Pamplin’s Award-Winning Alumni - 2018
February 1, 2019
Six alumni and one company were honored recently with 2018 Pamplin Awards - Rising Alumni, Mentoring, Ut Prosim, and Corporate Ambassador awards from the Pamplin College of Business.
The awards were initiated by the Pamplin Society, which was re-activated in 2016 to enhance alumni engagement by recognizing alumni contributions. The society’s awards team created the criteria and nomination process and recommended the award winners for the dean’s endorsement.
Pamplin Ut Prosim Service Award
Jeremy Davis received the Ut Prosim Award, which honors an alumnus of at least five years who has a distinguished record of community service, reflecting the spirit of Virginia Tech’s motto.
Davis received bachelor’s degrees in management and in public and urban affairs from Virginia Tech in 2009. An assistant vice president for corporate social responsibility (CSR) at Moody’s Corp., he leads the company’s efforts globally to integrate and embed CSR initiatives. He is vice president of Manhattan Hokies and a board member of Virginia Tech’s 1872 Society. Davis was cited for his dedicated leadership and service as a student in the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad and his current work volunteering with the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City.
Pamplin Rising Young Alum Award
Lauren Begley, Christine Damico, and Danielle Fazio received Rising Alumni Awards, which honor graduates within the past 10 years “who have achieved distinguished recognition in their career or in rendering service to Virginia Tech since graduation.”
Begley received a bachelor’s in marketing management in 2009. A cyber risk services manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP, she has served Pamplin as a member of the Recent Alumni Board, the Master of Information Technology Advisory Board, and Collegiate Women in Business and as a guest speaker in classes. Begley was lauded for her management and technical skills and leadership in the workplace as well as her passion for giving back as a Hokie through guest lectures, recruiting, and student mentoring on campus.
Damico received a bachelor’s in finance in 2010. A director of human capital at OLIO Financial Planning and a finance instructor in Pamplin, she worked as a financial planner for seven years in the metro Washington, D.C., area and Minneapolis before relocating to Blacksburg in August 2017. Damico was praised for her exemplary leadership in the financial planning industry and her dedicated community service to a range of constituents, from low-income and sight-impaired individuals to high school and college students and others.
Fazio received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting and information systems in 2009 and 2010. A manager in financial services-assurance at Ernst & Young, she is active in EY’s Professional Women’s Network and recruiting at Virginia Tech. She is a member of Pamplin’s Recent Alumni Board and a mentor for the Collegiate Women in Business, serving on for its fourth annual panel, “Limitless.” Fazio was cited for her inspirational leadership, her active involvement in promoting alumni engagement, and her participation in recruiting events.
Phil Moore and Rick Parsons received Mentoring Awards, which recognize a “distinguished individual who consistently embodies the spirit of mentorship of Pamplin students, graduates, and those in their local community.”
Moore received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting and information systems in 2000 and 2001. A partner and IT assurance practice leader at Kearney & Company, he has been active in mentoring and recruiting Hokies. He serves on two department advisory boards in Pamplin: accounting and information systems and business information technology, the latter as chair. Moore was praised for the many different ways he is providing mentorship and guidance to faculty members and students through his board service, as a classroom speaker, and as a recruiter.
Parsons received a bachelor’s in accounting in 1978 and an MBA in 1979. After retiring from a 30-year career with Marriott International, he taught in Pamplin’s hospitality and tourism management program for seven years. He served on the department’s advisory board for several years, including two years as chair. He and his wife, Linda, also endowed a scholarship in the department. Parsons was lauded for his masterful matching of students’ skills and passions with industry partners and jobs and for helping hundreds of students with his career advising, even after retirement.
Pamplin Corporate Ambassador Award
The Corporate Ambassador Award, given to “a company that has demonstrated prolonged support of Pamplin’s mission and its students,” went to Accenture.
Accenture Federal Services has been recruiting at Virginia Tech for three years. It has hired 106 Virginia Tech students, half of whom are from Pamplin. The company offers summer internships and a buddy program to prepare students for their career with the company and is one of the sponsors of the annual Global Entrepreneur Challenge, hosted by the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs. The company is working with the computational modeling and data analytics program in the College of Science to sponsor an analytics capstone project. Accenture was cited for its recruiting and financial support of Virginia Tech.