from Terry College and moved on to become a top revenue producer throughout his career, completing over 2,300 lease transactions alongside his business partner. Holmes currently serves as the Chairman Emeritus of the UGA foundation and the UGA Real Estate Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, as a commissioner of the Georgians First Commission, and as a trustee on the Georgia Research Alliance.
Rennie Curran will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Curran is a former linebacker for the University of Georgia and Tennessee Titans and currently serves as the CEO of Game Changer Coaching. Curran received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Terry College and is now an active keynote speaker, author, and professional development coach. Curran uses his unique perspective as a successful athlete and entrepreneur to help elite athletes, business professionals, and executives become influential leaders. Curran is also a devoted public servant who works with multiple organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, ALS foundation, Boy Scouts of America, and many more.
To learn more about this year's honorees, visit the Alumni Awards and Gala website.
PHELPS NAMED CFO OF ARGOS USA
Kathleen Phelps (BBA '06) has joined Argos USA as the new Chief Financial Officer. Argos USA is one of the largest cement and ready-mix producers in the United States and a global sustainability leader in the heavy construction materials industry. Phelps brings years of experience with her, as she was previously Vice President of Finance at WestRock. Phelps graduated from the Terry College in 2006 with a BBA in International Business and received a MBA from Columbia University in 2015. Phelps serves on the Terry College Alumni Board and is also a REACH Georgia Board member.
Supporting the Terry College of Business spans multiple generations in the Ghertner family. Andy Ghertner, a 1965 real estate graduate and vice chairman at Cushman & Wakefield, and his son Doug Ghertner
, a 2003 MBA graduate and CEO at IVX Health, both give back to the Terry College in numerous ways. Over the years, Andy has been a valued supporter of the annual Terry College Alumni Awards & Gala, and Doug has been a champion for the Terry College Endowment for Excellence. Together they both named the Andrew (Andy) L. Ghertner and Douglas (Doug) M. Ghertner Family Kitchen located in Correll Hall and accessible to graduate students in the Terry College of Business. Continuing the family tradition and honoring his father, Doug named the Andrew L. Ghertner Lobby located in Sanford and Barbara Orkin Hall within the Business Learning Community. We are grateful for the Ghertner’s dedication to the Terry College and always enjoy seeing a family’s mutual love for their university. Thank you, Andy and Doug!
Pictured L to R: Yates, Doug, and Andy Ghertner.
The April Alumni of the Day were Amy Johnson, Ryan McEnaney, Julia Hellman, and Brian Thomas. Amy graduated in 1997 with a BBA in Marketing and is now District Manager, Southeast-Advanced Wound Management at Smith+Nephew. Ryan graduated in 2018 with a BBA in Management, emphasis in Supply Chain Operations and minor in Sports Management and is a 2023 MBA Candidate. Ryan will be the Lead Supply Chain Project Manager at AT&T in Dallas., upon graduating in May. Julia graduated in 2016 with a BBA in Risk Management and Insurance and is now the Senior Vice President at First Insurance Funding. Brian graduated in 1988 with a BBA in Management and is currently the Area Vice President, Community Pharmacy and Health at McKesson.
Each week, we feature an Alum of the Day, where alumni can share about their career, company, activities they enjoy in their downtime, favorite Georgia memories, and how they choose to give back to their community. In addition to highlighting successful alumni, the goal of the Alum of the Day series is to show current Terry students the types of career opportunities that exist and give them great contacts in their industry. Students are encouraged to reach out to each Alum of the Day to connect.
Be sure to check out @terryalumni on Facebook and Instagram each Wednesday to see our next featured alum! Are you interested in being featured as the Alum of the Day? Head to the Alum of the Day page on the Terry website for more information and to fill out the form.
TERRY TALKS SPEAKERS ROUND OUT THE ACADEMIC YEAR
Terry Talks are a small group-like setting event where alumni can connect with students, sharing their background, professional experience, and career advice. Students interested in the speakers career or company attend the talk to learn and network. Terry Talks take place in the Glover Boardroom, so students can get used to meetings around a conference table.
We finished the spring semester with four great speakers. Andy Jones is the President of MB Jones Oil Company and did a Terry Talks on March 29. Tim Nicholls (MBA '91) is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of International Paper and did a Terry Talks on March 30. Kessel Stelling (BBA '78), retired executive chairman and CEO of Synovus Financial Corporation, and Taylor Glover (BBA '73), Chief Executive Officer for Turner Enterprises, did a Terry Talks together on April 12.
Andy Jones (President of MB Jones Oil Company)
Tim Nicholls (Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of International Paper)
Kessel Stelling (Retired Executive Chairman and CEO of Synovus Financial Corporation) and Taylor Glover (Chief Executive Officer for Turner Enterprises)
The Terry College Student of the Year Award was established by Emeritus Members of the Alumni Board to honor a current senior who best exemplifies Terry College ideals and demonstrates the skills and commitment required to succeed in college, business and life.
This year's winner, Savannah Sommer, was announced at the annual Terry College Honor's Day ceremony on April 19 at the UGA Chapel. Savannah is studying Finance, with a studio art minor, and certificate in Personal & Organizational Leadership. She is Co-President of the Kennedy Society, a Deer Run Fellow, Terry College Student Ambassador, and part of the Student Managed Investment Fund and the Terry’s Women’s Initiative where she was selected to be a Sea Island Scholar.
Savannah has interned with Healy Wealth Management, Ronald Blue Trust, and Goldman Sachs and upon graduation, she will move to Salt Lake City, Utah to work full-time at Goldman Sachs.
Savannah shared "Terry has given me a vibrant community of friends and mentors that have invested in me, and my legacy at Terry lives on in the people I’ve mentored with what I’ve learned."
Five finalists were selected based on academics, financial responsibility, and community and campus leadership. This year's honorees are Morgan Nascone, Joslyn McKlveen, Elise Karinshak, and Patrick Gentry (left to right).
THE SILENT AUCTION IS NOW LIVE!
The 2023 Terry College Alumni Awards & Gala Silent Auction is LIVE and ready for bidding! Proceeds from this year's event will benefit the Terry College International Business program, which will provide current students the opportunity to experience study away programs, international internships, international exchanges, cooperative online international learning, domestic & international business opportunities and more.
We encourage you to browse our unique selection of items and to bid often! Please note that the auction will close promptly at 9:00 pm EST on Saturday, April 29. Thank you for your support!
Don't miss your opportunity to hear from Mohamed Massaquoi (BS '08) during this month's Terry Third Thursday presentation. Massaquoi is the founder and Managing Director of VESSOL and I/O Psychologist. VESSEL helps organizations, leaders, and teams perform by enhancing organizational effectiveness and DEI (diversity, equity & inclusion). Before founding VESSEL, Massaquoi worked in Finance at Morgan Stanley and as a professional athlete in the NFL. He was a 2009 second-round pick for the Cleveland Browns in the NFL draft and played professionally for 5 seasons. Massaquoi earned his Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School after completing the Program for Leadership Development, which functions as their alternative executive MBA. We hope you can make plans to join us!
Since 2019, the Ten for Terry initiative has given alumni the opportunity to make a modest monthly gift on a recurring basic. This affordable investment is magnified when many donors come together and participate in the program. In just four years, more than 1,000 donors have joined the Ten for Terry movement and now, Ten for Terry contributes more than $100,000 annually to the Terry Excellence Fund supporting scholarships, programs, student opportunities and more.
Introducing a new way to scale your support. Once you sign up to join Ten for Terry and make your $10 monthly commitment to the Excellence Fund, you have the opportunity to make an additional contribution to the fund or funds of your choice.
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