Wake Forest University‰’s Top Business Students Inducted into International Honor Society

4.21.2010 General, News Release, School News

Wake Forest University congratulates the 62 students who joined an expanding worldwide network of more than 625,000 outstanding business professionals who have earned recognition through lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. Students ranking in the top 10 percent of the baccalaureate and top 20 percent of graduate programs at schools accredited by AACSB International are eligible for this invitation.

By definition, those who earn honor society membership, especially in the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma, are the very best among their peers. The Society’s membership comprises the brightest and best of the world’s business leaders. Election to lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest honor a business student can receive anywhere in the world in an undergraduate or master’s program at a school accredited by AACSB International. This year’s inductees from Wake Forest University have certainly earned their membership.

The following students were inducted into the Wake Forest University Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma at the Spring 2010 ceremony held on Tuesday, April 13 at Forsyth Country Club in Winston-Salem, NC.

Undergraduate Initiates:

Alison Elizabeth Brightly
Andrew Robert Chaney
James Sturgeon Christie
Ryan John Failla
Benjamin Harris Goldman
James Bryan Griffin
Sean Richard Gross
Benjamin Hayon
Hannah Virginia Legenza
Taylor Ann Leibson
John William Lucas
Richard Raymond McKenzie
Anna Christine Michaels
Alex Matthew Miller
Holley Anne Nelson
Jonathan David Palmer
Megan Elizabeth Petitt
William Garrison Porter
Caroline Susan Reinert
Samuel Hunter Ryder
Swayze Sloan Smartt
Elizabeth Dale Wicker
Cari Jaclyn Wurzbacher
Zachary Michael Zimbile

Graduate Initiates:

Jaclyn Michelle Austin
Jeffrey Raymond Beck
Claire Marie Blackburn
Joseph James Boylan
Reyna Camps
Lauren Elizabeth Evert
Redmond Maen Farha
Jonathan Fecowicz
Sarah Louise Graham
Matthew Tanner Harris
Cynthia Leigh Herendeen
Megan T. Holshouser
Matthew David Hopkins
Brian Alexander Johnson
Victor Lawrence Johnson
Sarah Koch
Rebecca Anne Leshman
Brian Allen Lincoln
Zachary Dexter Lynn
Jeffrey Hamilton Maichle
Elise Man
Willard Phaup Milby
Matthew Edward Morrow
Brent Austen Rosenberg
Jonathan Ward Smith
Lisa Patterson Spees
John Charles Taylor
Justin Matthew Watts
Philip Robert Weisshaar
Calvin James Wicker
Sarah Catherine Wiley
Jesse Lawrence Wilson
Robert Arthur Yeterian

The following students have previously been inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma and have now been elected for additional recognition of high scholastic achievement at the Master’s degree level:

Charles Bren Hall
Glenn Thomas Hough
Amy Christine Keller
Matthew Harrison Keller

During the ceremony, G. Thomas Hough (P ’10), Vice Chairman of Americas Assurance Services with Ernst & Young, member of Ernst & Young’s Executive Board, and member of the Wake Forest University Schools of Business Board of Visitors, shared his top ten career tips with the students. He provided those in the audience with valuable lessons to take into their careers. Hough pushed them to “lead from any chair” and not be afraid to offer viable solutions to issues that arise. He also encouraged the students to learn from others. “Embrace cultural differences because what you will have to contribute as a team is so powerful,” said Hough.

Hough, a 32-year member of Beta Gamma Sigma, was inducted as a Chapter Honoree. He joins a class of other Wake Forest associates who have been inducted that includes Steve Reinemund, Dean of Business at Wake Forest University and former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo; Susan Ivey, Chairman, President and CEO of Reynolds American Inc.; Ellen Glazerman, Executive Director of the Ernst & Young Foundation; and David C. Darnell, President of Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Beta Gamma Sigma membership provides recognition for a lifetime. This lifelong commitment to its members’ academic and professional success is defined in the Society’s mission: to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society, and to serve its lifelong members.

Beta Gamma Sigma was founded as a national organization on February 19, 1913. This first national honor society in business was a merger of three separate societies established to honor academic achievement in business at the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois and the University of California. With collegiate chapters now on five continents, Beta Gamma Sigma today is truly an international society that remains dedicated to recognizing outstanding students of business and management.