Business Advisory Council


The Business Advisory Council is composed of businessmen and women who meet twice a year to advise Walker College administrators on matters relating to the needs of the business community. Opportunities are provided for students to interact with council members when they are on campus.

"The basic purpose of the Business Advisory Council shall be to assist in the planning, evaluation, and strengthening of the programs of the John A. Walker College of Business."
— from the BAC By-Laws 

Current council members represent a wide spectrum of the business community including professionals in accounting, manufacturing, retail, home furnishings, advertising, banking, management consulting, law, and health care.


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J. Cantey Alexander IIIJ. Cantey Alexander III '86
President - Triad Region
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Roger L. BeahmRoger L. Beahm
Executive Director, Center for Retail Innovation
Wake Forest University School of Business
Greensboro, North Carolina
John BelmanJohn Belman
BAC Chairman
CEO & President
Standard Holding Corporation
Atlanta, Georgia
Ryan BolickRyan Bolick '01
Vice President, Business Improvement
Atlanta, Georgia
H. Edward Boyles, Jr.H. Edward Boyles, Jr
Managing Director
Wells Fargo Securities
Charlotte, North Carolina
Marshall A. CroomMarshall A. Croom '86
Senior VP and Chief Risk Officer
Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Mooresville, North Carolina
Richard FinlayRichard Finlay
Conyers, Dill & Pearman
Grand Caymen, KY
Benjamin HamrickBenjamin Hamrick '82
Chief Executive Officer
Johnson Price Sprinkle PA
Asheville, North Carolina
Helen HollifieldHelen Hollifield '87
Tax Partner
Deloitte & Touche
Charlotte, North Carolina
Thomas H. Hudspeth, Jr.Thomas H. Hudspeth, Jr '82, '83
Atlanta, Georgia
Doug JohnsonDoug Johnson '77
BAC Vice Chairman
Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp.
Lenoir, North Carolina
Roy McCrawRoy McCraw
Retired Regional Chairman
Wachovia Corporation
Charlotte, NC
Lynne MingesLynn Minges
President and CEO
North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association
Raleigh, North Carolina
Beth MonaghanBeth Monaghan '82
Monaghan Group
Charlotte, NC
Phillip OstwaltPhillip Ostwalt '83
Atlanta, Georgia
Kim PriceKim Price '77
President, CEO
Citizen's South Bank
Gastonia, North Carolina
Kenneth G. ReeceKenneth G. Reece '73
Sr. Vice President - Private Banking Exec.
First Tennessee Bank
Raleigh, North Carolina
John RoosJohn Roos '84
SVP, Sales, Marketing & Communications
Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
Durham, North Carolina
Jack Sheffield Jr.Jack Sheffield Jr.
Managing Director/Client Advisor
Deutsche Bank
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
John E. SilviaJohn E. Silvia
Chief Economist
Wells Fargo
Charlotte, North Carolina
Allan SingerAllan Singer
McNair Law Firm, PA
Charlotte, North Carolina
Hayes SmithHayes Smith '82
Managing Partner
Second Creek Development Company
Salisbury, North Carolina
Gerry SmithGerry Smith '70
Retired First Vice President
Smith Barney
Richard G. SparksRichard G. Sparks '76, '78
President & CEO
Appalachian Regional Healthcare
Boone, North Carolina
Jill SparksJill Sparks '91, '96
Executive Director, Small Business Center and Business Incubation
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Asheville, NC
Richard StroupeRichard Stroupe '98
Founder and Managing Principal
Crimson Holdings, LLC
Ashburn, Virginia
David ThompsonDavid Thompson
Retired General Partner, CFO
WEDGE Capital Management, LLP
Linville, North Carolina
Joseph TowellJoseph Towell '74, '78
Yadkin Bank
Statesville, NC
Brad WallBrad Wall '99
Winston-Salem, North Carolina


Members Emeriti

W. Winfield Beroth
W. Winfield Beroth '65
Beroth Oil/4 Brothers Stores
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
William S. Creekmuir
William S. Creekmuir
Executive VP & CFO
Simmons Company
Atlanta, Georgia
Robert G. DarstRobert G. Darst
Burlington Industries, Inc.
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Joseph F. Freeman, Jr.Joseph F. Freeman, Jr.
President Emeritus
Freeman and Company
Greensboro, North Carolina
Robin H. GagnonRobin H. Gagnon '82, '95
We Sell Restaurants
Marietta, Georgia
James E. HarrisJames E. Harris '84
Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
Charlotte, North Carolina
William R. HollandWilliam R. Holland
EnPro Industries, Inc.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Scott K. LampeScott K. Lampe '94
Hendrick Motorsports
Charlotte, North Carolina
Charles V. MurrayCharles V. Murray '87
Murray Supply Company
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Jeffrey A. ShepardJeffrey A. Shepard
Retired CEO
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Frank H. Skidmore, Jr.Frank H. Skidmore, Jr.
Retired IBM Global Services
Managing Partner
Durham, North Carolina
Mike SteinbackMike Steinback
Stonebridge Partner
Asheville, North Carolina
G.A. Sywassink
G.A. Sywassink '94
Chairman & CEO
Standard Holding Corporation
Charlotte, North Carolina