Business Advisory Council

BAC Mission

The Business Advisory Council is composed of business professionals 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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Clearwater, FL
Ryan BolickRyan Bolick '01
Vice President, Business Improvement
Atlanta, GA
H. Edward Boyles, Jr.H. Edward Boyles Jr.
Managing Director
Wells Fargo Securities
Charlotte, NC
Marshall A. CroomMarshall A. Croom '86
Chief Financial Officer - Retired
Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Durham, NC
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Hospitality Executive
Boone, NC 
Richard FinlayRichard Finlay
Partner - Retired
Conyers, Dill & Pearman
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Benjamin HamrickBenjamin Hamrick '82
Chief Executive Officer
Johnson Price Sprinkle PA
Asheville, NC
Christy HoldenChristy Holden '99
Managing Director, Head of Business Strategy
Nuveen Equities and Fixed Income
Charlotte, NC
Thomas H. Hudspeth, Jr.Thomas H. Hudspeth Jr. '82, '83
Partner - Retired
Atlanta, GA
Doug JohnsonDoug Johnson '77
Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
Blue Ridge Energy
Lenoir, NC
Beth MonaghanBeth Monaghan '82
Founder and CEO - Retired
Monaghan Group
Charlotte, NC
Phillip Ostwalt

Phillip Ostwalt '83
BAC Chair
D.L. Phillips Investment Builders
Atlanta, GA

Rick ReddenRick Redden '91
President, Atlantic Region
Wells Fargo & Company
Charlotte, N
Stacy ReedyStacy Reedy '06, '07
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
North State Bank
Raleigh, NC
Amy RumfordAmy S. Rumford
BAC Vice Chair
Vice President, Global Services
Raleigh, NC
Jack Sheffield Jr.

Jack Sheffield Jr.
Managing Director
Winston-Salem, NC

Hayes SmithHayes Smith '82
Managing Partner
Second Creek Development Company
Salisbury, NC
Gerry SmithGerry Smith '70
First VP Investments - Retired
Smith Barney
Vilas, NC
Richard G. SparksRichard G. Sparks '76, '78
President & CEO - Retired
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System
Boone, NC
Jill SparksJill Sparks '91, '96
Executive Director
Small Business Center and Business Incubation
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Asheville, NC
David ThompsonDavid Thompson
General Partner & CFO - Retired
WEDGE Capital Management, LLP
Charlotte, NC
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Walser Technology Group, Inc.
Salisbury, NC


Members Emeriti

W. Winfield Beroth
W. Winfield Beroth '65
President - retired
Beroth Oil/4 Brothers Stores
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
William S. CreekmuirWilliam S. Creekmuir
Pinnacle Search Partners, LLC
Atlanta, Georgia
Robert G. DarstRobert G. Darst
Burlington Industries, Inc.
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Robin H. GagnonRobin H. Gagnon '82, '95
We Sell Restaurants
Marietta, Georgia
James E. HarrisJames E. Harris '84
Charlotte, North Carolina
Helen Hollifield Helen Hollifield '87
Tax Partner
Deloitte & Touche
Charlotte, NC
 Scott K. LampeScott K. Lampe '94
Pamlico Air
Charlotte, North Carolina
Charles V. Murray Charles V. Murray '87
President - retired
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
Allan SingerAllan Singer
Manager - retired
McNair Law Firm, PA
Charlotte, North Carolina
Mike SteinbackMike Steinback
Managing Partner
Stonebridge Partners
Asheville, North Carolina
G.A. SywassinkG.A. Sywassink '94
Chairman & CEO
Standard Holding Corporation
Charlotte, North Carolina