Hosted by the Terry Alumni Board, the annual Alumni Awards and Gala is the college’s signature event. Distinguished Terry alumni, outstanding young alumni, and Pinnacle Society inductees are honored in an awards ceremony, while the event also serves as a fundraiser for the college.
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Intercontinental Buckhead, 3315 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta
Six o'clock - Cocktails and Auction
Eight o'clock - Dinner and Awards Presentation
Ten o'clock - Post-Event Fun
2020 Distinguished Alumni Award
Pamela Rogers (BBA ’82) is the executive director of enterprise risk management at Estee Lauder in New York City. A results-driven and highly accomplished top risk management executive, Rogers has four decades of experience working across multiple levels of a company, leading teams, setting strategy and communicating with executive management and the board of directors. Before joining Estee Lauder, she served as president of Risk Choices LLC, and senior director of insurance and risk advisory services at Alvarez & Marsal. She has previously worked at Weight Watchers International, Marsh USA, Target Corp., Sears, Roebuck and Co., and Nestle USA, among others. She began her career at General Motors Corp. Rogers earned her degree in risk management and insurance at UGA and an MBA from the University of Michigan. She is a Certified Management Accountant and earned certification in the Advanced Management Program in Enterprise Risk Management at the Center for Enterprise Risk Management and Assurance. Rogers was named Terry College's Risk Management and Insurance Outstanding Alumnus, a Risk and Insurance Management Society New York Chapter Mentor, and placed on the list of Business Insurance's 100 Leading Women. She was a board member and committee chair at the Spencer Educational Foundation and has served as a member and committee chair at the Risk and Insurance Management Society since 1987.
2020 Distinguished Alumni Award
Sam Holmes (BBA ’87) is vice chairman of the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm, CBRE Inc. and a member of the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia. He focuses on representing businesses with strategic planning and transaction services. He has successfully negotiated more than 90 million square feet of sales and leases with an aggregate value of more than $15 billion. He serves as Chairman Emeritus of the UGA Foundation and UGA Real Estate Foundation and is also involved in Leadership Georgia and Gridiron Secret Society. He is on the board of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Speech School, and Baylor School, where he attended high school. Holmes was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to the Georgians First Commission, a task force created to make Georgia the most attractive state for small business. He is a native of Monticello and earned his degree in finance at UGA before embarking on a three-decade career in commercial real estate. In his community, he has served as a Sunday school teacher for teens, Lay Leader, and Church Council member at Northside United Methodist Church. Holmes and his wife Lara (BBA ‘88) have three children, two who graduated from the University of Georgia.
2020 Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Maria Taylor (ABJ ’09, MBA ’13) is an analyst and host for ESPN, covering college sports including football, men's and women's basketball, and volleyball. She is a reporter for ESPN's College GameDay and ABC Saturday Night Football, previously serving as host of SEC Network’s traveling pregame show SEC Nation. Her versatility is showcased on a variety of ESPN’s shows, as she hosts College Football Live, Big Monday, and NCAA Women’s Final Four studio coverage. Taylor works as a sideline reporter for marquee men’s basketball games throughout the season and is also part of ESPN’s NBA Draft coverage. Before SEC Nation, she served as a college football reporter on SEC Network and was the sideline reporter on ESPN2’s Saturday night primetime college football telecast. She started her career as a reporter and host for IMG College at UGA, appearing on various studio shows including Dawg Report, SEC Men’s Basketball Tonight, and SportsNite. During her time at UGA, Taylor played volleyball and basketball. She was named to the All-SEC volleyball team three times and was also a member of the U.S. Volleyball Junior National A2 team, helping it win a bronze medal during at the U.S. Volleyball Championships. While at UGA, she also served as a student member of the Athletic Board of Directors. She is a native of Alpharetta.