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Howard F. Rudd, Jr. Business Person of the Year Award

Celebrating our alumni leaders

The Howard F. Rudd, Jr. Business Person of the Year Award recognizes a graduate who has made significant contributions as a business leader to industry or profession, community and alma mater, and who has exhibited great integrity in his or her business and personal life. The School of Business selects this award recipient.

2020 Howard F. Rudd, Jr. Business Person of the Year Award 

Square-Vic-HowieVic Howie ’83

Vic Howie graduated from the College of Charleston in 1983 with a degree in business administration. He was an active member of Kappa Alpha and the Interfraternity Council. Following his graduation from the College, he earned an MBA from Western Carolina University and a European Management Certificate from Hogeschool Brabant School of Management and Economics in Breda, Netherlands.

He is the Managing Director and First Vice President of Introspect Wealth Advisors, a Raymond James-based team in Charlotte, NC. Prior to joining Raymond James, Mr. Howie was with Bank of America and Merrill Lynch for 29 years. At Bank of America, he served as the Consumer Marketing Executive for the Charlotte region and as Marketing Executive for the National Municipal and Public Finance and Commercial Banking Divisions. He also had a two-year stint as Chief Operating Officer of a NASDAQ-traded regional bank holding company in Charlotte.

Mr. Howie is the founder, creative director, and past chairman of the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte and was invited to present a TEDx Talk on his experience in creating the Center. He is the Founder of Pitch Breakfast, a monthly event in Charlotte, Asheville, and Davidson, NC, where start-up companies practice their investor pitches in front of a live audience and receive feedback from successful entrepreneurs and investors. He was also Chairman of the Charlotte Regional Film Commission for several years.

He has served on both the College of Charleston Alumni Association and Foundation Boards. He and his wife, Sherri Montgomery Howie ’87, have two children, Trey and Caroline ’20. 

Howard F. Rudd, Jr. Business Person of the Year Award Past Recipients


Robert C. Heffron, Jr. ‘67 *
Daniel Ravenel ‘72
John M. Jordan, Jr. ‘62 *
William T. Clowney ‘59
Lynne Mohrmann Bernthal ‘67
Martha Harbeson Bryan ‘76
Sam Kirshtein ‘45
Gregory D. Padgett '79
Christine Smith Breves '78
Steve D. Swanson '89
Justin R. McLain '98
Harry T. “Trey” Harvin III ‘92
J. West Riggs '93
Scott A. Cracraft, Sr. '83
Paul W. Steadman '83
Penny Jones McKeever '69
R. Keith Sauls '90
Bobby R. Creech '86
Sharon Brock Kingman ’80
Marcia Howie Snyder ’93



* Deceased