The college honored outstanding alumni and corporate support with awards at the inaugural Pamplin Engagement Summit at the Hotel Roanoke in October. The awards process is overseen by the Pamplin Society, a volunteer group established to promote, support, and improve the college.
TIM CHASE (IEOR ’86, MBA ’91) is a principal with Deloitte Consulting and is a leader within its U.S. Government and Public Services practice. He is a member of the MBA Advisory Board and leads the student engagement committee. Chase has been instrumental in the development, implementation, and sustainability of a mentoring program for Virginia Tech MBA students.
Leveraging surveys of students and alumni that collect data on industry and business discipline expertise, the mentor program makes around 60 mentor matches each year, engaging hundreds of MBA students and alumni.
Rising Young Alumni Award
RISHAV KHANAL (BIT ’18) is a business solutions consultant at LinkedIn. He is a co-author of the book, Experience Over Degrees, and co-host and creator of the Practically Passionate podcast, with guests who have included Super Bowl champions, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and Emmy Award winners.
A former food stamp and free lunch recipient, Khanal says his hardships have helped shape his purpose in building a community to help young professionals become more resourceful. Seeing the value of passion and purpose at an early age through his parents shaped his thinking to “dream big and achieve the unattainable.”
Ut Prosim Award
MATTHEW L. OGBURN (FIN ’04, PSCI ’04) is an executive and business development lead in Accenture Finance & Enterprise Performance. He is a principal with Mustin Capital Management & Consulting Group, focusing on land-use, timber management, capital management, and solar production strategies.
His community support includes serving as chairman of the Duane Perdue Memorial Foundation, his role on the board of trustees for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia, and serving on the American Cancer Society’s Roanoke, Virginia, executive committee. He has also served as a key fundraiser for marrow-donor testing via “Be the Match,” the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Salem Education Foundation, the Jefferson Center Foundation, and The Spot on Kirk.
He serves on the Virginia Tech Athletic Fund (VTAF/Hokie Club) board of directors as a member of the executive committee, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine MMI admissions committee, the Pamplin Society’s executive leadership team as secretary, and as a fundraiser for the Virginia Tech Foundation. Additionally, he is a member of the 1872 Society and the Pylon Society, serves as a mentor in the Pamplin Undergraduate Mentoring Program, and funds a scholarship suite in memory of his brother, Dustin H. Ogburn.
MALLORY TUTTLE (M.S., HTM ’14) is associate director of the Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Centers. She serves as a member of the Portsmouth Service League Executive Board and the Portsmouth Museums Foundation Board. Nominators commended her for her commitment, hard work, creativity, and her “organizational skills and ability to motivate her peers to volunteer for a greater good.”
One nominator praised her efforts as an executive board member with tHRive, the Young Professionals Organization for the Hampton Roads Chamber, noting that Tuttle’s dedication gave the organization a strong foundation “to truly thrive.” Another noted that she began contributing immediately as a new board member through efforts in fundraising and social media communications.
At Pamplin, she helped develop test bank questions to supplement the open source business textbook released by management faculty member Steve Skripak and university librarian Anita Walz.
Tuttle previously worked at Old Dominion University, as the program manager at the Strome Entrepreneurial Center and as an adjunct professor, and at Franklin Southampton Economic Development Inc., as business development manager. Her recognitions include being listed among CoVaBiz Magazine’s Millennials on the Move and Inside Business’ Top 40 Under 40 in Hampton Roads.
Corporate Ambassador Award
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction, and advisory services with operations in more than 150 countries.
At Virginia Tech, EY is one of the top five employers of Pamplin graduates.
Alumni who work at EY give back to the college and university in several ways. Through service on various advisory boards at Pamplin, they provide insight and feedback to the college and its departments on academic programs, recruitment and retention of students, career development and placement, and emerging trends in the industry.
Alumni at EY have shared their professional expertise and experience with students as classroom speakers. They also support Virginia Tech through philanthropy, including through an employer matching gifts fund for the Department of Accounting and Information Systems that a group of EY partners established nearly a decade ago.
EY has sponsored workshops at Virginia Tech discussing the role of diversity and diversity education in the company and the diversity-related competencies it seeks when recruiting employees and how alumni have been able to use such competencies in their careers at EY.