• 7:00pm April 30, 2016

Hosted by the Terry Alumni Board, the annual Alumni Awards and Gala is the college’s signature event. Distinguished Terry alumni, outstanding young alumni, and Pinnacle Society inductees are honored in an awards ceremony, while the event also serves as a fundraiser for the college.

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Accommodations

InterContinental Buckhead

3315 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

Special room rate of $159 for guests. Call 1-877-834-3613 and mention Terry College Gala or make your reservation online

2016 Award Recipients

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W. Douglas Benn

Distinguished Alumni Award

W. Douglas Benn (BBA  '76, MAcc '82) is executive vice president and chief financial officer of The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated, a position he has held since January 2009. The Cheesecake Factory is a publicly traded, casual dining restaurant company that owns and operates 198 restaurants throughout the USA and Puerto Rico, generating more than $2 billion in annual revenue and employing approximately 38,000 team members. Internationally, nine Cheesecake Factory restaurants operate in the Middle East and Mexico under licensing agreements. In 2015, The…

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William D. Young, Jr.

Distinguished Alumni Award

William D. (Bill) Young Jr. (BBA '78) is a partner with the Atlanta-based General Wholesale Company, a family-owned distributor of beverage alcohol. Founded in 1942, GWC is one of the largest private businesses in Atlanta. Bill graduated from the Marist School in 1975 and is now a trustee at the private college preparatory school, which holds the distinction of being the oldest Catholic secondary school in Atlanta. He earned a BBA in management from UGA's Terry College of Business in 1978, and…

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Mitch Reiner

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Mitch Reiner (BBA '05) is a partner, chief operating officer, and investment advisor with Atlanta-based Capital Investment Advisors, which also has offices in Sarasota, Fla., and Tulsa, Okla. He has a degree in finance from UGA's Terry College of Business, and he has been a proud member of the CIA team since 2005. Mitch identifies three core pillars that define his time and his life: family, business, and community. As an investment advisor, Mitch works with his clients to help them…

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For more information about the alumni awards, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at 706-254-6181.   Previous Recipients

Becoming a Sponsor

Consider supporting the Terry College Alumni Awards and Gala by being a corporate sponsor. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at 706-583-0873 for more information.

Benefits

  • Name included on all invitations, all mailing, and all correspondence related to event if sponsorship committed by January 15, 2016.
  • The most prominent recognition on:
    • Gala program
    • Gala signage
    • Gala advertisement in the Terry Magazine
    • Terry College website
  • With Terry gala sponsorship you are also listed as a Terry Third Thursday Partner and receive the following for a one-year period of July 2016 through June 2017:
    • Sponsorship listing in media partner advertising including Georgia Magazine ads.
    • Sponsorship listing in affiliated print and online collateral including invitations mailed three times a year (mailed to 25,000), and web space.
    • Attendance and event benefits including two complimentary passes to each Terry Third Thursday and company name on promotional signage at event.
  • 3 reserved tables with table recognition signs.
  • 4 complimentary guest rooms evening of the Gala
    • Breakfast on Sunday morning
    • Welcome package with Terry and UGA items
  • Invitation for all guests to cocktail reception with Dean, VIPs and special guests
  • Association with the Terry College of Business including membership in the Dean's Circle of Giving and invitations to special UGA and Terry College events.
  • Two tickets for the Terry College of Business Sky Suite during one 2016 UGA home football game.
  • One-day use of executive classroom (available maximum seating 60) or conference room (available maximum seating 18) at the Terry College Executive Education Center in Atlanta during normal business hours, through December 2016.

Benefits

  • Name included on all invitations, all mailing, and all correspondence related to event if sponsorship committed by January 15, 2016.
  • The most prominent recognition on:
    • Gala program
    • Gala signage
    • Gala advertisement in the Terry Magazine
    • Terry College website
  • With Terry gala sponsorship you are also listed as a Terry Third Thursday Partner and receive the following for a one-year period of July 2016 through June 2017:
    • Sponsorship listing in media partner advertising including Georgia Magazine ads.
    • Sponsorship listing in affiliated print and online collateral including invitations mailed three times a year (mailed to 25,000), and website.
    • Attendance and event benefits including two complimentary passes to each Terry Third Thursday and company name on promotional signage at event.
  • Reserved table for 10 guests with table recognition sign.
  • Complimentary guest room evening of the Gala
    • Breakfast on Sunday morning
    • Welcome package with Terry and UGA items
  • Invitation for your 10 guests to cocktail reception with Dean, VIPs and special guests
  • Association with the Terry College of Business including membership in the Dean's Circle of Giving and invitations to special UGA and Terry College events.
  • Two tickets for the Terry College of Business Sky Suite during one 2016 UGA home football game.
  • One-day use of executive classroom (available maximum seating 60) or conference room (available maximum seating 18) at the Terry College Executive Education Center in Atlanta during normal business hours, through December 2016.

Benefits

  • Name included on all invitations, all mailing and all correspondence related to event if sponsorship committed by January 15, 2016.
  • Recognition on:
    • Gala Program
    • Gala signage
    • Gala advertisement in the Terry Magazine
    • Terry College website
  • Reserved seats for 6 guests with table recognition sign
  • Association with the Terry College of Business including membership in the Dean's Circle of Giving and invitations to special UGA and Terry College events.
  • One-day use of conference room (available maximum seating 18) at the Terry College Executive Education Center in Atlanta during normal business hours, through December 2016.

Benefits

  • Recognition on:
    • Gala program
    • Gala signage
    • Terry College website
  • Reserved seats for 4 guests with table recognition sign

About the Award

Alumni Award
Terry Alumni Award

The Terry College of Business Distinguished Alumni Awards were first presented in 1964. This award continues to honor outstanding alumni who have excelled in their careers and make a difference in their communities. The Outstanding Young Alumni Award was first presented in 1985. This award recognizes alumni who are under 35 years of age, have demonstrated achievement, and show a promising future in business. Emeritus members of the Terry College Alumni Board accept nominations for these awards and select the recipients each year.

The Alumni Award keepsake is a Waterford Lismore Essence Vase. This stunning angular vase is made of hand-crafted, fine crystal patterned with a more modern incarnation of Lismore’s signature diamond and wedge cuts. Waterford Crystal is of the finest quality and is sought after by collectors and connoisseurs around the world. Each piece of Waterford is watermarked with the word ”Waterford”—a signature indicating the name of the finest crystal in the world.