JOHNSON CITY (November 2, 2012) — The East Tennessee State University College of Business and Technology inducted the following members into its Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 2, at Millennium Centre.
The Lifetime Achievement in Business Award is presented to alumni of the College of Business and Technology who have recorded significant accomplishments in business or public service, and demonstrated exemplary service to the community and a commitment to the college and university.
Glenn N. Barker (1929-2012), honored posthumously, was born in Detroit, but spent the majority of his life in Kingsport. He attended Emory and Henry College for two years before transferring to ETSU, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1951. After graduation, he served from 1951-1954 in the U.S. Army in the Signal Corps and was stationed in Germany. When he returned home, he helped operate the family store and managed family rental properties.
During his lifetime, he funded and established the Glenn N. Barker Business Scholarship Endowment in the ETSU Foundation for College of Business and Technology students, for which he also included a generous bequest in his estate planning. He was a member of the ETSU Distinguished President’s Trust and the ETSU Legacy Circle.
In addition to his bachelor’s degree from ETSU, R. Lynn Shipley Jr. completed studies at the University of Virginia School of Bank Management and numerous other professional courses. He also served honorably in the U.S. Air Force.
He joined First American National Bank in 1984. By 1992, he was president of the bank’s Tri-Cities Region, and in 1996, he was named chair of the advisory board. During First American’s merger with AmSouth Bank, he provided market leadership and was the key communicator with employees and customers. He retired from AmSouth in 2004. In a little over two years later, he had helped organize and open TriSummit Bank, where he presently serves as director, president and chief executive officer.
An active alumnus, he was instrumental in the development and support for the ETSU Chair of Banking and serves on its advisory board, as well as on the ETSU Alumni Association Board. For his service and support, he was presented with the 2004 ETSU Alumni Award of Honor.
Brig. Gen. Billy J. Stalcup (Ret.) was born in Johnson County and graduated from ETSU in 1957. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the university’s ROTC program, beginning a long and illustrious military career.
After his basic training, he was sent to Fontainebleau, France, where he served for three years, followed by two years in an Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Knox, Ky. He was selected for the Quartermaster Advanced Course and assigned to Fort Lee, Va., and then assigned as an ROTC instructor at the University of Pennsylvania. While on this assignment, he attended airborne school and became a paratrooper. Next, he was sent to Vietnam, where he was responsible for supporting numerous combat operations in the highlands.
He became executive officer for the depot in Mechanicsburg, Pa., followed by attendance at the Command and General Staff College in Kansas and an assignment to the Netherlands in a NATO position. For his next duty, he was sent to Thailand, supporting military efforts in the Far East. Again returning to the U.S., he was stationed at Fort Meade, Md., as an adviser to Army Reserve and National Guard units in five states. His next assignment took him to the Pentagon and service with the Department of the Army Logistics Staff. From there, he went to Kaiserslautern, Germany, and later to Camp Carroll, the principal U.S. military support base in Korea. During his Korean tour, he was promoted to brigadier general and reassigned to Washington, D.C. After serving in Zweibrucken, Germany, assisting with logistical support of Army units in Germany and Italy, he returned to Washington and retired in 1989.
Post-retirement, he joined Computer Sciences Corp., working with information technology and logistics information systems in support of government contracts at home and abroad. He retired from his second career in 2004 and resides in Alexandria, Va.
He frequently attends Homecoming and other ETSU events, driving from the Alexandria area to ETSU in his beloved 1957 Chevrolet.
The Excellence in Business Award is presented to individuals whose work has brought distinction to the College of Business and Technology. Although they do not need to be ETSU graduates, recipients must have significant accomplishments in business or technology, exemplary service to the community, and a demonstrated commitment to the College of Business and Technology and East Tennessee State University.
Frank T. Atchison Jr., a native of Blount Co., received a bachelor’s degree in economics from ETSU in 1964, and he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army through the ETSU ROTC program.
He was sent to the Dominican Republic in 1965 when the 82nd Airborne Division went to that country during the Dominican Civil War. Next, he served in Vietnam.
After his military discharge, he entered the insurance business. By 1986, he was the owner of his own award-winning Allstate Insurance agency in the Houston area.
A friend of the university, Atchison serves on the advisory board of the College of Business and Technology and is a member of the ETSU Foundation. He has been a champion for the college in the Houston area by organizing and hosting alumni gatherings for Texas alumni.
Vance W. Cheek Sr. was born in Weaverville, N.C., and then served in the U.S. Air Force in the Philippines during World War II, returning to North Carolina in 1946. After attending Asheville-Biltmore College (now University of North Carolina-Asheville), he transferred to ETSU to complete his bachelor’s degree in education.
In 1955, after a 10-year teaching career, Cheek was hired as an assistant secretary at what became Home Federal Savings Bank. Over the years, he earned increasing responsibility and promotions, until he became president and chief executive officer in 1965. He held those positions until his retirement in 1992. For the next year he served as a consultant and member of the advisory board of directors.
He is a former mayor and city commissioner for the city of Johnson City. He and his son, Vance W. Cheek Jr., are the only parent-child combination to each serve as mayor of Johnson City.
Cheek has been a steadfast supporter of the College of Business and Technology over many years.
Carl R. Moore is a graduate of Kingsport’s Dobyns-Bennett High School and the University of Alabama, where he majored in personnel management.
Moore began his political career in the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1965, and he was a member of the Tennessee State Senate from 1976 through 1988, at one time serving as Senate majority leader.
As a senator, he was an advocate for consumer-oriented issues and environmental concerns. A member of the National Conference of State Legislators for several years, he served as national chairman of the Arts, Tourism and Cultural Resources Committee, and he was the primary sponsor of many pieces of legislation concerning those fields. In 1988, he received the Governor’s Award in the Arts. That same year, Tennessee Gov. Ned Ray McWherter appointed him to a six-year term on the Tennessee Board of Regents.
Moore is co-founder and a former chair of Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway. In addition, he was instrumental in developing area Holiday Inns and Camara Inns, as well as the Bristol Hampton Inn. He continues to be involved in the development and management of several apartment and condominium projects in the area, and he is a contract lobbyist working primarily with the Tennessee legislature.
A friend of ETSU, Moore and his wife, Elliott, are members of the ETSU Distinguished President’s Trust in recognition of their support. He is a long-serving member of the advisory board for the College of Business and Technology.
Dennis Vonderfecht came to Tennessee from the Midwest. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and two graduate-level degrees, a master of science in public health and a master of business administration, from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Since 1990, he has been the president and chief executive officer of Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA), a not-for-profit health care system that serves a 29-county area in Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina and Southeast Kentucky. The largest health care system in the region, MSHA operates 13 hospitals, 400 physician practices, primary/preventive care centers and outpatient care sites.
Always a friend to ETSU, Vonderfecht serves on the ETSU Foundation board, was presented with the prestigious Margin of Excellence Award in 2010 and received the 2004 Honorary Alumnus Award.
The Business Horizon Award is presented to graduates of the ETSU College of Business and Technology who are establishing noteworthy careers and display significant accomplishments in business as well as a commitment to the college and the university.
Jack C. McKinney II is a 1987 magna cum laude graduate of ETSU with a degree in marketing. In addition, he obtained an M.B.A. with a concentration in transportation/logistics from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Next, he began a career in automotive logistics, primarily managing the movement of new automobiles from ports of entry and assembly plants to dealerships and rental car locations around the United States.
McKinney’s employers have included the Santa Fe Railway Co., American Isuzu Motors and AutoNation USA. His marketing, sales and operations positions within these organizations have led him to make his home in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Since 2000, he has been a vice-president with marketing, sales and operations responsibilities at Centurion Auto Transport, based in Commerce, Ga.
A member of the ETSU Foundation, McKinney is a strong supporter of the Challenge 2000 Manahan Scholars Endowment. He recently established the Jack C. McKinney II Scholarship Endowment, which will provide an award to a College of Business and Technology student from Carter County. He is also a member of the ETSU Distinguished President’s Trust and the ETSU Legacy Circle.
Tammie Pinkston began her college education at South Carolina’s Clemson University but transferred to ETSU, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 1985 and remained to study for an M.B.A. degree, awarded in 1987. She continued her education at the University of Georgia, where she received a Ph.D. in strategic management in 1991.
Pinkston became an assistant professor, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Oklahoma. Over the course of her professional life, she has also taught at the University of Georgia, Emory University, Georgia State University, France’s Université d’Auvergne and Austria’s University of Innsbruck.
For nearly 16 years, Pinkston was employed by Atlanta-based Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company with clients in more than 120 countries. Her increasing expertise and responsibilities took her to sites across the U.S., Canada and China.
From 2009-2010, she was president of TSPinkston Inc., a human performance consulting and solutions business.
Currently, she is building the North American Healthcare Consulting practice as director of sales for Phillips Healthcare Consulting, a division of Royal Phillips Electronics of the Netherlands. She uses her more than 20 years of combined academic and global management consulting experience in planning, designing, developing and driving organization/workforce transformational change.
ETSU named Pinkston the recipient of a 1994 Alumni Award of Honor.
Matthew Wilhjelm is remembered by many as the Buccaneer football quarterback from 1997-2001. After earning his bachelor of business administration degree in finance in 2001, he continued at ETSU, receiving his master of business administration degree in 2004.
After employment in business development, sales and marketing, as well as a position as a financial analyst, he was hired in 2006 by Amerace Microporous Products, a manufacturer of an industrial lead acid battery component.
Serving as chief financial officer at Amerace, Wilhjelm was responsible for all financial aspects of the company and for overseeing a $20 million green field capital expansion in Austria.
Currently, he is vice president of finance and corporate administration and a member of the board at Free Service Tire Co., a 93-year-old family business specializing in retail and wholesale tires and automotive service for passenger and commercial vehicles. In addition to responsibility for all financial aspects of the business, he also manages real estate transactions.
Actively participating in planning the future of ETSU, Wilhjelm serves on the ETSU 125 Task Force for Athletics, as well as serving on the Buccaneer Athletic Scholarship Association board of directors.