Pamplin Society is a council of volunteers established for the purpose of promoting, supporting and improving the Pamplin College of Business (Pamplin) and recognizing those who have done so in the past, through their membership in the Pamplin Advisory Council (PAC), distinguished service on a departmental advisory board, philanthropy or outstanding achievements in the business community or their profession. Pamplin Society members participate in a variety of initiatives and projects, including financial support, student enrichment, engagement by and with the business community, and other tasks that aid Pamplin in achieving its goals of excellence in education, research and engagement.
Pamplin’s own Dean Sumichrast has resurrected the Pamplin Society with a mission to engage alumni and provide a vehicle for Pamplin alumni to give back to VT and its business school in more ways than just a monetary commitment. Specifically, the Pamplin Society will work on special projects at the request of the Dean and the PAC that will have a real impact on the school of business and its current students and alumni. In addition, the Pamplin Society will host various networking and themed events during the year in an effort to get Pamplin alumni connected.
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Pamplin Society Officers
Marvin Boyd, President
Marvin graduated from the Pamplin College of Business in 2001 with dual degrees in Management Science & Information Technology (now Business Information Technology) and Management. He received his Masters in Information Technology Management from the University of Virginia in 2011. He is a Certified Program Management Professional (PgMP) and Project Management Professional (PMP). He has worked at the Virginia Housing Development Authority, Circuit City, and is currently a Development Director at Freddie Mac in McLean, VA. He is a member of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association National Board and is the previous President of the National Capital Region Alumni Chapter. He is also the President of the R.B. Pamplin Society. In his spare time, he volunteers as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for Loudoun County and for the National Park Service, is an avid runner, and enjoys world travel.
Coleman Jones, Vice President
Coleman graduated from the Pamplin College of Business in 2004 with a degree in Marketing Management. He left Virginia Tech in pursuit of a career in construction but, not necessarily in the family business. Following a move to Cincinnati and thereafter Chicago, he worked at Reading Rock, Oldcastle Architectural Products and Stone Panels, Inc before returning back to the Cincinnati market to raise a family. Today, Coleman runs the Business Development side of one of the premier Glass and Glazing Contractors in the Country, Pioneer Cladding and Glazing. He stays involved in local alumni chapters including Chicago and Cincinnati and is now proud to be a part of the R.B. Pamplin Society, where he is the Vice President. When he finds spare time, he loves to play with his kids, travel, and golf.
Jay Lefkowitz, Secretary
Jay graduated from Virginia Tech and Pamplin in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. While at Virginia Tech, Jay was involved in the Undergraduate Honor System where he held the positions of Associate Justice and Chief Justice during his undergraduate years. Additionally, Jay also holds a Master of Hotel Administration from the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Jay currently works for Marriott International where he is the Senior Manager for Revenue Management in Washington DC. He has over 15 years of experience in hotel operations, revenue management, and human resources management. Jay also is an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where he teaches in the Hospitality Management department. Jay lives in Washington DC with his wife, Natalie.
Kelly Pickerel, Special Projects Leader
Kelly is a 1982 – Finance graduate of the Pamplin College of Business and has spent her entire career in banking and investments. She began working in the trust division of SunTrust Bank (formerly United Virginia/Crestar) followed by work as a Senior Relationship Manager and the Business Development Officer for the Corp Trust Division of Wells Fargo (formerly First Union/Wachovia). From there she joined the Institutional Asset Management team of Evergreen Investments/Wells Fargo Asset Management, switching over to the Commercial/Government Banking team in 2010 focused on liquidity and investment strategies for the East coast. She considers her key strengths to be sales, relationship building, collaboration and teamwork. Outside of banking, she has maintained active involvement in professional and civic organizations including the Greater Richmond YWCA and YMCA, Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN), Virginia Govt Finance Officer’s Association, Virginia Tech’s Women’s Leadership and Philanthropy Council, VA Women in Public Finance, and is an active member in the Wells Fargo GIB Diversity and Inclusion Council. When not working, she spends time with friends and family, enjoys gardening, loves to travel and is trying to be an avid golfer.
Timothy Ahearn, Special Projects Manager
Tim graduated from Pamplin in 2008 with a degree in Finance and minor in International Business, and he received his MBA from Georgetown University in 2016 with a Community Fellow distinction. He is currently the Corporate Pricing Manager at LMI in McLean, VA. And previously worked for SAIC and Accenture. His spare time is spent on the golf course, volunteering with Junior Achievement, and at home with his wife, Mary and daughter, Molly.
Jason Kies, Membership/Recruitment
Jason is a Partner in KPMG’s Private Equity practice and has experience in auditing and advising large, diversified, multinational institutions in industries including Private Equity, Insurance, Retail, and Manufacturing. He has spent his whole career at KPMG and while currently based in New York City, he started in the Richmond, VA office and also spent 4 years in the Zurich, Switzerland office. Attending VT’s Pamplin College of Business, he graduated in 2002 with a BS in Accounting and also received his Masters in Accounting with a concentration in Financial Services in 2003. Jason is an avid Jimmy Buffett fan and has a passion for exploring the world, having already visited 65 countries. Other hobbies and interests include history, college football, Swiss watches, international relations, foreign policy, languages, and reading (especially historical fiction). Lastly, Jason supports various charitable organizations and is a former governing board member of Reach The World, a charitable organization located in New York.
Don Neff, Donor Programs & Special Projects
Don is the Chief Financial Officer at Envision, the country’s leader in the development of career and leadership exploration programs for students from elementary school to college. In this role, Don is responsible for all of the company’s finance, legal and risk management functions including financial planning, treasury, accounting, tax, and shared services. Don has more than 20 years of high-profile finance and accounting experience. Prior to joining Envision, Don was the Vice President of Financial Operations, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at NII Holdings Inc., a NASDAQ listed provider of mobile communication services in Latin America. Prior to NII Holdings, Don spent over 16 years at AOL holding a variety of senior accounting and finance positions including Senior Vice President and Divisional CFO, AOL Advertising; Senior Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis; and Senior Vice President and Chief Audit Executive. He began his career at EY where he became a CPA. Don received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a concentration in information systems from the Pamplin College of Business in 1990 and also holds an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Don and his wife Debbie are members of the Ut Prosim Society and the Legacy Society at Virginia Tech. In his spare time Don enjoys spending time with his wife Debbie and this two daughters, Macey and Abigail, following the Washington Nationals and Virginia Tech sporting events.