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U of M Fogelman College's Alumni Day Nov. 3 Will Honor Four Businessmen University News
For release: September 30, 2010

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Anita Vaughn
Anita Vaughn
The 18thannual Alumni Day Luncheon of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics Alumni Chapter will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn, 3700 Central Ave. Anita Vaughn, CEO of Baptist Women’s Hospital, will be the keynote speaker.

The chapter will recognize several alumni, including Outstanding Alumnus George Johnson, president of BJB Administrative Services; Outstanding Young Alumnus Andrew Bailey, marketing specialist adviser with FedEx Corp.; J. Austin Baker III, president of EServ Benefits and co-founder of the Memphis Institute for Leadership Education (MILE), as Entrepreneur of the Year; and Harry Smith, former chairman and CEO of Schilling Enterprises, as Distinguished Friend of the College.

George Johnson
George Johnson

Johnson (BBA ’70) has been president of BJB, an asset management and accounting services firm, since 1986. Previously he helped develop a group of assisted-living facilities and nursing homes. He also has been a CPA and partner in an accounting firm.


Andrew Bailey
Andrew Bailey

Bailey (BBA ’00, EMBA ’05) has won numerous honors at FedEx, including the FedEx Five Star Award. He has 10 years of marketing and IT experience, leading strategic initiatives to improve customer experience, drive revenue growth, and reduce costs. As a student, he received the Dr. Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award and was elected Mr. University of Memphis.


J. Austin Baker III
J. Austin Baker III

Baker (BBA ’04), with his father, Jim Baker, founded EServ. The business, which was voted 2007 Small Business of the Year, now has customers in more than 17 states. The Bakers also own Owen Brennan’s Restaurant. MILE brings business leaders back to the U of M as mentors. Earlier this year, Baker led a team of students to create the successful Spirit of Memphis campaign.


Harry Smith
Harry Smith

Smith is executive-in-residence at the Fogelman College. From 1980 to 2005 he served as chairman and CEO of Schilling Enterprises, which operated companies in several areas of business, including car dealerships, real estate, trucking, HVAC, and auto parts. He managed more than 1,000 employees and had a revenue base of $150 million. Prior to that, he was a partner in a public accounting firm for 16 years.


Again this year the College will host the Alumni Guest Professor Program, in which Fogelman alumni return to the classroom to share their knowledge and experiences with students.  Tickets for the luncheon are $55 per person or $500 for a table of 10. To make reservations, or for more information, contact Fariss Adams Ivey at 901-678-4373 or fadams@memphis.edu

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