The Terry College is pleased to host the 2023 SEC MBA Case Competition!
ALUMNI SERVE AS MENTORS FOR SEA ISLAND SCHOLARS
Each spring, a group of accomplished students are selected to participate in Sea Island Scholars, an experiential learning opportunity with Terry alumnae and supporters. It offers students an inside look at the business operations at Sea Island, and the chance to further develop personal and professional goals through lectures, discussions, mentoring, team building and a variety of outdoor activities. The scholars met with Scott Steilen, President and CEO of Sea Island Company, a Forbes Five-Star destination resort and private club of the Georgia Club. Steilen walked-through the resort's management and operations, sharing with the scholars how the resort functions. This years scholars included Kayla Graves (4th year Finance major), Olivia Holcombe (3rd year Marketing major), Ashley Laprade (3rd year Finance major),
Isha Naidu (Master's in Business Analytics candidate), Kristin Nwadike (MBA candidate), Meritt Parker (4th year Finance and Marketing double major), Maura Porter (3rd year student), Lauryn Sanders (3rd year Marketing major), Allison Semandeni (4th year Economics major), Savannah Sommer (4th year Finance major), and Bailey Warren (Real Estate major).
Sea Island Scholars is housed in Terry's Women Initiative (TWI), an organization committed to student success, which provides an array of experiences and resources designed to promote the confidence and leadership skills needed for students to achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals. The initiative is funded by Circle of Donors members initial gifts which helped launch the initiative in 2015. The Founding Circle members include Laura Brightwell (BBA 1989), Betsy Camp (BBA 1974), Beth Deeley (BBA 1992), Elisha Finney (BBA 1983), Bonney Shuman (BBA 1980), and Debbie Storey (MBA 2006). The Founding members stay involved with TWI by serving as mentors at Sea Island Scholars. This years mentors included Danette Beck (BBA 1994), Laura Brightwell, Betsy Camp, Tonya Davies (BBA 1995),
Kiana Morris (MBA 2014), Andrea Pearson (BBA 1998), Adrianna Samaniego (BBA 2010), Bonney Shuman, and Mollie Turner (BBA 1990).
MILLER ELECTED CHAIR OF THE ONEBLOOD BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jeremy Miller (BBA '03) was elected chair of the OneBlood board of directors. The nonprofit provides safe, available, and affordable blood to more than 200 hospital partners throughout Florida as well as in parts of southern Georgia and Alabama. Miller cites his own community blood bank with saving his life, an inspiration he brings to his work with OneBlood. In addition to his work with the nonprofit, Miller currently serves as a senior vice president of Gallagher and has an extensive background as a commercial insurance broker and risk management consultant.
LEADERSHIP DAWGS TURN TRAINING INTO REAL-WORLD IMPACT
Leadership Dawgs is a 12-month program bookended by two in-person weekend meetings that engage participants in active leadership development. The program challenges business professionals to uncover their leadership potential to advance their careers, optimize their team's performance and cultivate a diverse professional network.
Leadership Dawgs was launched in 2022 thanks to a historic donation from Chick-fil-A to UGA's Institute for Leadership Advancement (ILA). The inaugural cohort of 50 Leadership Dawgs graduated from the program on March 4 at the Terry Executive Education Center in Atlanta. The students worked with Georgia-based nonprofits to execute Community Impact Projects to practice the leadership skills they learned. The three most impactful groups were also awarded grants to help fund their nonprofits into the future. This year's most impactful Community Impact Project grant of $5,000 went to the team working for Heads Up 4 Harry, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and advocating for mental health awareness and resources among adolescents and young adults.
The team, consisting of Alexa Chesser (BBA ’20), Jordan Barrs (BBA ’16), Kristen Henderson (BBA ’10) and Jill Hopkins (MBA ’84) (not pictured: Tanta Munthe (BS ’20)) was tasked with creating a plan to establish a donor pipeline, crafting streamlined donor communication messages, building framework for future applications and launching an awareness 5K in Athens. At the end of their engagement, the team raised $11,000 for the nonprofit, secured two grants and hosted the first Spark the Conversation 5K road race in the fall of 2022.
SELF WINS 2022 CMA BUSINESS MANAGER OF THE YEAR
The CMA Touring Awards celebrate the Country Music touring industry and the people who continue to promote and sustain America's favorite live entertainment format! Stephanie Self won the 2022 CMA Touring Award for Business Manager of the Year and was honored on Monday, January 30, 2023 at Nashville's Marathon Music Works.
Self is a partner at Farris, Self & Moore LLC, a boutique firm established in 2015, in Nashville, Tennessee, specializing in business management and financial planning services. Self earned dual degrees from Terry, including bachelors in both Risk Management and Insurance and music performance, and in 2007, she was among the first graduates to earn the new Music Business Certificate.
TERRY GRAD WORKS TO BRING AWARENESS TO CYSTIC FIBROSIS
Author Andy Lipman’s newest release, “The CF Warrior Project, Volume 2” is a series of memoirs about people across the globe living with cystic fibrosis who have survived into their 50s, 60s, and 70s. Andy describes the book as inspirational stories “about warriors who persevere and live life to the fullest every day even though they have a terminal, invisible disease. Lipman himself has lived with CF for 49 years and describes his day-to-day life dealing with the condition from taking 50 pills a day to wearing a specially designed vest to support his lungs. Lipman attributes much of his life to his mother who constantly championed him to fight through his worst days and showed him all he could accomplish despite his disease. “The CF Warrior Project, Volume 2” is Lipman’s fifth book and he hopes it will bring awareness to cystic fibrosis and help in the search for a cure.
Lipman is a 1996 Marketing graduate of the Terry College.
KINCHEN RECOGNIZED AS 2023 MANUFACTURING POWER BROKER
Cody Kinchen is a Senior Broker at Aon and has been recognized as Risk & Insurance's 2023 Power Broker. The Power Broker is an individual who stands out among their peers for the exceptional client work they have delivered over the past year. John Geisler, underwriting specialist, middle markets for CNA in Atlanta, said Kinchen "was constantly balancing interests, managing relationships, and navigating unique challenges", and that is his definition of a Power Broker. Kinchen graduated from the Terry College in 2012 with a BBA in Risk Management and Insurance and in 2019 with an MBA.
MANNINA COMBINES PURPOSE AND BUSINESS ACUMEN AT THRIVEWORX
Mike Mannina (BBA ’04, ABJ ’04) joined farmer-centered coffee and tea B-Corp Thrive Farmers in 2015 after a decade of working in international development for the U.S. government. He joined the company to help launch its nonprofit arm ThriveWorx, which focuses on market-centric, locally-led devlopment to help empower economies to thrive. Mannina recently spoke to students as part of the Terry College of Business Sustainability Speaker Series
to share more about the philosphy underpinning ThriveWorx and dole out advice on aligning your career with your core values and purpose. Mannina asked students to think outside the box of their career paths and use the social capital they build at UGA to help solve societal challenges. He also urged students to decide what trade-offs they're willing to make as they look to align their careers with their values.
Celebrating the newest member of the Terry College of Business Shareholders’ Society, we’d like to thank Alton Darby and Kent Cost with Victory Real Estate Investments for their support of the Terry College. Shareholders’ Society members support the Terry Endowment for Excellence and are generous contributors and long-term investors in Terry. Victory Real Estate Investments is a Columbus, GA based, privately held commercial real estate investment company founded in 1992 by Alton Darby and Kent Cost. Victory is the owner and operator of primarily supermarket anchored shopping centers located throughout the Southeastern United States. Alton is a 1969 Terry College of Business graduate and Kent is a graduate of The Oklahoma School of Architecture. Ronnie Culbreth
, a 1977 Terry College graduate, joined the Victory Real Estate team in its early days and currently serves as president. In addition to their commitment through the Shareholders’ Society, Victory Real Estate Investments also supports rural students through The Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program. We are grateful for Alton, Kent, Ronnie, and Victory Real Estate Investments’ support of the Terry College of Business and the University of Georgia.
Pictured: Kent Cost, Allison Chesnutt – Senior Director of Business Engagement at UGA, Ronnie Culbreth, Jeremy Ransom – Senior Executive Director of Development at UGA, Alton Darby, his wife Cathy Darby, and daughter Lindsey Cotton.
The March Alumni of the Day were Jia Hamilton, Tyler Jones, Heather Ripley, and Evan Karanovich. Jia graduated in 2012 with a BBA in Accounting and Management Information Systems and in 2013 with a MAcc. She is now the Director of Risk Consulting at RSM Atlanta. Tyler graduated in 2015 with a BBA in Finance and is now the Vice President of Specialty Finance at Georgia Banking Company. Heather graduated in 2006 with a BBA in Accounting and a MAcc, and is now a Partner, Federal & International Tax at Alston & Bird LLP in New York City. Evan graduated in 2020 with an MBA and now serves as Senior Lead Advisor to the Chairman at Chick-Fil-A, Inc.
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? Reach out to Sarah Bratton at email@example.com for more information.
TERRY ALUMNI SHARE HOW TO NETWORK LIKE A PRO
On March 23rd, a panel of four accomplished Terry alumni shared their knowledge with current Terry students, providing them with advice on Networking like a Pro. They discussed in-person and virtual networking tips, building your professional circle, and students had the opportunity to practice their elevator pitch. Thank you to Alumni Board member and moderator, Mary Richardson McDaniel (BBA '04) and our alumni panelists, Wadrick McCluskey (BBA '03, MAcc '04), Hanna Jon Lewis (BBA '20), and Ben Renaud (BBA '18) for sharing your expertise!
CEO OF STRATIX SHARES ADVICE AT TERRY TALKS
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 talk take place in the Glover Boardroom, so students can get used to meetings around a conference table.
Louis Alterman is the CEO of Stratix, which offers managed mobility services tailored to businesses processes and goals. Alterman shared his top 7 pieces of advice, focusing on how to excel in the workplace rather than how to get a job. Alterman graduated from the Terry College in 1999 with a BBA in Finance.
TERRY SPC MEMBER WINS UGA ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONTEST
Christian Dyer, a current Terry College Economics Major and member of the Terry Student Philanthropy Council, won first prize at this year's UGA Entrepreneurship Idea Accelerator pitch contest. The win gives Dyer $2,500 to support his nonprofit UnderDawgs
, which provides scholarships to students entering UGA after experiencing homelessness. The connection is personal to Dyer, who found himself forcibly evicted from his home in 2018 right before he started classes at UGA. He understands firsthand the struggles these students can face and has seen friends in similar situations drop out after a crisis. His own experiences, as well as his work with Embark@UGA and Terry SPC inspired him to create a scholarship that helps cover various expenses like health insurance, parking, housing, and food, so students can focus on achieving their dream of a college degree. Dyer plans to use $2,000 of his prize money to fund the scholarship program and $500 to market the program to both potential donors and students in need.
Don't miss your opportunity to hear from Gina Drosos (BBA '85), CEO of Signet Jewelers during this month's Terry Third Thursday presentation. Signet Jewelers is the parent company of Zales, Kay, Jared, Blue Nile and other major jewelry retailers. Drosos focused on transforming Signet into a purpose-driven company defined by excellent care of its customers and employees. The shift helped Signet triple its value from a $1 billion market cap to $3 billion today. Drosos graduated from the Terry College of Business with a degree in finance and has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience in the consumer goods, beauty and health care industries. We hope you can make plans to join us!
CALLING ALL TERRY DAWGS!
Dawg Day of Giving is this Thursday, March 30th and we're calling all alumni to show their support. You can play a role in the goal of 10,000 gifts across campus, which will create a lifetime of opportunities for UGA students.
Your gift to the Terry Excellence Fund will help remove financial barriers, including internship support and study away opportunities. The Terry Excellence Fund serves as a versatile resource that benefits a variety of high-impact programs across the college and allows the college to provide scholarship support to students.
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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