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Fogelman College lauds business executives

The Fogelman College of Business & Economics Alumni Chapter recognized two innovative business executives at its 15th annual Alumni Day luncheon in October. Eric Bolton was named Outstanding Alumnus and Carolyn Hardy became the first recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Bolton (BBA ’78), president and CEO of Mid-America Apartment Communities, is a longtime supporter of the Fogelman College. He was named chair of Mid-America in 2002, having assumed the duties of CEO a year earlier. Bolton has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate industry and has been a member of Mid-America’s management team since 1994. Before joining Mid-America, he spent seven years with Trammell Crow Co. in Dallas, most recently as executive vice president and CEO of Trammell Crow Asset Management. Bolton also has extensive multi-family real estate experience in new development, redevelopment, acquisitions/dispositions and property management. He holds designations as a certified public accountant and associate of risk management. Active in the community, Bolton serves on the board of directors of Youth Villages and the U of M’s Board of Visitors.

Hardy (BBA ’74, MBA ’87), a former vice president of Coors Brewing Company’s Memphis business unit, became president and CEO of Hardy Bottling Co. in 2006. This made her the first African-American female to own a major brewery with the ability to manufacture more than 100 million cases of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Before joining Coors, Hardy was vice president of services, responsible for national software implementations, for Honeywell-POMS Corp. She received the Grace Woman of Excellence award, the 2006 New Business of the Year award from the Black Business Association and was honored as the Boys and Girls Club Young Executive of the Year. Hardy is an active member of such organizations as WKNO, the Industrial Development Board, the Wolf River Conservancy, the Regional Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Greater Memphis.

Debbi Fields Rose, founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies, was the keynote speaker.

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