John C. Stophel Distinguished Student Award


The College of Business John C. Stophel Distinguished Student Award is presented annually to recognize high potential business students who have made significant and meaningful civic contributions to UTC and the College of Business while maintaining a strong academic record.

Students must provide evidence of exceptional extracurricular leadership and community service, strong leadership skills, self-motivating initiative, exceptional presentation skills, and a strong academic record with minimum GPA of 3.0.

Below are the 2007-2008 John C. Stophel Distinguished Students.


Undergraduate Students

Shannon Acree

Pierre Dabit

Krystal Godfrey

James Hendricksen

Natasha Romanova

Jack Shearer

Kendra Teffeteller

Graduate Students

J. Michael Bradshaw

Wayne Collins

Undergraduate Students

Shannon Acree Shannon Acree

B.S. Business Administration: Marketing

Shannon has been a student assistant in the College of Business since 2004. She works directly with Dr. Richard Becherer, Harris Chair of Excellence. Shannon is a member of the University Honors Program, a four-year interdisciplinary program for academically gifted and motivated students, made up only 35-40 students at each class level. She is a member of Chi Omega Sorority, Presbyterian House Campus Ministries, and the American Marketing Association. Shannon has volunteered for the American Cancer Society and interned at Chattanooga Goodwill Industries. Shannon completed an internship with Fitzgerald+CO in Atlanta, Georgia.


Pierre Dabit Pierre Dabit

B.S. Business Administration: Entrepreneurship
B.S. Business Administration: Marketing
B.S. Business Administration: General Management 

Pierre currently manages his family’s business. He sponsors community-wide events for inner city high schools, and civic organizations such as 100 black men, 100 black women, and NAACP. He was the first non-Greek, minority student to ever run for SGA president. He tutors current students in business classes and has helped them achieve their academic goals. 

Pierre successfully manages his time between a full time job, full time class load, and volunteering.


Krystal Godfrey

Krystal Godfrey

B.S. Business Administration: Marketing

Krystal completed a one year marketing internship at Covenant Transport. She was as a student worker in the Dean’s Office in the College of Business and assisted the College in its efforts to begin the Certified Financial Planning course. Additionally, Krystal worked with CenterBrain Partners as an account coordinator and assisted the CEO with marketing research. She was Vice President of Programs for UTC’s American Marketing Association. 

Krystal graduated December 2007 and is now employed in Chattem’s marketing department.


James Hendricksen James Hendricksen

B.S. Business Administration: Finance 

James was active in Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honors society. He helped organize Meet the Firms, an annual recruiting event for accounting and finance majors, and increased recruiter participation to include the Knoxville and Nashville markets. James volunteers at his church and the Ronald McDonald house. He outsold other salespeople in the district for three consecutive months while working part time. While attending school full time, he works full time, and cares for his wife and three children. 

James graduated December 2007 and is employed as a Data Analyst at Beacon Verification Services.


Natasha Romanova Natasha Romanova

B.S. Business Administration: Finance 
B.S. Business Administration: Accounting 

Natasha served as President of the International Student Organization. She is an alumnus of the University Honors (UHON) Program, a four-year interdisciplinary program for academically gifted and motivated students, made up only 35-40 students at each class level. Natasha has published two articles. She served on the UHON Publications and Social committees. An active member of the campus community, Natasha coordinated over thirty social and fundraising events. She volunteered at the VITA Tax Clinic for low income families and individuals.

Natasha graduated December 2007 and has accepted a position with KPMG in Denver, CO.



Jack Shearer Jack Shearer 

B.S. Business Administration: Accounting 

Jack is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honors society. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving in Iraq, and was promoted four times. Jack spent a year teaching urban warfare skills to 200-300 marines weekly. This training was solely dedicated to savings lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was awarded the Naval Achievement Medal. He has been accepted into Ernst & Young’s internship program.

After graduation, Jack plans to enroll in the Master of Accountancy program at UTC and take the CPA certification exam.


Kendra Teffeteller Kendra Teffeteller

B.S. Business Administration: Accounting 

Kendra is active in a number of organizations on campus, including Beta Alpha Psi, Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and the University Honors Program. She works as a student assistant in the management department of the College of Business. Kendra also participates in intramural sports and volunteers for the Ronald McDonald House. Her hobbies include wakeboarding, running, and playing the piano. She also has an interest in travel and has visited 11 different countries. 

After graduation, Kendra plans to enroll in graduate school to obtain a Master’s of Business Administration. She will take the CPA certification exam and hopes to work for one of the big four public accounting firms.


Graduate Students

J. Michael Bradshaw J. Michael Bradshaw

Master of Business Administration

While entering his fourth decade of his professional career, Michael returned to school to pursue his MBA. He launched Next Knowledge, LLC, an internet-based training company specializing in fire and electrical safety that achieved profitability in its first year of operations. He has been involved with several local charities including fund-raising for the Tennessee River Gorge Trust, the aquarium, and animal adoption efforts. Additionally, he provides pro-bono consulting services to the non-profit economic development agencies Southeast Local Development Corporation and The Appalachian Fund for Growth.

Michael completed the MBA program in December 2007. 


Wayne Collins Wayne Collins

Master of Business Administration

Wayne is Vice President of Marketing/Communications at United Way of Greater Chattanooga. He led the United Ways of Tennessee state marketing committee; improving communication among United Ways across America. He is the executive-level officer and public relations director for Knights of Columbus Council 6099 in Chattanooga. In the past year, Wayne has contributed more than 100 hours to community and church services. He served as a public affairs officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Wayne completed the MBA program in December 2007.