Six Pamplin College of Business alumni were honored for their outstanding professional and community engagement at the 2022 Pamplin Awards banquet on April 21, 2022 at the Westin Arlington Gateway. In December 2022, Pamplin recognized Marriott International with the 2022 Corporate Ambassador Award during a special reception.

Read on to learn more about each of these outstanding award winners.

Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) Award

Deborah Golden award winner

Deborah Golden

US Cyber & Strategic Risk Leader
Deloitte & Touche LLP

As the US Cyber & Strategic Risk leader for the Risk & Financial Advisory practice at Deloitte & Touche LLP, Deborah Golden (she/her) leads one of Deloitte’s largest growth and business transformation initiatives in the company’s 175-year history. She’s brokered several strategic acquisitions, including Deloitte’s 2021 purchase of threat hunting services provider Root9B and cloud security posture management provider CloudQuest, and is doubling down on the Cyber & Strategic Risk business’s go-to-market strategy to cement Deloitte’s position as a leading technology and services provider delivering break-through cybersecurity and strategic risk management solutions to clients. In addition to this current leadership role, Deborah is also a member of the Deloitte US Board Council and the Deloitte US Extended Leadership Team.

With all of her work at Deloitte, Deborah still finds time to serve on Virginia Tech’s Business Information Technology and Master’s in Information Technology advisory boards within the Pamplin College of Business. In addition, she trains service dogs on behalf of the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs to aid the visually impaired, veterans, and first responders. Deborah is currently raising Benny, her third full-time service puppy, the sixth future service dog she’s trained over the years, and Deloitte’s first sponsored “puppy with a purpose.”

Philanthropy Award

Mary McVay award winner

Mary McVay

Retired CPA and Chartered Financial Analyst

Mary McVay is a retired CPA and Chartered Financial Analyst with degrees, in Accounting (undergraduate ’78) and Finance (MBA ’81) from Virginia Tech. In her professional career, she was Partner and Chief Financial Officer for Burney Management Co. Inc., a portfolio management firm, for over 20 years. Prior to that her clients included the U.S. Postal Service and National Security Agency (NSA) where she defined software requirements for accounting systems and analyzed automation proposals. She also served as an auditor for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for nine years. As a resident of Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs since 1994, she has been an active volunteer. She has served as Treasurer of Pelican Landing Community Association and President of the Bay Creek neighborhood owners association.

Mary is a board member, Gulfshore Opera. Mary is an avid performing arts enthusiast. She has also remained active with Virginia Tech, serving on the Pamplin Advisory Council of the Business School as the first woman president, and on the Foundation Board as well.

Mentoring Award

Eddie Hearp award winner

Eddie Hearp

National Financial Services, Inc.
Family Wealth Counselors of VA, Inc.

Eddie Hearp is currently CEO of National Financial Services (an Insurance and Investment Planning Firm). He was President from 1983 - 2002 and has been associated with this 110-year-old firm since 1970. After graduating from George Washington H.S. in Danville, VA. Eddie attended Virginia Tech where he received his BS & MS Degrees in Business Administration from the R. B. Pamplin College of Business in 1965 and 1966 respectively, and since has earned his CLU, ChFC designations. While attending Virginia Tech Eddie was active in Alpha Kappa Psi (Professional Business Fraternity), Circle K and a member of the Civilian Student Body Senate.

He has been extensively involved at Virginia Tech where he is a Lifetime Golden Hokie, Endowed Scholarship Participant, and Member of UT Prosim the Legacy Society & Gateway Society. In 2005 he was honored with the Virginia Tech Alumni Distinguished Service Award. He was a member of the Alumni Center National Leadership Campaign, Foundation Board, Bowman Society, and Hokies for Higher Education. He served on the board of the Virginia Tech Athletic Fund and is Past President of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. Eddie was Co-Chairman of the Roanoke Valley Campaign Committee with his son, Todd, and daughter, Shelley that raised over $34,000,000 during the VA Tech Campaign for Excellence.

Eddie and his wife Dawn are the parents of Todd F. Hearp and Shelley H. Cooper, both Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business graduates 1989 & 1993 respectively. Todd joined National Financial Services in 1989 after graduating from Virginia Tech and he and his wife Anne have four children (Kristin, Caroline, Gregory, Richard). Kristin and Caroline are both Virginia Tech graduates, class of 2019. Shelley is married to Taz Cooper, (a 1994 VT grad) and they have three children (Abby, Briggs and Campbell), who all reside in Roanoke, VA. Abby is a current senior in Pamplin and Briggs is a current sophomore in Pamplin.

Rising Alumni Awards

Sophie DeWaal award winner

Sophie DeWaal

Vice President, Consumer & Retail Investment Banking Group
Bank of America

Sophie DeWaal is a Vice President in the Consumer & Retail Investment Banking group at Bank of America. Sophie joined Bank of America in 2014, after graduating from Virginia Tech, and spent time in both the Industrials and the Mergers & Acquisitions teams before settling in Consumer & Retail. While at Bank of America, she has advised on more than $18 billion worth of transactions including public-to-public acquisitions, sales of founder owned companies, initial public offerings, and broader debt/equity financing. Some of her deal highlights include the sell side of Dunkin’ to Inspire Brands, the acquisition of Pandora by Sirius XM, the acquisition of FreshDirect by Ahold Delhaize and the IPO of European Wax Center.

Sophie was named to the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List 2022 (Finance category), an annual list produced by the global media company to spotlight the entrepreneurs and leaders under the age of 30.

Sophie graduated from Virginia Tech in 2013 with a degree in Finance with an accounting focus and a minor in equine science. While at Virginia Tech she was a member of Bonds and Securities Investing by Students (BASIS) and currently serves on the advisory board of the group. Outside of the office, she is an amateur equestrian, pursuing competitive show jumping across the United States.

Negar Jamshidimehr award winner

Negar Jamshidimehr

Tax Senior Manager
Ernst & Young LLP

Negar Jamshidimehr is a Tax Senior Manager with Ernst & Young LLP (EY), where she focuses on serving Financial Services Organization (FSO) clients. Negar joined EY in 2013, after completing both her master’s and undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Information System and Finance from Virginia Tech.

In her role at EY, Negar leads teams of professionals in meeting the Tax compliance and Tax provision needs of large public clients within the banking and capital markets sector of FSO. An active alumna in the Pamplin community, Negar serves on the Pamplin Community for Leadership and Engagement Board of Directors, is a member of the ACIS Advisory Board, and the Chair of the ACIS Emerging Leaders Board.

Jwalita Veeramachaneni award winner

Jwalita Veeramachaneni

Senior Consultant

Jwalita (Jay) Veeramachaneni received her bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology (BIT) from Virginia Tech, graduating a semester early in December 2015. She is a Senior Consultant at Deloitte, specializing in data analytics and supporting clients with complex cyber program transformations.

Since graduation, Jay has dedicated time to Virginia Tech and Pamplin through classroom engagement and student mentoring. She currently serves as Vice President of the Pamplin Recent Alumni Board (RAB) and an advisor for Deloitte’s engagement with Virginia Tech in aspects of recruiting, cyber, and DE&I.

Corporate Ambassador Award

Marriott International

Long-term support from Marriott International and the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation continues to help strengthen Virginia Tech’s hospitality and tourism management educational ecosystem.

From recruiting Pamplin graduates to providing students with top-notch experiential learning opportunities to supporting faculty and Virginia Tech’s burgeoning Global Business and Analytics Complex, Marriott International remains an active partner in Pamplin’s future.