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Howard F. Rudd, Jr. Business Person of the Year Award

Celebrating our alumni leaders

The Howard F. Rudd, Jr. Business Person of the Year Award recognizes a graduate who has made significant contributions as a business leader to industry or profession, community and alma mater, and who has exhibited great integrity in his or her business and personal life. The School of Business selects this award recipient.

2017 Howard F. Rudd, Jr. Business Person of the Year Award 

Bobby R. Creech Jr. '86 

Bobby Creech earned a degree in business administration from the College in 1986, and has been a practicing CPA in the Charleston area since 1988. He is the Partner-in-Charge of tax and business advisory services for the Charleston office of WebsterRogers LLP, and the Partner-in- Charge of the firm’s estate and trust group. Creech is currently on the Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board, where he serves as treasurer and a member of its executive committee. He is past chairman of the South Carolina Board of Accountancy, past president of the South Carolina Association of CPAs, and has served on the ethics and nominating committees of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

His dedication to his profession is matched only by his devotion to his alma mater. Creech has been actively involved with the College of Charleston for many years, having served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Cougar Club Board. He has been a member of the College’s Accounting and Legal Studies Advisory Board since 2010, and has volunteered countless hours to the School of Business and the accountancy programs over the years. This award recognizes his significant contributions to both his profession and the College of Charleston.

 This award is selected by School of Business Dean Alan T. Shao.

Howard F. Rudd, Jr. Business Person of the Year Award Past Recipients


Robert C. Heffron, Jr. ‘67 *
Daniel Ravenel ‘72
John M. Jordan, Jr. ‘62
William T. Clowney ‘59
Lynne Mohrmann Bernthal ‘67
Martha Harbeson Bryan ‘76
Sam Kirshtein ‘45
Gregory D. Padgett '79
Christine Smith Breves '78
Steve D. Swanson '89
Justin R. McLain '98
Harry T. “Trey” Harvin III ‘92
J. West Riggs '93
Scott A. Cracraft, Sr. '83
Paul W. Steadman '83
Penny Jones McKeever '69
R. Keith Sauls '90



* Deceased