The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School recognized six outstanding alumni at its eighth annual Alumni Association Awards ceremony Nov. 10.
R. Charles Loudermilk Sr. (BSBA ’50), chairman and CEO of Aaron Rents Inc., received the Business School Leadership Award, which recognizes an alumnus who demonstrates exceptional achievement in a career field, personal endeavor or service to UNC Kenan-Flagler. Loudermilk is a native of Atlanta, where he currently lives.
John D. Kasarda (PhD ’71), Director of Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and Kenan Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler, received the Global Leadership Award, which honors an alumnus or friend of the school whose global participation and initiative advance the school's education, research and public service mission.
Four distinguished alumni received Alumni Merit Awards, given from UNC Kenan-Flagler’s degree programs to alumni who personify the school’s tradition of excellence:
- William N. Starling (BSBA ’75), CEO of Synecor LLC, received the BSBA Alumni Merit Award. Starling splits his time between homes in Portola Valley, Calif. and Chapel Hill.
- Thomas M. Belk Jr. (MBA ’81), chairman and CEO of Belk Inc., received the MBA Alumni Merit Award. He is a Charlotte, N.C. native and resident.
- Valerie M. Parisi (EMBA ’04), Thomas N. and Gleaves James Distinguished Chair and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, received the Executive MBA Alumni Merit Award. She resides in Galveston, Texas.
- Philip D. Ameen (BSBA ’69), principal accounting officer and vice-president and comptroller at GE Capital, received the Master of Accounting Alumni Merit Award. Ameen resides in Fairfield, Conn.