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Darla Moore School of Business

2018 distinguished award winners with Harris Pastides

Distinguished Award Winners

The awards for Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Young Alumni are the highest honors that the Darla Moore School of business bestows.

View photos from the 2018 Leadership Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Barry Saunders

Barry L. Saunders (B.S. ’81, MBA ’89)

Barry L. Saunders (B.S. '81, MBA '89) is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Sonoco Products Company in Hartsville, South Carolina. Saunders joined Sonoco in 1989 after working as an audit manager with Ernst & Young. Saunders worked in leadership positions across the company, including as director of finance for the company's European operations, before becoming CFO in 2011. Over the years, Saunders has served on numerous civic and business-related boards and committees, including the Moore School's Folks Center for International Business, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the Byerly Foundation, SPC Cooperative Credit Union, Coker College Investment Committee, Thomas Hart Academy and Pacific Life Insurance Company Client Advisory Board. He served as chairman for the university's Young Alumni Association. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Saunders lives in Hartsville with his wife Lea (also a South Carolina grad) and three dogs. They have two grown children, Bennett and Elizabeth. 

Terrance Williams

Terrance Williams (B.S. ’90)

Terrance Williams (B.S. '90), Nationwide's chief marketing officer and president of emerging businesses, has enjoyed a distinguished career with Nationwide. Since beginning with the company in 1995, Williams has held an array of positions touching almost every segment of Nationwide's broad portfolio of businesses. As chief marketing officer since April 2015, he oversees numerous departments responsible for advocating for and sharing the On Your Side promise with members, partners, communities and associates. In 2017, Forbes recognized Williams as one of the World's Most Influential CMOs. Williams also has an MBA from Walden University. He's been active in a variety of local and national organizations, including volunteer board commitments. Williams currently serves on the board of directors for the Ad Council and the Columbus (Ohio) Regional Airport Authority. Williams, his wife Carla and their two sons currently reside in Central Ohio. 


2018 Distinguished Young Alumni Awards

Ryan Succop

Ryan B. Succop (B.S. ’09)

Ryan Succop (B.S. ’09) is a placekicker for the Tennessee Titans in the National Football League in Nashville, Tennessee. Succop came to the University of South Carolina to kick and punt for the South Carolina Gamecocks under Coach Steve Spurrier. Succop earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2006 and 2007. Succop was chosen by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 256th and final pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, earning the title of "Mr. Irrelevant" for the year. In his first season in the NFL, he was named to the 2009 NFL All-Rookie team and won the Mack Lee Hill award given to the team’s most valuable rookie. Succop signed with the Tennessee Titans prior to the 2014 season. In 2017, he broke the all-time NFL record for most consecutive field goals made under 50 yards with 56 consecutive field goals. In addition to his professional achievements, Succop shares his time with community organizations including Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fuel Up to Play 60, Team Smile, Songs for Sound, the Need to Breath Golf Classic, and the Hannah and Friends golf tournament. In the off-season, Succop lives in Nashville with his wife Paige, a fellow Gamecock, their son Cooper and their daughter Reese. 

James Wolf

James Wolf (B.S. ’05)

James Wolf (B.S. ’05) is a vice president, senior financial advisor, senior portfolio advisor and retirement accredited financial advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Charlotte, North Carolina. His team focuses on developing strategies for high net worth individuals, their families and their businesses across the country to help them pursue their financial goals. Wolf is continually a leader in the Charlotte market for new business acquisition, new trust business and new business integration. He serves as the president of the MyCarolina Alumni Association of Charlotte and president of the Charlotte Gamecock Club and has done so for the past nine years, leading the charge for social, charity and professional events. He also serves on the Marketing and Executive Committee/Board of Directors for the Gamecock Club. He is an active member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte Jaycees and STANDOUT Charlottean Board Member for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He was a 2016 Charlotte Chamber Young Professional Business Leader of the Year Finalist, the Most Valuable President for the Gamecock Club in 2014, a 2012 Top 30 under 30 Future Leaders in Charlotte winner and 2011 Standout Charlottean from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Wolf lives in Charlotte with his wife Natalie and their daughter Adeline.