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 2009-2010 John C. Stophel Distinguished Students.


Undergraduate Students

Jarred Bailey

Christine Currens

Tyler Forrest

Sammie Freeman

Emily Job

Monica Parker

Susannah Taylor

John Wheeler

Graduate Students

Douglas Finlay


Undergraduate Students

Jarred_Bailey Jarred Bailey 

B.S. Business Administration: Accounting 

B.S. Business Administration: Finance

Jarred is a member of the UTC Marching and Jazz Bands, brass section leader for Brainerd Baptist Orchestra Ministry, and was a member in a musical ensemble that toured the United States and Europe. He was District II Senator of the Student Government Association. Jarred is active in several honor societies including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, Financial Management Association, and Beta Alpha Psi. During his sophomore year, he obtained an internship with Ameriprise Financial.

Jarred graduated December 2009 and is now employed at Ameriprise Financial and is a licensed financial advisor.


Christine_Currens Christine Currens

B.S. Business Administration: Finance

B.S. Business Administration: Accounting

Christine is a member of Habitat for Humanity and University Honors. She has volunteered for the Ronald McDonald House, the Children's Fall Festival, VITA Tax Clinic, and the Bethlehem Center. She is part of the Emmaus Community and has served as an assistant table leader and speaker for two of the spiritual retreats. She completed her Departmental Honors project titled “ ASC 820 (Formerly SFAS 157): A Look at Fair Value Accounting.” Christine was a finance intern for the Krystal Corporation and an audit intern for Ernst & Young.

After graduation, Christine will work for Ernst & Young. She plans to sit for the CPA and CFP exams, earn her MBA, and eventually work as a financial planner.


Tyler_Forrest Tyler Forrest 

B.S. Business Administration: Finance

Tyler serves as the student representative on the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, having been appointed by Governor Phil Bredsen. He is the Student Government Association President. Tyler has served as chairman of the Projects Committee, Senator for the College of Business in SGA, and as an inaugural member of the University of Tennessee Student Council. He is a member of the Honor Court and Vice Chairman of the Student Conduct Board, past President of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies, a Chancellor's Ambassador, and a member of various other University committees.

After graduation, Tyler plans to pursue a Masters of Business Administration. He would like to develop a successful career in business. Ultimately, he aspires to become Governor of Tennessee.





Sammie Freeman

B.S. Business Administration: Marketing

Sammie has volunteered for Saint Barnabus Senior Living Center and Orange Grove School. Through Inner City Ministries and the City of Chattanooga, she mentored high school girls, fed the homeless, helped with the organization of talent shows, and tutored. Sammie is the American Marketing Association President as well as a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the National Scholars Honor Society. She is also a Business Statistics and Operations Management tutor for the College of Business.

After graduation, Sammie took a position at U.S. Xpress.


Emily_Job Emily Job

B.S. Business Administration: Accounting

Emily has always been passionate about giving back to the community. She volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and United Way's Day of Caring. She was project manager for Ronald McDonald's Fall Festival as well as for the American Enterprise, where she educated students on the principles of American Enterprise. She has participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for the past seven years, the March of Dimes Walk, and the American Heart Association Walk. She has completed a tax internship at Decosimo and Company as well as one at Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain, PC.

After graduation, Emily plans to pursue a Masters of Accountancy and obtain a position in the tax accounting industry.



Monica_Parker Monica Parker 

B.S. Business Administration: Marketing

Monica is the founding president for VeloVixens Cycling Club, a women's-only cycling club that has won three state titles in Category Four Women. She works full time at the Hunter Museum of American Art, where she manages marketing, develops public programs, and works with volunteers and interns. Monica helped develop the rental program at the Museum that now generates $250,000 a year.

After graduation, Monica plans to continue working in sales. She hopes to be in a position where can focus on long-term relationships.



Susannah_Taylor Susannah Taylor

B.S. Business Administration: General Management

Susannah is active in several organizations including: University Honors, Sigma Iota Epsilon, Golden Key International Honor Society, and Mortar Board. She holds the Secretary position for Society for the Advancement of Management and is the Fundraising Chair for Habitat for Humanity. Susannah has interned for Habitat for Humanity and the Tennessee Aquarium. Her internship at the Tennessee Aquarium led to a part-time position as a Development Associate. Susannah completed her Departmental Honors project titled “Changes in America’s Workforce: An Analysis of Employment Discrimination Law Regarding Gender Identity and the Implications for Employers.”

After graduation, Susannah plans to obtain a position in management, pursue a Masters of Business Administration degree, and eventually become a consultant.



John_Wheeler John Wheeler 

B.S. Business Administration: Human Resource Management

B.S. Business Administration: General Management

John is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Society for Human Resource Management, and Vice President of Fundraising for the Society for Advancement of Management. John is active in Christian ministry through organizations such as the Catholic Student Center and SEARCH, where he serves as a role model for senior students at Notre Dame High School. John currently works at Tennessee Valley Authority as an intern in the Human Resources Department.

After graduation, John plans to sit for the Professional of Human Resource Management Certification and work in the field of Human Resources, specializing in compensation and pay. He would eventually like to obtain his Masters of Business Administration and become a Vice President of Human Resources.


Graduate Students

Douglas_Finlay Douglas Finlay

Master of Business Administration

Douglas is a parent representative of the UTC Children's Center Advisory Board, member of the Graduate Student Association, and a mentor for College of Business interns. He is passionate about the environment and has implemented a "green" initiative at ACA Compliance that streamlines paperless procedures within the firm's operations. He also serves on the Newsletter Committee, Marketing Committee, and is formalizing the firm's Social Responsibility Steering Committee. Douglas has participated in the Susan G. Komen 5K Race for the Cure, Chattanooga Symphony & Orchestra 5K Classic Run, and has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. He has successfully passed both levels of the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM).

Douglas completed the MBA program in December 2009.