The Black History Month Alumni Speaker Series allows students to hear from prominent black alumni who are business leaders in a variety of fields. This series focuses on the careers of our speakers and how they achieved success. Moreover, the speaker series will expose students to minority professionals so that they may gain a greater appreciation for diversity in the workplace.

Schedule


Korey Campbell – February 4, 2021 at 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Ralph Stokes – February 9, 2021 at 3:30-4:45 p.m.

BJ Stabler – February 10, 2021 at 9:00-10:15 a.m.

Larry Lewis – February 11, 2021 at 4:00-5:15 p.m.

Derek Cunningham – February 22, 2021 at 2:00-3:15 p.m.

Stacey Hill – February 22, 2021 at 5:00-6:15 p.m.

Jason Eppenger – February 23, 2021 at 11:00-12:15 p.m.

Jacqueline Jones – February 23, 2021 at 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Dr. Pamela Turner – February 23, 2021 at 3:00-4:45 p.m.

Mildred Black Hooks – February 24, 2021 at 10:00-11:15 a.m.

*All times are CST.

Speakers


Korey Campbell

CFO, Birmingham Airport Authority

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Korey Campbell is the Chief Financial Officer at the Birmingham Airport Authority. He has 25 years of experience in aviation finance gained from working at a major airline and an airport consulting firm. As a consultant, he provided services to more than 25 airports in many areas, including financial planning and analysis, capital budgeting, bond issuances and grant funding.  He spent years as a long-term extension of staff at two airports and the Chicago Department of Aviation. At the Chicago Department of Aviation, he and his team were responsible for auditing invoices, capital project accounting, fund management, disbursement requests, and coordinating payments and funding with bond trustees and the City of Chicago Department of Finance.

Prior to accepting the position at the Authority, Mr. Campbell served as a Deputy Director for the Jefferson County Department of Revenue in Birmingham where he was responsible for the management of the Motor Vehicle Division within the county’s five offices. The division averages nearly 1 million transactions and collects approximately $115 million in revenue per year.

Mr. Campbell received his MBA from the University of Georgia and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama. He is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Korey and his wife Monica have been married for 23 years and they reside in Hoover, AL with their two teenage daughters.

Ralph A. Stokes

Director of Partnership Marketing and Community Relations, PGA Tour Superstores

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A college football career coached by the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant provided Ralph Stokes with a fundamental drive for excellence. Ralph began his business career as a Group Sales Representative for Provident Life and Accident Insurance Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  During his career, he acquired the industry’s highest professional designations, including CLU, FLMI, MHP and HIAA.

Ralph’s natural leadership skills, training and talent allowed him to weather the storm of acquisitions characteristic of the industry in the late 90’s.  He has served as Regional Sales Manager for Provident Life and Accident, Director of Sales and Marketing for Healthsource, Inc., and most recently, Senior Vice President of Sales for CIGNA Healthcare of Georgia.

With a successful track record as an exceptional sales and marketing strategist, Ralph founded Stokes Consulting, Inc., a sales consulting and procurement agency.  During the growth of the consulting business, he served as Director of Business Development for Chesapeake Consulting, a process management and leadership development firm based in Baltimore, Maryland.

Ralph currently serves as Director of Partnership Marketing and Community Relations for PGA Tour Superstores, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The PGA TOUR Superstore is the largest golf Specialty retailer in the nation. In this position he has help to group the company from 3 stores to 45 Superstores and one the industries leading on-line retailer.

Ralph received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Alabama in 1975 and is a lifetime member of the University’s “A” Club.  His community involvement includes his service on the Executive Board of the Georgia State Golf Association and Vice Chairman of the TOUR Championship Golf Tournament at East Lake Golf Club.  His additional board memberships include Special Olympics Georgia, the Board of Visitors for the University Of Alabama School Of Commerce and Business, the Atlanta Public Golf Conservancy, the Atlanta Country Club, the AT&T Classic Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Stacey Hill

Manager of Global Talent Acquisition, Boeing

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Stacey Hill is a graduate of The University of Alabama with a BS in Financial Planning/Business Administration (2000) and a BS in Interior Design/Art History (2004). She holds an MBA with a concentration in Human Resources Management from the City University of Seattle (2016).She is a 1996 initiate of the Theta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and has been a member of the Junior League for 20 years.She is the President of The University of Alabama Black Alumni Association, serves on the Alumni Council of The University of Alabama, and is a company delegate to the National Society of Black Engineers Board of Corporate Affiliates. She is a 2021 BEYA “Modern Day Technology Leader” Award winner.

Stacey joined The Boeing Company in 2013; and is currently a participant in the Boeing Leadership Rotation Program. BLRP is a highly competitive 3 year management rotation program that develops the pipeline of senior and executive leaders. In her current rotation, she is leading Talent Engagement Strategy. During her time at Boeing, she has led a number of teams including Facilities Asset Management, Supply Chain, Supplier Diversity, Strategic Engagement, and Early Career Recruiting and Development efforts. Before joining Boeing, she led construction engineering teams for the US Postal Service, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the Microsoft Corporation.

Mentoring and development have always been priorities for Stacey. Before joining Boeing, she served as the Atlanta Regional Coordinator for the Early Career Professional (ECP) program for the Parsons Corporation. Upon joining Boeing, she became actively involved with the intern program. Over her years with the company, she has served as the Recruiting Lead for the Site Services Intern team and as a Co-lead for the Supplier Management Intern team. She is committed to the NSBE mission and currently serves as the NSBE@Boeing Deputy Company Focal.

Stacey prioritizes spending time with her family and friends while traveling, cooking, and cheering on The Tide. Prayer, mentoring, and giving back are the centering forces of her life.

Jason Eppenger

President of Alabama Division, Citizens Trust Bank

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A native of Fairfield, AL, Jason Eppenger serves as President of the Alabama Division for Citizens Trust Bank. Prior to joining the bank, he served in various positions throughout the southeastern region in Risk Analytics, Risk Management and Relationship Management for Wells Fargo, Regions, First Commercial and Compass Banks.

Eppenger is a graduate of the University of Alabama, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.

He is an active and life-long member of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, Grasselli Heights. In addition, Eppenger currently serves as a board member of the Alabama Bankers Association, Vulcan Park Foundation (Chairman), Rotary Club of Birmingham, Urban Impact, I See Me, Inc., H2O Foundation, the Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) and the Penny Foundation.

Jason is married to the former Vernita Brown.

Larry Lewis

President, PROJECTXYZ and CEO, BizTech

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Drawing on 28 years of business experience, Larry Lewis serves alongside his wife, as President of PROJECTXYZ, Inc., a woman-owned small business headquartered in Huntsville, AL.  PROJECTXYZ has grown into a diversified operation company with core capabilities in Logistics, Alternative Energy, Foreign Military Sales, Engineering, Manufacturing, and Information Technology.  Mr. Lewis has developed a diversified portfolio of companies underneath PROEJCTXYZ.  In 2019, Lewis partnered with the Food Network’s Darnell SuperChef Ferguson to open Superhero Chefs in downtown Tuscumbia.  Recently, PROJECTXZ purchased a 68,500 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Muscle Shoals, AL saving 137 jobs in the area.  PROJECTXYZ also purchased WTZT Television, a broadcast TV Station covering North Alabama.

Mr. Lewis is heavily engaged in the startup community serving as CEO of BizTech.   He is passionate about opening up access to investment capital to those startups in need of funding. He was instrumental in developing the Angels of North Alabama (ANA), an organization that matches entrepreneurs with potential investors.

Mr. Lewis was appointed by the City of Tuscumbia to serve on the Shoals Economic Development Authority (SEDA). This organization provides economic development and work force development services. Mr. Lewis is also Advisory Board Chair for Alabama A&M’s RISE Foundation, an organization that promotes commercialization and business development of the University’s technology and technical capabilities.

Mr. Lewis serves on the board for the Business Council of Alabama; Past Board Chair for the United Way Huntsville/ Madison County; Entrepreneurial Co-Chair Committee of 100 Launch 2035 Initiative; Board Member for The Catalyst Center for Business and Entrepreneurship; Board Member for the Faith Initiative.

He received his BS degree in Technical Industrial Management, and his MBA in Strategic Planning and Finance from the University of Alabama.

Jacqueline Jones

Founder & CEO, One Degree Marketing

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Jacqueline (Jacqui) Jones is CEO and founder of One Degree Marketing. One Degree is a boutique style marketing firm that focuses on developing strategy for small businesses, brands, and organizations, as well as providing implementation services in social media management, website design & development, email marketing, and brand management. One Degree also offers “Elevation Academy”, an online marketing education resource for entrepreneurs who want to do better with what they have. Jacqui is Community Engagement Manager for Create Birmingham where she works to form partnerships with individuals and organizations in Birmingham, AL that work to provide resources, education, and opportunities to underserved communities. She also serves on the Minor High School Career Tech Board and TEDxBirmingham Board.

She partners with agencies such as TruFund Financial Services (NY, LA, AL, TX), Sabre Finance (AL), and Good Work Network (LA) to educate small business owners on marketing core principles to help start and grow their business. She facilitates the GoDaddy Empower Program and CO.STARTERS idea development program across the southeast.

An alumnus of The University of Alabama, Jacqui is a 2018 Renasant Roots Capacity Building Awardee, a 2018 Small Business Administration Emerging Leaders Awardee, a 2019 TEDxBirmingham speaker, the 2019 American Marketing Association Birmingham Chapter “Young Professional Marketer Of The Year”. Jacqui was also listed on the 2019 Birmingham Business Journal Women to Watch, 2020 Birmingham Business Journal 40 under 40, and as a 2020 Birmingham Business Journal CEO Awards finalists.

Mildred Black Hooks

Founder & Principal, People Optimum Consulting, LLC

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Mildred Black Hooks is the Founder and Principal of People Optimum Consulting, LLC.

Mildred's qualifications include:

  • Strategy Studies from Harvard Extension School
  • Executive MBA from Georgia State University
  • Business Degree from The University of Alabama
  • Senior Professional HR certifications, SHRM-SCP and SPHR
  • Leadership on various Boards of Directors

Mildred thrives at the intersection of strategy, transformation, people, and communication.  She specializes in helping people, systems, and structures evolve and realize exceptional outcomes.  She approaches every engagement with a passion for human potential.  Close collaboration with clients allows Mildred to align her expertise with client goals and objectives to ensure the best audience experience possible.  As a result, you can expect Mildred to partner with you before, during, and after the engagement to ensure an exceptional outcome for all involved.

For more than twenty years, Mildred has helped thousands of leaders with strategic planning, labor law compliance, diversity and inclusion, leadership, and navigation of workplace nuances.  She held key leadership roles in international, national, and regional organizations in the public and private sectors.  She also delivered effective management consulting solutions in government, healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, professional services, and technology industries.

Derek L. Cunningham

Vice President of Strategic Accounts, IllumiCare 

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Mr. Derek Cunningham currently serves as Vice President of Strategic Accounts for IllumiCare, a Health Care IT start-up firm located in Birmingham, AL.  He is responsible for sales, business development, strategic partnerships and market identification ensuring that IllumiCare products and services will help hospitals and the communities they serve.  Mr. Cunningham is no stranger to Start-ups, he has a long record of leadership on sales and marketing teams. Before joining IllumiCare he served in various capacities as founder, CEO, executive vice president, vice president of sales, vice president for international market development, and vice president business development.  He served on senior leadership teams at EHS which sold to Per-Se Technologies; MedMined which sold to Cardinal Health; BrightWhistle which sold to Influence Health; ForceAthlete and now IllumiCare.

Mr. Cunningham received his Master of Business Administration from Samford University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama.  He has also received education and certificates from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves as a board member for the University of Alabama Black Alumni Association, previous on the Demeco Ryans Foundation and is an Ambassador to Children’s Village. Derek is a member of the University of Alabama's ‘A’-Club, the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been a guest lecturer for the University of Alabama.  He is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Mr. Cunningham is married to the former Ms. Melody D. Bailey of Montgomery, AL and together they reside in Hoover, AL with their daughter Morgan Bailey Cunningham and son David Landon Cunningham.

Dr. Pamela A. Turner

Senior Financial Executive, Various Companies

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Pamela A. Turner is a senior financial executive with extensive experience in investment and relationship management. She possesses over twenty years of industry and academic experience. She served as a co-founder of an institutional fixed income asset management firm, growing the assets under management from zero to over $110 million.

Her earlier investment industry experience includes analyst roles at both broker/dealers and asset management institutions, covering healthcare and telecommunications sectors. She has been a professor at several institutions, including Howard University, the University of Delaware, Florida A&M University, and the University of Alabama. Dr. Turner has published her research in numerous financial research journals as well as presented her academic research at national conferences.

Dr. Turner served on the Board of Advisors for the American Association of University Women’s Educational Foundation Fellowship Fund. Her comments on the fixed income markets have been quoted in Reuters and Associated Press.

Dr. Turner received a Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude, in three years) in Mathematics from the University of Mississippi and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Finance from the University of Alabama. Dr. Turner holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). She enjoys genealogy research and is an avid baseball fan.

BJ Stabler

Director, A-Club Alumni

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In his current role as the Director of A-Club Alumni, BJ Stabler is responsible for creating programs, social events, and reunions, that enhance engagement of former student athletes that keeps them connected to the University of Alabama, and University of Alabama Athletics.

Prior to coming arriving back to University of Alabama, BJ spent eight seasons working for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs as the club’s Director of Player Engagement.

In his role, Stabler oversaw all player engagement programs such as the Rookie Transition Program and Business & Entrepreneurship Program. His goal was to give players the best professional experience as they entered and exited the League. Kansas City Chiefs Player Engagement Department was recognized by the NFL as one of the best

Stabler is a three-year letter winner on the offensive line for the University of Alabama from 2005-07, earning Freshman All-SEC Team honors in 2005. Stabler holds two degrees from the University in Business Administration and Family Financial Planning. He recently completed his Master's in Business Administration from the University of Saint Mary in 2019.

After his collegiate playing career concluded, Stabler began his career in the Sports industry first in College Football. He started in the University of Alabama Football Player Personnel department assisting with recruiting. Stabler then joined Georgia State University football during its inaugural season. He was responsible for game day operations and maintaining the recruiting database.

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