The Knox Foundation for Ethics and the Reinhardt University McCamish School of Business will host an interactive ethics panel on Thursday, March 17, at 2 p.m. in the Hill Freeman Library & Spruill Learning Center on Reinhardt's campus in Waleska, Ga. The panel will discuss their experiences of ethics in business and then audience members will have an open floor to ask questions.
"Ethics is a topic increasingly interest and is vitally important in today's environment," said Dr. Kathy Hyatt, assistant professor of business. "We are very excited about the opportunity to host an interactive ethics panel at Reinhardt University. We encourage everyone to attend!"
Three Reinhardt Ambassadors were selected to participate in the panel: John Hicks, of Canton, Ga.; Steve Holcomb, of Ball Ground, Ga.; and Alan King, of Kennesaw, Ga.
"These three individuals were chosen as panel members because they have close ties with Reinhardt as Ambassadors and because of their extensive business experience and background in instituting ethical standards in their business practices," said Hyatt. "We look forward to hearing about this and how our students can do the same now and in their own future careers."
Hicks currently serves as the YMCA senior director. He won the Sullivan Award in 2005, which is the highest award a YMCA staff member can receive. Hicks is a member of the Rotary Club and is involved in many other local environmental and conservation organizations. He is a past Cherokee County Chamber board member and a graduate of Leadership Cherokee. Hicks is a graduate of Florida Presbyterian College with a bachelor of arts in sociology.
King is owner and principal of Alan H. King Consulting. He helps organizations achieve peak performance, assess and reach desired goals and improve their organizational and leadership effectiveness. Alan has worked with organizations such as Delta Air Lines, Georgia-Pacific, Progressive Lighting, the U.S. Air Force, and The Southern Company.
King served as board chair of the ALS Association of Georgia (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He is past president of the Reinhardt University Ambassadors and an ex-officio member of the Reinhardt University Board of Trustees. He is an active member and former president of the Georgia Festival Chorus and maintains an active membership in the Rotary Club of Atlanta. King has a master of science degree from the University System of Georgia in business and organizational development.
Holcomb is a life-long resident of Cherokee County. In the banking profession for more than 37 years, Holcomb is currently CEO/President of the Cherokee County Offices of United Community Bank. He also manages United's Commercial Lending Group for NW Metro Atlanta.
Holcomb has been a member of the Development Authority of Cherokee County since 1983, and presently serves as the vice chairman of the Development Authority of Cherokee County and the chairman of the Cherokee County Development Authority. He is also a member of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce where he has served as a past chairman. He was on the Board of Directors of Appalachian Technical College for over 20 years where he served as chairman of the board for many years until the completion of the college's merger with Chattahoochee Technical College in 2009. Holcomb also serves on the Reinhardt University Board of Ambassadors. He is a Leadership Georgia alumni, a member of the Canton Lions Club, and a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association where he was named "Volunteer of the Year for 2008".
Holcomb is a graduate of Cherokee High School, Georgia State University, Georgia Banking School of UGA and Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.
The Knox Foundation was founded by the late Mr. Pete Knox who was a loyal trustee and friend of Reinhardt. He began the Foundation in support of ethics education in business and other areas at Reinhardt. His son, the late Mr. Boone A. Knox, continued to support Reinhardt University through the Foundation after the death of his father and throughout his own life.
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