The Leadership Awards recognize individuals who have distinguished careers and a history
of service to the Moore School, the University of South Carolina and the community.
The Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Young Alumni awards are presented to alumni of the Moore School with outstanding achievements
in business, academia, government or not-for-profit organizations. The Distinguished
Young Alumni award recipients must be 40 years of age or younger in the year the award
The Distinguished Service award is presented to an individual who has rendered extraordinary service to the Moore
TheDistinguished Corporate Partneraward is presented to a corporate partner that has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment
to the success of the school’s students, faculty and programs.
Nominations for these awards are accepted annually on a rolling basis. To nominate
someone for a Distinguished Award, pleasecomplete this form.
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37th Annual Leadership Awards
Thursday, April 20, 2023 USC Pastides Alumni Center Columbia, S.C.
Distinguished Young Alumni
Ann-Stanton C. Gore
(’07 finance and marketing)
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Primis
Moore School Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipient Ann-Stanton C. Gore was named
in September 2021 the executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Primis,
a Virginia-based financial institution.
As the EVP and CMO, Gore leads Primis’s marketing, digital and promotional programs,
advancing the bank’s digital transformation and V1be, Primis’s proprietary banking-delivery
In addition, she oversees the bank’s corporate social responsibly initiatives, including
Primis Works, the company’s flagship program that empowers single mothers by providing
a fully paid, life-changing opportunity to establish and grow meaningful careers.
Gore attributes her part of her journey to the C-suite with Primis to the “well-rounded
business acumen” she gained from her time at the Moore School.
“My finance and marketing concentrations are directly correlated to my career growth
in the financial industry,” she said. “I believe my business creativity, ingenuity,
innovation and graceful pivoting skills were ignited at the Moore School and seriously
honed immediately upon graduation in 2007, which was right at the beginning of the
great recession in the U.S.”
Prior to joining Primis, Ann-Stanton was Ameris Bank’s head of marketing and then
director of corporate communications as the company grew from $1 billion in assets
to more than $20 billion. During her 14-year tenure, she led the marketing and communications
efforts for 18 mergers and acquisitions and launched the bank into a new era with
a new bold and humanized brand.
A 2018 Best and Brightest award recipient by Columbia Business Monthly, Gore is on
the faculty with the South Carolina Bankers School. She was recognized as Ameris Bank’s
Enterprise Services Banker of the Year in 2016, among other internal accolades. She
has volunteered with the Junior League of Columbia since 2008 and served on the organization’s
executive management board from 2019-2021.
Distinguished Young Alumni
Drew D. Stevens
(’10 finance and insurance and risk management)
Certified Financial Planner, G3 Wealth Advisors
Moore School Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipient Drew Stevens is a Certified
Financial Planner with Northwestern Mutual and a partner in the G3 Wealth Advisors
firm. Stevens began interning with Northwestern Mutual as a sophomore after meeting
their representatives at a Moore School Business EXPO career fair.
Northwestern Mutual’s top intern in 2009, Stevens passed his Series 7 General Securities
Representative Exam while a senior at USC and was one of the youngest stockbrokers
in the state at the time.
“The Moore School taught me the importance of commitment, discipline and follow through
— all of which have been instrumental in growing my financial planning practice,”
he said. “I knowingly chose a harder path double majoring at the business school;
the grit I learned gave me the confidence to bet on myself in an all-commission role
building a business from scratch. Nothing worth having comes easy, and my time at
the Moore School helped me learn this.”
He has worked as a financial advisor and wealth management advisor for Northwestern
Mutual in Columbia since graduating in 2010.
Stevens currently serves the Moore School through their mentorship program, as a Moore
Ambassador and member of the USC-Business Partnership Foundation Board of Advisors.
In 2017, he was named by the Columbia Metropolitan Magazine as one of Columbia's “Top
Ten Young Professionals.” He served for more than four years on the Moore School’s
Young Alumni Board, including as chair in 2018-2019.
Stevens has also volunteered for and served on boards for numerous community organizations,
including United Way of the Midlands, the American Heart Association, Lexington Medical
Center, Columbia Opportunity Resource, Harvest Hope food bank, Habitat for Humanity,
Salvation Army, Special Olympics, March of Dimes and Transitions.
He has been married to Reece for two years, and they anticipate welcoming their first
child three days before the Business Leadership Dinner where he’ll be recognized for
the Distinguished Young Alumni designation.
Vice President of Inclusion & Diversity, Apple
Distinguished Corporate Partner
United Parcel Service (UPS)
UPS is an invaluable partner for the Moore School. Two of their top executives share
their expertise while serving on center boards and inform the school’s course curriculum,
thought leadership and research; UPS participates in master’s-level and undergraduate
courses; their generous donations have funded the UPS Global Scholars program; they
hire interns and alumni for a variety of positions; and they mentor students.
UPS consistently works with the Master of International Business and operations and
supply chain programs on semester-long projects to give students real-world experience,
and the students provide top-level recommendations to enhance UPS processes. Learn
more by visiting bit.ly/mibups21, bit.ly/mibups22 and bit.ly/upsosc. Executives have
also participated in professional development programming and entrepreneurial leadership.
Funded by The UPS Foundation, the UPS Global Scholars Program’s purpose is to broaden
participation by underrepresented populations in international business programming.
The UPS Global Scholars Program is the first — and so far, only one — of its kind
funded by The UPS Foundation. Including the 2022-2023 academic year, the UPS Foundation
has provided $750,000 during the first five years of the program for undergraduate
scholarships and graduate fellowships. Learn more by visiting bit.ly/upsscholars
Since 1989, UPS has been proud to partner with the Moore School in internship and
job recruitment and leadership development.
While most people think of the company’s package delivery function, UPS has transformed
into a much more complex global corporation. Over the past couple of decades, the
organization has made significant strides to increase its international reach. Today,
UPS operates in more than 220 countries and territories and employs more than 534,000
$25,000 Garnet Sponsor:
$15,000 Onyx Sponsor:
$10,000 Gold Sponsor: UPS
$5,000 Silver Sponsor: EY Truist Univeristy of South Carolina Foundations
Monroe Miller | Vice President of Human Resources, IBM Networking Division, IBM Corporation
1996 Distinguished Alumni
Gary L. Daniels (B.S. ‘61)* | Chairman and Owner, Package Supply & Equipment Co.,
S. Hunter Howard, Jr. (B.S. ‘74) | President and CEO, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
Dan Reeves (B.S. '65) | Head Coach, New York Giants
1996 Distinguished Young Alumni
Gerald W. Evans (B.S. ’81, MBA ‘83) | President, Hilton Hosiery, Hilton Hosiery Division
of Sara Lee Corporation
1996 Distinguished Service
James F. Kane* | Dean Emeritus and Professor of Marketing, College of Business Administration,
University of South Carolina
1995 Distinguished Alumni
Grady L. Patterson, Jr. (USC J.D. ’50, B.S. ‘75)* (Former) Treasurer, State of South
Carolina; Financial Advisor, Yon-Drake & Associates, Inc.
Eugene E. "Gene" Stone III (B.S. '30)* | Chairman of the Board, Stone Manufacturing
Charles S. Way, Jr. (B.S. ’59, USC J.D. ‘62) |President, The Beach Co. and Related
1995 Distinguished Young Alumni
Jean E. Duke (B.S. ‘77) | Vice President of Finance and Treasurer, Colonial Life &
Accident Insurance Company
1995 Distinguished Service
John H. Stern* | Executive Vice President, Sony Electronics Inc
1995 Distinguished Achievement Citation
Everett Dean Felber (B.S. ‘89) | Bass Player, Hootie & the Blowfish
1994 Distinguished Alumni
Roger W. Chastain (B.S. ‘64)* | President and COO, Mount Vernon Mills, Inc.
Samuel H. Vickers (B.S. ‘58) | Chairman and CEO, Design Containers, Inc.
Mack I. Whittle, Jr. (B.S. ’71, MBA ‘75) | President and CEO, Carolina First Corporation
Catherine Hines Wills (B.S. '71, MBA '72) | Executive Vice President, Maybelline,
1993 Distinguished Alumni
C. Wayne Partin (B.S. ‘66) | President and CEO, Stouffer Foods Corporation
William F. "Bill" Putnam (B.S. ’55, M.A. ‘57)* | Retired, Senior Associate Dean and
Professor of Economics, College of Business Administration, University of South Carolina;
Secretary, USC-Business Partnership Foundation
Porter B. Rose (USC B.S. ’63, MBA ‘68) | President, Liberty Investment Group
1992 Distinguished Alumni
John Wesley Culp, Sr. (B.S. ‘67) | Minister, South Carolina United Methodist Conference;
Minister, Salem United Methodist Church; Founder, Salkehatchie Summer Service
Owen G. "Bob" Shell, Jr. (B.S. ‘60) | President, NationsBank of Tennessee; Chairman,
NationsBank of Kentucky A. Max Walker (B.S. ‘48)* | Chairman of the Board, Nations Fund
1991 Distinguished Alumni
P. Henderson Barnette, Sr. (B.S. ‘48)* | Chairman of the Board and CEO, Greenwood
J. Patrick Clayton (B.S. ‘62) | Retired, Partner in Charge-Tax Practice, Arthur Andersen
L. Glenn Orr, Jr. (MBA ‘63) | Chairman, President and CEO, Southern National Corporation
1990 Distinguished Alumni
Robert J. "Bobby" Cremins (B.S. ’70, USC M.E. ‘77) | Head Basketball Coach, Georgia
Institute of Technology
Leon S. Goodall (B.S. ’49, USC J.D. ‘50)* | President, Carolina Continental Insurance
Anne Johnston Gregg (B.S. ’79, MACC ‘81) | Treasurer/Controller, South Carolina Tees
William M. Gregg II (B.S. ‘72) | President, South Carolina Tees
Joe B. Pearce (B.S. ‘53)* | Senior Vice President, PYA/Monarch