2016 HRSM Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the College Award Recipients
Myles Boer Solomon ’99, Sport Administration
Myles B. Solomon is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. A 1999 alumnus
of the Department of Sport Administration, Solomon is the principal at Element Sports
Group and the president of Solomon Sports Management, LLC. He earned his law degree
from USC in 2003. Based in Atlanta, he is currently a member of the Georgia Bar and
specializes in sports law and contracts, including agent representation for NCAA Division
I athletic directors, football and basketball coaches, as well as NFL coaches. He
has served as an adjunct professor in the SPTE department and previously worked as
an attorney for Bassi, Edlin, Huie & Blum LLP in San Francisco, an attorney for Coca-Cola
in Atlanta, and as a law clerk for the Law Offices of Craig Kelly in Columbia.
Nirjary Mukesh Desai ’03, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
Nirjary Desai is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Young Alumni Award. Nirjary
is a 2003 alumna of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. She is
the founder, owner and principal project manager of KIS (cubed), an exclusive destination
event management and special event planning company. Born in Ndola, Zambia, she grew
up in South Carolina and later moved to London to pursue her MBA in International
Marketing and Management. Her distinctive vision and business acumen have garnered
features on Bravo TV, the Wedding Channel, Harpers Bazaar Bride India, Huffington
Post and Glambitious Magazine. She can be seen making a guest appearance in the film
Meet The Patels. Conde Naste Brides Magazine has voted Nirjary as one of the Top 50
destination wedding planners in the world.
Thomas M. Jackson, Sr.
Tom Jackson is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award. Jackson is a
1958 graduate of UofSC where he studied business and retailing. He began his career
working with Pet Mile Company for eight years in St. Louis. Following that, Jackson
returned to South Carolina where he opened the first Icee franchise in the state and
served as general manager for the next 31 years. In 1998, he bought Palmetto Candy
and Tobacco in the Vista and ran it until retiring in 2010. He has served as president
of the Columbia Sales and Marketing Association, is a member of the Columbia Rotary
Club and is an adamant supporter of the Gamecocks and higher education. He is the
College of HRSM’s longest standing board member and is also an active member of My
Carolina and the Gamecock Club. He is married to B Jackson and together they have
The Ragsdale family is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Friend of the College
Award. Proud supporters of UofSC with a family full of Gamecocks, the Ragsdales recently
left an estate gift to benefit the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
and the Office of Student Affairs, where both Charles and Emily serve on the Parents
Advisory Council. Charles is a 1987 alumnus of the college, with a B.A.I.S. degree,
while Emily earned her associate degree in retailing in 1976. One of their daughters,
Schall, graduated in August, 2015, with an HRTM degree from HRSM, while their younger
daughter, Emily, graduated from UofSC in May, 2016, with a minor in HRTM.
Previous Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the College Award Recipients
Carolee Ettline Moore ’93, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
Carolee Ettline Moore is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award. A 1993 alumna of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, Moore is
the vice president of sales and marketing for Crestline Hotels & Resorts. She is based in Crestline's Virginia Beach office and currently oversees the sales
efforts for Crestline's portfolio of upscale branded and independent hotel properties
that span 74 locations with nearly 12,000 rooms in 21 states and the District of Columbia.
Moore has more than 20 years of hotel and travel industry experience. Before joining
the corporate Crestline team, she led the group sales team at the Emory Conference
Center Hotel, an independent conference center hotel in Atlanta.
James C. Scott, II ’01, Retailing
James C. Scott, II, is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Young Alumni Award. A 2001 alumnus of the Retailing program, he is the owner and operator of Jamie Scott Fitness in Columbia. Scott owns two exercise venues (including an indoor cycling studio)
with a third location on the UofSC campus set to open in the fall of 2015. A former
defensive back on the UofSC football team, Scott started his fitness career as a football
team trainer at Hammond School and later developed an in-house fitness and wellness
program for the Washington, D.C., office of commercial real estate developer Edens.
Richard Clodfelter, Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Richard Clodfelter is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award. Clodfelter was a professor in the Department of Retailing from 1988 until he retired
in 2012. He taught courses in retail buying, Internet retailing and entrepreneurship.
His specific research interests have included scanner pricing accuracy, e-commerce
and retail buying. Richard received the Distinguished Researcher and Scholar of the
Year Award from the College of HRSM in 2001. The South Carolina Business Education
Association (SCBEA) has honored him as Collegiate Teacher of the Year and Teacher
Educator of the Year. His book on retail buying is in its fifth edition and is currently
used in the Department of Retailing.
James T. Pearce, Sr., Distinguished Friend of the College
James T. Pearce, Sr., is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Friend of the College Award. A World War II combat veteran, Pearce and his brothers turned a third-generation
family grocery business into a regional restaurant food supplier that was eventually
bought by Sara Lee Corporation. They also later sold what had been the largest Anheuser-Busch
beer distributorship in the Southeast. A 1942 graduate of UofSC, Pearce is an avid
supporter of higher education and the University. He and his late wife, Kit, created
a $1 million Carolina Scholar endowment several years ago. Pearce honored his late
son, William, a 1972 UofSC graduate, by creating a $1 million endowment for the William
McFall “Mac” Pearce Professorship in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
earlier this year.
Rasheed Muhammad,’95, Retail Management
Rasheed Muhammad is the 2014 recipient of HRSM's Distinguished Alumni Award. A 1995 alumnus of the Retail Management program, Muhammad is the senior vice president
for SunTrust Bank's Private Wealth Management / Sports and Entertainment Specialty
Group. A singer and songwriter at heart, Rasheed pioneered a new entertainment practice
designed to serve the financial services needs of the Atlanta entertainment industry.
Alex Berberian, ’08, Sport and Entertainment Management
Alex Berberian is the college's 2014 Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipient. A 2008 alumnus of the Sport and Entertainment Management program, Berberian
currently serves as manager of consumer products sales and operations for Feld Entertainment,
Inc., in Ellenton, Fla. Feld is the world's largest producer of live family entertainment
including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Feld Motor Sports, Disney on Ice and
Dr. Patricia G. Moody,College of HRSM Dean Emerita
Patricia "Pat” G. Moody, Ph.D., is the College of HRSM's 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. Moody served as dean of the College of HRSM at UofSC for 9 years and was a professor
at UofSC for more than 30 years. During her tenure as dean, the college made significant
progress in growing the student body, attracting high-level research faculty members,
building the college's endowment, establishing the International Tourism Research
Center, the Alfred P. Sloan Center for Tourism Research, initiating land mark tourism
studies and opening program agreements with several Chinese institutions as well as
other international universities.
Dee Hust, Distinguished Friend of the College
Dee Hust is the College of HRSM's 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Friend of the College Award. Earning Managing Partner of the Year in 2009, 2010 and 2012, Dee has been managing
partner of the Bonefish Grill in Harbison since 2008 and has been with the company
overall for 11 years. The connection made between Bonefish Grill and HRSM has been
a special one for Hust and he looks forward to further collaboration and partnership
in the future.
Scott Reynolds, Distinguished Friend of the College
Scott Reynolds is the College of HRSM's 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Friend of the College Award. A managing partner locally at the Bonefish Grill on Forest Drive, Reynolds has been
with the company for more than 10 years and has developed a strong bond with HRSM.
Reynolds, who grew up working with a strong hospitality industry background in Myrtle
Beach, is proud of the partnership with the college and feels a personal point of
pride in its continued development and progress over the years.
Haissam Baityeh , ’89, Hospitality Management
Haissam Baityeh is the 2013 recipient of HRSM's Distinguished Alumni Award. Originally from Lebanon, Baityeh graduated from the UofSC School of Hotel, Restaurant
and Tourism Management in 1989. He is a past recipient of the Manager of the Year
Award presented by the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), and currently
serves as executive vice president and COO at Bent Tree Country Club located in Dallas,
Nate Bredeweg, ’07, Integrated Information Technology
Nate Bredeweg is the college's 2013 Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipient. A Columbia, S.C., native and 2007 alumnus from Integrated Information
Technology, Bredeweg currently serves as a senior enterprise technical release manager
at Lowe's Home Improvement in Charlotte, N.C. Lowe's is a Fortune 100 company with
1,750 stores serving more than 14 million weekly customers. Bredeweg is also founder
of Renee & Company, Inc., a North Carolina-based technology consulting firm.
The Richardson Family
The College of HRSM's 2013 Distinguished Friends of the College Award is presented to the James C. Richardson family. Based in Hickory, N.C., the Richardson
family maintains strong ties to the University of South Carolina. Recently, the family
completed a significant family endowment in support of the SmartState Center of Economic
Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development. Led by UofSC international tourism
expert Dr. Simon Hudson, this center will be the go-to resource for tourism research
in the State of South Carolina. The Centers of Excellence were established in 2002
by the South Carolina General Assembly to provide jobs and new research throughout
Dr. Donald Earl Stowe ’72, Higher Education Policy and Leadership
Donald "Don” Earl Stowe, Ph.D., is the College of HRSM's 2013 Distinguished Service Award recipient. Stowe spent nearly 31 years at the College of HRSM as an administrator,
advisor and faculty member. He helped launch the University's bachelor's degree for
the Interdisciplinary Studies program (B.A.I.S.), home to more than 5,500 UofSC graduates.
Dr. Stowe is past president of the Association for Integrative Studies (AIS), a national
organization that promotes interdisciplinary curricula and degree programs similar
to UofSC's B.A.I.S. degree. Today Dr. Stowe serves as an education associate and consultant
for the South Carolina Department of Education Division of School Effectiveness.
Vickie Cox Neighbour, ’01
Vickie Cox Neighbor is a 2001 graduate from the College of Hospitality, Retail and
Sport Management's Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.I.S.) program.
She currently serves on the board of directors for Cox Industries, Inc., an Orangeburg,
S.C.-based manufacturer and distributor of outdoor wood products. Cox retired in 2008
after 16 years with Cox Industries, Inc., most recently as its vice president of international
business development. She is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Columbia, S.C., holds an
MBA from Kennesaw State University, and has completed the Cambridge Institute for
Global Learning in Amman, Jordan. She is active with the Richland County Foster Care
Review Board, among other local philanthropic causes.
Moe Baddourah, ’86, ’99
Moe Baddourah holds a bachelor's and master's degree from the College of Hospitality,
Retail and Sport Management's School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.
A Columbia, S.C., native, Baddourah is the owner of Moe's Italian Grapevine Restaurant
located on Rosewood Drive in downtown Columbia. In July 2012, he was elected to Columbia's
City Council representing the District 3 Rosewood community. Baddourah's extensive
community involvements include serving as a volunteer firefighter and as chairman
of the Rosewood Crawfish Festival.
Matt Hudson, ’00
Matt Hudson is a 2000 alumnus from the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management's
program in Integrated Information Technology. Hudson currently serves as owner of
Mindlash, a leading website development firm in Columbia, S.C., chief creative director
at the public relations firm CarterTodd and Associates, Inc., co-founder of the tech
company Palmetto Computer Labs; head graphic designer for Columbia Home & Garden magazine,
and creative director for the Internet startup company Voterheads. For his professional
achievements and philanthropic involvements—led by his support of the South Carolina
School for the Deaf and the Blind and its annual "Wine, Dine and Design” fundraiser—Hudson
was named to The State newspaper's coveted "20 Under 40” list in 2011.
Salina Vieira Neuhaus, ’00
Salina Vieira Neuhaus is a 2000 graduate from the College of Hospitality, Retail and
Sport Management's Department of Retailing. She serves as vice president and director
of sales and account services for Market Group Connect (MGC), a New Jersey-based division
of Randa Accessories. Randa is a privately held, global leader in lifestyle accessories.
The company has 20 offices in 12 countries, and projected 2012 sales of more than
$625 million. Neuhaus oversees various key business aspects for MGC, including business
growth strategies, gross profit, and new business planning. Under her guidance and
strategic planning, Randa has become the world's largest manufacturer of men's lifestyle
Joe P. Sobieralski, ’01
Joe P. Sobieralski is a 2001 alumnus from the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport
Management's Department of Sport and Entertainment Management. He currently serves
as vice chancellor for business and finance and chief financial officer for the University
of South Carolina Aiken. In this position, he oversees a $55 million institutional
budget and a number of the university's strategic business functions, including human
resources, purchasing and contracted services. Prior to being named vice chancellor
at UofSC Aiken, Sobieralski served as director of business and finance for auxiliary
enterprises and university life at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. From 1999
to 2003 he served as the assistant to the associate athletics director for business
with the UofSC Athletics Department. Sobieralski also holds a master's degree and
bachelor's in accounting from UofSC's Darla Moore School of Business.
Elizabeth Smith, ’95
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.I.S.) | First-Year English Program
Coordinator | University of South Carolina
Kristie Santora Rasheed, ’02
Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management | Regional Director
of Reservations and Revenue Optimization | Wild Dunes Resort, Destination Hotels and
Ken Godwin, ’02
Bachelor of Science in Technology Support and Training Management | Vice President
and Business Systems Consultant Manager | Wells Fargo
AnnaBelle LaRoque, ’05
Bachelor of Science in Retailing | Designer and Owner | LaRoque
Kristy McPherson, ’03
Bachelor of Science in Sport and Entertainment Management | Professional Golfer |
LPGA Tour | 2011 Outstanding Service Award Winner
Cliff Arthur, ’86
Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management | Alumni Society Chair
| Bonefish Grill Joint Venture Partner
Katherine Brown, ’99
Bachelor of Science in Sport and Entertainment Management | Alumni Society Chair-Elect
| UofSC Athletics Associate Director of Compliance
Molly Britt, ’94
Molly Britt graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1994 with a degree
in Hotel, Retail and Tourism Administration. In 2004, Britt launched MollyAnna, a
maternity clothing line inspired by her own pregnancy with her daughter, Anna. Since
then, the clothing line has gained popularity with Hollywood’s celebrities and has
been featured in more than 30 publications. Britt also spent time working in Los Angeles
in television production and finance. She currently resides in Atlanta, Ga.
Mike DeMaine, ’95
Mike DeMaine received his Bachelor of Science in Sport Administration from the University
of South Carolina in 1995. He is the general manager of the Greenville Drive and has
also worked with the Frisco RoughRiders Baseball Club, the Charlotte Checkers and
the West Coast Hockey League. DeMaine currently resides in Greenville, S.C., with
his wife, Jamie, and their three children—Grace, Sophie and Lacie.
Frankie Marion, ’01
Frankie Marion graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2001 with a degree
in retailing. He is currently self-employed and has worked with several outdoor and
fishing companies. In 2002, he launched Pescador Brand Clothing, a company that produces
fishing gear. He is also a member of the College Alumni Society Board.
Stacey Tarpley, ’98
Stacey Tarpley received her Bachelor of Science in Information Management from the
University of South Carolina in 1998. She now works as an enterprise project manager
for Wachovia Corporation. She currently resides in Charlotte, N.C., with her husband,
Keenan, and children, Kevin and Kelly.
Gary Thomas Baker, ’86
Gary Thomas Baker received his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.I.S.)
in 1986. Gary has a 30-year career in retailing and is currently employed by Target
Corporation as the store team leader at the new Lexington, S.C., store. Prior to Target,
he spent 25 years in store management with the Kroger Company. Gary credits professor
Colonel John Lenti for inspiring and equipping him with the tools needed to do “whatever
it took” to be a successful businessman.
"I totally enjoy working with all the cool people I've had a chance to meet and influence
in [Target] retail. And I'm driven by the challenges and opportunities I get to tackle
here.” These new people include Target employees all over the country as Gary is sent
periodically to various destinations in the United States to help open new stores.
Gary grew up in Columbia and currently resides in Lexington, S.C., with his wife,
Lori (B.A.I.S., 1985), and their children, Andrew, Hannah and Joe.
Elizabeth "Libby” Shelton Floyd, ’86
Elizabeth Shelton Floyd received her Bachelor of Science in Retailing with an emphasis
in fashion merchandising from the University of South Carolina in 1986. She is the
national television host for ShopNBC. The show is seen by more than 65 million people each day.
Libby is a former Miss Greenville, Miss Teen South Carolina All-American, and has
worked as a professional model in New York. Her previous work experiences include
the management training program at Bullock's Department Store in Los Angeles, television
host for a basketball show on The Sports Channel / Los Angeles, lead singer in her
own band, host of her own radio show in Pomona, Calif., talent agent for Wilhemina
in Beverly Hills, Calif., published author of two books, guest host of The Shopping
Channel in Canada, and national TV host of Shop at Home.
"My retail classes were very informative with Mrs. Kitty Strickland,” said Libby.
She credits her diverse successes in her career to the diversity that comes with studying
retail management and the flexibility to expand the degree by taking electives in
Libby grew up in Greenville, S.C., and is married to Tony Cane-Honeysett. They currently
reside in Minneapolis, Minn.
Kevin M. Ayres, ’97
Kevin M. Ayres received his Bachelor of Hotel Administration in 1987 from the University
of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his Master of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management from
the University of South Carolina in 1997. He is the owner / president of State Street
Snacks located in Lexington, S.C. His previous employment experiences include general
manager with Sodexho (University of South Carolina) and multi-unit manager with Marriott.
He currently serves as an allied board member of the National Association of Collegiate
Concessionaires, is a member of the National Association of Concessionaires and has
spent 11 seasons as a youth league coach in soccer, baseball and basketball. He received
the Marriott Pinnacle Achievement Award in 1991.
Kevin is an adjunct professor in the School of HRTM and has published refereed journal
articles in College and University Foodservice as well as presented at a student research
conference on Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Houston.
He and his wife, Jill, have two children, Brendan and Bonnie, and reside in Columbia,
Sam J. Piccione III,
Sam J. Piccione received his Bachelor of Science in Sport and Entertainment Management
in 1998 from the University of South Carolina.. He is the director of corporate sales
for AEG, the largest sports and entertainment provider in the world, and is responsible
for developing corporate partnerships. His previous work experiences include director
of sports sales for NBC Sports Station Group and director of business development
for Telemundo Station Group and NBC Station Group. Sam also spent seven years with
the Anaheim Angels Baseball Club and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in sales and promotions.
He was a part of the 2002 Angels World Series Team. Many of his family members are
Gamecock alumni as well, including his sister Gianna, who is a sport and entertainment
alumna, currently working for the Arizona Football Club in sales and servicing.
"[My time at the University] was truly the best four years ever and sport and entertainment
management, led by Dr. Guy Lewis and Dr. Tom Regan, gave me the direction to succeed
in the sports business world from day one!”
Sam currently resides in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and works in Los Angeles.
Ernest M. Pringle, ’92
Ernest M. Pringle received his Bachelor of Science in Office Information Systems (now
Technology Support and Training Management) in 1992 and Master of Public Administration
in 2004. He is employed by the University of South Carolina as the assistant dean
for information technology at the UofSC School of Law. Previously, Ernest was the
associate director of Student Development and University Housing, where he provided
strategic leadership and direction for all information technology services, including
the planning, delivery and management of academic and administrative network and telecommunication
support services for University Housing at UofSC. His previous employment experiences
include network operator with Policy Management Systems Corporation, and network administration
with the College of Applied Professional Sciences at UofSC.
Ernest is president of the UofSC Black Faculty and Staff Association, serves as an
assistant T-ball coach with Richland County Recreation Commission, and was nominated
by UofSC president Andrew Sorensen to participate in the United Way 2005 Blueprint
for Leadership. He grew up in Charleston, S.C., but currently resides in Columbia,
with his wife Tamila (Retailing,1990) and their two children, Kelsey Brianna and Trey
Elizabeth "Beth” Ann Haltiwanger Hinshaw, ’84
Elizabeth Haltiwanger Hinshaw received her Bachelor of Science in Office Administration
(now Technology Support and Training Management) in 1984. Elizabeth is a sales executive
with Strategic Products and Services (SPS). SPS is a premier business partner for
Avaya Telecommunications. Beth's previous work experiences include IBM, where she
achieved golden circle status, (top 5% in the world), Black Box Network Services where
she achieved millionaire's status (125% retainment), and Avaya / Lucent Technologies
/ AT&T where Beth led the regional team to 149% attainment. Beth credits her mentor,
Dr. Pat Moody, for teaching her to set goals and go for them. Moody also gave Beth
practical advice like, "don't ever carry a pocketbook and a briefcase at the same
Beth is a member of SCTMA, Church Council at Christus Victor Lutheran Church and is
a youth leader with Mt. Horab Lutheran Church – catechism.
She is a Columbia native, but now resides in Chapin, S.C., with her husband Frank
and their children, Trenton Addison and Elizabeth Ashleigh.
Deborah Chandler is the senior assistant to the CEO of IMI, a real estate marketing
and sales company out of Greenville, S.C. When the CEO of IMI, Mike Collins, became
the chairman of the Dean's Partnership Board, Deborah joined him at the meetings and
quickly became a valuable asset to the board and College. Deborah's corporate experience
in marketing and event management have been instrumental in the development of HRSM's
Garnet Jacket Classic Golf Tournament and Classic Party and Ultimate Auction. Through
Deborah's direction and vision, the Garnet Jacket Classic has become the premiere
golf tournament in the Midlands in just a few years and has raised thousands of dollars
for scholarships for HRSM students.
Deborah has not only contributed her time and talents to the tournament, but she also
recruited a very special student who is now a very special alumnus. Deborah's son,
Jonathan Murray, is a 2006 sport and entertainment management graduate already finding
success in the music promotion industry.
The College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management appreciates the time and support
of this loyal supporter and is pleased to recognize her with our highest honor, "Honored
Friend of the College.”
Jim B. Owens, Jr.
Jim Owens has served on the Department of Retailing's National Partnership Retail
Advisory Board for several years and has provided astute leadership and been an excellent
supporter of the College and the Department.
Jim joined The Biltmore Company as vice president of retail operations and winery
guest services in September of 2001.
Mr. Owens' business background is quite extensive with more than 30 years of senior
management experience. Between 1974-84, Mr. Owens worked as vice president of revenue
at Sea World of Florida, revenue vice president at Sea World of California, and vice
president-general manager of Sea World's Florida Festival. In 1985, he was appointed
to the position of assistant to the chairman of Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich, Sea
World's parent company, focusing on acquisitions and expansion. His tenure with Sea
World was followed by 13 years as president and CEO of SRI Enterprises, an apparel
company specializing in theme park / tourism fashions, and managing his own tourism-consulting
firm with clients that included major theme parks, international resorts, and regional
attractions. From 1998 to 2001, he served as senior consultant to EnterCitement, LLC,
a leisure destination development and management company.
The College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management appreciates the time and support
of this loyal board member and is pleased to recognize him with our highest honor,
"Honored Friend of the College.”
Clifton Steven Arthur, ’86
Cliff Arthur received his Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration
(now HRTM) in 1986. In the last 20 years, he has risen through the ranks of restaurant
management to be promoted in 2002 to joint venture partner of Bonefish Grill for North
and South Carolina.
Cliff has developed more locations for Bonefish Grill, an upscale restaurant, than
any other joint venture partner since the company's inception. Prior to his work with
Bonefish Grill, Cliff's achievements included becoming general manager of a Steak
and Ale Restaurant at age 22. He went on to win their general manager of the year
award for three straight years, beginning in 1989.
Within a year after moving to the Outback Steakhouse organization in 1992, he became
managing partner in their Charleston location. He later became managing partner in
Wilmington, N.C., a position he held for four years.
Since coming to Bonefish, he has become responsible for 10 locations, with ownership
in 4 others in North and South Carolina. Cliff was on the board of directors for the
Greater Charleston Restaurant Association in 1994-95, and is now on the Board of Directors
of the newly-organized HRSM Alumni Society.
He has been married, since 1986, to the former Rosemary Gatlin, a 1985 Bachelor of
Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies graduate. They have two daughters, Mary Ashley,
nearly 10, and Megan Ann, six and a half.
Ron Caplan is the 2006 recipient of the College of HRSM's Friend of the College Award.
Ron Caplan is the president of the PMC Property Group and is known back in Philly
as not only one of the largest property owners in town, but also as a quiet, reserved
man who pays attention to the details and likes to keep a low-profile. In 1978 Caplan
bought several single-family homes which he was able to expand into a collection of
multi-unit housing ventures located throughout Philadelphia. In 1981 Caplan founded
PMC Property Group when the number and size of his holdings had grown extensive enough
to require the services of a management company. Caplan also assembled a general-contracting
division within PMC Property Group, making the company a full-service developer focused
on adaptive-reuse projects spanning the East Coast.
Pamela Suber Gaither, ’96
Pamela Suber Gaither earned her Bachelor of Science in Administrative Information
Management (now known as Technology Support and Training Management) in 1996 and completed
her Master of Business Education at Winthrop University in 1998. She is involved in
the youth ministry at Providence Road Church of Christ, where she assists with the
infants' bible classes and children's worship classes.
Professionally, Pamela taught business education as a middle school teacher in the
Charlotte Mecklenburg school system for three years prior to joining Bank of America.
She is currently vice president of supply chain management, enterprise access / desktop
services and leasing with Bank of America in Charlotte. As the sourcing manager in
the supply chain management division at the bank, she manages a group of associates
who source software and negotiate with suppliers in support of global technology services
and fulfillment within the company. Despite recently assuming additional responsibilities
in the area of college recruitment, Pamela makes time to be actively involved in volunteer
work through her employer.
A native of Clinton, S.C., she now lives in Charlotte, N.C., with her husband Reginald
and son Clayton, nearly 15 months old.
Matt Homan, ’99
Matt Homan received his Bachelor of Science in Sport Administration (now Sport and
Entertainment Management) in 1999. A native of Pennsylvania, he lives in Des Moines,
Iowa, where he is employed by Global Spectrum as general manager of the Iowa Events
Active in Sport Club while at Carolina, Matt worked in several positions related to
events and event facilities, including a stint as box office ticket seller at the
Carolina Coliseum and Wachovia Complex (Philadelphia), group sales rep and later assistant
manager of group sales at the Wachovia Complex, event manager at the Sovereign Bank
Arena in Trenton, N.J., and assistant general manager of the University of South Carolina's
Colonial Center where he often gave tours of specific operational areas.
While in Columbia, he maintained ties to his alma mater by being a guest speaker in
various sport and entertainment classes on facilities management, sport and entertainment
event management, public assembly facilities, and facilities programs and sales.
Frank Roach, a sport and entertainment management faculty member with expertise in
the event management field, noted that he did not "know of another major complex in
the country with a GM as young as Matt.”
A singular accomplishment has been Matt's inclusion on Billboard's "30 Under 30” list
in the company of such stars as Kanye West and Lindsay Lohan. This recognition honors
not only Matt but the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management, the College
of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, and the University of South Carolina.
He and his wife, the former Paige Raines and a 1998 SPTE alumna, are the parents of
one-and-a-half-year old Caroline Walker Homan.
James D. Norman Jr., ’88
James D. Norman, Jr., earned his Bachelor of Science in Retailing in 1988. He is from
Lexington, S.C., where he and his wife, the former Karen Johnson, a 1990 graduate
in retailing, are raising their three children, Hannah, 8, Trey 6, and Harper Grace,
2. Since his graduation, James has been active in sales, formerly with R.L. Bryan,
then Diagnostic Health Care, and now with Synthes, USA, a company based in Paoli,
Penn. In his present position as sales consultant, James has represented spinal implants
for orthopedic and neuro spine surgeons for the past 12 years.
During his career, James has been honored for being in the top 5 of all sales consultants
in the company, which has more than 350 consultants in the U.S. alone. He has also
served as the Southeast trainer for consultants.
A quota achiever for all 12 years with Synthes, USA, James was elected sales senator
for the Southeast for 6 years running.
Clarke Thompson, ’86
Clarke Thompson received his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.I.S.)
in 1986. He grew up in Rock Hill, S.C., and currently lives in Columbia, but his career
path has allowed him to travel the world.
Clarke began his career as a data management research analyst for the S.C. Budget
and Control Board for three years. He then became assistant manager, labor research
information, for the S.C. Department of Commerce, assuming the additional title of
assistant manager for international trade, from 1991-1997. Also a graduate of the
Economic Development Institute (EDI) at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Clarke
received his International Trade Specialist certificate at the American Graduate (Thunderbird)
School of International Management in Glendale, Ariz.
As director of export development and foreign relations at the S.C. Department of
Commerce, Clarke and his staff assist companies in identifying new overseas markets
and customers. Clarke has traveled extensively on behalf of the South Carolina government,
as well as to small- and medium-sized businesses, leading trade show excursions and
trade missions around the world.
Over the years, Clarke has held numerous memberships on South Carolina government
and industry boards dealing with international and world trade, exports, international
cooperation and agreements, economic development, global strategies, and regional
and Southern development initiatives. In 2005, he served as general chairman of the
32nd Annual South Carolina International Trade Conference. He has garnered numerous
awards and honors for his efforts, including the distinguished service award, S.C.
Department of Commerce in 2005. The department's export program has been honored at
the national level with the State Export Trade Program Gold Award by the Council for
Urban Economic Development (2000), and the U.S. Department of Commerce's President's
E-Award for Export Service. When not busy identifying international markets, Clarke
supports the community by participating in activities such as Habitat for Humanity,
Families Helping Families, and the MDA Lockup.
Married to Neyle Scoggin Thompson, the couple have two children, Emily, 14, and Stuart,
The Pearce Family
The Pearce Family is the receipient of HRSM's Friends of the College Award.
The Pearces established The Marnie Walker Pearce Professional Development Fund. Created
by Marnie’s two daughters, Anne Pearce Baroody and Jean Pearce Rentz, the fund supports
the development and delivery of intensive professional development seminars and practical
field experiences for students who will soon be graduating and entering the working
The hope of the Pearce family is that this fund and the subsequent course that evolved
from the endowment will provide prospective graduates with the professional skills
needed to sharpen their professional images, compete for the best jobs, and excel in on-the-job performance.
Renee Wilder, ’84
Renee Wilder received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.I.S.)
in 1984. Renee lives in Chapin, S.C., with her husband, Eddie — who is also an award
recipient — and their three children, Robert, 17, Bradham, 14, and McCauley, 12. While
at the University of South Carolina, she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.
Renee currently serves as a State Farm Insurance agent in Chapin. Prior to her current
position, she was a manager at State Farm as well as an agency field consultant. She
has received many awards throughout her career for excellence in her field, including
the Legion of Honor Award, Ambassador Agent, Bronze Tablet, and Silver Scroll Agent.
Eddie Wilder, ’84
Eddie Wilder received his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.I.S.)
with an emphasis in Business Management in 1984. While at the University of South
Carolina, he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and a student government senator.
Eddie serves as the president and founder of ERA Wilder Realty. He is a member of
the S.C. Association of Realtors and the Greater Columbia Board of Realtors. He has
received numerous awards in his field, including the Circle of Excellence Award for
the Greater Columbia Association of Realtors and the #1 Sea Island Broker Council.
Eddie is also a member of the ERA Leaders Circle. Additionally, ERA Wilder Realty
has been ranked in the 3 three of Real Estate Companies of South Carolina Midlands
and in the top 15 of ERA International. Eddie is a member of the Lions Club and Rotary
Club, and holds officer positions in the Jaycees, Williamsburg County Development
Board, MDA, and the Administrative Board of Chapin United Methodist Church. He is
also the founder of the Dutch Fork Wild Turkey Federation.
Scott Vigil, ’86
Scott Vigil received his Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
in 1986. He currently serves as partner and owner for Pipeline Equipment Resources
Company and sales director for Mulcare Pipeline Solutions, Inc., in Boonton, N.J.
Prior to his current position, Scott was an assistant and general manager for Steak
and Ale Restaurant Corporation, and a sales director for At-Your-Service Software,
a restaurant software development company. Scott is active in his church where he
is a fifth grade Sunday school teacher, men’s ministry committee member, and co-leader
for a Bible study. He is also involved in his local country club, is chairman of the
volleyball league, and is a social committee member of the Vahalla Civic Association.
Throughout the year he coaches lacrosse, roller hockey, and baseball. Scott lives
with his wife, Vickie, and their children, Taylor, 15, and Alec, 10, in Montville,
Kevin Carroll, ’86
Kevin Carroll received his Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
in 1986. During his time at the University of South Carolina, he worked alongside
another award recipient, Chef John Peduzzi, at culinary events. Kevin currently serves
as the regional vice president of operations for Chili’s Grill and Bar, where he worked
his way through the organization, starting in 1990 as an assistant manager. During
his time with Chili’s, Kevin has led the annual national fundraising event that benefits
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Over the past two years, the event has raised
more than $5 million to help find cures for children with cancer. Prior to working
with Chili’s, Kevin was general manager for the Steak and Ale Restaurant Corporation,
and general manager for Applebee’s. He lives in Frisco, Texas, with his wife, Marsha,
and their three children, Brantley, 14, Walker, 11, and Meredyth, 9.
Shawn Nelson, ’93
Shawn Nelson received his Bachelor of Science in Retailing in 1993. While at the University
of South Carolina, he was a writer for The Gamecock, and a member of student government
and the international community (NADA). He was chairperson of the concert committee
for The Carolina Program Union and a volunteer orientation leader for the college.
He is currently a freelance writer covering retail in Washington, D.C. Prior to his
current position, Shawn was assistant editor for The National Retail Federation’s
STORES magazine, writer and managing editor of the Public Broadcasting Report, features
writer of fashion and style for The Florence Morning News, and regional merchandise
coordinator for Colours by Alexander Julian. Shawn was awarded the 1998 Atrium Award
for outstanding work in fashion journalism and received an award for best lifestyle
section from the S.C. Press Association in 1998. He participated in Hands on D.C.,
volunteers for many grassroots political organizations, and is a member of DC for
MaryRuth Hughey, ’94
MaryRuth Hughey received her Bachelor of Science in Sport and Entertainment Management
in 1994. While at the University of South Carolina, she was president of the Sport
Administration Club. She has participated in the Stanford Graduate School of Business
Executive Education and the NFL Program for Managers. MaryRuth currently serves as
the director of ticketing for the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium and the
New England Revolution. Prior to her current position, MaryRuth was a box office manager
and director of ticketing for the Tampa Bay Lightning. MaryRuth lives with her husband,
Mark Briggs, in Foxboro, Mass. She also has two step children, Shiarn, 21, and Aaron,
Aaron Seekford, ’95
Aaron Seekford received his Bachelor of Science in Office Administration, now known
as Technology Support and Training Management, in 1995. While at the University of
South Carolina, Aaron was awarded the Jesse Pratt Scholarship and was on the dean’s
list. He is currently a realtor and owner of three realty companies, including Casa
Realty in Virginia, and is in the top five percent of realtors in his area. He is
also the primary owner of Locals Bar in Columbia’s Five Points. He is a member of
the Carolina Alumni Association, Virginia Association of Realtors, and the Virginia
Chamber of Commerce, and is a Certified Real Estate Specialist. He contributes to
the March of Dimes, Red Cross, and Children with Cancer. He lives in Falls Church,
Va., and plans to marry his fiancee, Ayda Argueta, in Spring 2006.
Honored Friend of the College, Chef John Peduzzi, holds both respect and admiration
from faculty, staff and students. Peduzzi served as an instructor and chef for the
College in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management from 1978 until
1995. Prior to his time with the College, Peduzzi served in the Italian Army. A native
of Italy, he was drafted to serve in World War II and was stationed at a POW Camp
in Italy as a translator because he spoke French, English and Italian. When the Allies
invaded Sicily and swept through Italy, Peduzzi went AWOL and joined the British Army,
where they put him in charge of a kitchen after learning he was a chef. Once the war
ended, Peduzzi wanted to return to the U.S. where his family spent time when he was
a child. He obtained a job as a chef and later a manager at the Piedmont Club in Spartanburg
where he worked for 29 years until retirement in 1999. Peduzzi currently lives in
Lexington, S.C. He was a founding member of the local chapter of the American Culinary
Association. He also served in many capacities with the American Culinary Federation
(ACF) Midlands Chapter and has been honored as Chef of the Year by the organization.
He was recently inducted into the American Academy of Chefs, the most prestigious
honor for ACF chefs.
Eric Cuthbertson, ’93
Eric Cuthbertson, has been honored as the Outstanding Alumni Award recipient for the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management in the College
of HRSM. Cuthbertson is a 1993 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Administration.
In addition to working for Global Spectrum as the assistant general manager of the
Sovereign Bank Arena, Cuthbertson was also the assistant director of North American
Tours for Feld Entertainment, the producers of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
Circus and Disney On Ice from 1998-2003. Cuthbertson is a member of the International
Association of Assembly Managers and he also graduated from the IAAM/ Oglebay School
of Facility Management in 2001. Eric currently resides in Morrisville, Pa.
Zachary Dryman, ’00
Zachary Dryman, senior technical specialist for the Challenger Center for Space Science
Education, has been honored as the Outstanding Alumni Award recipient for the Department of Technology Support and Training Management in the
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management. Dryman is a 2000 graduate of
with a Bachelor of Science in Information Management. In addition to his experience
with the Challenger Center, Dryman was also the distance learning coordinator for
The Brown Mackie College from June 2001-July 2003. Zachary currently resides in Lee's
Cindy Spain-Green, ’92
Cindy Spain-Green, leasing manager for Americas Mart in Atlanta, has been honored
as the Outstanding Alumni Award recipient for the Department of Retailing in the College of Hospitality, Retail and
Sport Management. Spain-Green is a 1992 graduate of the University of South Carolina
with a Bachelor of Science in Retailing. She was previously the senior buyer relations
manager for Americas Mart. She is responsible for 300,000 square feet of exhibit space
with an annual revenue of approximately $12 million. Spain-Green is a member of the
National Association of Realtors, the Georgia Association of Realtors, and the DeKalb
Board of Realtors. She and her husband, Antonio, have one son and currently reside
in Lawrenceville, Ga.
LeRoy DesChamps, ’81
LeRoy DesChamps, regional human resource manager for CVS Pharmacy, has been honored
as the Outstanding Alumni Award recipient for the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Hospitality,
Retail and Sport Management. DesChamps is a 1981 graduate of the University of South
Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. He has been the regional
human resource manager since 1983. He was named Regional Trainer of the Year in 1990
and received the Outstanding Performance Award in 2002. DesChamps is the vice president
of the Gentleman's Club of Columbia and the founder of the Louie A. DesChamps Scholarship
Fund. He and his wife, Cynthia, currently reside in Blythewood, S.C.
Eric Cuthbertson, ’93
Front row from left: Jerry Odom, USC Provost and Friend of the College; Byron Yahnis, Outstanding Bachelor
of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Alumni; Bridgette Smith, Outstanding Retailing
Alumni; Bobby Williams, Jr., of Lizard's Thicket and Friend of the College
Back row from the left: Craig Curtis, Outstanding Sport and Entertainment Management Alumni; Taj Troy, Outstanding
Administrative Information Management Alumni; Rex Galloway, Outstanding Hotel, Restaurant
and Tourism Management Alumni
Dawn Caldwell, ’96 Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Amy Duffy, ’87 Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration
Harold Green, ’90 Retailing
Mike Harrison, ’91 Sport and Entertainment Management
Jack Mills Friend of the College
William B. Dukes, ’64 Friend of the College
Randolph P. Romaine, ’95 Master of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
Andre Bauer, ’91 Retailing
Marvin Chernoff Friend of the College
Mike Collins, ’85 Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
Rocky Holscher, ’68 Friend of the College
Jimmy Richardson Friend of the College
Bonnie Bennett, ’88 Retailing
Alexander English, ’91 Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Terry K. Schmoyer, ’88 Friend of the College
Susan L. Turner, ’88 Retailing
Timothy J. Carrier, ’92 Media Arts
Daniel R. Kneece, ’91 Media Arts
Brenda Riley Croft, ’85 Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
H. Gordon Humphries, ’79 Media Arts
Gunnells Humphries, ’79 Media Arts
Brenda Riley, ’85 Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration
Isabel M. Hill Media Arts
D. Dennis Pontiere Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration
Vincent Degenhart Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Helen C. Foley Office Administration
Jeffrey D. Monks Media Arts
Joe D. Chinnes Media Arts
Reginald S. Hall Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Sandra K. McKinney Office Administration
Charles T. Gatch Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Holly R. Keyes Media Arts
Robert L. Ariail Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Dennis E. Moore Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration
Donnie B. Turbeville Office Administration
Linda J. Amason Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Mary Ann Isabelle Criminal Justice
Thomas J. Grenkowski Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration
Susan G. Hendley Child Development
Robert R. Rainwater Retail Management
David M. Ross General Commerce
Ellen B. Sitter Office Administration
Diana L. Weynand Media Arts
Lyn Eleazer Bethea, ’81 Retail Management
Dorothy A. Chapman, ’75 Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Lynn Mayfield Christian, ’75 Child Development
W. Lloyd Cogdill, ’78 General Commerce
Andrea W. Loney, ’78 Criminal Justice
Angela S. Myers Office Administration
Dale Thomas Media Arts
Deanna R. Williams Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration
Melita Fichner Faison, ’79 Child Development
Libby Larosa Green, ’68 General Commerce
James R. Metts, ’74 Criminal Justice
Gene B. Parks, ’76 Retail Management
Jesse P. Pratt, ’73 Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Florence O. Roach, ’80 Office Administration
Larry G. Turner, ’74 Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration
Karen Chandler Bolding, ’67 Office Administration
Margaret J. Gamble, ’74 Child Development
Donald E. Hartley, ’90 Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration
Charles E. McCurry, ’78 Retail Management
Darrel R. Rudisill, ’80 Child Development
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