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Christopher Moxley ’03 International Business Distinguished Young Alumni Award

Jill Tietjen

’79 MBA Distinguished Alumni Award

James Boylan Honorary Alumni Award

Liz Ward

’14 M.S. in Real Estate Distinguished Alumni Service Award

MAKING AN IMPACT IN BUSINESS AND IN THE COMMUNITY As part of UNC Charlotte’s Homecoming celebration, the Belk College of Business honored four alumni and friends for their accomplishments, service and dedication to the college on October 10. The UNC Charlotte Belk College Alumni Awards recognize alumni and advocates who have demonstrated leadership and outstanding career achievements and enhanced the mission of the college.



Improving meetings, improving the workplace Steven Rogelberg is the Chancellor’s Professor and Professor of Management. His research covers team effectiveness, leadership, engagement, health and employee well-being, meetings at work and organizational research methods. He has written more than 100 publications and recently won the prestigious Humboldt Award for his research on meeting science. In 2019, Oxford University Press will publish his new book, The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance. Interested? Join Dr. Rogelberg’s Executive Education session on February 20 surprisingscience


LIZ WARD ’14 M.S. in Real Estate

CHRISTOPHER MOXLEY ’03 International Business

JIM BOYLAN Honorary Alumnus

Jill Tietjen received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Tietjen is an electrical engineer, consultant, women’s advocate, author and speaker. She is the president and CEO of Technically Speaking, Inc., an electric utilities consulting firm which she founded in Greenwood Village, Colorado in 2000. She has written or co-authored eight books and more than 100 technical papers as well as blog posts for the Huffington Post. As President of the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Tietjen worked to gain visibility and grow the impact of the organization.

Distinguished Service Award recipient Liz Ward serves as the Vice President of Multi-Family Development at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, a local non-profit organized to provide affordable housing and economic development within stable neighborhoods for low and moderate-income families. Her career began in a leadership development program at Wachovia Bank focusing on financial reporting. She then spent six years in commercial real estate lending at Wells Fargo focusing on construction loans for multifamily, retail, office and industrial in the Charlotte market. She serves on the Real Estate Alumni Association board.

The Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipient Christopher Moxley is a Senior Compliance Associate at TIAA, specializing in data privacy and identity theft. He is also co-owner of several businesses, including the award-winning Charlotte-based lifestyle brand, 704 Shop, which he co-founded with two fellow 49er students in the early 2000s. He is also a partner with Five Lions Entertainment, an artist booking and upscale event planning company. Moxley was honored by UNC Charlotte’s Black Alumni Chapter at the 2017 Excellence in Leadership Awards, receiving the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award.

The Honorary Alumni Award went to Jim Boylan, who served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Brighthouse Financial until his retirement in 2017. Prior to his role with Brighthouse, he achieved a 36-year career with MetLife. In addition to his service on the board of the Augustine Literacy project and UNC Charlotte Athletic Foundation Board of Directors, he also serves on the Belk College of Business Board of Advisors and the Women in Business Initiative Board. In his role as a board member for the Women in Business Initiative, Boylan was instrumental in securing funding for the program. To date, the MetLife Foundation has given $150,000 in support.

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT Advertising featuring marginalized groups

Jennifer Ames Stuart is Clinical Professor of Marketing. Her research focuses on understanding the psychology of consumer decision making. In her latest research, published in the journal Marketing Letters, Ames Stuart and co-authors explored consumer response to featuring traditionally marginalized groups in advertising. The authors found preliminary evidence that featuring marginalized groups, such as same-sex parents, overweight women and multiracial families, can be more effective than using more traditional models - as long as such portrayals do not violate target consumers’ beliefs and ideals. Ames Stuart is also the Director of Executive Education, which offers custom programs for organizations. Learn more at

ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS UNIVERSITY OUTSTANDING YOUNG ALUMNA AWARD Every month, millions of Americans face an impossible choice: pay for energy to power their homes, or pay for basic needs like food and medicine. TED Fellow and Belk College alumna DeAndrea Salvador ’13 Economics is working to reduce energy costs so that no one has to make this kind of decision. Salvador received the UNC Charlotte 2018 Outstanding Young Alumna Award. Watch Salvador’s TED Talk featured on the TED home page: UNIVERSITY DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD Prior to attending UNC Charlotte, 2018 award recipient Bob Qutub ’88 Accounting served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Corporal for three years. Qutub has been the Chief Financial Officer for RenaissanceRe since August 2016, after retiring from MSCI Inc. as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. He also worked at Bank of America for 18 years, where he held several segment chief financial officer roles including Global Consumer and Business Banking, Global Banking and Markets and Global Wealth Management.

Qutub has been a vital leader and supporter of UNC Charlotte. He is chair of the Belk College Accounting Advisory Board, serves on the Foundation Board of Directors, the Belk College Board of Advisors and previously served on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. UNC CHARLOTTE BLACK ALUMNI CHAPTER EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP AWARDS The 8th annual Excellence in Leadership Awards, sponsored by the UNC Charlotte Black Alumni Chapter, recognize the accomplishments of UNC Charlotte alumni and friends. Emma Allen ’84 Business Administration is an award-winning financial services professional and agent/owner of the State Farm Emma Allen Insurance Agency, Inc. She has been actively engaged in the Charlotte community with the March of Dimes, the Afro American Cultural Center, William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations and Junior Achievement. Robert Rowell ’81 Business Administration is a financial advisor and Vice President of Investments with Wells Fargo Advisors. With more than three decades of experience, he specializes in cultivating solid, long-term relationships with high-net worth individuals and their families. Rowell is a mentor for Charlotte

Mecklenburg Schools. He worked with the Freedom School Summer program and served on the UNC Charlotte Alumni Board of Directors, UNC Charlotte Black Alumni Chapter, and is currently serving on the CLAS Alumni Council and the UNC Charlotte Foundation Board. UNC CHARLOTTE YOUNG ALUMNI CHAPTER 10 UNDER TEN AWARDS The Inaugural 10 Under Ten Awards, sponsored by the UNC Charlotte Young Alumni Chapter, recognize and spotlight UNC Charlotte alumni who have graduated within the past ten years. As a professional wardrobe consultant, Ryan Jor El Coleman ’09 Management styles Charlotte executives and entrepreneurs. But the husband and father of two balances his bustling fashion career with his philanthropic passion. He created Black Fathers Rock, a nonprofit that seeks to dispel myths about black fathers. Coleman also mentors youth through his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. A catalyst for the Charlotte fitness community, Brian Mister ’12 Marketing founded the NoDa Brewing Running Club in 2012, which created athletic activities at Charlotte’s beverage hotspots. He is the Marketing Director for the Charlotte Marathon.

PROGRAMS EMPHASIZING QUALITY AND VALUE PIONEERS IN M.S. IN MANAGEMENT In the inaugural year of M.S. in Management all 28 students adopted an innovative spirit to support each other as they launched into the aggressive, 10.5-month curriculum. The business concepts are new to the majority, creating a common bond among the cohort as a byproduct. Even though they are each driving toward very different career aspirations, they have the shared goal of developing business acumen for professional success. This cohesiveness and energy naturally align the students together as they establish their own organic network. The next cohort begins summer of 2019 and is already taking applications. Students are encouraged to apply early since reports indicate increasing interest. INAUGURAL COHORT



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HIGH-DEMAND DBA The Carolina’s first Doctorate in Business Administration began its second cohort this academic year with 25 new scholars. The program is growing in size, momentum and respect in the business community, stemming from the partnership with local industry. The Belk College is proud of its deep relationships with the Charlotte business community, just another element that distinguishes the Belk College of Business DBA. This three-year professional degree taught in an executive format is currently accepting applications for the cohort beginning summer of 2019.


NOEL MAEKELE M.S. IN MANAGEMENT ’19 “My B.A. in Computer Science helped establish my technical background. Now, the M.S. in Management program is enhancing my business perspective, giving me a diverse education. I plan to pursue a position as an IT Project Manager. I’m excited to experience the success that is on the other side of our May graduation!” MANAGEMENT.UNCC.EDU

NEW BUSINESS ANALYTICS MAJOR The newest of the nine undergraduate majors in the Belk College is business analytics, offered as of fall 2018. This new major explores ways to collect and use business data for high-demand careers including data scientist, business analyst, project manager and much more. Currently, there are 10 students enrolled in this new major. BELKCOLLEGE.UNCC.EDU/UNDERGRADUATE-PROGRAMS


DEVELOPMENT TEAM DEDICATED TO SERVE NINER NATION $5 MILLION GOAL SURPASSED FOR ACCOUNTING PROGRAMS The Turner School of Accountancy surpassed its $5 million fundraising goal, raising $5,282,814.56 in gifts and commitments from 285 donors. In 2016, emeritus faculty member Thomas C. Turner donated $2.5 million to UNC Charlotte to provide scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing accounting degrees. This gift was more than matched in the past several years, with another $2.7-plus million raised from alumni, firms and friends. Thank you to all of the generous Turner School of Accountancy donors.

THE LEGACY OF TOM TURNER Turner helped establish the accounting department at UNC Charlotte and remained dedicated to the University throughout his life. He passed away Feb. 21, 2018 at the age of 88. During his 25-year tenure at the University, before retiring in 1991, Turner helped oversee the maturation of the accounting department that became the Turner School of Accountancy in 2016. Turner’s passion was to teach, and to help students wherever they were – from students who were returning to school after serving in the military, to those who worked factory jobs when not in school, to single mothers who were seeking a better living.





$22,540,092 *As of November 2018 The Belk College is proud to introduce its development team, who works to expand vital resources for the college through meaningful engagement and philanthropic opportunities. Brian Peck joined the Belk College of Business in September 2018 as the Director of Development, previously working at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds his MEd from Vanderbilt University and BSBA from The Ohio State University. Since 2015, Portia Brown has served as the Leadership Gift Officer of the college. Portia holds her MBA and BSBA, both from Winthrop University. MAKE YOUR TAX-DEDUCTIBLE GIFT ONLINE TODAY



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ENGAGEMENT WITH THE CHARLOTTE REGION KELLY LORTON MBA ’19 & PROGRAM AMBASSADOR “I have spent most of my career learning the how, but now I want to know the why. I want to become a catalyst for change and continually challenge the way I think, while simultaneously encouraging others to do the same.”

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Belk College Connects Winter 2018  
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