College of Business

Awards

ExemplarExemplar Award

The Jennings A. Jones College of Business Exemplar Award is presented to graduates of the University whose achievements since graduation are exemplary for our current students. These are role models whose business, professional, and personal achievements stand out for all to see and to emulate.

Champion of Free Enterprise Award

  • Joey Jacobs, Chairman and CEO, Acadia Healthcare, 2013
  • J. B. Baker, owner, Spring Logistics LLC; Chair, Volunteer Express Inc. and Associated Companies, 2012
  • Mark Emkes, Tennessee Commissioner of Finance and Administration, 2011
  • Steve Smith, Chairman of the Board, Haury & Smith Contractors Inc., 2010
  • C. M. "Bill" Gatton, Auto Dealerships, 2009
  • Rob McCabe, Chairman, Pinnacle Financial Partners, 2008
  • Shirley Zeitlin, CEO, Shirley Zeitlin & Company, Realtors, 2007
  • Mark Pirtle, President, Mark Pirtle Real Estate (27 years as automobile dealer), 2006
  • Governor Ned Ray McWherter (Governor of Tennessee 1987-1995), 2005
  • Lee Moss, Chairman & CEO MidSouth Bank, 2004
  • Jack B. Turner, Jack B. Turner & Associates Inc., Clarksville, TN, 2003
  • Cordia W. Harrington, founder, Tennessee Bun Company, 2002
  • Andy Bailey, President & CEO NationLink Wireless, 2001
  • Gordon E. Inman, Franklin Financial Corporation now Fifth Third Bank 2000
  • R. Clayton McWhorter, Founder and Chairman, Clayton Associates LLC, 1999
  • David K. Wachtel Jr., CEO, Restaurant Management Group (now deceased), 1998

Spirit of America Award

  • Ronnie G. Barrett, 2013
  • Chris Karbowiak, 2012
  • Not awarded, 2011
  • Not awarded, 2010
  • Charlie Daniels, 2009
  • John R. Ingram, 2008
  • Joel C. Gordon, 2007
  • Jack O. Bovender Jr., 2006
  • Andrea Loughry, 2005
  • Governor Winfield Dunn, 2004
  • Tommy Smith, 2003
  • Bud Wendell, 2002
  • Jack Vaughn, 2001
  • Aubrey B. Harwell Jr., 2000
  • Bob Corker, 1999
  • Marvin Runyon, 1998