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2022 Award Recipients

Bonney ShumanBonney Shuman

2022 Distinguished Alumni Award

Bonney Shuman (BBA ‘80) co-founded Bar Code Systems in 1983, which later became Stratix Corp. She served as president and chief executive officer until she sold the company in 2011. Stratix Corp. helped hundreds of end users, distributors, and other organizations gain a competitive advantage by utilizing barcoding and other forms of automatic data capture. During her tenure at Stratix, Shuman served as the president of AIM USA, the automatic data capture trade association; was a board member of Women in Packaging; and served on the Georgia Women’s Business Council. She serves as a trustee of the UGA Foundation (serving as treasurer and finance chair) and is past president of the University of Georgia Alumni Association. She is on the executive committee of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation and is treasurer of Christ Church, Frederica. Shuman majored in finance while at the  Terry College. She is married to Billy Shuman. They have two children: Billy Shuman Jr., a recent graduate of UGA, and Mary Ellen Shuman, a 2020 graduate from UGA Law. View Bonney Shuman's Video


Cecil CookeCecil Cooke

2022 Distinguished Alumni Award

Cecil Cooke (BBA ’75) is a retired executive with a distinguished career in the risk and insurance industry, as well as a passionate alumnus of UGA and the Terry College. He worked as a managing director at Aon Risk Services for 14 years, and before that was a managing director at Marsh McLennan holding several leadership positions in sales, practice leadership, and office management. He began his career in 1985 with Palmer & Cay as a producer, holding positions of commercial sales manager in Savannah and office head in Charlotte, N.C. In 2020, he received the Walter H. Bruce Jr. Memorial Award from the Atlanta Risk Management & Insurance community, which honors an outstanding Insurance & Risk Management professional. He now serves as an adjunct professor in Terry’s Risk Management and Insurance Program, the same program he earned a degree in while at UGA. Cecil served on the Terry College Alumni Board from 2010-2016, serving as the board chair in 2014, and remains an Emeritus member of the Alumni Board. He is also a member of Terry’s Risk Management & Insurance Program Advisory Board and serves on the board of the Clarke County Mentor Program. View Cecil Cooke's Video


Will KeyesWill Keyes

2022 Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Will Keyes (BBA ’10, BS ’10, MA ’10, JD ’13) is an Assistant United States Attorney, a federal prosecutor, for the Middle District of Georgia headquartered in Macon. He also serves as an International Law Officer in the U.S. Army’s Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, a geopolitical mission to help other countries in their law-and-order practices. He came to the Department of Justice from the Office of Military Commissions in the Department of Defense, where as a Captain in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, he worked for the U.S. in the prosecution of the terrorists responsible for 9/11. Before that assignment, he was on active-duty deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and served as the primary legal advisor to a battalion of 800 soldiers operating throughout Kuwait and Iraq. Following his time at UGA, where he earned four degrees (undergraduate degrees in economics and statistics, a master’s in economics, and a law degree), he worked as an associate for Campbell & Brannon LLC before joining the U.S. Army. He was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal and Army Commendation Medal. He and his wife Margaret (BSFCS ’11, MA ’12) and their son, Robert, live in Macon. View Will Keyes' Video


Kirby SmartKirby Smart

2022 Honorary Gala Co-Chair

Georgia head football coach Kirby Smart is the 2022 Terry College Alumni Awards & Gala Honorary Co-Chair. In January, he led his alma mater to a victory in the College Football Playoff National Championship, Georgia’s first football championship since 1980. A former Bulldog assistant coach and Alabama defensive coordinator, Smart took over the Bulldog program in 2016 to stellar results. His teams are constantly in the national championship hunt, won the SEC Championship 2017, and appeared in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game that same season. During his time at Georgia, he has been named SEC Coach of the Year twice as well as national and regional coach of the year, and his recruiting classes have ranked consistently in the top three nationally. He came to Georgia from Alabama, where during his nine-year tenure the Crimson Tide won three BCS National Championships, one College Football Playoff national title, and was ranked in the nation’s final top 10 eight years in a row. He was named the 2012 AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year and the 2009 Broyles Award winner as college football’s top assistant coach. Before joining Alabama, Smart spent the 2006 season as safeties coach with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and six years on the collegiate level as an assistant coach for Georgia, LSU, Florida State and Valdosta State. As a player, Smart was a four-year letterman at defensive back, where he was a First-Team All-SEC pick as a senior. He finished his career with 13 interceptions, a mark that still ranks sixth in UGA annals. A four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, Smart received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Georgia in 1998 and his master’s in physical education from Florida State in 2003.

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