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Moore School honors distinguished alumni

The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina honored seven business executives April 16 at the school’s 15th annual Business Leadership Dinner and Awards Program at The Medallion Center in Southeast Columbia.

Recipients of the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards are Nicole Ringenberg of St. Louis, Mo.; Emory W. Rushton of Arlington, Va., and Beaufort; Kent Satterfield of Greenville, and Robert H. Turner of Columbia. The Distinguished Young Alumni are Tito Echiburu of Seven Fields, Pa., and Ioana Tudor of Minneapolis, Minn. Michael R. Brenan of Columbia will receive the Distinguished Service Award.

Nicole Ringenberg
Nicole Ringenberg

Ringenberg, who earned a master of international business studies (MIBS) degree from the Moore school in 1985, is vice president and controller of Monsanto Co., a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation with net sales that totaled more than $11.5 billion in 2009. During her more than 24 years with Monsanto, she has worked in key management roles, including the lead of global commercial finance and operations, commercial lead for the Asia Pacific business based in Singapore and general auditor.

Emory W. Rushton
Emory W. Rushton

Rushton is managing director of Promontory Financial Group LLC in Washington, D.C. He joined Promontory in 2008 after serving more than 40 years with the U.S. Treasury in its Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. A native of Beaufort, Rushton graduated with a bachelor of science degree from the Moore school in 1965.

Kent Satterfield
Kent Satterfield

Satterfield is chief operating officer of Dixon Hughes PLLC, a top 20 U.S. accounting firm and the largest accounting firm headquartered in the southern United States. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master of accountancy (MACC) degree in 1977 and 1978, respectively. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, a board member of the S.C. Association of CPAs and a member of the Greenville Estate Planning Council. In addition to being a CPA, Satterfield is a certified financial planner and a personal financial specialist. He is a graduate of Leadership Greenville and the Furman University Liberal Arts Leadership Program.

Robert H. Turner
Robert H. Turner

Turner, who earned bachelor’s and MBA degrees from the Moore school in 1972 and 1973, respectively, is chief executive officer of Pac-West Telecomm Inc., a whole communication infrastructure services company. As CEO, Turner also is board member of Pac-West. Launching his career with AT&T, Turner went on to serve in chief executive roles in several telecom firms and founded Turner Telecom Holding Group LLC.

Tito Echiburu
Tito Echiburu

Echiburu, a MIBS graduate in 2000, is director of managerial reporting for the Performance Coatings Division and finance director for the Architectural Coatings International Division for PPG Industries Inc., positions he has held since 2009. A native of Santiago, Chile, Echiburu began his career with PPG Industries utilizing his graduate studies in finance and Portuguese by working as a senior internal auditor in Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico and Portugal.

Ioana Tudor
Ioana Tudor

Tudor is vice president of business development for the corn and soybeans business unit of Minnesota-based Syngenta Seeds Inc., an agribusiness with sales of more than $11 billion. A native of Bucharest, Romania, Tudor earned her international master of business administration (IMBA) degree in 1997. After graduating from the Moore school, she joined Zeneca Agrochemicals, which merged with Novartis to form Syngenta, and relocated to Basel, Switzerland. She moved back to the U.S. in 2004 to lead Syngenta’s corn and soybeans biotech program.

Michael R. Brenan
Michael R. Brenan

Brenan is president of BB&T of South Carolina and responsible for banking operations in South Carolina, a position he has held since 1998. He is past chairman of and currently serves on the University of South Carolina Business Partnership Foundation (BPF) board of trustees. In addition to working with the BPF, Brenan is former chairman of the board of directors for the S.C. Bankers Association, United Way of the Midlands and the S.C. Independent Colleges and Universities. He continues to serve on those boards, as well as the board of directors for the S.C. Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Central Carolina Community Foundation, Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation, the S.C. Council on Economic Education, BIPEC and Greater Europe Mission. He also is Gov. Mark Sanford’s appointee to the S.C. Board of Education. Brenan is a graduate of Bowling Green State University.

Business Leadership Dinner and Awards Program

  • Distinguished Alumni Award recipients: Nicole Ringenberg of St. Louis, Mo.; Emory W. Rushton of Arlington, Va., and Beaufort; Kent Satterfield of Greenville, and Robert H. Turner of Columbia
  • Distinguished Young Alumni recipients: Tito Echiburu of Seven Fields, Pa., and Ioana Tudor of Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Distinguished Service Award recipient: Michael R. Brenan of Columbia

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 04/19/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 04/30/10 @ 5:35 PM | Permalink