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MTSU Jones College of Business honors 4 professionals with special awards

Four area Middle Tennessee State University alumni business leaders were recognized recently with special awards from the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at the university.

Megan Bynum
Megan Bynum

The awards were presented at a special reception Oct. 27 in advance of the 2022 Leadership Summit: Innovative Leadership at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

• The Young Professional of the Year Award was presented to MTSU alumnus Megan Bynum, owner and a certified financial planner at Harvest Wealth Group LLC. The award recognizes someone who, at a relatively young age, has already been a role model whose accomplishments are outstanding and an inspiration to others—but who also has the potential to rise to even greater heights.

Bynum graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance and an MBA.  

Middle Tennessee State University alumna Megan Bynum, right, holds the Young Professional of the Year Award she received earlier during a special reception for 2022 Leadership Summit award recipients hosted by the Jennings A. Jones College of Business on Oct. 27, 2022, at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Pictured with her is husband Wesley Bynum. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)
Middle Tennessee State University alumna Megan Bynum, right, holds the Young Professional of the Year Award she received during a special reception for 2022 Leadership Summit award recipients hosted by the Jennings A. Jones College of Business on Oct. 27, 2022, at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Pictured with her is her husband, Wesley Bynum. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)
Chuck McDowell
Chuck McDowell

• The Jennings A. Jones Champion of Free Enterprise Award was presented to alumnus Chuck McDowell, founder and CEO of Wesley Financial Group LLC, who also recently founded Wesley Mortgage, the official mortgage provider of the Tennessee Titans. The award is presented to an individual whose achievements are in keeping with the highest traditions of the American system of free enterprise. 

“Award recipients are role models whose business, professional, and personal achievements stand out for all to see and emulate,” Jones College Dean David Urban said. “Chuck believes in promoting the entrepreneurial spirit in young people; he has contributed his time, talent, and treasure to enhance our undergraduate program in business innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Middle Tennessee State University alumnus Chuck McDowell gives remarks during a special reception for 2022 Leadership Summit award recipients hosted by the Jennings A. Jones College of Business on Oct. 27, 2022, at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, Tenn. McDowell received the Jennings A. Jones Champion of Free Enterprise Award. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)
Middle Tennessee State University alumnus Chuck McDowell speaks during a special reception for 2022 Leadership Summit award recipients hosted by the Jennings A. Jones College of Business on Oct. 27, 2022, at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, Tenn. McDowell received the Jennings A. Jones Champion of Free Enterprise Award. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)
David Urban, left, dean of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University, prepares to present alumna Lori Williams, right, with the Jones College Exemplar Award during a special reception for 2022 Leadership Summit award recipients hosted by the college on Oct. 27, 2022, at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)
David Urban, left, dean of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University, prepares to present alumna Lori Williams, right, with the Jones College Exemplar Award during a special reception for 2022 Leadership Summit award recipients hosted by the college on Oct. 27, 2022, at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)
Lori Williams
Lori Williams

• The Jones College Exemplar Award was presented to Lori Williams, controller for Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. This award goes to a graduate of the Jones College whose personal and professional behavior set an excellent example for current students and alumni.

A seasoned accounting professional and CPA, Williams has over 35 years of experience in financial management and leadership. Williams received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from MTSU.

Jeff Ballard
Jeff Ballard

• The Spirit of America Award was presented to Jeff Ballard, a Middle Tennessee native who joined Delta Dental of Tennessee as chief financial officer in 2015 and moved into his current position as president in 2022. The award commemorates the extraordinary accomplishments of the late Ambassador Joe M. Rodgers in business, government, education and charitable endeavors.

A CPA, Ballard earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from MTSU. 

— Jimmy Hart (Jimmy.Hart@mtsu.edu)

Middle Tennessee State University alumnus Jeff Ballard, president of Delta Dental of Tennessee, center, claps during a special reception for 2022 Leadership Summit award recipients hosted by the Jennings A. Jones College of Business on Oct. 27, 2022, at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Ballard was presented the Jones College Exemplar Award. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)
Middle Tennessee State University alumnus Jeff Ballard, center, president of Delta Dental of Tennessee, center, applauds a speaker’s comments during a special reception for 2022 Leadership Summit award recipients hosted by the Jennings A. Jones College of Business on Oct. 27, 2022, at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Ballard received the Jones College Exemplar Award at the event. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)

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