In a time of national crisis, opportunity abounds. That's the message keynote speaker
and Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley delivered to more than 550 community leaders,
business professionals, alumni and friends at the Fogelman College of Business & Economics'
19th Annual Alumni Day Luncheon. The event took place Nov. 2 at the Holiday Inn-University
At the ceremony, S. Morgan Morton (BBA '63) and Emily Greer (MBA '06) were recognized
by the college as Outstanding Alumni. Morton, retired senior vice president of Pfizer
Corp., received the award from presenter Philip O'Malley (BBA '10, MBA '11), the beneficiary
of a scholarship in his name. Greer, chief of staff of ALSAC, the fund-raising organization
of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, accepted her award with the words, "I am
making a commitment right now and here to support the University of Memphis."
Also at the ceremony, Avron B. Fogelman and Douglas Browne were honored with the college's
Distinguished Friend Awards. Fogelman, chairman of Fogelman Properties, said he is
proud to be a friend of the college and of the strides it has made. Browne, general
manager and vice president of the Peabody Hotel, added that he appreciates how the
college is reaching out to the Memphis business community.
In his keynote speech, Heisley noted that "the current economic situation in this
country is something we are all deeply concerned about." He provided a message of
encouragement to alumni and audience members, however, adding that in times of turmoil
and desperation, the greatest opportunities are created.
"That's what I have to say to young people just starting out in your careers," he
said. "It may be difficult to see it, it may not necessarily be presented to you on
a silver platter, but great opportunity is here. Now is the time to be looking for
investments. When people's attitudes are down, opportunities are up."