The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School recognized seven outstanding alumni at its ninth annual Alumni Association Awards ceremony Nov. 9.
Wayland H. Cato Jr. (BSCOM ’44), co-founder and chairman emeritus of Charlotte-based women’s apparel retailer The Cato Corporation, received the Business School Leadership Award, which recognizes an alumnus or alumna who demonstrates exceptional achievement in a career field, personal endeavor or service to UNC Kenan-Flagler. Cato resides in Sheridan, Wyo., Charleston, S.C. and Charlotte, N.C.
Paul Fulton (BSBA ’57), former chairman and CEO and currently non-executive chairman of the board of Bassett Furniture Industries Inc., received the Global Leadership Award, which honors an alumnus, alumna or friend of the school whose global participation and initiative advance the school's education, research and public service mission. Fulton, who spent most of his career with Hanes Hosiery and Sara Lee Corporation, served as dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler from 1993-1997. He resides in Winston-Salem, N.C.
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:
- Ralph L. Falls Jr. (BSBA '63), received the BSBA Alumni Merit Award. He was the founder of Charter Medical Corporation and owner of the medical supply company Roane Barker Inc. In 2006, Falls created The Falls Prize at UNC Kenan-Flagler, through a $3.5 million endowment. Falls resides in Raleigh, N.C.
- Dwight W. Anderson (MBA '94), principal and portfolio manager of Ospraie Management LLC, received the MBA Alumni Merit Award. He resides in New York City.
- Jesko A. von Windheim (EMBA '96), CEO at Nextreme Thermal Solutions Inc., received the Executive MBA Alumni Merit Award. He resides in Wake Forest, N.C.
- Diane E. Wilfong (BSBA ’83), corporate controller and chief accounting officer of Eastman Kodak Company, received the Master of Accounting Alumni Merit Award. Wilfong resides in Pittsford, N.Y.
Sindhura Citineni (BSBA ’04), founder of the non-profit Nourish International and second-year dental student at UNC, received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, which honors an alumnus or alumna of the last decade who demonstrates leadership in career accomplishments and exceptional commitment to the school.