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Citadel News Service
8 Apr 2012

School of Business Hall of Fame inductees named for 2012

Four leaders in business, industry and their communities are slated for induction into The Citadel School of Business Administration’s Hall of Fame as Leaders of Principle and the 2012 Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award recipient. 

"Leaders of Principle have enjoyed substantial success in business or public service and have made significant contributions to their communities,” said Ron Green, dean of the School of Business Administration. “We are proud to welcome this year’s nominees into the Hall of Fame.”

The 2012 Hall of Fame banquet and awards presentation is an invitation-only event on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave. During the banquet, the School of Business Administration will present awards to students and faculty and will recognize those students slated later this month for induction into the honor society Beta Gamma Sigma.

Other awards recipients:

  • Undergraduate Professor of the Year – Robert Riggle
  • Evening Undergraduate Professor of the Year – Lancie Affonso
  • MBA Professor of the Year – Timothy Keogh
  • \Most Outstanding Business Administration Senior – Cadet Josiah D. Neal
  • Most Outstanding Evening Undergraduate Senior – Frances Johnson
  • MBA Student of the Year – Michael R. Crosby

The Hall of Fame Leaders of Principle program honors those who have lived a life consistent with The Citadel’s mission to educate and develop leaders of principle to serve a global community and demonstrates the values of integrity, diversity, respect and professional and intellectual development for all. This year’s inductees are:

Richard “Rick” Bastin


Richard Bastin

Richard “Rick” Bastin graduated from The Citadel in 1965 with a B.S. in Business Administration and received his MBA from Emory University in 1966. After serving in the Army from 1966 to 1969, Bastin went to work in the family automobile dealership business in Florida. 

Bastin was owner several dealerships in his career. Among them were Honda, Volvo, Volkswagen, Subaru and Mercedes Benz dealerships. His Mercedes-Benz of Palm Beach dealership began in 1969 and when sold in 2006 was one of the largest on the East Coast. Upon retirement, this dealership had grown to a 76,000-square-foot facility on 12 acres of land.   

Bastin has received the Dealer of Excellence Award from both Volvo and Mercedes Benz. He has served on the South Florida Automobile Dealers Association Board, the National Mercedes-Benz Dealer Council and National Dealers Board and has been involved in a number of civic and non-profit organizations in South Florida. 

Bastin currently serves as a member of the School of Business Administration’s advisory board where he and his wife, Mary Lee, have been instrumental in developing the financial leadership program. 

Michael Moody


Michael Moody

Michael Moody grew up in Australia where his career in banking and investments began.

A graduate of Macquarie University in Sydney, Moody’s interest in working outside of Australia began with his appointment as International Investment Manager with QBE Insurance Group in the mid-1970s. He managed portfolios in the Pacific Rim, Middle East, Europe and North America. He came to the U.S. in 1985 and established Capel Court Pacific, a Los Angeles-based investment bank that assisted Australian companies with U. S. acquisitions. At Capel Court Moody assisted QBE’s acquisition of Sequoia Insurance Co. in Menlo Park, Calif. Afterward he  rejoined QBE in 1990 as president and chairman of Sequoia.

Since the mid-1990s, Moody has focused on business management and turnarounds in the United States. His international knowledge and extensive experience in different businesses has been particularly beneficial as Force Protection built a business based on the Buffalo and Cougar MRAP vehicles that have saved the lives of so many soldiers and Marines. 

Moody’s began his association with Force Protection as a member of its board of directors in 2006. He was appointed chairman of the board and CEO in early 2008. During his CEO tenure, Force Protection built a strong business providing lifesaving vehicles to the armed forces and to our allies, by using the spare parts (replacing those that are blown off) and hundreds of field service representatives to keep these vehicles operating. Today, as much as ever, Force Protection lives true to its mission of “Saving Heroes Lives.” In December 2011, Force Protection merged with General Dynamics Land Systems. 

Moody serves on the Medical University of South Carolina Neuroscience Advisory Board, and is a board member of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce.

Mary V. Propes


Mary Propes

Mary V. Propes serves as owner and CEO of MVP Group International, Inc. headquartered in Charleston. MVP Group is a multi-focused international group of companies consisting of MVP Mass (world’s largest private label candle manufacturer), Colonial Candle (America’s oldest candle brand), MidWest/CBK (seasonal and home décor goods), Monkeez Makes a Difference (philanthropy focused), and Everybody’s Soyveda (all natural and eco-friendly products). She also co-founded MVP Granite and Marble LLC., MVP Textiles Inc., and Cactus LLC.

Propes created MVP after a long and distinguished career as a consultant and public servant that began in 1984 as director of the Chamber of Commerce Director in Graves County, Ky. As director, she successfully recruited Seaboard Farms and other businesses to the area that created more than 4,000 jobs in a town 10,000 people. In 1987, she formed Master Consultants and began serving many of the world’s largest agra-businesses. She also consulted with companies such as Georgia Power, the State of Georgia, Schottenstein Stores Corp., Atlantic Paper and Foil, and numerous towns and cities wanting to recruit large industrial companies.

Through her love of business and people, Propes has served on the boards of numerous companies and organizations in the U.S. and abroad. She is an active member of Seacoast Church. 

The Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award was created to recognize exceptional young leaders, 30 to 50 years old, who have been successful in business and have made noteworthy contributions to their communities, just as Chapman had done as publisher of The Miami Herald and later as chairman of the Knight Ridder newspaper chain.

This year’s Chapman award recipient is Channing Proctor of Charleston.


Channing Proctor

Proctor was born in Oak Harbor, Wash., and grew up in Mississippi and Georgia. He attended The Citadel on a baseball and academic scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1991. He is a lifetime member of The Citadel Alumni Association and is currently an executive sales consultant with Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

In 2003, Proctor founded and now serves as board member and chairman of the corporate advisory panel for the Charleston Miracle League, a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing baseball leagues for children and adults with mental and/or physical disabilities. There are currently more than 160 children and adults registered to play in the Charleston Miracle League. 

In 2010, Proctor founded and became president of the PlayToday! Foundation, a non-profit that creates recreational opportunities for people of all abilities both domestically and internationally. Continuing his dedication to philanthropy, Proctor also guides an ongoing partnership between The Citadel, Medical University of South Carolina, City of Charleston recreation and police departments, and the PlayToday! Foundation to study the effects of sports participation for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade local children from Title 1 schools.

For his commitment to community service and philanthropy work, Proctor has received numerous citations and awards, including the Charleston Metro Sports Council’s Best Charleston Sports Moments Award (2005), Sertoma Club’s Humanitarian Award (2005), Inaugural Jefferson Service Award nominee by The Post and Courier (2006), Mass Mutual and Exceptional Parenting Magazine’s Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award (2006), Inaugural Citadel Young Alumnus of the Year (2006), Charleston’s Baseball Hall of Fame nominee (2010), and National Model Initiate for Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity (2010).

In 2002, Mr. Proctor authored “Seasoned Rookie,” a fictional novel based on his own life growing up in Mississippi.


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