New members join Babson Center Board
The Babson Center for Global Commerce will welcome seven new members to its advisory board when the board holds its Easter Semester meeting in Sewanee on April 25.
The advisory board, drawn from alumni, parents, and friends of Sewanee with successful careers in business, supports activities of the Babson Center and the full program of business education at Sewanee.
“Our new board members bring a diversity of talents and experience,” said Chip Manning, C’82, director of the Babson Center. “Their service, wisdom, and guidance will help ensure the future well-being of Sewanee’s liberal arts model for business education.”
The new board members are:
Jerry Adams, C’65, is president and chief executive officer of the Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA), a nonprofit organization that funds research at Arkansas universities. Before joining ARA, Adams was an executive at Acxiom Corporation, a consumer database marketing firm. He is the former chair of Accelerate Arkansas and the EAST Initiative, a secondary school technology program that operates in seven states. He has served on the boards of numerous education and technology organizations and is a member of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees. He is the founding board chair for the Conway (Ark.) Interfaith Clinic. He was an English major at Sewanee.
Matthew Bourlakas, C’87, is president and chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee. Before joining Goodwill, he was the chief operating officer for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee from 2005 to 2013. Bourlakas also held executive positions with the American Red Cross in Nashville. He earned a Master of Mass Communication degree at the University of South Carolina-Columbia and was an English major at Sewanee.
Dave Deiters, the parent of a recent Sewanee graduate, is managing director and president of the South region for The North Highland Company, an international management consulting firm. Deiters previously served as executive vice president and as a vice president at the firm’s Atlanta office. Before joining North Highland, Deiters held leadership positions at McCall Technologies, Technology Ventures and FirstWave, and Andersen Consulting (Accenture). He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology as a co-op with a major in industrial management. He is a member of the board of the Technology Association of Georgia.
Blainey M. Hess, C’88, is chief operating officer and senior vice president of Maguire Oil Company, where she has worked for 17 years. She is also executive vice president of Components Corporation of America, and serves on the board of directors of both companies. After graduating from Sewanee as an English major, she became assistant managing editor of a medical journal in Washington, D.C. Hess received her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She was assistant marketing director for the American Physical Therapy Association before entering the oil industry.
Randy Johnson, C’65, is president of Green Crow Corporation, a family-owned timberland holding and investment management services firm with operations in the Northwest and New England. Before becoming president of Green Crow in 1983, Johnson was director of forest products at Rayonier, Inc. (NYSE:RYN). He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School and a Master of Science degree in applied mathematics from UCLA.
Michael Whelchel, C’89, is cofounder and managing partner at the Watershed Capital Group, an investment bank advising companies and funds advancing the sustainable economy. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Watershed Capital Group recently led the first impact and sustainable private equity trade mission to Europe. Michael has eighteen years experience in financing, acquiring, selling, growing, and operating small and middle market companies. He holds Master of Business Administration and Master of Engineering Management degrees from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He majored in mathematics at Sewanee.
McCauley Williams, C’04, is global talent acquisition partner at Brown-Forman Corporation, one of the largest spirits and wine companies in the world. She joined Brown-Forman in 2008 as an on premise spirits manager for Georgia. She was previously an area manager for Republic National Distributing Co. in San Antonio, Tex. and the Brown-Forman brand manager for DISPAL, a liquor distributor in San Jose, Costa Rica. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. She was a political science major at Sewanee.
The April 25 meeting will be the final one for four members of the board, who are stepping down as their terms expire. The departing members are Ward Cammack, president of Ogre, LLC, and Five Sisters, LLC; Bill Harper, C’78, managing director of The Harper Wealth Management Group; Jason Payne,C’00, manager of strategic business development for HD Supply, Inc.(NASDAQ:HDS); and Charles Strain, vice president of US marketing at United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS).
“These individuals have served with distinction and made important impacts in the early stages and development of our pre-business program at Sewanee,” said Manning. “They depart the board with our continued gratitude for their support and counsel.”