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UGA GRAD LAUNCHES SWEAT-PROOF MAKEUP LINE
Vanessa Sachs (BS '21, MS '23) swept the recent SEC Student Pitch Competition, taking first place!
Sachs is a current UGA master's student in Consumer Analytics. Her experience as a fitness instructor and living in humid Florida inspired her to launch her sweat-friendly cosmetics brand SWAKE. She launched her brand after working through the UGA Idea Accelerator program during her fall 2021 semester.
To learn more about Vanessa's entrepreneur journey, read here.
TERRY ALUMNA APPOINTED AS INTERIM CFO OF FLEETCOOR
Alissa Vickery (BBA ’01, MACC ‘01) has been named interim CFO at FLEETCOR Technologies. Vickery joined FLEETCOOR in 2011 and has served as the firm's Chief Accounting Officer since 2020.
Vickery is the former fundraising chair for the Women of UGA Leadership Council and a member of the 2017 40 Under 40 Class.
CHAPPELL NAMED AS CHIEF MARKETING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Lael Chappell (BBA '06) has joined the USQRisk Team to grow Desq, a specialty MGA accelerator platform that will assist entrepreneurial underwriters with efficiently launching and managing their own tech-enabled MGAs. Chappell is excited to join Desq early in its growth and enter the Insurtech market at a time when the industry is at a unique crossroads.
Chappell is also a a former member of the Terry College Young Alumni Board and a member of the 2022 40 Under 40 class.
GARDNER NAMED SENIOR SUPPLY CHAIN S
TRATEGY DIRECTOR AT FORTUNE 500 FIRM
Justin Gardner (MBA '16) brings his 15 years of supply chain experience to Mohawk Industries as their newly appointed Senior Director of Supply Chain Strategy. In his role, Gardner will lead supply chain optimization projects, partnering with sourcing, manufacturing, and product teams of each business unit, along with Mohawk’s warehousing, transportation, product planning, technology systems, and customer experience groups.
Gardner is also a former member of the Terry College Young Alumni Board.
For Scott and Linda Sink, being a bulldog is a family tradition. Scott’s father, Dr. Jack Merritt Sink, brought their family to Athens. He was a professor in rehabilitation counseling at UGA for almost 20 years. Carrying on his father’s connection with UGA, Scott earned a degree in risk management and insurance from the Terry College in 1984. Both of Scott and Linda’s children are UGA graduates, as well as their spouses. Their daughter, Brittany Sink Chitwood (BBA’14, accounting; MAcc ’15) and son-in-law Paul Chitwood (BBA ’14, accounting, finance, and risk management) were both active in the Institute for Leadership Advancement while students at the Terry College. The Sink’s son, Taylor Sink (BBA’18, risk management and insurance) also married a UGA graduate, Anna Fenstermaker (BSED ’17, exercise and sports science).
Throughout his career, Scott has provided risk management consulting and insurance brokerage services to large electric, gas, and integrated energy companies. Since joining McGriff, Seibels & Williams in 1994, he has been instrumental in developing one of the largest energy/utility practice groups in the United States. As senior executive vice president, he serves as the practice leader for the energy/utility division.
In 2012, Scott was named Terry College’s Risk Management Alumnus of the Year mirroring his 1984 nomination of Outstanding Student in Risk Management & Insurance. Scott serves as an Emeritus member on the Terry College Alumni Board. Scott and Linda Sink are valued partners at the Terry College and across the UGA campus as members of UGA’s 1785 Society, the Athletic Association’s Silver Circle, and the Terry College Shareholders’ Society. In 2022, the Sinks established the Scott and Linda Sink RMI Study Abroad endowment at the Terry College. Their continued investment in the future of the Terry College and the University of Georgia is greatly appreciated.
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 which alum is next!
MEET THE NEW TERRY STUDENT PHILANTHROPY COUNCIL
The Terry College of Business Student Philanthropy Council is officially slated and ready to serve! This group of students will act as champions of the Terry College by elevating student awareness of the importance of philanthropy at UGA while also promoting student involvement in philanthropic efforts at the Terry College. We are excited to work with this group to build a culture of philanthropy within Terry’s Student body!
To learn more about how student members of the council will serve Terry, read more here.
TERRY COLLEGE PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S CONFERENCE
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