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Citadel News Service
16 May 2014

Thornley, Jolley, Keenan and Lawless honored by Citadel School of Business

The Citadel recognizes business professionals at its annual Hall of Fame event

The Citadel School of Business honored four business leaders at its 11th annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The event is held each year to recognize outstanding professionals within the business community. This year's recipients of the Leader of Principle Award include: Dr. Mary Thornley, of Trident Technical College; Joseph J. Keenan, The Citadel Class of 1967; James "Jim" E. Jolley, The Citadel Class of 1947; and Chuck Lawless, of Mesirow Financial in Chicago.

"We hold the event each year to recognize Leaders of Principle and to award the Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award," said Dr. Bill Trumbull, Dean of the School of Business.

Dr. Mary Thornley has held the position of President with Trident Technical College since 1991. She has been recognized repeatedly for her contributions in economic development and leadership within the Charleston community as well as the state of South Carolina.

Mr. Joseph J. Keenan continues to serve as a founding partner of Palmetto Commercial Properties. A Charleston native, Mr. Keenan helped found Keenan & Hewitt Commercial Real Estate Company and the investment firm K&H Properties, prior to his current venture. In addition, Mr. Keenan serves as Senior Instructor for the CCIM Institute.

Mr. James "Jim" E. Jolley has supported The Citadel in various generous respects since 1966. He retired from his career at Multimedia, Inc. where he held positions of Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Mr. Jolley also sponsored the co-endowment in 1983, with his brother Bob, for the Robert A. Jolley Chair in Business Administration in memory of their father.

Mr. Chuck Lawless is a managing director at Mesirow Financial in Chicago, IL. After beginning with the firm in 1996, Mr. Lawless continued to grow and gain extensive investment and retirement plan advisory experience. He is head of The Lawless Advisory Group, managing high net worth accounts for private and corporate clients. He was named in Chicago magazine's "2010 Five Star Wealth Managers" and has written The Tyro Dossier – Beginning Principles for Young Asset Managers to Engage Success at Work and Beyond. As an Eagle Scout, Mr. Lawless continues to be active in the Boy Scouts of America. As well, he is President of The Chicago and Midwest Area Citadel Alumni Club.

The Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony is sponsored by The Citadel Class of 1965.

About the Leaders of Principle Award

Leaders of Principle have enjoyed substantial success in business or public service and have made significant contributions to their communities. Anyone can nominate a person for this award, and candidates may be living or deceased residents of South Carolina or another state and/or graduates of The Citadel or other colleges or universities. Moreover, the recipient's values should support those of The Citadel School of Business.

About The Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award

The Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award was created to recognize exceptional young leaders, thirty to fifty years old, who have been successful in business and have made noteworthy contributions to their communities, just as Mr. Chapman had done.