Marriott Alumni Magazine

Summer 2016

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Alumni News would have never even known about the concert," says Shaun Brown, the events committee chair for the Spokane Chapter. Arkansas, Northwest Chapter Every spring the Arkansas, Northwest Chapter partners with the Westark Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America to sponsor a merit badge summit. Volunteers spend, on average, nearly one thousand hours helping teens earn nearly a thou- sand merit badges. The proceeds from the summit are split equally between the Boy Scouts of America and the Management Society's scholarship fund. "The opportunities I've had to directly impact others through my volunteer work with the Management Society are phenomenal," says April McClure, the chapter's treasurer. "I not only get the privilege of helping boys gain the skills and knowledge they need to progress in Scouting, but the folks I've met along the way are the icing on the cake." Taiwan, Taipei Chapter When the Taiwan, Taipei Chapter was formed, one of its main goals was to work with Self-Reliance Services (SRS) through the LDS Church. "Our desire to begin the chapter came from a growing need to support and strengthen young returned missionaries who were just beginning their careers," says Ross Chiles, Taiwan chapter president and a member of the society's Steering Committee. In conjunction with SRS, the group also started a successful leader sympo- sium, which developed into a full course to help people with their careers, leader- ship skills, and entrepreneurship. "Ultimately after all the networking and functions that we do, service is the thing that will keep people interested in being involved," says Leighton Bascom, a Steering Committee member. "I see the BYU Management Society as a unique support for SRS initiatives and a bridge between the church and the community." To learn more about the Management Society or find a chapter near you, visit MAnAgeMent SocIetY Management Society Serves Around the World The BYU Management Society may be a premier network for business profes- sionals, but a service-oriented mission ensures its influence reaches far more than the boardroom. With programs that fund scholarships, assist local Scouts, and develop young professionals, the follow- ing chapters are a small sampling of the community building the Management Society supports across the globe. Washington, Spokane Chapter In February the Washington, Spokane Chapter organized a fundraising concert with Vocal Point, BYU's nine-man a cap- pella group. Spokane's INB Performing Arts Center was packed with 1,800 fans, raising about $20,000. The chapter plans to use the proceeds to award twenty-four traditional college scholarships and five scholarships for Pathway, a low-cost online education program sponsored by BYU–Idaho. In addition to fundraising, the chapter arranged a second Vocal Point concert for the Slavic Baptist Church. Two Russian-speaking members of the singing group were able to connect with the congregation. "This community outreach event gave Vocal Point a chance to share their talents with a group of people who clASS noteS 1978 Retirement didn't last long for Mark R. Palesh. A military man and former local gov- ernment administrator, Palesh retired in 2011 as a lieutenant colonel from the Air Force Reserve and National Guard. But last year he was happy to return to work when he was selected as city manager of West Jordan, Utah. He previously managed six cities across the nation, including Lindon, Utah; Juneau, Alaska; and Auburn, New York. His interest in public service was sparked when he was stationed with the Air Force in North Dakota; there he rubbed shoulders with a professor of city management and enrolled in his course, enjoying it from first day to final exam. He headed to BYU, earning his MPA in 1978 while flying for the National Guard. He has served as a managing member and CEO of the Magellan Group, a Salt Lake City land-development consulting group, since 1995. His twenty-five years in the military included two flying tours in Vietnam. Palesh, who counts flying airplanes and riding motorcycles as his hobbies, is the proud father of five and grandfather of two. 1984 After only three years at BYU, Terry L. Weath- ers graduated summa cum laude with a BS in accounting in 1984. But that was just the begin- ning of her success. She got a job right away in public accounting, then moved to healthcare auditing as senior manager at KPMG for ten years. She spent the next nine years working as vice president of CHAN Healthcare Auditors. After a short time at Children's Mercy Hospital and Applebee's, she moved over to Centene, a Fortune 500 healthcare enterprise, where she has been the senior vice president of finance for the past eight years. Weathers 34 MARRIOTT

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