Ann P. Bryan
Ann Bryan is a financial advisor who retired in 2008 as First Vice President with Morgan Keegan & Company in Atlanta and is a graduate of Columbia College where she majored in Business.
She has residences in Atlanta and Greenville. In Greenville, she serves on the Board of Trustees for The Peace Center and the Greenville County Museum of Art.
Ann is also a member of Furman's Advisory Council and Richard Furman Founders Society.
Robert H. Buckman
Chairman of the Board of Applied Knowledge Group, Inc., and Chairman of
Tioga Holdings, Inc.
Robert Buckman served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive
Officer of Bulab Holdings, Inc., the holding company of Buckman
Laboratories, from 1978 until his retirement in December 2000. He is
Chairman of the Board of Applied Knowledge Group, Inc., and Chairman of
Tioga Holdings, Inc., both in Reston, Virginia. He holds degrees from
Purdue University, the University of Chicago and honorary Doctorate of
Humane Letters degrees from both North Carolina State University,
Asbury Theological Seminary, and Rhodes College. He is on the Board of Trustees of Furman
University in Greenville, South Carolina, the Board of Directors of
Church Health Center in Memphis, and the Board of Directors of APQC in
Houston, Texas. He served previously on the Board of Directors of Rhodes
College and Board of Directors of LeBonheur Children's Medical Center
Foundation, both located in Memphis Tennessee. He is a member of the
Society of Entrepreneurs (Memphis), Phi Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa,
and a member of the International Editorial Board of the Journal of
In 1988 he was named was named Exporter of the Year by the Mid-South
Exporters Roundtable; in 1991 was the recipient of the Cook-Halle Award
in recognition of his contributions to industry and community in
Memphis; in 1993 was named "Master of Free Enterprise" by Junior
Achievement of Greater Memphis in recognition of his business leadership
and civic contributions; in 1996 received the Outstanding Chemical
Engineer Award from Purdue University; in 1996 was the recipient of the
Knowledge Management Leadership Award from Business Intelligence in
London; and in 1998 was named a Distinguished Delphi Fellow as a
visionary behind one of the most widely cited knowledge management
initiatives to date (presented by The Delphi Group of Boston). In April
2001 he was the recipient of the Purdue University Distinguished
Engineering Alumnus Award for his outstanding accomplishments in the
specialty chemicals industry and his leadership in the field of
knowledge management and knowledge sharing. In 1996, under the
leadership of Bob Buckman, Buckman Laboratories was recipient of the
Arthur Andersen LLP 1996 Enterprise Award for Best Practices in the
category of Knowledge Sharing in the Organization; in 1997, Buckman
Laboratories was recipient of the 1997 Computerworld Smithsonian Award
for visionary use of information technology in the Manufacturing
category. In 2000 was named one of the top ten Most Admired Knowledge
Leaders for his world-class knowledge leadership contributions to his
company and to the New Economy. The study was conducted by Teleos and
Work Frontiers International. In 2000 and 2002 Buckman Labs was the
winner of the Global Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises study for its
strong corporate knowledge culture, knowledge leadership, and
transforming corporate knowledge into shareholder value.
Bob is an avid fisherman and enjoys snow skiing with his friends and
family. He is married to Joyce Mollerup and they have four children and
Serves on the board of the Jolley Foundation and the Fleisher Art Memorial and Philadephia Public School Notebook
Jolley Bruce Christman, a Greenville native, graduated from Greenville High School. She earned a B.A. in history from Randolph College (founded as Randolph-Macon Women's College) and is a past president of its Board of Trustees.
Jolley holds a Ph.D. in education administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught English and history in a Philadelphia neighborhood high school and then worked in teacher education for more than a decade. In 1992, Jolley founded Research for Action, a Philadelphia-based, non-profit organization engaged in education research and evaluation in urban schools districts across the country. Currently, she consults with foundations, school districts, and non-profits to plan their strategic direction and assesses the impact of their efforts to improve the life chances of low-income youth. She is also associate faculty at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education where she has taught since 1990 and where she received an Alumni Achievement Award. Jolley has authored more than two-dozen book chapters and journal articles and numerous reports on urban education. In 2008, Public Citizens for Children and Youth gave Jolley its Friend of Children Award.
She is the daughter of Mamie Jolley Bruce, whose original vision and founding endowment made Furman's nationally recognized Bridges to a Brighter Future a reality. Bridges has transformed the lives of more than 200 low-income youth, preparing them to be the first generation in their families to attend college. Jolley serves on the board of the Jolley Foundation in Greenville and the Fleisher Art Memorial and Philadelphia Public School Notebook in Philadelphia.
She has three children, Andrew, Kate, and Sarah.
C. Jordan Clark
Founder of Jordan Clark Ventures and part-time teacher
C. Jordan Clark was born in North Carolina and was educated at Davidson
College (1977) before going on to receive a Masters degree in Art
History at the University of Virginia (1980). Following a four year
stint as curator of the 3M Corporate Art Collection in Minnesota, Jordan
returned to school and earned his MBA at the University of North
Carolina (1986) and subsequently joined Trammell Crow Residential in
Atlanta where he began a career in real estate development.
He became a partner with TCR in 1987 and, in 1994, Jordan and his
partners from Georgia, Texas, and Tennessee purchased the company
holdings from the Trammel Crow family and, following a successful
initial public offering, formed the NYSE-traded entity Gables
At Gables, Jordan served as Chief Investment Officer in charge of all
development, acquisition, disposition, construction, and brokerage
activities of the firm. During his tenure, the company grew four-fold,
won numerous awards, expanded its territory, and, upon the sale of the
company in 2003, had provided its shareholders an annualized total
return of 15%. Jordan was one of two Gables officers to serve on the
Board of Directors of the company.
Since his departure from Gables in 2002, Jordan has formed Jordan Clark
Ventures, a private firm which invests in and operates rental
communities in Atlanta, Ga. In addition, since 2003, Jordan has been a
part-time teacher at the Lovett School in Atlanta—a private college
preparatory school—where he delights in teaching AP Art History to high
school juniors and seniors. He has been a member of the advisory and
parent councils at Furman and is active in Atlanta church and community
He is married to Patti Clark (Davidson 1977, UNC MBA 1979) and has three
daughters including two Furman students… Graham Clark Mudd '08 and
Suzanne Clark '11.
Co-founder and Managing Partner of First Atlantic Capital, LLC
Christopher W. Collins is a co-founder and Managing Partner of First
Atlantic Capital, LLC, a real estate investment company located in
Boston, Massachusetts, focusing on the acquisition, ownership, and
redevelopment of conventional and affordable multi-family housing
communities throughout the United States.
Mr. Collins is a former principal and Managing Partner of Boston Capital
Corporation. When he sold his interests in Boston Capital, the firm
controlled more than $8 billion in real estate assets, which included
2,100 multi-family properties located in 48 states, making Boston
Capital the fourth largest owner/investor in multi-family real estate.
Prior to Boston Capital, Mr. Collins was the co-founder and President of
American Development Group, Inc., a real estate firm that specialized
in the development, acquisition, construction and management of more
than 100 residential, retail and commercial properties located in the
Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.
Mr. Collins is a respected authority in the affordable housing industry
and serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Affordable Housing
Coalition and the Institute for Responsible Housing Preservation. He is a
member of the Board of Trustees at Montserrat College of Art and the
Board of Advisors of the Boston Private Bank & Trust Company. Mr.
Collins is also a past board member of the Massachusetts Development
Finance Agency, Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, The Governor's
Academy, Brookwood School and The John F. Kennedy Center for the
Mr. Collins is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. He and his
wife, Lisa, have three sons: Peter, Nathaniel, and James.
Chairman of McGuireWoods LLP
Richard Cullen is a 1971 graduate of Furman, where he majored in
Political Science and played varsity football. He received a law degree
from the University of Richmond in 1977, where he was editor in chief of
the law review and a member of ODK. In 1998 he was awarded the
University of Richmond Distinguished Alumni Award.
Richard is the chairman of McGuireWoods LLP, a law firm with over 900
lawyers and 18 offices in the United States and abroad. He has spent his
professional career at McGuireWoods, taking leave on three occasions
for public service assignments. In 1987 he was a special counsel to the
U. S. Senate for the Iran-Contra investigation. He was appointed by
President George H. W. Bush as the United States Attorney for the
Eastern District of Virginia, serving from 1991 to 1993. And in 1997,
Virginia Governor George Allen appointed him the Commonwealth's 39th
Richard has been appointed to a number of boards and commissions,
including Richmond's Collegiate School (K-12), the Virginia Commonwealth
University School of Business Foundation, the Board of Visitors of
Virginia Military Institute and the commission that revised Virginia's
criminal sentencing laws, which he co-chaired. He was appointed by the
Chief Justice of Virginia to the State's Judicial Council and by the
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
to chair the Court's Advisory Committee on Rules and Procedures.
Richard previously served on Furman's advisory and parents councils.
He and his wife Agnes Tullidge Cullen have four grown children. Their
two sons, Thomas (2000) and Richard (2007) graduated from Furman, as did
Thomas' wife Amy (2000).
W. Randy Eaddy
Senior partner in Corporate Department of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
A native of Johnsonville, South Carolina, Randy Eaddy is a 1976 summa cum laude graduate
of Furman University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Blue Key
and the Quaternion Society. He received his J. D. degree from Harvard
Law School in 1979, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Randy is a senior partner in the Corporate Department of Kilpatrick
Townsend & Stockton LLP.
In addition to Furman's Board of Trustees (on which he first began to
serve in 1993), Randy serves on the boards of the Elon University School
of Law, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the Winston-Salem Arts
Council, Crosby Scholars Community Partnership, The North Carolina
Shakespeare Festival, and Festival Stage of Winston-Salem. He has served
in the past on the boards of the Winston-Salem State University
Foundation, the Alliance Theatre Company, the Georgia Legal Services
Foundation, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Good Government Atlanta,
and several other civic organizations.
Randy's interest in public policy and social issues has led to
involvement in numerous pro bono projects undertaken by Kilpatrick
Townsend & Stockton, for which he has been the team leader and
prinicpal author, including an analysis and report on the 54 countries
of "The Americas" for inclusion in Global Injustice: an Overview of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance,
a 2001 report by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under Law; a
50-state analysis and report on "The Selection of State Court Judges:
Review of Methods and Principal Implications" for the Alabama Appleseed
Center for Law and Justice; and a 50-state analysis and report on "The
Right to Bail and Other Limits on Pre-Adjudication Detention of
Juveniles" for the Georgia Chapter of the American Civil Liberties
Randy has been listed for several years in Best Lawyers in America for
Corporate Law, and he is active in bar associations as a writer and
speaker on topics for continuing education and advancement of the legal
profession. Randy also has an intense interest in the business case for
diversity, as well as its social imperative, in the legal profession and
institutions generally. In 2000, he developed and was lead author of
the chapter on "Diversity" for the multi-volume treatise Successful Partnering Between Inside and Ourside Counsel,
which he has updated annually (often with assistance from Furman
students serving as summer interns at his firm) and rewrote new editions
in 2005 and 2010.
Among other honors, reflecting the broad range of his interests and
contributions, Randy received the 1999 President's Award from the
Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists in recognition of his
contributions to the African American community as an attorney, legal
scholar and civic leader, and the 2005 Team Hope Award from the
Huntington's Disease Sociaty of American for Corporate Management and
Randy describes attending Furman as "the epicenter of my development,"
and cites his participation in Furman's Study Abroad Program to England,
during the Fall of 1975, as his most enlightening, formative
David G. Ellison
Wealth Management Advisor for Northwestern Mutual
David G. Ellison is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, who graduated from
Furman in 1972 and obtained an M.B.A. from the Clemson-Furman program
in 1976. He is a Wealth Management Advisor for Northwestern Mutual and
co-owns an employee benefits firm.
He is a former trustee of the United Way of Greenville County where he
has chaired leadership giving arms, Palmetto Society and Tocqueville
Society and serves on Poinsett Society, the planned giving effort. He
currently serves on the United Way Worldwide Planned Giving Council and
is past chair of the YMCA Endowment Corporation. Dave is the 2012 Chair
of the South Carolina Club for Growth, and was a member of the
transition team for SC Governor Nikki Haley. He is a director of
Southern First Bank, NA, as well as past chair of the Furman Board of
Trustees, and has been president of the Alumni Association and the
Paladin Club. In 1992, he was elected to the Furman Athletic Hall of
Dave and his wife, Frances, have three sons.
Larry D. Estridge
Partner in the Greenville Office of the firm of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice
Larry D. Estridge, a native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, was student
body president at Furman and was elected to Blue Key honorary
fraternity. Graduating from Furman in 1966, he earned a J.D. from
Harvard Law School in 1969. In 1967, Larry received the Hughes Trophy,
awarded to the top Army ROTC graduate in the nation. He served for two
years as an officer in the Army, including a tour in Vietnam, where he
was awarded the Bronze Star. He is a partner in the Greenville Office of
the firm of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, and formerly served
as the managing partner of that office.
He has served as president of Citizens for Greenville and the Greenville
Central Area Partnership (downtown revitalization). Larry has also
served on the Board of Directors of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, he has also served on the governing boards of Lees-McRae
College, Upstate Children's Museum, the Reedy River Basin Task Force,
Thornblade Club and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.
He is a past president of Furman Alumni Association, a former member of
the Advisory Council, and served on the legal task force of the Baptist
Relationship Committee. In 1984, he received Furman's Alumni Service
Award and in 1997, the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Larry is married to Kim Estridge. He has three children and seven grandchildren.
Douglas K. Freeman
Douglas K. Freeman, a 1972 graduate of Furman, received his M.B.A. from
the University of South Carolina in 1975. He is currently a bank
consultant. With more than 40 years experience in the financial
services industry, he has held senior-level positions at major regional
and national institutions including Bank of America, NationsBank,
Barnett Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank.
He served as chairman of the board of directors of the Bank
Administration Institute, an industry "think tank" and education group.
He also served on the board and as chair of the Consumer Bankers
Association, a retail bank trade group. He was a member of the Thrift
Advisory Board fore the Federal Reserve System. An avid supporter of
education, he has taught for 35 years at the Graduate School of Retail
Banking at Furman University, where he served for a number of years as
the chair of the board of trustees of the program. An advocate of
private sector involvement in the public sector, he served on the
Economic Development Commission in California and chaired the
Financial/Public Private Efforts on Economic Development in Florida
known as Enterprise Florida. He is on the board of trustees at the Moore
School of Business at USC.
Doug and his wife, Patricia, have two daughters, Dorothy '04 and Nan '07.
P. Edwin Good, Jr.
Founder of Hampton Development Co.
P. Edwin Good, Jr. graduated from Furman in 1967 and earned his master of arts in teaching in 1969 from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. In 1985, he started Hampton Development Co., a retail and commercial real estate development firm based in Greenville. He serves on the boards of Community Works Carolina, United Way of Greenville County and Public Education Partners. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute. He also serves as chair of Hollingsworth Funds, Inc.
He is past chair of the Furman Advisory Council and past president of the Furman Paladin Club.
He is married to Peggy Ellison Good, Furman class of '67 and a former trustee. They have three sons who are also Furman graduates: Paul '93, Matt '96, and Jon '97 and nine grandchildren.
David L. Hauser
Serves on Corporate and Civic Boards
David L. Hauser was chairman and chief executive officer of FairPoint
Communications, Inc. and prior to that role, was Chief Financial Officer
for Duke Energy. He is currently retired but serves on both Corporate
and Civic Boards.
Mr. Hauser joined FairPoint Communications as chairman and CEO in July
2009 and left that position in August 2010. In that role, he was
responsible for the management of all aspects of the corporation's
activities commensurate with the best interests of the stockholders,
customers, employees, and the communities which it served.
Prior to his role at FairPoint, he retired as group executive and chief
financial officer from Duke Energy. He began his 35-year career with
Duke when he joined Duke Power in 1973. During his first 20 years with
the company, Hauser served in various accounting positions, including
controller, before assuming the role of vice president of procurement
services and materials. He was named senior vice president of global
asset development in 1997 and in June 1998 was named senior vice
president and treasurer. Mr. Hauser served as acting chief financial
officer from November 2003 until February 2004 when he was named group
vice president and chief financial officer and then group executive and
chief financial officer in April 2006.
Mr. Hauser earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration
from Furman (S.C.) University and received a Master of Business
Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at
Charlotte. He completed the Executive Program of Professional Management
Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a
certified purchasing manager.
In addition, Mr. Hauser is a current member of the board of directors
for EnPro Industries, Inc. as well as a member of the board of trustees
of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was previously a
board member of the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and
the North Carolina Zoological Society. He is also a member of the
Business Advisory Council for the University of North Carolina at
Charlotte. In August 2009, Mr. Hauser was named CFO of the Year by the
Charlotte Business Journal for his work at Duke Energy.
Managing Partner at Heller Advisory
Francie Heller is the Managing Partner at Heller Advisory, an alternative asset placement agent. Heller Advisory partners with best in class private equity funds, hedge funds, and real estate funds to assist in fundraising and marketing to institutional investors. Ms. Heller has over twenty years of financial experience, spanning both the public and private sectors.
Previously, Ms. Heller served as a Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey where she ran the Pension, Endowment, and Foundation Advisory Group. Her responsibilities included creating and delivering solutions to public and private pensions, endowments, and foundations. Prior to that, Ms. Heller was Managing Director- Client Relations and Head of Pension Solutions at Chilton Investment Company. Before Chilton, she served as Senior Managing Director and Global Head of the Pension, Endowment, and Foundation Services Group at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. Previously, she was President of MBIA Municipal Investors Service Corporation (MISC) where she created and ran all aspects of the government investment management business. Previous experience includes creating investment products for state and local governments at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. Ms. Heller was also an education director in New York public school for several years.
Ms. Heller graduated from Boston University with a BS and earned a master's equivalent degree from the University of Georgia and a professional diploma (PD) from Fordham University. She holds certificates from Columbia University, Stanford University and Harvard University Executive Education programs. Ms. Heller currently serves on several boards, including the Corporate Advisory Board of The National Association of State Treasurers, Today's Students, Tomorrow's Teachers, The Big Picture, and the Furman University Board of Trustees. In addition, Ms. Heller is an advisor to the Government Finance Officers Association's Committee on Retirement and Benefits Administration and serves on the investment committee of Lymphoma and Leukemia Society.
Gordon R. Herring
Gordon R. Herring, a native of Greenville, graduated from Furman in 1965 and obtained an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1970.
He served in the U.S. Army for three years, obtaining the rank of captain. Joining TeleCable Corporation in 1970 as director of research; he went on to become director of marketing and then regional operations manager in 1975, vice president in 1980, and executive vice president in 1989. After retiring upon the sale of TeleCable, he is now a private investor.
A leader in the cable television industry, he has served on the operating committee of Viewers' Choice, as a founding member of the Board of Directors of Cable Television Administration & Marketing Society, and as a member of the National Affiliates Marketing Advisory Committee of Home Box Office. He was one of the founders of the Weather Channel. He is a former trustee of Averett College, a former member of Furman's Advisory Council, a past chair of the Furman Board of Trustees, chaired the Campaign Executive Committee for the Forever Furman Campaign, and serves on the Hollingsworth Funds Board.
He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Furman in 1991. In 1992, he earned the National Cable Television Association Vanguard Award for Marketing.
Gordon's wife, Sarah, is also a Furman graduate.
Sales and marketing professional
Robert Hill is a long-time sales and marketing professional who has
served Acosta Sales and Marketing in a variety of key capacities. Acosta
is a leading full-service sales and marketing agency providing
outsourced headquarter sales, retail merchandising, marketing, and
customer support services to consumer packaged goods companies.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, Acosta has more than 35,000
associates and operates throughout the U.S. and Canada. Hill's
reputation for achieving outstanding results comes from his in-depth
knowledge of the industry, strategic sales execution excellence, and
strong client relationships.
Hill was President of Siler Brokerage, a family business since 1927, and
managed sales and marketing for numerous consumer packaged goods
companies when Acosta acquired Siler in 1994. After a series of
positions with increasing responsibility, he was appointed Acosta Chief
Operating Officer in 2004 and led the company to record financial
results with double-digit revenue growth. During this tenure, he has led
Acosta in meeting the sales and marketing objectives for more than
1,000 consumer packaged good companies across North America, and the
acquisition and integration of 20 agencies to increase Acosta's size,
scale, and service offerings. He became President and Chief Executive
Officer on January 1, 2009.
Hill serves on numerous industry-related boards and is active in the
Jacksonville, Florida community. In addition to serving on Furman
University's Board of Trustees and the Jacksonville University Board of
Trustees, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Baptist Healthcare
System and a board member of Baptist Medical Center (downtown
Jacksonville), is Chairman of the JAXUSA Partnership of the Jacksonville
Chamber, and is a board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of North
Florida. Hill is a graduate of Furman University and of Leadership
Regional sales manager for New Balance Athletic Shoe
Stanford J. Jennings graduated from Furman in 1984 with a B.A. in
political science. He is the Midwest/Southwest regional sales manager
for New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. Following his Furman graduation,
Stanford played nine years in the National Football League: with the
Cincinnati Bengals from 1984-1990; with the New Orleans Saints in 1991,
and with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1992. After participation in the
NFL Player Internship Program in 1992, Stanford joined Reebok
International, Ltd. In Cincinnati, Ohio, as a sales representative and
was soon promoted to the sales management team. In 2000, he took a
position with New Balance Athletic Shoe as a Southeast regional sales
manager in Atlanta, then left to operate his own business, Stanford
Jennings, LLC, a sales agency representing New Balance.
A standout football player while at Furman, Stanford was named to the
Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990. He was also named to the South Carolina
Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. Stanford established the Stanford
Jennings Football Scholarship soon after his graduation from Furman. He
also served previously on the Furman's Board of Trustees between
Stanford and his wife, Kathy, have two children, Kelsey '11 and Jamie.
President of Juan Johnson Consulting and Facilitation
Juan Johnson is President of Juan Johnson Consulting and Facilitation.
Juan has been in this role since July 2006, after concluding an
extraordinary 21 year career with Coca-Cola Company.
Juan's background is in accounting and finance. He achieved
certifications as both a CPA and CMA and worked for Arthur Andersen
& Company before joining Coca-Cola in 1984.
In 1993, he was elected a full Corporate Vice President by Coke's Board
of Directors, making him one of the youngest Board-elected Vice
President's in the Company's history. At the time, Juan was responsible
for the Company's Investor Relations function, representing Coke before
the professional investment community on Wall Street. During his
tenure, Institutional Investor Magazine named
Coke the most improved Investor Relation function and noted the Company
for having among the best annual investor meetings.
In 2001, Juan partnered with Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas to create the
Diversity Leadership Academy, a leadership development program for
executive level business and community leaders. After a successful
launch in Atlanta, the program expanded under Juan's leadership to
numerous other markets around the country.
Through the Academy, Juan has facilitated sessions with hundreds of
leaders across a multitude of industries, in the process building a
wealth of knowledge which he applies in his consulting and facilitation
Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Juan worked in a number of industries and
companies over the course of his career including Utilities - Northern
Natural Gas, Retail - Federated Department Stores, Technology - Hewlett
Packard, and Transportation - MARTA (Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit
Authority). He has served on many local and national boards and has been
an adjunct professor of Strategic Diversity Management at Penn State
In addition to his accounting certifications, Juan holds an MBA from
Atlanta University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from
Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisana. He also received an
honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from Furman in 2010.
Carl F. Kohrt
Former President and CEO of Battelle
Dr. Kohrt, a native of Illinois and '65 graduate of Fuman University,
retired from Battelle in December, 2008 after serving seven years as
President and CEO. Battelle, a $4B+ international R&D institution,
manages or co-manages several premier national research laboratories for
both U.S. and foreign government agencies, and is known as a leader in
the commercialization of technologies on behalf of a wide-range of
companies in the materials, energy, health, and defense industries.
Prior to his joining Battelle in 2001, Carl spent a distinguished
29-year career at Kodak, retiring in 2000. He served in numerous senior
executive, international, and technology positions.
Carl received his B.S. magna cum laude, in Chemistry from Furman
University (1965), his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University
of Chicago (1971), and his M.M.S. in Management Science from the Sloan
School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1991). He
has served as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, a National
Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at the James Frank Institute, a
Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a Sloan Fellow, and is a member of Phi Beta
Kappa. He is the recipient of and Honorary Doctor of Science from both
Furman University and Ohio Dominican University.
Carl currently serves as lead director of Scotts MiracleGro Company and
as a Trustee of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Coming from a family of educators, Carl has increasingly devoted his
time to the improvement of math and science education in public schools.
He is the founding Chairman of a not for profit company focused on
teacher recruitment and training, as well as co-founder together, with
Ohio State University, of a network of unique math and science public
high schools in nine cities.
He and his wife, Lynne, are the parents of three sons, one a Furman
graduate, and grandparents to ten grandchildren. They reside on Lake
Keowee in Salem, South Carolina.
James C. Mabry, IV
Managing Director for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.
James C. Mabry IV is a Managing Director for the New York based
investment banking firm of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. (KBW). He
is located in Richmond, Virginia and directs the firm's southeastern
U.S. activities in mergers and acquisitions, strategic advisory and
capital markets assignments for financial institutions.
He joined KBW in 1983 in New York as an Associate and was overseeing the
firm's private equity investments when he left in 1991 to join Wheat
First Securities in Richmond, Virginia. At Wheat First, he began as
Managing Director responsible for the financial institutions practice.
In 1994, Jim was asked to run investment banking for all industry
groups. Wheat First was acquired by First Union Corporation in 1997.
After the acquisition, he helped integrate and then lead the combined
companies Corporate Finance departments and was a member of First
Union's Capital Markets management committee. In 2000, he rejoined KBW
to open the firm's office in Richmond, Virginia.
Jim has previously served or continues to serve as a Board or Foundation
member for the Richmond ballet, The New Community School for dyslexic
students UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) and the Powell Center
for Economic Literacy. He is a faculty member at the Graduate School of
Banking at Louisana State University. At Furman, Jim has been a member
of the Parent's Council and the Parent Campaign Committee.
Mr. Mabry earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the
University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1979 and a Masters of
Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill in 1983.
Jim and his wife have one son who has graduated from Furman and a son who is currently enrolled.
E. Erwin Maddrey
Serves on the Boards of BlueCross/BlueShield of SC, Delta Apparel, Inc. and KEMET Corporation
Erwin Maddrey, a native of Winston-Salem, NC, and a Greenville resident
since 1971, is a 1963 graduate of Davidson College and after a two-year
Army stint, graduated from the MBA program at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1966.
Maddrey currently serves on the Boards of BlueCross/BlueShield of SC,
Delta Apparel, Inc. and KEMET Corporation.
He went to work for Riegel Textile Corporation (now part of Mount Vernon
Mills) in New York and moved to Greenville when the company moved its
headquarters to Greenville. Maddrey retired from Riegel in 1983 as
President, COO and Director, to start his own business.
In 1983 Maddrey co-founded Delta Woodside Industries which aggregated
parts of other textile and apparel companies. He retired in 2000 as
President, CEO and Director.
Maddrey has served as a Trustee of Davidson College, Virginia Episcopal
School, and the SC Independent Colleges & Universities, and has
served as President of the Alumni of UNC-Chapel Hill MBA program (now
Maddrey currently serves as Chair of the Greater Greenville Forum,
Chairman of the SC Governor's School of the Arts Foundation, and is a
Member of the Boards of Public Education Partners, Upstate Forever, and
Ten at the Top. He has served on the Boards of the Urban League of the
Upstate, Palmetto Project, Greenville County Museum of Art, Foundation
for Independent Higher Education and the Business Foundation of NC.
He and his wife, Nancy, reside in Greenville, SC and have two sons and five grandchildren.
Ronald A. Malone
Director of Gentiva Health Services and serves on the board of Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.
Ron Malone served as Chairman of the Board of Gentiva Health Services
from 2002 to 2011, as Chief Executive Officer from 2002 through 2008,
and as a director through May, 2012. He joined Gentiva in 2000 as
executive vice president and president of Gentiva's Home Health
Division. During the period of his leadership, Gentiva became
recognized as the leading home health and hospice company with
significant growth in revenue, earnings and shareholder value.
Prior to joining Gentiva, Mr. Malone held management positions with the
staffing division of Olsten Corporation, a major provider of
professional and temporary staffing, and rose to become president of the
North American business unit. He was previously a sales, customer
service and operations executive with Emery Worldwide, an international
air freight company.
In addition to Gentiva, Mr. Malone currently serves on the board of
Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC) a leading worldwide manufacturer and
innovator of medical technologies and related services for the
healthcare industry, and as a director of Capital Senior Living, Inc.
(NYSE: CSU), a leading operator of independent and assisted living
for seniors. He served as Chairman, President and Founding Member of
the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. He is active as a
private equity adviser and investor and is a principal of a healthcare
revenue cycle outsourcing and consulting company.
Mr. Malone is a 1981 graduate of Furman, where he has served on the
Advisory Committee and as Co-Chair of the Because Furman Matters
He and his wife Tammy, live north of Furman and have two sons.
Kathleen C. McKinney
Shareholder of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
Kathleen C. McKinney is a shareholder in the Greenville, South Carolina
office of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. where she practices in the area
of tax exempt bonds for hospitals and educational institutions.
Ms. McKinney is a past president (2009-2010) of the National Association
of Bond Lawyers, a 3,000-member organization. In 2004, she chaired the
Steering Committee of the Bond Attorneys' Workshop of NABL, the primary
educational program of NABL. She has served as a faculty member of the
NABL Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law program and the Tax and
Securities Law Institute. She assisted the General Assembly in drafting
the Tax Increment Financing Law as well as the South Carolina
Jobs-Economic Development Authority Act.
She serves as bond counsel for many of South Carolina's leading
governmental and nonprofit hospital systems. Ms. McKinney has also been
bond counsel for colleges and universities, foundations, and cultural
Recent Matters: She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®-Public Finance and Chambers USA and is a member of the Society of International Business Fellows. South Carolina Lawyers Weekly
presented Ms. McKinney with the "Leadership in Law Award" on August 26,
2010, that was presented to 17 SC lawyers whose accomplishments
"represent the very best of the legal profession," according to the
She was also profiled in the August 2009 edition of Greenville Magazine
as one of "3 Local Lawyers Raising the Bar" and in the January 2010,
she was named one of the "50 Most Influential" in Greenville.
Ms. McKinney is very active in National, State and the Greenville
activities, and is one of five independent directors of the Federal Home
Loan Bank Office of Finance, where she serves on the Board with 12 bank
presidents of the Federal Home Loan Banks. She is a former chair of the
Furman University Board of Trustees, and is past president of the South
Carolina Children's Theatre and is currently Chairman of the Board of
the Upcountry History Museum, which is operated by Furman University.
She also serves on the advisory board of Leadership South Carolina and
is a founder of the Upstate South Carolina Alliance, an economic
development organization encompassing 10 counties. Ms. McKinney is
president-elect of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and
Universities board of trustees.
Professional and Civic Activities: National Association of Bond Lawyers; South Carolina Bar; Leadership South Carolina, Advisory Committee (Class of 1993)
Eduction: University of South Carolina, J.D., 1978 cum laude, executive editor, SC Law Review; Order of Wig and Robe; Phi Delta Phi
University of South Carolina, B.A., 1975, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
James Michael Ney
Co-founder of Holt Ney Zatcoff & Wasserman, LLP and special attorney general for the State of Ohio
James Michael Ney, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, graduated (in three
years) from Furman in 1964. Just two years later he received his
J.D.degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a
justice on the honor court, a member of the law review editorial board
and president of the law school student body.
He served for two years as law assistant to the Presiding Justice of the
Supreme Court of Georgia, and subsequently served as the Clerk of the
State Board of Bar Examiners and as an instructor at John Marshall
School of Law. In 1968, he joined the law firm of Alston & Bird
where he practiced for 14 years, and became a partner in 1973. In 1984,
he helped found the firm of Holt Ney Zatcoff & Wasserman, LLP where
he has practiced since 1984. He was special assistant attorney general
of the State of Georgia for three years, and presently serves as a
special attorney general for the State of Ohio. He has chaired the Real
Estate Section of the Atlanta Bar, receiving its first annual award of
merit, and was selected for all editions of Best Lawyers in America
(since 1983). The 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and
2011 editions of Atlanta Magazine named him one of the "Best Lawyers in
From 1987 to 2003 he served on the Board of Trustees of the Schenck
School (for children with learning disabilities), including three years
as chair. He has also served for seven years (three as president) on the
Board of Trustees of Community Friendship, which works with mentally
disabled adults. In 1995 he was the recipient of the Cobb County Chamber
of Commerce award for "Outstanding Community Service." He served as a
member of the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta Academy for four years
and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cobb
County Library Foundation. He is a past president of the Atlanta Furman
Club and the 2006 recipient of the Alumnus Award of Excellence. He has
served as a Sunday School Teacher, a member of and chair of the Staff
Parish Relations Committee, and the Administrative Council of the Mt.
Bethel United Methodist Church.
He and his wife, Carol, served for six years as co-chairs of the Richard
Furman Society and were the 2006 recipients of Furman's "Bell Tower
Award." He and Carol are the 2011-2012 "Distinguished Service Award"
recipients from the Southern Conference on behalf of Furman.
They have three daughters, two of whom graduated from Furman.
Steven S. Reinemund
Dean of Business at Wake Forest and Professor of Leadership and Strategy
Steve Reinemund is the Dean of Business at Wake Forest University, and
Professor of Leadership and Strategy. He assumed his responsibilities on
July 1, 2008.
Steve retired as Chairman of the Board of PepsiCo, Inc. in May, 2007 and
as Chief Executive Officer in October, 2006. He is a 23-year PepsiCo
veteran, who led the corporation as Chairman and Chief Executive from
2001 to 2006. During that period, PepsiCo's revenues increased by more
than $9 billion, net income increased by 70%, earnings per share
increased by 80%, its annual dividend doubled and the company's market
capitalization surpassed $100 billion. In addition to the growth of the
company, Steve's legacy includes a commitment to health and wellness,
diversity and inclusion, and values-based leadership.
Steve is currently a member of the board of directors of American
Express, ExxonMobil, Walmart and Marriott. From 2005 to 2007, Steve was
chairman of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. He
served on the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army from 1990 to
1999, and he was chairman of this board from 1996 to 1999. In addition,
Steve also served on the board of The National Council of LaRaza from
1992 to 2001 and was chairman of its Corporate Board of Advisors from
1992 to 1996.
Leighan R. Rinker
Chairs the Board of Directors of Beginnings of Palm Beach County
Leighan Roberts Rinker, a native of Virginia, is a graduate of the
University of North Carolina with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. She
later earned M.Ed and Ed.S. degrees from Florida Atlantic University,
which presented her the Professional and Human Services Outstanding
Graduate Student Award in 1989. In 1997 she received a doctorate in
educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University and an honorary
degree from Furman in 2004.
A strong advocate for children, Leighan was a professor of education at
Palm Beach Atlantic College, national presenter and author in the field
of early childhood education and administration. She currently chairs
the Board of Directors of Beginnings of Palm Beach County and serves on
the accreditation policy board of the National Association for Child
Care Professionals. She is active in civic and community organizations,
including Palm Beach Atlantic University's Early Childhood Education
Department, Florida's Early Childhood Program Administrator Task Force,
and the board of Grand Bank & Trust of Florida. From 1984 to 1996
she served on the board of Roberts Wesleyan College, which named her to
its Hall of Fame in 1995. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta
Pi, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. In
1998 she received the "Champion of Higher Independent Education in
Leighan has served as chair and vice chair of Furman's Board of
Trustees. She and her husband, David, are former members of the Furman
Parents Council and founding members of the Partners Scholarship
Program. They have four children, three of whom graduated from Furman.
Michael C. Riordan
Assembly representative for the Association of American Medical Colleges
Mike Riordan joined Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center
(GHS) in 2006. He is responsible for leading the 1,268-bed system, one
of the largest not-for-profit healthcare providers in the Southeast with
more than 10,000 employees and operating revenues of approximately $1.3
billion for fiscal year 2011. In 2010, GHS provided more than $276
million in quantifiable benefits to its surrounding communities.
Prior to joining GHS, he served as president, CEO and trustee of the
University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System and as senior
associate hospital administrator and then COO of Emory University
Hospital and Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He also served
three years in the United States Marine Corps as a lieutenant.
Riordan currently serves as an assembly representative for the
Association of American Medical Colleges and is on the administrative
board of the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems. He is
chairman of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and serves on the
governing boards for Health Sciences South Carolina and Furman
University. In addition, he is on the advisory board for Clemson
University's Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics.
Riordan earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts/English and a
master's degree in education/psychology from Columbia University in New
York, as well as a master's degree in health systems from the Georgia
Institute of Technology.
Paul L. Robertson
Managing Director of Edge Capital Partners LLC
Paul Robertson is currently the Managing Director of Edge Capital
Partners LLC. Prior to his position with Edge Capital Partners, he
served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of StableRiver
Capital Management LLC where he was responsible for the affairs of the
firm, client development, risk management, trading and operations. He is
a frequent speaker on investment and risk management topics and has
authored a white paper on short-term fixed income management.
Mr. Robertson began his career with Trust Company Bank in Endowment and
Foundation Administration. He later formed and headed the Master Trust
Division within the Bank. Mr. Robertson joined Trusco Capital Management
in October, 1987 as Chief Operating Officer. He was instrumental in the
organizational transformation project that formally restructured Trusco
Capital Management into RidgeWorth Capital Management, Inc. in 2008.
Mr. Robertson graduated in 1982 from Furman University with a B.A. in
business administration. He earned his M.B.A. from Emory University in
Mr. Robertson is a member of the Wesleyan School Board of Trustees;
Assistant Treasurer of the Mercer University Law School Board; past
Chairman of the Board of Imagine-It The Children's Museum of Atlanta and
a current member of the Museum's Advisory Board; he is also a past
board member of the National Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance and a former
member of the Furman Advisory Council.
Paul and his wife, Frances Oxner Robertson, reside in Atlanta, Georgia and have two daughters.
R. Todd Ruppert
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of RTR International Ltd
Todd Ruppert is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of RTR
International Ltd, a holding company with diversified interests globally
in the arts, film, clothing, luxury services, real estate, and private
On June 30, 2012 he retired from T. Rowe Price group, a US$540 billion
global investment management firm, where he was Board member and
President, Investment Services, of T. Rowe Price International and
member of the operating steering committee of the T. Rowe Price group.
He was with T. Rowe Price for 27 years.
Todd is President of the Board of the Royal Parks Foundation (USA), and
serves on the Boards of Investment & Pensions Europe, the Duke of
Edinburgh's Award-Young Americans' Challenge, INSEAD, Furman University,
Kenyon College, the Kenyon Review, Halcyon Gallery, ArtStar, Little
Collector, Southern Proper, the Maryland Academy of Science, Maryland's
World Trade Center Institute, and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, among
others. He previously served on the Boards of Daiwa SB
Investments-Japan, UTI International-Singapore, Altius
Associates-London, and the European Fund and Asset Management
Daniel S. Sanders
Former President of ExxonMobil Chemical Company and former Chairman of the American Chemical Council
Daniel S. Sanders is the former President of ExxonMobil Chemical
Company, the former Chairman of the American Chemical Council, and the
former chairman of the Society of Chemical Industry. He was awarded the
Chemical Industry Medal for his contributions to applied chemistry in
Dan currently is serving on the board of Directors at Pacolet Milliken
Company, Celanese Corporation, and Ecolab Corporation. He previously
served on the board of Directors at Milliken and Company, Nalco Company,
and Arch Chemical Company.
A native of Elberton, Georgia, Dan earned his engineering degree magna
cum laude at the University of South Carolina in 1961. Later, he served
on the Presidential Advisory Group and was awarded the Distinguished
Alumni Award in 2004. Dan also served on the Council of Overseers at the
Rice University Graduate School of Management.
Dan and his wife, Emilyn, have a tradition of service to Furman
University where their two sons, Dan Jr. and John, and daughter-in-law,
Suzanne, graduated. Dan co-chaired the Parent's Council and served on
the Advisory Council as well as the executive committee of the Richard
Frank R. Shaw
Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Shaw Executive Services, Inc. and Canton Convalescent Center, Inc.
Frank R. Shaw is a native of Mullins, South Carolina and a '61 Furman graduate. He is owner and chief executive officer of Shaw Executive Services, Inc. and Canton Convalescent Center, Inc., long-term health care companies.
After leaving Furman, Frank earned a master's degree at Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest.
He began his career in the health care business in 1970. He was appointed by Georgia Governor Joe Frank Harris to the State Health Policy Council in 1983, a position he held for eight years. Frank served as president of the Georgia Health Care Association from 1984085. Appointed by the late U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell, he was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 1995.
Frank is a member of the Clan Shaw Society, former president of the St. Andrew's Society of Atlanta, and is a member of the Burns Club of Atlanta. He is also a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Frank is writer/editor of columns for the world's largest Scottish informational web site, www.electricscotland.com. He is currently serving on the business board of the University of Glasgow's Centre for Robert Burns Studies.
He and his wife Susan are both former members of Furman's Advisory Council and reside in Dawsonville, Georgia. They are supporters of the Richard Furman Society and the Partners Scholarship Program and have also endowed a football scholarship.
William K. Slate, II
President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Arbitration Association
William K. Slate II is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Arbitration Association (AAA). The AAA is the largest dispute resolution organization in he world; providing mediation, arbitration, elections and other dispute resolution services, as well as presenting education and training programs worldwide. The Association publishes the leading scholarly journal in the field, The Dispute Resolution Journal.
Mr. Slate holds an M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond Law School where he was a member of the Law Review and a B.A. degree from Wake Forest University where he was a Poteat Scholar.
He was formerly president of the Justice Research Institute, an inter-disciplinary research and management consulting firm for courts and legal institutions which he founded. He is the former Director of the Federal Courts Study Committee, a Congressionally mandated seminal study to identify problems facing federal courts in America, and reporting to the President, the Chief Justice of the United States, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. He practiced and taught law, and has lectured widely on law, arbitration and mediation as a visiting professor at Seton Hall Law School, at Virginia Union University and at the Consortium of Law Schools in New York City, among other colleges and universities, before numerous state and federal bar organizations. He was the first every consultant to the senior staff of the Supreme Court of the United States on strategic planning. He has also been an executive in both the Third and Fourth Federal Circuits, overseeing judicial operations in eight states and the territory of the Virgin Islands.
Following is a representative listing of Mr. Slate's professional activities: He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Managers of Girard College, former Chairman of the Board of the American Management Association, and he is an elected member of the American Law Institute. In 2005 Mr. Slate was elected to the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), a body of 42 internationally recognized arbitrators worldwide. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Richmond. He was a founder and board member of the Council for Court Excellence in Washington, D.C.; a member of the National Task Force to review the Federal Rule-making Process, appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States; a member of the Carnegie Commission Task Force on Complex Issues of Science and Technlogoy in Judicial and Regulatory Decision-making; he conceived and founded CAMCA (The Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Center for the Americas) for the resolution of private party commercial disputes under the NAFTA accords - the first such tri-national entity in the world involving institutions from Canada, Mexico and the United States.
During the period 1994-2012, he authorized and oversaw the filing of nine amicus curiae briefs by the AAA, seven in the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mr. Slate has been a featured speaker at over 100 business, judicial, and legal conferences and colloquia worldwide including keynote and other presentations. He has been widely published in professional publications (73 articles and book chapters).
In 2001 he opened the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) in Dublin, Ireland. In 2006 he expanded ICDR to Mexico City and Singapore, and in 2009 to Bahrain as a partner with BCDR (the Bahrain Chamber of Dispute Resolution).
He has been honored by numerous judicial and legal entities including the 3rd and 4th Federal Circuits, the Virginia State Bar, and the University of Richmond which presented him its Outstanding Alumni Award. The Conselho Nacional das Instituicóes de Mediacão e Arbitragem in Brazil awarded him the Honra ao Mérito.
Bill and his wife Debora together have three children, Eliza Hayes, a physician, Lauren René, a Ph.D. candidate, and James Holden, an undergraduate student.
Peace Sterling Sullivan
Serves on the Graduate Education Advancement Board at UNC and board of the Fine Arts League of Asheville, NC
Peace Sterling Sullivan graduated from Greenville High School and the
University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She received her master's
degree in Social Work from Fordham University. Peace practiced as a
psychoanalyst in New York City until moving to Miami Beach, Florida in
2005. She served as Director of Development for the Training Institute
for Mental Health in New York City. She has served on the Board of
Visitors of the University of North Carolina and the board of the
Ackland Art Museum at the University. Peace currently serves on the
Graduate Education Advancement Board at UNC and board of the Fine Arts
League of Asheville, N.C. She has two children, Frances and Patrick,
both living in New York City. Peace lived in Argentina, Brazil and
Ireland from 1972-1984.
A. Alexander Taylor
Chairman and CEO of FGX International
Alec Taylor is a 1975 magna cum laude graduate of Furman. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt School of Law in 1978.
From 1978-1998, Alec practiced law at Miller & Martin in
Chattanooga, Tennessee, concentrating his practice on mergers and
acquisitions and corporate finance. In 1998, Alec left the practice of
law to become President and Chief Operating Officer of Chattem, Inc., a
publicly traded consumer products company also based in Chattanooga.
In 2005, Alec left Chattem to become Chairman and CEO of FGX
International based in Smithfield, Rhode Island. FGX is the world's
largest seller of reading glasses and sunglasses, principally under the
Foster Grant® brand name.
Alec is a director of Focus Products Group, Physicians Formula
Cosmetics, Delta Dental of Rhode Island, United Way of Rhode Island and
Trinity Repertory Theatre.
Alec and his wife, Susan, have five children and nine grandchildren and currently reside in Providence, Rhode Island.
William B. Traxler, Jr.
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals
Bill Traxler is the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals
for the Fourth Circuit, a court which hears appeals from the federal
courts in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and
Maryland. He is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of
South Carolina School of Law. He practiced law in Greenville, South
Carolina with his father until 1975 when he became an assistant state
prosecutor. He was promoted to deputy prosecutor in 1978, and in 1981 he
was appointed as the Solicitor (State Prosecutor) for the Thirteenth
Judicial Circuit in South Carolina by Governor Richard Riley. In 1982
he was elected without opposition. He was elected a resident state trial
judge for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in 1985 by the General
Assembly of South Carolina and was re-elected in 1986.
In 1991, because of a recommendation by Senator Strom Thurmond,
President George Bush nominated him to be a United States District Court
Judge for South Carolina. He was confirmed by the United States Senate
on March 2, 1992. In 1997, he was named to the Board of Directors for
the Federal Judges' Association. On July 10, 1998, because of a
recommendation by Senator Ernest F. Hollings, President Bill Clinton
nominated him to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit
Court of Appeals. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on
September 28, 1998,and began service as a United States Circuit Judge.
In 2007 he was elected to the Board of Directors for the Federal
On July 9, 2009, he became Chief Judge of the United States Court of
Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In 2010, the Chief Justice named him to
the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
Owner and president of Total Wine & More
David Trone graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree from
Furman in 1977 and earned his Masters of Business Administration from
the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. He is the
owner and president of Total Wine & More, a company he started with
his brother, Robert, in 1991. The company operates 100 Wine superstores
in 16 states, and is the largest independent retailer of wine, spirits and beer in
In addition to serving as a member of the Furman Board of Trustees,
David serves on the Wharton Retail Board at the
University of Pennsylvania and on The Bullis School Board of Trustees
in Potomac, Maryland. As a member of The Bullis School Board of
Trustees, he serves as the head of the Development Committee and the
Capital Campaign Committee.
David and his wife, June, have four children, one of whom graduated Furman in 2012.
Richard N. Wrenn, Jr.
President of Premier Magnesia LLC
A North Carolina native, Rick is a 1974 graduate of Furman University,
with a BS in biology. Rick played football while at Furman and has been
active in supporting this program as well as the chemistry department.
He is currently the president of Premier Magnesia LLC, a privately-owned
minerals and chemical manufacturing entity, specializing in the
production of several different magnesium compounds. All of Premier
Magnesia's $100+ business starts at their owned and operated magnesia
mine in Nevada. This is the only naturally occuring magnesia deposit,
that is mined, in the US. From there magnesium compounds are made for
such diverse industries as animal feeds, waste water treatments, and as a
primary ingredient in a variety of chemical processes. One such process
is the production of magnesium sulfate, Epsom Salt, of which Premier's,
Giles Chemical Corporation, is the largest producer in the United
Rick also owns Giles Industries, which markets sodium sulfate, which is
produced as a by-product, from various manufacturing streams, and has
owned this business since 1993. He sits on the board of AMI Industries
which is a marketer of various chemical and minerals worldwide,
principally sourced from China, and usually magnesium related.
Prior to Premier, Rick was the sole owner of Giles Chemical Corporation, which he merged with Premier Magnesia in 2007.
Rick and his wife, Ruth, live in Asheville, North Carolina and have three sons, Rick (2004), Guy and Jackson.
John C. Yates
Chair of Technology Practice of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
John C. Yates is the chair of Technology Practice of Morris, Manning
& Martin, LLP, an Atlanta-based law firm. John is one of the
pioneers of the technology law field and has been practicing in this
area for almost 30 years. His practice focuses on legal representation
of leading technology, business services, and tech-enabled companies,
including venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual
property, and public offerings.
He serves on the editorial board of leading technology publications, and
his articles have been cited in numerous publications, including by the
U.S. Supreme Court in Kodak vs. Image Technical Services.
He is a co-author of articles published in The Law and Business of
Cumputer Software and The Handbook of Business Management. John is
frequently quoted in business publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
John has also been recognized in a Harvard Business School case study
("Ockham Technologies: Living on the Razor's Edge") as a leading lawyer
representing fast growth companies.
John has co-founded and is a member of the Board of Directors of leading
technology organizations, including the technology Association of
Georgia (TAG), CEO Council, Southeastern Software Association (SSA), and
Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA). He also serves on the
Board of the Metro Atlanta Chamber and co-chairs the Technology Council
and the Metro Chamber's Political Action Committee (MAC PAC).
As a public speaker, John has delivered more than 250 speeches during
his career. He has spoken at annual technology and computer law seminars
sponsored by the Georgia Bar Association, North Carolina Bar
Foundation, Minnesota Computer Law Institute, and American Bar
Association's Section of Science and Technology.
John is currently co-authoring a book, The Art of Business Friendship,
and is a columnist for various online technology and legal
publications. He was selected as a "Georgia Super Lawyer" in the fields
of Business/Corporate (Technology) from 2004-2010 and is among the top
five percent of the state's attorneys to be so honored.
John received his B.A., magna cum laude,
in 1978 from Duke University and J.D. in 1981 from Duke University. He
serves on the Board of Visitors of the Duke University Law School where
he is also a guest lecturer.
John and his wife, Ellen, have one son, Paul.