Marshall Business Hall of Fame adds five new members

Five highly successful business leaders were inducted into Marshall University’s Business Hall of Fame yesterday,  April 23.

The induction reception and ceremony took place in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

This year’s inductees are:

  • David A. Graley, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation, a longtime banker and former chair of the Huntington Area Development Council;
  • C. Frederick Shewey (who died in January 2012), founder of International Industries, Inc., president and owner of Grey Eagle Construction Company, Inc., a major force in the state’s natural resource industries, and an influential community and business leader in the Tug Valley region of West Virginia;
  • Louis S. Southworth, II, a tax attorney for Jackson Kelly PLLC, who was named West Virginia Best Lawyers Corporate Lawyer of the Year for 2009;
  • William Guy Spriggs, Chairman of Anheuser-Busch Operations, founder of Eagle Distributing Company and chairman of the board for Triple Crown Beverage; and,
  • Charles H. Wendell, a Certified Public Accountant who is the CEO of hotel entities that have developed 20 properties in the middle Atlantic and southern states.

The Hall of Fame honors those people in the business community who have outstanding records of long-standing achievement in their career fields. It is the most distinguished honor granted by the College of Business.

Following the induction ceremony, the Hall of Fame now has 90 members, dating back to the first inductions in 1994. Here is a brief look at each of the new inductees:

David Andrew Graley joined the First Huntington National Bank in in 1975 where he served in a variety of senior management roles, including Senior Corporate Banking Manager for the State of West Virginia.   He has served his community through  involvement in Chamber of Commerce and other economic development activities.

During his terms as chair of the Huntington Area Development Council, he worked toward the goals of involving the business community with Marshall University and encouraging the development of “New Economy” jobs. He served on the board of the Marshall University Research Corp., the MU College of Business Advisory Board and the Forensic Science Advisory Committee.

Graley was honored as the Top Economic Development Volunteer in West Virginia in 2004 and was declared a Distinguished West Virginian by Gov. Bob Wise.  He was later given a Commendation for Volunteer Service by Gov. Joe Manchin and was recognized as one of the top economic development volunteers in the southeastern U.S. by Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco.

After Graley closed out his banking career in 2008 as president of the Huntington Region for Chase. he  began a rewarding move to Cabell Huntington Hospital to raise funds for a children’s hospital.  Since then, Graley has led a successful campaign, raising $12 million, and the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital was “born.” He continues to serve as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation.

>C.  Frederick Shewey was an influential community and business leader in the Tug Valley region of West Virginia for many years. He was a major force in the state’s natural resource industries, beginning in oil and gas and moving into lumber and coal.

Shewey was one of the founders of Dash Coal Company, which grew into International Industries Inc. He worked daily with his  friend and business partner, James H. “Buck” Harless. In addition, he was owner and president of Grey Eagle Construction Company Inc.

At Marshall University, he was a member of the Fine and Performing Arts Gala and Annual Fund, a member of the President’s Circle, the John Marshall Society, and an emeritus member, Circle of Gold, of the Marshall University Foundation. He was a member of the International Oil and Gas Producers Association, the West Virginia Coal Association, Shriners International, Boy Scouts of America, Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce and many other civic organizations.

Shewey received many awards throughout his life, including the Distinguished West Virginia Award in 1996 and again in 2010.  He is recognized and honored on the Pathway of  Prominence at Marshall University and by the name of the Fred and Christine Shewey Athletics Building at Marshall.

Shewey believed strongly in the value of education and served 18 years on the Mingo County Board of Education in West Virginia. He established scholarships at Marshall University and the University of Florida.

Louis S. Southworth, II, is a member  and practicing tax attorney with the law firm of Jackson Kelly PLLC.  He joined the firm in 1968 and focuses his law practice on administrative, business and commercial, business planning, leases, legislative services, mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate law.

Southworth received a Bachelor of Arts from Marshall University in 1965, a Juris Doctor from West Virginia University in 1968 and an LL.M. in taxation from the New York University School of Law in 1970. A frequent lecturer at various tax seminars and meetings, Southworth is listed in Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America® (corporate law, tax law) and was named West Virginia Best Lawyers Corporate Lawyer of the Year for 2009.  In addition, he has been published in the West Virginia Law Review and The Corporation Law Handbook – West Virginia Practice Handbook, among others.

Southworth presently serves as chairman of the Government Relations Committee of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. He heads up the Jackson Kelly Legislative Services Team in West Virginia. He is actively involved with the American and West Virginia Bar Associations and is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

He is a trustee of many professional and civic associations and has served as a director of the Charleston Area Medical Center Foundation, the University of Charleston and the Clay Foundation.  Since 1999, Southworth has served as a member of the firm’s executive committee, the governing body of Jackson Kelly, and was elected as its chairman in 2001 – a position he retains today.

William Guy Spriggs was employed in the travel business and then sold insurance before returning to join the family business in 1976 as a wine salesman at Spriggs Distributing Company, which was established by his grandfather, Guy Spriggs, in 1933.

He advanced to sales manager before moving to Ashland, Ky., in 1980, where he founded Eagle Distributing Company. Spriggs has been chairman of the board for Spriggs Distributing in Ironton, Eagle Distributing in Ashland and Eagle Distributing in Huntington. In 2011, the three operations combined their management efforts and now operate under the name Triple Crown Beverage, which serves more than 15 counties in the Tri-state area with beer, wine and energy drinks.

While working in the beer business, Spriggs served on industry association boards in both Ohio and Kentucky.  He has spent many hours giving back to his community, serving on the boards of the Paramount Arts Center, Ashland Alliance, Ironton City Schools Foundation (which was founded by his father), Ashland Salvation Army, Foundation Tristate. He is past president of the KDMC Health Foundation and Ramey Estep Home.

He served as chairman of the capital campaigns for Ashland Community College, Ohio University Ironton branch and Kentucky Highlands Museum. In 2003, he was awarded the Foundation Tristate community service award and in 2004 the Appalachian Regional Commission award for philanthropy. In 2003, he was recognized by the U.S. Congress with Angels of Adoption award for his work at the Ramey Estep Home.

Charles H. Wendell is a Certified Public Accountant with a variety of real estate and business experience. He has held principal positions in the coal, construction, hotel and real estate fields since 1976. Currently, he is the CEO of hotel entities that have developed 20 properties in the middle Atlantic and southern states, including Hampton Inns, Courtyards by Marriott, Residence Inns by Mariott, Fairfield Inn, Homewood suites by Hilton, Holiday Inns, etc.

He also is the CEO of a wide array of commercial real estate entities in the same middle Atlantic and southern states.  He is responsible for the companies’ financing and legal issues, and is responsible for the development and acquisition activities of these companies.

His real estate experience includes the leasing and/or development of dozens of properties through construction and/or purchase of more than one-quarter of a billion dollars of hotel and commercial real estate in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Wendell has served as chair of the board of trustees of Porte-Gaud School, a  coed private institution in Charleston, S.C.  He graduated with honors from Marshall in 1970 and became a CPA in 1972.