Goizueta handed out alumni achievement awards and celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Goizueta Marketing Strategy Consultancy Feb. 17 at the Georgia Aquarium. PHOTO: Allison Shirreffs

Alumni spanning several decades gathered Feb. 17 at the Georgia Aquarium for the annual Goizueta Alumni Awards Celebration and in recognition of the Goizueta Marketing Strategy Consultancy (GMSC), which celebrates its 20th year in 2011.

“We’ve got a lot to celebrate,” Dean Larry Benveniste reported to the audience. “Our school is doing great.”

Benveniste noted success of the Center for Alternative Investments, graduate hirings in a tough economy and honors bestowed on faculty in recent months.

But the highlight of the evening came in recognition of GMSC’s rich tradition in offering first-hand consulting experience to first-year MBA students (video) and in the honoring of alums for their service to industry, school and community.

Award winners included…

Outstanding Recent Alumni Award
Lynn Labuda 09MEMBA

Lynn Labuda is COO of Fuzeboxinc and has more than 30 years experience in strategic development and operations management. Prior to her current position, Labuda was Executive Director of Tile Partners for Humanity — a nonprofit organization partnering with Habitat for Humanity International. While a student, Lynn held leadership positions with Executive Women of Goizueta and chaired the annual EWG Conference.She currently works as the group’s treasurer. She is also the chair of the Goizueta Alumni Board’s affinity group committee.

Alumni Entrepreneurship Award
Thomas Franklin “Tom” Beaty 97MBA

Tom Beaty is Founder and CEO of Insight Sourcing Group, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm. Formed in2002, Insight Sourcing Group specializes in strategic sourcing and procurement services for mid- to large-sized companies and private equity firms. In 2008, Insight Sourcing Group was named an Inc. 500 company (the 227th fastest growing company in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine). Prior to starting ISG, he worked with Deloitte Consulting. Tom was recognized in 2007 as one ofthe top “40 Under 40” executives in Atlanta.

Alumni Service Award
Tara L. Whitehead-Stotland 93MBA

Tara Whitehead-Stotland has served the Emory and Goizueta Alumni community in several roles. She is past president of the Goizueta Alumni Board, serving there for six years. She also served on the Emory Alumni Board for five years where she held a variety of roles including co-chair of the marketing committee and member of the campaign committee. She is vice president of The North Highland Company and supports communications industry clients.

Distinguished Achievement Award
Harry L. Gilham, Jr. 51BBA

Harry Gilham graduated with highest honors from EmoryBusiness School with a BBA in 1951. He served aboard a destroyer escort in the Pacific during the Korean War. Gilham is president and founder of Georgia Lighting Company, serving there from 1960 to 2001. He began with three employees and, by 1999, had almost 300 employees and $40 million in revenues when he completed the sale to The Home Depot.

GMSC Distinguished Alumni Award
Karri Hobson-Pape 00MBA

Karri Hobson-Pape is a seasoned strategic marketing executive with a strong track record of building unique brands that drive ROI and business results. During her second year at Goizueta, she helped lead the transition for GMSC to become a class for students and worked closely with Dr. Reshma Shah, the faculty advisor. Hobson-Pape set up international relationships with other school partners to test live international judging. After graduating, Hobson-Pape took a position as marketing strategist for the corporate marketing division of IBM Corporation, focusing on the global launch of the e-business campaign and evolution of the IBM brand positioning. In this capacity, she continued to work with GMSC as a client and judge for five years.