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CSB Alumni News

CSB Alumni Chapter Update

With more than 14,000 graduates, the Cameron School of Business strives to keep all of its alumni connected to the university. Everyone who has attended Cameron School is considered a valued member of the UNCW Alumni Association and the CSB Alumni Chapter.

The chapter hosts signature events throughout the year including the quarterly Speaker Breakfast Series, Homecoming Reunion Breakfast and a featured event during CSB's annual Business Week. To receive information about CSB events make sure that you update your email address by writing to or use the online form to update your full contact information.

Networking opportunities

More than 50 alumni, faculty, staff, students and community members gathered Oct. 26 in Burney Center for a networking breakfast with keynote speaker Shaun Olsen '02, the owner of Olsen Enterprises, which established its first company, BBXComputers, in 2002. Olsen later created AcoustiCreations Inc. and Opterex Inc., Cape Fear businesses focused on network administration, systems integration and product management. His presentation, "The New Epoch of Technology and Entrepreneurship" was informational and inspiring. The attendees enjoyed the beautiful fall morning as they spoke with old friends and faculty members over breakfast. View photos from the event.

The Cameron School of Business Alumni Chapter is run by a volunteer committee of 15 alumni of all ages and geographic locations as well as retired faculty representatives. Kevin Fanning ¹02 is the 2011-12 chairperson, and Susan Chandler Webb ¹07 serves as vice chairperson. Fanning is the office executive at East Carolina Bank in Porters Neck in Wilmington. Webb is a sales director at Coverbind Corporation.

Homecoming Breakfast was a great success

In celebration of UNCW Homecoming 2012, on Saturday, February 4, the Cameron School of Business (CSB) and UNCW Alumni Association hosted a breakfast in the Computer Information Systems atrium for CSB graduates. More than 60 Alumni enjoyed networking, reminiscing and learning about the past and the future of CSB while speaking with faculty and student leaders.

Alumni recognition breakfast
March 28, 7:00 a.m.

Save the date for the Cameron School of Business Outstanding Alumni Recognition and Speaker Breakfast at 7 a.m. March 28 in Madeline Suite. At this Business Week 2012 event, the school will recognize three outstanding CSB alumni individuals for outstanding achievement. The individuals will then participate in a brief panel discussion with Dean Larry Clark.

You can nominate a person to be considered for the Cameron Outstanding Alumni Award until Jan. 31. To be considered an individual must have achieved sustained success at a significant career or professional level. Please send your nomination to Barb Biehner at

Get involved

For a full list of events and involvement opportunities, please visit the CSB alumni chapter web page. To reconnect with fellow CSB graduates online become a fan of the CSB Alumni Facebook page or join the CSB LinkedIn group.

The alumni association is always seeking feedback from our graduates regarding how the university can continue to be a part of your life. If you have feedback, ideas or would like to get involved, please e-mail or call 800.596.2880.

Outstanding UNCW Cameron School of Business Alumni Named

Carlton Fisher '83, Jim Parker '98 MBA and Jason Wheeler '99, '03 MBA are the 2012 Outstanding Alumni of the Year for the UNCW Cameron School of Business. They will be formally recognized during the 30th annual CSB Business Week, at a breakfast scheduled for 7 a.m. March 28.

Carlton Fisher

Carlton Fisher

Carlton Fisher, a third generation Wilmingtonian, graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business. He joined the family real estate business at Coastal Realty Co. and specializes in commercial real estate and development.

He and his family have strong ties to the university. Both his father and mother, Herb and Sylvia Fisher, attended Wilmington College and have been major university supporters. His wife, Julie Elkins Fisher, graduated in 1983 and their son, Mason, will be a freshman at UNCW in 2013.

Fisher is a past president of the Wilmington Board of Realtors, past president of the Wilmington East Rotary Club and past chair of the UNCW Foundation Board of Directors. He currently serves on the UNCW Board of Trustees and is a member of the business affairs and educational planning and programs committees. He served as emcee for the Campaign for UNCW: Soaring to Greatness launch celebration in February 2011.

Jim Parker

Jim Parker

Jim Parker is a director of finance-internal audit with ConAgra Foods in Omaha, Neb., and has audit responsibility and oversight for ConAgra's snacks, flour mills, seasonings and international lines of business.

Parker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Maryland College Park (summa cum laude) and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he was the Outstanding MBA Student. He is a certified public accountant, certified internal auditor, certified management accountant and certified information systems auditor. He also is certified in financial management, control self-assessment and production and inventory management. Parker has facilitated internal audit courses for the Institute of Internal Auditors for more than 14 years and is a distinguished faculty member.

Parker's past work experience includes finance audit manager in the internal audit department of Federal-Mogul Corporation in Southfield, Mich.; senior manager in the Risk Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young's Detroit office; and manager with the Internal Audit Services group within the Enterprise Risk Services practice of Deloitte & Touche in Chicago. He began his audit career with the Marine Corps Nonappropriated Fund Audit Service. He retired from the Marine Corps as an audit chief after more than 20 years of active service. He was also an adjunct accounting professor at Campbell University, where he taught courses in beginning and advanced cost accounting, auditing, and advanced accounting.

Jason Wheeler

Jason Wheeler

Jason Wheeler is CEO and wealth consultant for Pathfinder Wealth Consulting in Wilmington. He began his financial career in 1999 with Morgan Stanley and Investors Financial Group. He holds several professional designations including the Certified Financial PlannerTM Professional from the CFP Board of Standards and the Chartered Life Underwriter® from The American College. He was the first Accredited Investment Fiduciary® in the Greater Wilmington area.

Wheeler graduated magna cum laude from UNCW in 1999 with a B.S. in finance. He went on to graduate as Outstanding MBA Student from UNCW in 2003. In 2004, he received the University's Young Alumnus of the Year Award. He is a past chairman of the UNCW Alumni Association Board of Directors and has served on numerous university committees as an alumni representative, including chancellor and athletic director searches. He teaches corporate finance in the Cameron School of Business when time and university budgets allow. Currently, he serves on the UNCW Foundation Board of Directors.

Wheeler is a member of the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is an alumnus of their Leadership Wilmington program. In 2011, he received the Outstanding Class Member award from his peers. In 2012, he was elected to the Cape Fear Community College Foundation Board. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association, the Financial Services Institute, the Center for Fiduciary Studies, Surfrider Foundation and the Coastal Conservation Association.

Wind Power Takes TABSA Alumni from Marseille to Raleigh

Two Cameron School of Business alumni, Quentin Ankri '11 and William Hyerle '11, have put their academic theories into action as entrepreneurs in North Carolina. The two young men came to the Cameron School of Business in fall 2009 from France as part of the TransAtlantic Business School Alliance (TABSA).


TransAtlantic Business School Alliance

After beginning their studies at Euromed Management in Marseille, France, Ankri and Hyerle came to UNCW along with other TABSA students from France, Germany and Spain. Students in the TABSA program, which now includes a UK partner, spend two years at the Cameron School of Business (CSB), participate in a U.S. internship experience and earn dual degrees from their home university in Europe and from UNCW.

Ankri and Hyerle formulated their business development plan while working on a project for a CSB International Business class with faculty member Rebecca Porterfield, director of CSB international business programs.

"From early on in the project, it was apparent that both students were clearly dedicated and serious about the potential for an actual business," Porterfield said, "indicating a true entrepreneurial spirit."

The two friends started their company, GreenSky Wind Systems, LLC, while they were still UNCW students. After graduating in May 2011, they began devoting their full entrepreneurial energy to the fledgling business in Raleigh. Each of the young men has a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in operations management from UNCW.

Their business accomplishments were chronicled in a recent article in the Raleigh-area newspaper, The News & Observer.

Jason Brett Leaves CSB Alumni Chapter Chair

Jason Brett and Kevin Fanning

Jason Brett '01, '11 MSA is pictured with Kevin
Fanning '01, the current CSB Alumni Chapter chair

By reconnecting with alumni and faculty at UNCW's Cameron School of Business, Jason Brett '01, ' 11 MSA has been able to foster relationships that have led to many opportunities.

After receiving a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in management of information systems, Brett joined Electronic Data Systems in Raleigh as a technical support analyst and business analyst working with federal and state government clients. After several years with EDS, he and his wife Kelly '00 came back to Wilmington, where Brett became active in numerous UNCW alumni activities, including serving as the Cameron School of Business Alumni Chapter chair and member of the UNCW Alumni Board of Directors.

"By serving two years as the CSB Alumni Chapter chair and sitting on the UNCW Alumni Board of Directors, I had the great pleasure of working with an incredible group of people who are truly committed to UNCW's success. Not only did I enjoy the opportunity to reconnect with past faculty, staff and classmates, I was introduced to leaders throughout the Wilmington community from all backgrounds," he said. "The leadership at UNCW and CSB attract great minds and individuals who are always willing to share their successes with our university, our students and our community."

The CSB Alumni Chapter is led by a Steering Committee of 10-12 members and directs activities and networking events for CSB alumni, students and the community. Flagship programs include the Alumni Speaker Breakfast Series the Alumni and a special event for alumni held during CSB's annual Business Week.

As chair of the CSB Alumni Chapter, Brett was invited to participate in Dean Larry Clark's CSB Executive Advisory Board. The EAB consists of leaders from all industries throughout the Wilmington community and meets quarterly. It provides Dean Clark with insight and strategic direction for CSB.

"After my first EAB meeting, I was truly inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication Wilmington business leaders have for our university. Dean Clark's leadership and the support he receives is a major reason for the success of CSB's programs and recognition throughout the world," Brett said.

When the prospect to attend CSB's Master of Science inAccountancy (MSA) program presented itself in 2010, Brett quickly immersed himself as a full-time student. He also took advantage of other leadership opportunities and served as the MSA Association president and completed two internships coordinated through CSB.

"The opportunity to grow not only intellectually through the MSA program but professionally through leadership positions and internships was invaluable for my job prospects upon graduation. Through CSB, I was able to work two separate accounting internships and gain valuable experience in the accounting industry. Internship placement is a valuable win-win for students and employers and CSB does a fantastic job of placement," Brett said.

MSA Graduation Class

MSA graduating class

Upon graduation from the MSA program in June 2011, Brett began working for Deloitte & Touch, LLP in Charlotte as an advisory services consultant. Deloitte is the largest professional services firm in the world and a place Brett said he is able to put to use many of the skills learned in the halls of the CSB. His focus is technology risk consulting for national clients and performing internal control audits for some of Deloitte's largest clients in Charlotte.

Brett draws on his MIS and MSA knowledge, coupled with the numerous networking and leadership opportunities afforded by the CSB, to build a great career at the firm. In addition, he notes that "Deloitte recruits heavily at UNCW and there is always a fellow Seahawk close by. All of the 'Big 4'and regional audit firms recruit from UNCW which speaks volumes for the quality of education provided by the university."

With family and friends still residing in Wilmington, Brett plans to continue visiting the area and will stay active at the university to continue his involvement in alumni activities as well as Deloitte & Touche recruiting.

"Being involved at the university has been a wonderful investment of my time and would encourage all students and alumni to take advantage of the vast opportunities surrounding this great school of business."

Alumni News

Henry E. "Hank" Miller III '85 and his wife Melynda "Maggie" had their first child, Henry E. Miller IV, Aug. 21, 2011.

Alan G. Moore '92MBA accepted a position as an occupational audiologist with the Department of the Navy at NCBC Gulfport with additional responsibilities at the Stennis Space Center. He manages the hearing conservation programs at these facilities and also provides clinical audiology services.

Patrick Kay '94 and his wife Rebecca announce the birth of their son, Alexander James, on April 28, 2011. He is an healthcare IT analyst with NextGen Healthcare.

The president of Uneo Business Service LLC, Jason B. Clubb '95 was been honored by The Business Journal as one of the Triad's 40 Leaders Under Forty which recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in their careers and community involvement. Jason said this award "only fuels my passion to do more to help businesses in our community succeed and t help inspire and equip this next generation of transformational leaders."

Kristen Raynor '97 announces the birth of her daughter, Madison Elizabeth, on Oct. 12, 2010.

Andy Boles '98 and Kari Boles '98 welcomed their second child, Richard Zander Boles, on Jan. 10, 2011.

Shawn Shepard King '99MBA was promoted to vice president of sales with Wastequip, a manufacturer of waste handling and recycling equipment. Shawn was recently named one of Charlotte's 50 Most Influential Women by the Mecklenburg Times.

Jennifer A. Merritt '99 was named store manager of the TD Bank Oleander Drive location in Wilmington. An assistant vice president, she is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personal and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the store serving customers throughout the area. She is a volunteer with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Jill Raspet '99 was elected to the North Carolina Bar Association's Board of Governors. She will serve a three-year term ending in 2014. A member of Smith Moore Leatherwood's trust and estates team, Jill is a North Carolina Bar Board Certified Specialist in estate planning and probate law. She has a degree from Wake Forest University School of Law.

Jason Wheeler '99, '03MBA was appointed to the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Wheeler is a wealth consultant and founding partner of Pathfinder Wealth Consulting. He began his financial career in 1999 and has previously worked for Morgan Stanley and Investors Financial Group. Wheeler is an alumnus of the Chamber Foundation's Leadership Wilmington program. In 2011, he received the Outstanding Class Member award from his peers. He is a past chair of the UNCW Alumni Association Board of Directors and in 2004 received the UNCW Young Alumnus of the Year Award. He has served on numerous university committees as an alumni representative, including chancellor and athletic director searches. He also serves on the UNCW Foundation Board.

Eight-year teaching veteran Phil McPherson '01 is the 2011-12 Teacher of the Year at Boys and Girls Homes School where he teaches middle and high school math. Before teaching, he ran a family owned water-well drilling business for many years.

Terrance J. Murphy '02 earned the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. He is a vice president and senior portfolio manager in the Healthcare Corporate Banking Division of U.S. Bancorp in St. Louis, Mo.

Bradley N. Whitford '02, '04MSA and Amy Campbell Whitford '00 announce the birth of a son, Campbell James, on Nov. 18, 2010. Bradley is a senior corporate accountant for Performance Fibers in Charlotte.

Shanna Bottoms '03 has joined the Rocky Mount office of AXA Advisors LLC, where she will work with individuals and business owners to help define their financial goals and to provide strategies, products and services to meet them. Bottoms holds life and health and Medicare supplement/long term care licenses and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority series 66 and 7 securities registrations. Her professional commitments include membership in the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

Brandon L. Ayscue '04 and Jennifer A. Baucom, both of Charlotte, were married May 21, 2011. Brandon is as a senior consultant in HealthCare Advisory Services with Grant Thornton LLP in Charlotte.

Ben P. Boyatt '06 opened Kat 5 Kava at 123 Grace St. in Wilmington. Boyatt steeps ground kava root in water and serves the liquid as shots in coconut shells. The drink is followed with a fruit punch chaser to cleanse the palate.

Jason B. McCoy '06 and Meghan M. Maresh '06 were married Aug. 6, 2011 in Wilmington. Meghan and Jason attended Cameron School of Business together and sat next to one another at graduation due to the alphabetical order. They report that they enjoyed their experience at UNCW and say they are both very successful due to their fine education they received at UNCW.

Michael Maalik Ul Mulk '07 has joined Porter Keadle Moore, LLP in Atlanta as senior associate in the firm's consulting and advisory group.

Stephanie Yandell '07 was promoted from administrative assistant to volunteer coordinator for North American Disaster Relief at Samaritan's Purse.

Wilmington's Fuzzy Peach Frozen Yogurt Bar opened its fourth location and plans to exand across the state with new franchises. "We've hit all of Wilmington and we're looking to grow in North Carolina and then nationwide over the next couple years," said one of the three owners, Jason M. Nista '08. Raleigh, Charlotte, Jacksonville and Fayetteville are where perspective franchisees have applied to open a Fuzzy Peach.

Russell Johnson '09 is the owner of Empire Bagel & Deli in Leland, which features a collection of fire and police patches from all over the United States.

Bradley G. Cottle '10 and Kristin L. Robison '10 were married Sept. 17, 2011. They reside in New Bern.

Ginny Shepherd '11 has joined Howard, Merrell & Partners as an account coordinator in the account management department. Ginny will assist in the development and management of client campaigns for Georgia-Pacific Professional. Prior to joining Howard, Merrell & Partners, Ginny was an intern for Blu Zeus Interactive Marketing where she helped with the execution and analysis of interactive campaigns that included web design, social media and banner display advertising. Her main responsibility was to assess campaign effectiveness through the use of analytics.