University of South Carolina

Moore School of Business to honor alumni, friends

Contact: Peggy Binette 803-777-5400

Alumni and friends of the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina are invited to attend the school’s 2011 Business Leadership Dinner and Awards Program Thursday, May 12, when three alumni and one longtime friend of the school will be honored.

This year’s theme is “Bridging the World.” Cocktails and a silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Proceeds from the dinner will support business student scholarships. Sponsorship opportunities, which are new this year, range from $300 as a donor, which includes a pair of tickets, to $25,000 as a presenting sponsor. Individual tickets also are available for $75 each.

Information on sponsorships and tickets is available online at

The 2011 Moore School of Business Distinguished Alumni honorees are Dave Loeser (BA, 1977), executive vice president for human resources and communications of Hostess Brands Inc; John M. Dillard Jr. (MIBS, 1999), president and co-founder of Big Sky Associates Inc.; and Craig L. Nix (BA, 1993), executive vice president and CFO of First Citizens Bank.

The Distinguished Service Award will honor John W. Bachmann, senior partner with Edward Jones.

This year marks the 26th year of the Moore School Business Leadership Dinner and Awards Program, which is sponsored in part by Tomlin & Company Inc. and Certus Bank.

About the Moore School Award Honorees

Dave Loeser

Loeser is executive vice president of human resources and communications for Hostess Brands Inc. His vast experience in human resources has included senior roles with Celanese Corporation, CompuCom Systems Inc., Quaker State Corporation and Continental Airlines. He started his career at PepsiCo, working both domestically and internationally, and with Gulf Oil Corporation after graduating from the University of South Carolina.

Loeser is a member of numerous boards and has been involved with the Moore School since his graduation, donating needed technology to the school while at CompuCom and as chairman of the school’s Riegel and Emory HR Advisory Board, for which he has been involved since the mid 1980s. He teaches classes for master’s programs, recruits students and sponsors internships. Loeser lives in Roanoke, Texas.

John M. Dillard Jr.

Dillard is president of Big Sky Associates Inc., a strategy and operations consulting firm he co-founded with fellow alumnus Hanno Ekdahl (MIBS ‘99). Big Sky provides independent, evidence-based advisory services to Fortune 500 and government executives. Since its founding in 2006, Big Sky has nearly doubled in size every year and has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies headquartered in Charlotte.

Before founding Big Sky, Dillard was senior principal at SRA International and worked as a consultant to both private and public organizations in a range of industries, including research and development, manufacturing, airlines, automotive and financial services. A Greenville native, he has served as a reserve intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy and earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and political science from American University in 1996. Dillard lives in Charlotte.

Craig L. Nix

Nix is chief financial officer for First Citizens Bank and Trust Company Inc. and is chairman of the board and president of Wateree Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of First Citizens. In addition, he is treasurer of the First Citizens Foundation, which oversees grants and donations to community organizations.

Nix began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, with a focus on banking and mortgage industries as well as IPOs and private placements. He joined First Citizens in 1999 as senior vice president and controller and was promoted to his current role within a year and a half. Nix serves in leadership roles with a variety of community and professional organizations, including Junior Achievement’s board of directors. He is a member of the South Carolina Bankers Association and the AICPA and has previously served on the Moore School’s Business Partnership Foundation. He is a cum laude graduate of USC and Vanderbilt University’s BAI Graduate School of Bank Financial Management and is a Certified Public Accountant. Nix lives in Irmo.

John W. Bachmann

Bachmann began his career at Edward Jones in 1959, working in retail investment, product marketing, strategic planning, corporate finance and technology. In 1980, he succeeded Edward D. “Ted” Jones Jr. as managing partner of Edward Jones. During his tenure, Bachmann grew the firm from 200 offices in 28 states to 9,000 offices throughout the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. He is a former chairman of the Securities Association and chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Bachmann was the Moore School’s first distinguished executive in residence.

A native of Salem, Ill., Bachmann earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wabash College and a MBA in finance from Northwestern University. He received honorary doctoral degrees from Wabash College and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His leadership to professional and community organizations includes serving as chairman of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and commissioner of the St. Louis Science Center. He is an emeritus trustee of Wabash College; chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Peter F. Drucker Center; trustee of the Claremont Graduate University and Washington University in St. Louis; and director of AMR Corporation, American Airlines Inc. and Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Bachmann lives in St. Louis.

Business Leadership Dinner and Awards Program

  • Who: Alumni honorees include Dave Loeser (BA, 1977), John M. Dillard Jr. (MIBS, 1999), Craig L. Nix (BA, 1993); Distinguished Service Award to honor John W. Bachmann
  • When: Thursday, May 12, 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

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