Top local business
people, students honored
By Sheri Sides
Area business leaders
and students were recognized at the recent 2003 Business Visions banquet,
held on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
The annual awards
honor top students at UNC Pembroke and business leaders whose leadership
and innovations have greatly contributed to the community.
Sado and Tabatha Ransom, co-winners
of the Outstanding Business Student of the
In its eighth year,
Business Visions is sponsored by UNCP's Regional Center
for Economic, Community and Professional Development and the North
Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center.
Luckey Welsh Jr.,
chief executive office of Southeastern Regional Medical Center, was
named Business Person of the Year for his work in planning the expansion
of SRMC facilities and programs.
"Too many people
have to share rooms when they stay at Southeastern Regional Medical
Center," Welsh said. "We have raised $4.5 million so far to
build a six-story bed tower so each patient will have a private room."
of S&P Tobacco Marketing of Lumberton received the Spirit of Unity
award for helping to lead the effort to gain federal recognition for
the Lumbee Tribe.
Junfeng Wang (right),
Outstanding MPA Student of the Year,
with Nick Giannatasio
to have been a part of all the excitement and support for the Lumbee
Tribe," Stephenson said. "Every time we gathered to show support,
you could feel the energy from everyone involved."
Scotland Aero Services,
Inc. was awarded as Entrepreneur of the Year for its successful year
at the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport. Co-owners Randy Hoffman and John McRae
remembered Sept. 11 and what it meant for their business. The company
operates the aviation portion of the combined airport and industry park.
all planes for days, but instead of giving up, we wrote letters and
received financial support that has helped us continue in our success,"
Four business students
from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke received awards.
Koji Sado of Detroit,
Mich., and Tabatha Ransom of Clarkton were co-winners of the Outstanding
Business Student of the Year award.
(center), Outstanding MBA Student of the Year, with Sharon Bell
and Howard Brooks
the Outstanding Master of Public Administration Student of the Year
award, and Nick Arena, general manager of Acme Electric's Lumberton
facility, received the Outstanding Master of Business Administration
Student of the Year award.
Dr. Collie Coleman,
vice chancellor for Outreach
for UNCP, introduced J. Phillip Horne, executive vice president of a
new non-profit organization that will fine-tune the business leadership
of eastern North Carolina to stimulate the economy.
"Nine of the
20 poorest counties in North Carolina are east of I-95." Horne
said. "The Foundation of Renewal for Eastern North Carolina will
build a leadership base uniting the 41 counties east of I-95, so we
can more efficiently and effectively lead the area into a better economy."
Sheri Sides in
a senior Mass Communications major from Laurinburg.
to University Newswire