2013 Alumni Award Winners


USF Alumni Association Announces 2013 USF Alumni Award Recipients


The USF Alumni Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the University of South Florida 2013 Alumni Awards. Through their professional accomplishments and personal service, these five honorees were selected as representative of the university’s core values of student success, community engagement and global impact. The USF Alumni Award recipients will receive their awards at a banquet held in their honor on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom.

The recipients are:

Robert “Rob” B. Carter, MBA `90 – Distinguished Alumnus Award
Recognizing a USF alumnus who has reached the pinnacle of success in his/her career

Rob Carter is co-chief executive officer and chief information officer of FedEx Corporate Services and serves as a member of its five-person executive committee. He joined FedEx in 1993 and has more than 30 years’ experience in systems development and implementation. Carter has received numerous professional awards, including Information Week’s Chief of the Year Award (2000, 2001, 2005), InfoWorld Chief Technology Officer of the Year (2000), CIO Magazine’s 100 Award (2000-2004, 2006) and its 20/20 Vision Award, as well as being a charter inductee into the magazine’s Hall of Fame. Most recently, he was named No. 18 in the “100 Most Creative People in Business” (2010) by Fast Company and was named as part of FORTUNE magazine’s Executive Dream Team. Carter sits on the boards of Saks Incorporated and First Horizon National Corporation.

Kimberly A. Ross, BA `92 – Distinguished Alumnus Award
Recognizing a USF alumnus who has reached the pinnacle of success in his/her career

Kimberly Ross is executive vice president and chief financial officer of the multibillion dollar conglomerate, Avon Products, Inc. overseeing global finance and investor relations. Ross joined Avon after serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Royal Ahold, a Dutch corporation with nearly 3,000 grocery stores in the United States and Europe, where she oversaw global finance and IT and she played an important role in the company's return to a sound balance sheet and strong cash position. Prior to Ahold, Ross gained extensive experience in international emerging and developed markets with Seagram’s international audit and treasury functions. She speaks three languages, English, Spanish and Portuguese, which served her well overseeing operations in Latin America and Europe. Ross has previously held senior management positions at Ernst & Young Global Limited and Anchor Glass.

Brian Lamb, BS `98 – Donald A. Gifford Service Award
Recognizing a USF graduate alumnus who has provided countless hours of service to USF

Brian Lamb is president and chief executive officer of Fifth Third Bank, Tampa Bay region, and is responsible for all of the bank’s lines of business in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties. A 2008 USF Outstanding Young Alumnus Award recipient, Lamb is heavily involved with the university, serving on the USF System Board of Trustees and as a mentor in the College of Business Corporate Mentor Program, where he was once a mentee. He also is a member of the President’s Council Silver Club. A former guard and captain of the USF’s Men’s Basketball team, Lamb served on the national search committee to recruit a new Athletics director in 2003, and frequently speaks to student athletes about life after sports. He has served on the USF Alumni Association Board of Directors, the School of Accountancy advisory board, and was the keynote speaker at USF’s 10th annual Diversity Summit in April 2013. Lamb is active in the community as well, holding board positions on the Shelton Quarles IMPACT Foundation, Hillsborough Economic Development Council and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. He also serves on the executive committee and is chair of the campaign cabinet for the Tampa Bay Partnership. Lamb was named to Gulf Coast Business Review’s “Forty Under 40” (2012) and was named CFO of the Year (2007) and Minority Business Person of the Year (2006) by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Jeffrey B. Hackman, BS `00 & MACC `06 – Outstanding Young Alumnus
Recognizing a younger (35 years old or younger) USF alumnus for his/her outstanding professional achievements

Jeff Hackman is group chief accounting officer for Cunningham Lindsey, one of the largest loss adjusting and claim management companies in the world, with operations in 62 countries. Hackman started this new role in September 2013. Before joining Cunningham Lindsey, Hackman was vice president and chief accounting officer at Kforce, a national staffing company headquartered in Tampa. Hackman joined Kforce in 2007 as SEC reporting director. He received two top awards at Kforce:CFO Performer of the Year in 2008 and Top Performer in 2009. Earlier this year, he received Kforce’s Dick Maddock Award, the company’s highest accolade for exceptional service and outstanding results. In 2012, Hackman was named by Treasury and Risk magazine as one of “America’s Top 30 Corporate Finance Executives” under the age of 40. Hackman has served as a member and chair of USF’s School of Accountancy’s Accounting Circle and is a member of its advisory board. He is an active speaker on campus and has devoted hundreds of hours to USF.

Carol D. Morsani – Class of `56 Award
Recognizing a non-USF graduate who has provided outstanding service to USF and the community

Carol Morsani is a director of the Frank and Carol Morsani Foundation, Inc., which supports education, the arts, and healthcare, as well as other worthy community programs. Along with her husband Frank, Morsani is a member of the President’s Council 1956 Society – Visionary and Legacy Society, a group of donors who have pledged $10 million or more to the university. Their gifts have supported the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Health Care, a baseball/softball complex and football practice complex for USF Athletics, and the Robert L. Anderson Professorship in the College of Business, as well as numerous scholarships, research programs and lecture series. In 2011, the Morsanis gave a $20 million gift to USF Health, in recognition of which the USF Board of Trustees renamed USF's medical school as the Morsani College of Medicine. Carol Morsani also serves as the honorary chair of the USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy of which she is a Founding Member. A dedicated supporter of the arts, Morsani was named Cultural Contributor of the Year in 2002 by the Tampa Chamber of Commerce. The Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts was named in recognition of her philanthropy, as was the Morsani Lobby Atrium at the Tampa Museum of Art.

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