Charlotte Baker ’88 (Darden ’94), CEO of Digital Hands, in Tampa, Fla., was recently presented the WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy) and AT&T Innovator of the Year Award. The award recognizes the WIPP member who has effectively leveraged technology for innovation and success in business. Baker was also named one of the Gulf Coast Business Review’s “50 Most Powerful People on the Gulf Coast” and awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from eWomenNetwork. She is also a frequent guest speaker on topics such as building entrepreneurial companies, advocacy of women in technology, and raising awareness of cyber security threats. Under Baker’s leadership, Digital Hands gained national recognition in 2008 as the winner of the Service & Support Professionals Association Star Award for “Service Excellence—Integrated Services” and for “Best Customer Commitment” in 2009.
Frank C. Williams III ’87 was named to Greenville Business Magazine’s 2014 “Legal Elite” list in the areas of corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. An Attorney with Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greenville, S.C., he was previously the practice area leader for the firm’s business practice group. Mr. Williams’ practice covers a range of commercial transactions, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and lending.
Joyce L. Franklin ’87, Founder of JLFranklin Wealth Planning, recently published Startup Wealth: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Personal Financial Success and Long-Term Security. The guide for entrepreneurs looking to understand the personal financial and legal challenges of creating, building, and profiting from a company features more than 65 entrepreneurs, executives, venture capitalists, and advisers offering guidance for making smart financial decisions in all phases of a start-up. Joyce has more than two decades of experience in personal financial, tax, and investment planning. She is also a CPA with 25 years of accounting experience.
Thomas J. “T.J.” Cawley ’87 is serving his first term on the Morrisville, N.C., Town Council. Mr. Cawley; his wife, Kathy Sheehan Cawley (A&S ’86); and their three children are all active on local sports teams and volunteer in the community and at local schools.
Tom Kelly ’86 joined the Class of 2014 of Leadership South Carolina, a statewide leadership program that provides gifted and highly motivated South Carolinians an opportunity to advance their leadership qualities while broadening their understanding of issues facing the state. Col. Kelly is a senior Army Adviser to the South Carolina Army National Guard in Columbia, S.C.
Peter Belden ’86 has been named General Manager of Packaging Coordinators Inc.’s Rockford, Ill., facilities. The site supports pharmaceutical and biotech packaging services for clinical and commercial medicines, as well as medical device and consumer health care products. Mr. Belden has worked in the packaging industry for more than 25 years, and previously headed PCI operations in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, and served as Senior Vice President of sales and marketing for PCI in Rockford.
Cheryl Reever Moore ’85 was named Assistant Vice President, Corporate Communications for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. In her new role, Cheryl leads the Fed’s internal and external communications strategies and media relations. She joined the bank in 2011 as Director of Corporate Communications and previously worked for Genworth Financial, Performance Food Group, and First Market Bank in various communications and marketing leadership roles. While at the Comm School, Cheryl received the William F. O’Dell Distinguished Award in Marketing and served as president of the McIntire Marketing Association. Cheryl and her husband, Scott, reside in Midlothian, Va. Their oldest son, Tucker S. Moore (Engineering ’09), is also a graduate of the University.
Donald Olinger ’81 recently joined Cordia Partners as a Partner. Cordia Partners is a leading accounting and financial consulting services firm in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan. One of Mr. Olinger’s primary roles will be to expand and lead the firm’s Maryland operations, including opening a Maryland office. Mr. Olinger will work with the Cordia Recruiting and Staffing team to grow that practice in addition to providing CFO consulting and advisory services to Cordia clients.
Rich McKinless ’79 spent last summer on a 4,300+ mile cross-country cycling adventure with his son, Chris, dedicated to First Book, a charity that places new books in the hands of at-risk children. Rich has blogged updates throughout the trip at http://biking-for-books.org/ and www.facebook.com/BikingForBooks.
David McFarland '08 was promoted to Vice President at First Reserve, the largest global private equity firm exclusively focused on energy, effective July 1, 2014. Since joining the firm in 2010, McFarland has proven to be a valuable contributor in both the midstream/downstream and equipment and services (“E&S”) sectors—with involvement in midstream investments BORCO, Midstream Enterprises, FR Midstream and Century Midstream, as well as E&S investment Saxon Energy Services. Before joining First Reserve, McFarland was an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division, Global Natural Resources Group, at Barclays Capital. As a Vice President, McFarland continues to focus on portfolio company optimization and platform enhancement, maintaining his focus in particular on the midstream. He is based in the Houston office.