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In other news: December 2023

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More insights and highlights from the UNC Kenan-Flagler community

Thought leaders

Charles Lovelace Davie Award 2023

Charles Lovelace ( top row, second from left) with the 2023 Davie Award recipients. 

Top honor

Charles Lovelace (MBA ’79) was one of six recipients of the 2023 William Richardson Davie Award, the highest honor bestowed by the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees recognizing outstanding service to the University and society.

Lovelace who also received a bachelor’s degree from Carolina as a Morehead Scholar in 1977, retired as executive director of the Morehead-Cain Foundation in 2021 after 33 years of service. He is on the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise’s board of advisors and is chair of the Luther Hodges Scholars program’s advisory council.

In 2022, Lovelace received a Distinguished Service Medal citation from the UNC General Alumni Association. He was named to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest honor, in 2020.

Standout students and alumni

  • Sasha Surkin (BSBA ’25) is a visionary in the making. Motivated by those lacking access to proper vision care, she founded the startup WeyeZE in 2021 when she was 18. Surkin’s vision-correctness kit is now in beta testing. Surkin is a Luther Hodges Scholar.
  • Matt Graham (MBA ’08) was named senior vice president of direct-to-consumer and streaming business development at the Tennis Channel. Previously he was general manager of AMC streaming platforms Acorn TV and Sundance Now. He also co-founded and led PBS Digital Studios.
  • Arche McAdoo (MBA ’89) announced his retirement after serving 13 years as Carrboro’s finance director. McAdoo’s work was integral to several of the town’s major initiatives over the past decade, including the 203 Project set to open in July 2024, and helped guide Carrboro through economic uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mary Laci Motley and Lucas DiPietrantonio

Mary Laci Motley and Lucas DiPietrantonio 

Making a splash

Two alumni are featured in this year’s list of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 top young innovators and influencers: Lucas DiPietrantonio (BSBA ’19) and Mary Laci Motley (BSBA ’21).

DiPietrantonio is the co-founder and CEO of marketing firm Darkroom, which counts Crate & Barrel, Joybird and Olipop among its clients. Motley is the founder and CEO of Eats2Seats, a vending and concessions partner offering staffing solutions for professional and collegiate venues.


IE competition 2023

(L-R): Yan, Wang and Acharya

Hillary Salo FASB 2023Power player

Hillary Salo (BSBA ’02, MAC ’03) was selected to serve a five-year term as a member of the influential Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) beginning in July 2024. The board sets U.S. financial reporting standards.

“Hilary’s appointment to this prominent board is a clear testament to the profound impact and expertise our alumni bring to the field of accounting,” said Courtney Knoll, the Master of Accounting Program’s associate dean.

Salo has served as FASB’s technical director and chair of the emerging issues task force since 2020.


Spring 2024 STAR undergrads

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