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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Don Bailey '88
Clearwater, FL

Marshall A. Croom

Marshall A. Croom '86
Chief Financial Officer - Retired
Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Durham, NC

Benjamin Hamrick

Benjamin Hamrick '82
Chief Executive Officer
Johnson Price Sprinkle PA
Asheville, NC

Doug Johnson

Doug Johnson '77
Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
Blue Ridge Energy
Lenoir, NC

Stacy Reedy

Stacy Reedy '06, '07
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
North State Bank
Raleigh, NC

Hayes Smith

Hayes Smith '82
Managing Partner
Second Creek Development Company
Salisbury, NC

Jill Sparks

Jill Sparks '91, '96
Executive Director
Small Business Center and Business Incubation
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Asheville, NC

Members Emeriti

W. Winfield Beroth

W. Winfield Beroth '65
President - retired
Beroth Oil/4 Brothers Stores
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Robin H. Gagnon

Robin H. Gagnon '82, '95
We Sell Restaurants
Marietta, Georgia

Scott K. Lampe

Scott K. Lampe '94
Pamlico Air
Charlotte, North Carolina

Allan Singer

Allan Singer
Manager - retired
McNair Law Firm, PA
Charlotte, North Carolina

G.A. Sywassink

G.A. Sywassink '94
Chairman & CEO
Standard Holding Corporation
Charlotte, North Carolina

Ryan Bolick

Ryan Bolick '01
Vice President, Business Improvement
Atlanta, GA


Dan DuBreuil '97
Hospitality Executive
Boone, NC 

Christy Holden

Christy Holden '99
Managing Director, Head of Business Strategy
Nuveen Equities and Fixed Income
Charlotte, NC

Phillip Ostwalt

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

Amy Rumford

Amy S. Rumford
BAC Vice Chair
Vice President, Global Services
Raleigh, NC

Gerry Smith

Gerry Smith '70
First VP Investments - Retired
Smith Barney
Vilas, NC

David Thompson

David Thompson
General Partner & CFO - Retired
WEDGE Capital Management, LLP
Charlotte, NC

William S. Creekmuir

William S. Creekmuir
Pinnacle Search Partners, LLC
Atlanta, Georgia

James E. Harris

James E. Harris '84
Charlotte, North Carolina

Charles V. Murray

Charles V. Murray '87
President - retired
Murray Supply Company
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Frank H. Skidmore, Jr.

Frank H. Skidmore, Jr.
Retired IBM Global Services
Managing Partner
Durham, North Carolina

H. Edward Boyles, Jr.

H. Edward Boyles Jr.
Managing Director
Wells Fargo Securities
Charlotte, NC

Richard Finlay

Richard Finlay
Partner - Retired
Conyers, Dill & Pearman
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Thomas H. Hudspeth, Jr.

Thomas H. Hudspeth Jr. '82, '83
Partner - Retired
Atlanta, GA

Rick Redden

Rick Redden '91
President, Atlantic Region - Retired
Wells Fargo & Company
Charlotte, NC

Jack Sheffield Jr.

Jack Sheffield Jr.
Managing Director
Winston-Salem, NC

Richard G. Sparks

Richard G. Sparks '76, '78
President & CEO - Retired
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System
Boone, NC


Brad Walser '99
Walser Technology Group, Inc.
Salisbury, NC


Robert G. Darst

Robert G. Darst
Burlington Industries, Inc.
Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Helen Hollifield

Helen Hollifield '87
Tax Partner
Deloitte & Touche
Charlotte, NC

Jeffrey A. Shepard

Jeffrey A. Shepard
Retired CEO
Hilton Head, South Carolina

Mike Steinback

Mike Steinback
Managing Partner
Stonebridge Partners
Asheville, North Carolina