Department: Alumni News Briefs
Atlanta Area Alumni Association
Flanked by chapter brothers of all generations, Georgia Epsilon alumnus and nonagenarian William Pope was recognized by the Atlanta Area Alumni Association for his continued loyalty to the Fraternity, which has spanned nearly eight decades. They presented him a silver platter inscribed with “January 17, 1936,” the date of his initiation, and “Membership Is For Life,” the Fraternity’s mantra that Pope exemplifies, according to the group. In other news, the group presented one of the newest awards, the Order of the Violet, to Janet McCully, wife of Atlanta alumnus Judge Rick McCully (Memphis ’65), for her commitment and dedication to the organization. During her husband’s presidential term with the association, she hosted numerous board meetings at their home and organized the 1996 Founders Day Celebration, which featured musical entertainment and Senator Johnny Isakson as keynote speaker. McCully has also joined her husband at several Sigma Alpha Epsilon conventions and remains fond of brothers of our Order.
Ed Fuller (’68), who serves as Foundation Trustee and President of Marriott International Lodging, retired after 40 years of service in the hospitality industry. He led Marriott’s growth outside the continental United States from 16 hotels to more than 550 in more than 70 countries. Approximately 175 additional hotels are currently under development outside the U.S. Fuller also published a book about managing growth and change, entitled You Can’t Lead with Your Feet on the Desk. Upon retirement, he plans to serve as an adjunct professor at the Paul Merage Graduate School of Business at the University of California at Irvine and serve as a visiting professor for Boston University, his alma mater. He will also serve as president of Laguna Strategic Advisors LLC and continue to work with business and charity boards.
Alumni have initiated a capital campaign for the next 100 years of Colorado Zeta. The group has secured its lease and formulated a partnership with the University of Denver. Phase-one renovations of the red brick Tudor house are complete and include replacement of the roof, windows and doors; refurbishment of the heating system; and installation of new bathrooms, technology and flooring. The house had been closed since summer 2010 but reopened with full occupancy this past fall. To play an active role in the project or the mentoring of the group, contact email@example.com.
Detroit Area Alumni Association
Brothers from the Detroit Area Alumni Association assisted the Birmingham Methodist Church with the suggestion of Lon Bone (Oakland ’98). The congregation needed assistance for their annual rummage sale, and association members obliged by lending a hand and offering support. Over the course of three days, the sale generated nearly $60,000, which will serve as a major funding source for United Methodist Women and a number of national and international missions. And during the fundraiser, the alumni discovered a long-lost brother from Adrian College, who turned out to be a member of the congregation as well.
Alumnus Michael Bockler (’98) started racing the ARCA Series this year with Speedweeks in Daytona Beach. He drove the #67 Dodge Charger fielded by Carter Eminem Motorsports and was part of a three-car team. To learn more about him, visit www.michaelbockler.com or follow him on Twitter @michaelbockler.
Indiana State-Terre Haute
Scott Dorsey (’89), co-founder and chief executive of ExactTarget, has been named Executive of the Year by the 2011 American Business Awards. The Stevie Award recognized Dorsey for leading ExactTarget to become the largest privately held interactive marketing technology firm and accelerating delivery of interactive technologies to market. His company, ExactTarget, also was a finalist for Company of the Year, and the company’s senior vice president, Todd Richardson, was a finalist for Human Resources Executive of the Year.
In October 2001, frequent flyer Matthew Daimler (Johns Hopkins ’99) launched SeatGuru.com with a single color-coded interactive airplane seating chart. Having experienced firsthand the vast differences between airline seats, he was determined to collect this useful information and share it with other travelers. Now, as CEO of the company and boasting a website with more than 10 million visitors, Daimler’s company has expanded to include more than 700 airplane seat maps from nearly 100 different airlines. In 2007, SeatGuru was purchased by TripAdvisor.com.