Outstanding Alumni Sought for 2014
The Southwest Alumni Association is currently seeking nominations for the 2014 Alumnus of the Year award. This award is given to an outstanding alumnus who has established him/herself as an important part of their community. The candidate must hold an earned degree from Southwest Tennessee Community College. He/she must be accomplished in their business, profession, life work or other worthy endeavors.
Nominations can be made by anyone. The selection committee, headed by the alumni association president, will review the nominations and determine the recipient in April 2014. The recipient will be notified in April 2014 and the award will be presented at the Commencement ceremony in May 2014.
Deadline for nomination submissions is 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 10, 2014. For more information, please call 901-333-4997. You can nominate someone over the phone or by submitting the form below.
2013 Alumnus of the Year
Darrell K. Thomas, 1986 graduate and owner of Thomas Consultants, Inc., was chosen as 2013 Alumnus of the Year. A self-starter and a born entrepreneur, Thomas earned his biomedical engineering technology degree from Southwest (formerly State Technical Institute of Memphis) in 1986 and immediately formed Thomas Consultants, Inc. all the while pursuing his bachelor's degree from Christian Brother's University. While Thomas Consultants, Inc. initially provided turnkey systems for medical and dental offices, they branched into the government and corporate sector and are now seen as a leading national provider of information technology and communication solutions. For his efforts, Thomas Consultants, Inc. was chosen as the 2009 Minority Business of the Year.
Thomas is exceptionally community minded serving on numerous boards including the Baron Heights Community Development Corporation, where he was a founding director, the South Central Conference of Seventh Day Adventist, the MemphisFirst Community Bank, where he was a founding director, and the Regional Medical Center. He is also a member of the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Rotary Club, and has served a Juvenile Court Volunteer Probation Officer for more than 12 years. This Breath of Life Church Board Elder and Treasurer also is a Leadership Memphis graduate and is a member of the Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation Board where he has established an endowed scholarship to aid students with their tuition.
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