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Glenn N. Barker - Lifetime Achievement Award

Glenn N. Barker was born in Detroit, but spent the majority of his life in Kingsport. He was a 1946 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School and 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.

While attending ETSU, he participated in the Glee Club. The interest he developed in singing during college led him to sing in the choir at Stone Drive and Crossroads United Methodist churches.

After retirement, he traveled extensively in the United States, South America and Europe. In addition, he played the role of family historian and delved into genealogical research.

During his lifetime, he funded and established the Glenn N. Barker Business Scholarship Endowment in the ETSU Foundation for ETSU 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.


R. Lynn Shipley, Jr. - Lifetime Achievement Award

R. Lynn Shipley, Jr., a member of the ETSU Class of 1972, has been a recognized leader in the banking community for nearly 40 years, as well as an example of a "servant leader."

In addition to his bachelor's degree from ETSU, he 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 was employed for 10 years in positions of increasing responsibility at Bank of Virginia (now Wells Fargo) in Bristol, Va.

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 chairman 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.

Among his civic activities, the Kingsport resident has served as president of the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Kingsport. He chaired the Model City Coalition, which created the redevelopment plan for Downtown Kingsport, and he was appointed to the Virginia Governor's Advisory Council for Emergency Medical Services.

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.


Brigadier General Billy J. Stalcup - Lifetime Achievement Award

Brigadier General Billy J. Stalcup 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.

Returning to the U.S., 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 advisor 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.

Among his many military awards, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Quartermaster Hall of Fame for "extraordinary and lasting contributions during his service to the country." This honor has been bestowed on fewer than 100 individuals. According to the Quartermaster Hall of Fame, he is widely credited with having bolstered Army combat readiness by promoting "a new way of doing logistics business."

Post-retirement, he joined Computer Sciences Corporation, 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.


Frank T. Atchison, Jr. - Excellence Award

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.

He was named a Paul Harris Fellow, an honor bestowed by Rotary clubs upon individuals who meet high professional and personal standards. In addition, he served on the board of the South East Harris County (Texas) Salvation Army, and he is a lifetime member of the 82nd Airborne Association.

A true friend of the university, he serves on the advisory boards of the College of Business and Technology and is a member of the ETSU Foundation. He has been a champion for the College of Business and Technology in the Houston area by organizing and hosting alumni gatherings for Texas alumni.

He and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Friendswood, Texas, and are the parents of two adult children, Ryan and Taylor, and grandparents of a grandson, Connor.


Vance W. Cheek, Sr. - Excellence Award

Vance W. Cheek, Sr. was born in Weaverville, N.C., and graduated from high school there in 1943. He 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.

For the next four years, he taught at an elementary school in Limestone and at North Junior High School in Johnson City.

In 1955, he was hired as an assistant secretary at what became Home Federal Savings Bank. Over the years, he was given 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.

Among his many professional honors are serving as president of the Southeastern Conference of the United States League of Savings and Loan Associations and later as director of the organization at the national level. In addition, he was one of 12 regional members of the Federal Reserve Board Advisory Council under the direction of Alan Greenspan, who was then chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Active in his community, he has served on the boards of the Washington County American Red Cross and the Johnson City Home Builders. 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.

He has been a steadfast supporter of the College of Business and Technology over many years.

A resident of Johnson City, he is the father of three adult children, Linda Ann Cheek, Carol Ann Harmon and Vance W. Cheek, Jr.


Carl R. Moore - Excellence Award

Carl R. Moore is a graduate of Kingsport's Dobyns-Bennett High School and the University of Alabama, where he majored in personnel management.

He 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.

Tennessee Governor Ned Ray McWherter appointed him to a six-year term on the Tennessee Board of Regents, beginning in 1988.

He is co-founder and a former chairman of Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway. In addition, he was instrumental in developing 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.

Currently, he is a member of the Tennessee Veterans' Home Board, which operates three nursing homes for Tennessee veterans, with two more in the planning stage. Past president of the Bristol Train Station Foundation, he serves on the board of Paramount Center and the Bristol Speedway Children's Charities.

A friend of ETSU, he 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.

He and his wife reside in Bristol and are the parents of four adult children. Their daughter, Dana, who served in the Tennessee House of Representatives, is an ETSU graduate and the recipient of the 1986 ETSU Award of Honor.


Dennis Vonderfecht - Excellence Award

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). MSHA, a not-for-profit health care system, 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, health plan, primary/preventive care centers and outpatient care sites.

During Vonderfecht's tenure, MSHA has been recognized for superior performance in many areas, including winning the 2005 and 2009 Tennessee Excellence Award, the 2012 Virginia U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award and the National Quality Forum's 2012 National Quality Healthcare Award.

He has served in leadership roles for many state and national organizations, including chairman of the Tennessee Hospital Association board of directors, the Hospital Alliance of Tennessee board of directors and the board of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence, as well as vice-chair of the board for Premier, Inc.

For his accomplishments, he has received the Distinguished Service Award and the Meritorious Service Award from the Tennessee Hospital Association, the Regent's Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Ned R. McWherter Leadership Award from the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.

Always a friend to ETSU, he serves on the ETSU Foundation board, was presented with the prestigious Margin of Excellence Award in 2010 and received the 2004 Honorary Alumnus Award.

He and his wife, Peggy, reside in Jonesborough and are the parents of two adult daughters.


Jack C. McKinney II - Horizon Award

Jack C. McKinney II is a Roan Mountain native who lived on Ripshin Mountain and graduated from Cloudland High School in 1983.

He is a 1987 magna cum laude graduate of ETSU with a degree in marketing. In addition, he obtained an MBA 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.

His 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.

Since 2000, he has been a vice-president with marketing, sales and operations responsibilities at Centurion Auto Transport, based in Commerce, Georgia.

Among his civic affiliations, he serves on the board of the local Boys and Girls Clubs, is secretary of his Kiwanis Club and assists with fundraising for the area Boy Scouts of America Council.

A member of the ETSU Foundation, he 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.

He and his wife, Kerri, reside in Commerce, Ga., with their toddler daughter, Stacey.


Tammie Pinkston - Horizon Award

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 MBA degree, awarded in 1987. She continued her education at the University of Georgia, where she received a Ph.D. in strategic management in 1991.

In addition to graduating magna cum laude from ETSU in her undergraduate days, she was the president of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, the featured twirler at athletic events and selected as "Miss Johnson City."

She 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 Universit de Auvergne and Austria's University of Innsbruck.

For nearly 16 years, she 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 the director of sales, building the North American Healthcare Consulting practice for Phillips Healthcare Consulting, a division of Royal Phillips Electronics of the Netherlands. She uses her more than 20 years of combined academic foundation and global management consulting experience in planning, designing, developing and driving organization/workforce transformational change.

She is the international president of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. Among her other activities are serving as sponsor, advisor and executive guest for the LeaderShape Institute the past two years, acting as moderator for the South Carolina Women in Leadership Conference and holding membership in the American College of Healthcare Executives of the Association of Medical Imaging Management.

ETSU named her the recipient of a 1994 Alumni Award of Honor.

She resides in Atlanta.


Matthew Wilhjelm - Horizon Award

Matthew Wilhjelm is remembered by many as the Buccaneer football quarterback from 1997-2001. He was also vice-president of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and president of Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society.

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, he 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.

In the community, he is the committee chair for Young Life, an international Christian outreach for teenagers. As chair, he is responsible for oversight of four paid staff members and 30 volunteers, with four high schools and 400 teenagers involved in the program.

Actively participating in planning the future of ETSU, he serves on the ETSU 125 Task Force, as well as serving on the Buccaneer Athletic Scholarship Association board of directors.

His wife, Karen, is also a graduate of ETSU. They reside in Johnson City with their four children, ages 7, a set of 4-year-old twins, and 10 months.


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