A Charleston real estate developer, a Dallas CEO, an Atlanta attorney and the college's namesake benefactor will be honored by the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business at its 2008 Alumni Awards and Gala on Saturday, May 3, in Atlanta.
Two of the graduates — Frank W. Brumley of Charleston, S.C. and Hill A. Feinberg of Dallas — were chosen for their career achievements and community service to receive the college's Distinguished Alumni Award. R. Michael Barry Jr. of Atlanta will receive the college's Outstanding Young Alumni Award. And benefactor Mary Virginia Terry of Jacksonville, Fla., was selected to receive the Dean's Distinguished Service Award for her long-term contributions to the college and for continuing the legacy of her late husband, C. Herman Terry, a 1939 graduate.
The Terry College has been presenting its alumni awards since 1964. The 2008 Alumni Awards and Gala will be held for the second year at the Westin Buckhead in Atlanta. Last year's gala, hosted by Terry's Alumni Board, raised $300,000 for the college.
Frank W. Brumley has built a legendary career as the developer of several well-known planned communities on the coast. Brumley served as CEO and partner of several major coastal developments, including Amelia Island Plantation, near Jacksonville, Fla., Wild Dunes and Kiawah Island, near Charleston, S.C.
Since 1997, he has been the chairman and CEO of the Daniel Island Co. A part of the city of Charleston, Daniel Island is a 4,000-acre island town zoned for 7,000 single-family homes and more than 2 million square feet of commercial space, with 20 miles of waterfront. Brumley served as a development advisor to the Daniel Island Development Co. in the early 1990s when the island was owned by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Following a successful negotiation, the Brumley family purchased the Daniel Island assets from the Guggenheim Foundation in 1997. Today, the ownership and management team is in the process of implementing the island town's master plan, which recently won the Urban Land Institute's Award for Excellence as a top example of creative land use and planning.
After graduating from the Terry College in 1962 as a finance major, Brumley spent seven years working as a commercial banker before he began his real estate development career at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, working for 1950 Terry College alumnus and Yale law school graduate Charles E. Fraser. While pursuing his business career, Brumley graduated from the Georgia Banking School and the Kenan Executive Program at the University of North Carolina. At UGA, Brumley was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Brumley serves on the board of directors of Columbus, Ga.-based Synovus Financial and the National Bank of South Carolina. His civic involvement includes serving on the Board of Overseers for the Terry College, as a state trustee of the Nature Conservancy, and as a trustee and past president of the Historic Charleston Foundation. He also serves on the boards of the Lowcountry Open Land Trust, the Charleston Civic Design Center and the Coastal Community Foundation.
Brumley and his wife Blanche, who also graduated from UGA in 1963, have three grown children — Jane, Leigh and Kate, who is a 1988 alumna of UGA — and eight grandchildren.
Hill A. Feinberg is the chairman and CEO of First Southwest Co., based in Dallas. First Southwest is a privately held investment banking firm that established its prominence in the public finance arena, most notably for its work in the 1970s developing the financial plan that made the Alaska pipeline a reality.
More recently they have financed sports arenas, airports, toll roads and secondary schools. Under Feinberg's leadership since 1991, First Southwest has continued to expand its investment banking expertise to include debt, equity and clearing services. It has become the second largest financial advisor to municipal governments in the country.
A native of Columbus, Ga., Feinberg received his bachelor's degree in finance from UGA in 1969. He was a chancellor for Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity and earned a scholarship for being named an outstanding student chancellor. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, serving as first lieutenant in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971.
Before joining First Southwest, Feinberg was a senior managing director at Bear Stearns and Co. and a vice president and manager of Salomon Brothers in the Dallas office.
Feinberg is a past chairman of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, the self-regulatory organization with responsibility for setting the rules that govern the municipal securities activities of registered brokers. As chairman, he led a review of the use of derivatives in the municipal market, encouraged timelier disclosure policies related to municipal securities and initiated a review of Rule G-37 involving restrictions for dealers on contributions to political candidates.
His business affiliations include serving as a member of the boards of Compass Bancshares, Energy XXI Ltd. and the Greater Dallas Chamber. His civic and charitable service includes chairing the board of directors of the Phoenix Houses of Texas and the MBM Foundation, which is the governing board of the partnership between Menninger Clinic and the Baylor College of Medicine. He also is a board member of the Cardiopulmonary Research Science and Technology Institute, St. Mark's School of Texas and he serves on the board of visitors of the UT Southwestern Health System.
Feinberg and his wife Renée have two sons, Steven and Max.
R. Michael Barry Jr. has earned three degrees from UGA. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in finance from Terry in 1993, followed by a law degree in 1996. He returned to UGA in 2003 and received his MBA through the Terry College's Executive MBA program in 2005. He remains very active in the EMBA Program, participating in new student recruitment and alumni activities.
Barry is a partner in the law firm of Epstein, Becker and Green P.C. and a member of the firm's practices in health care and corporate and securities law. He represents clients in joint ventures, private securities offerings and other complex business transactions, including health care regulatory guidance. In 2005 and 2006, he was named a Georgia "Rising Star," awarded to less than 2½ percent of young attorneys practicing in the state. He also was a participant in the 2005 class of Leadership Georgia.
Prior to joining EBG's law practice in 1998, Barry was a tax consultant for two years with Arthur Andersen. While at Andersen, he also served on the firm's staff leadership committee and was active in recruiting for the firm.
As an undergraduate, Barry served as president of Sigma Nu fraternity and treasurer of the Interfraternity Council and was selected to Gridiron, Blue Key, Order of Omega and the Greek Horsemen. He has remained active as an alumni leader for Sigma Nu, serving as a chapter advisor and vice president of the house corporation. He has been and continues to be involved in ongoing discussions with UGA regarding development of the proposed River Road fraternity park.
He is a member of Peachtree Presbyterian Church, the Georgia Bar, American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers and the Piedmont Park Conservancy, in addition to serving as president of his homeowners' association. Having lived in a number of states growing up, he graduated from high school in St. Simons Island, Ga.
Benefactor Mary Virginia Terry and her late husband Herman Terry have a long record of support of UGA and the college that bears their name. In 1990, the couple gave the business school $6 million, at the time the largest individual gift in university history. That gift, along with subsequent gifts, has funded faculty chairs, scholarships, summer research support and facility upgrades to the Terry College's Executive Education Center in Atlanta.
The couple also made gifts to support other faculty chairs and the university's general scholarship fund. Mrs. Terry also has endowed a faculty chair in UGA's College of Pharmacy in honor of her husband's father, who was a pharmacist, and she gave the university $300,000 to support research and treatment of asthma and other respiratory illnesses, which were contributing factors in Herman Terry's death in 1998.
Mrs. Terry has long been a major supporter of education, children's charities and the arts. She has been a trustee of Jacksonville University and served on the boards of the Wolfson Children's Hospital, the Children's Home Society, the Salvation Army, the Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless and the Jacksonville Symphony. In 2002, she received the Blue Key Service Award from the UGA chapter of Blue Key National Honor Society.
"Mary Virginia Terry serves as a wonderful role model for our students — strong, confident and compassionate," said Robert T. Sumichrast, dean of the Terry College. "Her commitment and devotion to helping others is commendable — from her work on several charitable boards in Jacksonville to her ongoing support of students in the Terry College."
The Terry College of Business Alumni Board of Directors selects the alumni award winners from nominations submitted to the board. Nominations for the 2009 alumni awards are due by July 31, 2008. More information on the awards criteria and nomination process is available at www.terry.uga.edu/alumni/awards.